Randy has always been an athlete, first playing little league, then in high school, football, basketball and baseball. But he’s always seen the physical aspects of life as integrally linked to mind and spirit. Randy grew up in Manhattan and went to college in upstate New York where he expressed that body-mind-spirit continuum through performance art. Even as a kid, Randy’s heroes were people who embodied both grace and athleticism, and he tries to bring those qualities to his own pursuits, including his personal training, offering clients a new understanding of the body along with a subtle spiritual component. Working with clients of every age, Randy emphasizes flexibility, in the broadest sense. He feels it’s easy, especially as we age, to get stuck in old patterns and attached to old preferences. “To be truly healthy, you’ve got to keep the mind nimble, too.” Randy helps people become self-aware—aware of how they’re standing, if their gait is balanced and their arms swinging naturally or, if they’re holding their shoulders, of how they’re holding them. He feels that many people have had lifelong relationships with their bodies that aren’t serving them and that his work as a trainer is to help “undo what’s been done.” In his training sessions, Randy balances his own natural seriousness and dedication with humor and lightness. Essential to Randy’s approach to fitness training, and life, is that we consider equally not just what we intend to do but how we intend to do it.
- This lifetime is a gift.
- Getting people to find the answers on the inside.
- To undo what’s been done, empowering people to be in their bodies and enjoy being there.
“I’m seventy-five years old and have engaged Randy Ramos as my personal trainer for three hours a week for the past year. I can’t express how much he has helped me. I visited my physician for an annual check-up two days ago. The doctor was astonished at my increased strength, good straight posture and overall excellent physical condition. I attribute it all to Randy, who has, in a quiet assured manner, taught me how to sit, lie and walk properly, without falling. Because of Randy, I now understand what and where my core strength is and how to maintain and use it.”
— Judith E., Belvedere