Lil Silvano has been a member of RAM since 2014. This year she will have been with RAM for 7 years! That’s commitment! You can find Lil at the 6 am classes every day and both Saturday and Sunday classes. Lil is at the studio daily taking time for herself!
Lil started working out when she was in high school, she has always had a passion for fitness and wanted “big arms and legs”. She would do classes and eventually got into weight lifting. Lil was always fairly consistent with her fitness but now she has found a new passion for it. It is no longer a chore; she enjoys doing it and it’s how she starts her day every day!
Lil’s big why of why she works out comes down to the mental side. It is her time to herself. She can clear her mind as does not have to think about anything else while she’s working out. It’s her way to stay sane in her busy lifestyle as a CFO of the SAH and a mother of two.
Lil started at RAM with personal training. She was then encouraged to try cycling. She found it easy to commit to because she had to sign in and was accountable to showing up. Lil also loves the social aspect of group training. It’s enough to socialize with others but a small enough group that it does not take away from the workout and I can remain focused.
Why has Lil stuck around so long? Variety. No workout is ever the same. “I love the bike but it’s not just cycling. Every day is different and it forces me to try things I never would on my own.”
“With RAM it’s the people – it feels safe, its personal. Everyone knows each other. It’s like a family, your more than just a member. It feels like own a piece of it.”
Lil’s next goal is to maintain the weight she has lost by exercising regularly and watching what she eats and feeling good about how she is doing it.
Lil is a founding member who has been with RAM from the start – an amazing mother, professional, and outstanding human. Lil inspires others with her dedication, commitment, and consistency.
Karen joined the RAM Fitness 28 Day Healthy Habit Nutrition Challenge at the beginning of November 2020, as her next step towards a healthier lifestyle. It was a perfect time to join after committing to three days a week of personal training at RAM.
Karen’s biggest weight and body measurement transformations happened when she joined the nutrition challenge and she stayed consistent with her workouts.
“I started first with personal training and knew that I had to get back into the routine of the gym after being away for so long. The COVID weight I had gained from all the baking and poor food choices during lockdown had packed on an uncomfortable amount of weight. I would not even step on the scale when I first went back to training due to being embarrassed and mad at myself. From working out at RAM and with the nutrition challenge, I’ve lost 20 pounds and many inches. 7 lbs were lost during the challenge itself.”
“The biggest challenge with my diet has always been sugar. The first day of the challenge, I committed to stop adding sugar in my daily coffees. It made a dramatic difference in my cravings and food choices. The number one thing that I took away from the challenge is that you can still eat the foods you enjoy, but you need to stay consistent with your workouts and healthy meal planning over the long haul.”
Karen also discovered that change does not happen overnight: “It can be a slow progress and at times discouraging, but staying committed is important to your end goal. Sometimes it’s not about the number on a scale – it’s how your body feels, and how you take time out of your busy schedule to take care of yourself.”
“Thanks to RAM for all of the continued support and encouragement towards building a healthier version of myself.”
Even though the doors at RAM closed a month later she has continued her workout routine with our online cycle fusion classes.
“The initial adjustment was challenging. I have three daughters, who go everywhere with me. So when the restrictions began and we had to explain to them why we couldn’t do things the way we were used to, it took them a little bit to understand. Not being able to see their cousins, grandparents and friends was a big challenge.”
Amy says she is lucky to have a lot of inspirational people in her life. “My parents, sisters and brothers. My husband, our daughters and his family. They all keep me going, help me to stay positive. My friend Jessica was a huge inspiration when this all began. She kept me motivated and held me accountable.”. “I didn’t really know anyone, but the encouragement and positivity that everyone showed each other (at 6am even) was really uplifting, and nice to be a part of.”
Amy’s long term goals after covid19 is to just stay consistent and continue to challenge herself in new ways. Also to maintain her fitness schedule by planning ahead. Amy commits to the 3 fusion classes a week and continues to be active daily while keeping it fun for her girls.
What Amy enjoyed the most about RAM was she was new to spin and felt welcome right away. “Ryan immediately found alternatives when the gym was closed and keeps me accountable with emails, texts and check ins. Ash is really amazing to follow as well. She has a very healthy and positive relationship with fitness and nutrition. I’m happy to be a part of such a great group of people.”
We are glad to have you as part of our RAMFAM Amy! Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to allow us to help you on your fitness journey!
Teresa has been part of the RAMFAM for 5 years now! You can find Teresa at our 6am classes weekly and also on the weekends if she’s not organizing a daycare. Teresa is a good sport and participates in all of RAMS challenges throughout the year. She is a March Madness Champ and I’m sure has won a few others.
We wanted to know what her biggest challenge has been during this time:
Theresa said her biggest challenge since Covid 19 has been maintaining a new normal. Continuing to workout daily from home without being able to go to RAM.
The positives Theresa has taken from this time would be spending more quality time with family. Appreciating the little things in life that we tend to take for granted. Staying mentally fit through exercise and taking the time for a daily walk outdoors.
“There are many people in my life who inspire me in different ways. My children and husband inspire me to be the best that I could be. RAM inspires me to leave all my stress behind and focus on positivity. My family and friends inspire me to live life to the fullest.”
Theresas’ long term goals after Covid 19 would be to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle, go on family vacations and enjoy life to the fullest.
“I maintain my fitness schedule by being consistent with my workouts. I find beginning my day with the 6:00am Online workout works best for me.”
We asked Theresa what she likes the most about RAM, and she told us:
“I never felt comfortable joining a gym until I was introduced to RAM. To me RAM is not a gym it is my happy place. This is where I am pushed outside my comfort zone by not only the coaches but others who workout alongside me. Great friendships are made there and we push each other to be the best we can be. RAM is like family and they go out of their way to make sure we are meeting all our goals.”
Thank you Teresa for being a committed, consistent and loyal member to the RAM Family. We love seeing you at 6am every morning. You are an inspiration to many through your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle! Keep up the great work!
Since COVID-19, Lisa stated that the biggest challenges were trying to stay well mentally and making sure she gets enough movement throughout the day – between working full time and home schooling. She finds that there is a lack of regular movement since no longer walking around at work, taking the stairs, and music activities throughout her pre-covid life.
Lisa is enjoying having more family time and she has learned so much about what her kids have learned in school and she can see their progress more now that she’s involved and hands on each day.
Lisa sticks to a strict workout schedule with online classes and online coaching, as well handles her nutrition by scheduling everything into a calendar to make sure she sets aside time to get it all in. Lisa makes her family go for walks each evening so that everyone is up and active.
Her family is her inspiration. Her oldest son Thatcher loves running and is already showing great speed at the age of 7. Her youngest son Sawyer has Cerebral Palsy and he has so much perseverance – he will not give up and will do anything he sets his mind to. She says he is her super hero. She strives to be strong enough for those times where he gets tired and she wants to ensure she will be there for him for as long as he needs her.
Lisa is definitely a super hero too!
Kyle started with us in January 2020 looking to make a change in his lifestyle and he has done just that over the past 6 months.
We asked him what his challenge has been since COVID: It has been maintaining structure and balance in my life between my business, my kids, and being able to stay committed to living a healthy lifestyle in the form of training and eating habits.
Who is his inspiration? I would have to say my Mom and my family inspire me the most. My Mom is in her 60’s and is in phenomenal shape (She is a faithful RAM member). She runs religiously everyday no matter what the weather conditions are, and takes her personal health and wellness very serious. She does it quietly, and has achieved some things that I know she is proud of as she should be, and there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll continue to keep on as she is to stay as young and healthy as possible. My family also inspires me in many different ways: they allow me to maintain a hectic schedule outside of my home life, and know that my biggest joy is being a coach, and a Dad. They inspire me to keep healthy and active habits so that I can continue to be there for them.
Kyle has maintained his fitness schedule by planning! “I am a very big believer of planning. Time management has always been a strength of mine, and with a busy schedule I need to be organized in order to stay on track of my fitness. I have a day planner and every Sunday I actually write down my fitness schedule in detail as to what I’m doing each day for the upcoming week ahead. That allows me to stay disciplined with my schedule.”
Kyles favourite part of RAM is the overall atmosphere of the membership along with the knowledge and attention to detail given by the coaches. “I’ve worked closely with Ryan since January and he understood my long-term goals and intentions that I had in order to make a lifestyle change. He has consistently helped me stay disciplined and achieve some short term goals with the goal of sustaining this lifestyle change as a long term plan.”
“RAM Fitness has helped me believe that changes are possible. Finally, after years of trying to get back in it, I’m seeing some major changes! My energy level has increased and I’m no longer constantly feeling tired. I’ve noticed an improvement in my physical body, mood, and overall lifestyle, and I think this was the most important missing piece for me. I tried almost every gym facility in the Sault and in Toronto – I always started excited and motivated, but I could not keep myself accountable and committed to exercising consistently. At RAM, I have so many people supporting me and my journey, helping me to stay on track.”
“The coaches are all so knowledgeable and friendly! The classes are constantly changing so you never get bored and you’re always wondering what’s coming next. The daily emails and blog posts from RAM have lots of important and useful information to help keep me reaching for my goals. I’m looking forward to continuing staying consistent with my training so I can get back to how I used to feel!”
We are so happy to have you as part of the RAM Family, Mehrnoosh! Watching you reach your goals over the past year has been an inspiration to all.
Sarah has been with RAM since September 2020. Here is what she had to say!
“Consistency. It seems so simple but blocking time for exercise in the calendar and treating it with the same importance as any other appointment, highlights it as a priority. It’s MY time and I have noticed how much more consistent I’ve been since viewing it this way.”
“I struggle with core strength and balance but personal training sessions that are tailored specifically for me, has helped me target these areas in different ways so that I am always challenged. The fusion classes and RealRyder bikes constantly push me to go harder and ultimately improve. I really enjoy the challenges set out in every class at RAM. Even the occasional day that I don’t feel up to working out, once I get on the bike I am motivated by whoever is leading the class and they encourage me to push myself beyond what I ever thought I could do.”
“I’ve noticed my body composition has changed a lot resulting in muscles being more defined. I’ve also noticed my stress levels decrease from the intensity of cycling, and this has lowered my blood pressure by 20 points! I have been insulin dependent for 10 years but since joining RAM last year, I have been able to come off of insulin completely through consistent exercise and incorporating healthy nutritional habits outlined in the blog posts.”
“My next set of goals include incorporating different types of foods into my diet and targeting vegetable inclusion at every meal, and to continue training so that I can increase my muscle mass percentage by June.”
Since Sarah has joined RAM she has been nothing but consistent. Committing to working out Monday to Friday! Your consistency is contagious Sarah! Thanks for being part of the RAMFAM!
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