Interview with Taylor Ramsdell (@taylor_ramsdell)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I became a trainer while I was in college. I had been in athletics my whole life and the gym was my home away from home. The exercise was what kept me sane, or at least close to it! It’s always been something that helped me not only physically, but mentally. So, having a job that allowed me to share my passion and to help other people find the many positives that come from training was pretty clear to me. I did not start out training thinking of it as a career tho. It was just a job I did for some fun and a little money. But I was always doing things a little outside of the box and it drew a lot of attention from many different people. I eventually opened my own gym and expanded three times before stepping aside from gym ownership. I’ve loved every step of the way, and I plan on continuing to grow in many ways in this industry.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Oh, wow. There are many. I’ve experienced so many awesome things with my clients. The first two that come to mind are cornering a world title fight at Madison Square Garden and being on set with Mickey Rourke during the filming of a movie. Cornering that fight was absolutely amazing. Every fight I corner is amazing. There was just something about being at Madison Square Garden for a world title fight. It is an iconic place. The energy was so strong. And my fighters are like family to me. So seeing his hand raised in that ring felt me with so much joy. And it does so at every fight. But because of the iconic stage and the entire world watching, it did feel a little different. Even then, every fight means the world to me. From the smallest stage to the biggest. Because they each mean the world to the fighter. And because of that, they mean the world to me.

Then, the Hollywood stories. I have many. But I loved spending time with my client and good friend Mickey Rourke on set. There was a long break between shots and we got to carry on and share many stories on that day. Being on set just made it fun. And it wasn’t really until I was on my way home that I really thought to myself, “huh, that was very cool.” That’s something I always make sure I never do, is get used to the amazing things that happen with my job. I want to cherish the many amazing experiences I’ve had.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Put in the work. Make it happen. And if you feel like you’re burning out, listen to what you’re feeling. Step back and assess why you feel that way. Maybe you’re taking on too much at one time. If so, everything will suffer. And don’t compare your path to anyone else’s. You can and should be inspired by people. But don’t feel like you’re not doing well if you aren’t where somewhere else is or you think you should be right now. Just keep going. There are many different paths to success, and there are many different forms of success. Everyone struggles. It’s those that embrace the struggle and learn to enjoy the work that inspires me.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

There are so many people that have helped me get to where I am today. Every single client has trusted me to get them to reach their goals. Every athlete that has trusted me with their careers. It means the world to me. There are many great trainers out there, so every time someone asks me to coach them I make sure to give my absolute best. So, as far as who I want to thank you for the successes I’ve had in my career, I want to thank every single person I’ve ever worked with!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Wow. That’s a great question. I think that’s a question we should ask ourselves every day! Overall, I believe my success has been through other people reaching new heights. Bringing positive energy to those I work with. I believe in the ripple effect, so I hope that the experiences I’ve shared with those I work with have resulted in goodness being spread through all of us!

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

It’s my own. And I have it tattooed on my hand… “laugh at the pain” There’s a lot behind the meaning of that to me personally. But the main point is that no matter how hard it gets, you got this. Bring it. Let’s go!

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I’m on Instagram and twitter @taylor_ramsdell, Facebook facebook.com/ramsdellstrong, and youtube youtube.com/taylorramsdell

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