Rohit Ram is looking out for his Grade 10 self, the scrawny, petrified teenager who was too intimidated to pursue his goals in the gym.
The 18-year-old St. Ann’s Academy graduate, now a student at Thompson Rivers University, is offering free workout plans and nutrition advice to high school and university students through his website, rohitramfitness.com.
“When I was younger, my path for fitness wasn’t great,” said Ram, who is studying business at TRU. “I had no idea what to do. I didn’t have enough money for trainers. I couldn’t really afford it. I was so scared of being judged that I only went maybe once a week or once every two weeks. I want these kids to know it’s OK to start off small. No one is going to judge you.”
Ram started his website in December and has offered advice and training routines to more than 50 people, including about 10 who are in regular contact with the generous gym guru.
He prepares custom plans for some of them and sends videos from his home gym to provide examples of how exercises are done. Downloadable programs are available for men and women.
“There is some skewed information on the Internet. You don’t know what the person is actually trying to tell you,” said Ram, who also offers Zoom calls. “I remember a mom telling me it was nice because she couldn’t afford training for her kid. Stuff like that keeps me going.”
Ram is quick to offer the disclaimer that he is not a certified trainer.
“But I feel like I've gained enough experience and knowledge over the last two years to help kids, older teenagers or young adults with their fitness,” he states on his website.
A career in business is in Ram’s future.
For now, his services are on offer for free.
“I keep doing it just to put smiles on peoples’ faces,” Ram said. “It’s just good to see that people are growing. Their progression is off the charts. It’s been awesome.”