Socorro Ramos wants to motivate people with New Year’s resolutions not only at the beginning of the year, but for the rest of the year. She hopes to accomplish this goal by teaching a boot camp fitness class at Renegade Combat Sports and Fitness.

Ramos, who became a certified trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, felt compelled to instruct the high-intensity training sessions after she experienced her own weight loss journey when she was a freshman in college.

“When I was 20 years old, I gained a lot of weight,” recalled the now 23-year-old Ramos. “A lot of it was because I went away to college.”

So did she gain the “freshman 15”?

“It was more like the freshman 30,” said Ramos, who admitted she was not paying attention to what kind of food habits she had acquired while attending Iowa Central Community College. She did remain active in her school’s soccer team but it wasn’t enough.

“My food habits were horrible,” she said. “I would always go out to eat and I wouldn’t care what I would buy.”

At the time, the 5-foot-1-inch Ramos weighed nearly 150 pounds.

“When I was gaining weight, I wasn’t really noticing it,” she said. “I was kind of in denial, I guess. But after my mom and my best friend pointed it out, I was like, ‘OK maybe I am.’”

Ramos realized she needed to make some changes, especially since she had seen her family members affected by diabetes and high blood pressure.

She managed her eating patterns and diet and then she started going to the gym more often. She self-taught herself thanks to a few healthy tips from YouTube videos and magazine articles.

But the weight didn’t disappear overnight. Ramos said she had to work at it.

“There was a lot of trial and error,” she said. “It took me about a year to get 30 pounds off me consistently. I realized that it’s not like taking a magic pill and it’s all gone by next month. It took time.”

Eventually her hard work paid off. Ramos’ current weight is around 115 to 118 pounds, but that didn’t happen without a few bumps and hurdles along the way.

“There is going to be failure and you’re gong to have to keep gong,” she said. “It takes time. You have to be patient. You have to be persistent. It’s something that you have to work towards. In the long run, you’re going to see the results.”


Ramos’ boot camp will start Monday (Jan. 5) at Renegade, 1801 Fourth St. The facility has hosted other boot camp classes as well as mixed martial arts, Taekwondo and boxing training.

Ramos’ schedule will be split into four, 45-minute classes a week at a cost of $50 a month. People can also limit their workouts to two classes a week, which will cost $35. Students and those who are active in the military or law enforcement will receive a discount.

Those who are willing to try out the intense workout regimen can show up at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, at noon on Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Ramos hopes some people can show up to all four workout times.

“If they are determined and they want this and will work for it and fight through the soreness, then good for them,” she said.

The class will include a variety of body weight movements, plyometrics and strength training.

“The nice thing about this class is that it can be modified to any fitness level,” said Ramos. “Even if you are advanced or even if you are a beginner, you can start [the exercises]. I will be able to modify it for you and show you how to do it so you don’t get hurt.”

Ramos said people have already signed up for her class after she instructed a couple test classes near the beginning of December.

The class marks Ramos’ first time teaching at Renegade. After she started getting into shape, she began teaching classes at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA.

“I really liked that,” said Ramos, who added that getting involved with trainers’ workout courses encouraged her to train other people to get fit. “Once I got certified, I started to do personal training as well at Anytime Fitness.”

As a trainer, she has known a lot of people that want to tackle weight loss as one of their New Year’s resolutions. She said the New Year helps motivate to them.

“People want to change and they want to do something positive for themselves,” Ramos said. “The reality it, a lot of people are overweight and we see the numbers go up. I think a lot of people realize that and they want to change. They want to start off the year with a positive impact.”

Her best advice? Don’t belittle yourself and your accomplishments.

“You should be proud of any accomplishment,” said Ramos. “Those accomplishments are going to lead you to the big picture.”

She adds that people should also not only rely on motivation because it comes and goes.

“Really discipline yourself and make it [the workout] into a habit,” she said. “And everybody is different. Fitness isn’t a one size fits all. There are so many different types of fitness stuff you can do. Change it up, try something different and see what works for you.”


Weekender reporter

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