Rich DeStefani - VIM | Fitness

Rich DeStefani

Rich DeStefani




Rich first started lifting weights when he was 14, preparing for high school football. Even before then, Rich grew up on a farm so he spent his childhood “lifting things” as well as understanding the meaning of hard work.

Even though Rich was always a strong guy, he had a history of being overweight. Rich was 140lbs around the age of 7 and was already over 200lbs by 12. Rich was finally able to get his weight in check by sophomore year of college (down to 230lbs from 280), until 21 hit.

From 2009 to 2016, while Rich competed in strongman, he did not follow a nutrition program and eventually, his weight blew up to 325lbs and was mostly fat.

After a poor performance at a major strongman competition of March 2017, Rich set goals for himself to reach a certain body weight and win a national championship in strongman. In June 2017, he became the 275lb national champion. Since then, Rich has traveled to Finland and Greece to compete and has become a professional strongman.

It doesn’t matter what your end goal is, Rich wants to help steer you on your journey to success.



I have been working with Rich for 5 months and not only has my body transformed, I have truly felt a change in how I feel (strength, tone, posture). I had come in with the objective to tone my arms and firm my bottom and my workouts have truly been catered to accomplish those needs. I use to be a little fearful of if I could complete a workout with Rich a few months ago, but now I can’t wait to get in and show progress. I am stronger- I can lift more and accomplish more in an hour workout than I could before. I am motivated and full of energy and that is because Rich has gotten me to workout in a way I would not have done by myself. He has given me tools to be successful in workouts at home, when I travel and at the gym, everything is available for me including Rich’s advice via phone. He is incredibly motivating during our sessions to push me to beat my last workout AND when I am not working out he checks in to to see if I am hitting my goals. I went from not lifting at all to needing to lift 4 days a week, kind of like an addict (never expected that). He is systematic about how we approach workouts and eased me in from nothing to at least 4 days week at the gym- the inches off my waist are evident of the results we have accomplished.  We have more work to do together, but I truly trust Rich and the transformation journey we are on together. If you are ready to put the work in and are looking for someone to partner with you/cater a regime to your goals and lifestyle you MUST work with Rich.”


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