Tyler Rabin - VIM | Fitness

Tyler Rabin

Tyler Rabin




Tyler got involved in fitness at the age of 13, and his passion only grew from there. Tyler received his BS in Exercise Science from Westfield University, and for the past 5 years has been a personal trainer, working with various ages of men and women.

He’s trained youth, athletes, clients focusing on fat loss, and others with a focus on strength and conditioning, using corrective exercise and mobility to improve functionality and posture.

Tyler has a background as an athlete in wrestling, MMA, boxing, and currently competes in strongman.  Tyler firmly believes in the need to master proper technique and form before advancing to strength training. Having proper mobility is also crucial for performing daily functional movements like a squat or dead lift. 

“You must train your mind to train your body.”



“When I first met Tyler, I was living in near-constant pain, with three damaged disks in my lower back. My doctors said that a stronger core was key to long-term recovery but it seemed, at the time, an impossible task. At the time, the most I could manage without pain was a modest glute bridge.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that my two years working with Tyler have changed my life. I’ve shed over 30lbs, have nearly erased my back pain, and am in the best shape of my life. Recently, we even switched gears to focus on lifting heavier to build muscle mass – a notion that would have seemed crazy for the “me” of two years ago.

I’ve worked with several personal trainers over the years, so I can say that there are several things that make Tyler stand out from the crowd:

– He really knows his stuff.
Tyler’s philosophy is about more than just lifting dumbbells and machines – he also incorporates functional training, cardio, mobility, and nutrition. This range of different challenges has helped me learn a lot about how my own body works – and I’ve never been bored!

– He goes above and beyond to find a routine that works for you.
I’ve had to travel a lot during our time together, and Tyler’s written me great workouts based on pictures of faraway gyms to make sure I stay on track.

– He is personally invested in the success of his clients.
He’ll push you like a coach, lift you like a brother, and nag you like your mother to keep you on track. It’s been a tough journey, but I’ve never felt alone!

Working with Tyler will be an awesome investment in yourself – one that I’m more than happy to recommend!”

~Christian Kass

“Over the course of five months, I went from being too intimidated to enter a weight room and having no idea what all of the equipment was for, to feeling confident and empowered and finding a level of mental and physical strength I did not know I was capable of. Tyler taught me the basics of weight lifting in a judgement free manner but also pushed me to find discipline and consistency. Over time I went from being barely able to walk after my first work out with very little weight to increasing my weight every week. I lost at least 4% body fat and gained muscle tone all over my body.

Tyler was always available to answer questions between sessions, offer guidance on other areas such as food and stretching, and at the end of the day felt like my biggest cheerleader. Whether you are a beginner or you are just looking for a coach to provide you with guidance and support, Tyler will definitely help you reach your goals!”

~Claire Cooper 

“As someone who has avoided gym class since high school, I decided I needed someone to help navigate my transition into gym life. I started working out with Tyler over a year ago. I’ve lost weight, inches, and gained muscle mass. I’m stronger, fitter and doing motions that I probably couldn’t have done without his guidance. Most importantly, I’ve learned to enjoy exercising and to incorporate it into my daily life. I would highly recommend anyone new to gym life to have Tyler as a trainer.”


“Before I met Tyler for a free consultation, I thought there was maybe a 20% chance I would commit to personal training for the long term. After I met with him, I came away surprised—he’s not pushy, he listens to your needs, helps you determine your goals even if you don’t know exactly how to articulate them, and explains what he can do for you in an approachable way. I had dealt with some low back discomfort, and he was confident he could help. At this point, I was 100% invested.

When training started, I was ready to get huge. I envisioned massive weights and vein-popping feats of strength. What I wasn’t prepared for is how systematically Tyler prepares you to excel in the months ahead, and how smart he is about approaching workouts. Suddenly the name of the game was mobility: dynamic stretching, using bands to loosen your muscles, foam-rolling, and using balls for myofascial release to pinpoint those sore spots. My pre-Tyler era warmup consisted of mindless running on the treadmill—no longer, and the results astounded me. He customized a lifting battle plan geared to my specific needs, alternating focus on speed, strength and power; when he felt I was ready, I got to tackle compound movements including dead lifts, squats and the push press. He gave me tangible goals, and I responded with tangible victories. When I earned my first PR (personal record) by beating a previous weight, it felt like a concrete measurement of the success Tyler had pushed me to achieve. He filmed one of these PR milestones on his smartphone, and when I played it back to hear his roar of approval as the weight went up, it felt like the satisfying pinnacle of all my preparation and effort.

I lost weight, gained muscle, added flexibility I didn’t know I had, and felt like a happier, more energized person. This also meant taking care of myself, eating more vegetables, understanding how best to incorporate protein and carbs in my diet, getting more creative about how I lined up meals during the day to bolster performance during workouts, staying limber at home and in the office by keeping up the mobility exercises, and breathing properly during exercises to tap into maximum explosiveness.

My body looks and feels transformed, my back pain is gone, I feel less vulnerable to injury, and I can trace the positive effects of the exercises on functional movements as simple as loading the dishwasher. It’s nice to get compliments from friends and family about my physique, but Tyler has taught me this isn’t about mirror or beach pride, and it’s not about shortcuts. It’s about working hard for physical, emotional, and spiritual gain, as the gift of working with Tyler follows you in every facet of your life. Who doesn’t want to be the happiest, most resilient version of themselves?

Whether you want to lose weight, get shredded, add mass, get in shape for a particular event, or just aspire to become the best physical specimen of yourself, Tyler is the guy you want in your corner. He has the swagger, the patience, the knowledge, and the passion to deliver on the expectations of your potential.”


“Two and a half years ago I started working out at VIM. At first I only had the courage to attend VIM’s extensive list of group fitness classes. For 6 months it was sweat drenched Zumba sessions and the burn in Yoga Sculpt. During that time I lost 30 pounds, but I was getting exhausted and I knew my diet was unsustainable.

That’s when I went in for my free training consultation (it’s never too late!). I’ve been training with Tyler ever since. He helped me pick up the barbel again after 7 years and I’ve never been stronger. Working with him I’ve lost another 30 lbs but I’ve also gained so much more. Tyler helped me to start eating more so I wasn’t so tired and train smarter so that I can balance a healthy lifestyle and a busy life. Like most of the trainers I’ve gotten to know here, he dedicates personal attention to each client. If you feel stuck in your goals, I can’t recommend the consultation enough. See ya by the racks, just don’t steal mine!”


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“I very much enjoyed my membership with VIM. I have to say that the highlight of my experience was personal training and small group training with Valerie. She was extremely committed to my success and helped me establish an effective goal plan. I saw incredible progress with her (I lost 10 pounds) and I am stronger, happier and healthier. I also really enjoyed her style for leading small group and yoga classes. It is clear she is passionate about this work and dedicated to her clients.”-Ani

— Ani

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