“To me, she is the best trainer who has changed my looks and strengthened my mind.
I would love everyone to experience what I experienced with Tomomi through her speech.” ~ Testimonial of Reina S.
“Let’s determine our own beauty and worth. Don’t let people or society decide them!”
– Tomomi Tsuchio
Tomomi has passions at
- Running her own gym 1stop-fitness with her partner, Larry, and be there to touch people’s lives
- Learning and doing her best to grow as a person, a speaker, and a trainer
- Educating people and sharing her knowledge as a certified trainer so they can exercise correctly and safely
- Speaking to people about the fact that there are different types of beauty and it is not only looks
- Trying to understand and connect people to their pain, struggles, and point of view
Tomomi is trying to be better at
- Paying attention more when she is cooking so she won’t hurt herself
- Remembering her anniversary with Larry
- Pronouncing complicated English words
- Reading in Japanese so she won’t forget how to write Kanji
In 2006, when Tomomi Tsuchio became a certified personal trainer, she realized that many women are struggling to find and accept their beauty. She often felt helpless when her clients lost weight and transformed themselves, but they still didn’t see their beauty. It seemed that it was not good enough for them no matter what. That’s when she discovered her desire to be a public speaker.
She grew up in Iwakuni, Japan. Her parents are very loving and very supportive of anything that she wants to try. She has an older brother who is very smart and good at sports, so growing up as a younger sister was cool. She knew and accepted the fact that he was much smarter than her, even her parents never compared them. One of the teachers from junior high school asked her, “Are you Atsushi Tsuchio’s sister? Your brother was very smart, but ……..not you.” Her mom says that she came home and told her about it laughing. Obviously, it didn’t really hurt her. It was because she knew and accepted the fact, and she has always had the skill to see the good in bad situations. She was a happy kid. However, she had a really, really hard time seeing and accepting her own beauty. It started when she was 13 years old. She felt fat and ugly because she didn’t look like people on TV, magazines, or advertisements. There is a certain look for the Japanese beauty standards, and her looks didn’t fit them. She suffered with a poor body-image and a lack of self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance, and confidence for a long time. But she overcame these issues, and, now, she loves being herself.
Tomomi developed a passion to speak openly and publicly about these issues, but she felt she wasn’t qualified. So, in 2008 she decided to enter the California University of Pennsylvania, and she majored in Sports Management (Wellness and Fitness), thinking that it would help her someday. She graduated, but she wasn’t ready to expose her past yet. It was still fresh, embarrassing, and painful.
In 2010, she became an independent trainer and started operating her own business. That lead to opening 1Stop-Fitness with Larry in 2013. Running the gym was very stressful and hard, but she got to learn a lot about herself, life, people, and business. That experience gave her the courage to speak about her past. She wrote short version of her life story and published it through a publisher in Japan. She published Me and The Japanese Beauty Standards in English. Now, she is sharing the story of her past and her life experiences at speaking engagements. She hopes that by sharing her story, she can motivate people, especially teenagers and women.
Tomomi feels strongly that the cultural messaging sent out through TV, magazines, and advertisements pressures people to try and fit those standards, many of which are harmful and most of which are unattainable. She believes there is beauty in every face shape, skin color, hairstyle, body type, and at every age. And she certainly believes that beauty is not all about looks. The aspects of inner beauty should be celebrated and valued in our cultures as well.
Tomomi is a funny and outgoing person with a smile, but she is a very tough individual. Her speech has love, passion, caring, kindness, understanding, strength, and connection, which makes you believe that you can do it if she can!