Ryan is a personal trainer dedicated to getting results. He talks to Sundried about life in the fitness industry.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
At present I have no sporting events planned because my sole focus remains helping others to improve their health and live more productive lives.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
I have always been interested in fitness. The first book I purchased was Arnold’s Bodybuilding Encyclopaedia which kick-started my interest in bodybuilding. I previously worked with my local authority supporting adults with physical disabilities and brain injuries before making the plunge to operating a small fitness studio.
I have always been a people person and I wanted to help others to improve their lives for the better. The thought of working in an office for 50 years made me unhappy.
What are your training goals now?
My training goals are to maintain my current health and stay as strong as possible.
As a father of two daughters I want to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible and want to set a good example to my children.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
I am the second oldest of seven children; I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
It takes a lot of hard work, commitment and consistency to operate a successful business. As a professional, your learning never stops.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I like to follow a balanced diet. I am not a believer in demonising food by not eating certain food groups. I believe a balanced diet is the best approach to a healthy life.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
I like to get to the client's deepest reason for wanting to change. I then try to use those deepest reasons as an anchor to move the client forward. If you ask yourself why you are doing something then that should be motivation enough to move you forward.
Talk us through your training regime.
My training regime varies depending on how busy I am and how much time I have. I am a great believer in building a regime around the larger compound lifts such as squats, deadlifts, presses and rows as they will always give you more bang for your buck regardless of how much time you have.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I am always looking for learning opportunities to further develop my knowledge. I have recently travelled to London and Nottingham to learn from the best coaches in the UK about Body Transformations and training the 'average Joe' client. I also like reading about fitness in my spare time as well as following industry leaders on social media.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Always have a goal
- Be consistent
- Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh that is a very tough choice but it would have to be pizza!
Why work with Sundried?
I like the fact it is an ethical company who has its pulse on the environment. The activewear looks fantastic.
Favourite fitness quote:
"It’s not about how hard you’re hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done!" – Rocky Balboa