MR APRIL IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSISTENT, LONG-TERM MEMBERS WHO HAS MADE INCREDIBLE GAINS IN THE FOUR YEARS HE’S BEEN HITTING BODIES BY RYAN FOR HIS RESULTS. WE’RE NOT SURE THERE’S EVER BEEN A TIME RICH SELF ISN’T KICKING GOALS SINCE STARTING AT BBR, BUT LAST MONTH, HE KICKED A MILESTONE WEIGHT GOAL AND HAS GONE FROM OUT-OF-SHAPE ‘DAD BOD’ TO A CERTIFIED SHREDDED WEAPON WITH PLENTY OF ENERGY TO CHASE HIS KIDS AROUND THE PARK. WE SPOKE TO RICH ABOUT WHERE HE STARTED AND THE MOTIVATION TO KICKSTART A BETTER FITNESS REGIME, AND HOW IMPORTANT HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS HEALTH AND FITNESS HAS BECOME EVEN WHILE JUGGLING FAMILY LIFE WITH TWO SMALL KIDDOS. WE FEEL ALL THE INSPO FROM RICH’S STORY AND HOPE YOU ENJOY GETTING TO KNOW OUR QUIET ACHIEVER BETTER…
When did you first join Bodies by Ryan and what was the state of your health and fitness prior? Share with us a little about your sporting/fitness history before BBR …
I joined BBR in 2017. I have always been into exercise and played most sports growing up. My favourites were basketball, tennis, golf and swimming. I took golf a bit further and turned professional when I was 18 and trained in a professional context with various trainers and gyms.
When my career took a different tack, my work became mostly office-based. It was a huge adjustment and a massive lifestyle change from years of being on my feet all day and constantly on the go. Over the years I started to slow down and the kilos slowly crept on. When I joined BBR, I was the most out-of-shape I had ever been and it was a welcome change!
What was the motivation to join BBR?
I joined BBR shortly after my son was born in 2017. I very much enjoyed celebrating the arrival of Ernie and put on quite a bit of weight. I was only going to the gym a few times a week and without a real program or plan. I felt like it was now or never, if I didn’t get into a different routine my newly acquired ‘dad bod’ would be here to stay. Alex (my wife), spotted BBR on Instagram and politely suggested I should give it a try.
What was your first impression of the gym?
My first impression of the gym was ‘wow, this guy knows what he is doing and is extremely passionate’. I did the first HITT class and was hooked. There are a few things that made BBR different from other gyms I had trained at before;
– Ryan and his team of trainers are ELITE
They know what they’re doing and each exercise is part of an overall bigger picture. It’s great rocking up to class knowing you’re getting the exact workout you need.
– Care factor
Ryan and his team really care and want me to achieve my goals. The details that are not usually found in other gyms, like programming, tempos, meal plans, recipe books, consults and two purpose-built gyms are all part of the BBR offering.
And last, but certainly not least, the warm and supportive community that Ryan has created makes it a special place. After a few short weeks, I knew I had found my new tribe.
What challenged you the most in your early days?
Early on, the biggest challenge for me was eating all the food on my meal plan and letting go and trusting the process. It wasn’t like anything I have ever done before and it made me realise how much I had been undereating. It seems counter intuitive to eat more to get in shape but that’s exactly what it has taught me. The other challenge is getting enough rest with two kids and solid work schedule.
How long have you been at the gym now and what keeps you at BBR?
I have been a member for four years and wouldn’t have it any other way. The community is one of the major reasons I have stayed at BBR. It’s like nothing I have seen anywhere else – plenty of smiles, banter and encouragement whilst training. I’ve made so many great friends through BBR. The trainers are fantastic, the variety that Ryan builds into the programs, the flexibility to train at either gym, and it’s close to home.
Please share your physical and mental transformation over your time at BBR including any important stats you feel comfortable sharing… we hear you just hit your goal – congrats!
Since joining BBR, I have in total lost 11kgs. When I started in 2017, I was a soft 89kgs and rising. Just last week we reached a mini goal of 78kg. It’s been a steady physical transformation.
I’ve been involved in the BBR challenges and more recently, I’ve become a weekly online client where I check-in with Ryan once a week. This has been a game changer – the weekly check-in has kept me accountable, but is also a time to reflect on the week; how many times you trained, how was the food plan, off-plan meals, sleep, extra activities, and any changes you might need coming up. I think this weekly check-in is a more balanced approach for me long-term as it allows me to be consistently working towards my goals but also enjoying life.
Having two babies since you’ve started with BBR… how has this changed your approach to your health and fitness?
It’s been a journey, we have our spirited and very active four-year-old, Ernie a and our tiny but mighty 8-month-old Stella. I have always been an early riser and a hard worker, so the only change with having kids is less time for yourself and less rest time. For me, this means only having one opportunity to train in a day and that’s first thing. It’s such a great start to the day.
Any tips for still kicking goals with a newborn in the house for future BBR parents?!
My tips for families with newborns is to go easy and do whatever it is you need to survive. If that means going to bed super early or cutting down social catch ups, then do it. In terms of training, just get up and get it done. Not every session is going to be my best, but by going five times a week it’s the consistency which creates wins. The hardest part is just getting there, the trainers will do the rest!
What’s the biggest health or fitness challenge you have ever overcome or achieved?
I broke my wrist while overseas playing golf when I was 23. It was frustrating as it meant I had to come home and get the treatment I needed. I started rehab and found it hard to be patient.
Tell us about any of your daily health routines that help you achieve your goals outside of the gym?
My morning routine sets me up for the day. I get up 4.15am, brew coffee and reply to emails and messages, and review my calendar for the day. I leave home at 5.05am and train in the 5.15am class at BBR. I’m home by 6.20am and into the morning family routine of breakfasts, coffees, showers, getting dressed and usually leave for work before 8am.
With my work calendar I try to schedule office work in the morning and appointments in the afternoon and evening.
In the evening I lay out my gym clothes for the next day in the loungeroom so I don’t wake up the babies. I fill the kettle, grind my coffee and get my mug out. This makes getting up easier as I know all I have to do is roll out of bed and turn on the kettle.
I meal prep every Sunday which includes sourcing great local produce. My usual spots include Freshie Market (Claremont), Peaches (South Freo) and Storehouse (South Freo).
What are some of the goals you are currently working towards?
Nothing hard and fast, but some simple things like slowly adding more calories and training more in the strength gym, read one book a month, be more efficient with time and have one round of golf a fortnight.
Tell us something special/surprising about yourself that we wouldn’t know?!
I’m half Italian and half American. Mum is from Sicily and Dad was from San Francisco in the US.
Fast five favorites
Fave HIIT/Strength station? Any weighted row
Least fave? Plyo lunges
Fave café and your order there? Vans Scrambled eggs and almond long mac.
Fave cheat meal? Lulu La Delizia Pasta or Alex’s (my wife) peach and raspberry cake with homemade ice cream.
Fave holiday destination? At the moment this would have to be the family farm in Margaret River.