THIS GUY IS THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE OF BODIES BY RYAN. EVERYONE LOVES FREDDY AND FREDDY LOVES EVERYONE RIGHT BACK. HOWEVER, HE’S BEEN THROUGH HELL AND BACK ON HIS HEALTH JOURNEY AS HE LIVES WITH AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. WANTING TO BE A BETTER DAD AND HUSBAND, PLUS RECLAIM HIS HEALTH, SAW FREDDY COMPLETELY CHANGE HIS DIET IN RECENT YEARS AND NOW HE’S WITH BBR TO CARRY ON BEING THE BEST FREDDY POSSIBLE. HERE’S WHAT MAKES THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION TICK…
What’s your fitness/sport background?
Growing up I played a lot of basketball for school, club and state. I was playing about eight times a week, with a couple of other sports occasionally, but it was pretty much basketball from five-years-old to 30-years-old. Some people I played with did the college thing in the US and I sometimes wonder what could have been if I had that drive / competitiveness but in my mid teens I started skateboarding and that was just too much fun and it killed the serious training and focus on basketball (girls and partying might also have been a factor). I played social ball until around 30 when the Biennial torn ankle tendons became one too many. I still need to get one of my ankles scoped to clear out some floating bone fragments but it’s no longer bringing me pain so we will see how long I can go before needing surgery.
Above: Freddy and his wife Jenn in his basketball days.
What first brought you to Bodies by Ryan?
I was following Ryan and BBR on Instagram and found Ryan and I were into similar things. I would message him about books we had both read or about breath work, but I was at another gym which I enjoyed. My gym was awesome but more HIIT focused and I wanted to do more strength, so I was doing HIIT in the morning and then going to REVO at night to do strength and it was just too much, it was eating into the time I got to spend with Jenn (my wife of 11 years, 17 years together) so when a free trial came up at BBR I rolled in to my first session and was hooked straight away! One awkward breakup convo with my old gym and I was a full time BBR member!!
What were your first impressions of everything at BBR?
I was a little intimidated, to be honest! I hadn’t done a lot of the movements in the strength gym before, so my technique was probably horrible and the overall vibe was a bit more serious/focused than my old gym. The sessions were tough too, but after a few sessions I realised I could keep up (barely) so I felt more comfortable. That first week I really struggled with the sleds so I have to admit that I went to Revo on the weekend and put myself through some tough sled sessions to get the practice in.
A big surprise / awesome first impression was having two trainers in each session which was awesome from both a technique and motivation point of view, seriously this is one of the big differences that BBR has and I think makes such a huge impact. Plus the trainers were all friendly and they really, really care about all of us and our goals so this was super cool. Defs had me hooked straight away.
The people were super welcoming when I joined. Rich, Mark and John (miss ya buddy, when you coming back?) especially were super cool to me, I’ll admit that I was intimidated by Tiff and Paul at first – because they are beasts – but now it’s so awesome coming into the gym every morning and seeing all my new friends! The six-week challenge group has also been really good for heaps of motivation, positive vibes and making new friends as well.
What’s different about BBR to previous fitness experiences?
It’s the personal touch that you get at BBR, all the extra stuff that Rhino and the trainers put in. They actually really care and want you to succeed. I also think it’s all the other people in the gym, everyone is super positive and looking to get better and the vibes are always high. Sounds cliche but it does feel like a family in a way.
What have been your biggest changes since starting with BBR?
I feel stronger and have defs noticed physical changes, I had to buy some new suit pants the other day because I couldn’t fit into my olds ones, which for my goals is a good problem to have. Mentally I have been more focused on my goals and this has helped me be more disciplined with nutrition and doing extra sessions outside of the gym. Emotionally I have a bunch of new friends now and I love seeing everyone each morning so I’m super grateful for this. Sh*t, I have something in my eyes, where are those tissues?
Has your nutrition changed at all since BBR’s influence? How does your vegetarian/veganism affect your protein intake and meal plans?
With my Crohn’s disease in recent years I have been pretty good with my nutrition, so no big changes in terms of what I was eating but the six-week challenge opened my eyes in terms of eating way more than I was before (a massive 3300 – 3500 calories each day). The challenge also helped with the macro breakdown so I focused on this a lot. The increase in protein and getting enough calories in has been tough at times but I have it nailed now and it has defs paid off in terms of results. Protein specifically and veganism just means being really clever with how you get extra protein here and there. Adding things like pumpkin seeds and similar to every meal helps with some sneaky protein but I do rely heavily on protein shakes.
Ryan was cool with adapting to a vegan client and I was just hyped to get my macros. I think we all know Ryan loves learning and it’s cool he’s open to learning more about plant based stuff.