WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE EFFORTLESS GRACE, OUR HEAD HONCHO HAS ROLLED WITH EVERY RESTRICTION THROWN AT HIM WITH SOLUTION AFTER EPIC SOLUTION. BEFORE IT BECAME THE HIPPEST HANDBAG ASSET OF 2020, RHINO WAS DISHING OUT HAND SANITISER ON ENTRY AND EXIT OF BOTH GYMS, THEN THE WHOLE TEAM WAS WIPING DOWN THE WEIGHTS BETWEEN SETS, NEXT IT WAS BOOTCAMP OUTDOORS, NUMBERS CONTINUALLY BEING REDUCED UNTIL THERE WAS ONE WOMAN STANDING. ONLINE WORLD WAS NEXT AND BBR LIVE CLASSES BROKE THE INTERNET AT 6AM WST ERRY MORNING EXCEPT SUNDAY, WITH RHINO COACHING US THROUGH THE SCREENS INTO OUR BEDROOMS, LOUNGEROOMS AND GARAGES WITH JAY BAE BEARING THE BRUNT OF HIS TOUGHEST CALLS. IT’S BEEN A WILD RIDE FOR US ALL IN 2020, BUT BBR HAS HELD STEADFAST AND KEPT US FIT AND CONNECTED. SO, WE WANTED TO ASK OUR HEAD TRAINER RYAN DEVEREUX WHETHER IT HAS BEEN AS EASY AS IT LOOKED FOR HIM, WHERE HIS HEAD IS AT AND WHETHER HE’S AS IMPRESSED WITH JAY AS WE ARE…
Firstly let’s check in… how are you feeling this week?
No complaints, every day and every week we are learning and growing so I’m taking each day and week as it comes. We are into week six of online training now so I feel we have a good system in place in regards to the live sessions and offering good workouts and programs for all our members.
The past six weeks have been ‘interesting’ for us all… can you share your biggest challenges in this time?
It has been interesting, I would say our biggest challenge was being made to be reactionary. We changed our whole business model three times in three weeks. From normal programming in both gyms to restricted numbers and one member per station. Then to outdoor classes and an Online Program. Once the restriction were brought in we had a lot of members isolate, so it was important we had all those members looked after with challenging and ‘fun’ workout programs. From there we pulled the pin on the outdoor sessions to all online where we created two options for our members – a Live Membership, which included access to all the live zoom classes along with our weekly yoga and nutrition or our Online Program Membership which included a PDF being sent out each day for our members to follow along.
And of course, what have been the biggest wins?
Biggest win has been receiving texts and emails from members thanking us, all for different reasons. We all have our own story that’s attached to COVID-19 so it’s been a big win to know that what we offer has continued to have a positive impact on people, so that’s a win on both personal and business level. Another would be the “online” model that I wanted to create over the last three years we built out in two days (it’s amazing what pressure can create).
What are you doing to continue to grow? We’ve all seen you have study Thursday mornings…
I have had some more time before class and in the afternoon so it’s been good to spend some more time on what I like to do.
Every morning I’m spending around 15-30 minutes stretching and breathing before class which has been an awesome start to the day. I also have scheduled around 30 minutes into my training for mobility and stability drills before I start my main session. I’ve picked up a course I started last year with Precision Nutrition so getting through that which has been really good and I’m keen to finish (so many knowledge bombs). I would usually fall asleep after two pages trying to read it after a night of coaching. I’ve also started a 16-week online course with a company called the Pre-script which is weekly lectures around biomechanics, anatomy, client screening, programming and learning the function vs action of the muscles. Apart from that it’s been good to have some space, I didn’t realise how many interruptions I would have throughout my day by staying in the gym and the classes running. I love having a chat with everyone when they come in so I tend to lose 5-10 minutes here and there throughout the day I think.
How good is Jay Bae?! We have loved seeing our BBR fitness model inspire us through the screens… can you share what it’s been like to coach Jay day in day out?
She’s a machine! She doesn’t give herself anywhere near enough credit for how hard she trains and how strong she is and looks. Hmmmm ….what is it like to coach Jay everyday? it’s interesting, challenging and fun. She makes me a better coach because she asks so many questions. It’s nothing short of exhausting and sometimes frustrating but I’m always happy to answer. There is no question she won’t ask, it seems.
Ryan! What’s this do?
Ryan! I can’t feel that exercise properly?
Ryan! I feel it here not there?
Ryan! Can I put this in my macros?
Ryan! Can you check my plan?
Ryan! Who’s that guy that said that thing?
Ryan! Why is this sore?
Ryan! Why are you doing that exercise?
You get the picture… But as I said, it’s making me a better coach by explaining it and making sure she understands whatever it is we are talking about.
Anyone that’s watched and followed the session knows how good she is. Fit, strong and… sexy. Even if she swears at me under her breath during some sets.
How are you going with your fitness comp prep? Is that still in full swing or has there been adjustments?
Postponed, for now, I’ve been working with a new nutrition coach and I feel I’m learning a lot from him as we go along. At this stage, I’ll look to compete in 2021 rather than later this year.
Are your 2020 goals still moving forward or have you had to make adjustments, and how are you feeling about that?
When this all happened I starred at my goals for the year for almost a whole afternoon. I have them on a whiteboard in the kitchen. They just didn’t really make sense so I rubbed them all out and left it blank for over a week. I still have goals I want to achieve this year but now the white board currently reads.
-Follow YOUR journey
Aside from challenges and opportunities, what have been your sweet silver linings recently? What’s bringing you some epic joy?
My joy comes from the day today, I’m lucky I’m in an industry that can move to an online platform and I still get to coach a lot of our members every day. I still get the same feeling of coaching everyone online than I do in the gym. Seeing everyone log in every morning is epic.
I know there is a lot of death and illness around the world at the moment along with heartache, stress, isolation and disconnection so I guess I just feel lucky my life hasn’t been negatively impacted like so many others have. I still get to go to work, I still get to drive along the coast every morning to work, I still have the gym to train in. I’m eating fresh meals every day, the sun is still shining at the end of April, I have an amazing supportive partner and spend nearly every hour of the day with my dog Forrest. I just feel we have a job to do by keeping everyone fit, motivated and as connected as we can.
Fast Five for iso life
Fave iso workout/exercise: Any machine or cable exercise ( I know so many people getting the job done with dumbbells and barbells so I know I’m in the small percentage of people able to use gym equipment)
Least fave iso workout/exercise (but you do it anyway): I would say Core work, I find planking and ab workout boring some days.
Fave takeaway cafe and your order: Pixel Claremont – 4 eggs 4 toast mushrooms, spinach, sometimes bacon.
Fave way to chill in iso: Reading
First thing you’re doing once iso is over: Fly back to Melbourne with Jay, I had to cancel our flights the week of March 18th as COVID was ramping up.