SWEET AND INNOCENT UNTIL HIS DEEP VOICE BLASTS THROUGH THE HIIT GYM, BODIES BY RYAN TRAINER GENE BUCHANAN IS A FORCE. WITH A DEGREE UNDER HIS BELT AND A LONG-LIVED PASSION TO HELP PEOPLE BUILD STRENGTH, GENE’S A NATURAL AT GETTING THE BEST OUT OF US, EVEN IF WE’RE A LITTLE MAD AT HIM AT THE TIME. WE CHAT WITH HIM ON ALL THINGS GENE AND THE QUESTION REMAINS, WHY DID HE CHOOSE HIPPO AS HIS SPIRIT ANIMAL? TAKE IT AWAY, GENO…
1. How did you end up at Bodies by Ryan?
I originally moved up to Perth from Margaret River to study Sport Science and Exercise & Health at UWA. During my studies at uni, I managed to get a few other qualifications in personal training, and strength and conditioning so I started doing mobile personal training to help me get through my last year of uni. While I was studying I also did some work at sporting clubs so I guess you could say that’s where my (very recent) fitness career has started. I ended up at BBR after meeting one of our members at my girlfriend’s family dinner. She told me to get in touch with Ryan after I had finished my studies and was looking for some different work. (Thanks Talei!)
2. What’s your earliest memory of fitness, take us back to the ultimate starting point…
I’ve always participated in sport growing up, playing AFL, basketball, tennis and then having other active hobbies too. When I was a teenager and started having some knee problems, I had to take time off and was advised to get in the gym as part of my rehab. As I started to get in there more often with school mates, my interest in training grew and I started to learn as much as I could off people on Youtube. I tried to be the one who my friends would come to for gym advice, although some of the things I remember recommending I would be doubting now!
3. Where was your first job and what was the biggest lesson you learnt from it?
My first job was working at a local pie shop/general store called “The Tuck Shop”. I was 14 at the time and it was an old school place where we had to know price of every item off by heart. I guess I learnt that my memory and maths weren’t so great.
4. What type of fitness do you partake in outside BBR?
My main type of training has always primarily been based in the gym. Since I’ve started training my style has evolved from strict bodybuilding into a mix of strength, bodybuilding and conditioning, and recently I have been getting a lot more into my swimming and running.
5. What do you love about working in the fitness industry?
The best part about it is that I’m getting to use everything I’ve spent a long time learning and putting that into practice. It’s nice to feel like it’s having a positive effect even if our members aren’t quite so thankful at the time!
6. Please share your funniest or even weirdest moment at BBR…
That would be our mid-year awards night, I think that one covers both funny and weird!
7. Which station at the HIIT gym is your favourite and why?
ASS BIKE, it’s always fun to see members getting competitive to see who can get the highest numbers.
8. If you could avoid any particular type of exercise, what would it be and why?
Calves, because I have none.
9. What is your favourite local café and your order there?
Handy in Swanbourne, a large cap.
10. When you’re in a motivation slump, what’s your favourite way to return to form?
Whenever I get in a bit of a slump I just try to change up my training a little bit with the intention of getting past a specific level. I find that it helps to make things feel fresh again and then tend to get right back into it from there.
11. Tell us about your daily health routines that help you achieve your goals?
My main daily health routine would be my training. I try to train as consistently as possible and train smart too! I’m always mindful of what I’m eating and it’s key to try and keep things balanced. Don’t get too stressed over it and enjoy yourself!
12. What health services do you invest in regularly to keep your body in fine tune?
A swim down the beach is what does it for me (especially post training). I find that in combination with all my other training it keeps me in good form.
13. What are you currently working on to improve yourself?
Currently I’m aiming improving my endurance capabilities. I’ve never been a runner at all and endurance in any form definitely wasn’t my thing. So this is a new field of training for me, which is exciting!
Fast five favourites
1. Holiday destination?
A trip down south takes it every time.
2. Cheat meal?
Pastries from Kirkwood!
3. Song to train to?
Anything from rap to metal or dubstep. It depends on my mood!
I must have seen Harry Potter 4 over 30 times by now…
5. Spirit animal?