Bonding Over Bodybuilding with Ryan Young


I met Ryan Young at my first competition of 2023 in Utah where he was helping a client backstage. We made a connection, and I thought it would be wonderful to invite him to the podcast to share a bit about his competitive journey, including fitness, nutrition, and lessons he's learned. If bodybuilding is in your wheelhouse, this is the episode for you.


What we discussed:


  • The variations in standards across bodybuilding federations and competitions (1:35)
  • His personal experience with natural bodybuilding and the benefits of having a balanced approach to fitness (8:13)
  • Sacrificing fullness for a lean physique (12:28)
  • Following a ketogenic diet during a competition prep (17:26)
  • The enjoyment he gets from helping clients and being backstage (22:10)
  • Struggling with posing and stage presence in his first few competitions (26:18)
  • Natural bodybuilding and its challenges (34:16)
  • Training strategies (38:57)
  • Digestive issues and his client demographics (44:15)
  • The differences in our competition prep strategies and recovery (51:29)
  • Professional bodybuilding logistics and rules (1:00:13)


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Robert Sikes

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