Ryan Swan

Background

It all started the summer going into grade 10. I weighed 118 pounds at 5' 10". It was pathetic. I was the most out of shape teenager around. My life revolved around partying. I fell in with the wrong crowd and cared nothing about my health. I was a mess.

One day as I was going out the door the look on my mom's face when I said, "see ya, I'll be back tomorrow or something, can I have some money?". It just clicked. She was so disappointed in me, and when I thought about it...I was disappointed in myself. Something clicked that day and I decided to make a change.

My older brother had gotten a weight set for Christmas. I had always admired people who were in shape and had nice physiques, so I thought why not? I messed around with these weights a few times and started reading about working out. My now best friend Kirt worked at the local YMCA and asked me to come in and try it out. That first day, I knew I was hooked. The feeling I got from the weights was better than anything I had experienced before.

As for competitive bodybuilding, about 4 months of working out, I came across a ticket to a provincial show. I went up and when I saw those guys in real life, I was amazed. I told myself that night that I was going to enter that competition and three years later I did. Now bodybuilding is my life, a choice I would not change for a million dollars.

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Name: Ryan Swan
E-mail: ryan_swan@hotmail.com
Age: 19
Height: 5"10"
Weight: offseason-190 lbs, precontest-175 lbs
Location: Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
Best Lifts: I don't do one rep maxes. I don't feel they're necessary for my goals, and just put me at risk for injury.


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Articles

  • Spice Up Your Workout With Some Basic Techniques!

    It's always a challenge to keep your workouts exciting. Here are some ways to change up your workout to keep the intensity up and avoid boredom.

  • Spice Up Your Workout With Some Basic Techniques!

    It's always a challenge to keep your workouts exciting. Here are some ways to change up your workout to keep the intensity up and avoid boredom.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Carbohydrates!

    The following article will change how many of you look at Carbohydrates. Once you understand how carbs work in your body, you can maximize energy and yes loose fat while taking in a fairly high carbohydrate diet.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Carbohydrates!

    The following article will change how many of you look at Carbohydrates. Once you understand how carbs work in your body, you can maximize energy and yes loose fat while taking in a fairly high carbohydrate diet.

  • Cytosport's Muscle Milk Review.

    I had the opportunity to try one of the newer protein powders on the market. I mean, with the exception of a few protein powders, you basically have a choice between chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Needless to say, I tried a new product, Muscle Milk.

  • Cytosport's Muscle Milk Review.

    I had the opportunity to try one of the newer protein powders on the market. I mean, with the exception of a few protein powders, you basically have a choice between chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Needless to say, I tried a new product, Muscle Milk.

  • The Day Of The Contest Day!

    Find out what I did to when the contest and what happened the day of the show!

  • The Day Of The Contest Day!

    Find out what I did to when the contest and what happened the day of the show!

  • Pre-contest Preparation: The Final Weeks!

    After the weigh in, I keep eating, and then comes my favorite part. I will have a separate article on the day of the show, what was involved and how everything went.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: The Final Weeks!

    After the weigh in, I keep eating, and then comes my favorite part. I will have a separate article on the day of the show, what was involved and how everything went.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: The Final Weeks!

    After the weigh in, I keep eating, and then comes my favorite part. I will have a separate article on the day of the show, what was involved and how everything went.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: The Final Weeks!

    After the weigh in, I keep eating, and then comes my favorite part. I will have a separate article on the day of the show, what was involved and how everything went.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 5!

    Week 5 went really good. I'm happier where I am at and needed to drop my carbs that extra little bit. I have to say, I went on the threads and read some comments on my articles. I love it.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 5!

    Week 5 went really good. I'm happier where I am at and needed to drop my carbs that extra little bit. I have to say, I went on the threads and read some comments on my articles. I love it.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 5!

    Week 5 went really good. I'm happier where I am at and needed to drop my carbs that extra little bit. I have to say, I went on the threads and read some comments on my articles. I love it.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 5!

    Week 5 went really good. I'm happier where I am at and needed to drop my carbs that extra little bit. I have to say, I went on the threads and read some comments on my articles. I love it.

  • Ryan Swan - Pre-contest Preparation: Week 4!

    Well here we are, at the half waypoint. My weight is at 191 lbs. Find out what changes I made that will affect my progress!

  • Ryan Swan - Pre-contest Preparation: Week 4!

    Well here we are, at the half waypoint. My weight is at 191 lbs. Find out what changes I made that will affect my progress!

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 3!

    All in all, week one was pretty good. I lost about 6 pounds so far and am down to about 200 lbs. A lot of this is water, even though I am constantly drinking water, the caffeine in the fat burners is a natural diuretic.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 3!

    All in all, week one was pretty good. I lost about 6 pounds so far and am down to about 200 lbs. A lot of this is water, even though I am constantly drinking water, the caffeine in the fat burners is a natural diuretic.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 2!

    Join me while I diet down for my upcoming contest. I will have week to week pictures tracking my progress, as well as week to week articles outlining my dieting process.

  • Pre-contest Preparation: Week 2!

    Join me while I diet down for my upcoming contest. I will have week to week pictures tracking my progress, as well as week to week articles outlining my dieting process.

  • Stretch Marks: Is There Anything You Can Do?

    Stretch marks are tiny tears in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, which occur when the skin is stretched excessively. Learn what you can do to prevent them and care for them!

  • Stretch Marks: Is There Anything You Can Do?

    Stretch marks are tiny tears in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, which occur when the skin is stretched excessively. Learn what you can do to prevent them and care for them!

  • Pre-contest Dieting: The Last Two Weeks!

    In this article I am going to look at what some different bodybuilders do as final preparation, and break down what these different techniques do for your body.

  • Pre-contest Dieting: The Last Two Weeks!

    In this article I am going to look at what some different bodybuilders do as final preparation, and break down what these different techniques do for your body.

  • Pre-contest Dieting: The Right Way!

    Next, take that number and use it accordingly. For example if you want to gain weight add to this number. If loosing weight is your goal than you subtract from this number.

  • Pre-contest Dieting: The Right Way!

    Next, take that number and use it accordingly. For example if you want to gain weight add to this number. If loosing weight is your goal than you subtract from this number.

  • Eating For Mass!

    Learn how to eat to gain mass! It's tougher than you think!

  • Eating For Mass!

    Learn how to eat to gain mass! It's tougher than you think!

  • Gaining Back The Mass!

    I hadn't taken a full week off in over 2 years. It was like telling a crack addict to stop cold turkey.

  • Gaining Back The Mass!

    I hadn't taken a full week off in over 2 years. It was like telling a crack addict to stop cold turkey.

  • Abs: Easier Than You Think.

    When I am asked for training advice, I usually ask, what are your goals? And nine times out of ten, abs are at the top of the list. And why not? There is nothing that completes a physique like a chiseled set of abs.

  • Abs: Easier Than You Think.

    When I am asked for training advice, I usually ask, what are your goals? And nine times out of ten, abs are at the top of the list. And why not? There is nothing that completes a physique like a chiseled set of abs.

  • Getting Ripped For Summer.

    Without proper nutrition, supplementation and hydration you will make little or no gains and find yourself very frustrated and most likely quit because you won't be seeing any gains.

  • Getting Ripped For Summer.

    Without proper nutrition, supplementation and hydration you will make little or no gains and find yourself very frustrated and most likely quit because you won't be seeing any gains.