Name: Ryno Cordier
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Why I decided to transform
From a young age, I participated in all school sports and activities. I did lots of cycling and later competed in track cycling, which prompted me to join the gym. I went to the gym 2-3 days per week mostly to train my legs and conduct maintenance on my upper body. I quickly realized that I had good genetics to grow muscle and became too big and heavy for track cycling.
I increased my training to five days per week but eventually got bored, lost motivation, stopped training, and became lazy and fat. From there, it was downhill.
I started training again four years ago after deciding that enough was enough. I realized that I needed to make a plan and nobody was going to do it for me. I wanted to change for myself.
I began to take training seriously two years ago when my friend Paul Prince helped me. I learned to live healthy and implemented the diet of a fitness athlete. I competed later that year and exploded with motivation and hunger to achieve more.
How I accomplished my goals
It wasn't always easy. I had to make big sacrifices, but it was worth it in the end. I lost a few friends who didn't understand my journey. I later replaced them with new friends who had positive attitudes. Surrounding myself with positive people made me positive about myself.
I love what I'm doing and that's enough to keep me going. My motivation comes from my passion for health and fitness. I love challenging myself from training and nutritional standpoints. I always strive to improve my mind, body, and soul and give everything I do 100 percent.
Supplements that helped me through the journey
Diet plan that guided my transformation
Training regimen that kept me on track
I do 40 minutes of cardio every morning on an empty stomach and 20 minutes of abdominal work post-workout.
- Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip
5 sets to failure
What aspect challenged me the most
The most challenging aspect is keeping the mind focused. If you're focused, nothing will stand in the way of the challenge at hand. It's a matter of time before you break through.
Losing focus crushes motivation. If that happens, you're in trouble. Keep your head in the game, stay focused and motivated, and your journey will be limitless.
My future fitness plans
The sky is the limit. I'm new to the fitness industry, so it can only get better from here. I'm still in first gear and ready to go wherever the road takes me.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
Believe in yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody will. Set your mind to a goal and don't quit until the job is finished! Stay motivated, dedicated, and disciplined in your workouts and diet plan to direct your energy toward personal objectives.
Don't let anyone stand in your way or let them say you can't do something. Go for gold every day and live your dreams or someone else will.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
Bodybuilding.com is an unbeatable, must-have resource in your quest for fitness. Before I started training, I had no idea what a resting metabolic rate was, let alone how to calculate it. Bodybuilding.com provides calculators that can figure that out, among others.
Ryno's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Headstrong" by Trapped
- "Breath" by Breaking Benjamin
- "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit
- "Du Hast" by Rammstein
- "My Sacrifice" by Creed