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Personal Trainer Of The Month - Ryan Sullivan!
Ryan Sullivan!

Congratulations Ryan Sullivan on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Ryan was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for his health and fitness contributions that he provides for his clients!

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Congratulations Ryan Sullivan on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Ryan was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for his health and fitness contributions that he provides for his clients!

He is the owner and creator of Sci-Unison Fitness and, having been overweight when he was younger, is able to help clients from every end of the fitness spectrum.

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Name: Ryan Sullivan
Age: 26
Education/Certification:

    I actually went to school to be a middle-high school teacher. I am certified in the area of social studies. Although I am not currently pursuing a full-time position in the education field, I strongly feel that the training I received has helped me with my personal training clients and my business as a whole.

    As a teacher your primary objectives are to take rather complex issues and simplify them for your students as well as relate them to everyday life. This is exactly what I do. My certifications are:

    • AFTA
    • NASM
    • Expert Rating
    • ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition (in progress)

Location: North Babylon, New York
Contact Info: sci_unison@optonline.net, www.sci-unisonfitness.com
Rates: I offer much more than in gym personal training. For all my available programs and services along with their pricing and details please visit my site.

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[ Q ] Can you tell me a little about yourself?
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    My name is Ryan Sullivan and I am the creator and owner of Sci-Unison Fitness Inc. I am a very hard worker and take pride in what I do. I try my hardest to give all my clients the best possible experience with Sci-Unison Fitness.

    The goal of my business is to help you achieve any and all of your health and fitness goals. I can help locals as well as people all over the country thanks to the internet. Growing both physically and mentally are goals that I try to achieve each and everyday.

I Try My Hardest To Give All My Clients The Best Possible Experience With Sci-Unison Fitness.
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I Try My Hardest To Give All My Clients The
Best Possible Experience With Sci-Unison Fitness.

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[ Q ] Why did you become a trainer?
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    I became a personal trainer to help people achieve their health and fitness goals. When I was younger I was a little on the heavy side so I know what it feels like to be unfit and overweight. Since then I have learned everything needed to completely transform the human body.

    All the research, experience, trial and error helps me to better serve my clients. I wasn't born with the genetics of a Greek god, and I had to work extra hard for what I have.

    This gives me a deeper understanding of the struggle that many people face. Now that I have cracked the code, it's my turn to help others crack theirs.

All The Research, Experience, Trial And Error Helps Me To Better Serve My Clients.
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All The Research, Experience, Trial And
Error Helps Me To Better Serve My Clients.

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[ Q ] Does having a background of a bodybuilder help?
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    Without a doubt. I know most people do not want to be bodybuilders but the knowledge I gained from being one helps so much. Being a bodybuilder has allowed me to experience both extremes.

    I was once really heavy and out of shape, and being a bodybuilder enables me to see and experience my physique at its highest peak. Once you have experienced both extremes you can then serve and guide anyone that falls in between. Once again, it comes down to experience and the ability to relate to others.

Being A Bodybuilder Enables Me To See And Experience My Physique At Its Highest Peak.
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Being A Bodybuilder Enables Me To See And
Experience My Physique At Its Highest Peak.

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[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
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    I mix things up a lot. There are high intensity workouts in there, some mild powerlifting, higher volume training.

    I always adjust my training split, training frequency, training style, rep range and rep tempo to keep not only my progress moving, but more importantly the progress of my clients. I would consider myself and my methods very diversified.

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[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
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    Plenty. The transformations are great and I am on pace to add another 6 within the coming months. I have a lot of hard working dedicated clients.

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[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes newbie's make?
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    • Focusing way too much on cardio and neglecting weight training.
    • Not having enough patience. Results come with time and consistency.
    • Not going into the gym with a strategic attack plan. Every workout should be mapped out before you enter the gym.
    • Neglecting water intake.
    • Listening to the tips of the wrong crowd in the gym.

    Starting an exercise and nutrition plan can be very intimidating and difficult. The key is to have top quality centralized information. Being a teacher, delivering this type of information is my specialty.

The Key Is To Have Top Quality Centralized Information.
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The Key Is To Have Top
Quality Centralized Information.

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[ Q ] What is your approach to nutrition and supplementation? Do you set your clients up with a full diet plan?
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    Yes I do. Not only is it a full diet plan, but it is also custom tailored to their schedule. Eating the right foods is only half the game, eating the right foods at the right times, now that equals success.

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[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
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    I keep my clients motivated by always changing their workout routines and challenging them to excel.

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[ Q ] What is the average length of a client?
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    Most of my clients sign up for the 4 month programs. At the end of the term I give them the option to re-sign at a discounted rate.

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[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
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    After dealing with so many clients I have learned that everyone is different. A one-sized-fits-all approach to health and fitness usually will fail.

    Age, sex, location, height, body type, lifestyle, occupation, goals, and metabolic rate are all variables that need to be accounted for.

A One-Sized-Fits-All Approach To Health And Fitness Usually Will Fail.
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A One-Sized-Fits-All Approach To
Health And Fitness Usually Will Fail.

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[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
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    I do an assessment on their current lifestyle, occupation, goals etc. I basically try to figure out where the client stands in terms of knowledge related to fitness and nutrition.

    From there I give them a free consultation either over the phone, through Skype, or in person about any of the programs they are interested in. If they chose to sign up then I administer a new client questionnaire which helps me to begin creating their very own individualized program.

Skype:
Skype is a software application that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.

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[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
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    I usually don't have a preference on this. As long as they put in hard work I am happy training both men and women. The only people (male or female) that I do not enjoy training are those who desire the body of their dreams but do no work.

    I am talking about the people who say every exercise hurts, every weight is too heavy, everyday they are too busy, and they don't like any of the foods on the food list given to them.

    I am by no means a drill sergeant in the gym (unless you want me to be) but I think that people need to stop expecting everything for nothing. This world is all about hard work, determination, dedication and most of all patience. So basically, don't be soft!

I Think That People Need To Stop Expecting Everything For Nothing.
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I Think That People Need To
Stop Expecting Everything For Nothing.

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[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
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    Sometimes, but I enjoy it. I enjoy being able to listen and help my clients. I keep everything confidential and I think that is why my clients place so much trust in me.

    They are great, and when I am having a bad day my clients are there to help me out as well. It is a two way street.

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[ Q ] Where do you train your clients? Do you train them in a gym, at home, or where?
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    I train them all over; if they are local that is. I also do majority of my work via my online programs. I would say that 60% of my clients are from out of state. The website, along with the training charts, workouts, and videos they receive make it a very interactive experience.

    A majority of my in-gym personal training takes place at World Gym in Babylon. It is a great facility along with great management. Throughout the years the owner has done everything in his power to improve the facility. Great place to call home. If you are local and want a week free pass, let me know.

I Also Do Majority Of My Work Via My Online Programs.
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I Also Do Majority Of My
Work Via My Online Programs.

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[ Q ] Any shout outs?
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    Of course. I would like to thank my mother, grandmother and aunt for everything they have done for me. My wonderful girlfriend for her unconditional support and love. My current training partner and close friend Brian. My best friend Joe Cunningham, may he rest in peace.

    I also would like to thank my web designer Rory from Rory Graphics. He does awesome work and a lot of doors have been opened since I began working with him.

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