Dr. David Ryan


I used to train at the same gym, while preparing to compete in the Teenage Mr. World competition, with the a former champion bodybuilder named Mike Mentzer who was always debating lifting ideas with Franco, Arnold, Robbie Robinson, Frank Zane, Boyer Coe, and Ed Corney.

I won the Teenage, Mr. World when the AAU was the only show in town against Rudy Hermosillo, Sly Stallone's old body guard. I am older than dirt now and lived in Santa Monica for a couple of years and trained at Gold's Gym there.

I was a power lifter for a long time and worked with Lou Simmons who runs Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio and I still show up there from time to time, and still write for their web site: www.elitefitnesssystems.com.

In the 1980's I was on the staff of Ohio State University's Strength and Conditioning Dept. and ran some NFL, NBA, NHL and ECHL Combine camps. I have performed lectures for the National Strength Coaches Association and SWISS organizations along with www.StrengthPro.com who train the coaches of the professional athletes. Early on I worked with Carl Lewis to help him run faster and Joe Green jump farther. They both competed and were the best in the world for a couple of Olympic and Pan American Gold Medals.


  • Co-Medical Director, Arnold Fitness Weekend
  • Cecil Award Winner, National Arthritis Foundation, Training with Arthritis expert
  • Editorial Advisor, Muscle and Fitness Magazine
  • Certified Speed and Agility Coach, StrengthPro.com
  • Former Strength and Conditioning Coach for Ohio State University
  • Former Medical Director, World Power lifting Championships IPA, WPA
  • Former Team Physician for various professional sports teams
  • Former World record holder, AAU Power lifting
  • Former Teenage Mr. World, AAU
  • Former Professional Soccer Player, NASL
  • Former United States Eagle Rugby Team




  • Get The BUZZ On One Of America's Greatest Astronauts - Buzz Aldrin!

    When you think of great American explorers, who comes to mind? Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin should be on your list! Read more about this incredible man - from his roots to how he stays active in his golden years! Check it out!

  • 5 Ways To Make Your Gym The Mecca Of Muscle

    You want bustling not bankrupt - check out these guidelines to keep your gym from being relegated to the past tense.

  • What's Your Gym IQ? Take Our Fitness-Safety Test And Find Out!

    Safety in the gym is a benchmark for success. So how do you measure up?

  • The Arnold 2011, From A To Z

    Here it comes again, the granddaddy of all bodybuilding events, the Arnold Sports Festival 2011. You won't believe what the show's organizers have in store this year.

  • Holiday Health Treats That Don't Go Right To Your Seat!

    Don't let the prospect of a big Christmas meal scare you away from the table. Try these healthy holiday recipes & ease your diet woes.

  • 8 Tips To Successfully Market Yourself As A Trainer!

    The economy is taking its toll on the fitness industry and many personal trainers are starting to feel the crunch. In these tough times you have to learn to diversify to make the entire process profitable and successful.

  • You Can Get Lean Or Big With The Best Workout!

    A simple way of looking at this and discovering the best workout program for you is to learn a few terms and a few scientific facts. Find out more.

  • Do The Elliptical Machines Really Help?

    It all started with the cross-country skier's and the higher fat burning capability they possess. Now it is a standard aerobic machine that is found in almost every fitness facility... Learn more.

  • What To Do When Your Body Aches: Tips & Tricks!

    There are a wide variety of questions that arise when your body aches. Realize there are several causes and types of pain. Learn more.

  • 10 Experts Give Tips On Competition Prep Just Days, Hours, Or Minutes Before Stage Time!

    Are you ready to step on stage? Are you sure? Don't let stress turn your hard-earned physique soft! Read the best advice from the experts on how to prepare for those final days and minutes before you go for the win!

  • 10 Tips On Recruiting New Clients In A Tough Economy!

    There is no doubt that tough economic times have hit many gyms across this country. It's time to re-think your approach to potential clients. Read more to see the top 10 tips to help you recruit new clients!

  • How To Eat Raw - Recover Faster, Get Better Results!

    Do you want an edge on training? What you really need is better recovery! Discover how you can sleep better, recover faster and get better results from eating more raw foods! We have the answers - check it out!

  • Nutrition Facts You Should Know: Real Food Is Better Than Engineered Food!

    The whole world seems to be obsessed with finding a way to stop fat gain... Here's a look at some real food facts and how science is sometimes not best. Learn more.

  • Fitness Over 50: Enhance Your Lifestyle & Enjoy More Freedom!

    Over 50? One of the first things we need to do is look at the special concerns associated with training someone who is older. Enhance your lifestyle with the following tips...

  • 'Organic' Junk Food: What Advertisers Don't Want You To Know!

    Marketing has turned a new chapter in convincing American consumers that junk food is good. Find out the truth and why 'Organic' doesn't make it healthy.

  • Turmeric: Is It The Next Miracle Herb?

    Turmeric is an amazing herb that is commonly found in the grocery store. It also is quickly being noticed as the strongest antioxidant... Learn more.

  • How Many Sets & Reps Should You Do?

    How many sets and reps should I do? To understand how to answer this question some simple questions have to be asked. Find out more right here.

  • Getting Better Between The Sheets: Invaluable Sleep Guide Does The Trick!

    The biggest athletes are the ones who recover the fastest. Learning to get the best night of sleep you can is the premiere thing that you can do to help you get fit faster. Missing sleep is worse than missing training. Learn more.

  • How To Succeed As A Trainer In A Recession!

    Every trainer should be excited to train at this time in the world, and fishing for clients right now is easier than ever... Here are ideas to mix up your training protocol and get old and new clients motivated. Try them out now!

  • How To Separate And Cook Egg Whites: Never Done It? Watch The Video!

    The truth is many people don't eat right because they can't cook. Here's the video that will show you how to separate and cook egg whites.

  • Artificial Sweeteners Do Not Cause Cancer: Old Myths Debunked!

    Debunking old myths is getting to be a full-time job for me. It is surprising how many people are afraid of using artificial sweeteners. Learn more.

  • Swine Flu Facts: How It Is Spread & Prevention Tips!

    What is the Swine Flu? The Swine Flu is a group of A virus that comes in about 1000 different versions, but there are four main types. Learn more.

  • Steps To Easy Abs: Avoid The Gimmicks & Build A Six-Pack With These Great Tips!

    Everyone wants to know how to get abs that look like a washboard. The whole world seems obsessed with getting a smaller waistline... Get more right here.

  • MMA Nutrition & The Weigh-In: A Complete Guideline For All Fighters!

    Are you looking for a nutrition program that has a direct approach to what you eat? A nutrition program that doesn't blindly suggest a supplement ... Learn more and be ready for the weigh-in.

  • 2009 Arnold Classic Preview And Hot Tips!

    Welcome to Vegas/Broadway show in Columbus Ohio. This is the event that has the eyes of the world on our event and it takes place in Columbus, Ohio. You might read about the Olympia, you might hear about the Iron Man, but baby this is the king!

  • The First Five Steps Of Getting Fit - Achieve Your Ideal Body Today!

    There are some simple steps that you can take to achieving that fit body that you always wanted to have! Here are the steps you need to build a healthy body!

  • The SFS Workout: Max Conditioning With Slow-Fast-Slow Technique!

    The SFS format (slow-fast-slow) is directly geared toward conditioning an athlete to perform in situations that require changes in energy loads. Looking for something new? Here it is! Sample workout provided.

  • Don't Pass The Salt: Health Problems & Water Retention!

    I talk to hundreds of people every month about their problems with losing weight and getting lean. Correcting the problem starts with reducing the sodium that goes into your body. Learn more.

  • Nutrition For The Youth Wrestler: A Guide For Incredible Success!

    Every parent wants to give their child the best advantage in their specific sport. Confusion exists around the sport of wrestling, specifically about diet and nutrition. The following guide puts the confusion to rest! Learn more.

  • What To Eat And Not To Eat When You Are In Pain!

    It is estimated that approximately one quarter of the population has difficulty with digesting any particular given food. That number may seem conservative... Learn more.

  • Olympia Head Expediter Steve Stone Dies Suddenly!

    The bodybuilding and figure world lost one of its greatest assets on the 26th of September, 2008. The head expediter for the IFBB/NPC, Steve Stone died suddenly... Learn more about the man that kept it all together!

  • Need Help Finding A Trainer? Here Is What You Need To Do!

    It is more difficult to find a personal trainer than it is a good doctor. You have to select the right person since they are stepping into your life... Here are questions you need to ask.

  • 2008 Junior National Preview: Intense NPC Competition Gets Fine Tuned!

    With training now behind the athletes they are ready for the 2008 NPC Jr. Nationals which will take place June 20-21 in Rosemont, Illinois. Many hopes & dreams are geared towards the ultimate amateur victory. Find out more.

  • How To Squat Without Knee And Back Pain!

    Learn how to squat without causing knee and back pain. I have trained thousands of athletes how to squat properly and some of those basic techniques are going to be outlined in this article. Build a great set of wheels the right way!

  • Pastor Mike Interview: Keeping The Faith When Carb Depleted!

    A passionate and enthusiastic pastor shares his story about going from SuperCross to backstage at the Olympia where he offers his services to carb depleted competitors! Learn about him and additional ways that you can help.

  • 2008 Arnold: Preview And HOT TIPS Guide!

    Tens of thousands of people will become confused and lost! Learn more about this electrifying show right here! If you are attending the 2008 Arnold Sports Festival I’ve got some easy-to-follow tips to make it a great weekend! Check them out.

  • Buying The Best Shoes: A Review Of Terms And Types!

    Getting some basic knowledge about shoes is the best way to avoid being sidelined in the future. Learn basic facts and terminology

  • Understand Stress And Beat It With These Smart Tips!

    Every one of us is affected by stress and just like anything else our genetics determine how well we can deal with it. Learn more right here!

  • The Holiday Workout Express: Your Essential Video Guide!

    How would you like to have triceps similar to Dexter Jackson or abs like Peter Putnam? Well here it is baby, exercises & video included.

  • Exploding Exercise Myths - Beer Causes Cancer!

    The major reason that I got into exercise science was to explode the exercise myths that existed. Learn more about myths such as gaining muscle & losing fat at the same time, sweating & acne, and many more. Check it out!

  • Recommendations And Marketing Tips For Trainers.

    Marketing tips for trainers - 1. Offer a 'Bring a friend to workout day.' Learn more from this and 7 other descriptive ideas to improve your marketing and how you are perceived by clients!

  • The Best Herbs/Spices/Beans To Eat Or Drink.

    There are literally hundreds of herbs available and trying to decipher the claims made about each of them can be maddening. I have tried to compile a short list to enable the reader some basis of knowledge.

  • Bicep Tendon Injuries: What Are They & How Can They Be Managed?

    There are four basic types of bicep tendon injuries. Learn from the following details on what those injuries are, some of the best ways to identify, and how best to deal with them. Read on.

  • Halloween's Scary Cheat Meal!

    Here comes the holiday season. It starts with Halloween, then after about thirty days of dieting, you blow it all. Stay sane with these holiday tips!

  • Personal Trainers Do Make A Difference - Why Use Them?

    The idea of why a trainer may be useful for your particular fitness program may hinder on cost, scheduling times, location, or other factors. Here are some basic points that you should know. They include: Safety, Motivation, and more. Learn more!

  • 2007 Olympia Contest Review By Dr. David Ryan!

    Dr. David Ryan was at this year's long awaited 2007 Olympia weekend held in Las Vegas, Nevada! See what he has to say about the events as they unfolded! Learn more here...

  • Health Care Survival Guide: When Not To Pay Medical Bills.

    I wrote this article after a simple thing happened to me; I received a collection notice from a physician. The interesting thing was that, I never received a bill... Protect and educate yourself with these experiences, tips, and definitions.

  • Antioxidants: Definitions, Facts & The Color Wheel

    Health headlines today are always focused around the topics of antioxidants. You cannot pick foods at the store without seeing the antioxidant hype. Learn about antioxidants from the following definitions, facts, and food color wheel right here!

  • Just Drink Water, Backstage At A Competition!

    Several times a year, while covering contest, I have to deal with individuals who have pushed themselves too far. They have dehydrated themselves to the point of lightheadedness and even passing out. Learn why you need to just drink water!

  • 2007 Team Universe Review: Manhattan Hosts Annual Event!

    Face it, you are on an island called Manhattan and the competition is held very close to the financial district of the world. Here is a quick review of what the competitors experienced as they made their trek to the annual event.

  • A Review From The '07 Junior Nationals!

    The competition was incredible and stacked to the hilt. In the past, a few states would send their best, then a few other states... This year they were all stacked. Here is my review of the 2007 Junior Nationals.

  • Colorado Pro/Am 2007: Review From The Main Stage & Behind The Curtain!

    The expo was well organized and well ran and if you enjoy the Arnold Fitness Expo, but don't like the masses of people, then this is for you. Here is my take on the events, competitors and some behind the scenes action from the Colorado Pro!

  • Family Fitness: Importance, Effort, Goals And Activity Suggestions!

    If you are a parent, your child's interest in exercise and sport is well founded. Consider that over 60% of all children in this country are considered overweight. Get some great tips and suggestions for improving your family’s fitness level...

  • The Ultimate Guide For Fish And Seafood!

    Many athletes have a large part of their daily diets that consist of fish and seafood. The reason is obviously quite simple - protein. Exploit the following guide on fish types, benefits of Omega 3 & 6 fats, and mercury levels!

  • Physique Critique: Judge Creates Seminar To Help Athletes.

    Mr. Felder has been a judge for over 20 years and is sought by the tops in the world of professional and national competitors. Learn about a new seminar he put together so athletes could get much needed critiques before a show.

  • Bench Press More In Just One Day! Learn Bar Placement & Other Tips.

    Having a good bench press is mandatory in most sports today and is normally the first question asked. So how do you get a good bench? Get detailed tips for improving technique right here!

  • Boot Camp Training At Home Or On The Road!

    Boot camp training is the optimum training for intensity and requires minimum room and virtually no equipment. Here are some great guidelines and examples including settings, exercises, various phases, etc. Try them out!

  • Thyroid - Ultimate Guide To Getting Lean

    If you are having trouble losing body fat or you have hit that body weight plateau, then it is time to learn more about the ultimate factor – the thyroid.

  • David Ryan's Review Of The 2007 Arnold Classic!

    The 2007 Arnold Classic Weekend is really the greatest thing on the planet - With nearly 16,000 athletes and 130,000 people in attendance you can imagine! Here is my review the weekend and what some of my responsibilities were.

  • Variable Training – Is It The Key To Maximal Growth?

    We all want to maximize our training to grow bigger and stronger in the shortest amount of time possible. Get a competitive edge with these tips to maximize growth from variable training!

  • New Get-Big Supplement For Offseason Growth: Gaspari SizeOn!

    End of the season and you want to put on some serious mass. One way to do that is with proper supplementation. What I've put together here are some details on a new product with creatine and how much promise it has. Learn more.

  • How To Make All The Foods You Eat Taste Better!

    Let's face it; if you like what you are eating, then you are less likely to cheat. Get the facts here about how our senses of taste & smell really work. Control these and you can control your cravings. Learn more!

  • An Interview With Fitness Pro & High Flyer, Karen Patten!

    Karen is about as close as the fitness industry has to Superman. She is mild mannered, calm, confident and ...oh yeah, can leap tall buildings. Learn more about Karen as she talks about what she is doing and what her future plans are. Check it out!

  • Post Contest Binge Eating: It Messes Up Your Metabolism!

    The intake of junk food for multiple days following your pre-contest diet plan will result in several severe reactions... See how binge eating post contest can mess up your metabolism! Bonus: Ten easy steps to control bingeing.

  • An Interview With Figure Pro, Heather Mae French!

    Heather was nicknamed Twizzler after she was pushing the post victory candy on the bus ride back... Below you will learn more and how she is ready to put her mark on the fitness industry. Check it out!

  • Protein, The Most Up To Date Information.

    The truth is you will not damage your kidneys by taking too much protein. Get the true facts on what protein to take and when to take it. From what I've supplied here you will have the truth and the ability to make an educated decision about protein.

  • Going Against The Grain.

    The government has changed the food pyramid again and if you have a child or any interest in your own health, you should read this article and pass it around.

  • Syndesmosis - Chronic Wrist, Elbow, Ankle Or Knee Pain.

    Learn more about Syndesmosis. Get the details of what it is, who gets it, and learn some ways of detecting it along with some recommendations to keep it from getting worse.

  • Training Those Darn Calves!

    Are your calves your worst body part? There is some science of why you are having so much trouble getting your calves to grow. Read on and then you can start on the road to huge freaky calves.

  • The Scoop On Labrada's Super Charge And The Effects Of Coffee!

    I have tried several pre-workout supplements introduced to the supplement market over the years and have not been impressed. Learn why Super Charge is different and how it works.

  • Throat Trauma Can Quietly Kill You.

    Ringside Physicians have to be aware of throat trauma and the serious complicating effects of missing a quick and accurate diagnosis. Learn right here what the signs are and what you can do to help.

  • David Ryan's Review Of The 2006 Arnold Classic Weekend.

    With over 100,000 people in attendance this year's Arnold Expo did not disappoint expectations. Find out what went on at the expo if you were not able to attend. Check it out!

  • Epididymitis - Why You Should Go To The Bathroom Before You Lift

    Guys watch out. While this may seem very funny to see and even read it is no laughing matter. This article covers what Epididymitis is and one simple solution to keep it from happening. Read on!

  • Getting Your Rhythm Down: Improving Your Sleep Habits!

    The average healthy individual needs to live on a 25 hour cycle, but of course our planet is on a 24 hour cycle. Get some great tips right here for establishing better sleeping habits.

  • Partial Movements: The Cornerstone Of Sports Training!

    There are many arguments still about how muscles really work. In this article we will look at some information about them and how partial movements take advantage of how they work. Check it out!

  • An Interview With 2004 Mr. Ohio, Joey Decaminada.

    Joey has set several records in strongman competitions and would have become a professional strongman had it not been for one single injury. Learn more right here!

  • Lose The IUD To Lose FAT!

    You train and train, diet, starve and pour metabolic stimulators down your throat, and you still can't lose weight. Why? Well we might have a possible explanation right here. Read on...

  • Creatine - It's All About Absorption!

    The trick with any supplementation is to allow for maximum absorption, which is why the general rule is that the lightest molecular weight will usually get absorbed the best. Here I am going to talk about creatine absorption and studies relating to it.

  • Getting Huge 101: Back To The Basics Of Bulking!

    There is nothing normal about what some do as nationally ranked bodybuilding competitors. Read on to see what some do and consider what you do in the off season. Is it normal? Read on...

  • Bald Guys Have Big Biceps: Keep That Hairline In Line!

    You train hard, lifting more weight, doing more sets and the side effect can be early hair loss. Now you try to stop the process... See what some of the effects are of aging and some of the drugs out there trying to stop the balding.

  • The Truth About Tendon Pain

    If you have had tendon pain for a period of time longer than two weeks, you should be very aware that it is not likely tendonitis. That's right. And if you would like to know more about tendonitis and tendonosis, then read on.

  • Beware: The Drugs That Make You Fat!

    The next time you pick up that medication, STOP, and look at the insert. Several prescription and over-the-counter medications can keep you from getting lean. Stay informed... Learn more here!

  • Making Your Waist Smaller - Learn About Vacuuming The Stomach!

    Learning to vacuum your stomach is necessary to offer greater symmetry and control lower back pain. This article is short but to the point. Learn more...!

  • An Interview With Kerry Lind, 2005 Mr. Ohio Overall Winner.

    At 44 years of age Kerry Lind has showed us all that there is no such thing as 'over the hill.' Kerry Lind only wanted to see how he stacked up. This is an interview as well as an inspirational story for all.

  • Shoulder Fix-It 101!

    The shoulder is the most complicated joint in the body to rehabilitate and as such magnifies the importance of rehabilitation. Get an in-depth look right here to learn more... you can regain your range of motion.

  • Ultimate Weapon For Getting Lean: The Bod Pod!

    The Bod Pod is a device that will avoid underwater weighing to get accurate lean mass ratios. It is a great alternative and used by the NCAA and medical professionals alike. Find out more right here!

  • Common Skin Conditions And Ways Of Dealing With Them.

    Skin conditions afflict us all and are very common among athletes. I have some very interesting skin conditions to share here that you probably don't want when you go on stage. Check it out!

  • The Facts About Aerobic Response.

    Learn some of the main reasons why doing cardio twice a day or after a workout may be more beneficial in burning fat and not muscle. There are also a number of facts here that may surprise you. Try not to get mad when you read this.

  • Genetic Motivation! Are We All Crazy?

    While in medical school, I remember laughing when the professor told us that all human personality is genetic. Can it be true? Well that depends... If you are curious about this then read on.

  • Fiber Type Training: What Type Of Muscle Fiber Are You?

    If you know what type of muscle fiber you have then training programs can be better designed. Here I am going to talk a little about that. It should help clear up a lot of questions.

  • No Tan Lines Please!

    Getting the most out of tanning is sometimes confusing. Here we will share with you some of the different tanning tricks, what the pros do, what you shouldn't do, and some photography tips.

  • Shin Splints: Learn To Run Pain Free!

    A common injury associated with figure or endurance training is a shin splint. To help improve this sometimes debilitating injury I have put together a list of suggestions and shoe types to ease your pain.