Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Ryan Dorobish Eyes IFBB Status!

Ryan discovered bodybuilding when he attended the Arnold Classic and was mesmerized by the competitors. Now he's almost one of them! See how he ascended to the top!


How did your bodybuilding
journey begin?

My bodybuilding career started in March 2010 when I went to the Arnold Classic for the first time. I heard lots about the show living in Ohio and decided to check it out. I wasn't into bodybuilding and considered myself an average, active guy.

The moment I walked into the expo, I loved the culture. The men and women had the best physiques I ever saw. The energy and motivation were insane. I wanted to be like the fitness models signing autographs and go on stage to present my physique.

I loved seeing Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson on stage. The fans were screaming loud and it felt like the Super Bowl. I got lots of advice from many athletes who were nice and willing to help out in any way possible. Attending the Arnold Classic started my bodybuilding career.

I decided to step on stage in October 2012 at the Natural Northern USA in Lakewood, Ohio, in the men's physique division. I was pumped to finally get on stage for the first time. I was focused and energized, which helped me win my class. All of my training, dieting, and hard work paid off.

How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?

Bodybuilding gave me confidence to be the person I am today and taught me what real dedication is. Bodybuilding made me realize that you'll always have ups and downs in life, but you must give 100 percent every day.

What or who motivated you to be a bodybuilder?

Seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger in magazines and movies gave me motivation to step on stage. His rules for life made me realize how great I can be. If you want to be someone in life, you have to work hard every day.

Where did you go for inspiration?

I tried to go to as many gyms as possible and learn from multiple bodybuilders. I watched others and it made me a better bodybuilder. I asked for posing advice and other ideas to become bigger and stronger. I also watched many inspirational movies. "Rocky" gave me motivation and inspiration to work my butt off.

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

My bodybuilding future is to become an IFBB pro in men's physique. I will compete this year at Jr. Nationals in Chicago, Illinois, to obtain my pro card. I also want to help people in the fitness and health industry and make their dreams come true.

I plan to do more fitness modeling this year and take it as far as possible. I also want to become a sponsored athlete with a supplement company this year.

What is the most important bodybuilding tip?

Always know that you can do anything and that you will not give up. There's heavy competition in bodybuilding and people try to mess with you in many ways. Never stop believing in yourself. Don't listen to negativity and believe great things will happen.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

My favorite bodybuilder is Frank Zane because he's not the biggest guy, but he is the most ripped. His waist is so small that it makes the rest of his body pop. His muscles are proportional and match his body well. His posing is some of the best I've seen.

How did help you reach your goals?

I can't thank enough. BodySpace helped me meet many great people who offered golden dieting and training advice.'s service is honestly the best ever. Thank you,, for being the best supplement distributor known to man.

Ryan's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Down With The Sickness" by Disturbed
  2. "Headstrong" by Trapt
  3. "Sun Doesn't Rise" by Mushroomhead
  4. "No Love" by Eminem
  5. "Hero" by Skillet
Contest History
  • 2012 Natural Northern USA - 1st Place Class A Men's Physique
  • 2013 Arnold Amateur - Men's Physique
  • 2014 Natural Northern USA - 4th Place Class B Men's Physique