March, 2002 Issue
Hello, my name is Kelly Ryan and I am an IFBB Fitness Pro. I was the 1999 and 2000 Jan Tana Champion, 2001 Pittsburgh Pro Fitness Champion, the 2000 Fitness International Champion and runner up twice in the Fitness Olympia. I want to thank Bodybuilding.com for giving me the opportunity to use their web site as an avenue to reach out and answer questions to all the fitness fans and enthusiasts. I will take five questions every month and answer them to the best of my ability. E-mail me your questions to KellyRyan98@aol.com. So with all that being said, lets get started with the first edition of Kelly's Corner.
Q. Do you prepare for your competitions yourself or do you have a trainer?
A. As most of you already know, I am married to IFBB Pro Craig Titus and believe me when I tell you it has its advantages. Craig handles my diet and training starting 9 weeks from the show date. Since I've started working with him my placing in the physique rounds have went from fifth to actually winning the rounds (Pittsburgh Pro Show). The most important thing I've learned is not to starve myself while preparing for my shows. Fats are really important in my diet for energy as well as over all health.
Q. How do you get involved in fitness?
A. The best way to become involved in fitness competitions is to contact the NPC (National Physique Committee) office in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania at (412) 276-5027. This is the organization that you want to be associated with when it comes to making a career out of pro fitness. The NPC is the amateur ranks and eventually you can move onto the pro ranks by winning a national title and receiving your IFBB Pro Card. It goes without saying this is the only way to obtain an endorsement contract with a supplement company. The NPC and IFBB are looked at as the organizations with the best athletes. So call and tell them that Kelly Ryan sent you.
Q. Where can I find my suits and costumes for competitions?
A. I have been working with Cynthia James in Pompano Beach Florida since 1998 when I turned Pro. She is the best and most creative costume maker in the industry. C.J. is an IFBB official so she knows what types of suits and costumes the judges are looking for. She has a website and studio available for ordering, and she will ship to anywhere for anything you need. Trust me when I say she is the best, so call (954) 786-9977, or E-mail her at CEEJAY6630@AOL.COM. Remember to give yourself enough time before a shoot or competition because she gets booked up at the first of the year for certain shows and will give discounts for early orders.
Q. Do you use supplements or do you eat only food?
A. I am not sure if this person is referring to off-season or pre-contest, so I will answer both questions. I use both supplements and food, both in the off-season and pre-contest. The reason for this is because I feel and know my body responds better to both because the nutrients that food doesn't contain can always be supplemented. The supplements I use most regularly are Glutamine, Branch Chain Amino Acids, Thermogenics and Whey Protein powder. Glutamine aids in muscle recovery, BCAA's help in protein synthesis to build muscle, thermo's speed up the body's natural metabolism, and whey protein supplements the diet for convenience of cooking. Off-season supplements I use are Biochem's Adrenal Support System, Creatine Powder, and multivitamins. The Adrenal Support System replenishes the adrenal glands after the use of thermogenics. Creatine powder helps in stamina and strength building, and the multivitamins help the body and immune system rebuild themselves especially after a competition.
Well, I look forward to the next time we all get together so keep those questions coming so we can all work together in achieving our dreams.