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Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Ryan Swan

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  • Name: Ryan Swan
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  • Age: 19
  • Where: Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Weight: 190 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :0
  • Favorite Bodypart: None
  • Favorite Exercise: None
  • Favorite Supplements: Multivitamins, whey protein and creatine. I also like tribulus, and Glutamine.

How Did You Get Started?

It all started the summer going into grade 10. I weighed 118 pounds at 5' 10". It was pathetic. I was the most out of shape teenager around. My life revolved around drugs. I smoked weed every day, even by myself. Smoking weed led to Acid, and acid led to other drugs. I was a mess. One day as I was going out the door the look on my mom's face when I said, "see ya, I'll be back tomorrow or something, can I have some money?". It just clicked. She was so disappointed in me, and when I thought about it...I was disappointed in myself. Something clicked that day and I decided to make a change. My older brother had gotten a weight set for Christmas. I had always admired people who were in shape and had nice physiques, so I thought why not? I messed around with these weights a few times and started reading about working out. My now best friend Kirt worked at the local YMCA and asked me to come in and try it out. That first day, I knew I was hooked. The feeling I got from the weights was better than any high. As for competitive bodybuilding, about 4 months of working out, I came across a ticket to a provincial show. I went up and when I saw those guys in real life, I was amazed. I told myself that night that I was going to enter that competition and three years later I did. Now bodybuilding is my life, A choice I would not change for a million dollars.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

  • Monday-Chest and Biceps
  • Tuesday-Legs
  • Wednesday-Back
  • Thursday-Off
  • Friday-Shoulders and Triceps
  • Saturday-Abs calves and Forearms
  • Sunday-rest

I like this workout plan because you are giving yourself lots of rest by not training upper or lower body two days in a row.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Multivitamins, whey protein and creatine. I also like tribulus, and Glutamine. When I'm training for a competition I'll take a fat burner (ephedrine, caffeine, aspirin).

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding, is exciting, fun, challenging, and best of all rewarding. its not like other sports. It's all about you. You feel better, and look better. There's nothing better than finishing a workout, that feeling of accomplishment is awesome. It's like every workout you set goals, whether it's upping your weight, or doing one more rep than last week you're always improving.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future plans are to continue to train hard, and next year I am going to do the World Qualifiers, then go try my stuff at the Worlds while I'm still a junior.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Keep training hard, and never get down on yourself. Keep a positive attitude and remember, you will never have a better chance to be the best you can be.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Obviously Arnold just because he's Arnold. Flex Wheeler looked awesome, he was so well proportioned and just had an awesome physique. I also like Gunter, he's not the biggest but he looks awesome. Dexter Jackson is awesome too, and Jay Cutler is just unbelievable.