In this episode, Ian Ryan of Fearless and Healthy Podcast talks about his brother’s heroin overdose and about the inflection points in people’s lives. I think it’s important for students in finding their purpose for what they want to do in their lives.
Ian Ryan is the host of the Fearless & Healthy Podcast. He helps people who are sick of being average, make life transformations.
Ian started lifting weights and exercising consistently his freshmen year of college at West Virginia University. After putting on the dreaded freshmen fifteen, he decided it was time to do something about it. Once he started seeing results, he was hooked. His journey in the fitness industry began shortly after graduation in 2008 and he’s been helping clients look and feel their best ever since.
A few years ago, he started to feel like something was missing from his life. As much as he loved personal training, he felt a calling for something bigger.
What was stopping him was the fear of sharing his voice with the world and potentially failing.
In January 2015, his 25 year old brother tragically passed away. His brother’s death was the catalyst behind many big changes in his life and he decided it was his time to jump. So he packed his bags, bought a one way ticket to San Diego and haven’t looked back since.
And thus, in the winter of 2015, the Fearless and Healthy Podcast was born. The show delivers inspiring interviews with some of the most incredible thought leaders, fitness enthusiasts and peak performance experts in the world.
(05:04) When you hear the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind, and why?
(05:52) Ian’s background
(07:44) If you don’t mind filling us in a little bit more, what happened with your brother in 2015?
(09:09) What sort of reaction did your family have to your brother? Did it bring your family together? Did it separate you? I’m just always interested in the family dynamics.
(12:17) So tell me about the name, Fearless and Healthy. What was it about the name that stood out to you that you built your brand around it? And what have you learned so far now that you’ve spent the last year in San Diego?
If you let fear dictate your decision-making in life, then you’ll never really step into your true calling or true purpose.
Without your health, there’s absolutely no way that you can be your best self for everyone around you.
(14:52) Your mental training practice informs your physical training practice as well. It’s the balance of the two that I’ve learned is the key. What would you say about that?
(16:05) In your podcast and with your coaching clients, what would be the one small win physical thing that you would recommend to the listeners here? And also, the number one mindset thing that you recommend to listeners?
(17:49) What is meditation really?
(18:42) What’s the most impactful conversation you’ve had in your podcast?
(20:01) Do you have any books that you most recommend to people or give out to people? And what are those books?
(21:10) I’m curious about your move out to San Diego. One of the things that I talk a lot about is the power of community in achieving and helping you to set and be accountable for your goals… How have you developed that community?
(24:25) Tell us about this 7-day Jumpstart Program that you developed. What does that process look like for somebody who you’re teaching and how can people get involved?
(25:54) Can you give us a little sneak peek, like what are some of the exercises or themes that you take clients through in that program?
(27:49) My biggest issue is the meal prep. It’s not almost the meal prep. It’s when I’m travelling, having something ready that I don’t have to think about, just to grab.
(29:57) Let’s say it’s chicken on Sunday, how much chicken would you buy for the week to make sure that you have enough to get to the end of the week?
(31:09) You mentioned something before about fasted cardio. I assume it means without having eaten, you’re doing cardio in the morning. Is that correct, or is it something else?
(32:47) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?