Setting a goal and remaining committed to it is how certified personal trainers help their clients improve their health and well being. This determination has also served Ryan Nelson well, as he recently became the Bodybuilders (OCB) Natural STEEL Championships Pro Qualifier in Carnegie and swept all three of the categories at the prestigious body-building competition: teen, novice and men’s open class.
Along with the laurels earned for winning, Nelson received his pro card, which means he is now a natural professional bodybuilder.
“I started working out in sixth grade after watching Rocky, and I have been working at it ever since,” said Nelson, who followed a 17-week, strict, lean diet while training seven days a week for the challenge. “I’ve been working so hard for so long, I just kind of knew that I had a good shot at winning,” said the 19-year-old from Rostraver, who is a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania majoring in pre-med.
Nelson said he prepared for the competition with the help of Connellsville's A.J. Hribal, his friend and fellow personal trainer at the Center for Fitness and Health at the HealthPLEX. Hribal, 24, coincidentally earned his pro card in a separate OCB competition in May, becoming the center’s first personal trainer to earn the title.
Nelson joined the Center for Fitness and Health at the HealthPLEX as a high school freshman and then served as a lifeguard there for four years.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 23:33