Ryan Klarenbach: Muscles, Martial Arts & Motivation
Finding the inspiration to better ourselves is a life challenge in itself. With the year that is 2020, that challenge has been tremendously amplified. But there is always hope to be inspired. And I believe I have found it in the form of popular social media influencer Ryan Klarenbach. Mr. Klarenbach is a modern-day renaissance man, modeling for major companies like Nike, Under Armour, Reebok. Running his own fitness program. Being a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, working/training with world-renowned stunts/fight coordinators like Phil Silvera (Daredevil - Netflix), (Deadpool 1&2, etc). And of course, recently being introduced to the world of Martial Arts (you definitely wouldn't be able to tell). Ryan was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to have a quick chat with us.
Black Action Stars: Hey, Ryan. Let's get right to it! What is your martial arts experience?
Ryan Klarenbach: What's going on, Man. My fighting experience started when I was 19 doing amateur boxing. All of the martial arts that I know now, I've just been learning in the past year, training with numerous people putting in tons and tons of work, practicing every day. The styles that I primarily focus on are Taekwondo, Jujitsu, and Silat. It's all very fun.
BAS: Would you ever consider competing with your newfound martial art skills to see how good you were?
RK: It would definitely be good for character building and discipline, just like it was with me for my boxing career. At this point in my life, it would definitely just be something for myself as far as a goal, and wouldn't mean that much outside of the sport for me. But with all the stuff I have going on now, realistically it couldn't happen.
BAS: You're obviously in great shape, and we can see the numerous workouts you do to get there. But as far as nutrition, what is your approach to stay healthy?
RK: To break it down simply into things I try to avoid daily, firstly, I try to stay away from sugar. It's found in so many things that you wouldn't think about, like ketchup. I eat a lot of greens, chicken, steak, almond milk, yogurt. Like I said, keep it real simple. And I use a steamer for my meats, especially chicken. It's very important how you prepare your meals also.
BAS: You have your own training and nutrition program. From your experience, what do you think the hardest part is for people trying to stick to a consistent exercise regimen?
RK: It's hard for most people trying to stay motivated when it comes to working out. Especially during hard times like these. We all have moments when it comes to working out when we ask ourselves, “Do I really feel like doing this?” The times I decided not to work out I always regretted it. So whenever I do work out, even when I don't want to, I never regret it. Something that I do to keep myself motivated, I have a whiteboard right outside of my bedroom with my daily goals on them, so it's the first thing that I see every day.
BAS: It's not always easy. But sticking with it definitely does pay off.
RK: Exactly. It's a grind. It's an everyday thing. With everything I've done in my life that has paid off, whether it be the stunts, modeling, or fitness, I've always worked my butt off every day to reach a goal for it.
BAS: I have a fun fitness question for you: if you only had one bodyweight exercise that you can do for the rest of your life, what would it be?
RK: Oh! Wow! As much as I hate them with a passion, it would probably be Burpees. It's a full-body workout, legs, upper body, cardio. It's everything in one. Even though I hate it. (Laughs)
BAS: Don't wanna hold you up too much longer, just have one more question for you: When people say the name Ryan Klarenbach, how would you like to be known and then remembered?
RK: I would like to be known as somebody that pushed boundaries and never said “No” to a challenge. Someone who constantly inspired others to think outside the box and be the best version of themselves they can be.
To stay motivated can be a task for many. But once we find it, the journey to better ourselves becomes a tad bit easier. I will close with a quote from Ryan Klanrenbach himself:
"Progress comes in strides. Stay hungry, stay focused."