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Welcome to Racked SF's search for San Francisco's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking hot candidates who work at local gyms and studios. Then, once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite. Let the games begin!
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Ryan Allen's background as a gymnast and a runner called him to the West Coast to develop his career in the fitness industry. He believes that overcoming physical challenges is the key to unlocking potential in all other areas of your life, so he's developed individualized programs for clients that are challenging, safe, and most importantly fun. And it's a nice bonus that while you work on your core, you can admire his... tattoos. If you can't get enough Ryan during workouts, you can read his articles on fitness and wellness on RealJock. Score brownie points by trying his exercises at home, then hurry back to DIAKADI to log more gym hours with this training mastermind and dreamboat.
In one line, tell us about yourself.
After years in the fashion industry in New York City, I was ready for a career that was more rewarding and that aligned with who I am as a person.
Why did you become a trainer?
Through my own experiences in working out, I gained so much confidence and saw the connection between physical and mental health. I wanted to share this with others and to help guide people to finding their own strength and confidence. I love what I get to do each and every day.
What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting in your class?
Be prepared to work, laugh and break down walls that might be holding you back from success."
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I have eighteen tattoos that my mom says she hates, but I believe she secretly thinks they're cool. I trade training for tattoos with my tattoo artist so anytime I think of a new one, I get it a few days later. I may be an addict.
If you weren't a trainer, what would you be?