So who is he? What does he do, and what is his background?
My name is Ryan Weber
And at the ripe age of 6 I knew I was destined to help people.
Both my parents worked as medical professionals most of my life. I remember the dinner
conversations growing up, the nights and holiday’s they both worked and how they loved what
they did. That is what planted the seed.
I Wanted To Be The Best And Would Not Settle For Average...
When I was 13
I Wondered If Something Was Really Wrong With Me…
My parents wanted to the best for me and sent me to a catholic high school. I started out excited and confident but, unfortunately it went downhill pretty fast. I constantly got into trouble receiving numerous detentions and suspensions. I missed tests and quizzes which had a negative impact on my report cards. I even had a home room teacher who would kick me out of class for no reason. It was like my being there just made her upset…The other students would witness these crazy episodes and just give me a blank stare. I even had a girl stick up for me one day, and then she got kicked out. At that point no one said anything else. If the teacher was in one of her moods, everyone knew I was going to get yelled at and kicked out.
On the days I was kicked out of home room, I would do my best to hide in the halls or the bathroom. If another teacher saw me, or the dean saw me, I would get marked as tardy and get an automatic detention. Those suckers really added up after a while. My homeroom teacher would kick me out of the classroom on average 3 times per week. I wish I could tell you this was a joke but, this is exactly how I remember it.
I remember getting an in-school suspension because my shirt tale was untucked. Another time I was suspended because I had a tiny bit of stubble on my chin. I even missed a test because my shoelace was untied. Now, I don’t want to make excuses or sound like a cry baby but, these were trivial offenses. Other kids were doing far worse than me but never seemed to get caught. I knew of kids smoking in the bathrooms, having sexual encounters around the school, talking back to teachers and even doing drugs. But I was being punished for an untucked shirt?? Come on!
Needless to say my self-confidence dropped drastically. I got into fights with some kids in school and I adopted the attitude that I would earn my detentions because I got so many of them. I clearly remember Ms. Paradise, who was my Spanish teacher at the time ask me, “Ryan, you seem like a good kid, why do you always have detention?” I simply looked at the ground and said, “I don’t know…” At that point, her and a few other teachers eased up on me which made things a little easier to manage.
I finally left this school my senior year, first day of class, in a very explosive way! After getting into a fight with a kid on the first day of school, the dean saw me and pulled me into his office. He told me that he was done with me and was going to handle this right now. He called my mother at work and literally said to her, “We don’t need your son and his kind in our school!” I could clearly hear my mom get upset. The dean hung up the phone and asked if I had anything to say. Long story short, I was in another school the following week and couldn’t be happier to have left that awful place. It was a serious turning point in my life for sure, thank God!
Would I Have What It Takes, Would I Be Enough?
Don came into my life at the perfect time. He fueled my passion for fitness and supported me in self-development. I read, took classes and learned as much as I possibly could from anyone who would teach me. I even wrote a paper in college about ‘How To Change Your ‘DNA’ And Transform Your body’. It was a catchy title but not well received by the teacher. She told me my idea was impossible and she would fail me if I presented it as my class project. I did it anyway, the class loved it and I got an ‘A-’ on the paper. My teacher didn't say much, but she did express interest the whole time I spoke. I never got the paper back from her even though I asked repeatedly. I knew I was on to something...
My Experience As A Firefighter
I have experienced life, death, surprises both good and bad, high emotions, low emotions and everything in between. I could write a book on my experiences as a firefighter/paramedic alone. The lessons I learned and the actions I took molded and shaped a large part of who I am now. My level of fitness not only supported me in getting the job, but it has saved my butt several times.
I have always been very service oriented and enthusiastic to hep others. I still work today as a firefighter/paramedic, and I share my stories freely to those who ask. Now more than ever, I can see how my experiences as a firefighter support how I coach people into results. Just being able to relate on so many levels of emotions is very supportive because everyones background and experience is different. Meeting people where they are at and asking good questions is a relatable skill set. As firefighters, we all dare to care and not pass judgement in hopes of guiding someone through their most difficult time.
Learn More About How Ryan Can Support You
Fitness is what opened the door to many successes for me. Developing self-confidence is what changed my life forever, and it allows me to experience true happiness! I would go as far to say it saved my life! I have had so many experiences through the years, so many things I want to share with you to support you in becoming the best version of yourself. I believe in giving back, sharing wisdom and living with a purpose. You are meant for so much more, you are worth it and I believe in YOU. The time to start is now!