SA 049: Ian Ryan on His Brother’s Heroin Overdose, and How To Be Fearless and Healthy

Ian Ryan

In this episode, Ian Ryan of Fearless and Healthy Podcast talks about his brother’s heroin overdose, his initial feelings and fears and how it affected his family. He also shares what he’s doing now and why he’s focused on optimal health.

Guest Bio:

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.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • How did his brother’s heroin overdose affect him and his family?
  • Why he chose Fearless and Healthy as the title of his podcast?
  • What has he learned so far in the past year that he moved to 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.

  • What would be the one small win physical thing that he would recommend to the listeners here? And also, the number one mindset thing that he recommends to listeners?
  • What are the books that he most recommend to people or give out to people?
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Balancing mental training practice and physical training practice
  • The most impactful conversation he’s had in his podcast
  • How he developed his community when he moved to San Diego
  • Ian’s 7-day Jumpstart Program




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