HOW RYAN TERRY WON THE ARNOLDS
For someone Ryan Terry's age, the idea of combining sports and weight training was hardly new. What was new though, was how quickly he rose once he hit the world stage.
In 2010, Ryan was only 22 when a friend nominated him for the 'Mister Great Britain' competition. In short order, he went on to win the title of Mister International, then launch his career as a professional fitness model.
A few years later Ryan decided to step back from modeling and focus on fitness competition. He placed in the top 5 at the 2015 Olympia, placed second in 2016, and was named the Arnold Classic Men's Physique Champion in 2017.
Bodybuilding.com caught up with Ryan, and asked him how he prepared for the Arnold.
WHAT DID YOU DO DIFFERENTLY DURING YOUR PREP FOR THE ARNOLD?
When my coach and I sat down to talk about the Arnold, we agreed that I should bring a bigger, fuller package than I had in previous shows. This time my nutrition would be very different, with fattier food sources like steak, salmon, and canned tuna - and lots of calories.
When I prepped for Olympia 2016, I cut out red meat and dropped my calories quite early on. This time we kept red meat in and the calories high. I increased my carb intake and kept a lot of volume in training, using a lot of heavy weights.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST PHYSICAL CHANGE?
The biggest difference for me was more mental than physical - more about building my confidence than my musculature. For me, it's a matter of trying to own the stage without seeming arrogant. But based on comments from the judges at last year's Olympia, my coach and I focused on getting me that bigger, fuller look on stage.
WHAT WAS YOUR PEAK WEEK STRATEGY?
I don't do anything too drastic during peak week. I've tried all that in previous shows, but I've found that it doesn't work well for me to do anything drastic or introduce things I wasn't doing for the 12 weeks of prep leading up to the show. In the weeks leading up to a show, I feel like I'm in the best shape I can be. So why change the routine?
WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER ONE DIET TIP?
Dieting is all about consistency. Bodybuilding is a lifestyle, not a four-week prep. You have to stay lean all year. You have to find a nutrition plan that helps you reach your goals, and that won't make you miserable a few months into it.
SO WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
Over the next eight months, my coach and I are going back to the drawing board, looking at pictures from the Arnold to see how I can continue to improve my physique. I still feel I have lots of room for growth. I allready know that I'm going to be working hard to build up my arms.
My other big news is that my girlfriend and I have moved to the USA just before I started my prep for Olympia 2017. The move made me nervous, because we'll be so far from families and friends, but in terms of my career and new opportunities, I have to be in the States right now. The window to really excel at this sport is so narrow, and I want to make the very best of it while I can!