We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Ryan Elliott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott Ryan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I graduated as an engineer. A few years in the industry, I came to realize that this was not my passion. The daily responsibilities of being an engineer became a struggle due to lack of passion and desire to improve. The struggle bled into the rest of my life and I saw myself becoming very passive aggressive with family, friends and work relationships and girlfriends. I fought the inner voice to change, because of the investment to graduate with this degree and the fear of disappointing my family.
Not seeing any light in this endless tunnel, I turned to seeking WHO I am with the hope of understanding MY PASSION and PURPOSE. I began reading books on the subject, listening to audios and attending seminars that deal with self development. I realized that taking this action was the first time I ever put time into ME. Growing up, my time was spent on school work, sports, family, fun; but never had I spent time on figuring out the WHO, the WHY and HOW of my life.
I would sit down in the coffee shop several nights a week to begin writing a business plan on personal fitness training. Fitness was a something a huge amount of passion to be apart of. I didn’t event think that it could be a career until I realized that I was the only one in my circle of friends that felt this way of exercise. Huh, I thought everyone loved it as much as I, guess not.
This business plan planted a seed that over the next several months grew into something believable and achievable. I call this business plan my BLUEPRINT. This blueprint gave me the courage to submit a letter of resignation to my boss at the engineering company. The Vice President visited the office a few days later and sat me down. With an open checkbook, he asked me how much would I like if he could get me to stay. I gave him the courtesy to say I would like to think about it. Although, I already knew the answer… Thank You but I decline your offer.
It was at the moment I metaphorically became a personal trainer. That was 15 years ago. The journey has been an epic story of serious struggle and amazing success. The passion of what I do as a personal trainer and for whom I do it for gave me to strength to show up each day. It was the expertise that attracted my clients to me and the passion that keeps them coming back. I get to give my clients the opportunity to figure out who they are and it all starts with becoming a stronger, leaner version of who they were.
Looking back, the RISK was not about quitting a secure job, but rather it was a risk of walking away from WHOM I WAS MEANT TO BE.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
HOW I GOT INTO FITNESS I got into the fitness industry growing up in a family with heart disease and diabetes. Having either or both of these conditions was not a matter of if, but rather when. When I came to the realization that one day I would have to experience my dad and one day myself go through what my grandparents experienced, I decided that I needed to learn more to change what could be the bleak future.
Since then, I have put my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins through my fitness and nutrition plans. Happy to say that my dad has lived well passed his dad.
I provide my services through private training sessions here at my studio in Del Mar, CA, on-line custom programs accessible any where in the world and mindset programs to keep your mind in the right place.
What sets me apart is I design programs based on your body type and longevity training.
Not all bodies are created equal. When you look at the picture of each of these body types (ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph), common sense tells you that the modality of exercise and nutrition recommendations for one body type can not possibly be the same for the other.
You start with my quiz to determine which of the 3 body types you are.
You can take the quiz with this link: https://koolbody.com/body-type-quiz/
The focus on the fitness programs is to lean out, tone up and longevity.
Thanks to modern medicine, society is living longer but our quality of living is poor.
The aches and pains we feel in our body could be from years of being rough on our bodies from the falls we have taken, the hits we have had and the overuse of joints. Compound that with lack of movement and poor nutrition and we have a broken down body when we get older. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Longevity training focuses on supporting the body as we age to keep those joints, heart and mind happy. To give us hope to continuing skiing when we are 80 or running with our grandchildren.
My journey was intensely challenging. Going from a 6 figure income as an engineer to barley making 10,000 my first year as a personal trainer.
Being committed to my passion is what kept me going and gave me the courage to make the sacrifices. I moved into a home with 5 ppl to save money. Took out of my 401k to supplement my bank account. And cut as many sacrifices as I could. I knew that in time, I could grow this business, I just needed to keep in the game.
I kept my mindset in a good place by reading books about self growth, having role models and friends that reminded me that I could do this.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Breakfast @ Good On Ya Dinner @ Eddie V’s La Jolla
Take the Coaster Train into Downtown San Diego for a Padre Baseball game. The train ride alone will give you some of the best scenery in town, as it travels along the coastline.
Rent some electric bikes and ride up the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Make some pit stops at any of the local bars along the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first shoutout goes to Mitch, a client of mine. Through example, Mitch shared with me the power you receive in being clear of what you want and making a decision. Designing vision boards and reciting daily affirmations reaffirm your clarity. These tools create a mindset and belief that form the path you walk. I had the privilege of witnessing Mitch live this lifestyle. Seeing is believing.
The second shout out are my parents. When I made the choice to move into the field of personal training, my parents did not attempt to talk me out of it. They only asked how I was preparing for the move. My parents are one of the most influential people in my life; having their support was important to me.