Hey, hey, this is Jackie Tann and welcome to the body’s built better podcast. On the show we chat with experts, athletes, coaches and authors to educate and inspire you. We explore the body’s incredible ability to heal, adapt, and evolve so you could crush limitations, reconnect your body and mind and discover your extraordinary potential.
Today on the show, I chatted with co founder of GMB Fitness, Ryan Hurst. Now, I came across Ryan’s work and GMB, probably six years ago now. And the reason I love his work is because he encourages you to move and really explore your body and its capabilities in a way that is different from your typical gym program or group class. Our bodies are incredible in the way we can move and adapt. And his work is not just about building strength, but body awareness, spatial awareness, balance and stability, efficiency and mindfulness and the exploration of movement, which I love. And, you know, I think we put some so much pressure on ourselves to achieve these, you know, heavy lifts or running a PB or we look over to the person next to us doing the exercise or the movement, whatever it is, and we forget that moving for movement sake from physical health, mental health, emotional health, far outweighs any arbitrary number on a machine or the weight plate or the scales.
But, look, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you can’t have those goals. All I’m saying is that sometimes we forget that exercise and movement, and the exploration of that movement offers so much more to our health than just constantly looking at the numbers. So, this was a really fun chat, and I’ll know you love it. So please enjoy this episode with Ryan Hurst. Ryan, thank you so much for joining. Can you give a bit of background on you and how GMB Fitness eventually came about? Sure.
Yeah. I’m gonna try and keep it quick. There’s a lot there. We’re actually coming up. Next month is going to be our 10 year anniversary, which is kind of crazy. Thank you very much. That’s officially like when we kind of put it on paper. It started a couple years before that. But anyway, yeah. So my background, I’m originally from the United States, in a place called Wichita, Kansas. Growing up, competitive gymnast. I did that until I was 18. And I also did martial arts at same time, pretty busy, pretty busy boy growing up. Movement oriented things have always been my thing. I’ve just always been interested in that way to uni in the United States. blew up my knee, by the way. So when I was 18, I had a major knee injury in gymnastics. And so I didn’t continue with gymnastics. I actually did continue with martial arts. And in uni though, they had a Japanese class. It was the first time they were offering Japanese. My Japanese teacher, fabulous, fabulous lady. Her and my martial art instructor sparked the interest in wanting to visit Japan. There were no opportunities at my university. However, my teacher reached out to a teacher at another university. I ended up getting a scholarship to go study at a uni over here. I was only supposed to be there for like six months. I went over to study martial arts…[Listen to more on the podcast]
Take a sip. Um, all right. Well, you said you had a knee injury. Now was that? Was that the reason having stopped gymnastics?
You know, I gotta be honest, I think I was burnt out in gymnastics by that point. From age, I say like six, you know, years old. That’s what you know, maybe there’s a little after that. But basically, when I was small, that’s all I did, like, every single day, until I was 18. traveling all over to compete from state to state. You know, my parents were amazing that they put up with that and supported me when I was doing that. ButI think I just kind of got to a point where I was looking at other things. And I think that I actually didn’t get the injury in gymnastics. I got it in martial arts. Yeah, and so that kind of just solidified everything. And I just graduated from high school, secondary school, I guess you guys say, is that correct? Um, and I got this injury, and I had to get surgery. And I ended up my first semester of uni, in this big knee brace. And it was, it wasn’t good. So anyway, yeah. I think that it was actually good that I stopped. I was thinking of going to uni with gymnastics, but ended up not doing that. And the entry was a big thing with that.
So what sort of impact did gymnastics have? In your life? Obviously, it’s a big part of your life. Physically, mentally, emotionally? Sure.
Yeah. It was my life. I think the biggest impact of besides like, the particular skills, and was really my coach, I gotta be honest. Thanks to Mark Folger. Yeah, it’s pretty funny. Um, we’re still in contact today. Um, he played a huge part in not only what I do today, but in how I do things. The way that he taught on things that I didn’t even realize until I started doing GMB that were coming out, thanks to him. Good example would be the way that I look at skills. I know a GMB, we look at practicing skills. And this isn’t me being cocky, okay? Not at all. It’s just simply the way that I look at things is, if there’s a particular skill that I want to do, there’s never a doubt in my mind that I won’t get it. And the reason why is, Mark was always like, don’t focus on getting the skill, focus on the things that are right in front of you, and just keep practicing those things, that skill will naturally happen. And so to me, that was huge…[listen to more on the podcast]
Yeah, so what do you think of the methodologies and philosophies of GMB now that carried on from all of your experience?
Absolutely. So we have what we call the five PS. It’s funny, because this is how I mean, when we explain to people that are like, yeah. It’s one of those things where, until you really sit down and you explain it, you put it out there, it’s just kind of like, Oh, you know, um, the way that we trained in martial arts the same way and we just took that, organize it in a way that would be applicable to what we’re doing. And the thing about GMB is that, to be honest, it’s not about the skills I talked about the skills. It’s not about a particular movement. So it’s, it’s, we’re not the handstand guys, we’re not the local motion people. Really, up until now, that’s what you see….
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Where to find Ryan and GMB Fitness:
You Tube: GMB Fitness