Athlete Articles — Ryan Stinn

To Be or Not To Be...Your Own Coach

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To Be or Not To Be...Your Own Coach

by Ryan Stinn I first started powerlifting in 2004; this was when powerlifting was basically so underground that information was not readily available. The most easily found information on the internet was about multi-ply lifting in the USA, from gyms like Westside Barbell and Metal Militia. We took their programs and ran them and because we were rank novices, we made decent gains, probably in spite of the programs. Amazingly there was a group of lifters in the gym, led by Jeff Butt. I would describe Jeff as my first and, until recently, only official powerlifting coach. I learned a...

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The Dark Years

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The Dark Years

by Ryan Stinn I chose this title because it’s how I refer to the time when my back injury was at it’s worst; when everything I did, every time I started to climb out of the hole it would go out again. A time in my life when I almost walked away from the sport.  But first, let's start at the beginning. I first began training in a gym in order to lose weight, to become the next Ronnie Coleman, because that’s what everyone is exposed to. However in 2004 the person who got me started on this journey, my...

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