Ryan Zeltner is a 16-year-old Canadian Wakeboarder known for his multifaceted athletics and style who is currently on the Canadian Development Team. Ryan is also quickly gaining a following on Social Media for his exponential progress in the Natural Bodybuilding world, having started at only 12 years old, and competing for the first time at age 14.
Born on January 19th, 2005, in Toronto Ontario, Ryan started to wakeboard when he was only 7 years old. His family has a cottage they would visit on weekends and holidays, and though Ryan enjoyed wakeboarding, he had not fallen in love with it. It was not until Ryan went to a local cable park, The Rail Yard when he realized his potential in the sport. Since then, Ryan has had the privilege of being on the Canadian Development Team. He has competed at Nationals multiple times, and he has also been the Canadian champion for his age category. At age 12, Ryan asked to accompany his sister to the gym for a workout session and he was instantly hooked from day one. Shortly after his initial visit, Ryan started to work out more consistently under the guidance of his trainer Randy, who has been there for Ryan since day one. In November2019 after only two years of preparation, Ryan competed at his first fitness show at age 14. Despite his family’s apprehension about performing at such a young age, Ryan entered the Teen Category (18 and under)for Men’s Physique and came 4th! Ryan was blown away by the results of his first show, considering he was the youngest competitor (the other competitors were aged 16–18).
Outside of Wakeboarding and Bodybuilding, Ryan also grew up snowboarding, which has influenced his style and is exemplified in his Instagram Posts. When he can, Ryan enjoys teaching snowboarding and wakeboarding at the local parks, “I really enjoy being able to teach others to help them overcome their fears as they grow in the sports.” When he needs a day to relax, Ryan enjoys spending his days off with friends, walking his dog Marvin and listening to music. A fun fact about Ryan is that his bilingual! Speaking both National Languages (English and French).
Ryan’s short-term goals for fitness are to continue training as smart and hard as possible, to be able to compete in a fitness show later this year. His long-term goals are to continue to work and grow in the Natural Bodybuilding and Wakeboarding sport, and to be the best that he can be. Ryan plans on continuing to follow this mantra throughout his life, not only striving for personal satisfaction, but also for the lifelong health benefits that come from living an active, fitness-focused lifestyle.
Ryan is still considering his schooling options for the future, and though he does not have a set career goal yet, he does have an interest to explore the world of business, and engineering. 10 years from now, Ryan hopes to continue to gain prowess in the Natural Bodybuilding Sport, to own his house, and most importantly, live up to his values and to reach his goals.
“I look up to my trainer Randy most of all. He has always believed in me from the beginning, but it is not just me, he truly believes, but in all the people he trains. He is more than a trainer, he has become, my friend and mentor. I also look up to people like Chris Bumstead and the Rock. Chris Bumstead is an incredible guy and fellow Canadian bodybuilder, it is so impressive the way he has risen to the top. Chris excels at what he does, and he seems like a genuinely nice person. I also look up to the Rock, for countless reasons. He represents himself in a way that simply inspires you to be better. His dedication to health, family, and his mastery of business are all things I aspire to do. There is no one like him. He seems like a great all-around person and I admire his successful career and dedication to his values. “
“If I had to think of something that keeps me motivated during tough times it would be that I have an immense desire to succeed. This keeps me going whenever I start to feel unmotivated. For me, I just think of what I want, where I want to be, and I do the work to get there. That is my motivation.”