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    A Family Tragedy Inspires Fitness Revolution and Mission for the Health of His Community

    Ryan Vivar fights for the underdog, because he was one. Growing up with few resources and overweight, a family tragedy changed his life and his life’s work in amazing ways.

    With his family tragedy as motivation, Ryan simultaneously began a quest to lose over 100 pounds, and to open his own successful gym.

    Now motivated and passionate about helping the underdog, Ryan is making a mark and helping those written off by others. Ryan uses inspiration as tool to help people who reflect his self-professed underdog story and people 100 pounds or more overweight.

    At 78 years old, Ryan’s first client beat the odds and lost 100 pounds. To help others like this client, Ryan created the Fitness after 50 Oklahoma Program.

    His inspiring story is one of the reasons Ryan was chosen to be part of the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) PROfile campaign to highlight everyday fitness trainers with inspirational, interesting and motivational stories to tell about what led them to a life in fitness and what keeps them passionate.

    He is inspired to change fates. He will inspire you too. Won’t you share his story?

    You can see Ryan’s PROfile at:

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