My name is Ryan Kollock and I am the founder of Code Green Fitness. I was always a personal trainer. I grew up in Norco, California and was an avid hunter and fisherman. My father had started me out in the construction industry as I child. I learned how to run heavy equipment and build houses. With hard labor also came a hard lifestyle. I used to drink a 12 pack of beer during the day, have a flask of Jack Daniels at night, and then head off to the bars. I also had a nasty habit of smoking cigarettes, some other things,and I loved my Copenhagen chewing tobacco. I was not the picture of health at all. However, it all changed one year when I had an epiphany. You see, there were three men that I knew and worked with since I was a child. Tragedy struck and they all died in the same year and were under the age of 55. I realized that was my future if I continued to walk the same path. Thus, it was time for me to break away and make a change for the better. So, I quit chewing tobacco and stopped using recreational drugs. Next to go was smoking cigarettes, and now I only drink on occasion. My life has completely changed.
I have been active in the health and fitness industry since 1997. I started off as a personal trainer in Riverside, and then moved over to supplements and store management. I managed a Max Muscle and Pro Shop for a couple years, focusing on helping people with their nutrition and supplementation regime. I got tired of sitting behind a counter and missed the experience of working out with people, so I went back to personal training and got a job at 24 Hour Fitness (who hasn’t?)! While I was a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Costa Mesa I attended California State Fullerton and studied kinesiology and health with an emphasis on exercise physiology. This helped me become a more well rounded personal trainer, and not just a body builder.
My interests also grew for business and management, which soon led me to taking a risk and partnering with some friends to open up a circuit training studio in Riverside. Accelerated Results was my first major business venture. It was an investment in time and money that I eventually phased out of. Things don’t always work out as planned, so once again I decided to make work closer to home, which was in Huntington Beach at the time. I went back to 24 Hour Fitness starting off as a personal trainer again and then taking on the role of Assistant Fitness Manager and shortly thereafter, Fitness Manager.
After years of managing personal trainers and getting burned out of the hustle of corporate America, I decided I needed a change. You see, I had gained over 20lbs and 10% body fat sitting behind a desk as a manager. I had never been so fat in my life. I was always grump and tired. I was unhappy with myself and my job. Not to mention, my wife Teresa was pregnant with our first child, Jackson.
So being unhappy, unhealthy and out of shape, I left 24 Hour Fitness and went out on my own as an independent trainer. We moved to Laguna Beach, CA and I started over again. Life was not so easy starting over again, but perseverance proved that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind and efforts towards it. After a couple of years of training at various clubs like Custom Bodies Fitness, Bodywise Fitness, Sweat Fitness, The Art of Fitness, Laguna Health Club, at the park and in peoples homes, it was time to open my own personal training studio.
So in 2008, with the help of some great friends and family members, I opened up Fitness Solutions, my own personal training studio. Things went well for the first six months, and then the stock market and economic crash took place. Business had slowed down, but we survived. Going through this slow period gave me time to think and really learn how to manage and differentiate my business.
I came to the conclusion that I needed to be more than just a fitness center, I needed to stand for something. What I really need was to brand my business. But what would it be? What do I know, what do I practice that other trainers are not?
Environmental Conservation was it…Sustainable living. You see I studied environmental sciences at UCSB and UCR, and health and nutrition at CSUF. Being the father of two amazing children and having a wife that I love dearly, I value what they eat, what they play with and what they are exposed to. We have so many contaminants and toxins in our foods, water, homes, schools and business’ that it is no wonder our society is sick all the time. This is my inspiration and motivation, to help people live longer, healthier lives.
In 2009, I re-branded and launched Code Green Fitness. The response has been fantastic, and people are loving working out more than ever. You see, it’s all about quality of movement. If you cannot move, then you limit the experiences you can have. Thus, we practive movement here at Code Green Fitness. We do not have machines that you can sit on and push or pull. The idea is to get you whole body moving, so you burn more calories, increase your strength and stamina, and improve your core strength and balance. Get ready to train like an athlete.
Going Green was the best thing I had ever done. Not only was I able to open my business and thrive, but I also reclaimed my health. Come join us for the experience of your life. Get Lean…Go Green!!!