“My MISSION at STUDENTDRNELSON.COM is to help you become the best version of yourself.”

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I believe in becoming a STUDENT of your life – As I have committed myself to continual self-improvement and in learning how to help myself I have watched my problems fade and my dreams come true.

Let me properly introduce myself. My name is Ryan Nelson. I am a first year medical student, IFPA pro bodybuilder, and an ACE certified personal trainer. I hope to write inspiring content for those individuals that are looking to do something special with their life.

Ways to Improve Yourself at

 Health&Fitness: eat healthy, workout often, and take a preventive approach to promoting your own health and wellbeing.

 Lifestyle: find ways to improve yourself daily, read the right books (#Books&Beers), overcome obstacles, break out of your comfort zone, face your fears, and find your passion in life.

 Medicine: follow my exciting yet challenging journey through medical school as I follow my own passions and work on becoming the best version of myself.

Motivation: adopt a positive mindset through the daily indulgence in inspiring movies, videos, quotes, stories, and music.

Here is My Story…

I grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania in an area called the Mon Valley which is about 1 hour south of Pittsburgh. My childhood for the most part was fairly normal with a few rough patches scattered throughout. I developed my first true passion when I was in the 4th grade. At this time I was a fairly shy individual, I had a low self-esteem, and I was as skinny as a rail! As a result I developed a passion for and became obsessed with working out.

My Hometown of Pittsburgh

My Hometown of Pittsburgh

The Early Years

The Early Years

My workouts did not consist of much when I was this young but I took it very seriously and wrote down every workout in a notebook. Being limited to basic bodyweight exercises I remember settling for doing pull ups off of the side of my bunk bed. Thankfully once I entered middle school I received my first weight set and then during my freshman year in high school I joined my first gym. My passion for working out and what then later turned into a passion for the sport of bodybuilding taught me the importance of hard work and discipline which has helped me immensely throughout my life.


“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
One of the greatest moments in my life occurred after hitting rock bottom during my senior year in high school. Due to several extensive stressors in my life at that time I became depressed and anxious to the point of having repeated panic attacks. These attacks became so severe and frequent that I could not leave my house without having one and essentially I became a prisoner of my own house. I felt completely helpless and it seemed like my life was ruined beyond repair. However, something magical happened at this remarkably low point in my life which reminds me of a quote by the great World War II general, George S. Patton, who said, “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” The greatest successes often occur after a person’s darkest hour – Why? You may ask. The reason is because of HUNGER. I do not know the exact moment that it occurred but after being kicked to the ground and feeling helpless for so long I could not take it any longer. I was pissed and I wanted a change. I was out for a vengeance and I remember creating this silly metaphor in my head for my situation. I viewed myself as a starved tiger finally being let out of its cage. I was out for blood! In the two short years that followed I read my first self-help book, became a certified personal trainer, won the overall title at my first bodybuilding show earning me a pro card in the sport of natural bodybuilding, started an online personal training business, aced all of my classes during my first year in college, and decided that I undoubtedly wanted to become a doctor.

Winning an IFPA Pro Card at 19 Years Old

Winning an IFPA Pro Card at 19 Years Old


The rest of my years in college were spent trying to find ways to improve myself daily, studying hard, and enjoying several side interests including fitness modeling and providing people across the world with workout and nutrition programs through my old website Throughout these final years in college I learned that what I love most in life is learning and connecting with other human beings. That is why I am here now – to help you and to listen to your story.


Regardless of if you are just an average joe or jane looking to lose weight, someone who has hit rock bottom in life, a struggling premedical student trying to get into medical school, or just someone who needs a little extra motivation, I am here for you.

I do not come from a family of doctors. I was never the smartest kid in the class. I even had to take the MCAT twice. My old ice hockey coach once told me, “Ryan, you may not be the most talented kid on the team but you have you have the most heart. Every time you get knocked down you get right back up.”

In summary, if there is anything that I would like you to gather from this about me page is that if I can do it, you can too. Whatever goal you are holding onto or dream you may have in your mind just know that, it is possible.

Friendly Disclaimer: The goal of continual self-improvement is not to become the perfect person. Rather, the idea is to be okay with being imperfect.

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