A little bit about me .
Hi, I’m Ryall Graber! I’m a human sparkler and live a life full of sunshine. I have a reputation for being a firecracker who inspires confident action and helps my clients live healthier lives. I’m a Fit Life Specialist, health nut and love to motivate people to move!
I’m an Entrepreneur, Professional Health Coach, IFBB Professional Fitness Athlete, 8 X Fitness Champion, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Influencer, Published Author and Fitness Model. My business, RyFit International, and my home base are both in sunny Cancun, Mexico.
I hold the 2019 Ms. Fitness International Title and am an ambassador for Arnold WorldWide; I have traveled the world competing at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Fitness Competitions. I’m the creator of RyALLFITNESS Getaway; an exclusive destination fitness retreat that offers an experience to redefine your boundaries, unlock your potential and activate your best life.
My passion for fitness and nutrition and my own experience as a professional athlete set me apart from other coaches. This isn’t a job—I eat, sleep, breathe and LIVE it. Over the past decade I’ve developed a unique way of blending my education, my experiences and my passion to create a tailored approach to my clients needs. I get results. I have coached thousands of people from around the world and my coaching philosophy is one centered around wellness and balance; creating sustainable healthy habits through teaching, not simply instructing, while taking an individualized approach to each client. My favorite clients to work with the ones that have a general foundation of nutrition and fitness but haven’t seen the results they want from all of their hard work. They require the specialized tools, the support and accountability to break them through plateaus. My signature process includes creating custom-designed effective meal plans, training programs and teaching the principles of living a healthy lifestyle on an individual basis to help people crush their fitness goals and live life unleashed. I am insanely committed to empowering others to achieve their goals, activate and own their greatness and live their best life.
BUT I WASN’T ALWAYS HEALTHY AND FIT!!
Where it started .
I grew up in a small town in Alberta, Canada. As a child I was always active; I downhill skied, played volleyball and soccer; but I was scrawny and weak. I dreamed of being strong and owning muscles! My fitness journey officially began in 2001 when I was living in Calgary, Canada working full-time as a Dental Hygienist. I was working two full-time jobs and was spread so think that living a healthy lifestyle to a back seat. I started suffering from food allergies and chronic digestion and bowel issues and I was exhausted with brain fog most days. In 2005 I was hospitalized after eating a meal with a tomato pasta and a slice of bread in a restaurant. I didn’t realize that I had become completely intolerant to gluten or anything with preservatives and these foods, that I thought were healthy, were causing detrimental effects to my gut health. Every episode was becoming worse and I couldn’t live a normal life. It took being hospitalized for me to decide that I had to make a change. I wanted to be healthy, grow some muscles and get in shape. I hired a trainer and a nutritionist and started to eat healthier and workout on a regular basis. I completely changed my lifestyle and was hooked as I felt like a new person! It was the following year, in 2006 when I was living in Bermuda, that I decided to embark on a personal quest to get in the best shape of my life. I felt so much better and wanted to push my body and see how far I could go. I trained for 9 months for my first Fitness Competition while working full-time and I ended up winning both of my competitions and earning my IFBB Professional Athlete Status in the sport of Fitness. It was a dream come true! And I fell in love with competing.
Going all in .
After this experience I went ‘all in’ and went back to school to study Sports Nutrition and Personal Training. Every dollar I earned went back into my personal development, education and my own training. I finally took the plunge to pursue my dream of doing what I loved and left my Dental Hygiene career to start my own business in the Fitness and Health Industry. During the transition people in my life would say things like, “What about health insurance?” and “You’re so brave!”. I brushed their fears off my shoulders because it didn’t feel extreme or brave—it felt right. So I followed my heart and I did it!
In 2010, I moved to Barbados and RyFit International Inc. was born. Within 6 months I had a base of over 100 online coaching clients and became totally aware of my gift: helping people transform their lives. I felt rewarded and fulfilled on a different level than ever before. Helping people achieve their goals was an incredible feeling. I loved my new career!
I continued to compete as a professional IFBB Fitness athlete globally and to inspire others through my journey. I traveled overseas to train with top athletes and trainers, worked for the industry’s top powerhouse brands and traveled to over 65 countries. I was published in Oxygen Magazine amongst other Fitness Publications. I did extensive volunteer work in the healthcare field in India, South East Asia, East Africa and in Barbados. It was a decade on rocket fuel! I was totally relentless in the pursuit of my dream to help others achieve greatness through my quest be a top ranked Fitness Athlete.
But what many people didn’t know about me was that I was suffering in silence from 2007-2011. With the ‘high’ times came the ‘low’ times: the ups and downs from ‘dieting’ for so many competitions over the years created an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. Even though I knew how to eat and what foods made me thrive I struggled to find a balance; I had food anxiety, I over-restricted calories, I binged on junk food, I had many months where I did two hours of cardio every day, gained and lost hundreds of pounds and developed low self-esteem. All of my gut issues started to resurface when I had binge episodes and I felt horrible every day. I had two wardrobes and hated it: one for when I was in shape and another one for when I was in my fluffy ‘off-season’. It was at this same time that suffered from extreme adrenal fatigue and I was then diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and low testosterone; my entire endocrine system and metabolism shut-down. It was devastating as I was working so hard but I was losing muscle and gaining body fat.
I was told by my doctor that my extreme dieting and exercise was the likely culprit. I lived far from a balanced life for over five years; but I thought it was normal. I had worked with several top coaches in the industry but knew there had to be a better way and finally took my health and fitness into my own hands and became my own coach. I spent a full year getting healthy and completely resetting my body and mind with a focus on how to thrive. I learned how to eat for my health and my fitness goals not just ‘diet’ to get in stage shape. I started to see the foods I ate as nutrients, not calories, and started to eat foods that were alive and made me feel the same way. I became a total health nut and studied Holistic Nutrition with a focus on eating for hormone health. I stayed accountable to myself during this time and had the strongest desire to be healthy and happy. I wanted to feel good, perform at my best and look amazing.
It took a complete year for my body to fully reset. It was then that I decided to step back on stage and pursue my passion and personal quest to be the world’s top ranked Fitness Athlete. In 2013, after experiencing years of binge eating with excessive exercise, my digestion and gut health issues, several physical injuries over the years, hormone imbalance, going through a painful divorce and many last place finishes as an athlete, my athletic career finally launched when I won my first Professional Fitness competition at the 2013 Arnold Classic South America. And from there I qualified to compete in my first Fitness Olympia later that year (The Olympia is the Bodybuilders’ Super Bowl). I was living my dream!
My first professional win .
That “win” in 2013 was a defining moment in my life … and I never looked back. This experience wasn’t about the win actually; it was about not quitting and never giving up on your dreams. It was about developing the tenacity to commit to a goal and see it through. I had conquered my health issues by creating a healthy ‘balance’ in everyday life and even more so during a competition preparation. I felt healthy, happy and stronger than ever before. I never felt trapped again or counted macros and was finally able to find peace with food, establish a healthy body fat percentage all year round and truly experience genuine self-love.
Since that time I have been able to build my body and my mind to it’s ultimate best. At 40 years old I won the 2019 Ms Fitness International title at the Arnold Sports Festival and was officially ranked the Top Fitness Athlete in the world.
What started over a decade ago as a personal project turned into my lifelong passion, driven by accomplishing things I never thought my body would be able to do. This experience created an obsession with empowering others how to live healthier lives through my own fitness journey. I am living proof that things can change for you and you can achieve your greatest goals and beyond. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
I cannot wait to help you DO THIS!