“Variety breeds fun by nature. It’s the unknown. It’s the adventure. It’s amazing. Launching CooperFit has brought to life the famous mantra that when you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life.”
From leaning into the expansion of his heart as a father, to making an impact through giving back to global charities, Ryan Cooper has created a globally accessible product that enables access to mental and physical health for people looking to elevate their lives from anywhere in the world. Shaped by his experiences rooted in both failures and successes, he’s using his platform to have a greater impact on the community around him — inspiring a multifaceted approach to wellness and self-love.
MEET RYAN COOPER
Location: New York City
Certifications: Pilates Mat, NCSF PT, NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming
HFP: What inspires you and how has it shaped launching the CooperFit 6-Week Intensive programs?
Ryan Cooper: ERGHHH!! SO many things! My daughter and her zest for life! My clients who are breaking through boundaries and bravely facing limiting beliefs or negative habits. I know for myself, I can see inspiration in my walk to the corner store. The guys doing great work on the external finishings of a home, the kid skateboarding in the park and practicing a new trick. It’s everywhere when we walk presently through life. I never want to be absent of that, and that inspiration has fueled me to build a business that has health, wellness, and life coaching at its core. While my everyday life of wearing several different hats in fashion, acting, and parenthood has reaped challenges and rewards, all of this coupled with the unknown brought on by COVID-19 had made it apparently clear a different kind of health and wellness community needed to be shared with the world.
HFP: Why is mental and physical health important to living an impactful life?
RC: “Know thyself”! If we don’t understand what is driving us we will constantly slip into patterns that don’t serve our end goal or those around us. I believe fitness should have a holistic-, mind and body approach. If the only focus is physicality we move toward narcissism, and if we neglect our body we miss out on endorphins and discipline that is so important to our mental clarity and ability to enjoy life to its fullest.
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HFP: How is CooperFit different from any other program?
RC: The program focuses just as much on the mental aspect of health and wellness because physical fitness is tied intrinsically into our mental state. The way we integrate 1:1 coaching and communal growth brings an authentic and encouraging approach to a space that can often feel intimidating to tackle.
The CooperFit levels cover not just physical exercise and flexibility (strength workouts and yoga) but also mental elasticity inducing techniques like (meditation and breath work) along with thought provoking group discussion and focused one to one coaching.
HFP: Why did you decide to get into coaching?
RC: I believe that in life we have to lean into the skills that we have inherently been gifted with. As a ⅔ on the enneagram I am almost equally an achiever and a carer. And in my work I feel the same way, if I can achieve results while helping others… there is no better way for me to go through life.
HFP: What was the process like for you to get there?
RC: The road always presents itself, even when we are trying to run from it. The more I dove into “bettering myself” emotionally, physically and vocationally, the more I discovered my passion for helping others who were blocked to achieve their goals.
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HFP: How would you describe your training philosophy?
RC: My training philosophy is simply to trust yourself more. The more we trust ourselves and listen to our heart and body, the more we will have the ability to discern if we can push ourselves and stop being lazy! Or, we may really hear, “you should take a rest day”, because we’re burnt out.
HFP: What about when it comes to nutrition?
RC: I grew up with food being unimportant, in the sense that it wasn’t meant to be fun or flavorful but a means to fuel you through the day. It wasn’t till I got older that I was able to tune into hearing what my body was craving and why! Nowadays food is a key indicator for my internal life and needs, it’s fun, and is so much more satisfying when I know why my body is asking for it.
HFP: How about your mental fitness?
RC: I am lucky in some respects to have come from the school of thought, “work harder and not smarter”! This gives a grit to dealing with life that I can now wholly appreciate, while giving myself space and Grace to learn to work smarter. But grit is not the only thing I say is important when it comes to mental fitness! I believe as our bodies need rest and nutrition, our minds do too, along with Joy, excitement and challenges.
HFP: What do you hope to do in (or bring to) the fitness community?
RC: I hope to continue to inspire my clients and the industry to just be their best selves, not for a prepackaged understanding of what health or physicality is supposed to look like. But what freedom being truly healthy can bring to our lifestyles, as well as our mental and emotional well being.
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