Boyne Smelters leader a keen athlete, fitness coach
SOME OF the most influential businesses begin by stepping out of the daily grind and doing something different.
For Ryan McLoughlin it was deciding he was going to compete in a triathlon.
The projects leader at Boyne Smelters Ltd has lost 20kg, become an active athlete and is motivating others as part of his business, 3D Coaching.
"I opened my own business to start a dream of helping to get people on the right track and achieve their goals," he said.
The business has been going for 13 months now, and he'd eventually like to see it become a full-time gig.
"Over five years I learnt the hard way. I made some mistakes, had some breakthroughs," he said.
"There weren't a lot of resources in town to help out, so people started asking me to help them out."
Ryan and his partner, Karlene Kilgour, have qualified for the half ironman championships being held in Austria on August 30.
"We're madly training for that as well as keeping everyone else motivated," he said.
To help in training, Ryan has converted a room into a bike training area with specially designed trainers.
"You can hook your own bike up to the computers and sit a novice next to an elite and get a workout that suits them both," he said.
"It's an awesome training tool; a great resource."
Committed to the cause, Ryan has completed a Triathlon Australia accredited course, achieved certification as a coach and taken out the required insurances to be a practicing coach.
"Having a triathlon certificate allows me to train anyone from 5km runners to triathlon," he said.
"I've recently gone down to four days a week. I have every Friday off to start building on the business more and give me more time.
"People have Friday RDOs (Rostered Days Off) and I want to service the athletes as best I can."
When the business turned one on June 3, Ryan and his "fitness freaks" expended energy by climbing Mt Larcom.
"I carried a bottle of champagne up there and everyone had a shot of champagne to celebrate," he laughed.
Later that day they had a celebration at East Shores with a barbecue to mark the occasion.
Ryan holds two run squads on a Tuesday and a Thursday, sometimes getting up to 35 runners along Police Creek.
"It's a training session but I only charge $2 for it," he said.
"I write tailored programs for individuals.
"They come to me, I sit down with them and discuss their work balance and family requirements.
"I take into account their personal needs and make goals to suit them."
Ryan said he was better on the bike and run than on the swimming with triathlons.
"I like to be a perfectionist. I love the three disciplines, it means you've constantly got something to improve upon."
"You can try and be the best but to build on one you have to understand where you have to put your time…how much to dedicate to each one," he said.
Ryan is also working with other businesses in town to build a network.
Some of those include M1 Cycles, Shoes Feet Gear Gladstone Podiatry and Active Physio Health.