Ryan Paulson Stays in Shape

Ryan Paulson

Ryan Paulson is the editor-in-chief of IRAEmpire.com. He has assisted tens of thousands of Americans in securing their retirement funds through precious metals, cryptocurrencies, and 401k accounts. Paulson and his business companions have established IRAEmpire as a one-stop shop for locating the best retirement investments.

Prior to this, Paulson worked as an independent retirement advisor for clients who desired alternatives to traditional IRAs. He intends to assist individuals who are attempting to protect their retirement resources from a recession.

IRAEmpire.com’s $50,000 seed funding came from a group of private investors who saw tremendous potential in our platform. Currently, Paulson and his team have 15 full-time employees working in their Sheridan, Wyoming, office.

What is your hobby?


How did you get started with this hobby?

This is a funny story. Actually, my wife got me into lifting as I had gotten a bit out of shape. I was a runner all my life but I had gotten lazy and started ignoring my fitness. As a result, I gained 10 lbs in a single winter. My wife basically forced me into going to the gym with her in 2018. Since then, I regularly go to the gym twice a week.

Lifting has helped with my posture, which is still quite poor thanks to the nature of my work. And having some definition on my arms surely helps on the beach!

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

I love the results you after following a workout program for 12 weeks and seeing the before and after pictures. It is truly fascinating how much our bodies can change in just 3 months.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

I’m a minimalist, so I haven’t spent much on fitness equipment, but I have to admit I spend a lot of money on supplements like BCAAs and protein powders. Those things are deceptively expensive. I think I spend around $300 on supplements alone.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

Amazon.com. I get most of my stuff from Amazon anyway, so I order my supplements from there as well. I’ve been trying some nootropics from Gorilla Mind as well, it’s a small supplement company owned by Derek, a fitness YouTuber.

How much money have you invested into this? How much would a beginner have to invest to get started?

I’ve probably invested upwards of $10,000 into my fitness journey. This includes personal trainers’ fees, supplements, workout programs, physiotherapy, etc. A beginner doesn’t need to spend a penny to get started. You can start by fixing your diet and doing pushups.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“The 4 Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss is a must-read. If you don’t have much time in your schedule (like me), then please give this book a read. I’m a fan of Tim so I might be biased, but the book provides incredible tricks for getting more done in less time. Here’s the link:

Are there any online videos you recommend to help beginners?

Anyone who is planning on getting fit should start watching AthleanX. Jeff is truly a genius at what he does and gives no BS fitness advice. Even his programs aren’t too expensive. His videos helped me recover from a shoulder injury I had gotten from lifting wrong. Here’s the link to his channel:

How has your hobby changed your life?

My personal life has improved massively, as I feel more energetic after work and get to spend more quality time with my kids. Before I got into lifting, I used to get gassed in 10 minutes of jogging. Somehow strength training has helped my cardio health too.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Trust the process. Most people quit going to the gym after a week or two. Believe me, it works, you just have to keep showing up. Even if you work out for 5 minutes, you will feel a thousand times better.