Williams hunts fitness to be ready for gnarly action
BMX: Ryan Williams is certainly no stranger to putting his body on the line and, like other elite sport stars, has started to put more time and energy into being in top shape.
The Nitro Circus talent and three-time X Games gold medallist spent the COVID-19 lockdown finetuning his exciting repertoire of tricks at home but with gyms reopening has now returned to the Sports Hub to work on his body.
He’s been nailing death-defying tricks off mega ramps for years but Williams is eager to invest more time into his health in a bid to ensure his daredevil days continue for many more years to come.
“I’m turning 26 actually next weekend and being 26 I’m really starting to feel the crashes I have,” he said.
“Having the Sports Hub allows me to prepare for those moments when I need to be ready to fall or get my body ready for action.
“I just can’t go out there now and expect my body to perform at its best when I’m not putting effort into it.”
Being in extreme sport with spills and heavy hits, Williams said it was especially important to start ensuring his body could handle action.
“I look around me and all the other sports, like rugby league, and they dedicate so much time to this, their bodies, and I think action sports is getting to that level where we need to start doing it too,” he said.
“We’re out there and guaranteed to crash so we probably should be looking into that side of things as well.”
While he could perform at shows in the US later this year, Williams admitted that with the ever evolving situation with COVID-19 he may not be in action for Nitro Circus until the regional tour next year, which includes the Coast.
However, he hasn’t lost any drive to finetune tricks or land world firsts, regularly hitting his $100,000 purpose-built facility and uploading the content for his fans on YouTube.
“I think the motivation for me is mainly my fans, I have a big social media following and I have a YouTube that lots of kids go to inspire themselves and I want to be that guy that can keep them in sport, you want to keep them active and you don’t want them sitting at home.”