Forged Feature: Ryan “Gladiator” Gladwin

We ran a contest through Train Aggressive a few weeks ago where contestants had to submit a video explaining major BEASTS in their lives and how they conquered them. The winner received one of our limited edition “Conquer Beast” tees.

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There weren’t a ton of entries, and that was expected.

It’s not easy to get on camera and tell your story. In fact, it’s scary as hell for most people.

It takes GUTS.

All the entries for the contest were awesome, bold, and straight up inspiring. HUGE props to everyone who submitted a video.

It was tough to pick a winner for this one, but we had to. That’s how contests work.

The winner was our very own Ryan Gladwin.

Ryan started with us at Forged just a couple months ago and this kid has been making waves. He’s hungry as hell and it’s obvious.

He’s on a mission to better himself and he’s got a lot to prove.

Check out his “Conquer beast” video submission at the end of this post for more on his personal story.

We asked Ryan a few questions to see how training at Forged helps him conquer beasts in the gym and in life.

Sharing your story with the world took some GUTS. What prompted you to do it?

At first I really didn’t want to do it ‘cause I was nervous and I was worrying about what people would think so I sat down I thought about it and someone told me that people should know where I came from, and that it might even inspire people and help them though their rough times.

How did you decide to begin training at Forged?

Funny story I used to just go to a regular gym and do body building things. O one day I came home and hopped on Facebook and one of my roommates sent me the link for the strength program and told me I should do this, “I dare you”. So I signed up.

What were your initial thoughts when you first walked into Forged? Were you intimidated?

When I first walked in I was like WTF did I get myself into. People were slamming weights and screaming and that was way outta my element.

What does training mean to you besides all of the benefits of being leaner, stronger, and more athletic?

Training is a huge part in my life and my recovery now. It keeps me at the level I need to be at day in and day out. If I’m feeling down it brings me back up and also if I need to be knocked down a level it does that to.

What changes have you noticed since starting at Forged?

The changes I’ve noticed in the gym is my mobility has got way better and I’ve also got more lean and cut. Outside the gym I have more energy and my outlook on life is better I do everything 110% even when people are not looking.

What do you do to stay so consistent with the gym and your training?

The way I stay consistent in the gym and my training is setting my mind that in order to get results you have to put in the work ‘cause nothing changes over night and also if I miss and session it throws my whole day off balance.

What gets you PSYCHED up the most?  What drives you and gets you going?

What gets me psyched up is everyone cheering you on when you’re hitting a personal best the feeling is nuts. What drives me is probably when I see someone that I have not seen in a while and they are like, “Damn Ryan you have changed going from a drug addict to the man you are supposed to be.”

Up till now, what has your FAVORITE most memorable moment been inside the gym thus far?

My most memorable moment was when Andy gave me some inspiring words before a heavy deadlift, “More plates more dates”. That was epic.  

For the “speed round” of questions…

Favorite Movie Character and Why?

Jason Bourne ‘cause he is a badass and it would be sweet to have the skills he does.

Favorite song that you’d want blaring on the speakers to help you hit a 1RM?

“I Will Not Bow” by Breaking Benjamin.

What’s your FAVORITE cheat meal?

Chocolate chip cookies.

Your FAVORITE movement in the gym is?

Sleds and rope climbs.

Your LEAST favorite movement in the gym?


FINALLY…  If there was one piece of advice you could give someone else for more success whether that be in the gym, in life, business, whatever, what would that be?

Never give up, challenge yourself every day, and remember failure is a part of success.

Man, I wish everyone could see this guy in action. He truly wants success and a better life as bad as he wants to breathe.

That is what it takes to CONQUER any BEASTS that life may throw at you.

Keep up the hard work man. You’re an inspiration to many.

Here’s his interview submission: