Forged Staff

Adli Edwards
Wrestling Coach

Adli is a 2012 NCAA All American under coach Tim Dernlan. He holds an MS in Applied Exercise Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Adli has coached at both the youth level (Head Coach at Buckeye MMA Wrestling) and competitive Division 1 level in Ohio (Olentangy High School). In his former home …[Read More]

Jeremy Swafford
Wrestling Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jeremy got his first start in 2006 while attending Central College in Pella, IA. Helping out in the summers with his hometown performance coach at D1 Performance, Aurora, IL, his passion began for helping athletes maximize their training potential and on-field abilities. Since then, he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and has been …[Read More]

Donna
Chief Content Creator

Donna is the resident wordsmith here at Forged Fitness, weaving words together for your reading pleasure on our website and social media platforms. Her experience and talent as a seasoned journalist, writer, and social media mistress allows her to give you a peek inside Forged Fitness and to get to know the skills and personalities …[Read More]

Joel Schlieman
Owner

Joel brings a range of experience to Forged Fitness. Joel has been working in some capacity or another since age 14 and has done everything from running day camps for kids to running after criminals as a Raleigh Police Officer. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate (JD) from Campbell University. …[Read More]

Trevor Hayes
Muay Thai Instructor

Trevor has years of experience in the gym as personal trainer and a martial artist. He also comes with more than a decade of experience in kickboxing, boxing, and Muay Thai. His fitness training and martial arts background gives him the ability to train beginners, professional fighters and everyone in between. Trevor creates a positive …[Read More]

Angela Pitts
CrossFit Coach

Angela has been part of the Forged Fitness family since the spring of 2007. Learning from the wealth of knowledge that the trainers provided led to her own improved fitness level and understanding. At some point, Angela decided that she wanted to share the vast knowledge with others and became a trainer herself. The rest is …[Read More]

Sue Hess
CrossFit Coach

Sue is a mother of three and a lifetime fitness enthusiast. She loves teaching both adults and kids. Her main goal is for people to feel like fitness equals fun. Sue Hess has always been active in sports throughout her life, competing in field hockey, basketball and softball. She was a Boston Globe All-Scholastic field …[Read More]

Ted Leiner
Muay Thai Instructor

Ted has been training in Muay Thai for 20 years and has been teaching Muay Thai at Forged Fitness since the very beginning, a little over 9 years ago. He has trained numerous fighters for competitions and has fought at the amateur level himself. Ted’s classes focus on solid technique and perfect practice.

Shawn Madden
Judo Instructor

Shawn Madden is a 3rd degree black belt sanctioned under USA Judo. Shawn started judo in 1986 at SUNY at Brockport under Dr. Sachio Ashida. He studied with Dr. Ashida for the next 18 years. Born in Japan, Dr. Ashida was the 1976 USA Olympic coach, 1984 Olympic referee and passed away in 2009 at …[Read More]

Alan Moore
CrossFit Coach

Alan has over 10 years of fitness experience, which include road races, military type endurance events, and other fitness competitions. His experience provides a wide variety in his teaching methodology, but his area of expertise is to push physical fitness and help develop the mental side – the combination of which generally results in vast improvements in …[Read More]

Billy Dowey
Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Billy Dowey is a reputed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt under Royce Gracie. He started training back in the mid-90s and competed in submission wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu for several years. Billy has fought MMA as both an amateur and a professional. He is also known for training soldiers on base at Fort Bragg for about ten …[Read More]