Welcome to TitanForge. I’m probably not what you expected.
My name is Brandon Dean. And I’m not the kind of guy who you’d think would normally design a program like TitanForge.
I’m not a Navy SEAL, an Army Green Beret, or any other kind of Special Operations warrior. In fact, I’m still a civilian with no formal military training.
I didn’t enlist in the military straight out of high school. Actually, I couldn’t stand the idea of being in the military back then. I went to college for an engineering degree, with aspirations to one day work for NASA. While still in school, I got the opportunity to work at a major aerospace engineering company for a summer. And while I enjoyed the design work I was doing, that one summer taught me a valuable lesson: I wasn’t built for being stuck in a cubicle for 60+ hours per week.
The Start of My Journey
With the realization that I needed to find a career with a little more action, I went back to my roots. I realized I had never been as content as when I was doing two things: scouting and obstacle course racing. Those loves, along with a desire to help people, led me to spending about a year and a half training to become a Combat Rescue Officer, one of the elements of the US Air Force Special Operations Command.
The training was difficult and I usually had no one else to train with, but I loved the challenge. I went from being a skinny guy who could barely run a mile to being in far better shape than most of my peers. But I was still fumbling around, jumping from one training plan to another when it seemed like none of them worked the way they should.
Then I Screwed Up
Things came to a crashing halt the week before my PAST Test, the physical evaluation for entry into the Combat Rescue Officer training pipeline. Like usual, I was in the gym without a training partner. I botched a deadlift and screwed up my back. Bad. The next day, I could hardly move. I went to the PAST Test and didn’t even make it halfway through before having to stop.
Fast forward five months and I still couldn’t squat or deadlift and I still had serious trouble running and doing sit-ups. I had to give up my slot for Officer Training School. A year and a half training to be a CRO was washed down the drain because of one mistake in the gym.
The Birth of TitanForge
I was pissed. I didn’t want all of that training to go to waste. So I decided to make it my mission to help other people do better than I did. I pursued a certification as a Personal Trainer. With that newfound clarity, I developed the TitanForge training system to give people the resources they needed to achieve the same results I did from following various Spec Ops training guidelines, but in a faster, safer, and more enjoyable way.
I designed the TitanForge system to incorporate all of the things I wish I would’ve had when I was first starting out. I want to give people the best opportunity possible to forge their physical and mental strength in a way that they can actually follow and maintain. And if all I ever do is help one person live up to and beyond their normal human potential, it will have all been worth it. And I’m not just saying that to sound all altruistic. I honestly believe it to be true.
I hope you’ll join me in the Forge. It won’t be easy and it won’t always be fun. It definitely won’t be comfortable. But it will be worth it.