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As the hardest steel is Forged® in the hottest fires we too are Forged® by our own struggles and triumphs.
FORGED® is the relentless fighting spirit of those who conquer adversity through life's everyday battles. FORGED® is the military Man and Woman, the Firefighter, the Law Enforcement, and the Volunteer who sacrifices everything that they have to safeguard the nation that they Love. FORGED® is the Entrepreneur, the Inventor, and the Political leader who risks it all for an idea that everyone tells them is impossible. FORGED® is the Architect, the Builder, and the Educator who strives to lay the foundation for their great country. FORGED® is the Warrior, the Athlete, and the Professional who dedicates their life to a discipline that brings great pride and happiness to their families or nation. FORGED® is the everyday Man and Woman who refuses to accept defeat and aspires to make a better life for others before themselves.
The tip of each spear represents Strength, Honor and Loyalty. These values are the core principles that give substance to the Forged® brand. Principles that we live by every day, and believe to be guidelines for how Forged® will continue to grow at a rapid pace. Our trademark also represents the roots from which the brand was born. Forged® is proud of its heritage, and will always remain true to what it stands for.
Forged® was born on the Battlefield of Iraq in late 2006 by its co-founder and CEO. During an intense fire fight in the streets of Ramadi, Iraq, a teammate and close friend sustained catastrophic injuries that left massive burns, and later led to the amputation of one of his limbs. When the team returned stateside, Forged® and a few teammates decided to create a tribute shirt to honor their wounded Brother, and to raise some much needed money to help with his recovery. This is where it all began…
Since day one Forged® has given back to the community that has molded it into what it is today. A portion of every sale is donated to several military affiliated, non-profit 501(c)3 organizations to help wounded veterans and their families cope during times of recovery. We also create specific tribute t-shirts to honor our fallen Brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. A percentage of each tribute t-shirt sold is donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation or a specific charity in their Honor. Forged® prides itself by partnering with highly ranked military affiliated, non-profit organizations to continue giving back, just as it began doing so long ago.
In early 2008, the owners of Forged® were approached by fellow teammate and friend, Dave Castro (SEAL) to take part in a small event that he was hosting at his family's trucking garage in Aromas, California. The purpose of the event was to identify who among the small Crossfit Community [at that time] could be considered the fittest of the fit. Dave was calling this weekend long event "THE CROSSFIT GAMES"...
It was extremely hot and dusty that weekend, and everyone slept in tents around the property. The vibe was great, and the community was strong! None of us really knew what to expect, but what we did know was that something big was slowly being cultivated.
When the weekend had concluded, we all kind of looked at one another and had the same feelings as the next guy--this "Crossfit Games" idea was going to be huge! Before we knew it, Forged® was sponsoring almost every Crossfit event soon thereafter. It was during this time that Forged® introduced the fight short [later to be named the WOD short] to the entire world of Crossfit.
That's right... Forged® is responsible for why almost every male Crossfitter wears fight shorts! Coming from an MMA apparel background, Forged® had the means and the know-how to provide a durable, and functional short to an Elite and demanding community. Forged® shorts were accepted by the Crossfit community almost instantly, which paved the way to honor more apparel requests by Crossfit, Inc. As the years progressed, Forged® began taking a strong hold of the Crossfit Community and the Crossfit Games. Not only did Forged® produce all of the apparel for annual Crossfit events such as the Crossfit Games, but The Official Games trophies were also Forged® made, and presented to the fittest man and fittest woman on earth!
We are extremely proud to say that Forged® has participated in every Crossfit Games Final since that hot and dusty weekend in Aromas, California. Perhaps you could say that Forged® is a legacy. A lot has changed in the Crossfit Community since that time, but the experience and great memories will remain the same. Forged® will always be known as one of the "Aromas Original."
The early support from the military and CrossFit community has been the key contribution to why Forged® has had the unique ability to climb the industry ladder so aggressively. The essence of Forged® has always been, and will forever remain deeply rooted in the SEAL Brotherhood and CrossFit community. Without all of our loyal fans and supporters, none of our success would be possible.
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-Long live the Brotherhood