Ryan Robinson – Gnarly Nutrition

Ryan Robinson

Hobby: Running, mountaineering, playing guitar, experiencing new cultures
Hometown: Folsom, CA
Sport: Highline/Adventure Athlete
Homebase: Sacramento, CA
Causes I care about:
Human trafficking, world hunger, violence towards women

Do you collect anything?


What is your most unusual talent?

I know the lyrics to way too many 80’s fem pop songs… (my mother is a singer and that’s all I heard growing up).

What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

Probably sliding out onto a 2,900 foot highline 700 feet up over a massive canyon in Moab. It was just purely terrifying. It didn’t help that while on the line, a military helicopter was flying right at me and pulled up less than 1,000 feet from me.

Why do you like working with Gnarly?

I love the team, love the product and love how it makes me feel. I think within the nutrition realm, there are words that are overused like “clean energy,” but that’s actually one of my favorite things about the Gnarly product is that it is super clean, mixes well into a very tasty drink, and makes me feel really good.

Outside of your respective sport, what are you most proud of?

Completing the Ironman race (2.4 swim/112m bike/26.2m run), getting my college degree (actually sitting in a desk indoors long enough to do it)!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Poke bowls, I could eat them every day forever.

Who is your hero? Why?

It’s gonna sound egocentric, but… myself. I’ve gone through some shit, watched myself get bullied through high school, spit on, thrown down, hated for being different. I watched myself go through a divorcing family, watched everything I knew fall apart. Watched myself run from everything and then get into more trouble than I care to admit. But I also pulled myself out of that, one step at a time, and made a name for myself, a life for myself that I could be proud of. Watched myself fall over and over again, then pick myself back up and try again and again. It’s inspiring to find this kind of strength and realize that it not only exists, but that it exists within myself.

Any advice for aspiring athletes?

If you have a direction you think you want to go, start at the end (where you see yourself someday), then return to the beginning and take one step at a time, every minute of every day towards that end goal. Pursue it ruthlessly, and plug your ears to all of the bullshit you’ll hear from the sheep along the way. You should be way too busy being a wolf. If you don’t have a direction, take your time learning how to fail… and start failing right away. Try everything. Get experience anywhere you can. Say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. If you stumble on something that you don’t like, stop doing it. If you do, continue down that rabbit hole til it leads to the next thing, and the next and the next. My definition of success is that it’s just a bunch of failures piled up so high that when you look back on it all, it looks like you’ve built something noteworthy. Failure is the secret to success. The last advice I have is to shift your focus from being result driven to being process driven. Be inspired by the process, not necessarily where it’s going to take you.

I recommend…

My favorite is the Vegan meal replacement. It’s super clean, makes me feel energized and doesn’t bog me down; quite the opposite. I also like Gnarly’s Performance Greens. I love what it does for me, and mixing it into any drink.

Gnarly Vegan