Ryan McGowan

Team Instructor

Ryan McGowan owns Laid-back Fitness in Warwick, RI where he inspires adults to move better and become more adventurous! LbF also offers services for kids, our models for Natural Movement, that include classes, birthday parties, mobile “ninja” parties, and backyard “ninja rigs.”

Ryan played team sports in high school and college before getting into triathlon and crossfit. He eventually discovered the Primal Blueprint which led him to MovNat. Inspired by this way of living and moving, Ryan walked away from his engineering career to pursue his passion in 2010!


Shortly after quitting his job, he attended a 1-day MovNat Workshop in Boston, one week before his first Obstacle Course Race. After utilizing so many newfound techniques on the course, Ryan decided MovNat would be the foundation of his and his clients’ programming. He has since completed dozens of Obstacle Course Races from 5k to 50 mile ultra events and has helped hundreds of his clients complete events of all distances.

Ryan is happily married and has 3 beautiful children. He is also the founder of the Frozen Clam Obstaplunge, the world’s only New Year’s Day Plunge that starts with an obstacle course and ends in the water!


Connect with Ryan

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: @laidbackfitness

Journal Articles

MovNat for Obstacle Course Racers