Escaping Poverty, Beating Cancer (2x), & Living the Dream with Alwyn Cosgrove

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

IMG_1358If you’re lucky you have one or two great mentors, teachers or coaches who change your life forever.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a handful of them. But, perhaps none have been as impactful as my great friend, Alwyn Cosgrove.

Alwyn grew up poor in Glasgow, Scotland. Fighting was essential for survival, so he got a black belt and became a nation champion in Tae Kwon Do.

He later became a strength coach and moved to the US, which is how we met at a training workshop in 1996.

For the 20 years since he’s been one of my closest friends, biggest supporters and most trusted advisers.

Whenever I have a tough decision to make he’s one of the first people I call. I value his opinion and insight that much.

He’s helped me get through many tough times, even during his two battles with Stage 4 cancer.

When you listen to today’s episode I hope you’ll understand why I hold this man in the highest regard.

Topics discussed include:

  • The Sugar Ray Leonard attitude [8:08].
  • Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s [12:09].
  • How one tiny decision can change the course of your life [15:47].
  • A ridiculous game of “would you rather?” [21:57].
  • Moving from Glasgow to NY to Cali [28:01].
  • How to navigate through anxiety and depression [38:09].
  • Why being on the show made him so uncomfortable [43:33 & 1:42:50].
  • His unique approach to goal setting [46:30].
  • His insightful take on making decisions [59:57].
  • How to manage and deal with staff [1:02:12].
  • The “is she hot?” story about meeting his wife [1:04:27].
  • Opening and running one of the top gyms in the US [1:05:44].
  • How to break into the fitness industry [1:06:20].
  • The mindset involved in beating cancer… twice [1:08:57].
  • How your perspective changes after beating cancer [1:15:50].
  • The importance of having mentors and mentoring others [1:25:46].
  • How to manage a successful fitness business [1:30:44].
  • How to recognize talent and help it flourish [1:34:55].

Listen to Renegade Radio:

To listen, you can either hit the flash audio player below, or browse the links to find your preferred format …


People Mentioned

  • Follow Alywn Cosgrove on Twitter and continue the conversation
  • For fitness professionals visit Bedros Keuilian’s website HERE
  • About Bedros Keuilian

This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. With 75 ingredients working together to help with eleven different areas of health.

You never know what’s going to come up in your day; however, with just one scoop of Athletic Greens when you wake up or add it to your morning smoothie, you know you have all of your bases covered.

It’s easy, and it taste great.

Click HERE to receive a special offer as a listener of the podcast.

This episode is also brought to you by BiOptimizers. Crank your muscle gains to new heights by flooding your muscles with maximum amino acids without increasing your protein intake by a single gram.

That’s what the powerful 1-2 punch of Masszymes digestive enzymes, and P3OM probiotics can help you do. In addition they boost your immune system and help you avoid illness.

Go to to get 10% off your order by using the coupon code “Jay10” at checkout.

If you have questions, use the hashtag #RenegadeRadioPodcast and shoot them my way on Twitter or Instagram or email

Thank you for tuning in and subscribing. I appreciate every one of you that takes the time to listen.