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FOR-TIS    /ˈfɔːtɪs/    adjective

BORROWED FROM LATIN MEANING 'STRONG'

We believe that with physical strength comes mental strength, and vice versa. Strength isn't only defined by the kilos that you can lift: strength can be defined in many different ways.

For you, it may be the sense of inner resilience you have to take on each day, or the empowering feeling you get when you run further, lift heavier or cycle for longer.

We are here to support your well-being and help you to find your inner strength, leaving you

FORTIS IN MIND & BODY

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OUR COACHES

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My journey into owning a gym and coaching hasn’t been as linear as you may expect.

I hadn’t always been into exercise, and only began to develop a more active lifestyle during my 20s. However, it transformed my sense of self worth and purpose, and with that I found belonging and confidence. Boxing caught my heart first, and then I started to lift.

Creating a safe space for others to also experience the power of movement is what led me to create FORTIS. FORTIS is a space for all who wish to move past limiting beliefs and connect with others discovering what they too are truly capable of. Whether that’s measured by strength, speed or simply

feeling like you can take on the day,

you belong here.

I look forward to moving with you.

 

Caitlin Drabble

Founder and Owner

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Hello! I'm a self-employed PT and group exercise instructor, living and working in Nottingham.

 

I can often be found in the gym lifting heavy things, on the road marathon training, or at a local coffee shop fuelling myself with a cup of caffeine!

 

I believe that the mind is often the most powerful tool when it comes to training; and my outlook is all about balance, healthiness, and building confidence in your body through movement.

 

My classes are full to the brim of Ibiza tunes; both old and new, so come and join me for both a workout challenge and a party! I can’t wait to work with you guys - come and say hi when you see me in the barn!

 

Jess Cummings

Coach

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‘Pushing others Onward towards a life of health, strength and physical freedom.’ 

 

I set up Onward Training to help people

build strength, move better and learn skills they never thought possible. Bringing an extensive background in coaching and, most importantly, a passion for helping people, we will work together to achieve your goals. 

Whilst not an exhaustive list, to date I’ve helped people to reach the highest levels of functional fitness performance, achieve their first (and 10th!) pull up, learn how to lift weights; including Olympic weightlifting, compete in marathons, Hyrox and other endurance events and gain more confidence in the gym. See you in class!

James Smith

Coach and Head of Programming

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My fitness journey began at 13 when I laced up my gloves and stepped into the world of boxing. From that moment, I was hooked and went on to compete in various disciplines: K1, MMA, Muay Thai, and traditional boxing. These experiences taught me the importance of discipline, hard work and pushing my limits to achieve success. 

 

At 18, I joined the Royal Marines and proudly served for 12 years. Here I found a passion for weightlifting and endurance training. I later joined the Fire Service. My time in the Marines and Fire Service reinforced my values of physical and mental strength; cementing my commitment to a healthy lifestyle. My journey aligns perfectly with FORTIS' mission and I can't wait to help you all reach your fitness goals. Together, let's push our collective boundaries.  

Luke Mahon

Coach

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I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for over a decade now; building my coaching experience in competitive gymnastics and, for the past six years, in strength and conditioning. I’ve guided and coached a hugely diverse range of clients, in both individual and class settings, to becoming the fittest and healthiest versions of themselves.

 

Beyond my coaching, I am a proudly accomplished CrossFit athlete. I’ve qualified and competed at a number of competitions, including the CrossFit European Championships and Arnold Fitness Games.

I am so excited to meet and work with the FORITS community and hopefully use my previous experience to take members

to the next level of fitness.

See you on the gym floor!

Steph Wayment

Coach

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My introduction to gym based fitness wasn’t actually a very welcomed one, initially! As with any athlete and individual, being hit with a potentially career ending injury was pretty hard hitting and, subsequently, I found myself lost and in a very poor headspace. Reluctantly, I swapped the dance studio for the gym floor to trial some rehabilitation. A 4kg medicine ball felt like a 100kg boulder and my motivation wasn’t there; but persevering was the best thing I ever did for my body and mind, and as I began to lift weights, the weights started to lift me! 

 

I too walked solo through the barn shutters of FORTIS at the beginning of 2023 as a new member. I was welcomed in with open arms and became part of the most uniquely supportive and uplifting community of coaches and members. 

Megan Smith

Coach and Admin

"This gym will transform not just your body but your mind, ethos and attitude towards training too. I’ve been at FORTIS for over two years now and previously hated the “gym” environment.

 

Classes are great fun, full of energy and the best thing about FORTIS is the people. You will feel part of a family - who keep you going during those tough sessions!

 

100% recommend to someone starting their fitness journey."

Tom Balchin

CONTACT US


“I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die.”

Serena Williams

"One day or day one. You decide."

Unknown

“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat - you have to master yourself.”

Olga Korbut

Thank you! We will be in touch shortly.

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FIND US

 

FORTIS can be found in the beautiful village of Saxondale. Our unique barn space is surrounded by rolling fields and grazing horses - it really is an escape from the hustle and bustle around us! Just a short drive, walk or cycle from Bingham, we really couldn't be easier to get to.

As well as leading our daily group classes, our coaches are available for one-to-one and small group PERSONAL TRAINING. Submit the enquiry form above to receive our PT price list and book an initial consultation with one of the team to discuss your programme.

 

Escape the commercialised gym environment and join us for a fitness experience like no other here at FORTIS.

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