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
I hadn’t always been into exercise. During my late teenage years and early twenties I was at my lowest point in relation to my mind and body. But developing a more active lifestyle and an awareness of my health helped me to manage my stress. And today being active gives me a sense of purpose, as well as clear, attainable goals.
I love inspiring, motivating and encouraging others to realise what they are capable of. Whether that’s measured by strength, speed or simply feeling like they can take on the day. Developing programmes on an individual basis, whether you're a total beginner or like to go 'beast mode' every now and then, is what I love most. I am all about people connecting, so finding strength in working together is my number one.
Founder and Owner
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!
‘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!
Coach and Head of Programming
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.
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!
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.
Coach and Admin
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU
IMPROVE YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
INFLUENCE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
IMPACT YOUR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
EDUCATE YOU NUTRITIONALLY
Using a scientific, evidence based approach to nutrition, we'll
demystify and simplify all that you need to know when it
comes to fuelling your body. We'll arm you with the tools you
need in shaping a healthier lifestyle, which at no point will feel
like a 'diet'. Whether your goal is fat loss or muscle gain,
we'll support you in tailoring your nutrition accordingly.
Offered in depth with one-to-one and small group PT clients.
We believe that it is our jobs to support our clients’ and
members' mental well-being as well as their physical. We are
all about the 'weekly wins' continually hit along the way to
longer term goals, and pride ourselves in celebrating the daily
successes of the FORTIS squad. Outside of our busy timetable,
we also organise talk nights, wellness events and local walks to
bring people together and get people talking.
The days of weight lifting being only for male bodybuilders
are long gone. Equally, lifting weights won't make women
'bulky' overnight! Discover the powerful benefits of resistance
training aesthetically, physiologically and mentally. Build lean
muscle tissue and experience the sense of achievement that
comes with lifting weights. Our strength equipment is some of
the best in the area and the business.
Whether we get you slamming the battle ropes, punching
the pads or pushing the prowler, you'll be making leaps of
progress in your cardiovascular fitness in no time at all.
Whether you choose to join our group classes or work one-
to-one with one of our coaches, we promise to make 'cardio'
both fun and sustainable - forget tediously pounding a
treadmill in a gym for hours at a time!
“I have spent at least two years complaining about my shape, my weight, my everything inside and out! Then I met Caitlin and the team and in a matter of months - weeks even - that has completely turned on its head.
Caitlin and the team radiate compassion, motivation and joy in all of our achievements.
They go above and beyond, and their knowledge balanced with their emotional support is outstanding. I hope the FORTIS team know how much they changed my direction for the better."
“I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die.”
"One day or day one. You decide."
“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.”
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.