Spirit * Community * Inclusivity

Fortitude has Spirit ,Community and Inclusivity

I love mid January; it’s the time of year when Danielle and I are excited for all of your renewed commitments to great health.

At the same time, Martin Luther King Day is a time when we reflect on the lives The Fort has touched over the past year. The majority of you within our community are without limitations and special challenges…things that take an extra dose of “guts and tenacity” to work around each day.

But there’s also the growing population of individuals who find The Fort a safe, inclusive and motivating place to work on becoming their best. That, in itself is pretty cool – but the real magic is in how they inspire you. There’s amputee athlete Noelle, our D1 College Lax player who has zero room in her world for, “I can’t”. There’s Luke, my Down’s Syndrome nephew who cross trains at The Fort in preparation for this summer’s Special Olympics in Seattle. There are the young athletes from The Boys and Girls club who a few of our Coaches train pro bono to help them reach potentials that had never occurred to them. There are many others with physical limitations, intellectual disabilities and disease who train with conviction at The Fort.

The fact that our community welcomes all and becomes inspired to keep showing up, to keep a positive attitude and to keep an understanding of our own unique potentials is really magical. Rock on – MLK. LISA

FMX: Metrix-Based Training

FMX, the Fort’s new cutting edge group training class is perfect for all levels! Metrix-based training is the #1 fitness trend and we roll into an exhilarating 45-minute total body workout!

Watch your calories burned, heart rate and training zone live on our 65” screen. Receive your end of workout email and track your progress to amazing fitness over time by logging in to our website. Use one of The Fort’s loaner heart rate monitors, purchase one at the desk or wear
your own compatible. All the great toys, including non-impact rowers. Fun measurable results at The Fort in 2018!

Here’s what you need to know:

1) FMX is included in our super-low unlimited membership rates ($79/month unlimited or $119 Rock The Fort includes FortCycle). Drop ins are an affordable $14 per visit.

2) Participants borrowing loaner heart rate monitors must sign them out at desk no less than 15 minutes before the start of class. All participants must be signed in at front desk 5 minutes before the start of class in order to view their data live and receive end of workout email, no exceptions. Late arrivals may participate in class but will not be able to track data.

3) Participants track data and workout history by logging in through the FMX portal. Been to The Fort before? You have an account! Simply follow the lost password instructions to set your own password. DO NOT create a second or new profile! Your FMX profile must be attached to your membership on file.

4) Have your own monitor? The following are compatible with our system: Scosche Rhythym+, Mio Fuse, Mio Link, VivoActive HR, VivoSmart HR, Polar H7, Polar OH1. Register your monitor by logging in below. Once your heart rate monitor is in the system you will simply need to check in at the desk no less than 5 minutes before the start of class.

5) Want to participate in the fun but want to be anonymous? No Problem! Our system allows you to create your own user name!

6) Wondering about the FMX format? The format will always be the same: cardio, strength and strength based cardio segments with core work as well. A consistent format with ever-changing equipment and exercises enables you to measure results accurately. Don’t want to wear a monitor or be on the screen? No problem! You’ll still get an amazing workout!

7) First time to The Fort? Welcome! You must arrive no less than 15 minutes before the start of class in order to register and sign out your loaner.

Click here to sign-up for FMX today!

Nine Steps to Fitness

Co-Owner Lisa Maria-Booth Interviewed for NH MagazineFortitude Health + Training co-owner Lisa Maria-Booth was recently interviewed by NH Magazine for their September 2017 issue’s article How to Build a Better You. Lisa was showcased among five local health gurus who shared their tips on how to start on the path to self-improvement. Below is an excerpt:

Co-owner and CEO Lisa Maria-Booth opened Fortitude five years ago with longtime collaborator Danielle Perreault. The downtown Manchester gym caught on fast, and soon, along with David Booth, she opened FortCycle and the Green Bike smoothie bar (all located in one building in the Millyard). Of course, fitness and good health are the ultimate goals, but Maria-Booth and her staff work just as hard to create a sense of community. Here, everyone from marathon runners to hesitant beginners are welcomed and supported by both the staff and members. As Booth says, “All you have to do is show up, and we’ll take care of the rest.” While no one is actually going to lift the weights for you, you will find expert advice, coaching and plenty of positive encouragement. Perhaps most importantly, what you won’t find is judgment or intimidation.

We all know, whether we want to admit it or not, that there’s no such thing as a quick fix. True fitness is not achieved with a crash diet or a miracle piece of equipment. It’s about changing habits, making good choices every single day and, yes, regular exercise. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then Maria-Booth has a few suggestions for things you can do right now to start down a path to better health.

  • Set goals. Sometimes, says Maria-Booth, people come to her with only a desire to change … something. It’s her job, she says, to be “an inspirer, a motivator, a spark.” She helps people set smart, achievable goals. Without something specific — and attainable — to work toward, it’s much easier to give up. For instance, at first train to run a 5K rather than a marathon. Habits, she adds, can take a long time to form and a long time to break. Setting goals you can “wrap your arms around” helps push you out of a rut.
  • Keep at it. Fitness doesn’t happen overnight, but “If you keep repeating and repeating positive new habits, pretty soon it’s going to become a part of who you are,” she says. “But it takes patience; it takes a little time and repeating, and repeating. And then it’s like a needle on a record — it’s not going to skip any more since you’ve created a new groove.”
  • Find someone to hold you accountable. Tell your goals to someone you trust and that you can share with.
  • Get outside. “You might imagine I want people to be in the gym all of the time, but I don’t,” she says. One of her personal favorite ways to stay healthy is by taking advantage of the state’s many natural resources. “We have everything at our fingertips — mountains, trails, lakes, the ocean,” she says. “Being outside, getting sunshine, whether I’m in the forest hiking or swimming in the lake or snowshoeing on a really white, shiny winter day, is a huge battery recharge for me.”
  • Swap out just one bad thing. For instance, every day try trading a sugary, cream-laden Dunkin’ Donuts drink for a wholegrain English muffin with almond butter.
  • Sleep. “I love to get at least seven hours of sleep at night to feel my best, to keep my body strong,” she says.
  • Eat real food. “I stay the heck away from manufactured food products,” she says. She also avoids supplements and medications unless absolutely necessary. “I really, really believe that everything I need is in the super-healthy, colorful, look-the-same-going-in-the-body-as-it-did-coming-out-of-the-ground food.” Fresh fruit and veggies are simply better choices than boxes with long lists of ingredients.
  • Be around like-minded people. She doesn’t suggest trading in your friends, but if you can, try to be around healthy, positive people. Inspiration is important. Group classes can be a great way to find motivation.
  • Make the time. Sorry, busy people: She won’t accept the “I have no time” excuse. You do. As she points out, there are 168 hours in a week — you can set aside three for exercise. Make yourself a schedule and stick to it.

Click here to read the full article online.


You don’t need ballet slippers or a tutu for this class! Yes, it is inspired by Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga but you don’t need any type of dance background to attend! I love teaching this class and I have never taken a dance class in my life. My only dance experience is kicking my shoes off at a wedding 🙂
No experience necessary!

With upbeat and fun music, Barre blends strength training, flexibility, cardio, and core conditioning. We may use light weights, resistance bands, gliding discs, and small balls for this low-impact workout! If you are doing it properly, your abs are always engaged, so you get the benefits of working your core in every single move! It can be a tough core workout!  Barre also targets the thighs and glutes, the largest muscles of our body. This results in a huge calorie burn, builds lean muscle and can increase that metabolic rate!

Barre is perfect for all levels and not just for women!  All of you men out there this class is not for the faint of heart. Take the challenge! The men that venture into class always come back for more. See times below!
Monday 9am, Tuesday 5:45am, Wednesday 4:30pm, Thursday 12:35pm, Friday 9am, and Saturday 8:30am.


TRX can be a mysterious class for many newcomers to the Fort. A lot of people look at the straps and wonder how they work. Do they stretch? Do you hang from them like Cirque Du Soleil? How do you get your feet in there??

After the first class the mystery will be gone and you will unlock a new door in your fitness life. TRX is truly the best modality I have used in 25+ years of teaching, and I’m excited every time I see someone new trying it out.

TRX challenges the most fundamental part of our body, our core. Our core extends from beyond our abs. It includes many series of muscles and is the foundation of all our every day and athletic movements. A few weeks into consistent TRX training and, I know from experience, you will see a remarkable change in your core strength.  I see it every day!

Our daily movements each day do not occur in a single plane of motion and do not use a single muscle group at a time. It happens in multiple planes and uses multiple muscle groups. TRX challenges several muscle groups at the same time, and it challenges you in several planes of motion. This comes from the idea of creating an instability that your body, especially your core, has to balance.

And it’s safe and effective for all fitness levels! Because you can increase or decrease the difficulty of an exercise by simple adjustments of your feet or body position, a beginner and an elite athlete can both get amazing benefits. And as you progress, it is easy to increase the difficulty of an exercise without running over to a weight rack to grab a new set of weights. Just adjust your body positioning and the exercise becomes more challenging! 

TRX classes at the Fort are truly beneficial to your fitness, extremely versatile and accessible to all levels. If you’ve never given it a whirl, try it this week! If you are a veteran, move those feet to challenge yourself and reap those benefits.


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Lisa Maria-Booth Receives Outstanding Women in Business Award

NH Business Review has selected Lisa to receive this esteemed award to recognize her professional accomplishments, leadership and vision.

Click here to read more!

Hippo Interviews Danielle Perreault

As part of their series Look Good, Feel Great, Hippo interviewed Fort co-owner Danielle about the benefits of weight training.

Click here to read her excerpt!

Fortitude Wins 1st Place for Best Gym AND Best Bootcamp

We are excited to share that Fortitude Health + Training was voted #1 by NH A-List! This is our third year in a row for Best Gym and our second in a row for Best Bootcamp.

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Free childcare Monday through Friday from 8:45 to 10:00am and Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:45pm. Click here for more details and to sign up.

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775 Canal Street
Manchester, NH 03101

603-493-4244 (Lisa)
603-854-2002 (Danielle)