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Fortitude Health and Training, FortCycle and GreenBike Smoothies Named to the list of:
NH’s TOP WOMAN-LED BUSINESSES, Business NH Magazine October 2019
As Quoted in Business NH Magazine, October 2019 issue:
“Promoting health, fitness and wellness has been a shared passion for Lisa Maria-Booth and Danielle Perreault for more than 29 years. As personal trainers, they amassed such a following, they decided to open Fortitude Health and Training in Manchester in 2012.
The two have steadily grown that business and two others, generating enough revenue to break onto this year’s list of the Top Women-Led Businesses. “Some people generally have to get up and go to work every day and I get to get up and go to fun everyday,” says Maria-Booth, CEO. “When you are inspiring people, it inspires you as well.”
Their 13,000- square-foot facility features amenities that keep clients coming back, including free parking, basketball court, childcare, locker rooms and strength training. Maria-Booth and Perreault also started two other businesses within the facility that tap into clients’ lifestyles: FortCycle, offering indoor cycle classes and GreenBike Smoothie Bar, offering organic smoothies and acai bowls. “The businesses feed one another like a big, happy marriage,” Maria-Booth says. “People will come for a cycle ride and then enjoy a smoothie or check out the gym.”
With 12 full-time employees and about 25 total staff, the company provides health, fitness and wellness services on site or elsewhere. ” We go beyond our brick walls here at the Millyard,” Maria-Booth says.
She and Perreault have provided fitness services onsite at many NH companies , including Anthem Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Associated Grocers of NH, Southern NH University and Timberland. Maria-Booth says they recently conducted 12 fitness classes per week for Oracle + Dyn employees and she also gave a nutrition lecture at the Nixon Peabody law firm. “Whatever works for the company, we’re happy to design a program for them,” she says.
In 2020, the duo plans to grow further with their new MoveSafe program designed to help people of all ages develop fitness programs that avoid injury and physical stress. Maria-Booth says the program could help a variety of clients, including runners with knee issues, high school athletes or the elderly.
She says it’s a “great way” for people to get an initial assessment before they embark on an exercise program. Such approaches to fitness programs set Fortitude apart from the chain gyms. “Every time you come to our facility you have a Coach,” Maria-Booth says. “They are there to guide you through your workout to make sure you do everything properly and that you enjoy it.”
MEET THE MANCHESTER TRANSFORMERS! NH Magazine Aug 2018 – Fortitude, FortCycle and GreenBike Smoothies are proud to have been included in the group of Manchester, NH businesses that are working hard to instill change and vibrancy to the Queen City. Featured both on the front cover and it’s related August 2018 article, The Fort was cited for offering hip, relevant programming and great top quality products.
Lisa Maria-Booth of Fortitude Health and Training has been named Outstanding Woman in Business 2018 by NH Business Review. This award is presented to “women who have truly excelled, not only in their professional lives, but as leaders and role models.” Day in and day out, Lisa exemplifies these characteristics and we are excited to see her leadership recognized. Lisa’s relentless energy and unwavering commitment to Fortitude Health + Training, as well as FortCycle, and GreenBike Smoothies which she co-owns with husband David Booth, have driven the customer experience for these businesses to the highest levels. Lisa and Danielle take great pride in the spirit that exists in the Fort community, and the positive differences healthy living has made in the lives of our members. We have a deep commitment and passion to providing our community with fun, innovative and effective health and wellness services. Click here to read about the 2018 Outstanding Women in Business.
Best of NH 2017 Community Fitness Center
New Hampshire Magazine recently conducted their annual Best of NH survey to determine the best of the best across the granite state. Over 15,500 people cast a ballot this year, and we are excited to share that we were selected as the Best of NH 2017 Community Fitness Center!
As if they award was not enough, check out this amazing write-up:
Community Fitness Center: Fortitude and the related FortCycle (located all in one building) in Manchester are the “Cheers” of gyms — just trade the barstools for bikes. The Fort is a welcoming place where the staff knows your name and greets you with a smile. For those who’ve experienced snobbery or intimidation at other fitness centers, the coaches and trainers at The Fort are encouraging, upbeat and tough — in a good way. Whether you want to sweat it out to the beat of pumping music at FortCycle or get whipped into shape via bootcamp, there’s a class you’ll love. They also offer barre, personal training, kickboxing, TRX and much more. When you’re on your way out, grab a tasty (but always healthy) smoothie.
Read about other Best of NH 2017 winners by clicking here.
Best of 2017 New Hampshire A-List City Voters
With over 7,600 votes cast this year by local experts through the A-List City Voters in New Hampshire, Fortitude Health + Training won 1st place for two categories!
** BEST GYM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE (#1 out of 19 nominees)
** BEST BOOTCAMP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE (#1 out of 11 nominees)
We also took 2nd out of 20 nominees for Best Personal Trainers in NH.
Thank you to everyone who voted for The Fort!
Best of 2015 New Hampshire A-List Winner for BEST Personal Trainers and BEST Gym
We are excited to share that we have been voted for not one but TWO New Hampshire A-List Awards: Best Personal Trainers and Best Gym. Thank you to all who voted for The Fort and our awesome staff!
Check Out Our Award-Winning Fitness Center!
Fortitude trainers offer well over 50 years collective experience of motivation, camaraderie, respect and FUN. Along with their great staff, The Fort is a place where everyone feels welcome and accepted.