FORTITUDE FITNESS SYSTEMS
~HALL OF FAME ~
It is with the utmost honor that I name our Inaugural member of the FFS Hall of Fame, Mark Tucker.
Mark has done it all:
Not a day goes by that Mark leaves his mark on someone or something in our program. He helps new members, gives his thoughts to staff and myself, and works his tail off every workout. Mark is consistent, he is a leader, he is a role model in many ways. There is no other person I would bestow this honor upon. Mark you will be immortalized for your work day in and day out.
This is a small token of our appreciation for all you have done for every person who has come through our doors. Congratulations!
There are a few no-brainers in life, the induction of Cheryl Lacaillade into the FFS Hall of Fame is one of those ‘no-brainers’.
There are not many people that have had more of an impact on FFS than Cheryl. She was the first to lose 100 pounds (and did so in 10 months). Cheryl was the first Badass of the Year in 2009, but more importantly Cheryl is directly or indirectly responsible for every single member we now have. Now this isn’t verified, but I am willing to bet my life savings that Cheryl is the Kevin Bacon of bootcamp where everyone is at least 6 people or less from knowing someone who directly invited them or told them about our program.
On a more serious note, I amazed at Cheryl’s resolve and unwaivering determination. She never settles and always pushes the envelope to what her body can do. Even more admirable is how she treats new members; she is the first to introduce herself and strike up conversation to help them feel comfortable. Sharing her story of when she started with them creates exactly what I had envisioned when starting this business; creating the sense of community and family atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable and be a part of something very special.
Your body of work while a member here at FFS Cheryl is unparalleled. You match the intensity and effort for results with the compassion of where you started. The world could use more of you J.
Congratulations Cheryl Lacaillade, our 2015 Hall of Fame inductee
Imagine yourself struggling through a workout thinking you have nothing left, ready to quit, and just wanting to take a break, just for a few seconds. Then you hear a voice yelling ‘come on, you got this!! Keep going’. Or ‘You’re doing amazing, keep it up!’ or any other words of positive encouragement. Just the words you needed to hear to keep going a little further, to push a little harder, or to show up to your next workout.
The voice of that stranger or friend is Lydia. Every day, every time she is at the gym. She may or may not know you, but you can bet your ass she will push you and encourage you and give you just the boost you need with her selfless approach. When you are tired, she encourages tirelessly. She oozes positivity that is contagious and, often days, much needed.
After 7 years as a bootcamp member of FFS, Lydia decided to take on the task of powerlifting. A big step for someone settled in a comfort zone. Lydia has joined Barbell Club and always brings the team’s spirits up and is a joy to train with. She works her tail off in training just as hard as she encourages and pushes our members. Lydia is a natural leader and leads by example and personality. I am proud to honor her hard work and relentless encouragement of others, therefore stamping her legacy here at FFS, as a Hall of Fame member! Congratulations Lydia!
Melissa epitomizes what I look for in an ideal client. She works relentlessly on her weaknesses and is always analyzing her efforts to make her just a little better every time she enters the gym. Melissa has a unique history in that she joined our program very fit. In the beginning she pushed herself to improve her conditioning through bootcamp. Along the way her interest expanded into OCR’s, road races, physique competitions, Olympic weightlifting, and now powerlifting. Using her knowledge in Karate (2nd degree black belt), she applied her body awareness and mental strength to take on whatever path she decided to travel.
2017 was a difficult year for Melissa but she has refused to take it sitting down. She still every day comes in to compete against herself and challenge herself to continue to strive and be a little better. Going through injury myself, I have drawn inspiration from her efforts and at times has pushed me to not give up.
It is without a doubt if you have worked out with Melissa or if you are teammates with her, you know her mental strength and matter of fact approach to being successful. For that, I am proud to induct Melissa Jones into the FFS Hall of Fame.