“If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”

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So how was The Forge born? The honest answer is through ‘pain’.

In September 2015 I received the news I had a knee condition called Osteochronditis Dissecans (Stage 3 Terminal), a large chunk of bone and cartilage in my left knee had died and broken away. I was unable to walk properly for several months and was told by surgeons and consultants to stop all sports as no surgery could repair my knee. I would have to carefully manage the condition for the rest of my life, which meant the end of my CrossFit competing and my Weightlifting career.

My world seemed to crumble as my life revolved around competing and training in both CrossFit and Weightlifting. I was devastated.

However I’ve been raised in a family with a fighting spirit. My late Father always said to me “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.” He lead by example, creating his own thriving business, showing me that if you want something in life, don’t wait for it to happen, fight for it, do whatever it takes to realise your goals.

So I did. 

If it’s to be, it’s up to me.

My (late) Father - David Smith

I decided if I couldn’t train and compete, then I would put all my energy into helping other people improve their health and fitness. In March 2016 I studied and passed my Fitness Instructor qualification, adding to my two Weightlifting Coaching Certifications, which allowed me to realise my dream.

My energy and love for fitness and nutrition shone, and before I had passed my exams, I already had a thriving client base. In April 2016 I made the decision to create a personal training studio and on May 21st 2016 I officially opened The Forge!

From the moment I picked up a barbell I thought my future lay in fitness, for a long time that meant competition and intense training, now I pick up a barbell to pass it to my clients! I never thought anything could bring me more joy than winning gold in a competition, but I’ve found that special something….the pure unfiltered happiness seeing my clients, my friends….smash their goals, reach their targets and do things they never thought they could, on a weekly basis.

So The Forge might have been born out of ‘pain’, but it lives and breathes on love. A love of fitness, a love of people, a love of life.

I took lemons and I made lemonade. 


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