Frequently Asked Questions
WHO ARE THESE TRAINING PLANS FOR?
Fortis Training plans are for any individual who is looking to improve their physical performance, regardless of previous training history. If you have never entered a gym before in your life, head to the 'Beginning Strength' plans and work your way up from there. For the more experienced athlete, you may require the sport specific option, or an 'attribute' focussed plan to improve particular areas of your game.
DO I NEED A GYM TO COMPLETE THE PLANS?
This depends on the chosen plan. Much of the Beginning Strength & Foundation Strength plans can be done at home or with minimal equipment (see the Products page for suggested kit). The speed & conditioning plans will also be versatile and allow you the freedom to train at home or in a public space if you do not have access to particular equipment or facilities.
However, many of the more advanced programmes will require the use of a gym facility. Most exercises will involve the use of free weights or cable machines to help you improve your co-ordination and motor control.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE FORTIS TRAINING?
Put simply - Fortis Training puts you, the athlete first.There is a lot of information available on the internet regarding different training plans, types of training and models that seem too good to be true. Unfortunately, if it seems too good to be true - it usually is.
Over the past 10 years of coaching, studying and training, I have been able to test various training models and sift through the information that is posted on the internet and plastered over social media. What this has lead to is a training system that:
improves your athleticism
can be realistically completed throughout a working week
will help you move and feel better
improves physical performance
reduces the risk of injury
is designed with the athlete in mind
WHY IS AN S&C PLAN BETTER THAN A POWERLIFTING/BODYBUILDING PLAN
It's true, strength is the foundation that many physical properties are built on. Getting stronger is never a bad thing. However, powerlifting plans focus exclusively on adding weight to the bar and improving this quality alone. Unfortunately, this is not specific to any sport, other than powerlifting and weightlifting competitions. Most sports will require you to move and to express your strength quickly and efficiently. Put simply, once you reach a certain level of strength, you need to be able to use it and to be robust enough against injury. Speed, power, motor control and reactive strength are a few qualities which will help you perform at a higher level. Fortis Training plans target each of these to help you become a better athlete.
'Looks like a Ferrari, runs like an old banger.' Bodybuilding plans are excellent if you want to focus on aesthetics - if that's you, then great, but unfortunately you're in the wrong place! Strength & Conditioning plans aim to improve your performance and to help make you robust against the threat of injury. That doesn't mean you won't get bigger and/or stronger in the process, it simply means that the exercise prescription is focussed on bigger, compound lifts which help the body work as a whole, rather than individual muscles.
There's nothing wrong with any of the plans, simply each is specific to the needs of its athlete. If your only aim is to improve your squat/bench/deadlift/press then go for a powerlifting option.
If you're interested in bodybuilding, then choose a bodybuilding plan!
I OFTEN GET INJURED PLAYING SPORT - CAN I STILL DO THESE PLANS?
Unfortunately, injury is inevitable for many people who play sport. Depending on your injury and its severity, you can still train around the injured site, or do exercises to help improve or make it stronger. Of course, starting a Fortis Training plan is a good way to help prevent injury in the first place!
Fortis Training will also be teaming up with Chartered Physiotherapist (and founder of strongandadaptable.com) Rory Twogood to provide injury rehab templates to help you recover quickly, and to come back stronger to reduce the risk of re-injury in the future. (Coming soon!)