OURStory

Nicole and Mason met their junior year at Oregon State University where they both were studying Exercise and Sports Science.  After graduation, Nicole, a Forest Grove native, moved back and began teaching bootcamp classes in Hillsboro.  Mason soon moved to the area and started personal training in Forest Grove.  They created Forge Fitness Training at the time, knowing they wanted to grow in the future but not knowing the exact direction yet.  As time went on Mason expanded into teaching classes while Nicole ventured into the one-on-one world and they slowly expanded into contracting in multiple locations from Forest Grove to Beaverton.  As the years passed, their vision for the company began to become much more clear.  Having both had a passion for the health and fitness industry and helping others from a young age and now having had worked in different roles in it, they started realizing the things that they wanted to give their clients and friends but were currently out of their control.  They found one of the biggest things that saddened them was the disconnect between the members and the facility today.  The high level of customer care where your health and goals are put above all else and the sense of being part of a team and family where you come to have fun with your friends WHILE getting your exercise was dying. They missed the community atmosphere where every time you entered your workout place you felt at your second home.  They missed a genuine interest in you and your day being shown by someone behind the desk, your instructor, and your classmates.  They missed knowing their fellow classmates by name, knowing their story, their family, and their goals.  They missed having a place where you often ran into and even planned activities with your classmates outside of the "gym".  They missed seeing the effort put in to provide members with as many tools as possible to help them meet their goals.  And most of all, they missed having people excited to come to class instead of viewing it as a chore.  It was clear, these values and goals were going to shape where they took the business from there on. This is where The Forge was born.  They set out to create a place where professionalism, courtesy, and quality of care meets community, friendship, and fun. Together, through fun engaging classes, charity events, friendly challenges, and positive attitudes they set out each hoping to help create and sustain a place where these ideas and goals become a reality for themselves and others still searching for a fitness family to call their own.