Fortified Team

Wayne Burns

Fortified Owner, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer

  • Owner & Founder of Fortified Fitness with wife Stephanie Burns. Fortified Fitness was founded in 2013 – We are a family owned, local small business. Thank you for your support.
  • Owner & Founder of Kingdom Custom Cabinetry with wife Steph Burns
  • Experience
    • Personal Trainer & Group Trainer since 2013
    • Sportsmetrics Certified Trainer
    • RRCA Certified Run Coach
  • Fun Facts
    • American Ninja Warrior Course Tester since 2017 
    • Seminar Speaker, Presenter & Curriculum Writer
    • Occasional Guest Radio Host on Moody Radio
    • Worship Leader – guitar & vocals for over 20 years
  • Over 25 years of carpentry experience – framing, custom trim carpentry & custom cabinet builder (Fortified obstacle rigs and obstacles designed and built by Wayne as well as Fortified Fitness Studio build out)
  • Family
    • Married to business parter, Stephanie Burns, since 1998 and dad to three amazing boys! 
    • We have a huge heart for fostering and adoption – God built our family through the amazing gift of adoption.

Contact Wayne: 615-202-2486 / email

Wayne & Stephanie Burns founded Fortified Fitness in 2013 out of a deep calling from the Lord to walk with, encourage and inspire people to reach their God-given potential and live life to the full. 

After attending a family ninja warrior clinic, they were inspired to build a ninja warrior program to include all ages in 2017 in addition to the fitness studio. 

Currently Fortified Fitness includes a 2400 sq. ft. private fitness studio as well as a 6,000 sq. ft. ninja warrior facility and runs programs for ages 3 & up – Fitness for the whole family!

Fred Mindach

Operations Manager, Personal & Group Fitness Trainer, Functional Screening Coach, Life Coach

  • Worked at Fortified Fitness since 2017
  • Certifications
    • ACE Certified Trainer
    • StrongFirst Level II Instructor Certification
    • Precision Nutrition Coach
    • Functional Movement Screen Coach
  • Experience:
    • Personal Trainer with the Institute of Human Performance
    • Served in United States Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic and Hydraulicsman. 
    • Became a Second Class Petty Officer and was the supervisor for airframes in the Phase Division where I supported wartime missions after 9/11. 
    • Personal Training Director at Bally Total Fitness in California
    • Led Physical Fitness Program for the Navy. 
    • During my travels I have been able to learn from some of the top strength coaches in the world, racking up many certifications in the process. 

My mission now is to help people realize how awesome they were created and to work from there strengths instead of working from what they think are negatives.  I want people to realize their full potential both physically and spiritually instead of living under a self limiting title that either they or those around them have given them.

Family: When I am not working I am training keeping my strength skills fine tuned and spending time with my awesome wife and 4 kids!

Janice Quick

HR Manager, Fitness Trainer, Events Coordinator

  • Worked at Fortified Fitness since 2016
  • Certifications
    • Action Personal Training Certification
    • AFAA Group Fitness Certification
    • WERQ Cardio Dance Certification & Zumba certification
    • CPR / First Aid Certified
  • FUN Facts
    • Completed half-marathons & Spartan Races & Warrior Dashes
    • loves the outdoors (camping, hiking, canoeing, ATV riding, OCR racing)
    • Loves dancing and rock climbing
    • Is a trained cake decorator
  • Family
    • Janice is a military wife and has been for over 20 years and thus is a big supporter and advocate for military/military families. 
    • Proud mom and grandmother
    • Her biggest accomplishment = her kids 

Personal motto – “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”

Karman Selby

Head Ninja Warrior Coach, Ninja Warrior Program Director, Group Fitness Trainer

  • Certifications & Education
    • Former ACSM personal trainer (4 yrs)
    • RRCA Run Coach 
    • TRX Level 1 
  • Experience
    • Ninja Coach since 2017
    • Competed on American Ninja Warrior Season 13
    • Bachelors in Anthropology with minor in Russian from Kansas Sate University
  • Fun Facts
    • I’m a full-time stay-at-home dad.
    • I do woodworking/ pyrography as a hobby.
    • I love basketball, running, and ultimate frisbee. 
  • Family
    • I married my lovely wife, Hannah, in 2014. Our boys, Samuel and Elliot, joined us in 2018 and 2020. 

Michelle Austin

Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, Run Coach

  • Worked at Fortified Fitness since 2014
  • Education & Certifications
    • Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders from MTSU with a double minor in Psychology & Special Education
    • Masters of Science Degree in Speech Language pathology from TSU
    • American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal Trainer
    • RRCA Certified Run Coach
    • CPR/First Aid Certified American Heart Association & Red Cross 
  • It fills my heart with true joy to be everyones cheerleader. I desire to help each client realize their full potential and to challenge them to step outside of their comfort zones as they learn to be the best versions of themselves as possible.
  • Life Verses: Exodus 14:14, Proverbs 27:17, Isaiah 61:1-3
  • Fun Facts/Hobbies: 
    • Identical Twin
    • Pastors wife
    • “Foodie” & Coffee Snob
    • Loves to travel 

Will Holliday

Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer

  • Education & Certifications
    • Bachelors of Science in Health & Human Performance / Applied Exercise Science – Austin Peay State University
    • NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • CPR/First Aid Certified  
  • Assistant Coach: Football at Rockvale High School, Basketball at Whitworthy Buchanan Middle and Track & Field at Rockvale High School.
  • Loves to teach people/athletes how to live healthy lifestyle and reach their goals while having fun. Loves to work with the next generation!
  • Rutherford County Substitute Teacher
  • Motivations: God, his wife and people 

Callan Austin

Aerial Silks & Fitness Coach, Aerial Silks Program Director, Event Leader

  • Worked at Fortified since 2020
  • Hometown: Hendersonville TN
  • Education & Experience:
    • Nutrition Major at MTSU
    • 3 Years of Aerial Arts Training
  • Favorite exercise: Jumping Squats
  • Fun Facts:
    • Established Murfreesboro’s first silks program! 
    • I was assistant director of a dance program for 2 years 
    • I LOVE dogs

Anna Bobo

Aerial Silks Coach & Ninja Warrior Coach

Worked at Fortified Fitness since November 2020

  • Hometown: Lascassas, TN
  • Accomplishments:
    • D1 soccer state champion
    • Pull-up PR: 23
  • FUN Facts:
    • Favorite ninja obstacle: pegs/hooks
    • Favorite aerial silks move: all the drops!
    • Played soccer for 12 years (10 years competitive)
    • I have been in 5 different countries
    • Mission work is my passion. I’ve been to India 3 times for mission work and I pray to someday go to Uganda as well.
    • I would rather read a book instead of watch a movie
  • Loves: Jesus, reading, studying languages, traveling, ninja warrior, aerial silks, weight training, spending time with friends, baking/cooking, adventures,
  • I am a photographer –  captureHISart photography – portrait and family photographer serving from Middle and East Tennessee – WEBSITE:

Jules Craddock

Group Fitness Trainer

  • Worked at Fortified Fitness since 2017
  • Certifications & Education
    • StrongFirst instructor
    • NSCA and FMS
    • Has a Bachelor’s Degree from MTSU in Finance
  • Experience:
    • Has over 8 years experience in Professional Fitness Training
  • Family – Married and has 3 kids and a grand-baby 

Rachel Beth Drake

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • Fun Facts
    • Trained and Worked at Fortified Fitness since 2017
    • Hometown: Lascassas, TN 
    • Weight training and ninja warrior training 
    • Participated in rock climbing for 3 years 
  • Accomplishments
    • Multiple time NNL and UNAA world finalist
    • Deadhang max 47 minutes
    • 100 pull ups without touching the ground
    • Competed on American Ninja Warrior 2021
  • Things I Enjoy
    • Time with family and friends, Bible studies, roller coasters, Drawing, making crafts, working out, hiking, chocolate chip cookies, 

Rachel Brown

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • Trained & Worked at Fortified Fitness since 2018
  • Has trained for Ninja Warrior for since 2015
  • Accomplishments
    • Conquered her first 14 ft warped wall at age 12
    • Has competed in Adult Pro division since she was 12 
    • NNL Season 2 Top finalist – 2nd Place – Women’s Pro Division
    • She was the top youth female in UNAA Finals Season 1 & 2
    • She placed in top 5 in Pro Women at UNAA Finals – Season 3
  • Fun Facts
    • Favorite Obstacle: Warped Wall – to date she has conquered a 16ft warped
    • She has trained Martial Arts and holds a Black Belt
    • She has enjoyed gymnastics, power tumbling, basketball, track and flag football wall and is working towards an 18 ft warped wall.

Caleb Brown

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • Trained and worked at Fortified Fitness since 2017
  • Hometown: Murfreesboro TN
  • Accomplishments
    • Qualified for TOP 4 in 11-12yr olds on American Ninja Warrior Jr – Season 1 
    • Participated in American Ninja Warrior Jr – Season 2
    • Placed 3rd in 13-17 years – Savage Race Spring 2019
    • Dead Hang record: 23 minutes on rings
  • Loves
    •  Jesus, climbing, photography, camping, ninja warrior, time with friends, reading and sweets.   

Benjamin Drake

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • More Info Soon

Brandon Mayhew

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • I Graduated from MTSU December 2020 (Audio Production)
  • l am a DJ/Artist/Producer
  • I am From Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • I have lived in Murfreesboro for 3 years
  • I’ve played multiple sports including baseball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, football & ninja warrior.

Josh Burns

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • Son of Wayne & Stephanie Burns, Fortified Fitness Owners
  • Helped build out Fortified Fitness studio & ninja rig and obstacles with his family
  • Attends Siegel High School with Health Science Career Pathway
  • Member of Siegel Cross Country – Region Champions in 2020-21
  • Sports: Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball
  • Longest Run Streak: ran every day 2018-2020 – 1000 days in a row