Fortified Team

Wayne Burns

Fortified Owner & Manager, Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Trainer, Ninja Warrior & OCR Coach

  • Owner & Founder of Fortified Fitness with wife Stephanie Burns. Fortified Fitness was founded in 2013 – We are a family owned, local small business.
  • Fitness Trainer for over 7 years
  • Certifications
    • AFAA Personal Trainer 
    • AFAA Group Trainer 
    • Sportsmetrics Certified Trainer
    • RRCA Certified Run Coach
    • Currently working towards StrongFirst Certification
  • Seminar Speaker, Presenter & Curriculum Writer
  • Run For Him 5K & 10K Race Director (2013 – present)
  • American Ninja Warrior Course Tester for past 3 years 
  • Worship Leader – guitar / vocals
    • Current Interim for over 3 years at Belle Aire Baptist Church
    • Past 20 years for adult, college, youth and kids services & special events
  • Over 25 years of carpentry experience – framing, custom trim carpentry & custom cabinet builder

My passion is to help people of ALL fitness levels discover their God-given potential and encourage them to set and reach fitness and health goals. 

I am a Jesus follower and an admirer of God’s creation! I have been married to Stephanie, my best friend, for over 20 years and I am a dad to three amazing boys! 

Contact Wayne: 615-202-2486 / email


Janice Quick

Fitness Trainer, Ninja & OCR Coach, HR, Events Coordinator & Leader, Administrative Assistant

  • Has worked with Fortified Fitness for over 3 Years
  • Certifications
    • Action Personal Training Certification
    • AFAA Group Fitness Certification
    • WERQ Cardio Dance Certification & Zumba certification
    • CPR / First Aid Certified
  • Spent 20 years in the healthcare industry – was certified procedural coder for 10 years (1997-2007) as a business manager of medical practice.
  • Has completed half-marathons & Runs Spartan Races and Warrior Dashes

Janice is a military wife and has been for over 20 years and thus is a big supporter and advocate for military/military families. 

Her biggest accomplishment = her kids

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

Fred Mindach

Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, Functional Screening Coach, Life Coach

  • Certifications
    • ACE Certified Trainer
    • StrongFirst Level II Instructor Certification
    • Precision Nutrition Coach
    • Functional Movement Screen Coach
  • 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.

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

Michael Kenney

Head Ninja Warrior & OCR Coach, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, Events Leader 

  • Worked with Fortified for over 2.5 years
  • Certifications & Education
    • ACSM Exercise Physiologist 
    • Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from MTSU
    • Currently working on his Precision Nutrition certification
  • Currently Serving as a Marine (for 6.5 years)
  • Accomplishments
    • Completed the St. Jude Marathon in 2017
    • His fastest mile time is 4:50
    • His maximum pull-ups (strict) is currently 36
    • Shot a Barrett 50 caliber 1880m and hit target at night
  •  Was a supervisor at Amazon for 3 years

Lucy Caroline Rinks

Events Coordinator & Team Leader, Administrative Assistant, Front Desk, Ninja Coach, Mat Challenge Trainer

  • Worked at Fortified since 2018
  • hometown: Rockvale, TN
  • working towards Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at MTSU (Go big blue!)
  • favorite workout move is anything plank-related
  • Fun Facts:
    • Youngest in my family
    • I love Jesus with all of my heart!
    • I love to travel and plan on studying abroad in Spain before I graduate college
    • I enjoy volunteering with Read to Succeed
    • I took dance from age 2 through high school and now I teach dance 

Michelle Austin

Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, Run Coach

  • Fortified client since 2015; on staff since April 2018
  • Bachelor’s degree from MTSU in communication disorders 
  • Master’s degree from MTSU in speech-language pathology
  • Certifications
    • American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer
    • RRCA Certified Run Coach
    • CPR/First Aid Certified from the AHA/American Red Cross
  • has ran 2 full marathons and 15 half-marathons
  • mom of 2 teens and has bee married for 22 years

Jules Craddock

Group Fitness Trainer

  • Worked at Fortified for over a year
  • Has over 8 years experience in Fitness Training
  • Has a Bachelor’s Degree from MTSU in Finance
  • Certifications
    • StrongFirst instructor
    • NSCA and FMS
  • Married and has 3 kids and a grandbaby 

Travis Heyward

Ninja Warrior Coach

  • Hometown: Myrtle Beach SC
  • Training to compete on American Ninja Warrior
  • Favorite Obstacles: bar hoping like salmon ladder, flying bar, dejavu
  • Love to build obstacles
  • Competes in OCR events – favorites are Spartan and Savage!
  • Favorite Exercise: Pull-ups – record is 28 strict
  • Loves: running, climbing and parkour
  • Completed p90x Series 4 years in a row (1 plus 2 and 3 extended)
  • Certified Butcher

Amanda Brown

Group Fitness & OCR Trainer, Mat Challenge Instructor

  • Hometown: Murfreesboro
  • 1 year of working at Fortified Warrior
  • BS degree in Exercise Science
  • Over 15 years experience teaching a variety of group exercises classes 
  • 4 years experience in Fitness management
  • Mother to 5 strong ninjas
  • I love….. Jesus, being outside, hiking, exercising, colorful and spicy food, adventures with my family, reading, dark chocolate, and taking pictures.   

Jonah Brown

Ninja Warrior Coach & Assistant Coach

  • 3 years of experience at Fortified Warrior
  • Hometown: Murfreesboro
  • Participated at New Frontiers camp for many years, and worked there the past year.  
  • Participated in Season 1 of American Ninja Warrior Jr 
  • Placed at 1st in 13-17 yrs Savage Race Spring 2019
  • Dead Hang record: 12 minutes
  • Continuous Salmon ladder rungs: 30
  • Loves: Jesus, climbing, ninja warrior, working at New Frontiers, being outside, spending time with family, and reading.  

Caleb Brown

Ninja Warrior Assistant Coach

  • Trained at Fortified Warrior for over 3 Years
  • American Ninja Warrior Contestant 2019
  • Earned TOP 4 Finalist in Age Group in ANWJR Season 1

Rachel Beth Drake

Ninja Warrior Assistant Coach

  • Hometown: Lascassas, TN
  • Worked at Fortified for 1 year
  • Trained at Fortified Warrior for over 3 years
  • Accomplishments
    • 2x UNAA Top 10 finalist, 1x NNL Top 10 finalist
    • Is qualified for NNL Finals 2020
  • Favorite Obstacle: vertical limit and cliffhanger
  • Fun facts
    • Did rock climbing for 3 years before getting her start in ninja
    • Has been homeschooled her entire life
    • Likes to go hiking
    • Dead hang record: 35 minutes on wooden rings

Rachel Brown

Ninja Warrior Assistant Coach

  • Worked at Fortified for over 1 year
  • Accomplishments
    • NNL Season 2 Top finalist – 2nd Place
    • Is qualified for NNL Finals 2020

Elijah Browning

Ninja Warrior Assistant Coach

  • Worked at Fortified over 1 year
  • Contestant on American Ninja Warrior – Season 1 – “The Boss Ninja”
  • The only kid who has qualified & competed at all 7 National Ninja Finals (NNL and UNAA)
  • Won 2019 UNAA World Finals (13 & under category)
  • Won 2019 State Games of America 1st ever Ninja Challenge (13 & under category)
  • Point leader in the NNL 2017 & 2018
  • runs track and XC (for years) & plays flag football (9 years)
  • has competed ninja at 46 gyms in 24 states
  • loves building ninja obstacles with his Papaw, competing with his friends from around the country and training kids
  • finished 2nd 2019 Savage Race Pro 17 & under division
  • FOLLOW on YouTube & Instagram: Elijahthebossninja

Josh Burns

Ninja Warrior Assistant Coach

  • Son of Wayne & Stephanie Burns, Fortified Fitness Owners
  • Helped build Fortified Ninja Warrior rig and obstacles with his family
  • 8th Grade Student at Oakland Middle School
  • Honor Roll Student and Beta Club Member
  • Sports: Cross Country, Soccer, Ninja Warrior
  • XC Team Captain
  • Plays Piano and Drums
  • Involved in Advanced Honors Band & Pep Band
  • An every day runner – Run Streak: running every day since 3/17/18