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Press Announcement: For Immediate Release
Fortified Strength - Youth Strength & Olympic Weightlifting Club 


Given the great success of youth weightlifting led by Edwin Johnson, a USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach and World Cup Silver medalist, we are proud to announce a new initiative to benefit youth based in San Ramon: Fortified Strength.  Fortified Strength, a Non-profit 501(c)(3), has begun and chartered to serve the youth in the area with professional, full time strength & conditioning training.  Unlike a specific sport, strength & conditioning is a fundamental development cycle used to build the necessary body mechanics for Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Soccer, and many other sports.  Fortified Strength’s coaching staff and volunteers will all be USA Level 1+ certified through USA Weightlifting.  Ed Johnson will serve as the Athletic director, and along with a (soon to be hired) assistant coach, will bolster a high touch experience with a low coach/athlete ratio giving young athletes the attention so desperately needed.  Training will occur 5-6 days a week, hybrid (online & in person when applicable) and will assist with home equipment for members which find themselves in need for online classes.   Physical & emotional safety is our #1 priority and we will be abiding by appropriate health protocols, and also provide a wealth of positive coaching to help youth eager to return each week.  We may coincidently train highly competitive athletes, but we aim to create transformation stories in the lives of youth, providing a basis from which they can reference for life. Coaches will also provide coaching to competitive athletes at Olympic Weightlifting competitions. Crossfit San Ramon has graciously made space for the youth program to operate and call it the home of Fortified Strength.


COVID-19 has impacted everyone, but in particular has deprived youth from a focused athletic outlet, and Fortified Strength aims to serve those young athletes with a healthy environment where they can be challenged, learn, grow, and not just survive, but thrive.


Training classes will begin on January 4th, 2021 operating online & at Crossfit San Ramon. Classes will have limited spots for each session available. Schedule and times are posted on the website and students must sign up for the program before attending sessions.  Discounts are available for annual tuition.  Clinics will also be offered throughout the year to the community at no cost, and an Intro to Gym program will be offered during the week at no cost to youth ages 6-10.


We are immensely excited about this new endeavor, committed to serving the broader San Ramon community, and we look forward to serving your youth ages 6 yrs - 18 yrs!  We want all children to be able to participate in the program and if there is any need for tuition assistance, please reach out.  


Sign ups can be found at 

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