Julian Kaufman


Julian Kaufman earned his B.A. degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University. He went on to earn a master's degree from Covenant College in Curriculum and Instruction. Julian is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). The NSCA (www.nsca.com) is the world's leading authority on strength, conditioning, and fitness. The NSCA distinguishes itself from the hundreds of other certifying organizations because its foundation is rooted in scientifically reliable research. The NSCA bridges the gap between the lab scientist and the fitness practitioner. Julian also holds certification from USA Track and Field.

Julian has worked in several diverse health-related fields in Chattanooga since 1993. His technical experience includes working alongside exercise scientists in human performance (vital capacity, stress test, heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, flexibility), exercise physiology (max VO2, O2 deficit, hydrostatic weighing, anaerobic threshold), biomechanics and motor development. Currently Julian serves as a strength and conditioning coach, wellness teacher, fitness instructor, football coach and track coach at the Baylor School. 

Julian's personal philosophy is centered on the idea that health is holistic in its nature. Spiritual, intellectual, emotional, relational and physical health should be viewed in an integrated manner. As an individual deals with the physical aspects of their health, they should also be careful to care for the other, more complex components of their overall health. As the physical is worked on and developed, it must focus on substance versus image. This substance is whole health with the goal of preventing disease, increasing potential for longevity, and improving and maintaining quality of life.



CJ Cesario

Forte Partner / Manager

CJ’s athleticism opened the door for an opportunity to play football at the University of Minnesota as a wide receiver from 2010-2013. During that time CJ earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kinesiology from a highly accredited Research 1 institution. His technical experience includes working alongside human performance research teams in exercise physiology (max VO2, O2 deficit, hydrostatic weighing, anaerobic threshold), biomechanics, and motor development. 

Accompanying his athletic and academic experience, CJ followed his passion by accepting a head strength and conditioning position at a Chattanooga area high school. CJ individually programmed for hundreds of athletes and teams while loving the daily platform to pour into teenage lives. He also coached varsity football and track & field for four years as an educator.

Currently CJ serves as the manager of Forte Fitness and FCA chaplain for the UTC football program. CJ is accompanied by his wife, Lexi and son Eli who was born in the fall of 2017. 


JJ Jackson

Forte Partner /Asst. Manager/ Coach

JJ’s athletic youth landed him a scholarship to play football for the Chattanooga Mocs in 2008. JJ maintains a hard work ethic which has brought him many successes. His passion is being able to educate and encourage his clients in the importance of living a healthy, active, and meaningful lifestyle. It brings JJ joy — and a big smile — to see clients not only achieving, but exceeding their health and fitness goals.

JJ obtained a B.S. degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is certified by International Sports Sciences Association. JJ enjoys mountain biking, hiking and anything that involves the outdoors.


Ryan Hutchinson

Forte Partner / Coach

Ryan holds certificates with the ISSA: Personal Trainer, Functional Movement Systems: Functional Movement Screen & Y Balance Test, and American Heart Association: First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Ryan graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.

Ryan is an accomplished calisthenics athlete.  He was WSWCF National Champion in 2017 and competed in a World Championship in Moscow, Russia.  

Due to Ryan’s unique approach in personal training he has achieved successful results with his clients, along with lasting friendships. Ryan has worked with a wide range of clients spanning from teenagers to those in their nineties. Ryan is incredibly gifted with rare cases as he’s trained many clients that struggle with muscular dystrophy and scoliosis. 

He also has recently recovered from an ACL injury that had complications during surgery.  His knee is now fully recovered as a result of his personal specialized training methodology. Ryan’s injuries as an athlete have provided him a unique perspective from a client’s point of view.


Russ Bonham

Forte Partner / Coach

Georgia born and bred, Russ Bonham has a different story than most of his training and coaching associates . He was fortunate enough to have parents who both were athletes (collegiate gymnasts) and then both went on to work in the health and fitness industry (dad as a coach and mom as a physical therapist). This set him up for a lifelong education into body movement and biomechanics.

Growing up with a passion for athletics he became involved in many sports but ones of note are football, gymnastics, track and field & wrestling. Russ has a personal coaching career in gymnastics and was a fitness trainer in his tenure as a U.S. Marine. Russ received his B.S. from Georgia Southern University.

The training philosophy that Russ follows has a large background in bodyweight mechanics geared toward functional fitness. The body is capable of miraculous things when balanced throughout. Some of his most used exercises involve different variations of planks, core stabilization exercises and mobilization through end-range strengthening.


Adam Lozano

Forte Partner / Coach

Adam Lozano was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After high school he and his family moved to Chickamauga, Georgia. Following in his family’s footsteps, he became a Firefighter in Walker County Georgia. One thing he knew was that he was meant to serve others, but after two years as a fireman he felt called to be a part of something greater. As a fireman, he only saw people at their worst and never had the opportunity to see the journey of recovery. He knew he wanted to be a part of that journey. His passion is people. As a trainer, his goal for every person he sees is improving quality of life however that looks to each individual. He has been a trainer in Chattanooga for the past several years. He took a break from training to follow a calling to serve in the U.S. Army as a Combat medic and is now working towards his degree in Nursing. He strongly believes he has found his home in Forte Fitness and looks forward to being a part of each and every life changing journey.


Bryant Sowers

Forte Partner / Coach

Bryant holds certificates with the ISSA: Personal trainer and American Heart Association: First Aid, CPR, and AED. Bryant is originally from the great state of Ohio. He loves the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. He also loves watching WWE with his son Camden.

Bryant and his family have a great passion for fitness. His wife, Kylie is a Barre instructor. Bryant enjoys helping his clients construct and reach their individual goals. Bryant places much of his fulfillment in the relationships he gets to build with clients. Whether it’s heathilly pushing clients outside their comfort zone in the studio or encouraging them throughout the week, Bryant’s care and accountability stretch outside the walls of Forte. At the end of the day Bryant wants to see his clients leave with a smile on their face and feeling better about taking care of their health.


Emory Norred


Emory is a Chattanooga native. He completed his B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He attended UTC on a football scholarship acting as the team's starting long-snapper for four years. He draws on his experience in the various strength and conditioning programs when writing exercise programs for his clients. His main goals for all of his clients coincides with improve mobility, conditioning, and overall fitness. Outside of Forte Emory participates in muay thai, boxing and jiu jitsu to train for mixed martial arts competition.