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About

The Foundry gives people the opportunity to be trained and treated like a professional athlete. Founded by Ben Gotting and Dave Thomas, The Foundry is a results-driven fitness concept offering classes and small group personal training.

The Foundry's call to action is an attitude - members and guests are strong in mind, strong in body, and strong in commitment.

Over 50 Olympic and international sportsmen and sportswomen have trained with the world-class coaches and become a "City Strongman" - proving that The Foundry really is "Where The Strong Belong".

Ethos

Our mission is to be the most inclusive, community-minded fitness company and charity in the UK. We live by this credo, and value mental health and wellbeing as much as a great deadlift or deep squat.

We recognise it can be a bit intimidating walking into a gym which includes international rugby players and Olympians amongst its team and members...but you don't need to be physically strong to start at The Foundry. We are proud to have non-threatening environments with world class coaches and a great, fun vibe.

The Foundry isn't interested in short-term, dramatically staged pictures - we work as hard as you on your training and nutrition to help you create a sustainable lifestyle and overall health and happiness, in body and in mind.

Everyone at The Foundry is part of the family and commited to making sure there is "No One Left Behind".

Founders

Dave Thomas

Over the last decade, Dave has accumulated over 10,000 personal training hours with a diverse range of clients, from young offenders to professional athletes and celebrities.

As a founding trustee of Sky Sports’ School Of Hard Knocks, and also as the driving force behind our own charity arm, Dave really represents everything it means to be a member of The Foundry family.

A highly-regarded authority on all things health and fitness, Dave also writes a weekly column for The Telegraph where he finally gets to use his Philosophy degree in the ‘real world'.

Dave also delivers training at Old Street, where his Belinda Carlisle playlists are more motivating than you’d initially expect.

Ben Gotting

The Gottfather is our Head of Delivery, ensuring all programmes and trainers operate at a level befitting "one of the best gyms in the world".

Having spent 10 years playing top-flight Rugby, winning both European and domestic trophies with London Wasps, Ben knows exactly how to build the team environment that is a key component in achieving fast, safe, and long-lasting results.

Ben splits his time between Vauxhall and Old Street, where he not only oversees the trainers but also delivers some of the most acclaimed classes in London.

As one of the UK’s most respected strength, and conditioning experts, Ben is regularly featured in leading publications where he almost never mentions his professional rugby career...

Team

We try not to take ourselves too seriously, but The Foundry's team is unique within the industry. Recruited from professional sport, and under the tutelage of Ben Gotting, everyone is hired for their coaching ability, team ethos, and work ethic.

Unlike most other gyms, our trainers are full-time employees at The Foundry. So not only do they deliver elite training, but they are the faces you will see every time you visit.

This mixture of expert knowledge and friendly personalities, who understand first-hand the power of team training, are the reason The Foundry's team stands out... both physically and metaphorically!

The Foundry also hosts special events in partnership with some of the hottest class trainers in London. Niamh Coghlan, Anna-Maria Ronnqvist, Laura Hoggins, Will McLaren, and others.

Ali McKenzie

Ali played Professional Rugby for 15 years before entering the fitness industry, winning 3 Premiership titles, 2 European Heineken Cups and a host of other silverware. Prior to Professional Rugby, he was also a gold-medallist Shot Putt & Discus competitor.

Based at Vauxhall, Ali is The Foundry's Community Coach, where he helps those who have not previously been able to afford access to world-class coaching develop a healthy lifestyle.

One of the most revered class instructors in London, and a highly-experienced personal trainer, ”Big McK" is the man to help you achieve your goals (unless they are in music or fashion - best find someone else).

Dan O'Neill

Dan has been in the industry for over 10 years, has a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree, and is our knowledge bank on all things nutritional (although he does eat smashed avocado on toast Every. Single. Day).

He works at both the Old Street and Vauxhall sites, where he likes to help people focus on becoming all-round athletes.

Originally from Australia, Dan has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the US, working with leading sports teams and specialists, including the Florida Gators who are ranked amongst the top college sports programs in the United States.

Despite having been here a little while now, he still seems mildly surprised that there is some sun in the UK.

Francis Bramble

The baby of the team, Framble's cheery personality, hard work and high-quality coaching rubs off on everyone who trains with him.

Working at both the Old Street and Vauxhall sites, his passion is helping people achieve thing they thought impossible. His renowned HANG callisthenics class will have you moving your body in fun and new ways (which gravity probably never intended).

Due to his all-round sporting prowess (obstacle course racing, athletics, and football), Francis literally NEVER goes out. Rumour has it that once in 2004 he went out for a ’couple of beers' and nearly brought London to its knees.

Jason Fox

Jase, as we imaginatively refer to him, is the Lead Coach at Old Street - pulling the strings day-to-day, motivating people, and having a lot of fun.

The original "baby-faced bicep assassin”, Jason has 10 years coaching experience, and has travelled Europe learning from some of the leading experts in the industry.

Passionate about sport, Jason’s background is semi-professional football and athletics. Having recently taken up golf, he claims you can master the entire game just using YouTube videos.

The victorious team captain at our inaugural Fun & Gains competition, rumour has it he takes the prestigious golden tyre everywhere.

Mark Ireland

Another former Rugby professional, Mark played at Wasps with Ben and Ali and enjoyed a successful career tearing up defences both domestically and whilst based in France.

Following retirement, Mark is now an in-demand personal trainer and class instructor, splitting his time between both the Vauxhall and Old Street gyms.

The rest of The Foundry team believe Mark's head is one of the few natural landmarks you can see from space.

Nadia Ohaka

Nadia is our Operations Director. Always with a smile on her face and a snack in her hand, she keeps The Foundry team in-line and the gyms functioning (just like famous TV 'fixer' Ray Donovan, but without the hard liquor during work hours).

Before The Foundry, Nadia ran one of the most successful Virgin Active gyms in the UK, and then managed fitness start-ups 1 Rebel and Ministry Does Fitness.

She splits her time between sites, drag-racing in her GTI with Stormzy blaring.