The Forge was conceived, developed and brought to life by Aaron and Sara Bubans, both workout enthusiasts with law enforcement backgrounds.
Aaron was a MS Teacher and MS & HS Boy’s Basketball Coach before joining the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2009. He worked as a patrol officer and was a member of the Eastway division’s Focus Mission Team for 5 years. In addition, he was an Adjunct Defensive Tactics Instructor at the CMPD Police Academy. In 2015, he transferred to a Connecticut police department so he and Sara could pursue their dream of owning their own gym.
Aaron has almost 12 years of experience as a Teacher, Coach and Instructor including certifications in Defensive Tactics and Ground Fighting. Owning and operating a gym that focuses on functional movements and strength training has been a dream of his since 2011.
Sara was born and raised in northern Georgia, and moved to Charlotte, NC to become a police officer after graduating with honors from Georgia State University.
She joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2006, worked as a patrol officer for two years, a school resource officer for one year, was on two specialized units for three years and finished the last three years of her career as a Training Officer at the police academy.
Sara has almost two decades of experience in Muay Thai kickboxing which helped her train recruits and assist with defensive tactics and physical fitness as a police officer.
In 2010 she met Aaron, married in 2011 and they now have two children together (and one more coming in September!) Sara has done coaching and personal training at gyms and on her own.