Fort Williams is an excellent place to go if you’d like to spend an afternoon admiring Maine’s oldest lighthouse while sitting in the grass in full view of the Atlantic while eating a Bite into Maine lobster roll (the “picnic” is the best and pairs well with a ginger soda) and then climbing on the remnants of an old fort that’s covered in the most polite graffiti I’ve ever read. (No joke, last time I checked, the walls were covered in things like “You are beautiful” and “Love is everywhere.” And, okay, also “That’s what she said.” Kids these days, amiright?)

But for a host of Sundays this summer, it’s also a place for battle ropes, side planks, and plyometrics.

Barre Bootcamp at Fort Williams with Hannah’s Fitness PWM. Shannon Bryan photo

Hannah Lindsay of Hannah’s Fitness PWM is leading Bootcamp in the grass at Fort Williams from June to Sept.

Stretching with friends before class. Shannon Bryan photo
Hannah Lindsay, left, leads some stretches at the start of class. Shannon Bryan photo

The bootcamp-style class includes a range of stations, which switch up from week to week, but you can expect things like battle ropes, pushups, small hurdle jumping, squats, short sprints, and planks.

You can also expect to feel your heart thumping in earnestness and to regularly wipe away a gratuitous amount of sweat pretty from much everywhere.

Those hurdles look small until you’re five jumps in – then they’re so very tall. Shannon Bryan photo
One-arm kettlebell rows. Shannon Bryan photo
Working the battle rope. Shannon Bryan photo

When I attended one Sunday late last summer, the morning was cool. We showed up in zip-ups and sweatshirts. But it didn’t take long for the layers to come off and the sweat to take over.

Hannah first started this Bootcamp last summer and it’s kicking off again on June 9. Additional dates are June 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, and September 8 and 22.

See her Facebook page for updates.

Pushups, pushups, and more pushups. Shannon Bryan photo
Portland Head Light keeps watch over passing ships AND your amazing muscles. Shannon Bryan photo
Instructor Hannah Lindsay keeps an eye on form and calls out encouragement during her Barre Bootcamp class at Fort Williams. Shannon Bryan photo
Jumping the hurdles at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. Shannon Bryan photo

This Bootcamp is open to all ability levels – there are modification options for each exercise – and the drop-in cost is $15.

The perplexed looks from visiting tourists who are wondering what the heck you’re doing? Those are free of charge. (We heard a passing visitor comment, “It’s Sunday. What are they DOING?!” Haha. Just making Portland Head Light proud with our impressive planking, that’s all.

And hey, if you want to slide over to Bite into Maine for a lobster roll after, they open at 11 a.m. Perfect.

Bootcamp at Fort Williams

10 a.m. Sundays: June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, and September 8 and 22.
Fort Williams, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth
Meet at flag pole
$15 drop-in. Class packs: $100 for 8, $65 for 5, $40 for 3
Pay via: Venmo @hannahls5 , Cash or check
FMI: or email Hannah at

Barre Bootcamp at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth with Hannah’s Fitness PWM. Shannon Bryan photo

This post was originally published on Sept. 11, 2018