THE Ascent Fitness STORY

Marissa Lyons owner of Ascent Fitness

Marissa Lyons (she/they) - OWNER

I started Ascent to help folks train for adventures and hobbies outdoors. Along the way, I discovered that what the world really needed was a gym that believes that all bodies can move for joy. At Ascent, we empower people through strength and movement training so that people of all backgrounds and bodies can pursue their dreams.

What’s your favorite movement?
Kettlebell swing
What is your ideal day outside the gym?
An adventure outdoors (climbing, skiing, running/ hiking) with my spouse and friends, followed by a trip to a brewery, or drinks in the hot tub at home.

What’s your favorite beverage?
If it’s not obvious from the above question…beer. The type of beer depends on the time of year and where I am.

NASM Personal Trainer Movnat Level 2
OPEX (formerly OPT) Assessment and Program Design

OUR coaches

Katie coach at Ascent Fitness

Katie (she/her)


Why did you become a coach?
I'm a classic enneagram 2, I love to help people! And I love that Ascent is a space for everyone.
What's your favorite movement?
Medicine ball slams are my jam.
What is your ideal day outside the gym?
Coffee by the fireplace, exploring a new park/trail with my wife and dog, a nap, meeting friends at Wooden City for dinner.
What's your favorite beverage?
A hazy IPA

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

Jenn coach at Ascent Fitness

Jenn (she/her)


Why do you work at Ascent?
Movement has been so important in managing my stress and taking care of my mental health. I love Ascent's mission of making movement fun and accessible to everyone!
What's your favorite movement?
What is your ideal day outside the gym?
Take my dogs for a hike in the mountains, cook dinner at home with friends, go for a nightcap at en Rama and a walk over Murray Morgan Bridge.
What's your favorite beverage?
Iced dirty chai oat milk latte

200 HR CYT

Emma coach at Ascent Fitness

Emma (she/her)


Why did you become a coach at Ascent?
I've always admired the gym's welcoming and inclusive vibe. As a coach, I enjoy helping folks find their strength.
What's your favorite movement?
Kettlebell swings
What is your ideal day outside the gym?
Road-trip coffee, summit chocolate, and an open firewatch.
What's your favorite superhero?

Tasheon coach at Ascent Fitness

Tasheon (she/her)


Why did you become a coach at Ascent?
The fitness industry is not a safe, welcoming, or a fun space for marginalized folks and bodies. I work at Ascent because I know we play a role in changing the industry by creating community that is safe, affirming and fun. Ascent also works to be free of fatphobia, diet/wellness-culture and toxic fitness culture.
What's your favorite movement?
Deadlift or rope slams
What is your ideal day outside the gym?
It depends on the season but in general I love hiking in the morning, finding a delicious place to eat after and napping with a breeze from the window.
What's your favorite beverage?
I love hand crafted cocktails or mocktails. Anything in a cute little glass makes me extremely happy!

Ace Personal Trainer

Morgan Vanderpool (they/them)


Why did you become a coach with Ascent?
I love love love to move!
I have nerded out about, and been inspired by the human body and movement my whole life. As a dancer, healer, and an athlete, who is also queer, non-binary, and neurodivergent; Ascent has been a safe haven for me to nurture my strength, physical resilience, and connection to community (espcially during the pandemic). And ever since Ascent's inception, I've been a huge supporter of the Ascent team's approach to inclusive and accessible coaching, and am stoked to join the crew in that work.

What's your favorite movement?
I love moving in synchrony with my breath. In the gym, that's super fun for me with kettlebell swings, deadlifts, snatches, and box jumps.

What is your ideal day outside the gym?
It definitely varies with the seasons…
Some favorite elements are: dancing with friends in nature to live music, being purposefully involved in uprooting systems of oppression, swimming in the ocean, spending time with my chosen fam (especially the littles ;)), paddle boarding, cultivating restorative relationships/connections, cuddling, sun bathing, drinking delicious coffee, and watching sunsets by the water. Also, my nomad nature runs deep in my bones, so either via road tripping in my camper van, or spending time with fam in Latin America & the Caribbean, I’m definitely stoked to be in motion & connection via travel.

What’s your favorite beverage?
Crystal clean water or aeropress coffee w/ cinnamon, butter, coconut oil & honey (yum!).

List of qualifications/certifications:
Life-time dancer & movement facilitator.
Trauma sensitive breath & movement trainer/facilitator.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

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