Mental Health & Fitness

Social distancing, job losses, future insecurity, health risks these are all things that cause stress in humans and these are all things many of us are dealing with in the current environment of the Covid-19 pandemic. You’ve probably seen lots of information about taking care of mental health in the media; some of the information is useful and some of it just feels like generic white noise.

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Create a Home Gym #covid19

Something we keep hearing is how well our workouts translate to an at-home workout. Sure we all miss the option to load up the barbell or swing around on our cool rig, but the essential movements are all available to us at home.


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Ascent Was Made For This

Over the last couple days of teaching virtual classes, I’ve watched proudly as our members have come together with homemade fitness equipment and the expectation to move and have a good time. In a time of high stress, it feels so good to see people smiling, laughing and moving their bodies. Now is not the time for perfectionism or high expectations.

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We are online-only, here’s what you need to know

[This is an edited version of the email we sent to our members and community on Sunday, March 15th. Thanks for reading!] Hey, it's Marissa. In a state of crisis it is important to lean into your values and guiding principles. Community and movement are foundational...

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Why Play?

Have you ever found yourself dreading going to the gym? Is your vision of a gym a bunch of people with headphones in, grunting away on a treadmill or in the weight room?

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The Power of Trees

Did you know that hospital patients with rooms overlooking trees recover faster than those without the same view? Connection to nature plays a vital role on our wellness! We talked a few weeks ago about the healing powers of trees, and that feeling of walking through...

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What is Batch Cooking?

Do you ever find yourself at home incapable of making a plan for dinner? Maybe you end up going out, skipping a meal or resorting to the stale bag of chips in your cupboard. We all know these options are not usually the best options for ourselves, but what’s a tired...

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To Run or Not to Run?

As a fitness coach I get this question all the time! My quick answer is always “yes,” which often leaves people feeling a bit perplexed. So Should I or Should I not? Let me break this down into two questions: Should I run? Yes, I think running is great. Running is a...

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Exercise to improve Stress Tolerance

A couple weeks ago we talked about Cortisol, the stress hormone. At the time we mentioned that exercise is a good way to help with stress. Exercise seems to give the body a chance to practice dealing with stress leading to an increase in stress tolerance. To explore...

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