RISER OF THE MONTH:

“I am more confident and empowered by the support and commitment of the RISE community. That I am still excited to go to RISE after almost three years is testimony to the business, the community and the instructors. I am better because of you, RISE! “ - Jennifer Roddick-Small


I love this place. RISE is so much more than a workout studio. I am drawn here for many reasons. I love feeling the burn in my muscles from the unique workouts. And the workouts are incredibly addictive. But RISE is about more than that. It has ultimately helped me find my true and best self.

Walking into RISE for the first time was much easier than I anticipated. I can easily become intimidated in a group fitness setting, vowing that I’ll never walk through the doors (of ‘such and such’ facility) again. Not this time. The instructors and clients alike were welcoming and authentic…not generally a common theme in most group fitness settings. I actually laughed –and still do on a regular basis–in class! And, of course, I sweat….a lot. And just like that, I was hooked. I’ve been coming to RISE for almost three years now, and I can’t imagine another place that could be a better fit for me. I love the variety of classes and instructors, the challenge of trying new exercises, and the feeling that I “belong” there…whether I’ve been there one time or 20 times in the past month.

There’s an undeniable sense of community at RISE that includes people from all walks of life. It’s refreshing to work out at a place void of criticism and judgment. It’s this feeling of acceptance that brings me back for more. And most importantly, I am more confident and empowered by the support and commitment of the RISE community.

My attendance at RISE ebbs and flows based on my daily commitments. Whether I’m there multiple times in a week or take a lengthy break, no one makes me feel guilty. The flexibility RISE offers is a tremendous benefit. For instance, I can buy a 20-pack when I know that life is too hectic for me and an unlimited package is not economical, but can easily switch to an unlimited month or two when my schedule allows more flexibility.

For so many reasons, RISE does not compare to the typical corporate setting. The instructors truly care about their clients and work to build a relationship with each individual. They strive to understand your strengths, weaknesses and goals and tailor their workouts accordingly to be sure each and every person is challenged. They are experts at their craft. Each class is enjoyable, unique, strength building, and calorie burning. I never know exactly what the class will bring, but I always leave inspired, and tired. That I am still excited to go to RISE after almost three years is testimony to the business, the community and the instructors. I am better because of you, RISE!

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