Who are we?

Rise is a facility serving members desiring to excel in life. We are different than your typical ‘gym’ because - we’re not a gym. We only offer professionally coached fitness programs as well as sustainable nutrition coaching and education.

We build relationships based on trust and accountability, establishing confidence to create change, and improve overall life quality.

This is the un-gym experience.

We rise together.

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COACHES

 
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EVAN KEHLER

HEAD STRENGTH COACH

CPT, CWPC, CSCS, Pn1

Evan has been passionate about fitness for his entire life. Growing up, he enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. After these sports, Evan began training for Strongman and competed around North America for over a decade.

The physical and mental health benefits that come from exercise are invaluable, particularly improved self-esteem and self-confidence; it brings Evan great joy to help people improve their lives through strength training and nutrition coaching. He is particularly passionate about helping athletes achieve peak performance in their sport so they can reach their full potential and compete at the highest levels.

Outside of coaching, Evan loves spending time with his wife and family. He enjoys travelling to new places; one of his most memorable trips ever taken was an Alaskan cruise! Other interests include drumming, spending time outdoors, and volunteering as a coach for Special Olympics.

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VANESSA PENNER

STRENGTH & FITNESS COACH

CPT, Pn1, FAS

Vanessa grew up being very physically active, playing softball, basketball and many other sports. Over the next couple of years, her family grew and she spent most of her time raising children and working on the farm. Realizing that her mental and physical health had taken a backseat, she decided to get back into the gym and quickly fell in love with fitness and overall wellness.

Vanessa is passionate about helping people reach optimal mind and body health, fitness, and overall wellness, no matter what the age.

Outside of the gym, she enjoys spending time checking fields with her husband, following her children from the ball diamonds to the hockey rinks and relaxing at the campground or beside a lake.

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STEVEN WIELER

STRENGTH & FITNESS COACH

CPT, Pn1, FMS2, FCS

Steven’s interest in fitness dates back to his childhood where he was inspired by family members. This led to his realization he had the ability to control his own health and manage the way he looked. Initially being a client at Rise, he loved the awesome culture and began pursuing Coaching as a career.

Steven is a certified Functional Movement Screen practitioner, and takes great pride in improving the quality of how people move. This success is evident from helping the everyday office worker alleviate back pain, to working with a gentleman who was recovering from a stroke relying on a walker, to now walking unassisted.

As a Spartan Race participant Steven enjoys a physical challenge and looks forward to pursuing more of these races. Away from the gym Steven plays guitar, likes reading, and anything that is mentally engaging. He also enjoys volunteering with organizations such as Mennonite Disaster Service and Fisher Bay Bible Camp.

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CARI KEHLER

STRENGTH & FITNESS COACH

CPT, Pn1, FAS

Cari got started with strength training because she had gone from being extremely active as a kid to doing absolutely nothing for several years after graduating. What she didn't know was group strength training was the perfect fit for her. Cari had coaches who encouraged her and helped her learn technique, other members to push along side, and both of these helped Cari become a happier, stronger, more confident version of herself.

Cari believes training should be fun and is passionate about bringing this experience to others. There are so many physical and mental benefits to training, but as a coach, some of her favourite moments are seeing the confidence and sense of achievement in our clients.

Outside of coaching Cari can be found enjoying a wide range of activities, from hiking in the summer to simply curling up the couch watching a movie.

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NICH LOVATT

STRENGTH & FITNESS COACH

B.PE, B.Ed

Nich’s childhood of sports and physical activity sparked an interest in teaching and providing opportunities for others to develop the skills, strength, and confidence to live a healthy, happy life. This dream led to a degree in Physical Education.

Nich’s passion for athletics stems from years of high level baseball and cross country skiiing. After finishing playing baseball he started to coach and it led him to want to get involved with the training side of sports. From the youth level, to aspiring athletes, and everyone in between, Nich looks forward to working with you.

In the summer Nich loves to golf, and tries get a round in with his parents once a week. The recent surge of athletic prowess in golf leads Nich’s desire to learn more about how the human body can be optimized at any level for the most enjoyment on the course.

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CAROLE HIEBERT

STRENGTH & FITNESS COACH

Carole’s love of fitness and resistance training was sparked by a 6 week Women’s Kickstart class, right here at RISE. Feeling unfit and overwhelmed in the midst of ‘mom life’, she knew it was time to make a change and put a priority back on her own physical and mental health. The positive changes that she experienced reinforced the importance that fitness would need have in her life, and she knew RISE would be vital to her commitment.

Carole believes that resistance and cardiovascular training is a catalyst for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental health. Fitness is a commitment to a lifestyle; a mindset that affects every aspect of your life. Each day is another chance get stronger, eat to live healthier, becoming the best version of you.

Family comes first for Carole. She loves getting involved in her boys’ schools and activities. Camping and road trips are a favourite way for her family to spend their summers. Investing in friendships, new and old, bring Carole a lot of joy.

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KURTIS FOX

STRENGTH & FITNESS COACH

CPT, Pn1, Movement/Mobility 1

Kurtis first got interested in fitness during his pursuit of a career in firefighting. He used various Coaches to achieve success in reaching different strength and cardiovascular goals while successfully completing various fitness tests. He was accepted into Fire College, eventually working for the Winnipeg Fire Department.

Recognizing the importance of having a Coach, setting goals, and following a plan, Kurtis worked on completing different fitness related certifications. He began training clients in various public gyms and it was this that led to the idea of creating a private training facility. In 2012 Kurtis left his firefighting career and founded what is now known as Rise Athletics and Wellness.

Away from the gym Kurtis enjoys reading and usually has 2 - 3 books on the go. He values spending as much time as possible with his wife and 2 kids. Kurtis enjoys giving back by volunteering with different organizations and serving on different boards in the region.

Facility

Our facility offers a variety of the best strength equipment and a playground of conditioning toys you won’t find anywhere else in the Pembina Valley.

Community INVOLVEMENT

We proudly support local charitable organizations and community events throughout the Pembina Valley, as we strongly believe in building on the community minded spirit that already resonates throughout the region.

Our community investment initiatives are driven by our vision to empower everyone through their own self confidence.