Why are we Great?

We are home to moms & dads, students & teachers, beginners & seasoned athletes. We are proud of what our members achieve everyday and love to share their story. No matter what your stage in life or your current fitness level, we can help you achieve your goals. Your fitness is our mission. Community is our way.

Why are we great? Simple – the incredible individuals who make up the Project Rise community. Listen to their stories and follow them on their fitness journey.

Interested? Give us a call at (805) 798-4919.


“I am 54 years old & I have lost 24 pounds. I feel stronger than I ever have.”



“Project Rise is friends. Project Rise is kind of a family. Project Rise is accountability.”

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“I have lost 23 lbs and 7% body fat in 7 months. I created my new life. Even if I failed for a week, it was important that I came back.”


“I will be 71. I come to Rise because it gives me a real challenge & is interesting.”

Jaclyn's Story

I am a lifelong food addict in a serious way, and this is the first time in my life I feel in control in a healthy way.  During the past four months, I have lost 30 lbs of fat and gained 7 lbs of lean muscle. I lost just over 10% body fat and dropped from a size 18 to a size 12. I am no longer hiding in one piece suits with swim skirts at the pool. I won 6th place out of 25 women at my first solo crossfit competition, ran my first mile, and achieved my first pull up, toes to bar, and off the knees pull ups.I love all you have helped do for me! Thank you so much!

Sara's Story


I was thinking about my time at the gym, and I want to say thank you. The team at Rise has changed my life in a million and one ways. I am happier than I have ever been before, and I feel better than I ever have. I am eternally grateful for what the team has given and taught me, and I truly love you guys sooo much.

Aaron's Story

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I just want to say THANK YOU! Even a few days of working with you and being diligent with workouts and eating has got me HERE. Rise is already changing my life and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!



“You can come to Rise & get a really good workout. You feel like you are doing something good for your body, but it is also fun & people are really nice.”


“Chiro Craig & the Rise Team got together & helped me rehab my back. They taught me specific movements that would help as well as lifestyle changes.”


“Since I started the nutrition program, I lost 5% body fat & I’ve gained 9.7 lbs of muscle.”


“I have muscle atrophy in my legs & in my hips. I am thrilled with the progress I have made. I feel better than I have felt in probably 10 years.”

Melissa's Story

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This picture reflects 17 lbs of fat loss, most of which has been lost during the last two months by working out four days a week paired with one-on-one nutrition coaching. Project Rise is an amazing place full of amazing people! They have helped me get my life back on track and they keep me motivated. I am finally excited for what the future holds and I look forward to a long relationship with everyone here.

Isabel's Story

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If it weren’t for you, I would never have thought of doing this hike or that anything at this level of intensity would be possible. My goal was to finish the hike in 14 days. However, because of my physical shape, I was able to finish it in 7! 20 miles a day across mountain ranges is something I would have never dreamed of doing. Thank you for giving me the knowledge, encouragement, and kind words. You guys are seriously amazing and have made me feel so empowered during this journey.

Leticia's Story

Since starting nutrition coaching at Project Rise, I have learned how to fuel my body for performance, to understand how I am eating, and when I am actually hungry. I have seen the benefits in weight loss but also being more excited to use my body at the gym. Nutrition coaching has impacted all areas of my life.



“All my friends at Rise are my ‘why’.”



“I was excited about getting in great shape, but never did enough to do it. I have found the right place & people to keep me motivated.”



“I come to Project Rise because I wanted to be able to do these things when I am 90. If you don’t use it, you lose it. So keep using it. That is why I am here.”



“I come to Project Rise for my sanity. I have two kids at home, so I come to stay sane.”



“I come to the gym to look like Rise Member Tara Shofnos.”



“Although I am thin, I had no strength or muscle definition. I certainly wasn’t eating the way I should. Between the different seminars and exercises in class, I have been able to see some really good changes is my eating and fitness habits!”



“A HUGE shout out to Lexi for helping me fuel my body in a way that not only makes me perform well during workouts, but also has some weight loss benefits. I have lost significant inches all around and am now rolling my shorts because they are almost too big! My volleyball performance has improved, I can do rope climbs and pull-ups, and the coach from my old gym told me I look really strong! You are the literal best. Hero. Champion. All around super star.”
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“I love our workouts, but more importantly I love my fellow members and coaches. It’s a great environment to reach new heights because of the people – Sweating together to make all of us better; better in fitness and in life.”


“I am down 5.1% body fat and up 2 lbs of muscle in 2 months!”

Dana's Story

For many years, I struggled with eating and having a positive body image. The workout routine at Project Rise was the first time in my life when I felt strong & beautiful. Every box I’ve been too, but especially Project Rise, provided me with a refreshingly positive outlook on fitness. The Rise team taught me to measure health by how my body functions in a workout, rather than how I look in the mirror.

Project Rise has helped me feel proud of my body & the amazing work it does for me every day. Rise helped me compare myself only to myself & encourages other women in their fitness journey as well. Thank you for providing people a sanctuary to escape the pressures of the daily grind, find a community of welcoming & inclusive people, & work hard. Thank you for changing the fitness industry from one that shames women to one that loves them.

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