Briana’s fitness career began in 2012 when she gained her 200 hour yoga teacher certification. She njoyed teaching for the Alley Theatre’s youth program integrating yoga with theatrical performance. Using this method, students were shown to have enhanced focus and improved body awareness.
Briana is a Special Events Coordinator at CHI St. Luke’s Health that has always had passions for health, fitness, theatre and music. She has performed professionally in Houston since earning her BFA in Music Theatre from Sam Houston State University in 2007. She has been seen on numerous Houston Stages including: Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theater, and Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company.
Continuing her pursuit of fitness, Briana turned her attention to indoor cycling. After discovering Ascent, she was encouraged to take the plunge into coaching and has not looked back. Always with a flare for the dramatic, Briana uses her performance background to create a fun and “dramatic” environments for her classes and is proud to be using the latest training technology at Ascent Fitness.
Christine has been a cyclist since college, and loves being on a bike. Christine started competing while in her post-graduate work in Michigan, participating in road races and riding the occasional single-track mountain loop. Her love of cycling has continued in Houston with daily bike commutes to and from work, but when terrible roads led her to break her shoulder, she found a love for doing some of her “long rides” indoors.
Christine began taking classes at Ascent in April of 2015, and has been hooked ever since. Losing ~30 pounds at the studio, her fitness shows both here and on the road. This is the best shape she’s ever been in, and Christine wants to bring her love of cycling and feeling good on a bike to other members at Ascent.
Christine is a Ph.D. molecular geneticist with a deep love of science and the nuts and bolts of how things work. In addition to her love of science, exercise and bikes in general, she loves reading, music, and hanging out poolside.
Health & Fitness has always been an integral part of Heather’s life. Since childhood, she was involved in numerous sports and was a competitive swimmer in high school. She also discovered her strengths in power-based sports in college as a power lifter. Since college, she have picked up cycling and running. She enjoys competing in local 5k’s, 10k’s and the occasional half marathon.
Heather has been working as a personal trainer since 2005. She graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Philosophy and currently holds a Exercise Physiologist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Heather is also currently attending Texas Woman’s University pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy. Her background includes working with a diverse client base, but she specialize in working with special population groups and individuals post rehab. Heather’s training philosophy includes a focus on functional training, injury prevention and improving general health.
Heather’s goal has always been to empower individuals through education. Most people are not looking to score touchdowns or look like models, they just want look and feel better in order to improve their quality of life. Heather’s background makes her an optimal teacher for the mobility
Jose has a degree in Veterinary Medicine (Mexico) and has been working with dogs and cats here in USA since 1994. While in Mexico, he worked in reproduction in dairy cows. Then in 1994, he moved to USA and since then has been working with out little friends (dogs and cats and sometimes other little critters).He has been manager in different Veterinary hospitals and is currently working at Washington Heights Veterinary Clinic.
Back in Mexico, his encounter with sports happened during the first year of high school, when the soccer coach in his school send him to try out for the professional soccer team (Gallos Blancos) of his city (Queretaro). H played with the team all thru my high school and part of his Veterinary career. Life changed when he got a fractured tibia after a tight play on a soccer match. That event pull his path towards the gym and pushed him explore other fitness options that slowly showed him the way to cycling. Once here in USA, he started to explore both indoor and outdoor cycling (mountain and road).
Then in 2007, after been motivated by a dear friend, he completed the Schwinn certification to become indoor cycling instructor and has been teaching since. Though the years, he has seen the evolution of indoor cycling until now with the inclusion of power meters for real cycle training. In 2013 he started to teach indoor cycling with power meters and has become an expert in using them in class.
He is excited to start a new adventure with new technology here at Ascent, pushing to new heights and most of all see the success of our clients achieving their goals and dreams. His hobbies include reading history, mountain and road cycling, running, and going to concerts.
Karyn is the owner and lead coach of Ascent Fitness. Karyn is a total science junkie. Her background is in Microbiology and Bacteriology from Colorado State University. Journals are her side reading. She has created a studio that blends the latest in technology with avatars, heart rate monitors and power meters to coach you to your goals.
While living overseas, Karyn gained quite a few pounds and started with a personal trainer and kickboxing instructor. She got addicted, despite getting her butt kicked quite a bit. Her trainer, Raj, said that he thought she might be a really good trainer and after thinking it over, a new career was born! Karyn is an ACE (American Council of Exercise) certified personal trainer. In 2012 she received her Masters in Human Nutrition at Eastern Michigan University and applied it to a career providing corporate wellness and personal training services at her own studio.
Since then, she has been certified in Bender Barre, Schwinn Cycling, ICG Cycling and is currently working on becoming a USA cycling coach and Ironman Coach. She is also currently a fellow with the Gray Institute getting her FAFS (Fellowship in Applied Functional Science).
After participating in numerous group classes around Houston, Karyn realized that there was a real lack of exercise programming with science-based methods with safety and form in mind. So she decided to raise the bar and open her own studio with Coach By Color and Power based training. There is no dancing on the bike here. This is true science-based training with real results. She has made sure that all of her trainers are trained and certified. She wants to raise the bar in fitness while creating a vibrant atmosphere that keeps you entertained without shady maneuvers on the bike.
Patrick is a certified group fitness instructor with over 6 years of teaching experience. The classes he teaches include, indoor cycling, bootcamp, yoga and Pilates. Patrick specializes in teaching intense interval based cycle classes, designed to increase aerobic capacity as well as anaerobic endurance, as well as fusion classes, designed to provide valuable cross training for any cycling regimen.
As a former competitive figure skater, Patrick began taking group fitness classes to supplement his on-ice training; eventually he decided to make the jump into teaching classes himself. While he was training competitively, Patrick had the opportunity to take multiple United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) fitness and nutritional seminars, where he was able to learn from leading nutritionists, kinesiologists and sports psychologists.
Fitness has always been a love for Vanessa. In high school, Vanessa was a Powerlifter where she made Nationals and was part of a national champion team. She’s always had a love for dance since she was at the age of 3. She has auditioned for Houston Texans Cheerleader and made it top 100 out of 2000 girls. She found myself doing crossfit because of the high intensity and started competing in competitions. She then became a kickboxing trainer where she found herself interval training.
She decided to try indoor cycling because she wanted to find something that was intense but her injured back could handle. And now she is hooked. Her rules in class are: have fun, enjoy the moment, and ride as a squad! She loves connecting with the clients and being a part of their fitness journey.
When she is not on the bike or in spin class, she works as an HR professional for an Oil and Gas company, exploring new fitness classes, helping women get ready for their pro cheer auditions, spoiling the puppy child, or you can find her at a dance studio.