Coach Chris Grayson formerly ran his gym Urban Strength Institute in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. He has relocated to Simpsonville South Carolina and opened Ascend Perform, a new personal training facility which embodies his passion for training, health, and community. Some footage from both gyms.
ascend perform utilizes the most up-to-date science to ground our principles and we have spent over two decades refining and adapting our methodology. This leverages the best equipment and exercise tools to produce rapid results that are readily identifiable through the collection of real time data.
Over the years I’ve acquired multiple certifications and attended many seminars and courses to continue to hone my craft. I’ve also worked with the most successful strength coach world-renown Charles Poliquin.
All training programs are designed for the individual based on their training objectives and a detailed assessment of what they need. We do not train everyone that exact same way and with the exact same workout program.
Conveniently located in downtown Simpsonville, SC ascend perform offers a training environment for individuals of all experience levels from the absolute beginner to the athlete looking to gain an edge for their sport.
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Alignment must precede everything. You should never build strength over a dysfunctional movement pattern. This will yield inefficient results or worse, lead to an injury in the future.
Determine what the training objectives are and devise a plan for the short term as well as the long term. This is referred to as periodization.
We use the Train with Push app to collect all necessary data to establish a baseline or point of reference. From this we prescribe all the building blocks to an effective program designed for you, collect the data to show progress, and identify when the details of your program need to be changed.
Once you’ve gotten used to your program and results have slowed down we then make changes. This helps to ensure long-term results and also avoids staleness by providing variety.
When it comes to results, nothing matters more than what you eat. We make sure to help you as much as possible albeit moving into your home and cooking for you. We use an app created by Designs For Health to put you on a diet that is right for you. With over 16 plans to get you started (example: Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Clean Eating, along with health-related focuses), we pick the one that makes the most sense for you and then help you implement it. We continually adjust the plan so long-term consistency is easy and it’s perfect for you.
Since leaving the Marine Corps in 1999 I’ve been involved in the fitness industry. I’ve had countless certifications throughout the years and continue to invest in education to stay up to date on the latest science and research to continually hone my craft. I’ve worked with and studied under some of the brightest and most successful coaches in the industry such as world renown strength coach Charles Poliquin. I believe the results that I get with clients and what they’ve said about me directly reflects this, and I encourage you to see what they have said.
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