"If you are looking for someone who is dedicated to their craft, look no further. Chris will go above and beyond to make sure you are successful in your training. He will provide you the best tools, education, supplements and mentorship. This man is a expert at what he does."

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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.


21 years of experience and research have been distilled down into my principles and methods.

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. 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.


  • 1
    Strength & structural balance assessment
  • 2
    Plan of Action
    Determine training objectives and periodization if in a sport time frame to achievement.
  • 3
    Outline & Prescribe
    Nutritional protocol with adherence.
  • 4
    Collect Data
    Using the Train With Push app, we track progress by collecting data to measure volume, poundage, sets, reps, velocity, and power.
  • 5
    Adjust training modalities when you’ve adapted to the training stimilus.


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 (Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Clean eating, along with a health-related focus), we pick the one that makes the most sense for you and then help you implement it. We continually adjust the plan until it’s perfect for you.

The diet is going great! I have never enjoyed a paleo diet before but I love that the app has a shopping list, simple recipes, and tells you exactly what to eat. I feel amazing.

Todd Reid

Ready to get started? Choose the training option that’s right for you. 

Personal Training

To get started we measure your initial strength levels to establish a frame of reference, identify your weaknesses structurally, and determine a plan of action. Useful data is collected with all workouts to show progress and adaptations.

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ATHLETE Training

A more comprehensive strength assessment is performed. We also look at the strength qualities and energy systems involved in your sport and create an appropriate periodized program so you peak for the season or the athletic event.

Answer a few simple questions to take your athletic training to the next level!

Virtual Training

We start with an initial strength assessment and have you fill out our general health questionnaire to identity any lifestyle/health issues that are bottlenecks. We discuss and go over the results and all necessary aspects via video conference, email, and/or text for constant support. Training and nutrition are constantly monitored and tweaked as needed.

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