Our Mission

Rise Up

A call to action. A command. A promise to improve one’s current situation.

“And you can’t find the fighter, but [we] see it in you, so we gonna walk it out.”

Andra Day’s lyrics to the song that shares our name sums up our “why” pretty well. We believe in you and what your body can do, even if or when you do not. We are here to empower you to take ownership of your health and well-being through fitness and nutrition.

In the summer of 2013, before we opened the doors to our first gym together, Dave and I wrote the following and made sure we wouldn’t misplace it by putting it on our website’s home page: “Rebirth. Renewal. Community. A gym built for everyone. It was built to be a place where people can walk in broken; physically, mentally, or spiritually, and walk out restored. It is a place where strangers will become a community and shortly after will become a family.”

We sincerely thank you for considering a membership with Rise Up Gym. We exist to serve the individuals that walk through our doors looking for improved health and wellness, for community, and for support while doing it.

We are excited to work with you!



A four-time CrossFit Games athlete, a former collegiate All-American at the University of Virginia and a member of the US National field hockey team, Michelle Crawford is one of the two head coaches at Rise UP. Michelle has worked in the fitness industry for…

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A two-time CrossFit Games competitor and former collegiate football player, David Borrelli has been working in the fitness industry since 2009. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in exercise science…

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A New Jersey native, Dan Garten developed a passion for CrossFit while serving in the Army where he used it as a way to interact with his peers and stay fit for physical fitness tests. After leaving the military, Dan served as a coach at Rising CrossFit Ballantyne…

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