Rise Nation Climbing Studio | By Hannah Bittrolff

Last Updated: August 26, 2019By

Come join the climb at Rise Nation. Jason Walsh, founder of Rise Nation studios, is a well known celebrity trainer in Los Angeles who found a way to create both an effective and low risk workout — and it has finally made its way to Colorado.

The innovative technology challenges you to a full body, cardio-based workout on the Versa-climbers in the studios. The machines retain no momentum as you climb, which allows you to confidently earn each and every foot you climb. Although the workout is only 30 minutes in total, the upright climbing stance will burn out both your upper and lower body.

Classes are categorized by Level 1, 2 and 3. The Level 1 class is recommended as your first class in order to familiarize yourself with the machine and the proper form. In this class you can expect to climb anywhere from 700 to 2,500 feet. 

In the Level 2 class you can expect to move to a higher tempo and embrace the burn with more pulsing while climbing anywhere from 1,500 to 3,500 feet in one session. Lastly, Level 3 focuses on intense calorie burn. Escalating the movements from both classes, this session provides the opportunity to climb 2,500 to 6,000 feet. 

While taking any one of these classes, you will be able to climb it out to the beat of energetic and motivating music. This allows you to set a solid pace for your climb. In addition to the explosive playlists, the geometric color changing ceiling coordinates to the current workout to encourage you as you climb. It’s all one big party, just at different elevations.

Annie Efremsky, Rise Nation instructor, encourages those who are hesitant to try a class. “You have to go into it with an open mind. This is foreign to everyone, everyone started from ground zero,” she says.

The two Colorado-based studios recently opened up this past Spring; one in Cherry Creek and another in Denver Highlands. With the versa climber studios being so new, everyone is truly learning how to adapt to this popular fitness trend.

Overall, Efremsky advises climbers to simply “stay on the beat and get used to your body climbing, familiarize yourself.”

Take it one step, one song and, ultimately, one climb at a time. Rise to the challenge and see just how many feet you can go at Rise Nation.

Learn more about Rise Nation and the classes at www.rise-nation.com


Born and raised in Colorado, Hannah just couldn’t bring herself to leave. Currently a student at the University of Colorado, she is majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Media. Playing soccer all her life, she hopes to one day find her niche in the sports journalism world. Expanding on her love for all things health and fitness, she completed her Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga and has been a sculpt instructor for over a year. But nothing keeps her as busy as trying to parent her 10 month old Blue Tick Beagle puppy. 

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