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Nice to Meet You

Our Team

Emma Updike
Emma Updike, Co-Owner

Emma has co-owned a studio for 5 years prior to becoming business partners with Valerie on this fitness venture, Upward Movement. Emma came to fitness as an avid sports and fitness enthusiast. Her love for movement began as a swimmer and soccer player and grew later to running and triathlons. Emma discovered barre as her first group fitness experience in late 2007. Falling in love with the type of workout that barre provided, she became barre certified and taught for 3 years in Denver. Having qualified for the Boston Marathon and developing a low back injury that left her unable to complete the race, she developed a love for indoor cycling as an amazing supplement and cross-training tool that gave her that same high she craved when running. Emma became certified to teach group cycle shortly thereafter. For Emma, the love of being in fitness and movement has always stemmed from the feelings received from working out starting from the inside out. Through her teaching, she hopes to share the aspect of feeling good in your body and with movement, starting from the inside and radiating outward. On the side, Emma has her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and continues to practice in the hospital setting. She has 2 girls and a husband…that allows and supports her to be crazy! 

Favorite class offering: Barre Flow  I’m a barre junky at heart. LOVE the workout.

Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois.

Favorite book: I love anything by Elin Hilderbrand.

Favorite TV series: Catastrophe

Food you can’t live without: pizza AND wine (you need both in my opinion).

Favorite podcast: I’ve been enjoying Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations lately.

VALERIE EDWARDS
Valerie Perrone Edwards, Co-Owner

Valerie has been teaching and training since 2013 and is certified in Cycling, Barre, Yoga (CYT-500) and Personal Training (NASM).  She received a BA from CU-Boulder in Humanities emphasizing in Music and French/Italian Languages. Post undergrad, she underwent graduate studies in Design and Merchandising from CSU-Fort Collins. After college, she took on a career in retail management with an athletic wear company before transitioning to a career in her greatest passion, fitness.  Having grown up a gymnast and fitness enthusiast, Valerie believes that “a healthy, fit body comes in all shapes and sizes; encouraging people to quit comparing themselves to others and trying to fit into molds of how a person “should” look in order to be healthy.” She loves helping people find their true potential through movement and developing outer AND inner strength. There are limitless ways to move your body; discover which method/s resonates with you and make it a daily priority. When she’s not in the studio, you can find Valerie enjoying life with her husband and 2 sons.

Jimi Alida
Jimi Alida

Favorite class offering: Upbeat Barre.

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Favorite book: anything by Jane Austen.

Favorite TV series: Schitts Creek.

Food you can’t live without: Pasta.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…outside, usually on my bike.

Where to find you outside the studio: you can’t! I’m out of cell range, getting lost in the forest :).

Instagram: @jimialida

Lorna Bennett
Lorna Bennett

Favorite class offering: Barre! And all things yoga/meditation.

Hometown: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Favorite book: The Untethered Soul.

Favorite TV series: I don’t watch much TV.

Food you can’t live without: Chocolate!

When I’m not teaching, I’m…probably still thinking about teaching; relationship coaching; parenting; or getting trained by my new German Shepherd puppy, Fletch. 

Follow me on Instagram: @lorna_bennett_coaching

Tearson Bickmore
Tearson Bickmore

Favorite class offering: F.I.T.

Hometown: Austin, Texas.

Favorite book: Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Non-fiction: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.

Favorite TV series: Futurama.

Food I can’t live without: Almond Butter.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…chasing my kids around.

Where to find you outside the studio: My home with my loved ones!

Follow me on Instagram: @tearsonlovesyoga

Marisa Malzone
Marisa Malzone

Favorite class offering: F.I.T. because it makes me feel like a bad-ass.

Hometown: Tampa, Florida.

Favorite book: The Bell Jar, Tiny Beautiful Things.

Favorite TV series: Scandal, Workin’ Moms, Sons of Anarchy.

Food you can’t live without: gnocchi and margaritas.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…raising small humans, studying nutrition, dancing, taking deep breaths, and most importantly, laughing :).

Where to find you outside the studio: @marisaland