Nice to Meet You
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 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.
Movement has always been paramount in my life; from ski racing as a child to teenage dreams of being a dancer, my inclination has always been to move. When discovering pilates 15 years ago, I felt an immediate connection to its reminisce of ballet and soon after began my program of study to become an instructor myself-receiving my professional certification through Polestar Pilates. Since then, I’ve earned a personal trainer certification from ACSM as well as specialized training in barre, spin, and most currently-yoga.
I love the power and intensity of extreme sports as well as the control and precision of mind-body work- and my classes reflect that combination of athletic grace. When I’m not in the studio, I’m (usually cleaning up after my kids) but, ideally on my mountain bike getting lost somewhere in the backcountry!
Lorna is a relationship and intimacy coach; mindfulness, movement, and meditation teacher; and a graduate student in clinical psychology.
With more than 25 years of experience in teaching, consulting, leadership, and organizational development, Lorna has served as an educator and change catalyst under many umbrellas. She is an experienced Yoga and Barre teacher, business owner, Reiki Master, motivational speaker, published writer, relationship coach, sacred sexuality guide, and mother of three children (seven if you include fur-babies!) She is presently working toward a second master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Lorna’s teaching style offers inspiring classes with a precise focus on optimal alignment and everyday “life practices” to help you Tune In, Turn On, Live Freely and Love Deeply.
My passion for fitness and yoga started over 20 years ago in high school when I was on the dive team and ran cross-country. In my early adulthood, I began to run for fun as a way to stay fit. On occasion, I would take a yoga class to balance out my tightness from running. As a way to get wedding- fit for my upcoming nuptials I wandered into a gym and fell in love. That love took me to become a certified personal trainer, and later a certified spin and yoga instructor. Many years later, my love of fitness still remains.
My classes are strong and silly with a bumping playlist and attention to detail and alignment. Beyond teaching classes, I stay active by running, biking (both road and mountain), lifting weights, and doing yoga. In addition to fitness and yoga classes, I am also a NASM certified personal trainer and working towards a holistic health coach certificate.
When not teaching or working out, I am caring for my beautiful family and loving on my adorable dogs.
Marisa is originally from Tampa, FL, where she spent a good part of her early years in a ballet studio. Her dance background ultimately led her to Pilates, and she became fully certified in 2007. Since then, she’s taught both Pilates and barre in New York City, Hawaii, and now Colorado.
Her experiences as a dancer and fitness instructor definitely helped, but it was ultimately her journey into motherhood that propelled her into the world of nutrition. She is currently a certified nutrition coach and is set to finish her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in Fall 2021. In the meantime, she will talk to literally anyone about their hormones and is especially passionate about helping moms regain strength in both their bodies and minds.
Her classes are challenging, creative, and full of good music. When she’s not teaching, Marisa is hanging out with her husband, wrangling small humans, snuggling her pugs, and dancing.