Nice to Meet You

Our Team

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, 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.

Kristine Gardner
Kristine Gardner

Favorite class offering: Love Interval, Power and Strictly Strength.

Hometown: Kentfield, California via Los Angeles for 12 years, a California girl!

Favorite book: Anything Brene Brown I’m more of a podcast girl these days. 

Favorite TV series: That’s hard I’m not a TV gal these days but just finished The Morning Show.

Food you can’t live without: flatbread pizza with super crispy crust or tacos!

When I’m not teaching, I’m…hiking, hanging with my boys (3) and hubby, traveling and connecting with women about all things health and feel-good topics.

Find me on Instagram: @kgcaliglow

Stacey Anderson

Favorite class offering: Cycle 50.

Hometown: Cypress, CA.

Favorite book: Moll Flanders.

Favorite TV series: Breaking Bad.

Food you can’t live without: Avocados.

When I’m not teaching I’m…learning something…anything. I’m passionate about increasing my bandwidth.

Inspirational philosophy: Realize you are beautifully and wonderfully made. Compare yourself to no other. Strive to learn and grow and be the very best YOU there is. 

Rose Shapiro

Favorite class offering: Cycle/Yoga.

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Favorite book: Circe by Madeline Miller

Favorite TV series: Six Feet Under and Great British Bakeoff.

Food you can’t live without: peanut butter cups.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…in class (getting ready for PT school this fall!), eating pizza with my boyfriend, or trying to get my cat to walk on a leash — she doesn’t get it.

Bobbi Rowe

Favorite class offering: Classic barre (preceded by a run outside!).

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by San Francisco for 14 years. I ❤️  Cali!

Favorite book: Power of One & Boys in the Boat.

Favorite TV series: Downton Abbey & Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Food you can’t live without: Guac!

When I’m not teaching, I’m…cooking, taking yoga, talking wellness, walking Frito or planning kids’ sporting events and carpools! 

Follow me on Instagram: @fitleewellness

Lorna Somatas

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

Terra Brewer

Favorite class offering: Barre Express….50 min. full body workout — what could be better!

Hometown: Seal Beach, California.

Favorite book: Five Languages of Love (self-help) & The Best of Me (Romance).Favorite TV series: The Morning Show.

Food I can’t live without: Impossible to choose just one…pizza & ice cream.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…working in real estate. After that, I’m out with my family and friends enjoying pizza & wine.Favorite podcast: Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.

Follow me on Instagram: @realtorterrabrewer@terrabno

Questions about real estate? I promise to take good care of my Upward Movement clients! brewer-realestate.com

Nicole Bergeland

Favorite class offering: Barre50! Quick and hits every muscle.

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Favorite book: Being Edie is Hard Today by Elizabeth Bergeland (my sis-in-law!).

Favorite TV series: Suits.

Food you can’t live without: Terra Veggie Chips dipped in spicy zoug sauce.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…helping out at my kids’ school, meeting my hubby for a lunch date or at the grocery store getting a few things in order to get home and bake or cook excessively!

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

Stefanie Greenleaf

Favorite class offering: Barre 50 or Barre Flow.

Hometown: Paris, Maine.

Favorite book: I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.

Favorite TV series: still nothing beats Sex and the City.

Food you can’t live without: bacon.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…spending time with my adorable 6-year-old son, playing outside in beautiful Boulder, CO, and working at my acupuncture practice helping people feel amazing! 

Where to find you outside the studio…managlow.com

Follow me on Instagram: @managlowboulder

Emma Byrnes
Favorite class offering: Cycle 50.

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia.

Favorite book: Commonwealth Ann Patchet.

Favorite TV series: Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Food you can’t live without: French fries.

When I’m not teaching, I’m…spending time with loved ones, working, traveling, and trying to just enjoy this beautiful life.

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