Welcome to the Team!

By Shane YoungMay 1, 2013

Welcome to the Team!
We are thrilled to welcome Leslie Hyun Kim to the Ascend Body team.

My dedication to the fitness and wellness industry is the natural outgrowth from an innate love of competitive sports that was fostered in me as a child. I’m an athlete, not a spectator; my body loves to be in motion. Being an athlete gave me confidence, drive and the physical ability to work and achieve. I learned dedication, persistence and how to overcome obstacles. I figured out how to cope with failure and how to celebrate milestones and success.

I truly believe that each one of us, young or old, can tap into our inner-athlete for that same inspiration. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I worked for over 6-years in social work and mental health rehabilitation. This is where I learned the true concept of “self-care” and began to study holistic approaches to healing. Having battled through severe medical problems that stem from childhood and multiple sports-related injuries, I bring a unique sense of empathy to my coaching. I’ve transformed my own struggles into a mission to educate others.

I’m a passionate and persistent truth seeker. I aim to inspire fearless living and to empower others towards purposeful and rewarding lives. With the right support, everyone can realize their full potential and achieve their unique vision of health and wellness. My approach is healing is holistic. Viewing the body as a “system of systems,” I explore the underlying causes of symptoms and stress to uncover their origins — both physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I encourage my clients to stop chasing pain and stress the importance of working-in over working-out. I believe that coaching can be fun and disciplined, inspiring and challenging — something to look forward to, something to feel good about.

CHEK HLC Level 1
CHEK Practitioner Level 1
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
CrossFit Movement & Mobility
CrossFit Endurance
TRX Suspension Trainer, Group Suspension Trainer, Rip Trainer
USA Cycling Level 3 Coach
USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach


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