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Arise Athletics is a fitness training facility offering top quality coaching in Group Fitness and Personal Training. The knowledge, support, and environment at Arise are second-to-none in the East Wake community and it shows in the success of our dedicated members!

Arise Athletics is not your typical gym where membership merely grants permission to come use equipment and hope you’re on track to your goals. Every workout at Arise is performed with the guidance of an experienced coach who ensures your effort is moving you in the right direction. It's our dedication to knowing your goal and taking an active role in guiding you there that makes our gym unique.

Arise is owned and operated by Colton and Giannina Tessener, two dedicated fitness professionals with nearly 30 years combined experience. After working in "big box" gyms, the couple made the goal of establishing a facility where a smaller, more intimate community setting leads clients to a better experience and better results. 


Arise Athletics was named Small Business of the Year in 2017 by the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce and is a three-time finalist for Best Gym in Wake County

(INDY WEEK Best of the Triangle Awards 2019, 2021, 2022).

Our mission: to provide physical and mental empowerment by applying our passion, ability, and expertise in the field of fitness training while building lasting relationships with those we serve.



Strength & Conditioning Coach


Colton Tessener

"I'm committed to deliberate, planned training that does not leave anything to chance; our time and effort are valuable so my goal is always to optimize training so that there's no doubt that the work put in is advancing us toward the goal.


The benefit of physical training is not only the strength, leanness, or stamina you build, it's the empowerment resulting from facing a worthwhile challenge and beating it. That power extends to every other facet of your life leading to greater trust in yourself and knowledge of yourself. At the core, that's the real purpose of training."


Group Fitness Instructor


Giannina Tessener

"I believe close personal relationships are at the heart of a successful fitness program. My biggest strength is developing connections with individuals to help them find the motivation they need to better themselves and the desire to uplift others.


My goal is to design classes that are challenging and fun, that foster a sense of community, and that benefit both body and mind."

Giannina is a two-time finalist for "Best Personal Trainer in the Triangle" (INDY WEEK's Best of the Triangle awards 2021, 2022)

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