About Us

Brian Lawson


I am from a little town in southwest Missouri called Seneca, Missouri. I moved to Neosho my freshman year of highschool and have loved the community ever since. I have been an athlete since I was about 8 years old and have always loved the competitiveness within ourselves to become the best version of you everyday. I joined the Navy back in 2005 and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. When I came back home from the military I enrolled at MSSU to become a secondary education mathematics teacher. I know, YUCK. lol While going back to school I fell back in love with working out and the entire process. About 2 years later I ended up becoming an entrepreneur with good success and failures. I opened my first RISE FITNESS in my hometown Neosho, MO in February of 2019. I have literally loved every minute of it. I love watching the journey that each one of our members go on after they join our family. I look forward to seeing you at one of our locations and appreciate your business more than you know.

Mike Dunn Carthage Manager

Working out has always been a passion of mine. It’s a great stress relief and allows an escape from all of lifes troubles for a period of time each day. The opportunity to own my own gym has always been a dream of mine and the ability to share my passion of weights and fitness training with others. When the opportunity to partner with Brian Lawson on expanding his Rise Fitness gym’s presented itself I jumped on board with little convincing. I am excited to see where this goes. Brian and I share the same customer service and drive needed to make a business like this be successful.

What sets Rise Fitness apart from other gyms is the all-inclusive business model. Not all gyms offer some of the amenities like unlimited tanning, saunas in each locker room, full locker rooms, Zumba, Yoga and HITT classes all with 24 hr access. We also have the best cardio and fitness equipment on the market. We strive to create a clean, easy-going atmosphere where you can be comfortable working out without worry of being judged by others.

I love what I do, I love being apart of this journey and look forward to many more locations opening in the future!

Sarah Sonis Neosho Manager

Hi everyone, I'm Sarah and I am the manager at our Neosho location. I have been in the health and fitness industry for 15+ years including earning a bachelor's degree in health promotion and wellness from MSSU in 2004. I'm excited to continue to help & encourage others achieve their wellness goals. Being a graduate from Neosho and living here my entire life, my love for this community is BIG. I am excited to serve this community and to be a part of the RISE team.

Blake Ames Carl Junction Manager

I graduated from Carl Junction High School in 2012. Having the opportunity to positively impact the community I grew up and lived in through health and wellness was a dream come true. Anyone who knows me would tell you I have wanted to work in the fitness industry in some capacity. I could not have landed in a better position than I did with Rise Fitness!

My favorite part about Rise Fitness is working with a team, and for an owner, that believes in fostering growth through serving your local community. Seeing the work Brian is doing to continue growing and opening more gyms so that other communities can experience a Rise Fitness gym is so exciting to me. I am blessed to be in the position I am in and look forward to contributing in any way that I can to the Success of Rise Fitness!

Kooper Lawson Baxter Springs Manager

"The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen" - Anonymous

I graduated from Galena high-school. Went to coffeyville
community college on a power lifting scholarship. I've been eager to give back to my community and the surrounding areas ever since I was a kid. What better way to do that, than with a business that focuses on health and wellness.

My favorite part about Rise fitness is it's a growing family owned chain. With great rates and an amazing staff.

Classes and AMENITIES

No matter what you’re looking for in a gym, we’ve got a membership option made for you. All Rise members enjoy unlimited access to the gym and the support of our friendly, knowledgeable staff anytime you need it.

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