Personal Fitness Trainer and Medical Massage Therapist (LMBT #14700) in Black Mountain NC 


Our Mission:  To guide progress clients steadily toward their fitness goals, striving to avoid injuries and setbacks while enhancing functional movement, going from pain or decondition to function and fitness, or going from fitness to outstanding athletic performance.

Testimonial Excerpts regarding Jim

Frith, owner of Ascending Fitness:



“ leg spasms are gone! ...the best money we have ever spent. Jim Frith’s expertise changed my life!”

        --  Deborah Wood, CEO, Asheville Pregnancy Support Services

“My first session with Jim did wonders...  Jim’s guidance is invaluable.”

         -- Marc Futterman, President & CEO,

            CIVIC Technologies, Inc.

“I happily endorse Jim Frith... to relieve or eliminate low back pain, to improve posture, balance, and flexibility, and to gain core strength and stability, all while shedding unwanted fat.”

         -- Martha Palm, Doctor of Chiropractic


“...the best trainer I have ever worked with.”

        --  Jennifer Levin,  Ph.D., CPCC, Director of  Clinical Services for DPS Health

“Jim has outstanding knowledge of body mechanics

and anatomy... I’m a fan!”

        -- Holly Martin, RN, MBA, PMP

“I highly recommend him.”

        -- Jill Freedman, CFO for Naked and IZZE Juice, a

           division of Pepsico

“Working with Jim Frith over the last year has been

life-changing for me... I have reclaimed my life, and I am

indebted to Jim for helping launch me into, what I believe

will be, the best years of my life!”

-- Laura Facciponti Bond,  Professor and Drama Department Chair, University of North Carolina,

Asheville Campus

“Jim changes the exercises frequently, keeping the workouts interesting, and working all muscle groups. I eagerly look forward to each class.”

-- Cheryl Fernandez, retired Registered Nurse

“My fitness has improved more in 4 months at Ascending Fitness than during the 2 decades that I spent struggling with other programs. Plus it's fun and I like it!!”

-- Sue Tacktill


“Training with Jim is the best decision I ever made!!! ... In 5 months, I lost 35 pounds, 5 inches per thigh and 6 inches in the hips…. I am so happy with all the results. My figure has never been so good! Jim helped me ‘shape’ my body... My friends who haven’t seen me since July are amazed of how I look now, I feel so much better and… I love my new abs!!!! ...Jim can do wonders!”

      -- Virginie Schaeffer, Process Engineer, Jacob Holm Industries

         Virginie Schaeffer Before                                                Virginie Schaeffer After

“Jim has been a wonderful source of both inspiration and motivation... uniquely talented in his ability to analyze and rapidly address my physical condition and issues.... tremendous job... steady decrease in body fat and consistent increases in both stamina and strength.”

        -- Eric Brumm, Information Services Administrator, City of Glendale, CA. (Lost 50.5 lbs. 

           in 12 weeks)

                 Eric Brumm before                                                       Eric Brumm after

“Jim... has outstanding knowledge of the interactions between exercise and nutrition, and how each can be used to improve health.”

         -- Annette L. Adams, PhD, MPH  (Lost 30 lbs.)

"Due to Jim's vast knowledge, expertise, and professionalism, I am in the best shape of my life, and my health at its peak.  He has given me an understanding of what health and fitness really is. Thank you, Jim.”

  -- Edward Stanly, Head Bartender, Grove Park Inn, Asheville NC

Eddie Stanly before (May 2010)      Eddie after 7 months training        Eddie Stanly April 2012


"Thank you, Jim for helping me reach my goals and surpass them!! Your dedication, knowledge, and attention to detail through out the workout is like none I have ever experienced before!!"

  -- Michelle Stanly, Health Care Associate, Mission Hospital, Asheville NC

“Jim’s guidance has been just what I needed.  I got lots of exercise, and he taught me far healthier eating habits, so in 10 weeks I lost 31 pounds.  With what Jim has taught me, I know that I will keep the weight off this time!”

         -- Norma Perez, Certified Group Fitness Hip Hop Dance Instructor

"Training with Jim has made a huge difference in my life and really turned things around.  I lost 14.6% of my body weight in 12 weeks...  I feel so much healthier and happier than I did just a few months ago...  He is the best!"

        -- Katherine Wimmer, President, Wimmer Associates, Pasadena, CA

“I had definitely hit a plateau [before coming to Jim]...  Jim helped me improve my form and functionality. I have become so much stronger and I carry myself so much better since working with Jim.”

        -- Melissa Philip, Personal Assistant (lost 21 pounds in 12 weeks)

Call or email for an appointment.

Jim’s direct line:  828-707-3798



Injury prevention, functional improvement, and fitness. This system works!!


At the beginning of your time at Ascending Fitness, you will receive massage therapy and learn self myofascial release to reduce or eliminate certain chronic pains.  Changes to your connective tissues enable greater range of motion and more functional movement.  Follow this with functional fitness training to increase usable strength.  Enhance athleticism. Lose weight sustainably.  Improve balance and reduce risk of injury.  When your body functions better, that makes working out easier and more enjoyable.   If you are overweight, our healthy approach to body composition management can help you to lose fat while gaining strength, flexibility, energy, and the attractive glow of fitness.  If you are an athlete, enhanced biomechanics will make you more competitive.