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Level-Up Your Fitness With Ascend (Win!)

April 5, 2022

Stuck in a fitness rut? Cool lifestyle fitness brand Ascend creates powerful and cost-effective equipment to help you chase your goals. Since launching, and because of the pandemic, the brand’s become a go-to for accessible home fitness equipment. Along with spin bikes, Ascend offers three models of high-powered treadmills with speed and incline control for a fully customized full-body cardio workout. We chatted with co-founder Julien Méthot to learn more! —Noa Nichol

Hi Julien! Tell us a bit about yourself and Ascend

As a passionate entrepreneur, I have owned multiple businesses throughout my career. Starting off in the event industry, I owned and operated a consulting business, advising promoters, venues, festivals and ticketing companies across Canada. Naturally, all of that was put on hold when the COVID-19 pandemic started, and lockdowns started. As an avid gym-goer, I didn’t have access to the workout equipment I was used to and realized millions of Canadians were in the same situation. This sparked the launch of Montreal Weights, a marketplace where Canadians can access the fitness equipment needed to work out and stay healthy. Continuing on our mission to provide Canadians with options for daily movement and exercise, our latest project, Ascend, offers affordable, at-home cardio machines.

What differentiates Ascend from other fitness equipment brands?

We noticed that accessibility was missing from the Canadian market. While competitor options for cardio machines are wildly expensive, and often require with added subscription costs – a an investment that t isn’t realistic for many Canadian families. Ascend’s product offering has been developed over the last two years to ensure we offer high end equipment at the best prices. Another bonus: we have warehouses and carriers across the country to ensure quick delivery (at no extra cost)! Aside from the affordability, Ascend’s product design is an important detail – we offer beautiful machines that complement existing decor at home. With high end finishes and colourways, our products blend into any room of the home. 

What’s your advice to someone starting their fitness journey?

Throughout my journey of 12 years, there is one word that is important to keep top of mind when embarking on any fitness journey—consistency. Whether you’re looking to become healthier, build strength or focus on weight loss, your journey can’t be expedited. Our bodies take time to adjust and sticking to a routine will ensure you achieve long-term results.

What are the benefits of incorporating 30 minutes of cardio into your daily life?

There are a lot of benefits from incorporating cardio into your routine for 30 minutes, a couple times per week. Here are several:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle gain
  • Reduced stress
  • Elevated mood
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased cardiovascular capacity (walking up the stairs gets easier!)
  • Higher quality of life

What are some current trends in home fitness?

There’s no denying that at-home fitness has exploded in the last two years due to the pandemic. While it was already an upward trend, it’s evident that many are realizing they won’t necessarily be going back to the gyms. Whether it be for safety reasons, time or long-term money savings, the benefits, and conveniences of working out at home are endless. Another trend to keep an eye out for is connectivity. Many are starting to add more technology into their products to sell subscriptions – which increases value for the company, but significantly escalates prices for customers. While an interesting business model, it’s not necessarily financially accessible to the majority of Canadians. Ascend is working on new technology that adds functionalities to our products, furthering accessibility within the Canadian fitness industry. Keep an eye out for Ascend’s new launches!

Win! A $499 Ascend Fitness Foldable Treadmill!

Congrats Julie L. of Burnaby, BC, who will receive an Ascend X1 Foldable Treadmill (valued at $499) to level up their cardio at home! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Laura

    April 6th, 2022 at 9:24 am

    @lneil8 this would be an amazing prize! I’m looking for help improving my cardio as I am going into a career in policing

  2. Shawna

    April 6th, 2022 at 9:32 am

    @shawnaosss being active daily helps me feel more happy and energized !! This would really help me create and maintain a routine to achieve these goals !!

  3. Kel

    April 6th, 2022 at 9:49 am

    I’ve dropped weight and I would love to get my cardio up now. Being more active is my next step

  4. Laura

    April 6th, 2022 at 9:59 am

    I’ve recently become a work from home-er and I’d love the chance to get some exercise in throughout my workday!


  5. Nikki

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:24 am

    I could use an at home option. With 2 jobs and aging parents , I have no time for cardio . And at home option would be a game changer

  6. Nikki

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:29 am

    I could use an at home option for cardio . I have 2 jobs and no time for going to the gym.


  7. Florence Cochrane

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Love to get moving. This be perfect. @fossie55

  8. Janice Cournoyer

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:42 am

    REAL HUMAN SUPPORT to keep me on track!! I really need to up my cardio for heart health.

  9. Janice Cournoyer

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:44 am

    REAL HUMAN SUPPORT to keep me on track!! I really need to up my cardio for heart health. @foldedpages_204

  10. Holly MacRitchie

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I would love to win because swimsuit season is coming and I would love to get my body into beach shape!!


  11. Dhia

    April 6th, 2022 at 11:55 am

    @imdhia i work a 9-5 and multiple side hustles. Sometimes going to the gym is so exhausting and i just need a quick workout. Would be so great and convenient to have this at home!

  12. Rachel C.

    April 6th, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    this would be epic! it rains so much here — this would help me squeeze my cardio in, no matter the weather! thanks for the chance!


  13. Lana Hood @PrairieLoon on Insta

    April 6th, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    I need an indoor option for working on my fitness during our many days of increment weather.

    @PrairieLoon on Insta

  14. Jessica gagne

    April 6th, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    @jesssicagagne on lnsta .

    Need it cause i cant go at the gym with 2 small kids … i just finish my maternity leave and i have to workout at home !!!!
    Thank you ! Nice contest

  15. LesleyM

    April 6th, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    @lesdranged Needs to level-up cardio at home with Ascendi and hubby who lost his sight so walking outside is hard but with an Ascendi in the house it would make our cardio health better!⁠

  16. Tiana

    April 6th, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Need to get up and moving in my own apartment

  17. M Liz Beisel

    April 6th, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    This would be so great to get me exercising in the winter!!!

  18. Chelsea Vivier

    April 6th, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    This would truly help level-up my cardio in my small apartment! 🏡🏃🏻‍♀️

    IG name: Healthtipsandchill

  19. Apukin

    April 6th, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    I need more sport in my life and I dont have the time to go to the gym or a membership 🙁

  20. Apukin

    April 6th, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    I need more sport in my life but I don’t have the time to go to the gym or a membership 🙁


  21. Vanessa Ripley

    April 6th, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I need to add regular exercise to my routine .. having this in house would really help!

  22. jan

    April 6th, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    My cardio fitness needs improvement to get back into hiking after illness. @jan_leeu

  23. Margaret Doyle

    April 6th, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    living in Edmonton, the winters are LONG and cold/snowy. This would be a fantastic way to keep up a healthy routing and not take up the room of a massive old style treadmill @_ophelia_payne

  24. Chanel

    April 6th, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    @save.babe Working over 60 hrs a week between 2 jobs has made going to the gym so much harder. I fell in love with running 2 years ago and having an at home option would make life a lot easier

  25. Alana LeSueur

    April 7th, 2022 at 12:44 am

    @Diamondchick60 ..I would love to level up my cardio on the Ascent Treadmill to lose some seriously unnecessary weight. With a recent knee injury, I am unable to walk outside where there is uneven pavement and lots of ruts on the roads. And the fact, that it is foldable is such a treat for those of us, with limited space.

  26. Amanda Masters

    April 7th, 2022 at 5:04 am

    I would love this in a cute little exercise nook, filled with inspirational quotes and start my day here while everyone’s still sleeping. I think it would really help with anxiety and muscle gains to have a pretty space, the right equipment and a plan in place to be excited about.

  27. Tabby72

    April 7th, 2022 at 6:45 am

    I want to be healthy while I age! @tabby_1972

  28. Rosalie Reeves

    April 7th, 2022 at 6:49 am

    What a fantastic giveaway! I would use this to strengthen my knees and up my cardio game.

  29. Karen Cormier

    April 7th, 2022 at 7:53 am

    I would like to level-up my cardio at home with Ascend because the Ascend is compact and doesn’t take up a lot of room. It will be a valuable asset to my fitness routine and help me achieve my fitness goals

  30. Karen Cormier

    April 7th, 2022 at 7:54 am

    I would like to level-up my cardio at home with Ascend because It will be a valuable asset to my fitness routine and help me achieve my fitness goals

  31. Suzie B

    April 7th, 2022 at 8:11 am

    I would love to level up my cardio at home as my health is incredibly important to me and this would propel me into a next level of fitness goals !

  32. Amber olak

    April 7th, 2022 at 8:18 am

    So I can be more healthy and fit.


  33. Ranjit

    April 7th, 2022 at 10:23 am


    This would be wonderful for cold rainy days so I can still remain active while at home. I can enjoy a nice movie 🎥 while running on the Ascend X1

  34. sandra Lebeau

    April 7th, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Lots of benefits and having it at home is much more convient can be used when watching tv, doing the laundry, reading multy tasking at its best.

  35. Wendy hutton

    April 7th, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    I would love this to help with my weight loss @wghutton

  36. Shivani Sharma

    April 7th, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    I am a Respiratory Therapist working on the frontlines at a very busy hospital in Toronto. I am often working night shifts and haven’t been able to reach my fitness goals since the pandemic. I am usually very exhausted after work and come home to sleep the whole day. If I win the Ascend treadmill, I will be able to stay on track with my exercise regimen without having to leave my home. This would make exercising very convenient for my busy lifestyle and beneficial for my mental health. I am confident enough to say that this treadmill would be able to help me
    achieve my fitness goals.

  37. Paula C

    April 7th, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Perfect compact machine for at home work out in an apartment!! @paustachio

  38. Jesse Gadzala

    April 8th, 2022 at 7:46 am

    I would like to win so that I can get exercise indoors during the winter! @jessegadzala

  39. Anna Ricketts

    April 8th, 2022 at 8:47 am

    My gym had a fire and is closed til June this would be so beneficial and help me stay on track

  40. Gloria

    April 8th, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Would to have that consistency with doing cardio in our condo during rainy days !

  41. Kenneth Huang

    April 8th, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Need to get the heart rate up and not just sit around.


  42. Talwinder Mangat

    April 8th, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    To get fit and healthy

  43. Katarina Gratton

    April 9th, 2022 at 10:29 am

    This would be so handy to get some exercise at home when it’s nasty outside 🙂 @katgratton

  44. Leigh Marshall

    April 9th, 2022 at 11:11 am

    I want to level-up my cardio at home with Ascend so that I can burn calories while binge watching shows!

  45. Kelly Fowler

    April 9th, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    This would be wonderful to keep me consistent with my fitness goals!

  46. Danika powell

    April 9th, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    This would help my anxiety and my weight so much!


  47. Helen Cantafio

    April 9th, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    @mhcant would like to be able to run at home during bad weather.

  48. Elaine G

    April 9th, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    I would love to have this at home to make sure I follow through and keep my fitness routine up.

  49. Deim Lee

    April 9th, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I’d love this for quality, convenient cardio! So much easier than trekking to the local gym!

    North van 🙂

  50. Mary

    April 9th, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    I want to increase my speed and endurance at home with the Ascend. @marylovestoronto

  51. Danny M

    April 10th, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Great prize. It would be great to improve my cardio workout! Thanks for the opportunity! @maibdan

  52. Donna

    April 10th, 2022 at 11:36 am

    I’m looking to exercise while working to improve my health and reduce sedentary time.

    Ig: @dmcao

  53. Alanna W

    April 10th, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    This would be such a great way to keep me motivated to improve my health at home. @alanna_bananna

  54. CL Chin

    April 10th, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    it’s a great size for my apartment and it will motivate me to move when i don’t want to go outside or step out when the weather is bad

  55. Giannina

    April 10th, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    To get some exercise in with my busy schedule @djpepsidaisy

  56. Mary Davies

    April 11th, 2022 at 7:27 am

    I urgently need to improve my level of cardio fitness. Age 78 and lacking useful exercise for the past 2 years. Having an in-home exercise unit would help me to break out of my rut and improve my cardiac health.Thank you for the chance.

  57. Mary Davies

    April 11th, 2022 at 7:36 am


  58. Michelle Policelli

    April 11th, 2022 at 10:48 am

    I would love to add this to my little home gym so I can get back into running, especially when it’s still too cold to get outside.
    IG name: @michelle_policelli

  59. Nicole

    April 11th, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Love that this is an amazing treadmill at an affordable price!! And this would help me to go walking every day!!


  60. Kellie Walsh

    April 11th, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    I have started to exercise and this treadmill will help so much with my fitness goal. Thanks so much for this chance!! @kelliewalsh2019

  61. Winnie Tong-Luo

    April 11th, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    I want to level-up your cardio at home with Ascend to keep fit!



    April 11th, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    I want to level-up my cardio at home with Ascend because I have not been very active lately and want to get stronger and healthier. on ig lillianmb23

  63. Melanie centis

    April 11th, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    I have been slowing down a bit and put on some weight. I need to get my energy back to keep up with my 4 year old daughter

  64. Jackie M

    April 11th, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Need to get fit again from the pandemic weight gain! @ja_cs_

  65. Sandra Smith

    April 11th, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I would like to level up my cardio at home because I have not been back to a gym since Covid first closed them down.🥴 I have been walking, but with a treadmill I could really step it up!😃✅👍😃🤞🏃‍♀️ #Ascend


  66. Xu Li

    April 11th, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Strength @liangliangcanada

  67. Shirley

    April 12th, 2022 at 2:05 am

    I would love to level up my cardio at home I was in a car accident and need to walk daily to keep up a routine to keep up the strength in my legs @shke5456

  68. Marjolaine Chouinard

    April 12th, 2022 at 4:49 am

    Pour être plus en forme pour l’été 😍 Merci beaucoup pour ce beau concours 🤩 Marjolaine Chouinard

  69. Anne

    April 12th, 2022 at 7:29 am

    I would love this to get fit and stay consistent! @lifelovehusky

  70. Joyce Poyton

    April 12th, 2022 at 8:38 am

    I have lost a lot of weight and still have a tummy. I could use this for cardio. Also, with Covid I am reluctant to join a gym.

  71. Kristi

    April 12th, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    This would make it easy to help get me toned up. On IG @kpallaround

  72. Sherry Kinnear

    April 12th, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Climbing the subway steps is becoming difficult. The Ascend treadmill will help.
    no IG. –

  73. Louise Lormestoir

    April 12th, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    I want to be more fit and healthy @bella_loulou1

  74. Melissa

    April 12th, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I lost my Rhythm of working out and have super limited space at home. Smaller equipment and portable would help me get back into the groove and reach my goals!


  75. Debbie D.

    April 12th, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    @debbied480 It’s always either too cold or too hot to walk outside and I really need to walk. This treadmill looks like it’s a perfect size for me to be able to fold up and move around.

  76. Jessica Wurtz

    April 13th, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Having my first baby during the pandemic really limited me to at home activitites. Especially living in a place where it’s winter almost half the year. This would be an absolute dream to win, so I can squeeze in fitness at my own home, especially in the cold months!

  77. Julia D.

    April 13th, 2022 at 10:02 am

    This would be amazing as I’m training for a half-marathon race with my family! IG: @juelzdinh

  78. Mesha

    April 13th, 2022 at 10:14 am

    I would love this because sometimes it’s just nicer to be able to work out at home instead of going to the local gym!

  79. Sarah J

    April 13th, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    We moved from the city so I need to rely on at-home workouts. The Ascend would help me get some cardio when it’s too cold and too much snow on the ground to run. Following on fb Sarah Jean

  80. Ron

    April 13th, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Lose that pandemic flab 😫


  81. Tiesha Dorleans

    April 13th, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    To stay healthy @SweetTD93

  82. Sharon Benson

    April 13th, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I need this because I have gained 30 pounds since the pandemic and I feel awful 😖 Sharon.benson.779

  83. Eileen @604girl

    April 13th, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I’ll be in a half marathon later this year so I want to work on improving my cardio.

  84. Andrea Amy

    April 13th, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    This could be just what I need to be able to lose some weight – I have fibryo and can’t always count on when I’ll have energy so having something at home I could utilize when I’m able to would be awesome.

    username @andrea_hockeygirl

  85. Julie Lopez

    April 13th, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I live in vancouver and it would be so great to walk/run in home when its pouring out, our icy from snow!! I would love this!!

  86. Nicole Catojo

    April 13th, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Would love this threadmill since it’s easy to put away when I am finished 🏃‍♀️ Thanks so much

  87. Tatiana Quental

    April 13th, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    This would amazing I’m expecting and due within afew weeks. I would love to be able to jog or run for 15 minute spurts with Ascend while the baby is napping.

  88. Johanna Newman

    April 13th, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I would love to increase my cardio to see if I could get more energy. 🌞🐰🌷🐣🐣

  89. Shawna Sanderson

    April 14th, 2022 at 7:15 am

    I want to level up my cardio at home with Ascend because I had weightloss surgery 9 weeks ago and this would help my exercise to increase

  90. Shawna Sanderson

    April 14th, 2022 at 7:17 am

    I want to level up my cardio at home with Ascend because I had weightloss surgery 9 weeks ago and this would help my exercise to increase.

  91. j cabral

    April 15th, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    chance to get some exercise

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