Client Testimonials

Joe Recomendes
Coached by Sarah Hart

“What a trip. I spent four months training for my first triathlon, and completed the Lake Norman YMCA Sprint Triathlon. And I placed third in my category! Big thanks to my family for always telling me how much progress I’ve been making over the last three years. And a huge thanks to my coach, Sarah Hart, absolutely could not have done it without her training and nutrition. Seriously – thank you to everyone who helped me get here. My heart is so full of gratitude and pride this morning. On to the next one…” – Joe Recomendes

Lisa Bishop
Coached by Sarah Hart & Kay Sanborn

“It had been a long-term goal of mine to someday give the Ironman 70.3 distance a shot. I loved the sprint and international distances but wanted to challenge myself further. I knew that the only way I was going to achieve my goals was to find a coach that could customize a training program that would highlight my strengths and strengthen my weaknesses. Coach Sarah’s attention and expertise brought me from a mediocre barely making it through the swim to a confident and strong front of the pack swimmer. With programmed speed workouts at the track Coach Kay has helped me to get faster, more efficient and become a more knowledgeable runner. Her experience and coaching set me up for PRs in both 5K and Half Marathon distances. I started with UpGrade in May 2019 and since then have finished 7 IM 70.3 races, with a Top 10 finish, and have qualified for 2 IM 70.3 World Championships (2021, 2022). Triathlon may be an individual sport, but it is by no means a solo endeavor. There is no way I would have the amount of success in this sport if not for Team UpGrade. I am forever grateful, always learning, and cannot wait to see what’s next. This journey has been so much more rewarding because of the people I get to do it with.” – Lisa Bishop

Hope Dunlap: Before & After
Coached by UpGrade Professional Team

“When I found UpGrade Lifestyle I was severely overweight, timid, depressed; unhealthy, unmotivated and simply afraid to get off my couch. The UpGrade team helped me change the way I ate and the way I saw food. Through their classes and individual training plans, they changed the way I moved and taught me that we are always capable of so much more than we think, in training and in everyday life. With their guidance and never-ending flow of positivity and support, I’ve been able to complete quite a few half marathons, two full marathons and IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon! Most importantly, UpGrade helped me reclaim my health, my self-confidence; myself. It just goes to show that when you surround yourself with positive people, amazing things happen!”- Hope Dunlap