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Uplift changed my life! I started to train with Nancy as a way to restore my health, increase strength, and manage stress. After ​s​ix months of training at this evolved and body positive gym, I feel terrific and have lost a lot of weight. Training at Uplift has been the best investment in my health I’ve ever made, and has taken me to a completely new level of health, strength and wellness. For me, all physical activities are easier now - running, yoga, swimming - and so are life activities, like work and travel. What I love the most is that Nancy’s personalized program provides rapid improvement and results but at a manageable and safe level. She also provides a sense of community without being invasive. This is the ultimate safe space and low key gym that really helps people reach their goals. Strongly recommend if you want to try weightlifting for the first time​.​


Uplift has greatly exceeded my expectations! I started with the sole objective of getting fit and increasing strength, but I have gained way more. Both my approach to exercise and relationship with food have positively changed for the long term. Amazed at what my body can do, and with the help of Nancy, Gary and the staff, I have built body and mental resilience. I have never been a person who exercises, but that has now changed. I am happy, active, and I eat, sleep and cope better with stress thanks to Nancy, the team, and the supportive community they foster.


I discovered Uplift a little over a year ago. Within the first 6 weeks, I was already down a size. I focused on the workouts and was sensible about my food. I never felt deprived or stressed. I have always been active and, like many people, as I got older, things got soft. I tried many things - a personal trainer, BeachBody programs, my own workouts - and each time they worked but were not sustainable. Either the personal training was way too intense so I got burned out or in the case of Beachbody, it's a defined program for a set period of time that you do alone in your house and then when it's finished it's up to you to figure out what to do next to maintain the progress. Not so with Nancy and Uplift. First, the programs are designed for your INDIVIDUAL goals and fitness level. And, she emphasizes working hard but not insanely to the point of burnout. The workout is challenging but I walk out feeling energized, not drained. And, when you stick with it the little changes happen quickly - you walk faster, you can all of sudden consider a 5k with your friends, you can play with your kids or nephews without feeling like you're going to die! The list goes on...
I wanted to share this review because you can look high and low and not find a workout OR a studio that is fit for you specifically, welcoming, and a place you want to go each time.


Nancy Townsend is a marvelous coach and trainer. I had been telling myself for several years that I needed to do some strength training in addition to the aerobic exercise I did, but I never found anything that seemed like a good fit until I was lucky enough to stumble upon Nancy and Uplift Strength and Spirit. She’s a caring, knowledgeable, and inspiring coach and trainer. She was also excellent at working with some existing joint issues I had. She found ways for me to do the workout without hurting myself, and this included some pretty creative solutions on her part! I’m sure that a major part of my decision to delay knee replacement surgery has to do with the work we did together strengthening my core and quads. The Amazing 12 was quite a ride! It really is a commitment, but I found it to be well worth it. It’s a great program for anyone that wants to take his or her training to a new level, but it’s also a good place to start. I had never lifted before I started Amazing 12. Nancy is very good a working with multiple levels of expertise within a group - from beginner to very experienced. I think she is so good that I have signed up to work with her twice a week in her small group sessions for Amazing 12 graduates.


Nancy is a fantastic trainer! She is very responsive and easy to work with, incredibly personable and supportive, and extremely knowledgeable about all things strength, mobility, and yoga. She is a great teacher and has helped me consistently improve at weightlifting. I would highly recommend her to anyone with any fitness-related goals, regardless of age or prior experience.

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