ELEVATE Strength & Performance (ESP) is an empowering community of members and coaches who are respectful, honest & supportive. We enjoy outdoor activities with family & friends, living an energetic life feeling confident, strong & healthy - mentally & physically!

ELEVATE Strength & Performance helps people age 35+ with families & demanding careers to look, move & feel their best, when they have already tried everything else with little to no progress or success, or worse, were injured in the process.

ESP offers a safe, structured & challenging environment where we put you in the best position possible to transform & achieve your goals! 



ABOUT ELEVATE Strength & Performance

Before you participate in any of our training programs, we meet for a Strategy Session to learn more about you, your specific goals, your health and exercise history - to understand your "why." We will also go through the Functional Movement System screen, to ensure proper exercises are given based on your abilities and skills. If you’re ready to try our FREE WEEK and schedule your Strategy Session, please click here and complete our Strategy Session Questionnaire.

All of our programs are designed to guide you to achieving your lifelong health and fitness goals. ESP offers four core program: Team Training, Elite Training, Distance/Online Coaching and Nutrition Coaching.

Team Training is our small group program, up to 12 members each session. This program delivers it all - strength, fat-loss, confidence, knowledge, skill and results. Team Training memberships also includes Worcester Kettlebell Club (WKC), Bars & Bells and MetCon sessions.

Elite Training, our semi-private program with up to 3 members and one coach each session, is the program you need if your goals are more specific and you want an individualized program. Our Elite Training program runs 2-3X per week and includes all of the benefits of Team Training.

Distance/Online Coaching is a distance/remote program if you train at home or at another gym and you need a coach, an individualized program and motivation to keep you accountable.

Nutrition Coaching is a sensible and realistic approach to create positive, healthy eating habits, resulting in fat-loss, feeling better and living happier. No restrictive diets or quick fixes here. Just like our training programs, our Nutrition Coaching is centered on you - your wants, needs, desires and your "why." We are certified Precision Nutrition coaches.

ELEVATE Strength & Performance strives to make each member's experience the most meaningful part of their day. What you do at our gym elevates everything you do in life.

Evan Marcantonio

Photo credit: Craig Marker, StrongFirst .

Photo credit: Craig Marker, StrongFirst.

Evan Marcantonio is the owner and head coach of ELEVATE Strength & Performance in Worcester, MA. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Sport Management program, Evan earned certifications as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Evan is certified through StrongFirst as a Level 2 kettlebell (SFG II) and barbell (SFL) instructor, and is a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) through Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning. He is  also Level 2 certified with Functional Movement Systems (FMS).

Mary SuRprenant


Mary is a graduate of Boston College where she played varsity softball.  She earned her personal trainer certification through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT).  Mary is a Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) Instructor and she has taken the Functional Movement Systems FMS Level 1 course. She is is certified by the American Heart Association for First Aid/CPR/AED.



Brandon is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island Kinesiology & Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Nursing programs. Brandon earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) designation with The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Brandon was a Volunteer Intern at The University of Rhode Island Varsity Weight Room in 2008 where he assisted with the training sessions of their Division 1 athletes from multiple programs.  Brandon also interned at South County Orthopedics Sports Performance in 2009 and he spent time as a Personal Trainer at Commonwealth Sports Club in Boston from 2009-2010. He is a Registered Nurse and is CPR/AED certified through the American Red Cross.  He believes “strength is never a weakness” (Mark Bell) and loves getting loud for the MetCons!

WHY Kettlebells?

No other tool can develop all-around strength, build muscle, improve flexibility, burn fat and boost metabolic pathways as efficiently and effectively as kettlebells.

Kettlebells are compact and simple, yet complex and indestructible. They can be used for grinding movements such as the deadlift, squat, press and get up, or for ballistic movements such as the swing, clean and snatch. Kettlebells promote joint stability and mobility and offer instant feedback.

At ELEVATE Strength & Performance, we follow the StrongFirst Code:

  •  I am a student of strength.
  • I am a quiet professional.
  • Strength has a greater purpose.

At ELEVATE Strength & Performance we do not “workout” - we practice to improve our movement qualities during each training session. Strength is a skill. Come earn yours at ELEVATE Strength & Performance.