Meet the ELEVATE Strength & Performance Team.

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ELEVATE Strength & Performance

Our team of fitness and nutrition professionals are invested in your health. We make every decision with our members’ well-being in mind. Achieve your goals with us!

The Team

Evan Marcantonio owner of ELEVATE Strength & Performance

Evan Marcantonio

Owner & COACH

At ELEVATE Strength & Performance, we believe life is better when you are resilient. When a person can’t do activities they enjoy because their mind and body don’t allow it, they’re missing out on their greatest potential. When a person has strength, endurance, confidence and courage to do hard things, they will create more meaningful life experiences. Someone who can be active with their family, enjoy their favorite physical activities, and be supportive in their community will have an overwhelming sense of gratification. ELEVATE was created to help people move better and build useful strength with principle-based training so that they could do anything they want at a moment’s notice. 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 has achieved every StrongFirst instructor certification including Level I & II kettlebells (SFG I & II), barbell (SFL), and body weight (SFB). Evan is a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) through Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, holds a Complete Coach Certification through Robertson Training Systems, is Level 2 certified with Functional Movement Systems (FMS), and is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach.

Gail Morris coach at ELEVATE Strength & Performance

Gail Morris


Gail’s long history of martial arts training, including traditional Japanese Shito-Ryu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, eventually led her to a passion for a type of movement and strength training that helps people improve their quality of life and enable them to pursue and excel at their interests, passions, and goals. She loves helping others learn how to move well, discover new strengths (internal and external), and find new joys in life from the benefits of training. Gail is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse with a B.S. in Recreation Management, a NASM certified personal trainer, StrongFirst certified Level 1 kettlebell instructor (SFG) and Body Weight instructor (SFB), FMS Level 2 certified, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified, and CPR and AED Certified.

Dion Welch coach at ELEVATE Strength & Performance

Dion Welch


Dion has always had a great love for athletics, weight training, and various types of movement. He was introduced to strength training by a high school football coach, grew to love it, and continued training and competing throughout his collegiate years. Over the last 16+ years, he experimented with various training methods including martial arts, calisthenics, kettlebells, and anything he could get his hands on to improve his performance and conditioning. After college Dion began a 15-year Law Enforcement career where physical fitness was an important part of his job and the culture. In 2014 Dion rekindled his enthusiasm for fitness, was encouraged to follow his true passion to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and since Dion has helped many others achieve their health and fitness goals.

Emily Hannen coach at ELEVATE Strength & Performance

Emily Hannen


“I have been a member of ELEVATE since 2017 and fell in love with kettlebells, barbells, and weights of all kinds. I have found that strength training does wonders for the body, mind, and spirit! Useful strength improves everyday simple tasks as well as my own hobbies and endeavors of hiking, biking, and the occasional road race. My turning point would be a failure of at-home workouts and a back injury I sustained as a nurse. I felt myself scrambling to find quick fixes, which lead to unhealthy habits and unsustainable changes. I was overcome with self-doubt and joining ELEVATE opened my eyes to prioritize myself and strive to improve every day. My passion and motivation are helping people see their full potential and continuously impress themselves. Be your own cheerleader and have a blast along the way of creating your best self!” Emily is Registered Nurse in the Critical Care Unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center and is FMS Level 1 Certified.

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