TRIATHLON TRAINING

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TRI SWIM CLASS

Looking for a group to train with & an opportunity for swim advancement? TRI swim classes are geared towards improving technique, pacing & overall fitness level. Classes include proper warm up, drills to fine-tune technique, sets to improve cardiovascular & muscular strength.



PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Looking for an opportunity to enhance your swim technique? Private swim lessons provide a full analysis of your freestyle swim stroke. Lessons include specific drills to fine-tune technique & appropriate swim sets to improve pacing, power & speed.



TRI PERSONAL STRENGTH TRAINING | ATHLETIC CONDITIONING

Eager to work on your entire physique to become super fit? TRI personal strength training sessions are designed to improve muscular strength & endurance while working on posture, balance, range of motion, flexibility & a bit of cardiovascular conditioning.



YOUTH TRI PERSONAL TRAINING | ATHLETIC CONDITIONING

Wanting to jump into the world of multi-sport training? Youth TRI training is open to ages 8-17 eager to learn proper swim technique, cycling efficiency & run biomechanics. Training includes swim, bike & run training along with athletic conditioning.

OPTIONAL CLASSES

UPGRADE ZWIFT CYCLING CLASS

ZWIFT cycling is an online training program that enables athletes to interact and train in a virtual world. Achieve your goals with structured workouts assigned by our coach. The ZWIFT monthly plan includes one coached session per week. Client HR and watt zones are determined with an FTP test. Requires your own road/tri bike and ZWIFT app. Sessions with separate fee.

UPGRADE RUN

Eager to achieve faster run times? All levels will improve run form & cardiovascular health while achieving faster run times in a highly motivating environment. Sessions with separate fee.


UPGRADE OPEN WATER SWIM

OWS classes provide triathletes with the ability to work on open water swim technique and pacing efforts to help prepare for any race. Athletes will practice race day simulations and work on open water specific drills including sighting, drafting, and advanced skills. Kayaks will accompany swimmers for safety. In season (April-September)


SPECIALIZED CLINICS & CAMPS


TRI CLINICS

All triathlon program members will have access to specialized training sessions on select Saturdays throughout the year. Activities will include swim, bike, run, transitions and athletic conditioning. Seminars will include sports nutrition, sports psychology and race day preparation.


MEET YOUR COACHES




Sarah Hart

Sarah began swimming competitively at the age of 6 in Rhode Island. At age 15, she enrolled in The Peddie School in NJ to focus on academics and swimming with the goal to earn a scholarship to college. In 1989, Sarah achieved her goal and began her collegiate career at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At the 1989 US Olympic Festival she became the first female athlete to win 6 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze). In 1990, Sarah suffered a compound fracture to her right arm. This injury motivated and empowered her to work on her core and leg strength while rehabilitating her upper body. In less than one year, Sarah earned NCAA All-American honors and became a US National Champion, ranking Top 16 in the World in sprint freestyle events. She competed for the United States National Team through 1995, setting an American Record in 1993.

Sarah graduated with a BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. She met her husband, Greg at UNC Chapel Hill where they swam and trained together every day! In the late 1990s, the couple moved to the Lake Norman area and worked in the financial industry. After an extensive back surgery in 2000, Sarah and Greg welcomed their two beautiful daughters, Marissa and Morgan, into the world.

In 2005, Sarah founded UpGrade Lifestyle, a wellness company offering personal strength training, triathlon and multi-sport training, registered dietitian services, and life coaching. TEAM UPGRADE was formed and consists of multi-sport athletes who participate in local, regional, national and international events. Since 2005, Sarah has participated in all run and triathlon distances. She has developed programs which focus on creating a healthy, active balance in our everyday lives. She has educated, motivated and empowered multi-sport athletes (ages 6-70s) to achieve their goals. Sarah knows what it takes to train at the highest level, overcome obstacles and is passionate about sharing her expertise with members in our community.

Education
BA in Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC Business Essentials Certification – Carolina Business Institute

Certifications

  • ITCA Certified Triathlon Coach
  • NESTA Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Biomechanics Specialist
  • Core Conditioning Specialist
  • Sports Injury Specialist
  • Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist
  • Health Promotion & Corporate Wellness
  • EZ8 Running Coach
  • Online Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Nutrition Coach
  • CPR/AED, First Aid

Honors

  • USA Swimming National Team Member 1989-1995
  • USA National Champion 1991
  • World University Games Gold & Bronze Medalist 1993
  • FINA World Championships Bronze Medalist 1993
  • American Record Holder 1993
  • NCAA All-American 1990-1993
  • UNC Most Dedicated & Most Valuable Swimmer
  • Bon Excellence Award Charlotte Marathon 2006
  • Boston Marathon Finisher 2010-2011
  • IM Raleigh 70.3 Podium Finisher 2011-2014
  • Ironman Finisher 2013


Jill Baulieu

Jill grew up in Scarsdale, New York, moving to Huntersville in 1990.  She graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. Jill swam competitively through her teenage years.  In her 20’s she became a certified aerobics instructor and taught for 7 years in Connecticut while working at IBM.

While raising her three daughters with husband David, in 2007 Jill ran her first 5K and was then introduced to triathlons through Tri It For Life and completed the Ramblin’ Rose in 2008.  She has served on the TriItForLife Board of Directors for 5 years, serving as President in 2012.  Jill’s interest in triathlons turned quickly into a passion as she has completed over 40 triathlons, from sprint to international to 140.6 distance, in NY, GA, VA, FL, NC & SC. She has raced Lake Logan 70.3, IM 70.3 Augusta, Raleigh and Lake Placid. Jill placed 3rd in her division in the Beach 2 Battleship 140.6 in October 2013.  She enjoys sharing her experience to help others reach their fitness goals.

 

Jill left the corporate world to join UpGrade Lifestyle as a personal trainer and triathlon coach in 2014.  Always having the upmost respect for Sarah Hart and the mission of UpGrade Lifestyle, this was a perfect fit.  In 2016 Jill became a partner and continues to enjoy helping athletes reach their full potential in a positive and rewarding environment.

Education
BS in Electrical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Certifications

  • USAT Level I Coach
  • NESTA Personal Fitness Trainer
  • CPR/AED, First Aid

Honors

  • Beach to Battleship 140.6 placed third in age group 2013

Monica Smith

Monica grew up just down the road in Charlotte.  She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration.  She started with BellSouth (now AT&T) after graduation in 1989 in Greenville, SC.  She moved back to Charlotte in 1998 and then to Huntersville in 2000.  Monica was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons in her late teens and early 20s during the summers.

As a high school athlete, Monica played basketball, ran track and cross country.  Later in life, she started running again and did her first marathons in 2010.  Injuries drove her to cross training and triathlons.  She completed her first triathlon, the Ramblin’ Rose, in 2012.  A passion for the sport was born.  She has completed over 40 triathlons, including 4 Half Ironman races including IM 70.3 Augusta, Bone Island 70.3 and Mountains to Main Street 70.3.  She also completed Beach to Battleship 140.6 in 2015.

Monica has retired from AT&T after a 30 year career in 2019.  She looks forward to helping others find their passion!

Education
BS in Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC MBA, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Certifications

  • NPTA Certified Triathlon Fitness Instructor
  • NPTA Certified Personal Trainer
  • NPTA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR/AED, First Aid




Interested in a special class designed for you?


YOU and 3 friends can meet with me and we will design your class. I’ll set up a class for you and we’ll cover all of the components of swim, bike and run and more.