I chose to coach at Upgrade because it is such a fun and inviting environment! I get to meet people from all walks of life and fitness levels. 


I grew up as an athlete and my dad taking my sister and I to the gym before school in the 5th grade. I’ve always had a passion for exercise and health my entire life and that’s what brought me to the greatest job ever! 


In my spare time I love to explore anything outside. That could involve hiking, kayaking, riding bikes, etc. I truly just like to try anything new! I also like to travel. I’ve been to five countries and many states. 


-Nikki Barrera 


Anise is a critical care Registered Nurse, Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and past fitness competitor. With over 13 years of both, group and personal training, she has been the inspiration behind some life changing transformations.
She is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Level 1 Precision Nutrition and has coached not only in the Kansas City area, but in the Middle East and Las Vegas, as well.

Anise has a passion for educating others on exercise, nutrition, habits, and posi- tive lifestyle changes. She enjoys helping people reach goals they once believed were unattainable and help them become the best version of themselves. When asked why she chose to coach at Upgrade she responded without hesitation, “COMMUNITY.”

In her free time you will most likely find her hanging out with her chocolate lab, Remi. You can find them on a trail, at the dog park, or near a body of water. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, a good brunch, live music and college

- Anise Thomas