1324 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413



All trainers listed are independent contractors.  A membership to Uppercut Gym is required in order to train with this trainer.


Alfonso Vazquez

A boxer and trainer with 20+ years of experience, Alfonso started boxing at the age of 17 and has built a winning record as an amateur, including two Upper Midwest Golden Gloves championships (2004 & 2007). Alfonso now competes in the master’s division of amateur boxing. He participated in the 2010 Ringside World Tournament and 2011 Gleason’s Gym Master tournament  (Brooklyn NY), winning the 165lbs championship. Alfonso also serves as a sparring partner for pro fighters such as Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (now retired), Matt Vanda, Caleb Truax, and Andy Kolle. 

In addition to a boxing coach, Alfonso also is a personal trainer who provides core strength and conditioning training with a mix of boxing/fighting skills. Alfonso has experience working with all levels of individuals in a single or group environment, ranging from recreational beginners to professional athletes (NHL, NFL, and NBA).

If you are looking to book a session, please contact Alfonso:

Call/text:  651-503-4013          Email: alfonso@uppercutgym.com


Sarah Mickelson

Sarah has been boxing at Uppercut Gym since 1997.  She has competed and coached in various amateur boxing tournaments including MN Golden Gloves, National Women’s Golden Gloves, Regional and National USABoxing, Ringside, and PAL.  Sarah is versed in all aspects of boxing and draws from her experience as a boxer, official and coach.  Sarah is currently a registered USA Boxing Association, teaches classes and provides personal training at Uppercut Gym.  You can reach Sarah at sarah@uppercutgym.com


Seko Tongola

Seko Tongola is a professional trainer who as had the pleasure of teaching with Lisa since she opened Uppercut Gym in 1996. Originally from Tanzania, Seko has over 30 years of experience as a personal trainer. He has studied many different forms of Martial Arts, including Karate, Judo, wresting/grappling, boxing, gymnastics and specializes in Jeet Kune Do. In addition to working with many amateur boxers, Seko is currently training two of Minnesota’s top professional fighters, Mohammed Kayongo and Corey Rodriquez. He has a passion for helping people at all levels become fit, confident, and secure, and offers a wide variety of training. Because his teaching philosophies are based on individualized instruction methods, each member is ensured a fitness routine that is unique and tailored to his or her personal goals. Uppercut is like a second home to Seko and he is dedicated to making your experience at Uppercut a positive and lasting one. Commit to yourself, don’t commit to me; I’m already committed to you. 
Contact Seko:  

Call/text: 612-387-6839      Email: sekokick@yahoo.com


Alex Freese

Alex believes exercise should be challenging, focused and fun - he has been striving to deliver this to his clients for the past ten years. Alex is an experienced certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE) working with a wide variety of populations through many fitness domains. He received a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, former USA boxing competitor, certified EMT/career firefighter and chief organizer of the annual Unite and Fight. Alex separates himself from other trainers through his implantation of creative and unique exercise routines that strengthen your mind and body towards your individual goals. Alex enjoys all aspects of fitness and is eager to spread that passion to others.

Call/text: 612.715.6413  
Email: free0247@umn.edu 
Website: www.alexfreesetrainer.tumblr.com 


Kim Heikkila

Kim first walked into Uppercut Gym in 2005 and has been here ever since. She enjoys boxing for the way it challenges her physically and keeps her on her toes mentally. Though other sports have come and gone from her life – gymnastics, softball, tennis – she’s still boxing after all these years. She is registered with USA Boxing as an amateur boxer and level 1 coach and official and has been teaching classes at Uppercut since 2010. Outside of the gym she enjoys running, biking, stair-climbing, and pursuing her craft as an oral historian, author, and educator.


Kim is also program director and certified coach for Rock Steady Boxing at Uppercut. Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) uses non-contact boxing training to help people with Parkinson’s fight back against their disease. She helped Lisa bring the program to Uppercut Gym in the spring of 2016, making it the first RSB affiliate in Minnesota. (See link on this website for more info about Rock Steady.)


Whether you want to compete in the ring or just get a good workout, whether you’re 18 years old or 80 years old, whether you want to achieve the next level in fitness or fend off the symptoms of Parkinson’s, Kim will help you reach your goals by teaching you boxing skills and strategies. You can reach her at kim@uppercutgym.com.


James Okoth

James was a competitive boxer from 2006-2008 with a record of 8 wins and 3 losses. He has worked as a personal trainer since 2004. His clients vary in age and level of fitness, including at-risk children, teens, and adults. For James, seeing clients improve and gain self confidence is the most rewarding part of being a trainer. When he is not at work, James is interested in running, music, and brewing craft beer.
Contact James at:   

Call/text: 612-227-8423     Email: coachjaymoh@gmail.com 


Ray Nelson Jr.

Ray grew up on a boxing family, his dad Ray Sr. was a Golden Glove Champion and went on to fight pro in New York. His Uncle Donny Nelson was a professional cutman for a number of pro fighters on the east coast.  Ray Jr. has 20+ years in and around boxing and know his craft in boxing.

Ray Jr. is continuing his father legacy at Uppercut training from beginners to pro’s.  Please email or text for pricing.  



Vanessa Vogl

Vanessa grew up figure skating and swimming, but she fell in love with boxing from the moment she first hit the bag at Uppercut Gym in December 2011. She is registered as a USA amateur boxer and coach, and is also a member of the Minnesota Combative Sports Advisory Council. She began competing and teaching classes at Uppercut in summer 2015, notably competing at the 2016 and 2017 Ringside World Championship tournaments in Kansas City. Vanessa constantly marvels at the impact that boxing has on her physical strength, mental focus, and self-confidence. She hopes that as a trainer at Uppercut, in addition to developing boxing technique, she can inspire gym members to push themselves to work their hardest and have fun doing it! You can contact her at vanessa.m.vogl@gmail.com.


Jeremy Jacobsz

I have been boxing at Uppercut since 2012. I have trained and competed as an amateur boxer and have been coaching since 2017. I am recognized as a certified boxing coach through both USA Boxing Association and Rock Steady Boxing (RSB). RSB is a program that helps people with Parkinson’s disease slow the progression of the disease through specified exercises, pushing them to their potential in a safe and fun environment. You can also find me teaching Circuit, Instructor’s Choice and Teen classes. Outside of the gym I am busy with my three kids and job as an appliance salesperson. I like staying active and being outside. I am a huge believer that healthy eating and consistent exercise can help us all reach our full potential and achieve our goals. If you want to discuss your goals and set up a training session, contact me at 612-800-4778  or JeremyJacobsz03@gmail.com 


Eat Good, Look Good, Feel Good


Brie Medin

"Boxing changed my life. Before coming to Uppercut, every workout was a trudge. For years as a competitive distance runner and Nordic skier, I dreaded every single training session. Then I found Uppercut, fell in love with boxing, and never dreaded a workout again! As a trainer at Uppercut, my goal is to help you find joy in boxing. Boxing has taught me a strength and confidence I never knew I had. By pushing you to your limits, helping you refine your boxing technique, and giving you a damn good workout, I hope to teach you that same strength and confidence."


Brie has been a full time K-12/ABE Art and ESL teacher in the public schools since 2005. Brie is a registered USA amateur boxer and coach. She has had numerous amateur boxing matches, competing twice in Ringside World Championships--placing third in her weight class in 2016 and second in 2017. She is also a six-time National Skijour Champion. 


If you are interested in training with Brie, please contact her at brie.medin@gmail.com



Tabitha Blanchard

Tabitha stepped into Uppercut Gym 3 years ago and has been teaching group classes there since the fall of 2017. She is a registered USA Boxing member, Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Champion and nationally ranked Golden Gloves competitor. Tabitha is a technique driven boxer who understands the balance between the mental, physical and technical aspects of the sport. Whether preparing for competition or pursuing personal wellness these principles are what inform her training practices. You can contact Tabitha for private training sessions at 715-497-5343.  tabitha.blanchard@gmail.com