Owner / Head Trainer:      Tommy Nicholson

Certified Personal trainer since 1992

 CrossFit Level 1

USA Weightlifting Coach

 First responder CPR/AED

 I’m from Greenville S.C. and moved to Simpsonville in 1988 when I starting working at Mauldin Fire Dept. In 1992, I found personal training and quickly realized how much I loved working to help others to reach their fitness goals. In 2008 I found CrossFit and fell in love with this style of training, then opened up Upstate CrossFit in 2009.

 As a strength and conditioning professional, I have a diverse background, working with young athletes, coaching individuals and small groups. Working with clients ranging from South Carolina pageant contestants to housewives, or preparing athletes for sports, CrossFit competitions, mud runs.  I have created and implemented strategies yielding RESULTS.



  Marc Ackerman came to the Upstate from the Charleston, SC area in Aprilof 1997 for a life changing career opportunity. While that opportunity servedto fill the financial needs of the family, it also enabled him to pack on theweight. The daily grind of the desk job and sedentary lifestyle was setting himup to spend the rest of his life, fat and out of shape. He discovered CrossFitwhile researching some of the history on the conditioning methods used to trainthe Spartans for the movie “300.” With a background in ball sports, swimmingand Martial Arts, this training method was foreign, to say the least. Since hisfirst CrossFit workout in in early 2007, he was hooked! Marc received his firstCrossFit Level 1 Training in September of 2009 and re-certified in August 2011.He is a current Martial Arts practitioner and is also attending a Level 1Sports Performance Coach Certification for USAW in June of 2012.


CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
USAW – Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do, World Taekwondo Association (alsoin process for WTF)
Red Belt - Hap Ki Do, International H.K.D. Federation
Brown Belt - Shaolin Kempo Karate, Kung Fu & JiuJitsu(Blended Style)
American Heart Association - CPR/First Aid & AED