NHI: Two Trainers Strengthen Community Bonds


by  | Jun 29, 2020 10:53 am

Adrion Russell, founder of Action Fitness, and Carla O’Brien, co-owner of District Athletic Club (DAC) on James Street, have a weighty message to share with their community: “Fitness is for everyone.”

The two businesses teamed up on Saturday to offer a free, donation-based and socially distanced outdoor workout designed for all fitness levels.

The event was scheduled about two weeks after Connecticut gyms were given the go-ahead to open their doors on June 17. The collaboration was designed to bring back clientele and to engage collective calf muscle. Attendees were also encouraged to get politically involved.

“This is the year we make change … and get the vote!” O’Brien declared to the crowd. “Today is about community, unity, meeting new people, and joining forces!”

On Saturday morning, those who registered for the workout showed up early to check in and get their temperature taken. Around 100 people meandered through District’s parking lot in athletic wear and masks, the latter of which were taken off once participants reached their workout stations.

Before the official workout began, some prepared with solitary stretches. Others practiced their conversation skills after months of social isolation. And many completed the 2020 Census and registered to vote at an onsite tent sponsored by the Greater New Haven NAACP.


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