Coach Patrick Russo
Coach Patrick Russo is regarded as one of CT’s leaders in designing individualized strength/fitness programs. His extensive experience in the health fitness industry includes coaching, producing hundreds of state champion weightlifters, motivational business/sports team speaking engagements, throughout CT and NY, as well as former owner coach Russo’s Power Barn Strength and Conditioning Facility, in Cheshire, CT.
Coach Russo is a veteran member of the University of Connecticut’s (UCONN) defensive unit, having anchored the Husky defensive line from his Nose Guard position, from 1995 – 1999. As a full- scholarship football player at UCONN, coach Russo started 40 consecutive games from his freshman year forward and is among the teams sack leaders.
In 2017, Coach Russo joined Dr. Kevin Greene as a fitness consultant and strength coach for Feel Well Health Center. Simultaneously, leading the start-up of the Strength Academy, LLC, he has since lead a power lifting team to a world-record victory in both Strict Curl and Dead-lift within the 100% Raw Drug-Free Power-lifting Federation — and internationally recognized, Drug-Free, Competitive Power-lifting Federation, in which he currently holds the title of Connecticut Chairman.
In 2018, the president of 100% Raw honored Coach Russo, with the Coach of the Year Award. Coach’s athletes hold over 50 state records and 15 world record titles. Coach Russo leads by example, personally holding the world record in Strict Curl in his age and weight division.
In his spare time, Coach Russo enjoys spending time with his sons, who also hold word records in Strict Curl, and Full Power (squat, bench, dead-lift) power-lifting events.
Coach Russo’s extensive accomplishments also include:
- B.A. Human Development from UCONN (1999)
- Full Scholarship football player at UCONN
- Recipient of the prestigious Rocco Morano 4-year letterman award
- Coca-Cola Defensive player of the year
- UCONN defensive player of the year
- New Haven Gridiron Club defensive player of the year
- First team ECAC
- Played professionally in the Arena Football League
- CT High School head strength coach for 2008, 2014, and 2015 state championship teams
- CT High school head strength coach for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 NLV weightlifting champion teams
Coach Nikki turned her passionate hobby into a full-time profession after obtaining her Personal Trainer certification and joining Coach Patrick Russo as a Strength Coach at the Feel Well Health Center in Cheshire, CT.
In early 2017, Coach Nikki and Coach Russo opened the Strength Academy, LLC offering clients an opportunity to take their lifting to the next level with additional sessions and training programs customized to target Powerlifting events or specific areas of the body. Shortly thereafter, Coach Nikki joined Coach Russo as Connecticut’s Co-Chair of 100% RAW – a drug-free, competitive powerlifting federation. The Strength Academy hosted 3 World Sanctioned meets in its first year, breaking World and State records across a variety of divisions. In October 2018, Coach Nikki set the Strict Curl World Record at the 100% RAW Worlds Powerlifting Meet in Virginia Beach, VA, and holds various State records in the Strict Curl and Deadlift powerlifting events.
In February 2018, Nutrition was added to the services offered in our Cheshire location, as Coach Nikki became a certified Ideal Protein Weight Loss Coach. Coupling nutrition with physical exercise allows clients to rapidly see and feel the benefits of this lifestyle-changing, educational weight-loss program.
Balancing strength with healthy muscle, joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue, Coach Nikki became a certified Yoga instructor in May 2018 (Yoga Alliance RYT-200).
In December 2018, Nikki obtained her Holistic Life Coach certification. Offering different perspectives to current circumstances, Coach Nikki helps her clients re-align their lives with their goals and desires across all aspects of life (Health, Home, Vocation, Finances, Recreation, Relationships, Personal Development and Life Purpose). Using various holistic Coaching tools, Nikki offers others the opportunity to find a greater sense of self, ultimately finding a greater sense of happiness and fulfillment in our daily lives.
In her spare time, Coach Nikki enjoys cooking, reading/learning and spending time outside.
Connor Soltis is a certified personal trainer and healthy lifestyle coach. He runs Feel Well Health Center’s Body Composition Analyzer which is a quick method of analyzing body fat and lean muscle mass. He works extensively with our patients on customized diet and exercise plans as well healthy lifestyle changes to achieve optimal wellness.