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Coach Russo has been producing World Champion Powerlifters, from Youth to Grand Masters, for over 20 years. Whether you are new to the sport, or have past experience, you will not leave our facility without personal growth.  Contact us today to find out more.


Strength Training options for all ages and types of individuals that will stimulate both body and mind. Whether you are looking for a casual workout, or are planning on competing in a Bodybuilding show, we will teach you what you need to find success.

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We offer a combination of virtual learning via the BHY Health Portal, and with in-person Coaching sessions customized to address your individual health-goals, engage in follow-up discussion on topics covered in the BHY Health Portal, or seek assistance in resolving other health-related concerns you may have. Click the "BHY Program Overview" link below for specific program detail.


Athletic teams, from Youth to High School, have taken their game to the next level with the Strength Training programs offered at Connecticut Strength. Focus, commitment, comradery, and overall team strength come together under our roof.

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Life’s hard, and we all find ourselves stuck at times. Whether you are facing a major milestone, feeling uncertain, unsatisfied, unhappy, frustrated, or regularly stressed-out, Life Coaching may be just what you need to find your desire to push forward. Learn how to see your circumstances from a different perspective and help re-align your life with your goals and desires.

Contact Coach Russo or Coach Nikki today for more information.
Phone: 860-863-1220




Coach Patrick Russo has influenced countless Athletes throughout his 20+ year professional career as both an Athlete and a Coach. As a former UCONN Huskey football player and Defensive Captain, Coach Russo received the honorable Rocco Morano Award, a prestigious recognition to honor elite athletes for being a 4-year Letterman. Coach Russo knows what it takes to create greatness and demands this level of greatness in the Athletes he coaches. His passion and intensity for sport is equal to the level of class and professionalism that he brings to it.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Coach Russo continued to play professionally in the Arena Football League, before starting a family and opening his own gym at the age of 23. As a young business owner, Coach Russo was also asked to take on the role as Head Strength Coach for a local high school Weightlifting Team where he proceeded to win 3 State Championships, 7 NVL Championships, and produce over 500 High School State Championship Powerlifters. The State of Connecticut has honored him with his own citation for producing the highest team total weight lifted in Connecticut High School weightlifting. His two sons, now 15-years old and 17-years, old both hold multiple World Records in the Strict Curl and Full Power, respectively.

In 2017 Coach Russo joined the 100% RAW Drug Free Federation. Leading his team to victory as Strict Curl Team World Champions in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Coach Russo was honored by the President of the 100% RAW Federation with the prestigious Coach of the Year award (2018, 2019). As Head Coach of Team USA, Coach Russo meets regularly with Strict Curlers both Nationally and Internationally. His list of World Record Strict Curlers has passed 50 individual lifters, ranging from 11-year-old Youth, through 70-year-old Grand Masters. He has been known as the go-to-Coach if you are chasing a World Record, or if you make the conversion from Wide to Narrow. His techniques and insane programming makes him stand out above the rest. His Coaching style is not for everyone, but those who stay become Champions. His stable of World Championship Curlers is thick, quick, and nasty. Coach them hard, love them hard!!!


Coach Nikki Dorval became the first female Assistant Coach for Team USA Strict Curl in 2018. She also is the first Female Co-Chairman of the State of Connecticut 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation.  Her current Open Deadlift State Record still stands, and her 2018 Strict Curl World Record has since been passed on to her TEAM USA Captain.

Coach Nikki’s personal success on the platform carried over to her business success as she transitioned to Full-Time Strength Coach/Personal Trainer. Coach Nikki has helped produce over 12 female World Records Holders in the Strict Curl and close to 20 female State Record Holders in the Bench and Deadlift. In addition to her Powerlifting clients, Coach Nikki also works with Personal Training clients from Youth, to High School Athletes, to Adults of all ages.

In 2018 Coach Nikki received her Yoga Instructor Certification, and in 2019 her Personal Holistic Life Coach Certification. While her reputation as one of the most organized Meet Directors typically keeps Coach Nikki putting in more hours planning and hosting events, the highly Virtual first half of 2020 and client demand allowed her to expand her services to include Virtual Training and Coaching sessions.

With a Master’s Degree in Accounting and her Certifications and continuous study of Human Anatomy and the Body/Mind connection, it all makes sense how Coach Nikki is able to study and organize numbers and patterns that carryover from textbook to custom programming, fueling her clients continued success and growth.



Connecticut Sports Center (CSC), 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge CT 06525

Coach Russo: 203-213-6231

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