COATESVILLE – People gathered for fitness and wellness in the city on July 10 at a free event hosted by Clayton Kellum.

Kellum owns Built Fitness, 123 Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. community gym located at number.

On Saturday, Kellum said he collaborated with Mike Huggins of the Transformation Yoga Project, who started with a workout at 8:30 a.m. for the event and then a yoga group class.

A total of 68 people attended the free event, which was held outside the Coatesville tennis courts at the corner of 11th Street and Lincoln Highway.

Kellum said he wanted to highlight “Mike Huggins, His Story and the Transformation Yoga Project.”

The owner of Built Fitness said of Huggins, “His story and service to us, his return to teaching community and prison yoga is very powerful. This Saturday was a partnership with him.”

Influenced by the event, Kellum said 35 people attended the yoga class led by Huggins, “and it was very powerful.”

The free classes organized by Built Fitness are called Saturday Grind.

This was the first out-of-class class since the Coatesville pandemic occurred, Kellum said, as this location began to be built there.

“It was awesome,” Kellum said of the July 10 free yoga fitness event.

Kellum began giving free classes at the 11th Coatesville tennis courts and started at Lincoln six years ago in 2015. That was his first location at Built Fitness. Without ever giving up on his dream, in 2017 Kellum landed his own premises in Downingtown in 2017.

“There’s a huge diversity of people who go to this workout every Saturday,” Kellum said. Free workouts in Coatesville take place on Saturdays and in four key elements: cardio, core, and upper and lower body strength. “It’s any level.”

He said that in addition to individuals, families with children are also welcome to attend free workouts on Saturday at Coatesville. The most important thing, Kellum said, is for people to “get out of there and give their best”.

Kellum’s life stories have inspired people in Chester County and across the nation. He was born out of a mishap to offer his family a successful business – a hallmark of the American Dream.

In the late 1990s, Kellum became a first-class star and American athlete on the track at Lincoln University, winning the national championship by running 400 meters in 46 seconds.

However, when he began his first year at Lincoln, Kellum, then 20, was arrested. A federal judge then convicted him of a non-violent drug offense in 2000. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Kellum spent 15 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense for an incident that occurred as a teenager.

He was released from prison in 2014 and soon began organizing free fitness meetings in Coatesville. And since he opened his own gym in Downingtown, Kellum has continued to organize free fitness events in Coatesville to help and empower others.

Built Fitness had 250 members before the COVID White House declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. Today, the partnership is growing again when the business saw a 40 percent drop in last year’s closing.

“Fitness was built by a dedicated team of surviving coaches and a community of members who refused to leave,” Kellum said.

For people in Coatesville and beyond who are considering opening their own businesses, Kellum said, “Don’t wait.”

He continued: “Start dreaming now. Start writing your plan now. Start writing your vision now. Start doing research now. The more you do about the dream, the closer your dream comes to you. Don’t wait “.

Kellum added, “Don’t give up.”

Kellum has two twins, a boy and a girl, born in 2020. His eldest son, Clayton Kellum Jr., is a personal trainer for Built Fitness.

“I’m proud to see my son develop skills at a young age to be a motivator and inspiring person for other people,” Kellum said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”

Kellum said his life was in prison after he was transformed, putting God first, helping to strengthen people after his release by bringing health and fitness opportunities to his community.

Born in Philadelphia, Kellum grew up in Coatesville.

Having passed the highest odds and launched a successful gym in Downingtown, Kellum has been a regular keynote speaker in Chester County, Coatesville High School and Lincoln University. He also spoke at the University of West Chester in June during the March for Peace, Justice and Humanity with local, regional and state legislators.

Built Fitness coaches Brandon Smith, Brandon DeShields, Tyrone Butler, Theodore Gordon-Hardy, Justin Mills, Hayley London, MacKenzie Smith, Mike Huggins and Kellum’s son, Clayton Kellum Jr.

“My focus is always to stand out from the team, the coach and the community with everyone who is collaborating with us,” Kellum said.

Kellum said the Built Fitness coach can give individuals the motivation they need without trial and therefore make endless efforts.

“Most people don’t believe how big they are,” he said.

“We’re great at creating a community of motivation for people,” Kellum said.

He said he learned in prison, “my main goal is to serve.”

Kellum said there are several upcoming events at work. Upcoming two summer events include the VA Hill Challenge at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Built Fitness Philadelphia Art Museum Challenge. They will be notified soon for each event that will take place over the next six weeks.

“Stay tuned,” Kellum said.

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