At Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness, our mission is to get the world living a healthier lifestyle by educating the children, adults, senior citizens, and veterans in our communities about better eating habits, increasing their physical mobility, encouraging body conditioning, enhancing core strength, and of course by rowing on the ERG (indoor rowing machine)!
On July 19, 1998 Dwayne’s life was almost taken by a stray bullet that entered his left eye and lodged behind his right eye. The incident left him with only one eye, partial sight in his right eye, and with no sense of smell. During his time recovering from the accident, Dwayne was introduced to the sport of rowing - a non- traditional sport for African Americans. During this time, Mr. Adams also went back to school and became a certified massage therapist, a certified personal trainer, and a licensed level 2 rowing coach. He was asked to speak at a volunteer banquet, which began his motivational and public speaking to youth and adults. Still rowing, Dwayne became a three-time member of the U.S. National Adaptive Rowing Team and the winner of a bronze medal in the 2002 World Rowing Championship in Seville, Spain. In July of 2005, Dwayne was inspired to found Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness where he could share his experience with others and help the youth in his community avoid obesity, drug abuse, bullying, and violence. Dwayne’s other accomplishments and accolades include the 2008 Outstanding Citizen Award by the NAACP; the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year by the Masonic District Masons for his work with Breaking Barriers, the 2010 Access Achievement Award by the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities; the 2013 Home Town Hero Award from the Philadelphia 76ers; and he was the recipient of a resolution for Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Mr. Adams released his first book in 2006, “The Race After the Storm”. The rowing exhibit “Philadelphia Rowing Breaking Barriers”, inspired by Dwayne, was featured for nine months at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. In 2017 a resolution for Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness was passed by the House of Representatives in Delaware. Dwayne helped to establish “Breaking Barriers Ukraine” and he is currently the tv co-host on “In The Upper Room”.
About our Executive Director & Founder, Dwayne H. Adams, Sr.
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About Us
My goal is to help clients accomplish their fitness goals all while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. I belive that when discipline is combined with hard work that positive results will always be the outcome. I work with clients of all different fitness levels. However, I specialize in working with athletes and sport performance. I’ve been a personal trainer since I graduated from Norfolk State University in 2018 with my Bachelors in Exercise Science. I have experience with athletes of all different levels from professional, collegiate, and high school.
About our Personal Trainer Zachary Laws
Contact Us 101 Peoples Drive Newark, DE 19702 dwayne@breakingbarriersde.com Office: 302.722.5445 Mobile: 267.979.7219
At Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness, our mission is to get the world living a healthier lifestyle by educating the children, adults, senior citizens, and veterans in our communities about better eating habits, increasing their physical mobility, encouraging body conditioning, enhancing core strength, and of course by rowing on the ERG (indoor rowing machine)!
About Our Executive Director Dwayne H. Adams
On July 19, 1998 Dwayne’s life was almost taken by a stray bullet that entered his left eye and lodged behind his right eye. The incident left him with only one eye, partial sight in his right eye, and with no sense of smell. During his time recovering from the accident, Dwayne was introduced to the sport of rowing - a non- traditional sport for African Americans. During this time, Mr. Adams also went back to school and became a certified massage therapist, a certified personal trainer, and a licensed level 2 rowing coach. He was asked to speak at a volunteer banquet, which began his motivational and public speaking to youth and adults. Still rowing, Dwayne became a three-time member of the U.S. National Adaptive Rowing Team and the winner of a bronze medal in the 2002 World Rowing Championship in Seville, Spain. In July of 2005, Dwayne was inspired to found Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness where he could share his experience with others and help the youth in his community avoid obesity, drug abuse, bullying, and violence. Dwayne’s other accomplishments and accolades include the 2008 Outstanding Citizen Award by the NAACP; the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year by the Masonic District Masons for his work with Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness, the 2010 Access Achievement Award by the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities; the 2013 Home Town Hero Award from the Philadelphia 76ers; and he was the recipient of a resolution for Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Mr. Adams released his first book in 2006, “The Race After the Storm”. The rowing exhibit “Philadelphia Rowing Breaking Barriers”, inspired by Dwayne, was featured for nine months at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. In 2017 a resolution for Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness was passed by the House of Representatives in Delaware. Dwayne helped to establish “Breaking Barriers Ukraine” and he is currently the tv co-host on “In The Upper Room”.
About Us
About Our Personal Trainer Zachary Laws
My goal is to help clients accomplish their fitness goals all while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. I belive that when discipline is combined with hard work that positive results will always be the outcome. I work with clients of all different fitness levels. However, I specialize in working with athletes and sport performance. I’ve been a personal trainer since I graduated from Norfolk State University in 2018 with my Bachelors in Exercise Science. I have experience with athletes of all different levels from professional, collegiate, and high school.
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2019 Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness
Contact Us 101 Peoples Drive Newark, DE 19702 dwayne@breakingbarriersde.com Office: 302.722.5445 Mobile: 267.979.7219