Not-for-profit gym helps people break a sweat as well as addiction

Posted at 9:52 PM, Oct 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-19 23:52:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Recovering alcoholics and drug addicts who get fit together can stay sober together--that’s the concept behind a non-profit project that began in Sugar House Park and is now moving its operations indoors.

Ian Acker is the man behind “Fit2Recover”, and he said a youth spent playing sports led to a helpful outlet for himself and others when he was in treatment for addiction several years ago

Acker began training others who were seeking treatment for addiction, and from there things grew to become a regular meeting. Between 50 to 75 people on average come to Sugar House Park four days each week to exercise and socialize with people who share their struggle.

Kevin Donnelly is among those who participate, and he said the program has helped him stay sober for 2.5 years.

"It means just getting out and doing something positive, even if I don't want to do it,” he said. “I don't love working out, but I love the feeling it gives me after and sets a good pace for the rest of my day and puts me in a positive mindset, and that's what Ian is all about."

Acker said he recently leased a 5,500 square-foot building so that Fit2Recover can have a roof over their heads. The group is a not-for-profit gym. He said he plans to incorporate a cross fit trainer and a climbing wall to start and then go from there.

For more information about Fit2Recover, visit their website.