Racich (left) with Kamal from the Roots.
How did you come to live and/or work in Conshohocken?
I was born and raised (baptized in the Schuylkill) in Conshohocken. I remember “Conshohocken” being the first really long word that I learned how to spell. I went to Harvey S. Walker Elementary School (now Conshohocken Elementary) and then Plymouth Whitemarsh High School where I wrestled and played football. My entire family is from Conshy. Conshy has been good to me so I am happy to be able to give a little back. This town has a lot of good people in it and I have developed many life long friendships while living here. I am truly a CONSHY guy and proud of it!!
What do you do (career wise)?
I host a boxing show on ESPN Radio and I am a professional boxing trainer/strength coach. I train some professional athletes such as Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic), Andre Iguadala (76ers ), Craig Brackens (76ers) and Roots musician Kamal Grey. Seven days a week I also train and teach a boot camp type class for locals at the Fellowship House. I have always enjoyed working with good people. My clients are the best! Come try the boot camp and the first class is on me!! You can check me out at henryfit.com.
I recently took a position on the marketing team for the Philadelphia Soul. Always looking for the next adventure and I definitely live outside of the box!
What are you involved in outside of work?
I do a lot of fund raising for kids groups, such as Fight Night at the Fell, which is being held on August 12th. I also own the two time national champion Conshohocken Steelers minor league football team that will return to the field of play in 2012. Athletics are a huge piece of my life.
I am also coaching at the youth level this season with the 105 lb. Conshy Bears and have formed a kids boxing team out of The Fellowship House. I have learned that you have to keep kids busy or they will find trouble (trust me I know since I’ve found my share).
I also have three beautiful children Jake (13), Libby (4) and Henry (2.5) that keep me pretty busy. Honestly they keep me going and are my heart. I would be lost with out their laughter in my life. I am blessed.
What do you love most about Conshohocken?
I love what is left of the small town feel. It is a great place to raise your children. The fireworks, Soap box Derby, Little league sports, the 10 churches and 9 bars!! I have witnessed the transformation being here for 40 years. I hope we keep a lil of the old Conshy. I love the self containment of this place. If you need it you can find it in Conshy. I love that for the most part people are real and honest here. They tend to support each other. It is a character town! I mean what is a person or place worth without integrity, honesty and character? Conshy has all three!
What are your favorite places in Conshohocken?
I pretty much hit the conshy loop. Guppy’s, Spamps, Boathouse and the Pub, etc., as far as food and fun. The Fellowship House is where my gym is and I grew up in that building. I enjoy the small family businesses too; Flocco’s, Outbound Station, Totaros, Conshy PT, Beanie Bounce and Superfit. I mean if you are around here long enough you get very well connected. Its that type of town.