Tell us a little about yourself, Tim? 

Tim throwing around piles of iron. Beastly!
Tim throwing around piles of iron. Beastly!

I’m the oldest of 5 boys, and we grew up in Belmont, Ma. My dad was a Boston sportswriter, so we all had a big interest in playing sports – hockey football and baseball in particular. The fact we were all born within 6 years made us a formidable force, and a ready made hockey team. And a bit of a challenge for my poor mother.

The adorable couple
The adorable couple, way back when…

My wife Maureen and I got married young, and had 4 kids, three girls (Carey, Caitlin and Anna), and a boy (Ben). Unfortunately Ben died as a child after a 6 year battle with cancer. The girls are all doing well, and between them we’re blessed with 4 grandchildren – 3 boys  and a girl. They live nearby (Shrewsbury, Hudson and Watertown) so we see them often, which is a real blessing for us all.

The blessing of living in a small town…

We moved to Westboro from Arlington 33 years ago, and have lived in the same house at 77 West Main Street all that time. It’s a great town, and we feel very blessed to be part of it. It really helped us to be in a small town when we went through Ben’s illness. We will always be grateful for the care and support we got from our church, the school system and so many people around town. As a small way of giving thanks we have an annual golf tournament in Ben’s name, and are able to donate money to a local family going through a medical challenge as we did, give a scholarship to a graduating senior who overcame their own challenges to get through school, and to the Jimmy Fund and Camp Sunshine for their support.

The adorable couple now!
The adorable couple now!

An exciting and rewarding career in technology…

I’ve spent my entire working life in computer technology. I worked for Digital Equipment for 18 years, and was very involved in the early days of using the Web within a number of businesses. This was a great time to be working – lots of learning, experimenting, collaborating with people around the world. I had the pleasure of speaking and consulting all over the US, as well as Canada, Australia, Iceland and Europe. After Digital I ran an online division at IDG (a large tech publisher), worked in a number of startups in publishing and healthcare, and am now leading a product team for Pearson, a very large learning company. Not as exciting as some earlier jobs, but I get to work from home and have a great team to work with. I have no plans to retire, although I would love to have a whole lot more vacation time now!

A beautiful family!
A beautiful family!

Golf fanatics…

I love playing golf, where you can constantly learn and (hopefully) improve. For a few years I’ve been lucky to play with three other fanatics early every morning at the Westboro Country Club. I get to hang out with good friends, get some exercise and fun, and can be online for work by 9(ish). One of those fellow fanatics is Harry Whitin. Harry told us about Accelerated Strength, and we were amazed at how his game improved, especially his drives. I’d belonged to a couple of gyms in town but had lost interest and motivation to go on a regular basis. Harry explained the concept of working on balance and core strength, which made a lot of sense, so I decided to check it out, and I’ve been coming regularly ever since.

A couple of golf fanatics getting some treadmill. Walking 18 is a breeze...
A couple of golf fanatics getting some treadmill. Walking 18 is a breeze…

Will touch his toes… maybe someday!

I really like the program and try to attend three days a week. Having a coach who leads (and at times pushes) us makes a very big difference for me. I’ve come to understand what I can do, but more importantly what I have problems with, and can see constant improvement in doing those challenging things better. I am determined that some day I will in fact actually touch my toes with minimal grunting!

Still going strong!

I turn 65 this year. By coming to Accelerated I’ve realized the importance of focusing on maintaining (and improving!) my core strength and balance is the smartest thing I can do to stay in shape. Hopefully it helps my golf game, but more importantly I believe it will keep me independent and self-sufficient for years longer than I otherwise would have seen. My goal is to be able to keep walking the golf course, taking long walks with my wife, and enjoying playing with my grandkids for years to come. That isn’t going to happen unless I get up from my desk and get active on a regular basis, and I’ve found that Accelerated provides a great place for me to get stronger and stay active.

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.