Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I met my husband, Fin, who’s from Dover, MA, the day before we flew out to Stanford University (both of us “escaping the East Coast”), and ended up getting married the end of our junior year (50 years ago this year).

Trish and Fin at their wedding.
Trish and Fin at their wedding.

We moved back to Boston a few years later and over the next 10 years we started a family (2 girls) and I went back to school to get first an MEd in counseling and then a PhD in clinical psychology.

Wow, a PhD in clinical psychology! Very impressive!

Over the course of my career, I’ve had a private practice, consulted to non-profits and worked on high stakes dialogues bringing together people from widely different points of view on issues like logging, abortion, and same sex marriage. Helping people learn to listen deeply to each other has been a lifelong, driving commitment.

My husband and I have done a lot of high latitude sailing in our sailboat in Scandinavia and Canada (he sailed across the ocean; I flew across and met him!) and been lucky to travel in recent years to Africa, India, and Vietnam. Now that we’re both retired, we’ve also had a lot of fun taking road trips across the US, stopping when something catches our interest.

The Perry Family - from L to R: Trish, daughter Elizabeth (black top), daughter Allison (striped dress), and husband Fin
The Perry Family – from L to R: Trish, daughter Elizabeth (black top), daughter Allison (striped dress), and husband Fin

We have two grandsons who live across the street, 7 and 11; and 2 granddaughters (7 and 11) and 1 grandson (3) in Rochester, NY.

What brought you to ACCELERATED

I discovered ACCELERATED Strength and Balance through a flyer and decided to check it out, having realized that my body no longer did so well with step classes, hot yoga, and muscle gyms! I also know myself well enough to realize that I just do not do what I need to at home, but feel responsible for showing up at a class I’ve signed up for. Guilt is a great motivator!

Basically, I’m kind of lazy, so the challenging and humorous prodding by the instructors is great and, at the same time, having a bit of a competitive streak (funny combo), I do find myself pushing myself

An earlier 1970's version of Trish...
An earlier 1970’s version of Trish…

when others are besting me! I doubt I’ll ever become an avid athlete, but keeping myself strong and in motion has more urgency these days, whether to keep up with grandchildren, stay as healthy as possible as long as possible, and/or to be able to keep exploring the remote corners of the world.

Final words – not only are all the people who work here kind, warm, and committed to us as clients, but my fellow exercisers are smart, funny, and engaging. At one point in my life, I looked forward to the day I would be too old to have to keep exercising. Now, not so much!

 

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.