Boost your Brains and Brawn
by Cate Murway
The benefits of physical exercise and the subsequent enhancement of physical task performance is a familiar concept but long-term exercise programs are proving to have immediate and residual impact on creative potential as well. There is a vital and overlooked link between brawn and brains! The fittest bodies were more likely the ones with the fittest brains. One is born a bundle of energy, gifted and utterly irrepressible; don’t blow out your creative spark that is ready to flame into life!
Imagine a place where you can be yourself and make healthy, realistic changes.
A place filled with practical solutions, inspirational tools and understanding, knowledgeable friends who are willing to introduce you to a brand new, confident you. Propel yourself toward success!
Small changes in your daily routine can add up to significant health benefits!
There are clues that physical activity can stave off the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and other cognitive disorders. No matter your age, it seems, a strong, active body is crucial for building a strong, active mind.
Dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine—all of these are elevated after a bout of exercise; so having a workout will help you with focus, calming down, and impulsivity.
“The education you have given us has been unbelievably enlightening. We didn’t know how much we didn’t know! As a result, we are worlds beyond where we might have been by just “doing it on our own”.
Do your New Year’s resolutions need a boost? Rise to the challenge!
Meet Patrick Ward Mulhern, BHS ‘83/BCCC, the president of Personal Training Transformations, LLC.
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We just wanted to say a big “Thank You” for all you have done for us over the past few months. Working with you has also been incredibly motivating, even when you’re not present. The education you have given us has been unbelievably enlightening. We didn’t know how much we didn’t know! To be perfectly frank, our life is better for having you in it.”
Kelly M. [Gensamer] States, Neshaminy ‘92/Trenton State College, the Princeton University Program manager of Environmental Health & Safety and her husband, Andrew C., Neshaminy ’91 can’t recommend Personal Training Transformations, LLC enough! One of their original goals was to run a 5k in 30 minutes. They have now competed in an 8k in Philadelphia. Per Kelly, Pat is a great educator; he teaches his clients the tools to go out on their own. Essentially, in his outstanding proficiency, “works himself out of work!”
In-home clients that train twice a week have free access to the Transformations fitness and wellness center and all of the equipment.
In a fast-paced life, you have places to go, people to see, things to do. And your body has no choice but to go with you.
Give it a break and wedge in a workout—a really effective one.
Why spend tons of money on a car that you're going to have for only a few years and not invest money on your body that you'll have for your entire life??
“The body was designed for the year 9 not 2009; it was designed to be worked and when it’s worked everything functions better.” Humans have evolved to thrive on physical activity.
You’re new here, aren’t you? You don’t need a GPS to get on the right track!
Meet Patrick Mulhern, fitness professional certified by The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and an approved AARP Trainer, also certified in Reflexology, who possesses outstanding organizational and administrative capabilities to develop and implement an individualized approach to physical fitness. He envisions historic Bristol on the Delaware as the “ideal healthy lifestyle town… you can walk anywhere you want and there’s a track right here!”
Patrick worked with the Bristol Borough Planning Commission planning aspects of the Spurline Park trails under Mayor Gary A. Tosti from April 1990-1994 and is a member of the Dive Rescue Team #52 Fire Company.
“If a man does not take pride in his own town, he isn’t likely to give a rap for his country.” Senator Joseph R. Grundy
Patrick is able to provide motivation and support as well as proper technical instruction. Progress is monitored and advice is offered on how to modify your lifestyle outside of the gym to improve your fitness. As a wellness professional, his goal is to help every customer win his or her personal fitness race, whether the goal is fitness, image or health inspired.
Patrick has been working with special needs clients at Woods Services in Langhorne for over 9 years. “I’ve learned much more from this courageous group than they have learned from me”. He has helped people with Parkinson’s disease, Down syndrome, other mental and physical challenges and muscle and joint problems. His business offers exercise programs for those with diabetes, arthritis and hypertension and he is involved in The American Diabetes Association/Donovan McNabb Diabetes Camp for Kids at Camp Green Lane in Montgomery County, a unique program for boys and girls ages 8 to 16.
Patick is able to plan and initiate the precise programs to empower and motivate his clients, keeping them focused and confident and ready to meet a challenge!
He has successfully designed gyms for corporate centers and plans for corporate fitness programs as well as providing in- home personal training.
“The encouragement you provide is invaluable. Our family and friends have been uncomfortable at best and discouraging at worst about our lifestyle and there’s only so much we can pat each other on the back. You have provided a support structure for us that we never would have dreamed about.”
Pat was surrounded by sisters. He is the 6th of 7 children raised in Bristol Borough by his parents, Noreen [Virgulti] Mulhern Riley, BHS ’49 and the late John Joseph Mulhern, North Catholic ‘42/Drexel, an NADC Aeronautical engineer. His mother and his stepfather, Thomas J. Riley, North Catholic ‘42/VA Tech still reside on Radcliffe Street.
His paternal grandparents John Joseph & Mary [Ward] Mulhern lived on Pine Street and his maternal grandparents, Catarina [Gali] and Augustino Virgulti owned and ran Gus’ Wood Street café.
He and his wife, high school field hockey athlete Dawn Marie [Rumovitz], BHS ‘85/Thomas Jefferson “met in St. Mark church” but they knew each other in high school.
Woman of the Moose Dawn Marie is an Infection Prevention manager at St. Mary Medical Center and she teaches cardio kick boxing at Transformations.
She also grew up in historic Bristol on the Delaware with her parents Rosemary [Swenski] and the late Joseph John Rumovitz who moved here from Dickson City, just north of Scranton, an area once dominated by coalmines.
Dawn Marie is the youngest of 3, including her brother, Joseph, BE ’81, a security guard and her sister, Elizabeth, BHS ’83, who works in accounting and payroll.
They live in Bristol Township but spend most of their time in the Borough!
Their children are football wide receiver/defensive back athlete Patrick Sean, Pennridge ‘00/BCCC, who is studying for the ACE personal training certification; Lax/basketball athlete Caitlin Gali, Quakertown ‘02/BCCC who is Transformations’ manager / orientation trainer and field hockey/basketball athlete Shannon Delia, Quakertown ‘07/Cabrini ’10.
His daughter Caitlin’s Type 1 diabetes diagnosis inspired Patrick to study how to manage diabetes with exercise.
“It prompted me to get into the clinical side [of fitness].”
Both sets of his grandparents immigrated to this country. The Mulherns are from the rugged and mountainous Donegal, Ireland and the Virgulti family are from the peaceful Province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy. A sister city relationship between the municipality of Spinetoli, province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy and the municipality of Bristol Borough, USA has recently been established.
Patrick’s brothers and sisters are professional jazz guitarist, John Austin, BE ’71; R.N. Maureen, BHS ’72, talent manager Daniel, BHS ’74; the twins, Microbiologist Colleen and R.N. Kathleen, BHS ’77 and Noreen, BC ’87, who has established a sales career at Pfizer, the research-based pharmaceutical company.
His family increased with his 10 stepbrothers and sisters.
A gentleman of many talents, Master Instructor Patrick is a Black Belt in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do ‘tangsudo’ [literally means "The Way of The Open Hand"]; White Glove in Savate, also known as boxe française or French boxing [the word savate is a French synonym for "shoe"] and an experienced mixed martial artist.
His MMA training was under the direct nurturing guidance of World Karate Hall of Fame Master Thomas McGonigle. During these eight years of instruction, he had the honor of training with some of the greatest fighters in the world, members of the Gracie and the Machado families, Grand Master Francisco Mansor, Black belt Professor Marcos Santos and legendary Savate Master Gilles le Duigou, President of the International Savate Federation (FIS).
His open mind is not limited by the rules of the past or hindered by a lack of imagination.
Patrick confirms, “I often consult for my clients with their physicians or health care providers to devise strategies that best serves the clients needs. This has led to developing relationships with some of the most prominent physicians and institutions on the East Coast, such as Dr. Morrison, NY, a protégé of Dr. Atkins or training under Elizabeth Larkams a protégé of Joseph Pilates. This unique approach has helped earn me the respect of the medical community, appreciating the fact that I come to them prepared with a medically supported strategy that starts with a conservative but progressive approach that fosters results.”
Personal Training Transformations, LLC boasts an accomplished staff of 14 employees and skilled trainers. Patrick knows from experience that it is imperative to surround oneself with loyal, dedicated, diligent people and he has been extremely fortune to find and develop this type of relationship with his staff.
Certified nursing assistant Ashley Noelle Dively, BCTHS ‘08/Manor College, has been working at Transformations for over 4 years and she teaches a “Power Pump” class.
Transformations - “It’s not just a name; it’s what we do!”
Transformations Women’s Fitness & Wellness Center is now located in Glamorous Life, a women’s-only club at 125 Mill Street. Women have access to two gyms with one membership.
Last May, Transformations and Patrick Mulhern helped the American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Association launch the inaugural Exercise is Medicine Month campaign. He was one of the first members of the PANA (Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity) in 2001.
“Despite our best efforts, words can’t express our gratitude enough for being affected as we’ve been in such a positive way!”
The 5 classic components of fitness are muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility, although there are other subsets like power and speed.
Experience the power! Don’t take life sitting down.
The battle that will make you a champion is mental not physical.
There is often a resistance to maintaining an exercise program, since it involves a lot of work. People just don't feel like it. Patrick will formulate a program you look forward to doing, not dread doing.
Be determined. Keep your program sustained!
Train your body. Use weight training, plyometrics, aerobic activities, proper diet, and sufficient rest to keep your body in top condition.
Train your mind. Keep learning new things, tackle new challenges, develop discipline and self-control, and learn to concentrate on the task at hand.
You’ll develop a strong body and a big, gorgeous, healthy brain!
Saturday “Yoga on the river” starts April 15th. De-stress the Saturday before and the Saturday after taxes for free!
Classes run until Historic Bristol Day.
Personal Training Transformations, L.L.C.
East Coast training center for Trikkes
400 Mill Street
Historic Bristol, PA 19007
Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
[Italicized sentences are excerpts of a Christmas message from Kelly and Andrew States.]
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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 4:00 am
Thomas J. Riley of Bristol passed away at his home
surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 6th, 2013.
He was 88.
Prior to moving to Bristol, Tom was a longtime Levittown resident.
He was born in Philadelphia to the late Thomas and Catherine Riley.
He was the beloved husband of Noreen Mulhern Riley and the late Anne O'Donnell Riley.
He was a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, Class of 1942.
Tom was a World War II veteran and a member of the 95th Infantry Division, the Iron Men of Metz.
He had an illustrious career as an executive in the printing industry.
Tom was co-founder of Levittown International Little League, where he also coached for many years and was instrumental in starting the CYO program at Immaculate Conception Church.
He was a devout member of St. Mark Church, Bristol.
Tom was an avid golfer and he and his wife traveled to many places around the world.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, first the Levittown council and later Bristol council, the Celtic Heritage Foundation, the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Division 1, Bristol.
In addition to his wife, Noreen, Tom is survived by his sons, Thomas (Christine), Gregory (Sandy), Dennis (Rosy), Patrick, Michael, Matthew, Gerard (Nancy), Timothy (Catherine); and his daughters, Lisa Keenan (Paul) and Jeanmarie Coppola (Randy), 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his seven step-children of the Mulhern family, John, Maureen Prewitt (Michael), Daniel (Lori), Kathleen Carey (Steve), Colleen Riccio, Patrick (Dawn), Noreen Daniels (Kent) and 15 grandchildren. Tom is survived by one brother, Richard Riley, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Westervelt and Vera Irwin.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at St. Mark Church, 1025 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa 19007. Viewing hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Interment in Washington Crossing National Cemetery will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.DAV.org or St. Mark Church, at the above address. Wade Funeral Home, Bristol