Meet Mary “Overachiever” O’Donnell

Enjoy our new segment in the Weekly Grind so you can meet and learn more about our fighters! First up, meet Mary “Overachiever” O’Donnell (5th from the left in the photo above).

  1. When were you diagnosed with Parkinson’s?

    February 2012

  2. When did you start coming to 110 Fitness?


  3. What’s your favorite class or activity at 110?

    I have 2 favorites – I love the drumming and the mitt work.

  4. What do(did) you do for work?

    Before my children were born, I worked in NYC for Citicorp as a computer systems analyst.  Then I took many, many years off to raise my children.  Once they were all in high school, I taught Nursery School.

  5. What would you like us to know about you and your family?

    My family is the best and they are what motivate me to fight back. I have the most amazing husband who supports me 110%. I have five children who all do different things.  One is self employed content writer living in Greece.  One is a vascular surgeon in NYC.  Another is teaching naval navigation at the surface warfare school in Newport (he served 6 years in the Navy).  Another is a librarian and is the head of children’s department in Melrose.  And last, one is working in the marketing department of a start up tech firm in  Ireland and just had a publishing company buy the rights to his first novel, to be published in Spring, 2025.

    We also have 7 beautiful grandchildren that are a lot of fun! We are truly blessed.

  6. Any fun hobbies you’d like to share?

    Line dancing, crafting, fishing, boating, skiing.

  7. How has 110 Fitness impacted your life outside of the gym?

    110 Fitness has enriched my life outside the gym.  Because of Brett and Anna and all the wonderful programs and fitness training they provide,  I am living a full life with Parkinson’s.  I am able to do everything I want to because of 110 Fitness.  It  is an amazing community and I am thankful everyday that I found it!