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Meet The Trainer: Peg Harmony

If you would like to train with Peg her contact info is below. For more information about joining the Manchester Athletic Club and training with Peg call 978-526-8900.



Peg Harmony  pharmony@manchesterathleticclub.com

Area of training expertise:

Functional Training

Why workout?:

To feel better about yourself both physically AND mentally.  To help you deal with and relieve stress whether it be personal or work related.

Favorite exercise:

Kettlebell Swings

Favorite easy to cook recipe:

Broiled scallops with sweet lime sauce 

Serves 4


    4 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
    1 pound bay or sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
    2 teaspoons grated lime peel
    1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


Preheat the broiler. Position the rack 4 inches from the heat source. Cover a broiler pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray generously with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice and oil. Add the scallops and toss gently to coat with the honey mixture.

Arrange the scallops in a single layer on the prepared broiler pan or baking sheet. Broil until opaque throughout when tested with a tip of a knife, about 5 minutes. Turn the scallops over and broil for another minute.

Divide the scallops onto 4 warmed plates. Pour any juices from the broiler pan or baking sheet over the scallops. Sprinkle with grated lime peel and serve with a lime wedge.

Meet the Trainer: Mary Grazen-Browne

If you would like to train with Mary Grazen-Browne her contact info is below. For more information about joining the Manchester Athletic Club and training with Mary Grazen-Browne call 978-526-8900.



Mary Grazen-Browne MEd. RHNP      mgrazenbrowne@manchesterathleticclub.com

Area of training expertise: 

Background as a Physical Education and Health Teacher in Gloucester and Manchester Public/Private Schools.  Expertise, Registered Nutritionist, certified Wellness coach, Pre-diabetic/Diabetic Educator  assisting individuals in prevention of age related disease through healthy lifestyle choices.

Why opt for a healthier lifestye? 

Lifestyle is a combination of eating whole balanced foods, exercising and stress reduction.  Understanding and keeping these in balance will prevent disease, increase your energy, help reduce or eliminate medications and more, as well as give you a greater quality of life!

Favorite exercise:

I love to exercise- mostly outdoors in activites that I enjoy- biking, walking, kayaking.  When the outdoors isn’t available I like Zumba, Group Fitness class, yoga.  I practice eating well , avoiding sugar and processed white flour, indulging once in a while- all in moderation.

Favorite easy to cook recipe:

I like to keep it simple, with an occasional all out complicated recipe. 

Here are some of favorite staple ‘go to’ recipes which really don’t need any directions to follow. 

Eggs whites plus one whole egg ,fresh/ frozen organic broccoli and onions,tomato for breakfast

lunch organic black bean soup or homemade chicken sausage/lentil/kale soup,  (sautee in EVOO, cut up mild/or spicy chicken sausage and chopped onion,  add organic low salt chicken broth, cup of lentils, torn up kale pieces  simmer about 30-40 minutes) 

dinner stir fried green veggies(broccoli, asparagus, beans etc), onions,celery, garlic, chicken breast and hoisin sauce-

Meet the Trainer: Nikki Parisi

See that smile?  Looks can deceive you.  This woman will kick your ass.  (That’s what I hear anyway)  Oh and in a good way.  People serious about working out seek out Nikki because they know she’s not messing around.  You want results? It’s go-time with Nikki Parisi.

If you would like to train with Nikki her contact info is below. For more information about joining the Manchester Athletic Club and training with Nikki call 978-526-8900



Nikki Parisi   nlucido@manchesterathleticclub.com

Area of training expertise:

Multi-tasking(working more than one body part at a time)

Why workout?:

     To feel good, look good, and stay healthy

Favorite exercise:

I can’t pick just one, I love lower body exercises, and planks, planks, and more planks!

Favorite easy to cook recipe:


1 (3 pound)whole chicken
1/2 cup uncooked rice (I use brown)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
•    3egg, beaten
•    2lemons, juiced


1.    Rinse the chicken and remove any organs that may be inside. Place in a pot large enough for the chicken to move around, but not too much room or the broth will be watery. Add the chicken neck if that is included with your chicken. Fill with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Cover and bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, skimming the fat from the top as it collects.
2.    When the chicken is done, the meat should pull from the bones easily. Transfer the bird to a large bowl and set aside to cool. Add the rice, and season the broth with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 20 more minutes, or until rice is tender.
3.    Whisk the eggs with the lemon juice in a bowl. When the rice is done, turn off the heat. Whisk one ladle full of hot broth into the eggs slowly so the eggs do not curdle. Gradually whisk in more broth until the egg mixture is heated. Then pour the egg mixture back into the pot, whisking briskly. The result should be a creamy, cloudy looking soup. You may season with additional salt, pepper or lemon juice at this point.
4.    You may add pieces of chicken to the soup before serving or serve soup with salted chicken on the side.
•    PREP 15 mins
•    COOK 1 hr
•    READY IN 1 hr15 mins

•    The soup should be filling, salty and slightly sour, so I use 2 juicy lemons although the flavor may be too sour for non-Greeks. Grocery store lemons tend to not be as juicy as organic lemons or lemons from a Hispanic/Mexican grocery store.