Finding Inspiration Together with... Trish DeBerry
Updated: Jan 16
As the President/CEO of The DeBerry Group, a Candidate for Bexar County Commissioners Court, Precinct 3, and the mother of two active teens, Trish DeBerry has a full plate. How does this 54-year-old powerhouse juggle it all and still make time for fitness? She realizes that in order to take care of everyone else, you must first take care of yourself.
Have you always led a physically active lifestyle?
Fitness has always been a critical component of my life. I was active in sports when I was young playing competitive softball and tennis, dance team in high school, and then a step aerobics addict in the 80’s and 90’s. I began combining cardio with strength training shortly after the birth of my second child. I recently discovered my new addiction, JoyRide Cycle and Fitness, when it first opened in the fall of 2014, and I also have a Peloton Bike at home when I can’t get to the studio.
How often do you exercise and what types of exercises do you enjoy?
Spinning has become my favorite form of exercise because I love music and dance, and spinning is like dancing on a bike. I try to spin at least 4-5 times a week at 5:30 a.m. before my day starts. I also incorporate strength training with a personal trainer 3 days a week, typically at lunchtime or whenever I can fit it into my busy schedule. Ropes, kettle bells, TRX, sleds, boxing - he throws it all at me! I also enjoy difficult hikes in gorgeous places like Jackson Hole, Wyoming. At that altitude, you have to be in damn good shape.
What is your "why?"
My “why” is definitely first and foremost…being around my children. I had kids later in life (ages 37 and 40) and I want to ensure that I am fit enough to keep up with them by participating in sports and activities here at home and when we travel. A close second is stress relief due to the crazy hours and demands of my job.
As a successful businesswoman, community leader, and mother how do you manage to make fitness a priority?
At some point, you have to put yourself first without feeling guilty. I am such a happier, healthier person because I make working out a priority. Most importantly, it helps me manage the stress in my life. The deepest, most gratifying breaths I take are right after I work out, as I tell myself I am ready to conquer anything the day holds.
Do you think that your healthy lifestyle has influenced your family?
Without a doubt! My son plays football and baseball, and works out daily at a Crossfit gym or lifts weights in our garage. My daughter is in a competitive cheer program at Alamo Heights and is an incredibly strong tumbler. They have never known me not to have a workout as a part of my daily routine. I used to take them to the gym with me when they were little and they still remember that.
What advice would you offer other women who want to make health and fitness more of a priority in their own lives?
You are enough and you are worth it! We have to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others in our lives.