Congrats to our Client of the Month in Somerville: Rachel Waltemyer!
Allentown, PA, I guess, (see Billy Joel’s “Allentown”, however, the lyrics describe the neighboring town, Bethlehem, where I was born, more so than Allentown, but Allentown is easier to rhyme)
I was feeling pretty down on myself, which wasn’t unprecedented, but I desperately wanted to change my trajectory. My fitness level was on a steady decline for about 10 years. I was never very good at committing to a fitness regimen, not for the long term. I needed something different that would motivate me and help me get back into running (which I have, yay!!), get me out of bed in the morning, and get me to stop pinning workouts I was never going to do to the secret “You Fat” pinterest board I’d created.
1 year as of this month (April 2017)
I work in pharmacovigilance, which is basically the group of folks at a pharmaceutical company who do their best to ensure that the medications are as safe for people as possible. I seem to be married to this Doug person who follows me to DPT sometimes, but then I don’t see him for days at a time… due to our opposing work schedules. My parents still live in Allentown, and I’m the middle child of two siblings, my younger sister is a hipster in Brooklyn (she works at a bookstore) and my brother is an ER nurse/lumberjack outdoorsman who is late for everything because he has to go to the gym first. I have 2 cats, they ensure my life is full of chaos, and they LOVE that I’m trying to teach myself violin. I would rather be camping, chopping wood, knitting, playing guitar, cooking, or driving cars with standard transmission…also drinking scotch than most other things. Notably, I tend to enjoy learning things myself, usually the hard way.
I was apparently a bit of a problem as a young child. I was impossible to discipline – if my mother put me in time out and left me there I would just walk away. I pulled over our fish tank, told my mother I wanted beer for breakfast, flooded our kitchen, ate all the chocolate from my brother’s advent calendar, cut the cat’s whiskers off and tried to give him a shower. I once “fell” off a bridge into a creek (intentionally because we were forbidden from wading, but I wanted to go in the water) … I’m sure my mother would be happy to tell stories about my other misadventures – if I had been the first born, I would have no siblings.
Nowadays, kettle bell snatches and cleans, because they’re all in kgs and I like the metric system. Also, they seemed impossible to me when I first started at the gym both from a weight standpoint and perhaps even more due to the coordination of the movements; I’ve never been particularly coordinated. I also like ab work, it’s always a challenging.
This might sound minor, but for me, I think it is consistency. The fact that, pretty much every week, I wake up at 4:50am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and somehow manage to get the early-morning-zombie version of myself to the gym; that is huge for me – and, bonus for the rest of the world, I’m a much happier more functional person after my work-outs than mornings when I go straight to work.
The people I work out with at 6a on weekdays are a huge motivator – I’m always impressed by everyone’s progress and ability. It makes me want to keep challenging myself – but on the tough days it just makes me wish I wanted to challenge myself. I also have to give props to the awesome DPT trainers and my brother.
I’m inspired, generally, by places that aren’t cities – i.e. nature, and people who are able to get over themselves and do their own thing.
If you’re thinking about joining – do it, jump in, blindfolded with both feet. Make it happen, you’ll be happier and stronger.
If you’ve just joined, the first few weeks may be super challenging and at times scary and intimidating. Know this, you will get stronger in spite of yourself and there’s no reason to be intimidated by the people doing plyo push-ups, holding a one legged-plank on a physio-ball, or swinging super heavy kettlebells – a) they’re not judging you, they know what it’s like to be you (plus it’s really hard to do plyo push-ups so they’re not really noticing much else) and b) if you’re consistent, you’ll be them soon enough.
Also, do the nutrition program.
Congrats to our March Client of the Month in Manchester: Amy Weibel!
Something needed to change. I was always tired, embarrassed of having my picture taken. My knee issues were causing a severe decline in my quality of life.
Since July of 2016! Not quite a Manchester OG but close.
I am a learning advisor, which means I consult with the business, design, curate, build, and sometimes facilitate new learning programs. I am an older/middle child. If you look at any of those descriptions of what those mean they totally describe me. I have a ton of nieces and nephews, and an amazing husband that some ladies in the nutrition program have gotten to meet. When I get home I feel a little like Ace Ventura.. 4 cats 3 dogs and a 75g fish tank ( I used to have 4 tanks…) fun fact about my pets is we only have one cat that we were the first owners of everyone else was adopted in one way or another. With the latest puppy only being with her previous owner for a little over a month.
I have impromptu dance parties with my dogs while doing chores when my husband is not home.
It used to be the single handed KB swings with the switch because they seen so dangerous.. Now I am liking squats because they help me build muscle to support my knees and who does not like to have more muscles in their thighs… thick thighs save lives
Being able to do lunges of any kind. I came to DPT unable to make it up my stairs unassisted most days it was to the point my husband and I were trying to find a house with out steps.
Everyone here my night crew ladies always help me out to keep going or push me to want to try something that is harder than I think I can do.
Just do it. It will be one of the best decisions of your life. Keep going it gets better never easier( the trainers find ways to keep you challenged). Get rid of your scale it lies. Use the measurements they take at the gym and how you feel as your measurement of progress. Everyone has set backs don’t use them as a crutch learn from them and surpass them.
Congrats to our February Client of the Month at Manchester!
1. What is your hometown? Goffstown
2. What brought you to DPT? I’m not sure if it was a mid-life crisis or an a-ha moment. Last year after I turned 40, I was looking in the mirror and realized that I had no idea who was staring back at me. I couldn’t find a gym that worked for me, I’ve tried them all. When I had heard through Emily that DPT was opening a gym in Manchester, I thought “Ok, I’ll give it a chance”. So I signed up for the 6 week trial and I haven’t looked back. I’ve found more then a gym in DPT, I’ve found a community of support and friends.
3. How long have you been training with us? Since it opened in May of last year.
4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc). My husband, Adam, and I have two amazing kids: Ryder 8 and Peyton 6. They keep us on our toes and moving. We have an almost 1 year old pup, Evie and 8 chickens (only Ryder knows their names)! Adam and I are both from the Manchester area so we have lots of family and friends around. During the day I work as a Clinical Trials Program Manager.
5. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I love roller coasters, the faster the better!
6. What is your favorite exercise and why? Sleds, they help me realize how strong I’ve become. Load on the weight because if you don’t, one of the trainers will jump on and you’ll be pushing them across the gym!
7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far? If I have to pick one I’d have to say push ups. When I first started I could barely do 5 in a row on my knees, now I’m on my toes for full sets even elevated!
8. What inspires and motivates you? My family and health. My kids are getting older and faster. If I can’t keep up with them, I need to be able to keep them in my sights.
9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Just try it. If you’re not sure do one of the trials that Callie offers. Oh, and make sure you come to at least one, 5:30 am class during the week. Because that is really the best class:-)
Congrats to our February Client of the Month at Somerville!
What is your hometown?
I was born in Mauritius (small island in the Indian Ocean, near Madagascar, which is part of Africa) but I call Boston my hometown, having lived here for almost 15 years.
What brought you to DPT?
How long have you been training with us?
What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)
I’m a mom of identical twin boys, Benjamin and Oliver – we are a trilingual family and their names are the same in English, French and Italian. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Cell Metabolism”, which publishes really cool research on exercise amongst other topics. I have 2 stunningly beautiful cats, Mitzy and Whiskey. “Mitzy” means “kitty” in german and is British. Whiskey is a Bostonian; his belly fur is light brown with flecks of gold, like a fine whiskey. I am part of an awesome drinking group with a running problem, the Slumbrew Happy Soles and keep finding myself at road races, without knowing how.
What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
I wanted to be a writer and used to write short stories; I haven’t completely abandoned this dream.
What is your favorite exercise and why?
Besides putting the kettlebells away at the end of the session? Hmmm, I don’t think I have a favorite exercise, I “like/dislike” them all equally.
What is your biggest gym achievement so far?
Slogging through Callie’s pull-up program and getting to do pull-ups. 22 min plank was also pretty tough. Surviving Billy?
What inspires and motivates you?
Everyday people doing the best they can with the cards they have.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT?
Try it; don’t argue for your limitations.
Congrats to our March 2014 Client of the Month, Sam Godin!
Sam just celebrated her 1 year anniversary with the Durbrow Performance family and what a transformation she has had.
When I first met Sam, I knew she was going to crush it. We had a long talk about how fed up she was and how she was ready for a change. I could just see the fire and I knew she would change her life.
Like most of us, the change has not been easy, full of struggles that are more mental than physical, but Sam has persevered like a champ.
Since November Sam has lost 26 inches, including 8 inches off her hips alone. This doesn’t even include the clothing size she has dropped since dialing in her nutrition in the last 6 weeks.
We chose Sam for the Client of the Month in March because that fire that I saw in March of 2013, it was back. Every single workout Sam has come to play. She’s been lifting heavy, pushing sleds like a maniac and keeping up with her conditioning workouts at home, which had previously been a bit of a struggle.
I’m so proud of this lady and I know the journey is really just starting.
Congrats Sam, you deserve it!
Congrats to our February Client of the Month, Barbara Langone!
Barbara has been training with the Durbrow Performance family since May of 2013. She came in after winning a month of training at a fundraiser from some of her fellow Constant Contact co-workers. Right off the bat she fit in perfectly, a great mix of being fun and laid back but when it comes to the training sessions, she goes into beast mode.
Every session Barbara is focused and she’s so easy to coach. She is patient with herself but always willing to push and use a bigger kettlebell or just a little bit more weight on the Prowler. She has improved her upper body strength tremendously and in her first 6 weeks alone she lost 8 pounds of body fat and 10 inches.
In the next 10 weeks she lost another 7 pounds of body fat and 4 more inches.
She has overall been one of our most consistent and hard working clients but in the last month this effort really shined through. Tom, Emily and I all agreed that she is one of the easiest clients to coach and we love the effort and attitude.
Congrats again Barbara, you deserve it!
Congratulations to our January 2014 Training Client of the Month, Sarah Deschaine!
Since starting at Durbrow Performance back in 2012 Sarah has become one of our most consistent clients with one of the most amazing transformations.
Sarah came in with some exercise experience, doing mostly classes at her local gym. She started with a 21 day trial and with all intentions to just go back to her regular gym after the three weeks were up.
I guess that didn’t happen 🙂
Sarah has completely transformed her life, from not only exercise and healthy eating but in the mental aspect as well.
She has learned how to push herself past her limits, how to fuel her body with the right foods and how sleep and stress can affect the training sessions (and she’s managing those things even better now).
I could have given the Black T-shirt to Sarah many, many times over the last two years. She is consistent with pretty much perfect attendance, she gives 100% in each session and never just goes through the motions, she brings out the best in herself and in others and I love training with her during our Sunday Strength days because our small group of ladies has really become a great team and it’s awesome to get to interact with them on a deeper level each week.
I could go on and on about how much weight Sarah has lost and how many inches she’s dropped but that’s really just surface stuff. When you truly change your life, that’s major work, and Sarah has done that.
I’m so proud of Sarah’s transformation, congratulations Sarah and thanks for always showing up with a smile, an ass kicking attitude and for always following my directions when I write emails 🙂
Congratulations to our November 2013 Client of the Month, Jen Brock!
Jen has been training at Durbrow Performance since April of 2013 and she has truly been one of our most dedicated clients.
Jen came in with a very specific set of goals and since the beginning, she has accomplished those and more. She has run two Boston Marathons and even came in to train the next day.
Jen pushes herself during every training session her strength has gone through the roof, in part to her consistent training and also her focus during each exercise.
Jen is always striving to improve with the little things and improve not just her workouts, but her lifestyle in general. We chat a lot about nutrition, sleep and how to optimize all of these factors when working in a stressful and unpredictable job like Jen has.
She’s not only a dedicated member of our training team but she uses her passion and her willingness to help others as an amazing nurse at MGH.
In addition to pushing herself and improving during every training session, Jen is always there to lend some encouragement or a kind word to a fellow training member, or to harass John Pham or Dr. Dave to use more weight 🙂
Another amazing thing about Jen is that she brings me all kinds of goodies and writes the best thank you cards!
Congratulations Jen, you deserve this!
Congratulations to our October 2013 Client of the Month, Victoria Aviles!
Victoria has been training at Durbrow Performance since January of 2013. She came in and immediately I knew she would be a hard worker. She asked a lot of great questions about her goals, where she should be in terms of body fat percentage, and exactly what it would take to get her there.
During the training sessions Victoria is always focused, always attentive to her form and never hesitates to make the exercise more challenging with a heavier Kettlebell, some chains or more weight on the Prowler.
Since she started with our training family, Victoria has improved her overall body composition through adding some awesome lean muscle and getting stronger and stronger by the week.
In October specifically, Victoria was in total beast mode. She came to each session with a focus to get better. Every single week she increased her weights on all the exercises, she improved her TRX Row technique to where she is just about parallel to the floor under the anchor point and is rocking the orange band on assisted pull ups which means she’s almost ready for a body weight pull up 🙂
Be sure to give Victoria a big congratulations when you see her in the gym.
Thanks for being an awesome part of our training family and keep up the great work!