Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Somerville: Jess Romeo!
What is your hometown? Birmingham, AL
What brought you to DPT? I originally came 3 years ago when I was trying to get in shape for my wedding (and I did), but I stopped going after the wedding was over. This time I came back because I needed a change in my sedentary lifestyle, and knew these workouts and this community would give me the kickstart I needed to feel more energetic, confident, strong, and get the ball rolling on some weight loss. All of those things have come true!
How long have you been training with us? A little over 4 months.
What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) . In the real world, I’m in school to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I’m also a clinical social worker and part-time softball pitching coach. I’m married to another DPTer, Rachel Romeo, who is a rockstar neuroscience Ph.D candidate at Harvard/MIT. We live in Somerville with our two cats, Maya and Shea.
What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I took up acrylic painting about 5 years ago and started selling some of my work in the past year. I mostly do abstract cityscapes, and I haven’t found the time lately to paint much, but it’s fun! Definitely a great stress reliever.
What is your favorite exercise and why? Hmmmm. Definitely strength-based things that involve some skill and good form. I think it’s a tie at the moment between trap bar dead lifts and kettlebell clean & press. They’re hard, but in such a good way.
What is your biggest gym achievement so far? In the past few weeks, I’ve started to be able to lift heavier weights than I think I ever have, even when I was a college athlete. Being able to do that makes me feel like a superhero or something. It’s cool.
What inspires and motivates you? Seeing myself and other DPTers be able to do things that we couldn’t do just a few months earlier.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Join. And if you just joined, stay. I’ve never been part of such a supportive community of trainers and fellow gym-goers. My 3x/week training sessions are a big part of my life now, and even though I haven’t reached end goals with regard to fat loss and all of those cosmetic things, I know that I’ll get there, and along the way, I’m feeling more confident and powerful in my own skin. That feeling is pretty priceless.
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Heather Armstrong!
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Somerville: Amy Blackey!
What is your hometown? I grew up in Sanbornton, NH, a small town in the Lakes Region.
What brought you to DPT? I moved to Somerville about a year before and hadn’t really been working out at all. I had seen some ads for DPT but was nervous to try out a new gym. I finally decided to give the 2 week challenge a try. After only a few workouts, I knew it was a place I wanted to stay at.
How long have you been training with us? I started with a 2 week challenge in April so 5 months!
What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)? In the real world I work as a clinical lab tech for a pediatric genomics company. I also like to be crafty (I love Pinterest), lately I have been knitting a lot, and enjoy hiking. I have a very friendly black cat named Weasley.
What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I love dogs but don’t have one yet. A few times a week I take a walk on my lunch break so I can pass by the dog park and see some puppies.
What is your favorite exercise and why? I really enjoy trap bar dead lifts or any heavy lifting exercise. It makes me feel strong and I love being able to increase the weight and know that I am getting stronger.
What is your biggest gym achievement so far? I think my biggest achievement so far is that I have stuck with it. I often start a gym routine out strong and my interest and motivation fade so sticking with it for 5 months is an achievement for me!
What inspires and motivates you? Great coaches and people to work out with! It seems like everything is just a little bit easier and more fun when you get to do it in a group. Whenever I am struggling to push myself during a workout it is really inspiring to look around and see a bunch of other people working hard!
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Just do it! The accountability and community at DPT is what makes it special. As someone who was very intimidated to work out in a group, I have never felt out of place at DPT and am so happy I made the decision to try it out!
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Brandis Dohman!
1. What is your hometown? Wilkes-Barre, PA
2. What brought you to DPT? Facebook ad and not bouncing back from baby # 2 like I did with #1.
3. How long have you been training with us? Almost 9 months
4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) I am a sales manager for a vaccine manufacturer so I manage 8 sales reps covering MA, VT, ME and NH. I’m married with 2 daughters (I think everyone has met Bri!) and we have a 3 year old yellow lab named Wilson.
5. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I once won a dance contest aboard a pirate ship while on vacation.
6. What is your favorite exercise and why? I really enjoyed running and sleds until I experienced shin splits. Myself and my daughter enjoy the sled pushes (family bonding). Flipping and hitting the tire is cool. I really enjoy my time at the gym because it’s time for me to focus on myself and not think about work or any of the other millions of things I need to do.
7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far? Well, being recognized for client of the month and transformation Tuesday during my tenure is pretty cool. Honestly, just getting healthier, faster and stronger is what it’s all about for me. Being able to carry both my girls at one time or carry either one of them for long periods of time when they are tired (I’d never be able to do that before joining DPT). I’d still like to get an unassisted chin up one day and go higher on my box jumps though.
8. What inspires and motivates you? I think that I’m a naturally driven person who wants to perform well. However, most importantly, being healthy and strong for my family and helping others along the way. I will be coaching Brielle’s soccer team so Saturday sessions are going to be out for me for a while but being able to teach the kids some exercises and stretches should be interesting.
9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Just show up! Just like it says on the door when you walk in. You’ve done the hard part, let the DPT family take it from there and stick with it! Go at your own pace and don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help. Good luck, you got this!
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Somerville: Christine Huard!
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Lori Kjellander!
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Somerville: Sarah Baker!
What is your hometown? Farmington, CT
What brought you to DPT? I woke up one day and didn’t recognize myself in the mirror anymore. I didn’t like the trajectory I was on, and I knew I deserved more for myself. I needed to make it a priority, but having never been “athletic” I knew I needed some guidance to be able to turn it around. I heard about DPT just when I needed it, and perhaps more importantly, just when I was ready for it – some things are just meant to be.
How long have you been training with us? A little more than 2 years.
What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) I run Support and Ticketing for a flight booking app called Hopper that predicts airfare prices.
What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I learned how to ride a bike this year at 30 – but still can’t do a cartwheel.
What is your favorite exercise and why? I really love single leg deadlifts and bulgarian split squats, but I’m also developing a new fondness for toes to bar every since finally hitting my toes to the bar a couple of weeks ago.
What is your biggest gym achievement so far? There are too many to name! Pounds of fat and countless inches lost, confidence built, friendships made, half marathons run (I couldn’t/wouldn’t run a mile in high school), sticking with this for 2+ years, are all some that come to mind.
What inspires and motivates you? I’m a work in progress. I see that as part of my identity now. Anything I can do to push myself a little more, to get a little better, in any area of my life, is something that I prioritize now. Seeing the progress in myself and others at DPT is infectious.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? It will be the best decision you ever make for yourself.
Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Caryn Raymond!
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.