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April Client of the Month: Jamie Khavari

Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Jamie Khavari!


  1. What is your hometown? Billerica, Mass.
  2. What brought you to DPT? I had been going through the motions every day at the gym at work, but knew I needed a change. I wasn’t pushing myself at all and not seeing much in the way of results.
  3. How long have you been training with us? 1 year, first crew signed up in Manchester.
  4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) I’ve worked for MPD since 2005 and currently work in the Domestic Violence Unit. I’m happily married to the woman of my dreams. No pets but that’s only due to current restrictions by landlord, there will definitely be a doggy in our future. 
  5. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I volunteer for Caregivers which is an organization that assists senior citizens to maintain their independence, because I love the oldies!
  6. What is your favorite exercise and why? TRX rows, because they make me feel strong when I’m done.
  7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far? Getting stronger with squats, still have a long way to go, but have definitely made gains.
  8. What inspires and motivates you? My wife inspires me, she is always working on making herself a better person, which makes me want to do the same. I’ve always been blessed to have motivation on hand when I decide to do something, I can’t really say where it comes from.
  9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? I would definitely recommend DPT, the group setting and accountability are key. For anyone just joining, I would just say to keep coming. I’d like to say the classes get easier, but they don’t, but if you do the work you’ll see and feel results.

April Client of the Month: Marivic Cruz

Congratulations to our April Client of the Month in Somerville: Marivic Cruz!


  1. What is your hometown? San Francisco, CA

  2. What brought you to DPT? I was looking for a gym that’ll challenge me physically and that offered a nutrition program. 

  3. How long have you been training with us? 7 months! 

  4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) I’m a first time mom, with a 19 month old daughter, a wife, and a marketing professional at Boston University.  

  5. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I love emojis 😍🙃😘

  6. What is your favorite exercise and why? I love doing dead lifts on the trap bar! I love seeing my progression on how heavy I can lift! 

  7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far? Being able to feel comfortable and confident that I’m getting stronger and being smarter about my nutrition. 

  8. What inspires and motivates you? My family is everything. They inspire and motivate me to become the best version of me in everything I do. 

  9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Joining DPT was an investment I made in myself and my return was a stronger and confident me. With an added bonus of being part of close knit community and having trainers that fully support your success. 

March Client of the Month: Amy Weibel

Congrats to our March Client of the Month in Manchester: Amy Weibel!

  1. What is your hometown?

Hudson NH


  1. What brought you to DPT?

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.


  1. How long have you been training with us?

Since July of 2016! Not quite a Manchester OG but close.


  1. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)

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.


  1. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

I have impromptu dance parties with my dogs while doing chores when my husband is not home.


  1. What is your favorite exercise and why?

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


  1. What is your biggest gym achievement so far?

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.


  1. What inspires and motivates you?

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.


  1. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT?

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.

What DO You Want?

I work with a lot of women.

And one of the most common questions that I ask them is this:

“What do you want?”

The most common answers?

To lose weight”

“To have more energy”

“To tone up my ______ (insert popular body
part here

The problem?

This ISN’T actually what they want at all…

Because the second I ask them WHY they want this?

I get completely different answers:

“So I can have more confidence”

“So I can stop feeling stressed”

“So I’m in control of my happiness”

See, most people focus on the WRONG things. They convince themselves that they want

When the truth is…

They just want that ‘something’ to facilitate something else.

Luckily, I’ve been in this game long enough to identify this at an early stage.

And it’s ONE of the many things that we teach in our programs.

If you’re tired of focusing on the WRONG thing?

And you’d like clarity on what you DO want?

Click on the link below:

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This is INSANE

The definition of insanity is often said to be doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Think about that one for a second…

Are you doing that with your eating and your fitness?

You DO want to lose weight…

So why are you doing the same thing over and over again, struggling to get results?

This is a tough love kind of question-

How is that working for you?

I am not saying this from a place of judgement but from a place of empathy and understanding. I get it.

I do the same things that you do. I am stubborn, I try to do shit on my own, I don’t ask for help and a lot of the time. I get stuck in my own head and tell stories about why I can’t accomplish something.

I’m human.

You’re human.

But we’re not insane….

So we need to stop acting like it. Again, this is tough love for you.

If what you say you want is REALLY what you want, then why are you doing the same thing in order to get it?

Time for something different.

Getting back to basics is one of the best ways to start this process. Take a look at a few baseline areas of your life. If adjusted, these can make a big impact on many other areas. I call these cornerstone habits because they often push other things into a positive direction.

Strength & Conditioning Workouts 3x a week
3-4 servings of vegetables per day
Structure around your training (aka scheduled)
Accountability (a group training setting)

Do you have these things dialed in? If not, that’s where you start. Create a rule or non-negotiable around each one so it gets done, no questions asked, no stories told.

It seems simple and I know you want a better, more flashy answer. That’s not the way to get real results. Stick to the basics, work the process and tweak along the way. That’s it.

The Farmer Versus The Fireman

Do you know the difference between a fireman
and a farmer?

Weird question I know….but stay with me here.

Fireman = totally awesome and brave of course.

BUT, they come in once there’s an emergency and put it out. It’s not planned, it’s not expected and it’s certainly not welcomed.

A farmer = planning, process, patience and trust in the process.

See a farmer doesn’t always know exactly how the crop will grow and it certainly doesn’t grow overnight.

But he has a plan, he follows it step by step each week and each day and he has faith in the process.

He’s not running out and changing the plan when he doesn’t see the corn popping up out of the ground after only two days.

(kind of like what we do when we’re on a “diet” and we don’t see results right away)

We become more like the fireman- burn it down, put it out and start over.

Emergency mode

How many times have you done that?

A lot, I’d guess….

So how can you be more like the farmer?

First off you need a plan. You need someone that can coach you on the plan, keep you on track and ensure that you have faith.

That coach that can help you just trust the process, track your progress and show you the incremental change which will ensure that you get long lasting results instead of a quick fix.

Sounds better than another diet that won’t last, right?

Once you have the coach and the system to just continuously follow, without second guessing yourself, then you can focus on the little things. The little things are not fancy or sexy but they are the staples of any successful program or lifestyle.

-drink more water
-strength train
-get enough sleep
-move your body daily
-lower your stress levels

Nothing revolutionary here, but it’s just simple work, day in and day out. Stay consistent, stay compliant and don’t burn it all to the ground if you have a rough day. Simply get back into the plan that you set for yourself and have faith in the result.

What DO You Want?

I was listening to a podcast recently and they talked about this exercise in determining your goals. I wanted to share it with you.

There are three steps to it….

The first step is to write down what you want. Do this in one category at a time, aka in weight loss and then in your personal or family life, financial, etc.

You get the idea. Just don’t try to lump all your goals into on place.

Once you write everything down that you want, and you’ve really dug into it, go to the second step.

Write down all the obstacles and things that are stopping you from getting what you want.

Then, the third and final step is to write down which of those obstacles are in your control.

You’ll find that many of them are NOT.

It’s just stories and “stuff” that we manifest in our heads.

This just gives you a clearer picture about what you can actually accomplish and what’s standing in your way. Look at the things that ARE standing in your way and think about how you can create a plan or lifestyle to work around them.

For many of us, it’s creating a habit around that one thing.

Not working out on your own? (so boring, BTW)

Skipping the gym because there’s no accountability?

Not sure if you’re doing the right stuff?

Spinning your wheels and not actually getting any results?

You can create a habit around this….join a program that hold you to that higher standard, gives you the structure and creates accountability around the habit of training and on the goals that you want to accomplish.

I get it, it’s a big step, big change and an investment to hire a coach.

My question to you though is, do you want the same results you’ve always had? If so, keep doing what you’re doing.

If you’re ready for something different, you have to DO something different.

That’s where our 14 Day Fat Furnace comes in. It’s just $87 and you’ll come train with us 3-4 times per week, you’ll get a step by step plan for your food and most importantly, you’ll get positive momentum and the belief that you CAN do it.

Click the link below to apply (we start March 30th, you’ll get all the details once you’re accepted).

If you’re in the Manchester area, click here <<<<—–

If you’re in the Somerville area, click here <<<<—–

You’re the BEST

When I was a kid I LOVED The Karate Kid. Still one of the best movies ever, if you ask

“You’re The Best” is one of my go-to work out songs.

Karate Kid II, not bad….the music still rocks though…Glory of Love 🙂

Enough nostalgia and memory lane for this 80’s child, what’s my point today?

Well, it’s a classic story of lost student, struggling, messing up their life.

And the most common trait, thinking they can do it on their own.

In comes Mr Miyagi…

What does Daniel see in him? This old crazy guy who doesn’t “get it”

Whose methods are too simple. I mean Daniel wants to learn how to FIGHT and kick some ass.

Not grab flies with chop sticks and wax the hood of a car.

I see it every day with our “students”

They want to kick ass and fight on day one (not literally of course, we aren’t THAT kind of gym).

In other words they want to run before they can crawl.

They haven’t set the small goals yet, mastered the mundane tasks (like logging food, drinking water).

I’m not going to lie to you- it’s not the sexy stuff that gets you results.

It’s the daily actions that build up and become habits, which lead to results and ultimately your life.

I’m not saying you will live every day in a boring state of eating chicken and broccoli only.

Hell no

The ultimate goal is to work out hard, look awesome, feel like a bad ass AND drink wine.


So let me ask you this….what are you DOING on a daily basis that’s getting you toward that goal?

Are you catching flies with chop sticks and waxing cars- learning the practices that put you into a position of results and power?

Or are you jumping from program to program and ending up like Daniel, getting his butt kicked in the desert?

Meaning you are getting NO results and just falling flat on your face, getting discouraged more and more each time.

I know the answer already, because I see it every day.

And that’s OKAY. I get it.

What’s the solution?

I’m so glad you asked….

I created my program for women exactly like you, who want to be strong, confident, bad
ass AND have a life.

If you are in the Somerville area and want to get started with this, simply click the link below and book yourself in for a strategy session with me.

-We’ll talk about your goals
-How we can help
-We’ll come up with a master pan
-We’ll get some initial measurements
-We’ll discuss nutrition, lifestyle, stress, etc (we want to get the whole picture)

Then, if we decide we are a good fit to work together- I’ll let you in on our 21 Day Academy….

PLUS my “feeling generous” extra 7 day bonus, which expires on Monday 3/6

Click here to get started:


If you’re in the Manchester area, we have an upcoming 21 day challenge as well. This registration CLOSES on Monday 3/6 but you can apply here for the last 3 spots…

January Durbrow Performance Client of the Month: Lisa Davis

  1. What is your hometown?

    Somerville, MA represent 🙂

  2. What brought you to DPT?

    Wanting to be a better me, needing an outlet and just pursuing and going after being overall healthy

  3. How long have you been training with us?

    Since late May of 2016

  4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)

    Partner of Sugar Plum Parties, an all-inclusive childrens party venue in Stoneham which we have started franchising the concept and have 8 sold 🙂

  5. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

    I love EDM music and highly enjoy going to music festivals!

  6. What is your favorite exercise and why?

    Kettle Bell Swings or Burpees – kind of lets me just get out everything I need yet pushes me all the same!

  7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far?

    The energy I feel now is amazing! Without I could not have accomplished it!

  8. What inspires and motivates you?

    Being a better me, trying to obtain a happy and equal work/life balance and we obviously know losing weight and gaining muscle and strength doesn’t hurt 🙂

  9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT?
  10. ABSOLUTELY DO IT! Definitely (at least for me) life changing and I couldn’t be happier!

January Durbrow Performance Manchester Client of the Month: Sam Ruth

What is your hometown?

Manchester, NH (by way of Georgia, Kentucky, Connecticut, South Carolina, and DC) What brought you to DPT? A coworker brought me to one of DPT’s Bring a Friend Weeks. I had NO intention of signing up before going in, but was interested in trying a new workout… Clearly that first experience changed my mind, and I was enrolled the next week!

How long have you been training with us?

I started at the beginning of October, so about 4 months now.

What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)

I work for Southern New Hampshire University, where I am a manager in Faculty Scheduling. I am also taking classes to pursue a Master’s Degree in IT. When I’m not at DPT or at work, you can find me at home watching The West Wing with my cat or wreaking havoc in Manchester with my bestie HK.

What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

I lived in India during my junior year of college. I traveled the country and got to visit some incredible historical sites, go to elephant sanctuaries, and eat amazing food.

What is your favorite exercise and why?

I think right now it is TRX rows. I remember being discouraged when I first started because it was hard to maintain correct form and they were so exhausting! After a lot of coaching and a lot of practice, I’ve started to really enjoy them and try to challenge myself each time. While they’re still exhausting, it is in a satisfying kind of way.

What is your biggest gym achievement so far?

Being able to do proper push ups. When I started at DPT I was only able to do them from my knees. But after keeping at it, and a lot of encouragement and pushing from Emily and Billy, I was able to start incorporating some toe push ups into each set. (Full disclosure, I face planted at least twice). Now I’m able to do full sets on my toes!

What inspires and motivates you?

I want to be healthy for my family and I don’t want to miss out on any experiences because of my health. That’s the big thing that motivates me. On the day to day, it is definitely my friends and trainers at DPT that motivate me. I am really stubborn, so when the Emily or Billy “suggests” a number of sets to complete in a certain amount of time, I try really hard to exceed that goal. Plus, if I’m threatened with burpees I’ll work my butt off to avoid them.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT?

For those of you considering joining: Do it. It sounds cliché but I was never a gym person. Sports weren’t my thing, and I would go to a yoga or pilates class once a week but didn’t get a whole lot out of them. Plus, I am easily bored so sticking with one thing is hard. DPT is great because the workouts are always changing to stay fresh and challenge us in different ways. The trainers take the time to know each of us on an individual level and know what does and does not work for our bodies. I still don’t consider myself a “gym person” because to me, DPT is so much more than a gym. I genuinely care about everyone there, and I know that the feeling is mutual. Everyone has each others best interests at heart, and everyone is so encouraging and supportive. I view my sessions there as an excuse to spend 3 times a week with my friends. I think getting in a killer workout while doing so is just an added bonus!


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