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May Client of the Month: Heather Rankin

Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Heather Rankin!

What is your hometown?
Hampton, NH
What brought you to DPT?
I was 10 months post partum, and really needed a lifestyle change.
How long have you been training with us?
A year in August!
What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)
I work as a brand manager for Beam Suntory. I spend my days in the car, on the road, making sure our brands get sold in and marketed in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. I live in a small town with my husband Matt, our daughter Emerson, and our two rescue mutts Riley and Romeo.
What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
Hmm… I did not always want to work in the liquor industry! My dream job was to be a midwife! I find everything about pregnancy and childbirth fascinating!
What is your favorite exercise and why?
This changes constantly. I have found my favorite exercise is always the one that challenges me the most. A few months ago it was box jumps, and currently it is sprints. I used to be someone who didn’t even like to walk, so now the fact that I love sprinting is crazy to me!
What is your biggest gym achievement so far?
Sit ups! I had a unplanned C-section and when I first started DPT I could not do a single sit up. My abs were totally shot. Now I can do as many as I want. I am so thankful for that!
What inspires and motivates you?
A few things. First it would be my daughter. I want to be fit so I can live to watch her life unfold, and I also want to be a woman she can be proud of. Secondly, my body is naturally more athletic and muscular. Growing up, I was never really told how to keep my body and mind healthy, so I had a lot of shame about looking different from other women. My definition of what beautiful was very skewed and when I found DPT, I found a tribe, and feel like I finally understand what my body and mind need to be whole. 
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT?
Just do it. Just walk through the door. This is such a caring, supportive, inspiring and powerful group. I have never been someone who enjoyed working out, and going for a 2 mile walk pained me. I could never stick to any gym routine, or diet.  I thrive on moving my body in some way every day, and work out at least 3 times a week whether it is here in the gym or on my own. I don’t think I’d even recognize the person I was a year ago  if I saw her today, and I could not be happier about that!


May Client of the Month: Filipe Barroso

Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Somerville: Filipe Barroso!

  1. What is your hometown?  Ludlow, Ma
  2. What brought you to DPT? I had been coming off of an ankle injury from a rec league and was looking to get back in the swing of things.  A fellow DPTer (John Park) had been going for a while and suggested I give it a try.  I took his recommendation and have been coming here ever since.
  3. How long have you been training with us? 6 years.
  4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) I’m a software engineer at IBM.  I mostly work on the front end user interface. My wife (Anna) and I usually work out Tue/Thur/Sat.  When I’m not at work, I love doing outdoorsy things like: snowboarding, mountain biking, tennis etc.  I’m shooting for a tri-sprint this summer.
  5. What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? I play the Saxophone (Alto & Tenor)
  6. What is your favorite exercise and why?  Tough one.  On one hand, I love launching wall balls to see how high I can get them.  However, what’s not to like about tire strikes. I’ll give tire strikes the slight edge here.
  7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far?  During one of the burpee challenges, I did 1200 burpees over the course of 2 hours.  I hate burpees, but I really wanted to win the team competition.  It was worth it in hindsight as we narrowly edged out the other team.  However, I’ll be fine if I never have to do another one again. 🙂
  8. What inspires and motivates you? I love pushing the limits.  There’s nothing like setting a goal that initially seems just out of reach only to find out that your mind/body was capable of doing it all along.
  9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Love it, embrace it, and don’t be afraid to succeed.  You’ll be surprised in what you can accomplish if you give it a chance.

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…

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