Durbrow Performance Training January Client of the Month: Kate Shafir

Congratulations to our January 2015 Client of the Month, Kate Shafir.

Kate has been training with the DP family for just under 2 years and in those 20+ months it’s been so great watching her progress. Kate bring it to every session, always trying to get better and sometimes she does it without you even knowing it. She has the quiet, competitive demeanor that so many of our former athlete clients possess.

Check out Kate’s story below….

1. What is your hometown?

Newton, MA 

2. What brought you to DP Training?

During the years after I graduated and entered the ‘real world’ with a sedentary desk job, I was really unhappy with my body and the shape I was in. I played 4 years of college basketball and had been so used to being active – it was a big adjustment for me to hold myself accountable to stay in that peak shape. I knew I needed a SERIOUS change and trying to motivate myself with the same solo workouts at BSC just wasn’t cutting it. I ruled out Crossfit and googled ‘group training’ in the Cambridge/Somerville area and decided to give DPT a shot. Truthfully it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

3. How long have you been training at DP?

Just under 2 years…my how time flies. 

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

I work at a market research agency in Downtown Boston, doing nerdy research on consumers and products, and I live in Davis Square with my girlfriend. 

5. What is one thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?

I was blessed with Celiac Disease as a kid….no gluten for me. I’m always on the hunt for a good gluten-free beer…all suggestions are welcome. 

6. What is your favorite exercise?

Battling Ropes and Prowler. Anything that gets my heart rate up quickly. 

7. What is your greatest gym achievement so far?

I don’t necessarily have one greatest achievement. I feel really accomplished when I finally nail an exercise or at least progress – whether it be going to a smaller band for chin-ups, flipping a heavier tire, or adding more weight to the prowler. 

8. What motivates and inspires you?

My progress and the changes I’ve seen so far – both physical and mental. It makes me want to continue to push the envelope. I have so much more energy when I am consistently going to DPT and you really can’t beat the feeling. I am significantly more productive on days when I get to the gym. It’s also pretty inspiring to see the progress of others around me at the gym. That definitely makes me want to push myself harder, pick up the heavier weight, etc.

9. What are your short term and long term goals?

Short term goal for me is to get more comfortable with push-ups. I’ve come a long way since starting out here but I definitely want to get better in terms of my range of motion and max # of reps. Long-term goal is just to crank it up to the next level and push myself more in terms of workouts and diet – Consistently getting to DPT 3x week, getting more conditioning in during the week, and probably signing up for and braving Emily’s nutrition program. Game on. 

10. What would you say to someone who is just starting out at DP?

Have an open mind and be willing to try new things when you get started. Once you work through the soreness (which is inevitable!), things will really start to click. You will be surprised at how much your body can actually do. Take advantage of the resources that are around you as well (DPT family, awesome trainers, seminars, etc.) 

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Callie Durbrow

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