This question always trips me up… I was born in Brownsville Texas, but moved when I was 2… so I learned to walk and talk there, but can’t really call it my home town… we moved pretty much every two years when I was growing up. But I’ve been much more settled as an adult and have been in Cambridge, MA for 22 years, so I guess that’s my hometown now
2. What brought you to DPT?
I went skiing with my family in Maine during Christmas vacation and I couldn’t keep up with them… it was the last straw… I didn’t want them always waiting for me and I didn’t want to sit and watch while they did all the fun stuff, so I decided it was time for me to get in shape and lose weight so I could participate. That, and I looked at a lot of gyms and this is the only one that felt comfortable to me in my very un-fit condition
3. How long have you been training with us?
I’ve been at DPT for just over three months.
4. What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc)
I’m a software engineer and work for a database startup company in Kendall Square. I also have a great husband (who’s starting to get nervous that I am going to get stronger than him!), two incredibly active and really fun teenagers, an Airedale terrier named Conrad who is the king of tug-o-war and two cats, Milton and Marlowe, who think they own my lap.
5. What is one fun fact people don’t know about you?
I name my pets after English authors (ok, Joseph Conrad was Polish, but he did become an English citizen and that’s where he did his writing)
6. What is your favorite exercise and why?
Kettle bell swings because they somehow work all of my muscles and I can’t figure out how they do that!
7. What is your biggest gym achievement so far?
Moving from my knees to my toes on pushups – next will be getting all the way down to the floor each time!
8. What inspires and motivate you?
Being able to do more with my family, feeling stronger, having more energy, getting rid of clothes that don’t fit any more.
9. What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or has just joined DPT?
It’s hard work, but totally worth it and you will surprise yourself – you can do more than you think you can – I find that to be true at every class. Also, the 3 month nutrition program is an incredibly powerful way get you started on the right track nutritionally.