Congratulations to our Client of the Month in Manchester: Carol Howard!
What is your hometown? Londonderry, NH
What brought you to DPT? Facebook Ads! I had been hiking a lot and wanted something to help me stay active through the winter. I kept seeing ads for the six week program. For a few months I ignored them, because the whole thing seemed pretty intimidating, but eventually I signed up. I never intended to stay more than a few months.
How long have you been training with us? Two years and three months.
What do you do in the “real world?” (job, family, pets, etc) I am currently working as a sales engineer selling lasers, white light sources, and optics for medical, industrial, and machine vision applications. Most of my career has been in optical engineering and test design. I have a pretty amazing son who is 20 and studying to be an electrician. We live with our sweet German Shepherd mix, Guinness, who is 14 but seems about 1000.
What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you? This is the hardest question! While I currently fall over during single-leg dead lifts, I used to have fairly good balance. I did trick riding for a while, and could stand on the back of a cantering horse.
What is your favorite exercise and why? My favorite exercises are sleds and deadlifts. They make me feel like a hard core gym person who knows what I’m doing.
What is your biggest gym achievement so far? 205 lb trap bar deadlift. I am super excited about that, and I want to get to 300 lbs so bad! Also, just the fact that I am still coming is an achievement to me. Never before have I kept a commitment to fitness so consistently. The accountability we have at DPT to show up for ourselves and each other is so helpful and really life-changing.
What inspires and motivates you? When you see somebody overcoming fears or big challenges in order to improve themselves and show up for others, it is one of the coolest things ever. I see this in my son as he grows, with friends dealing with life and health issues, and with people at the gym who are making a huge commitment to change their lives. This is so motivating and encouraging, and it really makes me want to make the same commitment to myself. Also, when you see people working so hard, it rubs off and you get invested in their success. You do what you can to help them succeed.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining or who has just joined DPT? Do it! Coming to this gym is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I used to have a lot of back problems, my knees are messed up, and I have probably half a dozen other weird joint problems. When I started, I was fairly convinced that I would severely injure myself within the first two weeks, especially when I saw people doing kettlebell swings. But the coaches here are so wonderful. They really care about us, they have extensive knowledge, and they pay attention. Knowing that they will meet me where I am, and keep an eye on my form, has allowed me to let go of the fear and really push myself. Trusting them has enabled me to do more and get stronger than I ever thought I could. Also, everyone here is NICE! Nobody is stuck-up or judgmental, which is something that kept me away from gyms for years. DPT has become like another family, and I look forward to seeing everyone at class. I never thought I would feel this way about a gym, ever.