May Client of the Month: Heather Rankin

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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!