I joined DSC in March of 2015.
My friend was doing the Women’s Group class and told me I needed to come check it out. I joined a week later, and now do the Adult Group training classes 4-6 times a week.
Before joining DSC a typical workout was either running three miles or working out on the elliptical machine, reading a gossip magazine, desperately wishing for the clock to move faster so I could be done.
I was also doing some free weights here and there, unsure if I was even doing them correctly. I had a decent amount of lower body strength, just not upper body.
I was also battling to take off the 20 pounds I had put on the previous summer. I managed to put on 20 pounds in less than three months. Yes, 20 pounds in 3 months.
Six months later, the scale was not moving and I was not pushing myself.
I was unmotivated and stuck in my own head.
I thought I would first lose the 20 pounds and then join DSC. It made no sense, but that is where I was in my head. I am glad I didn’t do it that way!
Initially, I was very afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone and the demanding workouts. It was hard at first and I had to modify a bit, but I kept up with it.
Everyone was super encouraging and it kept me motivated to keep coming back every day.
I had a chronic back issue and a knee issue before I joined. The trainers were aware and had modifications for everything.
I can honestly say joining DSC was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself and my overall health and well-being.
I found myself to be stronger, and more conscious of my form and technique (lifting correctly), rather than being concerned with how many reps I was doing or trying to keep up with everyone else.
When I ran, Matt would (and still does) correct me and remind me to stand straight. My posture and my core muscles are something I am still working on improving.
This is an example of exactly what makes this gym different.
The trainers are super knowledgeable and concerned with form and technique and the specific areas *I* need to improve. They do this for everyone who walks in the door. I am so grateful for that.
Everyone’s journey is different, and this gym really operates under that philosophy.
There is no competition with other people; it is truly an atmosphere that pushes you to dig in and really accomplish your personal best. I find myself wanting to work harder and be the best version of me that I can be.
I have to laugh, because I feel like I am chronically sore, not a bad sore, but more of a “wow, I have muscles here” sore. AND, yet, I still go back for more every day. Previously in my workouts, I would talk myself out of exercising the next day if I was sore. Not so much now. I push through the soreness and feel so much better for it.
I recently hurt my wrist. I was able to see Dynamic's Physical Therapist, Jamie Morse who was able to let the trainers know what modifications I needed for my wrist and what specific exercises to incorporate into my workout routine. Throughout my injury, I was able to work out and not miss a class. I appreciated that so much.
I have lost the 20 pounds I put on 2 years ago, after following the Weight Watchers Points System and working out consistently 4-6 times a week. I truly look forward to working out. Everyone is very encouraging and wants you to succeed. I genuinely want people to succeed and meet their goals. I have witnessed some incredible transformations since I have been there, as well as having made some great friendships.
If you are thinking of joining, my advice is to just try a class. You won’t regret it!