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"My only regret is not joining sooner!"

Matt Skeffington

Matt’s primary role at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning is to make sure that our coaches and clients are consistently improving, all while operatin.

Matt’s primary role at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning is to make sure that our coaches and clients are consistently improving, all while operatin.

Nov 17 4 minutes read

I joined Dynamic Strength and Conditioning in February 2016 

Before Joining DSC I hadn't been in a steady workout routine in more than three years.  

Prior to that I would maybe workout for a month or two and then lose interest in whatever program I was doing, injure myself, or come up with some lame excuse as to why I didn't need to go to a gym .  The last time I can remember being at a level of fitness that I was happy with was around 2008.  

I found myself at the age of 36 more than 20 pounds over weight, cholesterol over 200, higher blood pressure and a resting pulse over 80 when it used be in the low 50s. 

I have been a member of Nashua Fire Rescue for over 12 years, as my level of physical fitness had declined, I felt as though I was letting myself and those around me down.  A fire fighter's gear weighs between 50 and 75 pounds depending on what tools they are carrying.  

I found myself out of breath after just a few flights of stairs in full gear and needing more time for recovery after a busy, sleepless night.  

Heart attacks are the number one reason for fire fighter fatalities, accounting for almost half of the yearly total. 

I knew that I needed to make a change.  

A coworker, who has been a member at DSC for sometime, recommended that I come in to try it out.  

My first workout there was more than challenging, my arms and legs were like rubber, my heart was pounding in my chest, and I was drenched in sweat.  I thought the workout was over when Matt said we still had to do the burpee challenge which is where you and a partner switch off doing burpees for a certain amount of time.  I was so exhausted I had a hard time getting in and out of my truck on the way home.  

The next  workout ended with heavy sled push relays, that time I made it all the way through. 

After the first two weeks I was sore from head to toe, but I was already feeling better than I had in years.

I was hooked.

About a month after being at DSC, while on a call at work I had to climb to the top of a five story mill building in full gear. Once I reached the top I realized that my heart rate was barely elevated, a task that a month earlier would have left me breathing heavy.  

After four months at DSC I had my department physical, my blood pressure was back to my normal range around 116/70, pulse in the 50s,  and a huge drop in my cholesterol from 215 to 165.   

I used to think I would never be at the level I was at in my 20s, but after 5 months at Dynamic I truly believe there are no limits if I continue to put in the work.  

Continuity has always been a problem for me when it comes to sticking to a program. However, the atmosphere at DSC created by Matt, Kurtis, Renee, Chris, Tom and the rest of the staff is one of sincere support and motivation.  When the alarm sounds at 5am, I have never once wanted to go back to sleep, they keep the workouts fresh and challenging.  The other members were welcoming since the first day I walked in the door and are key part to such a great workout environment.

My only regret is not joining sooner!

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