My short term goal was to just show up. Just that. Make an appointment and keep it. Just show up and try real hard. Do SOMETHING just for me that didn’t involve taking care of other people or going to work. That was two years ago. I keep coming back. I never miss a work out with Matthew unless there is plague or fire involved.
My long term goal was to be healthy and happy. ACCOMPLISHED. I recently made a full on dietary change and cut out all sugar and flour. I’ve lost 18 pounds and started to see dramatic improvements in my work outs. My clothes fit again. My blood pressure is in the WOW! YOU ARE HEALTHY range for the first time in years and people now stop and ask ME what on earth I’m doing. I reply “I work out with Matthew! – Kate Kennedy [Read Kate’s Story.]
Matt offers the total package, and has been extremely flexible to work with. In addition to providing instruction on how to lift heavy things without hurting oneself, Matt is a great resource on nutrition and the intricacies and interaction between feeding and training the body. I have gained immeasurable confidence in making better, smarter choices for myself through working with Matt. – Jacquie McKenna [Read Jacquie’s Story]
I was looking for a person that could be a one stop shop for helping me improve my overall health and body. Being a business owner and specifically a restaurant owner I wanted a trainer that would not only help me work out efficiently but bring some structure to the foods I was eating and supplements I should take in order to be as physically fit and healthy as possible. Like most of us time is something that we have a limited amount of, and I wanted to make the most of the time spent working out. Matthew has been that and more for me… It’s been a great experience with Matthew. He doesn’t let you cheat in the gym, and is encouraging always wanting you to succeed and see change. – John White [Read John’s Story]
I wasn’t actively seeking out training. It found me by way of my friend and Matthew’s client, Michelle Carlisle, when I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and Type 2 diabetes in April 2014. Michelle knew how frustrated I was with doctors not knowing why I rapidly gained 50 pounds within 6 months, in spite of very clean eating and regular exercise.
My energy level and stamina have improved tremendously. I am a lot more confident, in spite of my discomfort around current body image… I truly enjoy working with Matthew. He provides a very safe approach to training … I don’t feel like the fat girl in the middle of the gym… I highly recommend training at Carpe Diem. Matthew will show you just how strong and awesome you are!! – Lori Paquette [Read Lori’s Story]
“You look great…for having three kids” was just more of an excuse than a compliment. I was tired of all of the excuses and I was done feeling so fatigued and just plain awful. I also wanted to do things the right way and knew I wanted help. After calling and meeting with a few personal trainers, it was clear that Carpe Diem Personal Training was exactly what I was looking for.
Matthew has been amazing to work with. He has a thorough understanding of all aspects of training and weightless including diet and the roles of hormones. He is a good balance of toughness and encouragement, and I always end up doing more than I think is possible. – Elizabeth Colbert [Read Elizabeth’s Story]
I lost 16% body fat in 14 weeks. I’ve slept every night, and slept well. I am no longer addicted to sugar. My cholesterol is lower. I’ve been able to reduce dosage of the medicine I take. I want to work out and better manage stress. I’m the healthiest I’ve been in my life, and down 3 sizes.
Matthew doesn’t let you make excuses. He finds out your goals and gives you truths that help you reach them. He genuinely cares, and is available any time. He listens. He pushes you, but in a gentle way. He doesn’t shame or embarrass you. – Michelle Carlisle [Read Michelle’s Story]
My form is much improved and I’m a lot stronger… It’s never boring or routine with Matt. He constantly presents me with new challenges and makes sure we are working toward my goals. – Arthur Rogers [Read Arthur’s Story]
Shortly after training with him, I became pregnant with my third child. I gained 80 pounds during that pregnancy. When I returned to training, I needed to lose fat, gain muscle and regain confidence… Matthew is a rock star. I have trained with others in the past, and Matthew is in a league of his own. He is knowledgeable, skilled and precise. He is unbelievably encouraging and supportive in all aspects of personal fitness and health. With him, you get sustainable results. I have never trained so hard in my life, but the pride I feel in what I can do (thanks to Matthew’s help) is immeasurable. – Kanika Blue Capel [Read Kanika’s Story]
Like so many working parents, Karen found it difficult to make time to exercise. During our initial consultation, it was agreed that we needed to find the most time efficient methods in order for Karen to reach her fitness goals. Luckily, she came to the right place!
Karen was new to strength training; however, she quickly picked up the basics. She soon became one of the strongest female competitors at the studio. – Karen Peterman [Read Karen’s Story]
After having some personal medical conditions to deal with, Gloria understands the importance and value of one’s health. Her doctor encouraged her to hire a personal trainer and referred her to my care. To compliment her time in the studio and enhance her results, Gloria also incorporated nutrition counseling and at home exercises.
In addition to her dramatic weight and body fat loss, Gloria’s posture (diminished by years of being hunched over at work) has improved significantly. Gloria often comments that she hasn’t felt this good since she was a young girl running freely. – Gloria Berry-Holly [Read Gloria’s Story]
Kristan personified the heart of a champion and gave 110% in every session without a single complaint. Her effort was rewarded – she has lost 13% bodyfat and 8 lbs. of pure fat by training here only once a week.
– Kristan Shimpi [Read Kristan’s Story]
A father of two and busy working professional, the limited amount of time Shawn devotes to personal training (2-3 days/week) is calculated and precise. I joke with him saying, “All you do is come in here and break records!” Since beginning his training regimen, Shawn has continued to combat old, nagging injuries brought on by working hard and playing hard. – Shawn Sullivan [Read Shawn’s Story]
Liza and Drew Howell have been loyal clients since 2007. Busy working parents of four, they have continued to make time to exercise and eat right. Their hard work has paid off. Drew has been able to fight his way back from a serious ski injury and is now able to participate in the sports he enjoys, such as surfing, skiing, tennis and basketball. Liza – a fierce competitor – has vastly improved her strength and conditioning over the course of our time together. – Liza and Drew Howell [Read Liza and Drew’s Story]
Eddie came to me back in March (2011) while still rehabbing a serious shoulder injury (torn labrum) suffered in an on the field collision. When we started Eddie struggled to complete one pushup, as the pain and in-stability of the shoulder injury was still apparent. Over the course of the following two months, Eddie has set personal records in every session he attended. – Eddie Burgard [Read Eddie’s Story]
Steve, “a decidedly middle aged man,” began working with me back in February 2010. Steve has made incredible progress. In addition to greatly improving his strength and conditioning, Steve has seen a direct carryover to other areas of his life, including his landscaping hobby. Steve has previously battled chronic back pain, but has seen a considerable improvement since beginning our regular workout routine twice per week. – Steve Maixner [Read Steve’s Story]
Julie has lost 3 dress sizes and counting, along with several pounds of body fat, using the nutritional and training strategies we laid out. This past October, Julie completed her first triathlon – Ramblin’ Rose Chapel Hill. Believe me – if someone with Julie’s schedule can do it, anyone can! – Julie Malloy [Read Julie’s Story]
Just six weeks after giving birth to her second son, Lindsay wanted to regain her core strength and improve her energy and posture to be able to withstand the rigors of caring for two children. She was also looking to lose the last bit of “baby weight” and tone up.
Lindsay and I were off to a great start until she received the unforgettable news from her doctor, “Lindsay, you have cancer.” Words none of us are ready to hear. The fighter that she is, Lindsay battled through months of tough treatment and self-reflection. Thanks to her treatment and support she was able to pull through, and today she is completely cancer free. – Lindsay Wojciechowski [Read Lindsay’s Story]
Through personal training and nutrition counseling, Carol has shed 32 lbs. of body fat and has lost several inches. What she has gained are years to her life and a long-lasting dedication to health and fitness. – Carol Mahaffey [Read Carol’s Story]