Bridget C. 

Positive Changes

I took the leap to Orangetheory last September. I have always enjoyed mild exercise (yoga, golf, hiking) but have never been interested in an intense workout that left me soaked in sweat! I found myself at the end of last summer having fallen off all of my exercise habits for over 18 months. My postmenopausal paunch was creeping in and my body was getting doughy. Everything I had read about battling these physical changes made it sound like a nearly impossible task to maintain a body I liked.

A friend and a niece encouraged me to give OTF a try and the day after my 57th birthday I showed up for my free trial. The switch flipped immediately. I felt energized, happy and keen to take my next class. I signed up for the twice weekly package but from the beginning I found I craved the class and attended three times a week. Six weeks in, I was showering and as I washed my shoulder I suddenly noticed new firm muscles that certainly were not there before! I noticed other changes in my body composition as well, but even more impactful was the glow of strength and wellness that was with me, almost a hum, that I just love.

"I now attend class every other day and I’m now seeing improvement in my cardiopulmonary efficiency in addition to continually improving muscle strength and tone."

I have come to love the push and all-out portions of the workout and keep a spreadsheet of my results to watch my progress! Ha! I’ve also become an evangelist to my friends and have four who want to join.

OTF has changed my life, my energy, my attitude!

When I started my Orangetheory journey in June 2015, I was a gal who could not stand working out. Last May, I was asked to be a model in our company’s photo shoot launching our new uniforms. I had the confidence to stand in front of the camera comfortably because of the hard work I put into my Orangetheory workouts.
Hello, my name is Stephanie Strunk (aka Splat Girl). I was born to teenage parents in 1971 and was premature, weighing only 2lbs 11 ounces. At birth, doctors diagnosed me with mild cerebral palsy and told my parents that I would never walk or run. Obviously, the medical prognosis was incorrect. While I have never been an athlete, I've always had a competitive heart but could only watch from the sidelines as others played. When I tried out for team sports in school, I was told I could never keep up and to focus my efforts elsewhere.
Where do I begin?! My weight loss/fitness journey technically started on August 17, 2017 when I started seeing a nutritionist. I weighed in at 393.8 lbs. when I started! I officially signed up at OTF in January of 2018 and at the time I weighed 279lbs. I was told that my studio would not be ready until the end of March, but in the meantime, they invited me to partake in a class at the Schaumburg, IL location. I was super nervous and scared but once I completed the class I was hooked immediately! I couldn’t wait to start doing it on a regular basis! I instantly fell in love with the workout and I was itching for more.
The week of my 30th birthday, at my 20-week ultrasound, my husband and I were given devastating news. Our unborn daughter, Adeline, was diagnosed with a rare birth defect and given a 50% chance of survival. Our entire lives changed that day.
I am a 56-year old male, four-time cancer survivor. Cardio and weights have always been best for me, with cardio being the real deal. This last year brought me another "diagnosis" and a subsequent surgery. When someone like me hears this kind of news once again, you just stand up strong, be positive and just f----in do it. The surgery was a long one this time and I got myself out of the hospital as quick as I could. Went home with a bunch of tubes and bags attached and "healed" my body waiting for the day that all the stuff would be removed. They said no bike riding for three months and limited cardio. I was on the treadmill at the gym within days wearing a diaper (pull-ups) under my shorts, headphones turned all the way up. It was okay, but in no way was it good enough, but I kept going anyway. I was down and gloomy.

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