Kathleen T.

 Shelby Township Studio

now pain free

I joined Orangetheory Fitness in Shelby Township, MI just over a year ago and am so glad that I did. Although I have been an active person my whole life, my journey has certainly had its obstacles. When I was 24, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and immediately had a complete thyroidectomy. About three years later, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Both diagnoses often take away my energy and leave an exhaustion that is difficult to describe. In addition, the RA brings on painful flares, sometimes without warning or reason, making it difficult to perform the simplest of daily tasks. 

For a number of years, I was able to remain active. I participated in local runs, half-marathons, and I even ran the Army 10 miler in Washington, D.C. I am now 45 and have had to modify a lot of the things that I do. I rarely run and although I tried to exercise at a local gym, I wasn't able to remain consistent with my workouts. My RA often flared as a result of 'over-doing it' and I would have to rest for several days before exercising again. As a person who thrived on being active, this became depressing. I felt weaker than I had ever felt before and I missed the feeling that I would get after a good workout. 

One day, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw an advertisement for Orangetheory. It caught my attention and after I researched it further online, I set up an appointment for my first workout. I have been hooked ever since. 

"The reason why Orangetheory works for me is that I am able to not only monitor the intensity that I am exerting, but I am also able to modify the workouts to fit my needs."

Some movements can exacerbate my condition, so I just modify them with something similar. The coaches are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and are always able to assist me with modifying an exercise if needed. When I am unable to run or walk on the treadmill, I perform my cardio on the bike - pain free! Orangetheory takes the guess-work out of my exercise routine. No longer do I walk around a gym trying to figure out what I can do that will not cause an exacerbation of my condition. Orangetheory keeps me moving and I feel stronger and more energetic than I have felt in years! The results have been so life-changing that my husband has also joined and loves it too!