Noel R.

transforming mind and body

I came to OTF after I was cleared for workouts following my third and fourth surgeries after ovarian cancer. It was right after my 5-year cancer free anniversary that I realized that having a trainer just wasn't cutting it for me. I beat the odds. I beat a killer. Yet, after my two girls were born and going through menopause at 35, my body just wasn't performing as it once had. I was general manager for Athleta, and I sent one of my sales associates to do a write up for our employees about OTF. It was still too intimidating. A class for me? I’m not coordinated enough, fit enough, young enough. So, for 30 days, I sat around and thought about it. My friend Carrie who was an OTF member said "If I can do it, you can do it. Its dark, there’s loud music, nobody is watching you, you can do this." 

I went to my first class, completed 2-3 a week and then Hell Week. I’ve never ran, I could maybe attempt one push up, and the thought of a rower … no thank you. I had created a story in my head of all the no ways and had forgotten about what this body had already been through. I had my last surgery to fix my 15-inch scar the day after Hell Week completed. I placed my membership on hold, and I counted the days until I was released to return -- December 4th. 

"Today I’m competing in the Transformation Challenge, I’ve lost 10 pounds and 3% body fat."

I just completed 16 days in a row, I can challenge myself to jogging pace on the treads daily, I can row with the best of them, and I can do 10 real pushups. 

As a mommy to toddlers, I get little to no time for myself. Yet, I have learned that if you don't take care of yourself to be the best you, you can't be the best for the people you care about either. You must find it in yourself first, stick with it, and celebrate the wins. This is your hour, nobody can take that away from you.

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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