Deb A.

self care to the max

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. 

Adeline spent the first 18 months of her life in the hospital fighting for her life. While Adeline was gaining the strength and health to come home, the stress of living in a small ICU room and surviving off caffeine and hospital food really took a toll on my body. On Adeline’s discharge day I was only 10lbs lighter than the day she was born (9 months pregnant), and my stress level was at an unhealthy high. 

While Adeline is thriving at home, our challenges are not behind us. Life with Adeline includes oxygen, ventilators, feeding pumps, medical strollers, a lot of sleepless nights and eating on the go. While 100% worth it, keeping Adeline healthy at home is both physically and emotionally draining. 

In October 2017 I decided that in order to continue to take care of my daughter I needed to do something to take care of myself. I didn’t have the mental energy to plan my workouts at a traditional gym, or the finances or regular routine to workout with a trainer, so I decided to give OTF a try.

"I am so glad that I did- OTF fills a huge need for me both physically and emotionally."

The workouts are so fast paced that I don’t have time to think about the stress of my day, and for 60 minutes my mind is clear. My classmates don’t know my story, so for that hour a day I feel like my life isn’t so different from everyone else’s. 

OTF has given me something for myself while also helping me stay healthy and fit enough to be the wife, employee, and most importantly the mother my daughter needs. 

I burn for Adeline.

ANGELA B.
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.
STEPHANIE S.
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.
EUGENE G.
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.
DEB A.
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.
ERIC J.
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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