Donita M.

  Riverview Studio |  Member since 2017

gaining muscles and friends

I started my fitness Journey back in October 2017, for the 100th time it feels like. My fiancé at the time, and myself were trying to get in shape for our wedding in April 2018. Fast forward to December 2017 is when my OTF journey started -- I wanted to do something closer to home but continue with HITT training. At that time my fiancé' and I weren't at our best and I decided to join alone. It was the best experience I had ever had at a gym and the energy at OTF Riverview was amazing and still is. 

A few weeks later my fiancé and I decided to break things off and call off the wedding. It was the most devastating and heart-breaking experience, but something inside me told me that I needed to keep going because I had already lost 15 pounds and wanted to continue on my journey.

"The support and people I have met at Orangetheory Riverview are amazing."

They don't realize how much they have helped me with my confidence, self-worth, and have motivated me to be the best version of myself and keep pushing even when I don't want to. I could have easily fell back into that dark place and become more depressed, anxious, sad and gained back all the weight I lost. 

Over the past 3 months, since becoming a member, I have gained friendships that I cherish so dearly, and I’ve lost 30 pounds to this day since October. I am so proud of my accomplishments. I couldn't have done it without the awesome members and staff who have really become like a second family and home to me. The competitive side of me thrives on that energy so the heart rate monitor is like I'm competing with myself and my peers at the same time, it’s awesome!! I'm excited to see my results of this 8-week transformation challenge and look forward to continuing to better myself and rave about OTF to all my friends and family!

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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