Kaleigh F.


My entire life I have struggled with my weight and it wasn’t until 2011 that I started to take action. When I was 19, my 17 year old sister, Taylor, was killed in a car accident. I was absolutely crushed and the only way I could keep my mind occupied was by exercising. I lost close to 100 pounds really quickly and really unhealthy and it was not something I could maintain. Once I stopped exercising three times a day and eating more food, I started to gain the weight back. In July of 2013, I was in a jet skiing accident where I shattered my hand and needed four surgeries to fix it. I was extemely lucky that it was only my hand because the outcome could have been much worse. My weight continued to rise at this point until 2015 where I got a personal trainer. It just was not motivating enough for me but I continued to go because I felt like I had no other option. Fast forward to 2017, I found a group fitness class that I loved but my hand couldn’t handle it anymore. I scheduled my fifth surgery and knew I needed an instructor led fitness class that would challenge me and that I would be able to continue with after my surgery. I signed up or Orangetheory the month before my surgery knowing I would have something to look forward to when I came back. I had my surgery in December but in January ended up with blood clots in both of my lungs, my left lung being so bad that part of it was dead. I was extremely discouraged because it pushed me back from being able to start at Orangetheory again. I worked for a few weeks at home on my treadmill to ease back in. I was only able to walk for about five minutes without being in pain and feeling like I was going to pass out because I couldn’t breathe with part of my lung being dead.

"I knew going back to Orangetheory would be challenging but it helped me start to not worry about the scale and worrying about how much weight I’m losing or gaining."

I was able to start focusing on my small victories, like being able to run for 5 minutes again, working my way up to where I can last the whole block running, and now starting to increase my speed. I am not so hard on myself anymore because while I am in class, I remind myself where I started and how I’ve grown, knowing that the changes are coming and will continue to come in time. While it has been extremely difficult it has also been very rewarding! I really enjoy Orangetheory and am very thankful for the opportunity to workout there!

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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