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My journey at Orangetheory Fitness began as a weight loss journey, but it has become so much more than that. At Orangetheory Melrose, I became part of such a supportive and loving community. I've made amazing friends with the staff and mostly importantly the coaches. I've lost over 30 pounds and to be honest, I haven't ever weighed myself because the number was never important for me. I might not be the "thinnest”, but I am the happiest, strongest, and most healthy/fit that I've ever been in my life. 

Being a part of Orangetheory has given me so much confidence -- confidence I never knew I even had. I've gone to so many other studios, but I've never felt like I was part of a community or that the coaches and staff actually cared. At OTF, you get all of that and more. I ran my first 10K within 3 months of starting OTF and I ran all of it. Never in my life did I like running or think I could actually run 6.2 miles straight. In the summer of 2017, I injured my back and had to limit my workouts. I couldn't run on the tread, so I used the bike; I couldn't life heavy weights or jump; so, I was given alternate exercises.

"It took almost 6 months to fully recover from my injury, but I am so glad that OTF had my back (literally)."

I was able to still feel good about myself even though I had to modify my workout drastically. I was so happy to get back on the tread and back to normal exercises. 

Life went on, but at the end of the year I suffered a huge loss in my life -- I lost my father. It's been a very hard time, and honestly if I hadn't gone to the studio like I regularly do, I wouldn't have been able to get through it. It's still pretty recent, but I wouldn't have been able to go to class 5 times a week without the support of the staff and coaches at Orangetheory Fitness. I will be forever grateful for them. It's been 1.5 years at OTF and my fitness journey has no end in sight.

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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