Shannon H.

 naples Studio

improving mental and physical health

My name is Shannon, and I have been a member at Orangetheory Fitness Naples, and now Naples Coastland Center for coming up on three years. I LOVE my workouts at Orangetheory; it’s an hour I get to test my body and mind; it’s an hour for myself and no one else. Last year at the age of 38 I was diagnosed with breast cancer; I count myself lucky that it was caught early. During that time, I continued my workouts at Orangetheory because I needed a place to clear my head, relieve some stress and to not solely focus on my cancer. Cancer was my new best friend; it consumed my whole world day in and day out. Still, not a day goes by that I do not think about it. While on my journey to kicking cancer's butt, I had the overwhelming support of my Coaches and the staff at Orangetheory Fitness Naples. 

"I credit Coach Lisa and Coach Marissa in helping me through a very trying time in my life."

They may not know it but their encouragement, the push and all out support from them was exactly what I needed when I came into the studio. Although I was tired from the radiation and was still healing from my surgery, I needed to be there for not only my physical health, but my mental health as well. I find clarity here, for an hour I can clear my head, think positive and focus on myself. I believe that the power of positivity is the reason today I get to call myself a survivor. Orangetheory Fitness asks, "What do you burn for?" Today I BURN to stay cancer free, I PUSH for those others battling, and go ALL OUT because I am a survivor!!

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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