Timothy F.

energetically healthy 

I was always very overweight my whole life as a child and adult and had tried lots of diets and failed. Always hated exercise. I couldn’t sleep near anyone without waking them, I was exhausted all day and couldn’t get enough caffeine. I was bearing 40 when my mom had lung cancer in her 60’s and ended up on oxygen. After that I decided I didn’t want to end up like that in 20 years. My wife Angela and I have four kids with autism. My biggest fear is to leave them on this Earth, so we work as hard as we can to get them every service and therapy and private education possible, but we’ve neglected our own health. 

"Since joining OTF, I’ve lost 45 pounds have zero health problems."

I can out run all of my kids, have more energy and feel better than I did when I was kid. OTF has changed my life and has made me a better husband and dad to my beautiful four kids: Grace, Landon, Jensen and Ean. This is the only fitness program I’ve ever stuck to, seen results, and continue to enjoy 3-4, sometimes 5 times a week. I wish I had known about this sooner and could have done this when I was 20. 

We’ve also learned that purposeful movement and exercise is good for autistic kids, so we are working to get them fit too. It’s changed our whole family. Thank you for letting me share my story and for making a program for regular people who have never done the gym or anything before. Thank you -- now I can live to see my kids graduate high school, college, get married and have their own kids. God willing.

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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