Kathleen T.

 Shelby Township Studio

now pain free

I joined Orangetheory Fitness in Shelby Township, MI just over a year ago and am so glad that I did. Although I have been an active person my whole life, my journey has certainly had its obstacles. When I was 24, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and immediately had a complete thyroidectomy. About three years later, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Both diagnoses often take away my energy and leave an exhaustion that is difficult to describe. In addition, the RA brings on painful flares, sometimes without warning or reason, making it difficult to perform the simplest of daily tasks. 

For a number of years, I was able to remain active. I participated in local runs, half-marathons, and I even ran the Army 10 miler in Washington, D.C. I am now 45 and have had to modify a lot of the things that I do. I rarely run and although I tried to exercise at a local gym, I wasn't able to remain consistent with my workouts. My RA often flared as a result of 'over-doing it' and I would have to rest for several days before exercising again. As a person who thrived on being active, this became depressing. I felt weaker than I had ever felt before and I missed the feeling that I would get after a good workout. 

One day, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw an advertisement for Orangetheory. It caught my attention and after I researched it further online, I set up an appointment for my first workout. I have been hooked ever since. 

"The reason why Orangetheory works for me is that I am able to not only monitor the intensity that I am exerting, but I am also able to modify the workouts to fit my needs."

Some movements can exacerbate my condition, so I just modify them with something similar. The coaches are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and are always able to assist me with modifying an exercise if needed. When I am unable to run or walk on the treadmill, I perform my cardio on the bike - pain free! Orangetheory takes the guess-work out of my exercise routine. No longer do I walk around a gym trying to figure out what I can do that will not cause an exacerbation of my condition. Orangetheory keeps me moving and I feel stronger and more energetic than I have felt in years! The results have been so life-changing that my husband has also joined and loves it too!

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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