Nancy A.

thankful and appreciative 

I am a Mom of three and an elementary school teacher on Long Island. I had a 5-hour brain surgery two years ago that resulted in losing my hearing on one side. In addition, I had to do months of intense vestibular therapy to work on my balance and vertigo issues post-surgery. For months, I had temporary facial paralysis and would tape my eye shut at night so that it would stay closed. 

I honestly never thought I would exercise again. My friend introduced me to Orangetheory and I was very intimidated at first. My biggest hurdle was getting my foot in the door. Once in, I was hooked. The coaches are so kind, helpful and willing to modify all exercises. They are all so extremely patient. I love wearing the heart monitor and seeing my own progress/results. It is so motivating and empowering. I am so hooked to OTF I don’t even know myself anymore!

"I initially signed up for two classes a week and quickly switched over to unlimited!"

I feel so much stronger especially coming from where I started. An added bonus is that I lost over 25 pounds in the first 3 months of joining. After having brain surgery, you just look at life differently. I have a deeper appreciation for everything and I am SO thankful for OTF. It is my sanity and my happy place! ❤️ Thank you!

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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