Catherine Henze is a firecracker, both literally and figuratively. Aside from striving to put more life in her life on a day to day basis, the 61-year-old is a retired firefighter (and the first female hired for the city, at that) in Boulder, Colorado.
But despite the quiet routine retired life brought to her after 30 years in the field, Cathy needed more. “I needed an intense workout to keep me in shape,” she explained. “Orangetheory did just that. Since then, it has kept me ready for anything my growing grandsons can throw at me. From bike riding to hiking, camping and swimming, Grandma can keep up.”
Cathy first heard of Orangetheory from her best friend and workout partner, Sarah. Bored of their exercise routine, they figured they had nothing to lose by taking a free Orangetheory class. “After that first session, we were both signed up within the hour,” she explained. “We were hooked!” Since then, Cathy and Sarah have been avid members and have noticed positive change. For Cathy, she has felt physically stronger and toned throughout her body, especially with her arms, aka no “bingo-wings.”
Cathy hasn’t just become physically stronger, but mentally as well. In 2016, she fell and broke her neck playing with her grandkids. Instead of remaining stagnant and giving up exercise, she decided to continue working out at Orangetheory. “The coaches and workout has provided me a sense of self-accomplishment and pride,” she said. “Knowing I’m physically and mentally stronger and seeing the toned results gives me confidence to keep at it.”
Cathy (right) with her workout bud, Sarah.
But that’s not all – Cathy even managed to improve not just her physical and mental well-being, but the bond among her family as well. Her daughter, grandson, nieces and son in law are all members, and even work out together at times. “My daughter and grandson join me at Orangetheory as often as they can. We love to challenge each other during our workouts,” she said. “It gives us family time doing the workout together, plus the travel time before and after the workout. Not only that, but it gets us ready for physical summertime activities when there might be snow on the ground.”
Her daughter Charity in particular is reaping the most benefits. Not only does she feel great, but she is running races and winning in her age divisions for the first time ever. “Orangetheory has made me a better mother and grandmother because I encourage my family to challenge themselves both physically and mentally, and that fitness can be fun,” added Cathy.
Orangetheory strives to bring more life to our mothers, their family and the rest of our members. Click here to try your first class and see how Orangetheory can bring more life to you.