David S.

finding your strength 

A year ago, I was in the worst shape of my life, physically and mentally. I hated myself and my life. I spent all my time alone on the couch, eating junk food and feeling sorry for myself, and believing I could change anything. I looked at joining OTF, but when I saw the pictures online, everyone looked so in shape and I thought ‘I can’t do that I don’t fit in.’ April 3rd, 2017, I got up off the couch and went to my first class and it killed me -- 50 splat points, 39 minutes in the red zone and boy did I hurt the next day. I went to my second-class sore, still tired and thinking this wasn’t for me. The coaches encouraged me, and the other members were very supportive.

"I completed my second class and I was hooked." 

I was 240lbs when I started. OTF has shown me that I am stronger than I ever thought. I have learned to believe in myself and that I can do anything. I have never run more than the bases in baseball or on the football field. Last year in June, I ran my first 5k race and ended up running 2 more before the year was over. I have another 5k race this month, followed by an 8k! I signed up for my first 10k race in May and another in June. I have now been talked into doing a half marathon in November, a week after my 49th birthday. 

I could not have done any of this without OTF! I am proof OTF works, it’s far from easy and you need to dig deep, but anyone can do it. I found a family at Seton and the way members support and encourage other members is incredible. OTF saved my life, not just physically but mentally. I can finally say for the first time in my life, I love myself and don’t need anyone or anything to make me happy. I am happy with who I am now and what I have become. I look forward to what’s to come in my life and can now look back and smile about the good things in the past. Thank you OTF, you really did save my life.

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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