Carissa C

Member since 2017

pushing yourself

I joined Orangetheory Fitness back in October 2017 with the intentions of only signing up for a few months. I had been working out with a personal trainer for 4 years and my motivation had plateaued. I was looking for something to change up my routine and kick start my weight loss/fitness goals. OTF was about to start their Weight Loss Challenge, so I jumped on the bandwagon thinking it would be perfect motivation. I changed my diet a bit, set my alarm every day to make class. and suddenly this was working. I lost 9% of my body weight during the Weight Loss Challenge and I have kept it off plus some. It’s the non-scale victories that have been even more rewarding. 

I think we all remember our first class. That nervous feeling going in, that feeling like there is no way you are going to make it through 60 minutes and you should have not had quesadillas for lunch; and then that amazing feeling of accomplishment at the end. That nervous feeling suddenly goes away after you finish your first class. You continue to push yourself, so the 60 minutes doesn’t get easier, your recovery just gets better, and you get faster and stronger. And most importantly, that sense of accomplishment never goes away. 

"I was never an athlete. OTF has given me the ability to push myself individually, yet still feel like I am part of a team."

The support from the fellow oranges and coaches/staff is something that is almost impossible to put into words, you just need to experience it. More often than not, you will find me calling it my Orangetherapy. I find myself coming back to not only get in my workout. but spend an hour with my new friends. Never once have I started a class and wished I had stayed in bed. 

Most importantly- after moving to Maine nearly 10 years ago from New Jersey, Orangetheory Fitness has filled the one thing that I still felt like I was missing. A sense of community.

"The mental and emotional gains I get from my OTF workouts are priceless."

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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