Kim W.

Miraculous recoveries 

My story is really the story of my husband and my youngest son. On the night of December 18, 2016, my husband Jeff Werkmeister and my 14-year-old son Jacob Werkmeister were walking to their car in a parking lot after seeing a movie together. The parking lot was adjacent to a highway, and right as they were about to get in their car to drive home, another car lost control on the highway at speeds over 90 MPH, drove off the road, became airborne, and crashed directly into both.

My husband was thrown in one direction, and my son in another. My son was thrown head first into the pavement directly underneath a fire hydrant that had been sheared off by the accident. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a near drowning, multiple skull fractures and was comatose. My husband was thrown in the other direction and had his entire rib cage fractured and lungs punctured in multiple places. They both spent two weeks in the ICU of our local trauma center, and at first were not expected to survive their critical injuries.

Miraculously, they not only survived, but were able to be weaned off the ventilators and eventually came home for extensive outpatient rehabilitation after multiple surgeries and having to re-learn how to walk again. Prior to this, my husband had been in the military reserves, and my son had been the first baseman for his high school baseball team. They both powered through physical and occupational therapy to try to regain what had been lost in the accident, despite intense pain and difficulties. About 3 months later, they were able to return to work and school.

In July of 2017, 7 months after the accident, the three of us decided it was time to try to kick up the recovery as I had also gained quite a bit of weight caring for the two of them and our other 3 children.

"We decided to give Orangetheory a try, and even though the first workout was so hard, we were hooked."

Fast forward to 6 months after that first class, and my husband is back to military duty, my son is back on the baseball team, and I have lost 30 pounds because Orangetheory has helped us to build back what was lost.

Orangetheory has given us the ability to not only survive, but thrive again. We are so grateful to have our opportunity for #morelife.

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

ANGELA B.
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.
STEPHANIE S.
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.
EUGENE G.
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.
DEB A.
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.
ERIC J.
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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