Anthony C.

Kildeer Studio  |  Member since 2017

getting pushed the right way

In Oct. of 2016 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and was told surgery would get rid of the cancer. At that time I suffered with bouts of ulcerative colitis, was on several meds to keep my autoimmune disease under control. I’ve had a history of clotting issues that has forced me to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life. My weight has fluctuated from 250 lbs to 175 depending on how sick I was. 

Four months after my surgery I went for my first scan and to mine and my doctors surprise the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. I got the awful news that I had to endure 12 weeks of chemotherapy. It was during my time in chemo I decided to take my health into my own hands and researched natural ways to make your immune system stronger. Everywhere I turned the 100’s if not thousands of suggestions had 1 thing in common. Stick to a consistent, challenging exercise program.

I began eating right and decided to join Orangetheory in Kildeer, IL. It was a brand new studio. That was in July of 2017. 

I have a beautiful, supportive, strong and inspiring wife. I have 2 wonderful children. They are my heart and soul and I wasn’t about to let this beat me. 

"I needed something to push me. Orangetheory has been just that." 

It is now March of 2018 and I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life. I’m a consistent 190 lbs with 10% body fat. I have more energy than I did when I was in my 20’s. I am off all meds for my autoimmune disease. The only medication I take is my blood thinners as a precaution. The validation is in the compliments I get from friends and family of how great and HEALTHY I look. It feels good to feel good.

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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