Joey P.

Downtown San Jose Studio  

rediscovering happiness

Orangetheory Fitness brought me out of depression. I was 32 weeks pregnant and in August of 2017, something went horribly wrong. My son, Mason, had Jejunal atresia, meaning his intestines did not form properly and there wouldn't be anything doctors could do to help until he was born. In an attempt to try to delay labor so he could get as strong as possible to help increase his risk of survival after a surgery, I myself, almost died in the process. 

When Mason was born, doctors immediately took him away and prepared for surgery to try to repair his intestines. Unfortunately, after opening him up, there was nothing they could do. His large intestines had rotted so bad that he had no chance of survival. My husband and I were able to hold Mason in our arms in a private room until he passed away. He had lived for one day. He died pure of heart and for that I like to say I was the luckiest, unlucky mom in the world. 

The traumatic experience of losing a baby, and almost dying in the process sent me into a very depressed state. I spent months seeing a therapist, a psychiatrist, seeking comfort from family and friends. My heart was full of support but my soul, my spirit, was still terribly wounded. 

"Until I found Orangetheory Fitness." 

A girlfriend of mine had mentioned how much she loved Orangetheory because of how the coaches motivate you, while at the same time you push yourself to bring out the best version of yourself as you can during the work out sessions. I loved the idea and without even a trial class, signed myself up for the Elite Membership to give it a go I could have never guessed it would transform my life and fill the emptiness in my soul. 

My studio is the Downtown San Jose, CA studio. From the moment you walk in the door, you are treated like family. The coaches are energetic and inspiring. Their music is upbeat, and they take the time to make sure that everything you are doing is in correct form. I would walk away from each class inspired, (very sore), and excited for what the next day would have in store. I started to feel more confident, eat better, and have more energy. 

Thanks to Orangetheory I feel like my old self, my happy self- my inspired self. I would never in a million years guess that a fitness studio would be the magic ingredient to bring me out of my depression, but here I am. I am a believer and I am spreading the gospel to everyone I know.

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.
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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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