Thomas T.

Nothing but support

I used to be athletic, but overweight all of my life. I played football in high school & college until injuries plagued my football career, forcing me to leave college early. I managed the pain decently, but my weight fluctuated from 275-295lbs. for about 4-5 years after leaving football. In January 2016, I hit the heaviest I’ve ever been which was 305lbs. I slowly but surely decided to change my lifestyle. About 6 months in, I lost about 40 lbs., but plateaued at 260 lbs. & couldn’t seem to lose any more weight. 

I discovered Orangetheory because of my mother who became a member. I took a few classes with her in St. Augustine and loved it, so I checked out the studio near me. Since November, I’ve lost an additional 30lbs. weighing 230lbs, which I haven’t weighed since the 8th grade. 

"I love the coaches -- the support they provide and the community OTF has provided for me." 

One of the head coaches has been the best influence for me. As somebody with a football past, I’m very competitive & probe to injuries due to past issues with my knees & lower back. My coach has been able to accommodate the weight room exercises in a way that’s allowed me to satisfy my competitive nature and get a great workout without aggravating any pre-existing injuries. 

Orangetheory has truly changed my life for the better. Not only physically - my confidence is higher than ever before.

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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