Zahid B.

Mooresville Studio  

Pushing Me to New Levels

I am a founding member at the Orangetheory Fitness in Mooresville, North Carolina. I became a member in December and went to the Orangetheory Fitness in Cornelius, North Carolina, which is also owned by Daniel Schloss.

My first class was with a lady named Sarah Tuczsinski – I had no idea she was the head trainer in Cornelius – I just remember she was on point with everything I had expected. It was a brutal workout and I enjoyed it. I was especially impressed by her ability to create a desire in me to really work. As a former Division 1 swimmer and pro cyclist I knew all about doing work but now as a 50-year-old father of three kids I wasn't sure what “doing work” would look like or feel like in this chapter of my life. Coach Sarah taught me in a hurry! Within a few months I recruited my wife, Kim, to the Orangetheory family and then my 14-year-old daughter who participated in Orangetheory during her swimming off season. I also got my sister and brother-in-law along with their oldest into classes during a family reunion and they’re joining in St. Louis. I always made sure Sarah was their introduction to Orangetheory.

“Sarah makes everyone feel special, like they are the most important person in the class.”

While all the coaches I have worked with are great, Sarah is different. There have been conversations where Kim and I have tried to figure out why she is so different. We came up with the answer: Sarah makes everyone feel special, like they are the most important person in the class. Pretty simple in words but much harder to do in real life considering the sheer number of people she trains and the number of coaches she works with.

Sarah is a product of what you desired and worked into existence. All the things you said you wanted in an Orangetheory Fitness coach describes Sarah. The fact that your system produces exactly what you wanted speaks volumes about your business. From using the word “options” instead of modifications to being “student-centered instead of trainer-centered” – you’ve hit a home run. Never mind the technology and the staffing, everything is first-class.

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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