Joanna K.

Increasing flexibility 

I am a soon-to-be first-time mom who has been taking OTF classes in Rockledge, Florida, since June 2016. I am a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader (2011-2014) and since my days on the Ravens I have enjoyed high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.

I moved to Florida in 2014 for my husband’s job and am fortunate enough to have been able to continue my career in Florida, working from home as an environmental scientist. Going from working full-time as a scientist, an NFL cheerleader and Special Olympics coach in Maryland, to working from home and just sporadically working out at different venues in Florida, was tough on my body. I lost a lot of strength in my legs and some of my flexibility.

"The second I took my first OTF class I was beyond hooked and thrilled knowing that a new location had popped up in my town in Florida! My husband and I joined together and love to take classes together!"

I am competitive by nature and enjoy being led by an instructor when working out. I strive to impress my coaches at OTF and like to push myself to get faster and stronger as each workout progresses. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child in September I was thrilled to continue my OTF workouts. I modify the workouts slightly and the coaches work so well with me, always asking how I am.

Not only has OTF helped make my pregnancy easier and made me feel less like a blob, it has also improved my running. I am still able to run distances to this day, 20 weeks into the pregnancy!

I get a lot of compliments from the coaches for completing these intense workouts while pregnant, but if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be doing anything close to what I do in my OTF workouts. They make me work harder and strive for my optimal fitness level and for that I am so grateful! I will continue to convince my friends and family that OTF is the best workout they’ll ever do, because it is without a doubt the best workout I’ve ever done!!

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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