Making Himself a Priority

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Members who attend classes regularly at Orangetheory (OT) Orenco Station like to arrive 10-15 minutes early to either stretch, socialize or both. However, there are some who arrive just a tad late scrambling to get into class. Paul is one of those who arrives to class just a minute or two after class has started, but in his defense, the class is at 5 a.m. We’ve all been there before.

Before joining the OT Orenco Station tribe, Paul ran a marathon in 2007 but took a long hiatus from training afterwards. Between work and raising two daughters, he found difficulty taking time for himself as a priority.

“I spent most of the first few classes out of breath and in the red zone. I was reminded of how it felt to be sore after a workout, and it felt great!”

Fast forward to 2016, Paul saw many new businesses going in at Orenco Station and was thrilled to see a workout facility slated to open. His curiosity led him to stop by and learn more about it eventually becoming a founding member of the studio.

Paul normally takes classes four to five times per week and he not only does it for the physical aspects, but also for his mental well-being. Before OT, he felt tired all the time and didn’t want to feel like that anymore. Paul said, “I was never really overweight, but my metabolism was slowing down and I was anxious to tone up my new-found belly.” He essentially wanted, as a goal, to not feel these effects.

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“I love that no two workouts are alike. OTF provides plenty of variety in the workouts to keep things fresh, and we get to challenge ourselves to reach our fitness goals.”

He recalls his first class during the first two trial weeks as intimidating like many others and he had a hard time keeping up. “I spent most of the first few classes out of breath and in the red zone. I was reminded of how it felt to be sore after a workout, and it felt great!” said Paul.

Now that Paul has trained for almost two years, he has new goals of gaining more muscle development and definition. He also wants to push himself by lifting heavier weights on the floor and increasing his push pace wattage on the rower. Since joining, Paul has reached the milestone of attending at least four classes per week at 5 a.m., which allows him to get his daughters to school on time.

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Most members have a particular type of workout they enjoy most – not Paul though. However, he likes when a class has the “tornado” format with its frequent switching. Paul stated, “I love that no two workouts are alike. OTF provides plenty of variety in the workouts to keep things fresh, and we get to challenge ourselves to reach our fitness goals.”

Paul enjoys the camaraderie and support given both by the coaches and other members. “There is always a smiling face behind the counter and the coaches take the time to make me feel welcome. So many of the founding members are still active and it’s so much easier to motivate myself in the morning when I know I’ll see my friends at the 5 a.m. class.”He also appreciates that OT Orenco Station celebrates its members with parties and events, which makes it feel more than just a boutique workout studio.

Keep Burning Paul!

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