If you’ve ever met Jenn in class, you’ll notice that she’s smiling and ready to tackle the workout of the day. She ensures that she gets her daily workout in by diligently attending the 5 a.m. workout with her “crew.” Since she began working out at Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), she has reached some milestones and continues to reach more milestones in her fitness journey.
Five years ago Jenn’s health had declined and she weighed in at 375 pounds. She decided to take charge of her health by partaking in an active lifestyle, which she started off by taking bootcamp classes and using personal training. You name it, she has tried it ranging from kickboxing, spin and step aerobic classes; however, those classes didn’t quite get her where she wanted to be.
“It went by so quickly that all that nervousness got turned into sweat real quick! When class was over I was energized, sweaty and smiling.”
Jenn heard about the great workouts at OTF from a few people. Her good friend, Becky, knew that OTF had a location opening at Orenco Station and invited her to check the place out. The rest, you could say, is “history.”
Like many people who have never taken a class at OTF, Jenn felt nervous but excited at the same time for her first class. “It went by so quickly that all that nervousness got turned into sweat real quick! When class was over I was energized, sweaty and smiling,” said Jenn.
Before she started her workout regimen at OTF, Jenn had plateaued in her weight loss goals and complacency kicked in. She had the goal of getting healthier and stronger by “shaking” her out of her comfort zone and pushing her – her favorite way to do this is by attending strength and power classes, which are her favorites!
“You can’t help but smile from the first ‘good morning’ to the high fives and laughs. The moment you walk in you feel like you’re part of something great.”
Not initially considering herself a runner, she power walked the first Dri Tri back in March. In the most recent Dri Tri, she committed herself to distance and interval running, which she accomplished. Jenn had doubts the day before about completing the event, but felt pretty good after completing it. She said, “Every time I step on the scale I reach another milestone. I am seeing weight loss and numbers that I wasn’t sure would ever happen.”
Although she has come a long way, her goals remain the same – become healthier and stronger. When asked what she burns for, Jenn thought of it as a funny question. Her friends will tell you she burns for food, especially for brunches, at La Provence. She knows the caloric count in a croissant from there. In all seriousness though, she burns for a better version of herself every day.
Jenn loves attending classes at the studio because of its atmosphere describing OTF as “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” She said, “You can’t help but smile from the first ‘good morning’ to the high fives and laughs. The moment you walk in you feel like you’re part of something great.” She enjoys classes because of the coaches and staff’s encouragement. Most of all, it’s all the dynamic people who surround her that are like her who take a proactive step in their health.
Jenn stated, “I can’t begin to express the encouragement and confidence that Orangetheory has given me. I have new friendships that will last a lifetime and countless memories have been made. I can’t think of a better place to take my fitness goals to the next level nor would I want to do it with a different bunch of people.”
Keep Burning Jenn!