2018 Transformation Challenge

Transformation Challenge

If you haven’t heard about it, the Orangetheory Fitness Transformation Challenge begins January 29 and ends March 25. You have eight weeks to see what you can do to transform yourself into the person you want to be. Get engaged and start your new year off strong! You can sign up for the Transformation Challenge at the front desk. Click the TC Participant Handout for more details.

More Orangetheory, More Life

“We all want more. More energy. More strength. More results. Orangetheory is designed to transform you from the inside out. Our workout changes you at the cellular level, and is scientifically proven to give you a longer, more vibrant life. Our dedicated members across the globe are proof of this. Hear from our co-founder Ellen Latham, and CBO Kevin Keith about the inspiration behind More Life, and remember: what you do in here, gives you more life out there” — Orangetheory Fitness Corporate.

From Barely Walking To Crushing It

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The couple that sweats together stays together. It’s difficult to miss Gaurang (aka “G”) wearing his headband holding back his wild hair with his wife Janki and her infectious smile. They’ve attended classes here at Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) Orenco Station since the beginning of December 2016 and have only missed one class each between the two – amazing!

“It was hard, and we could barely walk the first day. But at the same time, it was so engaging and different, we enjoyed it so much we knew we had found something special” — Janki.

Prior to joining OTF, they neglected their fitness but wanted to make a positive change in their lives. Both were looking for a workout that they could enjoy and sustain together. One day, the duo walked around Orenco Station and saw a sign for OTF. Their curiosity led them to meet the owner, Chad, and Persia discovering the benefits OTF workouts offer. The two joined right then and there beginning their fitness journey.

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The two recall their first workout at OTF as “intense” and it made them realize their “unfit” condition. Janki stated, “It was hard, and we could barely walk the first day. But at the same time, it was so engaging and different, we enjoyed it so much we knew we had found something special.”

They, initially, had differing fitness goals for themselves but wanted to improve on their overall health. In the past, G ran for distance and had the aspiration of building lean muscle, regaining momentum for running and getting back into shape. Janki, on the other hand, had the initial goal of completing the recommended three weekly workouts.

“My secret is to keep challenging and competing with myself everyday. Different variety of workouts and technical inputs from coaches kept things interesting and that made a huge difference compared to a monotonous gym workout” — G.

Now that they’ve attended classes here for about a year they have different goals. G wants to challenge himself by running longer distances in a shorter time period while completing all the floor reps as a short-term goal. He also wants to burn fat while continuing to build lean muscle, which helps his long distance running, his long-term goal. Janki wants to continuously stay in base pace between push pace on endurance days, lift heavier weights, complete more reps, row with better form, and tone select muscle groups.

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The two have accomplished some milestones since joining OTF. G has lost 25 pounds in eight months and never fathomed waking up at 5 a.m. to attend the 6 a.m. workouts full of energy and focus. At first, he found the routine difficult; however, the coaches, staff and other OTF members kept him going and staying motivated to reach his goals. G said, “My secret is to keep challenging and competing with myself everyday. Different variety of workouts and technical inputs from coaches kept things interesting and that made a huge difference compared to a monotonous gym workout.”

 Janki initially started as a power walker because she didn’t like running and thought she couldn’t run at the time. Now she’s a jogger/runner – a milestone she never thought of achieving. She also completed the Dri-Tri in September, which she thought she couldn’t accomplish. Throughout her fitness journey, Janki has had many nagging injuries. She has had moments when she wanted to “take it easy” and give up. However, she persevered knowing that the workouts made her stronger and changed what her body could do. At the end of the day, she always felt good post workout and the thought of getting stronger kept her going.

“All this strength and determination would have been impossible had it not been for the amazing coaches at OTF Orenco pushing me to lift more, run faster, row faster and longer! It was constant support and reaffirmation from all the coaches at OTF, which kept me going. And of course, the overall amazing format of workouts that OTF offers has led me to grow immensely strong from where I was a year ago” — Janki.

Every time they experience a different workout at another studio, they always circled back to how extraordinary the coaches and staff are compared to the other locations they have visited. Both credit the staff and coaches for their constant involvement and hard work, which brings out the best in them every day describing OTF as “life changing.”

When asked what they loved about the OTF community, they described it as a positive support system built into their lives, which is simply special. In addition, the OTF community at Orenco Station gives them an amazing feeling, which adds motivation to the workout. They’ll continue to succeed with the help of each other and the rest of the OTF Orenco Station family.

Keep Burning G and Janki!

Leaving The Comfort Zone

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

The Great Pumpkin Workout

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In the spirit of Halloween, Studio Manager AmyJae and Coach Jess ran the Great Pumpkin Workout. Earlier in the week, the Orangetheory coaches and staff went to Lakeview Farms to pick pumpkins at the patch. Everyone had a fun time despite the rain and cold weather.

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The class was well attended and everyone had a great time with the workout. Not your everyday type of class, The Great Pumpkin Workout served as a good precursor to Hell Week. AmyJae and Jess thanks everyone who attended the first ever workout of its kind!

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