Overcoming All Odds

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“Everyone falls down. It’s just how fast you get up, right?” – Demille Bly from the movie “Driven.

Jessy joined Orangetheory (OT) in its beginning phases looking for group fitness classes close to home. She did her own research on it, which was something that she’d love and wanted. At the time, she weighed more than her pregnancy weight at 159 pounds.

In addition to her extra weight, she had herniated discs from previous fractures. In constant pain, Jessy felt unhappy and unhealthy. She said, “I let myself go. I knew better and knew what to do, but I am an emotional eater and was eating my way to feel ‘happy.’ I was sick of it and needed a constant workout routine and somewhere that held me accountable, so I joined OTF.”

“It’s one hour out of your day. One hour of my day and I feel I get so much out of it and I don’t have to think about what I am going to do. I just do it.”

Jessy joined with the ambition of getting back into shape and feeling happy with herself again. She wanted to drop down to her baseline weight of 120 pounds, do 30 push-ups not on her knees, and run three miles without walking. Most importantly, she wanted to be consistent – no excuses – show up and work as hard as she could.

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She recalls taking her first class as difficult. “I felt so out of shape and could feel how far I let myself get out of shape…” said Jessy. She attended classes regularly and took pictures keeping track of her progress. Jessy eventually felt better and saw positive changes in her body loving the changes.

The feeling that Jessy had after completing classes, the way she looked, and how it improved her motor-cross riding skills kept her coming to classes frequently. She loved starting her day by attending the 5 a.m. class five to six classes a week. By then, her herniated discs didn’t bother her anymore. Jessy felt stronger and went through her days without any problems.

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Living her life and doing what she loved, Jessy went to the Albany Motorsports Park for a practice ride with friends after a lousy day at work. Jessy rode her dirt bike as usual until something unimaginable happened. Jessy said, “My friend Christina told me I was out racing in practice and suddenly the track went silent, which at a motor-cross track, is never a good thing.”

Christina and employees ran to Jessy and the track came to a halting stop. She saw Jessy lying on the ground covered in blood tapping her helmet moaning in pain. Jessy assumed (she can’t remember) that she and another rider went off a jump at the same time and collided in mid-air. She fell to the dirt and a rider behind her ran over her neck.

“After I read my medical records, I couldn’t believe I survived and I feel so lucky.”

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Jessy at the track the day of and before the accident (top photo).

Jessy lost all consciousness. The paramedics immediately intubated her on the scene and brought her to the Salem Hospital. Jessy’s husband rushed to the hospital once he learned about the accident. He met with a social worker when he arrived preparing for the worst.

She was alive, but wasn’t breathing on her own and in a coma. The doctors couldn’t tell her husband if or when she’d wake up and the quality of life she’d have if she awoke. Jess had bleeding in her brain, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and a broken jaw in multiple places. She also had a torn carotid artery and a broken nose.

“My main goal is to just show up for class and be here and make it through a whole class. That’s huge to be able to do that with the extent of my injuries and I fully feel like I need to do it – especially for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and physically can’t.”

Jessy also suffered from traumatic brain injury and diffuse axonal injury. Miraculously, she came out the coma after seven days. She said, “After I read my medical records, I couldn’t believe I survived and I feel so lucky.” She spent nearly a month at the Salem Hospital and then spent almost another month at Providence Portland Rehabilitation for daily intensive inpatient rehab.

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The traumatic accident caused her to lose much of her memory in general. She didn’t remember the accident and the time she spent at the Salem Hospital. Jessy only remembers the medical transport van to Providence Portland as her first memory. She can’t even recall her wedding that took place on August 26, 2017 nine months prior to her accident.

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Brain injuries have no recovery time and her recovery is ongoing. She’ll never be the same. Jessy woke up every morning with no recollection of the previous day after her accident. She now can remember things from the day before but it’s hazy for her. “I have accepted that I am not the Jessy I use to be. It is normal with brain injuries and often said you are a new person – and I get that – and that’s OK,” said Jessy.

She now aspires to get back to where she was a year ago prior to her accident. Determined, Jessy came back to OT seven months after the incident at the track. Jessy said, “My main goal is to just show up for class and be here and make it through a whole class. That’s huge to be able to do that with the extent of my injuries and I fully feel like I need to do it – especially for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and physically can’t.”

“I love the staff, community and workouts. It’s all amazing and all of it together makes it truly a great place. I love the motivation and encouragement everyone gives each other.”

Jessy has come a long way from hospitalization. She can now run on the treadmill without holding on to the rails. Her rowing wattage has also increased from 30 watts to 130 watts since November. Jessy can perform about 15 push-ups not on her knees.

She tries to attend two classes a week, which is a milestone for her. Jessy likes endurance classes the most because it challenges her the most and she wants to improve her stamina. Although she feels drained after class, she perseveres with her constant training.

The thing that Jessy likes about classes at OT is getting in and out in one hour. She said, “I like that the work outs are all ready to go and you do them. It’s one hour out of your day. One hour of my day and I feel I get so much out of it and I don’t have to think about what I am going to do. I just do it.”

Aside from having an efficient and effective workout, she loves how everyone encourages one another and how each person’s fitness journey varies. She appreciated the support she received when she had her injuries, which amazed her. Jessy said, “I love the staff, community and workouts. It’s all amazing and all of it together makes it truly a great place. I love the motivation and encouragement everyone gives each other.”

We’re all happy to have you back at the studio. You’re an inspiration to us to keep fighting regardless of our mental or physical obstacles!

Keep Burning Jessy!

Getting Back On Track

Jon Deleonardo

Humans are creatures of habit and it takes nearly 21 days to form a habit. Jon who won the 2019 Transformation Challenge developed a routine and habit leading to his success in and out of the studio. Prior to joining Orangetheory (OT), he and his wife took group training interval classes and stopped going for a while. Once the studio opened at Orenco Station, they joined to get back on track with group interval training.

“I love the intensity and it’s a great reset to any stress going on in my life.”

Jon recalls his first class at the studio as tough but his body felt good from the workout. He felt his body waking up again to an intense heart rate work out, working recovery and strength training. “I was never a runner before joining OTF but I found the cardio work on the tread to closely mirror some of the interval training and hill repeats that we used to do on the bike,” said Jon.

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Before taking classes at OT, Jon gained some weight and wanted to lose some of it. He also wanted to get back into his previous fitness form. The results, convenient class times, absolute dedication, passion, support from the coaches and staff motivates him to come often. Jon said, “I love the intensity and it’s a great reset to any stress going on in my life.”

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Since joining OT, he hit a major milestone winning the 2019 Transformation Challenge for the men getting down to 169 pounds and losing 5.5 percent body fat in the eight weeks. He went to classes about five days per week and sometimes more. Jon knew to listen to his body and forced himself to hold back and have a “green day” if he felt sore.

“I’ve never changed my diet and lifestyle habits to match how much time I put into fitness activities and gym routine. I would generally eat and drink whatever I wanted thinking that the workout calories I burned allowed me to do so. I think that the real secret is ‘you can’t outrun your bad diet.’ I was also one of the folks that swore off recreational beer and alcohol for the challenge. The results have been so good. I’m happy to report still being booze free and committed to healthy eating.”

A key part to Jon’s success has come from his wife’s unwavering support to not only  meet his goals, but more importantly to reach their goals together. Jon said, “Lifestyle habit and diet changes, which are essential to OTF results cannot occur in a vacuum…Forming our team and supporting each other has had some great effects to reinforce training schedules, diets, and habits that we can both stick to.”

He also ran his first half marathon in April having never ran in any event or distance on the road before in life. He was happy to beat his goal of under 2 hours and finished in 1 hour and 48 minutes. Jon has goals of continuing with the habits that have led him to successful results, attending classes regularly, and to run one half marathon a month during the summer and possibly run Hood to Coast.

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Jon likes how the Orenco Station community has a positive vibe and how everyone supports one another. These are some of the building blocks, which make the studio a great place for everyone – thank you for being part of it.

Keep Burning Jon!

A Fresh Approach to Training

Nicole Jones

If you’ve ever met Nicole, you’ll know that she has an outgoing and friendly personality. She always walks in with a smile on her face ready to conquer her workout at the studio. Orangetheory (OT) breaks up her busy day as a physical therapist or tending to her chickens at home. Nicole arrives ready for class whether it’s a themed day or signature workout dominating all the classes she takes.

“I needed something that would push me more than I would push myself at a regular gym.”

Nicole came to Orangetheory Orenco Station as a well-seasoned endurance athlete. She had a busy running season in 2018 running the Maui Oceanfront Marathon in January, Boston Marathon in April and Berlin Marathon in September. Thinking of these marathons would make anyone tired…phew.

Granted she accomplished these major feats, her mind and body were exhausted from the thought of going out for another long run for training. She wanted to do something fresh and different and that’s when she signed up for her first class at Orenco Station.

Nicole has a great familiarity with how to work out as a physical therapist. “I needed something that would push me more than I would push myself at a regular gym,” said Nicole. She remembers taking her first “power” day class – a hard one at that. When she worked out on her own, her idea of a “power” day was running sprints or doing fartleks.

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“I’m so stoked to have hit 7:16:00 on the 2,000m (row) DRITRI and not feel like I was toast and ended up finishing first for the women at Orenco. My overall efficiency has greatly improved and the rower is now one of my favorite parts of the OTF workouts.”

She had never worked so hard on the water rower and loved how exhausted she felt – she was immediately hooked on OT! Knowing the variety of new workouts and knowing that she’ll improve each month keeps her coming back for more. Nicole said, “I ran one of my fastest 5ks during my first DRITRI last month and was so happy that all the hard work and encouragement I get each day from the coaches really pay off.”

Prior to starting her fitness routine at OT, she set a long-term goal of completing all of the six major marathons. She’s completed Maui, Boston and Berlin, and is ready to take on London, New York and Tokyo. “Some races are based on time qualifications, charity or lottery. I knew I needed to change my workout regimen and challenge myself more if I were going to get another time qualifier. It’s going to be a long road but I’m excited to get there,” said Nicole.  

She continues to improve her marathon time and makes smaller goals periodically of running at a faster base pace or rowing a distance under a particular time. Nicole’s biggest improvement at the studio is on the rower. Her form has vastly improved translating into better times.

She said, “I’m so stoked to have hit 7:16:00 on the 2,000m (row) DRITRI and not feel like I was toast and ended up finishing first for the women at Orenco. My overall efficiency has greatly improved and the rower is now one of my favorite parts of the OTF workouts.”

Not surprising at all, Nicole likes “endurance” days at the studio as a marathon runner. Although her body may want to stop, she tells herself to keep going and her body will follow. “Endurance challenges are all about mind power and having a mantra that will carry you through has always helped me,” said Nicole.

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She loves that everyone pushes themselves to be a happier and healthier human in class. When she sees the person next to her grab a heavier weight or increase the speed by 0.1, she does the same. Nicole knows that Orangetheory has an amazing atmosphere, which welcomes and challenges anyone at any fitness level.

Last month, Nicole visited an OT studio in Nashville, Tennessee and it made her realize how special Orenco Station is. She loves walking into a place where she is welcomed with a smile and encouraging coaches. Everyone interacts with each other and she’s happy to have gained so many new friends at OT Orenco Station.

Nicole said, “This may be cheesy; however, with being in my profession, I am always aspiring people to get healthier and stronger and OTF does just this.”

 Keep Burning Nicole!

 

A Healing Community

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Not too many members take two classes in a day or back-to-back classes, but if you’ve ever met Jozie, he does. He would take three classes per day if he had the opportunity to do so. He is made of sure will and determination.

Jozie is an endurance athlete who always “chomps at the bit” for his next race he can run. He’s the type to run a 5K race and take an Orangetheory (OT) class without the slightest hesitation. Jozie has the endurance to run an ultra marathon if he wanted to.

His co-workers convinced him to try his first class at Orenco Station explaining that it would help him with his running and soccer. He replied with, “Sure, why not. It’s a free class.” Jozie recalls his first class as fun and felt that it was a great workout.

“I feel we should all do at least one thing every day that makes us happy, makes us enjoy life or makes us a better person. I try to do as many as I can and exercise is one of them. Who doesn’t feel better after a workout?”

Jozie played soccer and ran a few times a week with no specific fitness goals in mind prior to joining OT. Sadly, a string of unfortunate events happened after he joined. Jozie lost five family members in a span of five months including his brother whom he was close with.

He gradually slipped into a downward spiral becoming emotionally and physically unhealthy. Jozie quit exercising completely and began gaining weight. He realized one day that he needed to fix this problem – he didn’t know exactly how, but had to try.

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A few months after he took his last class, Jozie appeared at the studio upgrading his membership from an Elite to a Premier membership. Since then, Jozie has attended almost every day and hasn’t stopped. He had no idea how much this impacted him and how it helped him cope with his loss.

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“I’ve met some great people and made new friends.”

The combination of staff, coaches, exercising, having fun, and making new friends helped refresh Jozie emotionally and physically. Health, fitness and community bring him in daily. “I feel we should all do at least one thing every day that makes us happy, makes us enjoy life or makes us a better person. I try to do as many as I can and exercise is one of them. Who doesn’t feel better after a workout?” said Jozie.

Many who come to OT have specific fitness goals they want to achieve, but this really wasn’t the case for Jozie. He said, “I have a couple of goals in mind. But mainly, I will keep working out for my health and for fun! Without health, I won’t be able to do any of the other things I want. The PRs (personal records) and weight loss will eventually follow.”

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Jozie enjoys endurance classes and partner workouts because of the friendly competitiveness, which comes with it. He loves how classes are never boring and how each coach has a distinct style of coaching playing a variety of music avoiding monotony. The most important thing to him, though, is the community.

He has visited other OT studios, but hasn’t found the same ambiance quite like the one at Orenco Station. The members, coaches and staff make the difference. Jozie said, “I’ve met some great people and made new friends.” Jozie’s enthusiasm and passion for OT has earned him a position as an ambassador and voted prom king voted by the staff at Orenco Station. Thank you for support and passion for Orangetheory!

Keep Burning Jozie.

Resonating Words

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A person can tell you many things. Sometimes you forget what they say going through one ear and out the other. However, there are times when a person will tell you something where it simply sticks and resonates with you.

In 2014, Monica’s oncologist gave her words of advice, which were so profound that she shares them with anyone who asks her. After enduring four rounds of chemotherapy, followed by six weeks of daily radiation, she wanted to take control of the cancer she had. Her doctor told her, “…keep up your healthy nutrition routine…work out as hard as you can as often you can and then do more…get seven to eight hours of sound sleep every night.”

When she completed all of her treatments in 2015, Monica asked her doctor once again what she could do to remain healthy and keep the cancer away. He asked her, “Do you remember what I told you when you started? Do those same three things forever!” Since then, Monica continued to follow his advice. Determined not to have cancer take control of her life, Monica took control of it. She began by walking the Camino, a 260 mile trek from Lyon, France to Santiago, Spain with her daughter Kelsey.

“It’s the energy of walking into a place that sparkles, welcomes, and hugs you even when you’re a ‘sweat-ball.’ It’s your new friends who text you when you’re gone from the studio for a while and they want to make sure every thing is OK.”

As she went through her treatment, she remained diligent working out three to four times a week. She tried various types of workouts ranging from Zumba to swinging kettlebells, but she couldn’t find what she wanted the most from those workouts – a community. That’s when she discovered that an Orangetheory (OT) location was opening at Orenco Station only five minutes away from her front door.

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Monica, a little gun-shy, signed up for a membership during pre-sales. Once Orangetheory opened its doors in December of 2016, she showed up for the two-week trial period.  She said, “The first class was terrifying! I remember walking into the studio and standing, frozen, staring at the machines, TV monitors, and the orange of it all!” She had no idea of what she got herself into.

She gave herself the grace and permission to, from the start, quit if she couldn’t handle OT. Monica attended classes two to three times a week and eventually went six to seven times a week embracing the culture. Monica said, “I was hooked. Addicted. Obsessed. In Love. I found my groove – my thing.” Everyone she talks to about OT, she swears, thinks she has joined a cult.

“Just start. Just start and do not quit. Eat healthy. Sleep soundly. And, work out as hard as you can, as often as you can…and then do more.”

The community is the number one reason, which provides Monica her mojo, daily joy and her happy place. She has made so many friends and works out with people who she has come to love. Monica said, “It’s the energy of walking into a place that sparkles, welcomes, and hugs you even when you’re a ‘sweat-ball.’ It’s your new friends who text you when you’re gone from the studio for a while and they want to make sure every thing is OK.” She also landed a new career working with 401(k) accounts from her friend, Milauana, who she befriended by attending classes at the studio.  

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It didn’t take long for her to realize that OT wasn’t all about the equipment and tech, but more about the coaches and how they coached her every step of the way since day one. “They were patient and yet they pushed me. They watched me, and they coached me. I have learned how to row, how to run, how to lift correctly, and how to modify when I need to,” said Monica. She has observed each and every one of the coaches and seen how magnificently they’ve grown individually. Each coach has blossomed into a leader, mentor and a good friend to all – this is why she doesn’t quit.

Monica appreciates how the coaches don’t quit. The coaches show up for special workshops occasionally on Sundays after normal hours of operation. They take the time between classes giving advice and tips to help members with any problems or questions. Coaches provide a contagious energy beginning with high-fives at the start of class to celebrating milestones of any member during and after class.

Since she has joined the Orangetheory family at Orenco Station, Monica has seen real results in many ways. She feels great loaded with vast amounts of energy especially after an early morning strength-day workout. The euphoria from finishing a class empowers her to tackle the day with confidence and power.

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She definitely feels the strength she has gained in her muscles in the past two years. Monica lifts heavier now because the coaches know she can and encourages her to do so. She loves how she doesn’t bat an eyelash now when she adds more weight or making the TRX strap exercises a little more challenging.

Monica’s healthy habits and diligence has rubbed off on her kids and they’ve followed suit. Her daughter Kelsey wants to open an Orangetheory in Vienna, Austria so she can take classes every day. She and Kelsey plan to walk the next Camino – the Portuguese Camino – in 2020. Her sons also send photos of healthy meal prepped foods for the week too.

When people ask her how she stays in shape and how she has so much energy, she tells them, “Just start. Just start and do not quit. Eat healthy. Sleep soundly. And, work out as hard as you can, as often as you can…and then do more.” This advice stuck with Monica and has worked for her – it can work for you too.

Keep Burning Monica!

Persistence Pays Off

Brian Cooper

Brian came to Orangetheory (OT) almost a year ago now. A friend suggested that he should try OT after researching the benefits of interval training. He wanted to try something new, at the very least, to supplement his training regimen. His friend couldn’t have been more correct!

At that point in time, Brian paid about $600 per month on a personal trainer who helped him lose close to 2/3 of the weight he needed to reach his desired goal. He realized that he didn’t enjoy pure lifting with only one cardio routine. Brian came to the studio for his first class and struck gold with this new type of training at OT.

“I wanted a workout that I could get excited about and that forced me to engage my body using more plyometric and cardiovascular intensive exercises.”

He said that he’ll never forget his first class taught by Coach Shay at the time. “Amazing music, varied exercises that worked my entire body, and frankly, the hardest workout I had ever attempted, were the most memorable features about that class to inform my decision to give OTF a chance,” said Brian. He felt like death as classes ended, but he felt absolutely phenomenal 10 minutes after class ended. It was at that moment he knew he was hooked!

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Brian typically frequents the noon class three to four times per week. He said, “I love that noon slot because I can slip out of work for an hour and a half and engage my body. I feel invigorated after every workout and that powers me through the rest of my day.” This factor alone could have him attending classes at noon for eternity but it is not.

When he started training at OT, Brian wanted to lose the final third of his weight to reach his goal. “I wanted a workout that I could get excited about and that forced me to engage my body using more plyometric and cardiovascular intensive exercises,” said Brian.He had already lost more than 80 pounds by the time he first tired his class in March 2018. He lost more than 200 pounds from July 2017 to September 2018. Brian finally lost the last 35-40 pounds at OT.

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Now that he has reached his target weight, Brian has recommitted himself to living the best and active life. As an avid outdoorsman, he has taken what he has learned in class by controlling his breathing and heart rate applying it to other fitness recreational activities. Brian finds himself transitioning between base, push and all-out paces when he’s out on an excursion.

Brian’s biggest accomplishment in the last five years in his fitness journey has been losing 200 pounds – which is no easy feat! In addition, his overall speed and endurance has vastly improved since joining the OT family. Orangetheory has given him the workout he needed by providing engagement with variability, convenience and access to the same experience in different cities, which he loves.

“Simply put, I believe in the workout! I have found a workout that is compact (one hour long), highly effective, led by a caring and knowledgeable staff that takes place in a positive and encouraging environment that is fun! What more could I ask for?”

He definitely loves attending ESP (endurance, strength and power) days at the studio because he gets the biggest bang for his buck. Apart from the workouts, Brian enjoys the camaraderie between staff and fellow members. The energetic and encouraging environment pushes him to give his best in each class along with the wave of positive energy propelling him to the end of class.

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He said, “Persia was a huge influencer for me. In the beginning, when I was still carrying around a bit of extra weight, her cheers of encouragement and her words reminding me why I showed up always get me through to the end of a hard workout.” Brian has branched out and began taking classes with other coaches and found that each one wanting him and other to succeed realizing their fitness potential.

Brian said, “Simply put, I believe in the workout! I have found a workout that is compact (one hour long), highly effective, led by a caring and knowledgeable staff that takes place in a positive and encouraging environment that is fun! What more could I ask for?”

Keep Burning Brian!

2019 Transformation Challenge

2019 tcWhat doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change you, and we’re here to help you along your personal transformation journey to not only change your body, but to change your life. Join us in this month’s 8-week Transformation Challenge starting January 21st! It’s only $35 to register, and $500 to the first place male and female who complete the challenge and lose the highest percentage of body fat.

Here’s how it works:
  • Sign up for the Transformation Challenge and complete the waiver form at the front counter
  • Get your initial free InBody scan at NUTRISHOP in Hillsboro from Jan. 17 – 20 and email them by January 20 
  • Take before and after photos of front and side views of yourself in the same Orangetheory gear (great time to buy if you don’t have any)
  • Email the before and after photos to otforencoevents@gmail.com
  • Attend a minimum of 18 classes at Orenco Station from Jan. 21 – March 17
  • Get your final InBody scan from March 15 -17 and email it by March 17
  • Take advantage of 25% off at The Fit Foods and 15% off at NUTRISHOP
  • Have fun and enjoy the journey

One Hour Sweat Therapy

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Difficult times call for self-reflection and growth. Orangetheory (OT) gives this to anyone who seeks either. This gives them an opportunity to analyze where they’ve been, what they want to do, and a strategy to get them on the right path for success in fitness.

Leah came to OT at a difficult time in her personal life and needed an outlet to improve her overall mental and physical health. Growing up, she spent the majority of her childhood overweight and needed the knowledge to fix it. OT gave her the information and structured training she needed for success – as her first fitness routine – to help her get into shape for the first time.

The first class she took terrified her with its intensity. Leah said, “I remember hitting almost 45 splat points. I was motivated by getting as many points as possible and I nearly killed myself doing so! I left feeling so accomplished and awesome.” She didn’t sign up for a membership right away because she wanted to make sure she had the motivation to go again the next day. Her second class had her hooked!

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“I love the feeling of looking and feeling strong. I want to run a half marathon this summer.”

Ever since she took her first couple of classes, she became addicted to the feeling after completing the hour-long workout. Leah realized that if you slack and don’t come to class for a while, the coaches will contact you to get you back into class. The classes keep her engaged, focused and give her therapy by sweating it all out.

Leah didn’t have any specific fitness goals when she began her fitness journey at OT. She only knew that she wanted to improve her overall health in a class environment that could teach her how to properly train. However, she now has goals of increasing her speed on the treads, lifting heavier weights and staying consistent in every class.

Running challenges her the most – which, she loves along with power days – but hates the inclines. She ran her first 5K as one of her major accomplishments — this was something she thought she couldn’t achieve. Now, Leah has gone as far as signing up for three more upcoming races in advance.

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“I love inviting my friends and we can all work out in our own way. There is something truly special about that. It’s a judgment-free zone where we are all on the same level no matter what age or shape your are in.”

She has also pushed herself to increase her strength training by adding her own weight-training regimen to push her limits. The classes have shown her how to use correct form and technique to not injure herself. “I love the feeling of looking and feeling strong. I want to run a half marathon this summer,” said Leah.

Leah loves seeing so many familiar faces and the positivity that the coaches and members bring to the studio. “We all know it, but this is a unique family that we have. Hearing the coaches praise your efforts, call you out when you’re taking it easy and push you to be the best version of yourself makes OTF such a fun place to be,” said Leah. She likes how all the members encourage each other and having someone smile at you while you’re dying on the treadmill makes it much easier.

The variety of classes at OT makes coming here fun and she loves how it never bores or burns her out. She constantly feels challenged by the workouts pushing her to be better and stronger. Leah said, “I love inviting my friends and we can all work out in our own way. There is something truly special about that. It’s a judgment-free zone where we are all on the same level no matter what age or shape your are in.”

Leah can’t thank the staff and members enough for building the OT Orenco Station culture. She has made some serious life changes and attributes them to the family that she has found here looking forward to her continued fitness goals with everyone.

Keep Burning Leah!

 

OTF Prom Night “A Night to Remember”

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Our studio is known for throwing great events and this is no exception. Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 29 from 7 – 10 p.m. for “A Night to Remember” as we put on OTF Prom Night at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse – Imbrie Hall.

Coach Persia grew up in-and-out of foster care at the ages or 6, 12 and 16. During her high school years, she moved around frequently and didn’t spend enough time at a school to attend a prom.

Unlike some students in high school, Persia wanted to go to prom but focused on graduating and getting out on her own. She eventually received her GED through Portland Community College, which was a great accomplishment for her.

“I love our community and they are my real friends. So, I’m excited to sweat on the dance floor instead of serving burpees. I’m excited to let go and have a blast for a single night with a room full of people that truly care and love me! I feel like Cinderella — a dreamy night.”

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When Persia learned that OTF Prom Night was thrown together in her name and benefited Boys and Girls Aid, she felt deeply moved by the act. “It still is a shock and very hard to believe that I am that important. I’m such a giver. I’m not so great on the receiving end so this is still a mind-blowing celebration. I feel incredibly special and loved,” said Persia.

She looks forward to shopping for her first prom dress and the most hugs and smiles all in one night. She waits with anticipation and excitement to see all the staff and members “dressed to the nines” having a wonderful time with one another. She said, “I love our community and they are my real friends. So, I’m excited to sweat on the dance floor instead of serving burpees. I’m excited to let go and have a blast for a single night with a room full of people that truly care and love me! I feel like Cinderella — a dreamy night.”

All proceeds will go to Boys & Girls Aid, a non-profit in Portland, which paired Persia with a caring foster family. Tickets are $25 each (cash only) and are on sale now at the front counter until Thursday, December 20. Only 250 tickets will be sold, so get yours today!

Photo courtesy of mcmenamins.com

Holiday Spirit Week 2018

In celebration of the holidays, the studio will have a week full of fun daily themes from Monday, December 17 – Saturday, December 22.
The themes are as follows:
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  • 12/17 – Let It Snow — bundle up and wear clothes made for snow

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  • 12/18 – All That Glitter Day — shine your way through your workout

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  • 12/19 – Ugly Sweater Day — the uglier the better

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  • 12/20 – PJ Day — wear your favorite PJs

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  • 12/21 – Secret Santa (Hat) Day — wear a Santa hat and bring a wrapped gift no more than $5 — give and take a gift

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  • 12/22 – Wear Red and Green Day — anything you haven’t worn this season