Worth the Drive

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To get the results that you want in fitness, all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and commit to the process. For Eryn, all it took for her was to walk through the studio doors of Orangetheory (OT).

Like so many others before, Eryn worked out by herself at a gym. Her normal routine consisted of 50 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of weights on the machines. She felt lost with no direction and never knew what to do. Not seeing the results she wanted, she took a new approach.

I felt empowered and so excited to come back.”

Eryn heard about OT and couldn’t wait to try it. In the fall of 2017, she took a tour at the OT studio in West Linn. The coaches and front counter staff made her feel welcomed. She then joined the Orangetheory nation.

However, her time there didn’t last long. She cancelled her membership and moved to Vernonia in February. The closest studio she could go to was Orenco Station. Her hiatus from OT was short lived.

A few months later, she rejoined at Orenco Station. She knew the value of it and how Orangetheory gave her the results she wanted. She said, “I was nervous to join a new studio but after one class I knew that the hour drive was worth it no matter how crazy my family thought I was for driving so far. I have taken classes at a number of studios but the environment at Orenco Station is something special. The staff is one of a kind…they truly care about all members and are there for you no matter what.”

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She recalls taking her first class during Hell Week, which is not for the faint of heart. Although she felt terrified at first, the fear eventually went away and after class she never felt better. “I felt empowered and so excited to come back,” she said.

Two and a half years later, Orangetheory has not only helped her lose fat and gain muscle, but also accomplish things she never thought possible. Eryn said, “In 2019 I was able to run eight half marathons and finished my very first full marathon. OTF is like no other. I always feel supported and motivated by my peers.”

The things, which motivate her and keep her coming back are the constant results. Her body continues to evolve and transform. She recently gained a new personal record (PR) on the weight room floor. She lifted weights that she never thought she could lift and last month she ran her fastest mile ever.

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“OTF has not only transformed my body, but also has helped transform my mind. I have never been more confident in my abilities in the gym, but also in my personal life I have the strength to make positive changes. I know that with some hard work and consistency I can do anything. I mean, I ran 26.2 miles last year – there is nothing that I can’t do.”

She enjoys turning on the treadmill and pushing herself on endurance days. Strength days prove difficult for her, but she never misses a strength day because she knows she needs to work on this the most. “I have goals to gain more muscle and the amazing coaches have helped me get closer to this goal each week. Another benefit of OTF is the workouts, which are never the same; so even after so many classes, I never get bored. They always keep us on our toes,” said Eryn.

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Her friends and family ask what it is about Orangetheory that keeps her coming back? One word– community. Last year was hard for her. She struggled with mental health issues causing a brief disappearance, but she never felt alone. Her OT family reached out to her to make sure she was okay.

This past Thanksgiving, her crazy Orangtheory Run Squad talked her into doing a 90-minute class and following it up by crushing a 5K race together. Eryn said, “Holidays are meant to be spent with family and I am so grateful I was surrounded by my OTF family this Thanksgiving. That has to be the thing that I love most – the family that I have gained.”

They supported her every step of the way. When she felt ready to come back, she felt as if she didn’t miss a day. She has created lifelong friends at Orenco Station and feels grateful. During the Dri-Tri last year, Persia asked her, “Remember where you were five years ago? Look at where you are now!” This brought her to tears when she came so close to slowing down during the workout. Persia gave her the motivation she needed to keep going.

OT has helped her stay accountable and has given her the strength to improve many things in her life. Eryn feels much stronger mentally and physically.

Keep Burning Eryn!

Escaping Groundhog’s Day

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Many who’ve worked out on their own tend to get into a routine doing the same things over and over again when hitting the gym. This was no different for Angie who had gym memberships at various places after completing college. A mother of three boys, she gained some extra weight and lost some strength and stamina in the process.

No matter how much she went to the gym, she couldn’t seem to lose the weight. She found herself having to talk herself into going. When she went, she’d do the same things as she did previously with no results. She said, “My fitness routine was like the movie Groundhog’s Day. I was frustrated with myself and wanted to make a change, but didn’t know how.”

“I leave every class drenched in sweat, out of breath, and feeling tired and energized all at the same time!”

However, one day that all changed for her. Her husband boldly brought Angie to her first Orangetheory (OT) class at Orenco Station on Valentine’s Day. “I was very nervous because I knew it was a group fitness class, and I have always felt intimidated in any group fitness class I have ever taken. I almost didn’t go, but he convinced me to just give it a try. So, I did and the rest is history,” said Angie.

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She remembers taking her first class feeling intimidated and assumed being self-conscious not intending to sign up for a membership. By the end of class, she knew she found what she was looking for. Angie felt pushed, challenged and encouraged. She said, “By the end of that class, I was tired, drenched in sweat, and knew I hadn’t experienced a workout like that in over 10 years.”

Going to class helps her be the best version of herself. Her commitment to working out regularly helps her relieve stress while transforming herself into a physically, mentally and emotionally stronger person.

“I am a mom of three young and busy boys, am a special education teacher, and have a husband who travels frequently. My days are filled to the brim with endless to-dos so my time at OTF is often the only ‘me’ time I get each week. As Coach Kim always mentions, ‘It is the one hour of your day where you can focus on you,’ and I try to take full advantage of that. As busy as my days and nights are, I know how important it is for me to get my workouts in, and I find myself looking forward to the next workout the minute the last one ends.” 

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Angie’s main goal when she started OT was to get back to her weight prior to having children. With the help of great coaching, exercise nutrition and an extra boost from the Transformation Challenge, she lost 15 pounds and has gone down a couple of sizes in her clothes. She achieved this by making healthy and sustainable life changes.

She continues to work on more goals in several areas. Angie wants to attend four to five classes per week staying consistent. She wants to reduce a little more body fat now that the studio has the InBody scanner, which will help monitor her metrics.

Performance wise, she wants to increase her base and push paces breaking the range of six to eight miles per hour and lift heavier on the floor. Eventually, she wants to run a race in 2020 never having signed up for one her entire life.

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Angie reached a milestone back in March of 2019 by winning the Transformation Challenge by losing seven percent body fat. She attributes her success by also using a food-tracking app helping with her nutrition. She recently turned 40 and hasn’t been in this great of shape since her days in high school.

A great thing about Orangetheory is how no two classes are the same and they never get any easier. Angie said, “I leave every class drenched in sweat, out of breath, and feeling tired and energized all at the same time!” The coaches and staff are genuinely vested in the members wanting to see them be the best versions of themselves.

She loves how OT is truly for everyone regardless of who they are especially for those starting their fitness journey. Along the way, she has had her mom, sister, a few co-workers, and some of her best friends join Orangetheory.

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The community at Orenco always has her coming back for more because of its encouraging, fun and supportive environment. She can always count on seeing smiles and familiar faces when walking into the studio. There’s a sense of togetherness for that hour especially when the workout is extra tough.

Angie knows that Orangetheory has helped her become the best version of herself. She always feels challenged to push herself a little harder and to give a little more than the previous day. Angie also loves that the challenges are almost always to not be better than your neighbor, but to be better than you were previously.

“I am just so grateful that my husband signed me up for that first class almost three years ago, and so grateful that I was brave enough to just give it a try.  Because I was willing to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk, my life changed for the better,” said Angie.

Keep burning Angie!

Skies the Limit

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Many members of Orangetheory (OT) find out about it in various ways. For the most part, potential members learn about it via social media and by walking by the studio at Orenco. However, Susan learned about OT from her friends who raved about it.

Susan heard positive feedback about OT and wanted to see what the hype was all about. She and her husband came by the studio while it was under construction to learn more about Orangetheory. Not seeing results she wanted at different gyms, she took a leap of faith and signed up as a founding member.

“I am amazed at where I am at in my physical training. I have pushed myself to the point where I didn’t think I could go any further and have exceeded it.”

The day finally arrived when she took her first class with Coach Shay as her instructor. “I burned over 500 calories and got about 50 splat points. I felt like I had a real sense of accomplishment. And, a bonus –  it didn’t kill me!” said Susan.

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Before starting her fitness journey at Orenco, Susan had one goal – to see positive results. Slowly, yet surely, she has definitely seen the results she was looking for. Susan’s new goal is to attend class at least four times a week and to push herself harder each time.

Working in the travel industry, she knows how difficult working out can be flying to different cities and countries. She said, “I’m a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines and travel very regularly, so to achieve my goal, I attend classes in other countries and cities. OTF gives me that opportunity. I have attended classes in Utah, Georgia, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Canada, and England.”

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Susan started as a power walker and can now run a mile in less than nine minutes and rowed 2,000 meters in 8:05. In addition, she has finished in the top three in her age group for most of the benchmark challenges. She accomplished these milestones through her determination, motivation by the coaches, and by the encouragement of other members.

She feels accomplished every time she completes a class. Susan said, “I am amazed at where I am at in my physical training. I have pushed myself to the point where I didn’t think I could go any further and have exceeded it.” Susan likes endurance days the most challenging her to see how far she can run, row and lift.

The things she loves the most are the friendships that she has established with other members, staff and coaches. She and her husband moved to Hillsboro five and a half years ago and due to her job, she hadn’t formed many friendships. However, Orangetheory changed that for her where she has made more friends. Her workout buddy, Rebecca, has helped Susan master the art of rowing when she takes the 6 a.m. class.

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Orangetheory continues to push her farther than she dreamed possible, which she loves the most. Susan has even convinced her daughter and son to join and is trying to get her husband to try a class spreading the OT love.

Since December, she has pushed herself to work harder and has lost almost 50 pounds since joining. She knows that Orangetheory will keep her on track and continue to push her to be the best version of herself.

Keep Burning Susan!

Continuous Goals

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Persistence pays off and that’s why so many members at Orangetheory (OT) see positive results quickly. Jared exemplifies his commitment and desire to reach his fitness goals every time he comes to the studio. You’ll see Jared and Ann, his wife, taking classes at 6 a.m. nearly every weekday morning.

Jared wanted a fresh approach to a fitness routine, which included training support in a community environment – he came to the right place! He saw an OT Orenco Station sign and researched what Orangetheory was all about. He found what he was looking for. Both he and Ann signed up as founding members and couldn’t wait for the studio to open.

“I am maintaining my weight while increasing muscle mass and my blood pressure is in a low and healthy range.”

He was excited for his first class but had doubts about the unknown. Jared wasn’t sure if he could do the workout, or if he could keep up and wasn’t sure how he would feel with his heart rate on the TV screen. “By the end of the first class I was totally in. This was what I was looking for. A great workout informed by science created by professional trainers and facilitated by excellent coaches,” said Jared.

Jared had the goals of simply becoming physically fit and more flexible prior to starting Orangetheory. He worked on speed and lifting heavier in his first year and weight loss his second year. Now in his third year at OT, he has focused on weight maintenance, getting faster and stronger.

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The regular training that produces results motivates Jared to come in on a frequent basis. He feels the transformation in his body and his soul rejuvenated. Jared also enjoys connecting with all his new OT friends in class.

In his first two years at the studio, Jared dropped 50 pounds! He said, “I am maintaining my weight while increasing muscle mass and my blood pressure is in a low and healthy range.” Jared tracks his daily caloric burn and intake striving for monthly goals by increasing his speed by 0.2 mph on the treadmill, watt output by five on the rower and weight on the floor. He’s now working on running an eight-minute mile by the end of the year and continually working on his flexibility.

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Every time he comes to the studio, he’s always impressed with the OT Orenco Station team and happy with community at the studio. The staff welcomes him with smiles, gives encouragement in class and takes interests in his and his wife’s lives. Jared always looks forward to the 6 a.m. class.

“Our coaches are extraordinary. I have had personal training and the OTF coaches are the most informed, motivating, and encouraging professionals that I ever had. Each has their distinct personality, flavor, and each brings the highest standard of coaching direction. The staff is warm and engaging, welcoming and helpful solving any challenge I bring to them for assistance.”

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Orangetheory Orenco Station accelerates success towards his physical goals in a beautiful and professional studio with carefully designed workouts directed by great coaches. He’s definitely a fan to say the least.

Keep Burning Jared!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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

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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!

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

The Results Speak For Itself

Greg Chang

Most people during their lunch hour look forward to grabbing a bite to eat with friends or co-workers. Not Greg though…he comes to train at the studio working towards his fitness goals.

Prior to joining the Orangetheory (OT) family at Orenco Station, Greg worked out on his own and with a personal trainer to improve his health. After having a physical, Greg learned that he needed to lower his A1C number (blood sugar level) from 6.1 to a level within a normal range of 4 – 5.6 percent. If he didn’t try to take control of his health, Greg would eventually become a diabetic.

No matter what Greg did to improve his condition, nothing helped. He kept on yo-yoing and thought he’d give OT a try. He felt hesitant to join at first, but after joining and attending classes for a period of time and seeing his A1C number drop to 5.9 percent at his next physical, Greg was sold on OT. He stopped with his personal trainer and trained at OT exclusively.

“I enjoy the variety of workouts and know that each class will be different. The coaches are great as well as the staff and it’s great to hear encouraging words coming from them.”

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Greg had a brutal first class as he climbed Orange Everest having his rear kicked in the process. Many members know how difficult that climb can be even for the seasoned OT member, but he persevered. He thanks Coach Persia for coaching him in his first class and AmyJae for reeling him in to join.

When he started OT, Greg wanted to simply survive classes and improve his cardio as his starting goals. He now wants to continue down the path of wellness in all aspects of his life from being there for his family to enjoying life to its fullest.

The primary force, which drives Greg to attend classes as often as he does, is his addiction to Orangetheory.

“I didn’t realize how addictive OTF is and the friendships I’ve made. OTF is not just a place to work out and classes to take, but rather, it’s a community and now an extension of my life. From the members to the staff and coaches, they have welcomed me into their lives and coming to class is not a chore but a privilege to be around great folks that push and motivate me,” said Greg.

 

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“The only thing I can say is thank you OTF for being who you are.”

Greg has trained here for nearly a year now and has reached many milestones along the way. Since joining, he no longer has to take medication for high cholesterol and hypertension. He has one medication left, which he also wants to no longer take – this would be the biggest accomplishment for him – and to be med free.

In regard to classes, he said, “I enjoy the variety of workouts and know that each class will be different. The coaches are great as well as the staff and it’s great to hear encouraging words coming from them.” Greg added that Kim, Nick and Royal are great additions to the coaching staff.

Greg loves everything about Orangetheory from endurance classes to the community – the members are welcoming and non-judgmental towards anyone regardless of how long they’ve trained here for. “The only thing I can say is thank you OTF for being who you are,” said Greg.

Keep Burning Greg.

A World of Improvement

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Aaron one year and 10 months of going to Orangetheory

A year makes a difference. Last year around this time we featured our member Aaron who had attended class at the studio since its opening. Fast forward to now and you wouldn’t believe how far he has come. He is fit and most importantly – healthy.

Aaron goes to class more often now ranging from five to six classes per week, which is impressive for anyone. Prior to ramping up his frequency of classes, he went to class three to four times per week. “I often say I replaced my addiction to food with an addiction to OTF. That is pretty accurate but really, I always want to be improving and that’s what we do,” said Aaron.

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Aaron nine months of going to Orangetheory

“I’m faster, stronger, I’m happier, more confident, the list goes on and on. I’d say I’m a pretty different person from who I was year ago – a much better one.”

In addition to changing how many times he comes to the studio, he has also changed up his nutrition. He recently transitioned out of the Keto diet and has recently hit his goal of losing 60 pounds. However, the last 20 pounds he has lost has not been easy to lose but he has triumphed through his tenacity, commitment and discipline. He’s now on a normal diet and getting most of his food from ReadyFitGo.

Aaron before OTF
Aaron before Orangetheory

Throughout the year, Aaron has seen improvements physically and mentally. “I’m faster, stronger, I’m happier, more confident, the list goes on and on. I’d say I’m a pretty different person from who I was year ago – a much better one,” said Aaron. When he first started Orangetheory, Aaron power walked and can now jog/run in class, which he didn’t feel confident about it in the past.

“Be consistent even if it’s small, you’ll see results. Fall in love with the process, it’s where all the fun happens.”

Aaron was recently invited to hike nine miles, which he completed without any issues where he would have hesitated about it in the past. He said, “I don’t have to let those physical challenges bar me from anything like the St. Jude5K we just did!” He’s now working on power lifting slowly improving on his bench press, squat and dead lift outside the studio, which Orangetheory helps with.

For those members who haven’t reached their fitness goals yet, Aaron says, “Be consistent even if it’s small, you’ll see results. Fall in love with the process, it’s where all the fun happens.” Wise words from a seasoned Orangetheory athlete – Keep Burning Aaron!

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