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!

 

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

Finding Consistency and Motivation

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Many members who come to Orangetheory (OT) come because they have specific fitness goals such as losing weight, gaining muscle or developing a fitness routine. However, there are individuals like Libby who are looking for consistency and motivation. She came to the right place and found what she needed.

Libby grew up playing a variety of sports her entire life. She also played volleyball as a collegiate athlete and continues to play in a league at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. She has experienced a wide range of workouts and training having worked with various personal trainers.

When she lived in the Orenco Station area, she worked out on her own feeling unmotivated and inconsistent with her workout routine. Before the studio opened, she stopped by to learn more about OT and spoke with Chad. The idea of OT had her intrigued, which led her to join as a founding member.

“I used to hate running. Running was not enjoyable because I would get tired so quickly and I have a lot of foot/leg injuries from the past. Since joining Orangetheory, I’ve been able to run multiple times per week without experiencing pain and without feeling completely winded.”

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Libby recalls feeling nervous for her first class at the studio not knowing what she was getting herself into. “It was fun but I wasn’t the best at pacing myself. I was sore for the next four days! But I wanted to come back,” she said. When she first started, she had goals of getting back into shape, losing weight and toning her muscles. Every time she walks into the studio, Libby burns for her health and the food she loves to eat – she loves food – who can blame her?

She has attended classes now for nearly two years enjoying ESP and power days. She strives for the goals of improving her cardio and maintaining her strength. Libby loves how every workout is never the same, which keeps it exciting and challenging. The variety of exercises allows her to continually improve in different areas.

“The coaches here are the best – they have fun – they’re motivating and they challenge us. I appreciate that they take the time to get to know us as individuals and give us feedback about how to modify and improve.”

If you don’t power walk, then you’re either a jogger or a runner. Libby hated running in the past, but can now run more frequently as a milestone she has reached. I used to hate running. Running was not enjoyable because I would get tired so quickly and I have a lot of foot/leg injuries from the past. Since joining Orangetheory, I’ve been able to run multiple times per week without experiencing pain and without feeling completely winded,” she said. Before joining OT, she would have not run on her own but she recently went on a run outside for the first time in years.

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One of the things Libby loves about the community at Orenco Station is how everyone supports and encourages each other. Libby said, “The coaches here are the best – they have fun – they’re motivating and they challenge us. I appreciate that they take the time to get to know us as individuals and give us feedback about how to modify and improve.” She feels like she has a personal coach even though it’s in a group workout.

A major selling point at OT is the use of the heart rate monitor as a tool in class keeping everyone honest with themselves. She loves looking up at the screen and monitoring her heart rate. This allows her to listen to her body and she knows exactly how to push herself.

“OTF has been my most consistent workout routine. Even when life has been busy or stressful, I’ve gone every week since I’ve joined and love going. Plus, I’ve been able to complete workouts at other studios in town and while on vacation, which has helped me stay consistent. I’ve also noticed how OTF workouts have also improved my performance in volleyball,” she said.

Keep Burning Libby!

 

 

 

 

Being The Best Version Of Herself

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Most people can’t fathom waking up at 4:30 a.m. in general – especially for a workout. Although, there are some who will drag themselves out of bed no matter how warm and snuggly it is. Leslie is that type of person. She makes the effort to attend the 5 a.m. class at Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) knowing that she’ll feel better once she sees her morning squad.

Like many who join OTF, Leslie wanted to improve her health and she wanted to shed those last 30 pounds of “baby weight” after the birth of her second child. Her journey to OTF started with some frustrating news at her annual physical in late 2015. When her doctor said her weight and body mass index (BMI) classified her as obese, Leslie decided it was time to make a change.

“I think it was particularly great being part of the “founding” class of members at Orenco OTF because we all started together. We were all newbies together.”

She started with her nutrition, successfully losing 30 pounds in the first half of 2016. “I was feeling and looking better than I had in a very long time, but I knew that in order to maintain my health long term, I needed to also add more physical activity,” said Leslie. Towards the end of the year, Leslie started seeing OTF “coming soon” signs popping up in her Orenco Station neighborhood and heard the OTF “buzz” from friends at work. She decided to make the leap and sign up.

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Anyone’s initial class can be daunting and unnerving as you learn the flow of the class. While challenging, Leslie was hooked from the start and credits the variety of people in her class – men and women, young and old, fit and those looking to shed a few extra pounds. It was clear to her that OTF provided a place where all types of people can come together for an hour each day to work hard and achieve their goals. “I think it was particularly great being part of the “founding” class of members at Orenco OTF because we all started together. We were all newbies together,” she said.

Hooked from the first class, Leslie knew she was headed in the right direction.

Unfortunately, a major family crisis propelled her to affirm her commitment to OTF. On December 23, 2016, Leslie’s mom suffered a massive stroke. One moment her, vivacious, 64-year-old mother was living a normal, healthy and active life. The next moment she was fighting for her life.

Leslie says she will never forget the call from her sister that came while she was wrapping presents and getting ready for their annual Christmas Eve party. Next came a frantic drive to the Salem Hospital, a quick decision by doctors to transfer her mom by Life Flight to Oregon Health Science University (OHSU), a rush consultation with the surgeon, and the three terrifying days with mom in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

She’ll also never forget the call she made to OTF Orenco Station on Christmas Eve morning to cancel her class. Leslie said, “Rachel answered the phone and she was just so incredibly kind and that when I started to tell her I was missing the class, that my mom had a stroke, I lost it and just started to sob.” Rachel was empathetic in the moment, and supportive when Leslie returned for her first OTF class a few weeks later. Her mom had been released from the hospital and she was thankful for her road to a full recovery.

Not surprisingly, the experience left an indelible mark on Leslie. She knew that she had to do everything possible to take control of her health and live her best life possible. And thanks to Rachel’s kindness, she had found her place at OTF Orenco Station. This wasn’t just a gym or just a workout – but a place that feels like family, a place that lifts her up. A place where she can push herself to be stronger and achieve more than she ever thought possible.

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Leslie says she burns first and foremost burns for herself. While it may sound selfish to some, Leslie thinks of it as being self-full. She says OTF empowers her to be her best, strongest, fittest self – so she can be the best wife, mom, daughter, and friend for others. She burns so she can carry her, 55-pound 6-year old, daughter up the stairs – and maybe still carry her when she’s 65 pounds and 7 years old! And, Leslie burns because of her mom. She knows that while she can’t control the genetic factors that might contribute to a stroke, she can control how she takes care of her body, her diet, and her physical activity.

At the start of her OTF fitness journey, Leslie’s goals were to maintain her fitness and gradually progress in her weight loss while leading a fun life and enjoying great food. Working out was not a consistent part of her lifestyle prior to OTF, so she set a goal of   attending classes at least three times a week as part of her fitness maintenance.

Although she had modest goals in the beginning, she soon realized that she could do more. Leslie started as a power-walker and she began to entertain the idea of jogging, despite having some reservations about it. Her inspiration? Coach Shay! One day in class he said to Leslie, “If you can powerwalk that fast, you might as well run.”

The first thought she had in her head was “Shut up! I hate running, there’s no way I’m going to run…” and her second thought was “Well, I’ll take that challenge!” The next day, she started to jog – baby steps – with her speed and strength increasing a little each day.

When a few of the OTF squad, Christina, Katie and Megan, in her class approached her in early 2017 about joining their team for the 2018 Shamrock Run, Leslie started to seriously consider it. While a tiny bit scared, she dug deep, signed up with the team, and set a goal to run the 8K.

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Then she started running more. She ran at OTF and outside in her neighborhood. She became faster and stronger and in March 2018 – she ran her first race and her first 8K ever! She ran the whole thing – a major milestone in itself – never walked and has OTF to thank for helping her accomplish that goal. She now looks forward to her next race and achieving her next goal!

In addition, inspired by the OTF Transformation Challenge, Leslie has increased her lean muscle mass by 2.4 pounds, increased her basal metabolic rate by 24 kcal, reduced her body fat by 4 percent, and has lost 6 pounds since January 2018. She also set the goal of completing last September’s Dri-Tri in less than an hour, which she did in 59 minutes and 22 seconds. She then, on her 46thbirthday, smashed her previous Dri-Tri time by five minutes accomplishing her goal! She’s now working to increase her speed on the treads, increase her weights on the floor and come to class five days a week.

“The Halloween party was a blast – and I was so sorry to miss the 1-year anniversary party but I love that Orenco OTF takes the time to create these moments of connections with its members.”

According to Leslie, it’s the fun and friendly coaches, staff, and incredible member community that make OTF Orenco Station a great environment to take classes at and keep her coming back for more. She’s also forged new friendships with folks like Monica, Sarah, and the Shamrock Run squad (Katie, Christina and Megan).

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“Orenco OTF has a special chemistry and magic that I’ve not found at any other OTF studio. AJ, Shay, Persia are my absolute ‘fave’ coaches. I still miss Chris and Chloe, but it’s so great when them come back to visit! And new additions like Jess, Taylor and Conner have brought new energy, which I love. AmyJae keeps the energy high and makes the whole place hum. And it’s always nice to see Jojoe’s friendly face when I come in the front door.” 

Finally, it’s the activity and accountability. She loves that there’s always a new competition, class or activity. From Hell Week to the Dri-Tri, Transformation Challenge to the Marathon Challenge, to Spirit Week, and to the guest DJ – there’s always something fun to look forward to and keep her motivated.

She also loves how OTF Orenco Station comes together to celebrate at after-hours social events. “The Halloween party was a blast – and I was so sorry to miss the 1-year anniversary party but I love that Orenco OTF takes the time to create these moments of connections with its members,” said Leslie.

Keep Burning Leslie!

2018 Transformation Challenge

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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.

From Timid To Confident

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If you’ve ever met Betsy, you’ll notice that she’s peppy and full of life especially if she hears an “old school” tune that she danced to often such as Daft Punk’s “One More Time.” Every time she comes to class, she’s ready to take on the workout no matter the type of day it is.

“Once I figured out that everyone was concentrating on their own workout and not looking at the new kid, I was fine. I can’t remember the format of the first class, but I know it was hard and I got a lot of splat points and I wanted more!

Prior to joining the Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) family, Betsy participated in group classes at a gym for years. Although she worked out frequently, she wasn’t seeing any results and realized her workouts weren’t good as they could be.

Her workout buddies Becky, Jen and Melissa, who also work out at OTF, told her all about OTF. Betsy, at first, felt timid about going to OTF at first because of the running component. Eventually, she tried her first class and joined in February 2017 after another friend coaxed her into going.

Betsy recalls being scared for her first class. She said, “Once I figured out that everyone was concentrating on their own workout and not looking at the new kid, I was fine. I can’t remember the format of the first class, but I know it was hard and I got a lot of splat points and I wanted more!” Once she started going to OTF frequently, making new friends and relationships – she was hooked. She and her friends keep each other accountable while having fun at the same time.

“We are like a crazy workout gang, and we motivate and push each other and love every minute of it! I also love all the events that the studio puts on for us. It is nice to feel appreciated.”

Her initial goal when she started at OTF was to finish each class and attend classes a couple of times per week. Now her goals have evolved from completing each class to accomplishing more. She wants to do an actual push-up, consistently stay at a base pace of 4.5 mph or higher, row with better form while staying in the orange zone, and master the hamstring movement with the Ab Dolly. In addition, she wants to complete this coming spring’s Dri-Tri with a faster time and not be the last person on the treadmill.

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Since Betsy has been here, she has reached a milestone of finally being able to run. She began walking at first and thought to herself that she could never run. However, Betsy slowly progressed from walking/jogging, to full on jogging, and finally running while increasing her speed incrementally. She’s proud of how her shoulders, back and arms are in amazing shape along with her booty, hips, and legs from running.

“I am beyond happy with this transformation. ‘Who starts running at the age of 39?’ For anyone that has doubts, it can totally be done. You are only competing with yourself. Being able to run brought out confidence in myself that I didn’t know was there,” stated Betsy.

 Betsy likes how the heart rate monitor and performance summary emails keep her on track with what she has done, her progress and goal setting. She likes the fact that every class varies day-to-day and incorporates a full-body workout. Betsy also appreciates how all the coaches have their own style of coaching with various playlists.

Everyone has a type of day they either love or hate but Betsy likes them all. She likes endurance days to push her on the treadmill along with strength and power days pushing her limits on what she can do.

The OTF community at Orenco Station is a special place, which gives a sense of belonging and like-mindedness. Betsy loves the relationships she has forged, friends she has made at the studio, and being around people who want to be healthy helping each other reach their goals. “We are like a crazy workout gang, and we motivate and push each other and love every minute of it! I also love all the events that the studio puts on for us. It is nice to feel appreciated,” said Betsy.

Thanks for being part of a wonderful fit family Betsy – Keep Burning!