One Foot In Front Of The Other

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“If nothing changes – nothing changes” – Courtney C. Stevens. 

Stacey hadn’t taken a class yet at Orangetheory (OT); however, she knew that she needed a change and something new in her fitness routine, which would challenge her. She wanted to be pushed out of her comfort zone.

Her friend, Kirsten (another OT member), told her to check out Orangetheory telling her that she’ll get “hooked.” She remembered walking through the studio doors with a class in session and couldn’t believe what she saw. “It blew my mind the amount of people from all age groups who were in class,” said Stacey. After sitting and chatting with Persia, a fitness consultant at the time, she decided to take a trial class.

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Kirsten and Stacey giving an “air high-five.”

The day finally arrived for her first class. She felt nervous and excited as she arrived to see many members waiting in the hallway. Shay coached Stacey’s first class supporting her by telling her “she could do it.”

“I would not be where I am today with running if it weren’t for the treadmill, coaches and fellow OTF members. They have pushed me out of my comfort zone 100 percent.”

When she hopped onto the treadmill, she saw many others running on either side of her. At this point, she couldn’t run and decided to power walk – this would eventually change.

As class drew to a close, Stacey said, “I was dripping in sweat and by the time the class was over I had asked myself, ‘where do I sign up?’”

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Stacey has shown her devotion in improving herself since day one. She began by going to class two to three times per week progressing to five or six times per week. She also takes two classes a day at least once a week. Her motivation to constantly train shows her commitment to be better than the day before.

“I have had times that I want to give up and quit and then a coach or staff member will look at me and say, ‘you got this – you are worth it.’ That, to me, shows they care and they want to help us live our healthiest lives.”

When she started her fitness journey at OT, her goals were to stick with the workouts and not give up. She has diligently maintained these goals for three years now putting one foot in front of the other. Stacey’s training helped her hit a major milestone – to be able to run. She said, “I would not be where I am today with running if it weren’t for the treadmill, coaches and fellow OTF members. They have pushed me out of my comfort zone 100 percent.”

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Stacey has reached and maintained her goals, but now has a new one. She wants to run more than just 5Ks. She wants to go further…a half or full marathon is on the horizon.

Orangetheory along with many other businesses have closed due to COVID-19. Stacey has dealt with this obstacle by running inside and outside, lifting weights and doing the in-home Orangetheory workouts.  She has remained connected with the community through social media seeing what everyone has been doing to stay motivated.

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One of the best things about Orangetheory that Stacey likes is the ability to hit any studio nation wide – a major perk of membership. However, the biggest aspect she loves is the coaches and staff. She becomes emotional when she thinks about it. “I have had times that I want to give up and quit and then a coach or staff member will look at me and say, ‘you got this – you are worth it.’ That, to me, shows they care and they want to help us live our healthiest lives,” said Stacey.

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In addition, the OT community at Orenco Station is one big family. She loves how everyone comes together to build each other up. Everyone helps each other to be better by developing a bond among the members.

Orangetheory offers an experience unlike any other workout regimen. It’s not just a workout but also a way of life. The classes will push you to your brink and more to where you thought your mind and body couldn’t go. She said, “When you are hooked, you will bleed orange…The coaches will push you right when you’re about to give up to help you reach your goals.”

Keep Burning Stacey!

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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Photo courtesy of Eryn Palo.

“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!

New Beginnings

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When something ends it’s the start of something fresh and new. For Heather, moving to Orenco Station from Gresham marked a new chapter in her life. She moved to Hillsboro because of a divorce and to shorten her commute to work.

Heather took a walk around Orenco Station one day and saw that Orangetheory (OT) Orenco Station was in the process of pre-sales drawing people in to learn more about it. Although the studio at Orenco wasn’t open yet, she took it upon herself to take a class in Tigard. Immediately after taking her first class, she went back to Orenco and Heather said, “I just finished my first workout…that was amazing…sign me up!” Three years late – the rest is history.

“I have truly never felt better about myself and fulfilled in life.”

She recalls her first class as nerve wrecking not knowing anyone, feeling that she’d be lost, and that she couldn’t finish a 60-minute class feeling out of shape. However, as she walked though the door of the studio with the music pumping and receiving a high-five from the coach her nerves died down and she thought to herself, “OK I got this – let’s do this!” Standing next to her on the treadmill, the coach inspired her by pushing her to run 0.1 mile faster. “I felt so good after that class and was instantly addicted,” said Heather.

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Heather hated how she looked and felt at the time. Knowing that she wanted to get back into the dating world after her divorce, she had goals of working out three to four times a week to have more energy and to develop a better nutrition plan. She also had to stop eating at Jack In the Box and McDonald’s, which didn’t help her cause.

Since training at OT, she ran her first marathon last year and plans to run another one in 2020 as her next goal. Heather started with a base pace of 5 mph, push pace of 5.5 mph and an all-out of 6 mph. Her base, push and all-out are now 6.5, 8 and 10 mph respectively with an occasional 12 mph all-out. She wanted to stay consistent with her workouts while continuing to push herself in every class.

“I have made so many new friends since joining OTF, it is truly more then just coming in for a workout. I love the energy this community brings and the high fives and the encouraging words of ‘push through it, you’ve got this!’”

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Heather had lost 13 pounds and had gained a heap load of confidence since joining Orangetheory. With all that built up confidence, she checked off two items on her bucket-list by competing in her first pageant winning the title of Miss Oregon for America and completing her first marathon. She said, “I have truly never felt better about myself and fulfilled in life.”

The things that motivate her to train as much as she does are the community feel, coaches and variety of workouts. Heather said, “I love that it’s never the same workout and every time I come, it’s a butt kicker and I leave feeling stronger.” She loves ESP classes because it offers different challenges with elements of inclines, heavy weights and all-outs. Every one knows that classes are difficult day-in and day-out. The coaches’ encouragement and support help her power through those demanding classes.

Like many other members, Orangetheory at Orenco has become her second family and it has helped her believe in herself and to love herself more. “I have made so many new friends since joining OTF, it is truly more then just coming in for a workout. I love the energy this community brings and the high fives and the encouraging words of ‘push through it, you’ve got this!’” said Heather.

Keep Burning Heather!

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 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!

A Fresh Approach to Training

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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.

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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