Amy B.

 Studio Evansville |  Member since 2017

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I began my journey with Orangetheory Fitness in Evansville when they opened in January 2017. I was addicted to the workout, coaches, staff, and all of the other fitness fanatics from day one. I am by far in the best shape of my life! Fitness has been a big part of my life the past few years and has always been a stress reliever for me. Orangetheory workouts made me love working out even more than I already had. It has been my one-hour escape and my ‘me time.’ I did not realize how much OTF members and coaches were a part of my family until tragedy struck. On November 26, 2017, my husband of 8-years committed suicide. He left behind me and our three daughters, ages 7 and twin 4-year olds. That day was the worst day of our entire lives.

"That day I had several OTF members come by my house and in the weeks/months to come, they still came around to help me and my family."

They raised money for our family and showed even more love for us on Christmas. Ever since his passing I have been going to classes 6 days a week. It has been my outlet through all of this. OTF helps me get through my day, along with the support from my OTF Family. I am extremely grateful for the support that we have had through the past few months and the life-long friendships that I have made. I cannot thank the staff and members enough. I will be eternally grateful for all of them.

When I started my Orangetheory journey in June 2015, I was a gal who could not stand working out. Last May, I was asked to be a model in our company’s photo shoot launching our new uniforms. I had the confidence to stand in front of the camera comfortably because of the hard work I put into my Orangetheory workouts.
Hello, my name is Stephanie Strunk (aka Splat Girl). I was born to teenage parents in 1971 and was premature, weighing only 2lbs 11 ounces. At birth, doctors diagnosed me with mild cerebral palsy and told my parents that I would never walk or run. Obviously, the medical prognosis was incorrect. While I have never been an athlete, I've always had a competitive heart but could only watch from the sidelines as others played. When I tried out for team sports in school, I was told I could never keep up and to focus my efforts elsewhere.
Where do I begin?! My weight loss/fitness journey technically started on August 17, 2017 when I started seeing a nutritionist. I weighed in at 393.8 lbs. when I started! I officially signed up at OTF in January of 2018 and at the time I weighed 279lbs. I was told that my studio would not be ready until the end of March, but in the meantime, they invited me to partake in a class at the Schaumburg, IL location. I was super nervous and scared but once I completed the class I was hooked immediately! I couldn’t wait to start doing it on a regular basis! I instantly fell in love with the workout and I was itching for more.
The week of my 30th birthday, at my 20-week ultrasound, my husband and I were given devastating news. Our unborn daughter, Adeline, was diagnosed with a rare birth defect and given a 50% chance of survival. Our entire lives changed that day.
I am a 56-year old male, four-time cancer survivor. Cardio and weights have always been best for me, with cardio being the real deal. This last year brought me another "diagnosis" and a subsequent surgery. When someone like me hears this kind of news once again, you just stand up strong, be positive and just f----in do it. The surgery was a long one this time and I got myself out of the hospital as quick as I could. Went home with a bunch of tubes and bags attached and "healed" my body waiting for the day that all the stuff would be removed. They said no bike riding for three months and limited cardio. I was on the treadmill at the gym within days wearing a diaper (pull-ups) under my shorts, headphones turned all the way up. It was okay, but in no way was it good enough, but I kept going anyway. I was down and gloomy.

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