Joel Druebert and Becca Smith are like many 40-something adults. They juggle busy careers, multiple kids and marriages. Physical fitness often takes back seat. So when Orangetheory Circle C announced its Transformation Challenge, Druebert and Smith saw it as a perfect opportunity to make a change.
“I am goal driven and this contest was perfect for me,” said Druebert. “Once I started my regular visits to Orangetheory, I was surprised at how the weight just kept coming off.”
And off… and off. Over a six-week span, Druebert lost 22 pounds. Smith lost 25. Together they beat out hundreds to win the Transformation Challenge. They also picked up a cool $1250 each in prize money.
“It was a little tricky, because the contest came during part of the holidays,” said Smith. “But I was disciplined and my kids were really behind me.”
Both Smith and Druebert credit Orangetheory’s heart rate based interval training as a big key to their success. Each workout participant wears a heart monitor and results are displayed on video boards throughout the facility.
The training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Members can burn between 500 and 1000 calories in 60 minutes. There’s also a big calorie burn afterwards.
“There’s science behind our workouts and we provide instant feedback,” said head coach, Jasmine Jackson. “We also cater to all fitness levels. You’ll see grandparents and teenagers working out side by side. It’s a beautiful thing.”
As for Smith and Druebert, they are Orangetheory believers. They plan on losing even more weight this year and plan on keeping up a healthy diet and regular fitness plan.
“I had a regular gym membership for years, but I felt like it was more of a donation!” said Smith. “The place was always crowded and I had no set plan for my workouts. Here at Orangetheory, you book your workout and everything is planned out for you. It’s easy.”
“I have become stronger, more flexible and I am less tired,” said Druebert. “I also like that I can leave home, get a great workout and be back home in a little over an hour. The coaches are great and motivating as well!”
“You’re not just a member here, you’re family,” said Jackson. “You will feel like you’re part of a community that sweats and burns together.”
And what about that prize money?
“We’re taking the kids to Disney World,” said Smith.
“My wife, Sarah, and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this fall,” said Druebert. “So, we will likely use the money towards that.”
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