A steady dose of Orangetheory and diet leads to better health
Dana Kretchmar had high cholesterol levels, wasn’t sleeping well, and suffered from bouts of depression. The 44-year-old mother of two was taking regular kickboxing classes, but she was growing tired of the same old routine and wasn’t seeing much progress. On December 1, 2017, she decided to make a change.
“My husband and I tried Orangetheory Fitness and I was immediately hooked,” said Kretchmar. “I now go religiously six days a week!”
Kretchmar’s commitment to regular workouts and a healthy diet has paid off. Since December, she has lost 40 pounds and now sleeps soundly. Her cholesterol levels are just fine and she feels great.
“She’s resilient and doesn’t quit,” said Coach Kristin Messerli who regularly coaches Kretchmar at Orangetheory Circle C. “She set goals for herself and has stuck to them. I’m sure there were days when she didn’t want to work out, but she has kept her commitment.”
“I’m in the best shape of my life,” said Kretchmar. “I have muscle tone and I have a lot of energy. I don’t take medications anymore. Overall, I just love the way I look and feel.”
Orangetheory’s heart rate-based interval training is designed to help participants like Kretchmar 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.
“What’s great about Orangetheory is we have something for everyone. Whether it’s gaining strength, adding more cardio, getting motivation from coaches, improving your nutrition…. we have it all,” said Messerli.
“I also love the coaches! They push you, and in turn they make you want to push yourself,” said Kretchmar. “In addition, everybody encourages each other. I have made a lot of friends. It’s a close-knit, family-type atmosphere. I love it.”
So what advice do Kretchmar and Messerli have for those ready to make a commitment to better health?
“Take that first step. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.” said Kretchmar.
“Don’t give up,” said Messerli. “Understand that you’re not going to see results overnight, but if you keep working you will.”
Circle C (Slaughter & MoPac) (512) 858-8008
South Austin (Southpark Meadows) (512) 969-6626
Article by SportsXpress, photos by Dana Kretchmar and SportsXpress