My name is Bobby Conlon. And I work out at the Orangetheory at Coral Springs, Florida.
The first class that I did, I absolutely could not even finish it. They were waiving me down with towels, giving me Gatorade, and it motivated me to move forward and take on more classes. Also the coaches there were amazing, they were supportive, they didn’t look down on me, and all they said was, it’s the next class, the next class, you’ll get stronger and stronger.
When I first started I was about 190 lbs. I was out of shape. I joke around that I had to hold my breath when I tied my shoes. I was not able to finish a mile. I was not able to finish a full class. Now, I’ve grown tremendously. I’ve won the Weight Loss Challenge. I’ve won several Peak Performance Challenges. I’ve won the Dri Tri Relay. I’ve gone from not being able to complete a mile, to a 5:39 pace.
I’m 5’5”, I was 190 lbs. I’m your average Joe. And now I’m competing in the top echelon at Orangetheory. I’m winning challenges. My 5k went from a 35-minute 5k to 21 minutes. I recently ran a half marathon. I’ve never done more than 3 miles. And I did 13.8 miles in an hour and 57 minutes.
My biggest change was self-confidence. A year ago I just felt down on myself. And now, seeing the changes, seeing people come up to me and say, “Hey Bobby, you were a monster on the treadmill”. Or, “I want to workout with you”. Or, “Let’s work out together”. I mean, being able to be that motivator, that person that can help someone else, it’s been a great opportunity.
I burn to be better everyday. Here at Orangetheory, there are no limits to what you can do. Just trust in the coaches and trust in yourself, and you’ll grow every day.