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Kelly Crotty
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Learn about the new fitness studio coming to West Chester with scientifically designed workouts that are as fun as they are effective (as in 1,000 calories an hour)!

Orangetheory Fitness is a workout that helps you burn calories up to 36 hours after you finish a class.
Orangetheory Fitness is a workout that helps you burn calories up to 36 hours after you finish a class.

It was a serendipitous encounter with Orangetheory Fitness that led Stephanie Cronk to open her first franchise location in Lexington. “Three years ago while traveling in South Florida we [Cronk and her husband] popped into an Orangetheory Fitness for a workout and fell in love, especially after talking with the staff and finding out how every workout is scientifically based,” says Cronk.

Cronk spent over 25 years in the medical industry as a Physician’s Assistant. During that time she became all too familiar with patients’ health struggles. As time passed Cronk found herself becoming increasingly passionate about the role of fitness and education as preventative measures.

Cronk’s fiery passion for fitness and education has only grown with the success of the Lexington based Orangetheory Fitness so she decided to open up a location in West Chester to support Tri-staters in their fitness needs and goals. Orangetheory Fitness is designed for all fitness levels whether you are a seasoned athlete, enthusiast or absolute beginner. “I’ve had classes where I’m running on a treadmill next to a 70 year old beginner and both of us are being pushed to our target heart rate,” Cronk says.

According to Cronk, heart rate is a large part of what makes Orangetheory Fitness uniquely effective. During the 60-minute workout participants perform multiple intervals which are designed to have them reach 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84 percent or higher of their maximum heart rate. Reaching this target heart rate puts you in the “orange zone.” This zone drives excess post-exercise oxygen (EPOC) otherwise known as “afterburn.”

Afterburn is the process in which your body continues to burn calories post-workout. According to Cronk, “the goal of each session is to get participants to reach the orange zone for 12-20 minutes which creates up to 36 hours of afternburn.” In order to maintain the most engaging fitness experience each class is limited to 24 participates who are then split in half. Each class cycles through intervals of cardio, indoor rowing and weight/resistance training. The heart rate monitor worn by each class member displays their statistics, such as zone and calories burned on 60-inch TV monitors so they can track their progress. Each workout is different in order to keep things interesting and to avoid plateaus. “Every workout is designed by a team of Kinesiologists, burning a minimum of 500 calories,” Cronk says.

A large part of what keeps Orangetheory’s workouts cutting edge is their highly qualified professional trainers. Prior to becoming part of the Orangetheory Fitness team each trainer must be certified by an accredited institute and then pass “a rigorous Orangetheory Fit certification program with master trainers,” Cronk says. In addition, Cronk conveyed that each of her trainers has several years of experience as a group fitness instructor.

Highly experienced trainers is just one benefit of the studio. Membership also includes the exclusive Orangetheory App, which allows you to stay in contact with the studio between workouts, reserve a spot in class and displays your workout statistics. The app also has a heart monitor, which allows members to track their heart rate for workouts outside the studio.

As February comes to an end, Cronk says her team is gearing up for their March 25 grand opening. Future members of the studio are getting prepped for the big opening, too. “Individuals joining Orangetheory Fitness West Chester between now and March 24 benefit from pre-opening rates,” she adds.

Orangetheory Fitness is located at 7641 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester. To learn more, visit their website or call (513) 718-2535

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Learn about the local boutique medical practice that’s taking a personalized approach and empowering women to feel their best from the inside out.

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Donna Abdelnour, Certified Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Somi Javaid and Associations

Dr. Somi Javaid loves empowering women. That’s why she opened the doors to her own practice, Dr. Somi Javaid and Associates: to provide the highest quality patient care and empower women to make them feel and look their best through every stage of life.

“We treat any condition that is preventing our patients from feeling like her complete self,” says Donna Abdelnour, Certified Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Somi Javaid and Associates.

Prior to opening the practice, Abdelnour and Javaid worked in standard medical practices that were vulnerable to the increasingly large and often-strained medical system. They were acutely aware of the frustration their patients were feeling under this strain. Both practitioners wanted to provide a more personalized experience and take a holistic approach to their patients’ medical needs. “I wanted women to get the attention they deserve,” she recalls. “I wanted a one stop shop for patients where they would feel safe, healthy, pampered, and empowered. I wanted them to personally know myself and my staff.”

According to Abdelnour, this unique practice does just that by providing medial treatments in the comfort of a spa setting. Walking in, you’re greeted by a warm front desk team, there is low level lighting, stone walls, and beautiful chandeliers. “Patients always comment on the environment here and how much they love it, as they can tell we are all happy,” Abdelnour says. “I believe empowering each other starts from within.”

Abdelnour knows first-hand the importance of empowerment when it comes to women’s health, as she was inspired to become a medical practitioner after her mother’s near-death experience. “[My mother] was misdiagnosed over and over again because her practitioners would not listen to her,” Abdelnour says. “She ended up needing emergency Quadruple Bypass surgery [at the age of 45].”

Dr. Somi Javaid
Dr. Somi Javaid

Today, listening is the pinnacle of personalized care for Abdelnour and Javaid. “All of our patents know they are cared for and leave feeling they have been heard and empowered,” Abdelnour says.

To accomplish that, Abdelnour says women can receive both the medical treatments they need and spa services they desire all under one roof. The unique benefit of their medical practice and medi-spa is that there is always a physician present. “We treat any condition that is preventing the patient from feeling like her complete self, whether that barrier is gynecological, aesthetic or sexual,” Abdelnour says.

Beyond annual gynecological care, Javaid provides a holistic approach to the sexual health concerns that present themselves throughout a woman’s life. For patients facing menopause, there is a host of hormone treatments including Bioidentical Hormones which are structurally identical to the natural hormones your body creates and is an alternative to conventional hormone therapy. Javaid also provides non-hormonal treatment options that assist in alleviating menopause symptoms for those patients that are not candidates for estrogen therapy.

With hormonal changes also come fluctuations in the body, this is all part of a natural progression. Abdelnour says Javaid is sensitive to the fact that women’s concerns extend beyond just physical health and span into aesthetic procedures that require a doctors medical training. Which is exactly why her practice provides safe, non-invasive alternatives to plastic surgery. Javaid is the only area physician that performs UltraShape. This procedure targets and breaks down fat cells. VelvaShape is a complimentary and also non invasive procedure that treats loose skin and cellulite that shrinks trouble spots exercising does not seem to be reaching. “Patients have lost anywhere from one to five inches from their thighs, abdomen or flanks. The beauty of UltraShape is that it is quick and painless,” Abdelnour says.

In addition to the medical portion of Javaid’s practice there is a medi-spa in house, which provides an array of aesthetic services in order to enhance beauty and ease the signs of aging. This all begins with a customized consultation which may include the Reveal Skin Analysis system. This analysis delves below the skin surface to determines future problems which allows for a customized and effective approach to treating the skin.

Dr. Somi Javaid and Associates is located at 8350 E. Kemper Road, Suite A. in Mason. To learn more, call 513-404-4166 or visit their website.