Willowbrook’s Orangetheory Fitness announces winners of weight-loss challenge

Hinsdale resident Jacquie Fowler (left), owner of Orangetheory Fitness Willowbrook, with Derek Jason of Burr Ridge and Rita Browne of Oakbrook Terrace, winners of the Weight Loss Challenge. | Provided
Hinsdale resident Jacquie Fowler (left), owner of Orangetheory Fitness Willowbrook, with Derek Jason of Burr Ridge and Rita Browne of Oakbrook Terrace, winners of the Weight Loss Challenge. | Provided

Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group personal training, interval fitness concept, motivated members of its Willowbrook studio to lose 350 pounds during its inaugural Six-Week Weight Loss Challenge. The male and female participants with the highest number of pounds lost walked away with $2,500.

OTF Willowbrook, which opened May 16, kicked off its grand opening with the weight-loss challenge. The biggest winners were Derek Jason of Burr Ridge and Rita Browne of Oakbrook Terrace. Derek, who joined the challenge as a birthday present to his wife, lost 50 pounds, which is half way to his personal goal. Phil Guiffre of Darien, Jerry Migacz of Clarendon Hills, and Nick Hillas and Tim McClelland, both of Willowbrook, round out the top five male finishers.

On the women’s side, winner Browne lost 18 pounds, narrowly beating Sarah Sullivan of LaGrange Park, by 0.5 percent. Karlene Ballesandro of Darien, Argy Bisbikis of Burr Ridge, and Oak Brook resident Mary Anny Raisinghani finished in the top five. For Browne, who had gained nearly 30 pounds during her recent battle with cancer, the challenge was the motivation she needed to regain control of her life. She came to Orangetheory five times a week and is now just 15 pounds from her weight goal.

“I’m inspired and I feel fit and fabulous,” said Browne. “Orangetheory classes have helped to transform my life, and I have no intention of turning back to the old me!”

The Weight Loss Challenge was also a team competition. Team Orange defeated Team Black by losing 200 pounds and almost 4 percent body weight. All participants were required to attend a minimum of three 60-minute Orangetheory Fitness sessions per week. Sixty-two members started the challenge, with 51 finishing.

“An 82 percent completion rate is phenomenal for this type of challenge,” said Jacquie Fowler, owner of the Willowbrook studio.

“I think it’s the best 60-minute workout there is,” Jason said. “Not only did I lose weight, but I’ve lost inches, and I’ve gained energy.”

The Willowbrook Orangetheory Fitness studio is at 894 75th St.. Visit www.orangetheoryfitness.com/willowbrook or call 630-352.3330.

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