Setting a Positive Example That Will Last

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My husband and I moved to Chapel Hill in 2008. As a Midwest transplant from Chicago to the Tar Heel state I instantly fell in love with Chapel Hill when I relocated here. While we miss my roots in Chicago at times, Chapel Hill has been an amazing place to live and raise our two children.

I worked in the corporate world for nearly 10 years. Despite a great job and career path, I felt unfulfilled. I wanted more than just a corporate career; I wanted to build something exciting that would last. I crave a new challenge, something I can put my heart and soul into with full dedication. Most importantly, I wanted to start something that would show my children the meaning of hard work while building something in my community that promotes health and wellness. That’s where Orangetheory Fitness comes into the picture.

orangetheorypostOrangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength exercises. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, Orangetheory Fitness’ heart-rate-monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled instructors, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training and free weights. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout. In total, participants can burn up to 1,000 calories per class!

I learned about Orangetheory Fitness in May 2013 after spending two years searching for the right business to invest in. I went to the International Franchise Association website and searched for “fitness franchises” and Orangetheory Fitness immediately caught my eye. That same week, I learned that a friend of mine was involved in developing the New York area for the concept and was able to get a lot of first-hand information from her. Four days later, I was in Ft. Lauderdale visiting the Orangetheory Fitness corporate HQ and my decision was made – this was absolutely what I wanted to pursue.

Fitness is my passion and always has been. I am an avid exerciser! When I can’t make it to our Morrisville studio for an Orangetheory Fitness workout (my first choice!), I head to the gym for a swim or load up the kids in the double stroller for a run. I have competed in several races consistently placing in the top 2 percent of women runners and triathletes. Fitness will always be a part of my life which is why opening Orangetheory Fitness studios in the Triangle is such a natural fit for me. I wholeheartedly believe in the Orangetheory concept and feel so great putting my name behind it. One of the best rewards is hearing member after member tell us how their lives have changed as a result of Orangetheory Fitness – from weight loss, to reduced medications, to improved sleep, energy and confidence…the list goes on!

As a mom and business owner, I know firsthand how chaotic things can get. As mothers, we are wearers of many different hats. That’s why, for me, it was important to find something that would allow for time with my family while simultaneously setting an example for my children. No matter what your job is, as a mom we’re all setting examples for our children and we want them to be positive and lasting. I hope my children grow up and have a clear understanding of the meaning behind hard work and what it takes to be a business owner and a mom all at the same time.

“Your children will follow your example, not your advice.” – Anonymous

I would love to hear from other Chapel Hill women about your experiences as working moms. Please leave a reply below this blog post and tell me your story!

About the author:
Kristie Shifflette is the owner of Orangetheory Fitness in Chapel Hill and Morrisville, N.C. Orangetheory Fitness, one of the fastest growing national fitness chains, is hailed by the New York Times for its effective plateau-busting workouts. During classes, participants wear heart-rate-monitors as they go through interval training and short bursts of exercise designed to maximize the Orange Effect, which adds extra caloric burn for up to 36 hours after the workout. Participants can burn up to 1,000 calories per 60-minute class. Orangetheory Fitness Chapel Hill will be located in the Meadowmont Village shopping center. A pre-sale location offering discounted rates is open now at 606 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. The new studio will be just a short walk away at 104 Meadowmont Village Circle – next to One Restaurant. To learn more, visit Orangetheory Fitness Chapel Hill, call 919-883-9424 or connect with us at

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