One question we are asked often by ladies is whether they will become ‘bulky’ from training at Orangetheory Fitness, we are asked this because weight training plays a part in our workouts and here is why they matter, and more importantly why they WILL NOT make ladies bulky…
MEET ORANGETHEORY FITNESS COACH HANNAH SWAIN
Hannah is a level 2 certified REPS trainer who specializes in group training exercise. She believes in making small changes in peoples’ lifestyles can have big impacts and results on their health, fitness and happiness.
With her natural passion and dedication to help people achieve their goals you cant help but feel a great sense of support and care during her sessions, this is not to be mistaken for a easy work out she knows just how to push you to your performance limits. Her passion for health and fitness started at a young age by doing triathlons, half marathons and climbing to high peaks all over the world, she has been melting the fat from Dubai residents for 4 years now. You can follow Hannah on Instagram @hit_w_hannah
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MEET ORANGETHEORY FITNESS COACH SAMIA KALLIDIS
Born and raised in Dubai with Greek and Palestinian roots, Samia is a design entrepreneur, fitness instructor and Ninja Warrior with a passion for social impact. A former basketball player who is passionate about sports and fitness, she’s focused on making training approachable and accessible to everyone.
In November 2016, she took take part in the first season of the televised reality obstacle course competition, Ninja Warrior in Arabic, making her the UAE’s first Ninja Warrior. She is now a calisthenics certified trainer and fitness instructor focusing on strength and conditioning and ninja training, with the ambition of growing fitness and sports participation in the region. This experience has led her to the intersection of sports and design, and the aspiration for constantly challenging herself and the world around her.
Samia holds a BFA in Design from York/Sheridan’s joint program in Toronto, and a MFA in Design Entrepreneurship from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She runs her own design studio by day that focuses on social and community impact, and spends the rest of her time challenging Orangetheory Fitness members to help them reach their fitness goals. You can follow Samia on Instagram @skallidis
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MEET ORANGETHEORY FITNESS HEAD COACH NELITA VILLEZON
Raised in Los Angeles, CA, a multi-ethnic model and fitness professional who began her career as a child of a martial artist trained under her father. Nelita is the daughter of Erwin Villezon, a Filipino martial artist student under Dan Inasanto. She is trained in Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Eskrima, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Northern Shaolin, as well as other disciplines. With her extensive training background, she was able to compete in the Southwestern Regional Stick Championship and earned a medal in the U.S. Open and the Junior Olympics.
She has trained, coached and managed at some of the top gyms in Los Angeles such as Equinox, UFC Gym, Crunch, 24 Hour Fitness and now is the head coach of Orangetheory Fitness Dubai. Her experience has led her to become a personal trainer for the Sony Music Group where she has trained celebrities as Becky G., Sophia Black, and Karrueche Tran. In addition to the fitness aspect of her career, she is also classically trained in the world of dance. Her training includes: Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Belly Dance, Hip-Hop and she is licensed in Zumba Fitness. You can follow Nelita on Instagram @nelita_v
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MEET ORANGETHEORY FITNESS COACH PATRICIA KALLIDIS
Patricia Kallidis is a yogi, dancer, and fitness instructor born and raised in Dubai. She began her dance training with Sharmila’s Dance school at the age of 10. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from York University in Toronto, where she had the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and artists, gaining incredible experience. As a professional dancer, Patty has had the opportunity to perform at sold out events, concerts and launches alongside international artists in the UAE and Canada, with the likes of Sean Paul and the Harlem Globe Trotters.
Patty also has completed a 280 hour teacher training in Toronto to become a certified Yoga instructor. She now works with athletes of all sports on improving mobility and flexibility for performance through yoga training. She also completed barre training where she taught as a full-time barre instructor for 5 years. Alongside barre, dance and yoga, Patricia has a passion for encouraging and educating others on what it means for them to live a healthy and fit life, which is what she loves most about coaching at Orangetheory Fitness. You can follow Patty on Instagram @pattyk.fit
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Soraya is 24 years old and has been coming to Orangetheory Fitness for just over a year, the things she loves the most are the coaching team and the community, she finds it more supportive and an atmosphere that enables her to achieve her goals. She recommends OTF to all of her friends because in her words she thinks that the OTF experience is a very “encouraging way to get fit!”
Lynn is a business analyst that works at Procter & Gamble, she has been a member of Orangetheory Fitness for 7 months. Lynn has really noticed the difference in stamina, strength and energy level, which is evident at each workout because of the improvements that she has seen in her base pace during the workouts, improving by more than 30% in just 7 months!
Lianne is a 47 year old Australian who joined Orangetheory Fitness in Dubai when we first opened in 2018, her favourite thing about training at OTF is the heart rate based nature of the workouts, which means that you are only ever competing against yourself in every workout. Lianne recommends OTF to her friends because the workouts are totally scalable, since you are working out based on your heart rate you are always being pushed within your individual limits and capabilities. Coming from a Yoga background, Lianne is able to appreciate the way in which the workouts at OTF are designed to help enhance and condition each part of the body whilst also helping with toning and weight loss.
Ziad is a 25 year old Industrial Engineer that works for an oil company in Dubai, a member of Orangetheory Fitness for more than a year, he loves the atmosphere and community at OTF, in particular the supportive nature of the coaches at each workout. As an engineer, Ziad is very analytical, and one of his favourite things about the OTF workouts are the after class report which provides him with all the statistics about his heart rate and calories burnt during the course of the workout.
Ghazal is 25 years old and has been coming to Orangetheory Fitness in Dubai for over a year, in that time she has achieved goals, including incorporating fitness and exercise into her daily workout and being more disciplined in her daily routine. Ghazal works in Advertising, which means her schedule is hectic and she often finds herself working long hours. Orangetheory Fitness has multiple classes going on at different times of the day, which means Ghazal can book into a session at a time that suits her schedule not vice versa!