KELLY OGDEN GETS PUMPED
Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A. Opening Orangetheory Fitness on Hilton Head Island. My “career” for the past 27 years has been raising our three daughters. I have always been active in the community, but I have been in fitness all of my life. My first job out of college was aerobics instructor — my daughters think that is so funny.
Q. What’s Orangetheory Fitness?
A. It’s a total body, five-zone, heart-rate based interval training group class. At Orangetheory, you’ll get the energy of a group workout with the attention of an experienced personal coach. Orangetheory is designed for all fitness levels. Our coaches help you safely perform movements that work around any physical issues. I’m really looking forward to sharing this fun and exciting workout with everyone. We will be located on Hilton Head Island at the new Sea Turtle Marketplace — the old Pineland Station — opening sometime this summer.
Q. What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in your industry?
A. Being healthy is the foundation of life. If you don’t have health, then everything else can fall apart. Being healthy builds confidence, and being confident is key for success. You need to walk the walk and talk the talk. Learn everything you can about the body, exercise and nutrition, and find the right certification program for you.
Q. How do you balance work with the rest of your life?
A. When our girls were still at home and we were all busy with our schedules, we made it a point to sit down and have dinner together at least four nights a week. During these times we were able to share stories, jokes and just be together.
Q. How did you get to where you are today?
A. I got where I am today because of my incredible supportive husband. When our youngest daughter went off to college, he encouraged me and helped guide me. When I found Orangetheory Fitness, I had my “Aha!” moment. I grew up in a fitness family. My mother was a professional figure skater and my father was a body builder in the 1950s and a marathoner — we always had a gym in our house.
Q. What is one significant obstacle that you’ve had to overcome?
A. In 2011, it was as if someone flipped a switch, and I was rushed to the ER with cardiac issues. After many debilitating symptoms and a couple of misdiagnoses, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. Thankfully, a gifted holistic doctor and friend figured it out, and one year later, I was running a half-marathon.
Q. What have you learned about leadership, and how do you feel about mentoring?
A. I’ve been in several leadership roles in the community and I’ve learned it’s important to lead by example, be prepared, be positive, find joy and take responsibility for your actions. Mentoring is so important for our youth these days, and I look forward to inspiring young women and men to live healthy lives. Individual studios are encouraged to do local fundraising events, and I can’t wait to get those going.
Q. How long have you lived in the Lowcountry?
A. We’ve lived on Hilton Head Island for 24 years and moved here from Chicago.
430 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island