Ep. 44: Katie Douglas

Katie Douglas is a homegrown talent, playing basketball at all levels right here in her home state of Indiana. First at Perry Meridian High School. Then she won a National Championship at Purdue (1999), and a WNBA Championship (2012) with the Indiana Fever.

She retired from the WNBA in 2014, playing for three teams over 14 seasons. Her body had had enough.

She has since found a new passion as a business owner. And that’s not surprising. Both of her parents were entrepreneurs and business owners, and her business is also a business owner.

Douglas is a franchisee of Orangetheory Fitness, a fresh take on fitness that focuses on heart rate training in each one-hour session. And for her, it’s 16 months in the making.

“Orangetheory Fitness is a one-hour total body workout,” Douglas explains. “We are heart rate interval-based training. We’re for all fitness levels so you can come in whether you are a professional athlete down to someone that’s never worked out.”

The goal is to be in the orange zone for 12 to 20 minutes, and there’s a scoreboard showing real-time results — much like basketball — for you to compete against yourself. Each workout involves three stations: treadmill, rowers, and a weight floor.

“You’re constantly moving and every day it’s a different workout,” she said.

As Douglas explains, she first tried it in Atlanta and really enjoyed her experience. She will soon be opening up shop on the south side of Indy, by no surprise, with her location at 1675 West Smith Valley Road in Greenwood. And their presale will go live on Friday, the 13th.

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Topics Discussed:

  • Life after basketball and finding another passion
  • Keeping her own schedule, but also learning to take a break
  • The concept, cost, and routine of Orangetheory Fitness
  • Pros and cons of playing for your hometown team
  • The Pacers’ season

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