I am always looking for new exercise classes to change up my workout routine and keep it fun. I’m loving Orangetheory Fitness right now. My assistant & adventure blogger Gwen introduced me to it and I love how fun and high paced it is. I am currently not in the best shape and it is a hard workout but it’s doable. They change it up each time and from my understanding, they never repeat a workout. There is a row of treadmills, a row of rowers and an area for weights. You sign-up for a class on their app. You bring your water and their special heart monitor that works with their system. Their trainer tells you exactly what to do in the 60 minutes of class and moves you around the room taking you through three phases on cardio – base, push, and all out. The trainer also demonstrates the exercises in each session of the strength training section and a video monitor continues to show you how to do each. Another monitor shows you your heart rate, wether you are in the orange, and the number points you earned for the day. At the end of the class, you are soaked.
The physiological theory behind Orangetheory Fitness is known as excess post-exercise consumption (EPOC). During a one hour session, participants perform multiple intervals designed to produce at least 12 min of training at 84% or higher of the individual maximum heart rate. They claim their workouts provide an “after-burn” effect: after the session, you continue to need oxygen at a higher rate than before exercise. The body is said to continue to use oxygen and burn more calories as if you were still working out.
The only thing I would improve is a cool-down period at the end. I don’t care for the abrupt stop from a high intensity cardio to stretch but I believe they rely on participants to be in tune with themselves and cool themselves down properly. I don’t stop abruptly. I’m loving the interval training. Their trainers are very motivational and their music is awesome. I love that I never get bored. I feel amazing after a workout. I haven’t talked Mr. Cool into trying it yet but if I do, he will do his own post. I highly recommend trying out a few classes before deciding if it is right for you. You can purchase a certain number of classes or unlimited monthly classes. For more information and for a studio near you, please visit the Orangetheory Fitness website.