I needed something to spice up my fitness routine and kick start my motivation, which has been really lacking as of late, so I decided to look into Orange Theory Fitness.
Orange Theory is a 60 minute group class lead by a coach.
Each class is different, but every class focuses in on three components:
– speed (treadmills)
– power (rowers)
– strength (TRX/weights)
The classes are done in a High Intensity Interval Style (HIIT) so you are going non-stop the entire time. It is a tough workout that really pushes you, but is one that can be done by anyone because you set your own pace.
You have three different paces:
– ALL OUT!
The coach walks around telling everyone what pace they should be at, and how long they have left at that pace, and also helping them rotate through the different areas (treadmills, rowers, and weight room). Each workout is different, but it is always a combination of the three main components and pushing yourself at those paces.
In addition to that, each participant is given a heart rate monitor to wear during the class. These heart rate monitors connect to TV screens throughout the studio so that you know how hard you are pushing yourself. Your name appears on the TV screen with your heart rate percentage and the color zone you are in. By monitoring your heart rate to make sure you are spending the right amount of time in that orange zone you are not only getting a great workout, but awesome afterburn.
Then at the end of each class you are instantly emailed your own report. It lets you know approximately how many calories you burnt, your average and max heart rate and percentage, plus it gives you a graph showing you how many minutes you spent in each heart rate zone. (My first workout was a tough one, and I spend 44 minutes in the orange and red.)
Overall, I am really pleased with Orange Theory. It is horrible and amazing all at once, but in a good way because I need that push, and I always leave feeling like I got an amazing workout.
– I love that the High Intensity Interval Training really pushes me.
– I like the mix of speed, power, and strength work.
– I enjoy having coaches there who make every workout different.
– Plus, I really like that they use heart rate technology and that I get to see all the data from that.
I think Orange Theory will be a great add in to my fitness routine.
For most people they suggest going 4 – 5 days a week as your primary form of workout.
However, since I am still focused on half marathon training my plan is to go twice a week for my speed/strength work .
Have you ever tried Orange Theory? Would you?
(If there is one near you, your first class is always free so you should check it out.)
Do you do any High Intensity Interval Training?