It has officially been a month since I joined Orange Theory Fitness which, since I attend class twice a week, means I have gone to 8 classes there so far.
So, what Orange Theory improvements am I seeing so far?
– I am becoming more comfortable with pushing myself harder. – The last few classes I have been able to make my treadmill ALL OUT runs slightly faster. (My base pace is a 10:00 min/mile, my push pace is an 8:30 min/mile, and I have been able to drop my ALL OUT from a 7:30 min/mile to a 7:00 min/mile. Woohoo!)
– My rowing form is improving and I finally feel like I am getting the hang of it. – This means my rowing is more powerful and much faster. Plus, at this point my hands have calloused over so it no longer hurts them, sexy right?
– I am picking up heavier weights. – At first I always picked up the 8 and 10 pound weights because that is what I saw almost all the other girls doing. Now, I have realized that I really need to use the 12 or 15 pound weights for most moves and sometimes even go higher in order to challenge myself.
– I am getting braver. – Yesterday in class was the first time I attempted to do actual pushups instead of modified ones (on my knees). Now don’t get me wrong, the were ugly, but I know that working on them is the only way I will get better.
– I am more confident. – When I first started I was a bit embarrassed because I don’t have lots of coordination, so I look kind of silly doing a lot of the more explosive moves that require a lot of jumping. Other people’s jumping = my flailing. However, now I just go for it and try my best without thinking twice. So what if I look like a goober?
– My recovery time is improving. – The first couple classes my graph was all red and orange. (This is my data from last night’s class.) When I started out my heart rate was constantly way up, even when we were taking a minute to recover, it never came back down. Last night, between blocks of hard running, we had short recovery periods and I was shocked by how quickly my heart rate dropped back into the green zone. It seems like my heart rate is recovering much faster as it gets used to the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).