I started Orange Theory Fitness almost 2.5 years ago, but ended up taking a very extended time off when I got sick. I have been back pretty consistently for almost 3 months now and am so glad I am feeling good enough to get back to it. I have a membership that allows me to go 8 times a month (twice a week) and I absolutely love, well as much as you can love a butt kicking workout, the time I spend at Orange Theory. I enjoy it so much, and find it really beneficial, and because of that I am continuing to go twice a week even through my marathon training. So why does Orange Theory Fitness benefit runners?
Why Orange Theory Fitness Benefits Runners:
1. Strength Training –
There is no denying that strength training improves your running while also helping to reduce injury risk by strengthening weak muscles. However, too many runners ignore their strength training or are not sure what they should be doing, Orange Theory takes the guesswork out of strength training by providing you with set workouts and trainers who are there to assist you on your form.
2. Low Impact Cardio Cross Training –
We al know running is a high impact sport. So it is important to find additional low impact activities you can incorporate to give your body a break from the intensity of running while still getting in a good cardio workout. Orange Theory brings in lots of rowing which is perfect for this reason. Rowing is a tough strength and cardio workout that is low impact, wonderful for runners.
3. Interval Runs –
Many runners fall into running the same pace for most of their runs. However, by incorporating tempo and interval runs you’ll begin to see more positive changes in your running. Orange Theory makes sure that you fit in your interval runs. Their base pace would be the same as your easy run pace. Your long interval pace would be used for the push pace, and your short interval pace for the all outs. You really don’t do any tempo running at Orange Theory as it is all quick intervals.
*Need help determining your OTF interval paces while you’re training for a race? Just email me BackatSquareZero@gmail.com – I don’t mind helping out, in fact I enjoy it.
4. Variety –
Doing the same thing day after day can make any workout regime/training plan seem boring. You are more likely to burn out, both physically and mentally, if you are just running 5/6 days a week with nothing else added. Orange Theory helps you to change things up and keep your workouts fresh which is more likely to help you stay on track and avoid burn out.
5. Motivation –
One of the wonderful bonuses about Orange Theory is the trainers. (Now I’ve heard rumors Charleston has the best, but I am sure they’re great other places too – I am just preferential to my guys.) Having a trainer there to cheer you on, encourage you, and give you a little butt kicking when you need it really helps you to stay motivated and push yourself further than you would on your own.
If you are training for a race I really suggest finding a way to get into Orange Theory twice a week for a great mix of strength, cardio cross training, and interval work that will add variety to your workouts and help you to stay motivated. You will not regret the decision.
Want to know more about OTF (Orange Theory Fitness) here are some of my past posts on the topic:
– Orange Theory Fitness Review = a highlight of what OTF is and my thoughts a week in
– Orange Theory Improvements = the changes I noticed after a month of twice a week workouts
– Is Orange Theory Impacting my Running? = the differences in my treadmill speeds after 2 months at OTF
Let me know –
Have you ever tried OTF? You should, first class is free!
How do you mix up your workout routine to keep it fresh?