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Last Fall, OrangeTheory Fitness announced that they would be opening up a studio in my city. I’ve been wanting to try OTF FOREVER so to say I was super excited was an understatement. I jumped at the change to sign up. I finally got to take classes this summer and I am hooked! If I didn’t run I would definitely be there 3-4 days a week but for now 2 days a week is just fine! Now that I’ve taken over 20 classes, I feel like I can speak to it a little more and answer some basic questions, especially for people that have never taken a class.
What is OrangeTheory Fitness?
The technical definition: “Orangetheory is a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out. Orangetheory is a 1-hour, full-body workout, focused on training endurance, strength and power. They use heart rate-based interval training, which burns more calories post-workout than traditional exercise. When wearing their exclusive OTbeat heart rate monitors, your real-time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio. Intensity is based on your own individual heart rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels. To top it off, our certified coaches lead the workout to prevent you from over or under training.”
My definition: It’s a kick-ass workout! The workout is always different so you don’t get bored, which is a huge plus for me. It’s a great mix of cardio and strength since most workouts utilize the treadmill, rowing machine and weights.
Is this a workout for beginners?
Although OrangeTheory says that their workouts are for all levels, I disagree with this. I do think that you need to have some sort of fitness level to do their classes. For instance, I don’t think you can go from not doing exercise for years to the taking an OTF class. You definitely don’t need to be a super athlete but I do think you need to have some level of activity before taking their classes as they can be really intense!
What are the 5 zones for class?
You will hear a lot about “staying in the orange zone” or “building a pyramid” during class. During a class, members focus on Zones 3 (challenging but doable), 4 (uncomfortable) and 5 (all out/sprint effort). These zones are individually calculated for each Orangetheory Fitness member. The classes are designed to produce 12 minutes or more in Zones 4 (orange) and 5 (red), combined, during the workout. I aim to have the bulk of my workout in zones 3 and 4, although I always get a few minutes in red, especially during sprints on the treadmill. You also earn splat points for each minute you are in the orange and red zones.
What are the membership options?
Their are 3 different membership levels – Basic, Elite and Premier. Basic offers four classes a month, Elite offers 8 classes a month and Premier offers unlimited classes per month. Currently I have the Elite membership which is perfect because there’s no way I could fit in more that 2 classes a week right now, especially with marathon training. The price for each membership varies by each location, especially in larger cities (NYC, Boston, San Francisco, etc).
Would I recommend OTF?
Definitely! This workout is the best of both worlds – cardio and strength. The coaches are awesome and they really take the time to explain each move, and the point behind each move, with you. They also do their best to push you to try your hardest. I honestly love everything about these classes. Also your first class is free so why not give it a try 🙂
Tell me: Have you ever tried Orangetheory Fitness?
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