Big thank you to Orangetheory Fitness for sponsoring this post – all opinions are my own.
If you guys know me at all, then you know I’m totally in to fitness and working out. Yes, I’m one of those crazy people who actually ENJOYS going to the gym, and on the days I don’t work out, I just don’t feel as good.
Although I’m an avid yogi, I’ve recently been looking for a way to step up my work out routine – to incorporate more cardio and intensity in to my classes. Which is why I FINALLY decided to try Orangetheory Fitness. You’ve probably seen the studios around town, with the orange glow and orange equipment in each studio. The studios have definitely caught MY eye, because orange is my fave color (random, I know).
Orangetheory is a 1-hour, total body workout that keeps you burning calories for up to 36 hours AFTER your workout. This means that for over a day after just 1 workout, you’ll STILL be burning those calories from class. Um, yes please!
Going to get a little technical with you all, so bear with me – the Orangetheory workout is backed by science, and based on the physiological theory known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC, for short. The workouts are designed to get you producing 12 minutes or more at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate. This is what creates that “after-burn” effect that you’ll get after every workout.
You wear a Heart Rate monitor during class, which tracks your heart rate zone, on screens throughout the studio. The best part? After each class, you’ll receive an email with a breakdown of your heart rate. The goal of each workout is to stay in zones 3, 4 or 5 of the 5 Zone system. The email shows you how many minutes you spent in each zone during class, and it tracks your Splat points. Splat points are minutes spent in the orange and red zones (zones 4 and 5). The goal is to get at least 12 Splat points per class, as 12 or more creates the “after-burn” effect.
IDK about you guys, but I love challenging myself during my workouts. So knowing I can track my progress throughout AND after class is a huge incentive for me to keep pushing myself further.
I got to go to my first class last week, and it really was just what I needed to get my burn on. The class consisted of treadmills, rowers (my personal fave), free weights and stationary bikes. A group starts at each – the treadmills, rowers or free weights, and rotates between stations.
My favorite part about class was the consistency of it – each station kept at the same difficulty level, and my heart rate stayed at a high, steady pace for the entirety of my workout. It may sound intimidating, monitoring your heart rate, and tracking it live on screens. I certainly was intimidated walking in to my first class, but the instructors and staff made me feel super comfortable, and took the time to explain how everything worked before I started. It’s so so important to understand the type of workout you’re doing, and how it will affect your body, and that was all shared with me before I even stepped in to the studio.
This is the type of class that is centered around YOUR fitness level and YOUR personal heart rate, so anyone can do it. Plus, your first class is free, so don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! Have any of you guys tried it?? Would love to hear your thoughts or any questions you have!
PS… Yesterday kicked off Orangetheory’s Transformation Challenge – a 2-month challenge that tracks your weight loss on a weekly basis, while attending classes. Participants have the opportunity to win up to $15,000 in cash prizes. Be sure to ask your local studio about upcoming challenges during your next class!
Photos by Courtney Pittman