Big thank you to Orangetheory Fitness for sponsoring this post – all opinions are my own.
I’m fulfilling one of my blogging goals by already writing my second fitness post of the year. Woo hoo! If you didn’t catch my “list of life to-do’s in 2018”, I shared with you all that I wanted to expand on the topics I write about, and fitness is definitely one of those topics.
Which is why Orangetheory Fitness came into my life at the PERFECT time. I started going to Orangetheory classes at the start of the year, and I’ve never felt so accomplished in my fitness life. If you guys didn’t catch my last post on Orangetheory, I explained how the classes work, and how you can keep burning calories up to 36 hours AFTER your workout – yes, it’s THAT good.
I first want to say, that if the fear of trying a new fitness class is holding you back from trying Orangetheory, don’t let it! My first class was definitely a little intimidating, as are most new fitness classes. But the instructor and staff could not have been more welcoming. They bring each new client in to class early, so they can go over how to work each machine, and what to expect throughout each rotation. They make sure you feel as comfortable as possible before class starts, and there’s always new people trying Orangetheory, so chances are, you won’t be the only new one.
Orangetheory has definitely made me step up my fitness routine. Each new class I attend, I try to challenge myself in a new way. For example, when you’re on the treadmill, you classify yourself into one of three categories: a walker, jogger or runner (based on your cardio level). I’m a jogger, because I have pretty good stamina, but I don’t do a lot of running outside of class. Based on what level you are, you stay within a certain miles per hour speed range. Each new class, I try to set my mph .5 higher than I ran the last class. Slowly but surely, I’m conditioning myself to run at a higher pace, for a longer period of time. This causes me to sweat more, and I walk out of each class feeling even more accomplished than the last.
I always choose to start class at the free weights station, and end class on the treadmills. Moving thorough class this way has increased my Splat Points. (In my previous Orangetheory post, I explained what Splat Points were, and how many you should aim to get during each class). The goal of an Orangetheory class is to sweat and burn calories, and the harder I push myself at the end of class, the more calories I burn and the more Splat Points I get. Orangetheory sets the goal of getting at least 12 Splat Points during class. The closest I’ve come is 11 points, and my goal is to keep pushing myself to achieve at least 12 points consistently, during each class.
Orangetheory classes are never boring, and no two classes are the same. I don’t know about you guys, but I have yet to find another workout class that doesn’t become a little boring over time, as you go through the same classes with the same workouts from class to class. I’ve definitely been a little sore a day or two after class, due to the fact that new workouts are constantly being introduced in every workout. This has caused me to work different muscles parts that I wouldn’t normally work when I go to a class that is constantly the same. After the soreness has worn off, I notice myself getting stronger, because, hey, you gotta go through the burn to get to the other side.
With Orangetheory, I’ve even left class with new workout ideas that I’ve never done before, which makes it exciting to keep coming back. Especially with the free weights, the instructors have pushed me to use heavier weight sets, and I’ve learned to do power squats with 10 – 15 pound weights. I’ve also learned some new ab work outs, such as the double-crunch, which works both my upper, and hard-to-reach lower abs (which is so hard for me to do in other abs exercises).
So if you’re looking to switch it up in your fitness routine, and challenge yourself in new ways, you def should try an Orangetheory class. Right now, you can head to theorangezone.com to sign up for a free session! Have any of you guys already tried Orangetheory? What are your thoughts?
Photos by Courtney Pittman