I know that there are a lot of people that go on and on about the workouts that they’re a part of: Crossfit, Iron Tribe, Barre, Yoga, Spin, but you guys, I LOOOVE Orange Theory.
I started last October with my free introductory class. I took my first class at 630 AM on a Saturday with Coach Brad, who still is and probably will always be my favorite coach. They sat down with me, went over some about the workout and then asked me what my goals were. After all that, Brad took me into the studio, showed me around the equipment, and then class started.
It is an hour studio class, boasting to be the best one hour workout in the country. For 30 minutes of the class, you are working on cardio, doing treadmill work, and then the other 30 will be spent in the weight room, with free weights, TRX straps, ab dolly’s, Bosu Balls and rowers. Each workout will focus on endurance, strength or power – sometimes a combination of all three or just two. Every workout is different.
Orange Theory works on heart-rate based interval training, so your heart rate is monitored throughout the class. There are five different zones, and you are trying to be in the green and above (orange and red) for the majority of the class. For every minute spent in the orange and red, you get what is called a SPLAT point. If you get 12 or more in a class, you create what they call the “afterburn” – and you can keep burning calories up to 36 hours after the class.
I usually burn between 500-650 calories in a class, and I love all the coaches. They each have their own style, but every one I’ve been around (and that includes when I visited the one in KC over Thanksgiving last year) has been super motivating.
Here’s an example of the summaries that I’ve gotten:
I can’t say enough good thing about it. I haven’t lost a significant amount of weight, but I have lost inches and have gotten stronger, and I feel so good about myself. I even (gasp!) wore a bikini for one of our pool days in the backyard. I say definitely give it a shot. Your intro class is free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.
(that picture up at the top was from a 630pm class where we had all done our personal best on our all-out pace on a power day – I’m on the bottom row all the way to the left, squatting – in case you didn’t recognize me in workout clothes. Brad (my fave!) is the dude directly behind me to the left)
I, of course, wasn’t paid for any of this, I just had to spit out my praises.