Starting a new workout regimen can be a daunting task.  With so many exercise and fitness options, it’s hard to know where to begin. Everyday we are inundated with infomercials and the latest in fitness trends.  With so many choices it’s a wonder we’re all still fat. Even after you wade through all the options and decide on a plan, how do you even know you’ll get results?  Well OrangeTheory Fitness hopes to solve all these problems.  Established only five years ago, they are one of the newest players on the fitness scene, but don’t let the age fool you.  All around the country gyms are spreading faster than a waistline after too many nights of sweet chocolate love. Mmm… chocolate…  If you are looking for Orange Theory reviews, then keep reading to find out what to expect from the latest fitness craze.

 

What is OrangeTheory Fitness

OrangeTheory is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) based group fitness that tracks your workout performance using heart rate monitors. The premise of the plan is based on the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), OTF’s heart-rate monitored training is touted to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates your metabolism and increases energy.  The result is something they call the Orange Effect – which promises to produce more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout.

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You might be wondering “what the heck is post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC)?”  A simplified way of understanding it is much like how your car’s engine stays warm as it gradually cools to a resting temperature.  After High Intensity Interval Training(also known as HIIT) your body experiences a spike in metabolism or a caloric afterburn as it uses excess oxygen to bring your body back to its resting state.

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What To Expect In A Typical Class

I was very impressed with the format of a group-based workout that measures your performance, so I decided to check it out for myself.  The three main components of the Orange 60 Workout are Indoor Rowing, Treadmill Training and Weight Training blocks.  When you walk in the gym you are greeted by the friendly front desk staff.  They’ll ask for your name to check you off the list of scheduled students and upload your info into the in-studio screen where you’ll see your name and heart rate reading in real time.  From there we packed away our belongings into modular cubbies.  

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As we waited I chatted with my classmates.  We commiserated on how we were going to get our butts kicked.  Then the instructor arrived and lead the group into the studio.  If it’s a large class, then the trainer will split the group in half, one half on the treadmill while the other half is on the indoor rowers.  Otherwise, everyone is going to the dreadmills…I mean treadmills.  The music starts and we’re off to the races.  For about the next half hour you are either rowing, power-walking,  jogging or running (you decide which of these activities you can handle).  During this time, the trainer instructs you to either increase or decrease your intensity throughout 3 various interval paces.  Base Pace in the green zone, Push Pace in the orange zone and All Out in the orange/red zone.  

 

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Once your HITT training ends you head to your weight training block, where for the next 30 minutes you’ll perform various strength training exercises.  It’s a fast paced, total body workout.  I would recommend going with a lower weight as the exercises tend to be high rep.  Just make sure it’s heavy enough to challenge you throughout your workout while keeping form.

 

Final Thoughts…

I have only been a member of OTF for a short while, so I can’t speak on the results yet (stay tuned for my future articles/updates on this).  However, I do believe in and understand the science behind it.  If you are a bodybuilder or a person with a high level of fitness confidence/independence, then this might not be for you.  However, I think OrangeTheory Fitness is a great option for the following people:

  1. People who have struggled a long time with their weight and need a structured approach.
  2. People looking for a guided plan, but can’t necessarily afford a personal trainer.
  3. People who are overwhelmed or intimidated by large gyms.
  4. People looking to make fitness friends or build a fitness family.
  5. People looking for maximum results, but have limited time.

Make sure to check out my article on the Orange Theory Quickstart Guide to see the pros, cons and cost of the membership.  It will tell you everything you need to know before you start.