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Mar 25, 2015

Orangetheory Fitness

About a year ago I gave up my gym membership because I realized how much more I enjoyed taking group fitness classes than spending time in the gym. While my favorite classes are $20+ a pop, I also suplement it with running outside with my pup and finding free or first-time free classes.

I thought I would start sharing more of my fitness adventures and I have my first class review... If you like to color code your Outlook calendar and your closet, you can now color code your workout with Orangetheory Fitness.

What the hell is Orangetheory?
I'll let them tell you:
The idea of Orangetheory is simple: a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates "Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption," or EPOC. It's what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.
Translation?
It burns carbs. It just burns up all your carbs.

I have no doubt that circuit and resistance training in the Orangetheory class lead to EPOC, but I also have to laugh a bit at their marketing.I feel like EPOC is scientific word for "working your ass off." I have no doubt that many, if not most, of the other workout classes I've taken have a EPOC effect, but it doesn't mean they are going to brag about it. I kinda envision Organgetheory like that annoying kid in bschool who always interrupted the professor and tried to use big words.

Here is a rundown of what we did in the class:
The class was split into two groups, one that ran on the treadmill first and one group that used the weights and rowing machines first. Halfway through the class we switched.  A final section was comprised of bursts of power, alternating between sprints on the rowing machine and jogging on an incline.


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What I liked:
My stats: I am a numbers girl so even though my tracking device wasn't fully working, I liked getting to see my stats after the class. They even emailed them to you which I loved.  
The rowing machine: It had been awhile since I had been on a rowing machine. I love the mix of strength and cardio. 
The tempo: Even though we were on the treadmills for around 20 minutes straight, the class felt quick. The constant change of pace or movement made it easy to stay motivated. The instructor was high energy and the music was totally my jam.  
 What I didn't like: 
Weights: We were instructed to use 15-20 lbs weights for chest presses (I used 10 lbs since 15-20 was not in my cards). In general, I would rather do more reps with lower weights to build endurance (you can read more on the Strength Continuum here), so I wasn't super jazzed about the heavier weights. The instructor is also conducting both the strength and cardio groups at the same time so he didn't have the bandwidth to make sure everyone had proper form on weights (aka it felt like an injury waiting to happen).
Mix of workout: All of the strength training we did was around chest and arms. I asked the instructor after if they ever do other core work. He reassured me that they alternate themes/muscle groups by class. Personally I would rather touch all muscle groups within a single class. We also did not stretch as a group at the end. While some people stayed behind and stretched on their own, I really like closing a workout class with even a quick 90 second group stretch--again, back to the fact that this class seemed prone to injuries.  

 
Overall...
I give it 2/5 stars. It was great to give it a try, but I don't think I would go back.
You don't have to take my word for it. Find a class near you here. Tell me what you think! 

 
In the meantime, I'm getting cheese fries. Namaste.

2 comments :

  1. The instructor is also conducting both the strength and cardio groups at the same time so he didn't have the bandwidth to make sure everyone had proper form on weights.

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