I am not the type of person that can typically just go to the gym and do a full body workout by myself. Sure I can go and do cardio but I really need someone to tell me what to do for a strength work out. I am a huge fan of group classes because other people are pushing you and you have an instructor making sure you have the correct form.
I had the pleasure of taking an Orangetheory Fitness class recently and it was an incredible work out! I had heard many positive things about Orangetheory and had wanted to take a class for a while. I was able to easily book a class on-line and was set for my first class, which is an awesome mix of strength and cardio.
So you are probably wondering “what the heck is Orangetheory?” Orangetheory is a heart rate based interval training utilizing the treadmill, rowing machine, TRX Suspension training and a variety of strength equipment. When you arrive at Orangetheory, you are issued a heart rate monitory pod that you wear under your shirt attached to a chest strap. Your heart rate monitor then projects your name and heart rate zone (which is categorized by color) onto a screen so you can track your progress during the class. Blue is the cool down/warm up zone, green is moderate, orange is fitness and red is the high limit. Ideally you want to stay in green or orange zone for the majority of the workout.
My class was broken up into two groups. I started on the treadmill where we did intervals that were base pace, push pace (1-1.5 mph over your base) and all out sprint (2 mph over your base pace.) I don’t do a ton of running so these intervals were a little challenging for me. After about a fifteen minute set my group got off the treadmill and went to a strength set. We used free weights, Bosu ball, medicine balls and the TRX straps for the strength set. You are given the exercises and you are supposed to complete as many sets as you can with in the given time frame. The trainer also gives you modifications for easier or harder ways to perform the exercise. Then you switch back to the treadmill then go back to strength and repeat until the class is over. Since it was my first class, I was introduced to my trainer 5 minutes before the class and he walked me around the room showing me all the equipment and talked me through how the class would go. That definitely helped me not look like a complete newbie during the class. All in all it is an incredible work out. I really enjoyed being able to track my progress on the screen and push myself to get into the “orange” zone. The great news is that Orangetheory has locations all over the United States so almost anyone can try out a class, which your first class is free!
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