Finding time to work out can be challenging enough without worrying about whether or not what you’re doing is effective! Recently, we were invited to try out OrangeTheory Fitness. Breathe a sign of relief, there are no solving of the math problems involved but there is SCIENCE, a science-y type theory forms the foundation for OrangeTheory. Co-founder, Dave Long, and the OrangeTheory team started OrangeTheory in Fort Lauderdale, Florida centered around the concept of the very epic EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). Read all the beaker and measuring kind of details here. In laywoman’s terms, when you work out, you monitor your heart rate and try to get as much time as possible in the orange zone. This zone gives you a stronger afterburn, aka you burn more calories sitting around on your tushy after.
We traveled to newly opened Wicker Park location to get our afterburn on. Troy, our instructor, was kind enough to give us an overview of the class before we started. We wrangled our heart monitors around our rib change (to check our orange essence) to prep for the workout. The class was large so we split into 2 groups. Our group started with weight bearing sets while the other group cardio-ed it up with intervals on the treadmills. After half an hour, the groups switched.
What we dug:
Technology! Screens showed examples of the order of each of our weight sets and demonstrated how to do the exercise.
Another monitor showed group members’ names and what zone they were in at all times. Our heart monitors, linked to the screen, showed green, red or orange depending on zone. It definitely made you strive for that orange and kept you engaged.
Class goers also get a full report of their workout sent to their email so they can track their progress.
The equipment options and intervals keep you on your toes! Each class promises variety. You may row on a water rower one interval, move on to TRX the next, and then on to free weights and have a totally different set of exercises next class.
Whether you are looking to lose weight or just improve your speed, strength or stamina, OrangeTheory will make you say “Orange you glad you came to workout!”