I have been wanting to go to check out an Orange Theory Class for the longest time. I have to admit, I was kind of scared to go. I’ve heard about how tough it is and I wasn’t sure if my ego would be be able to take it if I couldn’t keep up. My trainer was out of town last week and I thought it the perfect time to check it out.
Perusing their website, I noticed that you can easily get a free first class to any of their locations by calling requesting on line. I was not compensated in any way for this review nor were they aware that I was reviewing the class. All thoughts and sweat are my own.
So what is Orange Theory Fitness?
The 60 minute classes use a heart rate based interval training program consisting of treadmill, indoor rowers and weight training blocks.
The Orange Effect
“Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), our heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy.
The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout! (source)”
After checking in and getting an overview of the class, I was given the proprietary heart rate monitor to put on. You cannot use your own monitor as it is not compatible. There were about 20 of us and we were split into 2 groups. My group started on the treadmill and the second group in the TRX weight training area.
Written next to the treadmill was the day’s workout explaining the intervals for the day. They apparently change daily so no 2 workouts are alike. I alternated between “Base”, “Push Pace” and “All Out” pace. 3 terms that are the basis of the cardio portion explained below. The treadmills workouts are adaptable to walkers, run/walkers and runners so really is do able for all levels.
As you can see, we did 5 rounds alternating between the treadmill sprints and the rowing sprints. I am pretty inexperienced with the rowing machine and just kind of winged it.
This portion of the class took about 25 minutes and we then switched with the other half of the class and headed to the TRX/weight training area. I do know my way around the TRX and the weight room so I was feeling good. Again, the workout for the day was shown on a TV screen with demos of each exercise.
The explanations of the exercise were very good and I was able to complete 3-5 sets of each routine in the allotted time. The instructor also demonstrated the floor/weights exercises and walked around to give feedback. One of the pieces of equipment I really liked was the “Ab dolly”. I’d never seen it before and it was fun to do pikes and hold planks on it to create a more unstable surface. They also had nice cushy pads to do planks with. I think I may need one of these! ( I did end up purchasing one and reviewed it here)
The 60 minutes really flew by with serious sweat indeed!
At the end of class you can see your heart rate range and your calories burned on the large board overhead. Unfortunately, the heart rate monitors did not work correctly during the first 25 minutes of my class so I did not get an accurate reading of my calorie burn or my heart rate for the whole class. Orange Theory apologized for this and did offer me another free class which I do plan to take advantage of soon.
After class your stats are displayed on the screen so you can see which range your heart rate was in and how many calories you burned. Orange Theory also emails you your stats after each class. A nice touch!
What did I think?
-I loved the interval based class and you will never get bored switching around and trying to keep up.
-I learned that I can do sprints (60-90) on the treadmill at a much faster pace that I realized. I rarely do this in my own training and perhaps I should.
-I like the idea of seeing my heart rate and wanting to compete with myself to beat it in a future class.
-The class was challenging but not ridiculously hard as I had imagined. Because there are options for walkers and runners, anyone can do it.
-I was disappointed that my heart rate monitor did not record half of our class as that was the info I was looking for.
Would I go back?
Have you ever done a class at Orange Theory? Thoughts?