Um, it’s the last day of July? Tell me HOW.
Anyways. Let’s talk fitness!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I tried Orangetheory Fitness last week when I was back home in Las Vegas! Ohmigosh.
Let me back up first. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Orangetheory Fitness is a fitness gym that emphasizes a heart-rate based high intensity interval training (aka HIIT). The workout is broken up into distinct, timed blocks of work, alternating between treadmills, rowing machines, and a mat area for weights/resistance training. Since the workout hinges on your heart rate, you’re given a heart rate monitor to wear during the workout, with the results shared in real time on a monitor in the workout studio.
The whole premise is that during each workout, you strive to push yourself into the orange zone of heart health! The zone range is grey, blue (warm-up/cool down), green, orange, and red, i.e., all out (read: want to puke).
Since June, my dad has become an avid Orangetheory Fitness-goer, (Orangetheorist? I don’t know) after his cardiologist had suggested he bump up his level of cardio. From what I’d heard before he joined the Vegas location, it sounded like a pretty aggressive workout. Since his first class, my dad has been raving bout how great it is and how he’s been steadily improving his endurance and heart rate. Right around the same time, I started hearing more about it from Gina, who also made it sound like such a fun (and rigorous) workout. I was even MORE curious to try it after learning she’d used it as part of her half marathon training this summer, doing just Orangetheory classes and a long run and then PR’ing.
Needless to say, when my dad suggested I join him for a class when I was home for Meg’s wedding, I took him up on it. Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous because it seemed like such an intense workout! I’m more the long and slow kind, you know? BUT, I kept telling myself that if my dad could rock it, then I could too.
And what’s one measly hour, right?
We got there a little bit early, and one of the coaches walked me through the entire workout. She even went as far as to explain how to use a rowing machine properly since I’d only used it one other time during my brief CrossFit dabbling a couple years ago. The entire staff was so friendly and excited, which definitely helped me feel more comfortable!
The treadmill part was fine for me since I’m a runner, although you can definitely scale the workouts according to your fitness level. My dad, for example, speed walks and lightly jogs for the “push pace,” whereas I all out sprinted. It’s for a really short stint of time, so it’s not as hard as you might imagine to sustain. It was actually kind of fun to push myself and see how fast my little legs could actually move, even if for only fleeting bursts.
But the rowers? Please.
Rowing was definitely the hardest part of the class for me, and I couldn’t wait til we were done. I was literally getting out of breath, especially since in this particular workout we were switching back and forth between the treadmills and the rowers, increasing the number of rows each time. Guess that means I need more rowing practice?
Oh, and they had inspirational quotes posted around the gym, which obviously is a huge win in my book.
Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this workout and I want to give the San Diego studio a try! It was 100% as fun as my dad made it out to be, and it wasn’t quite as scary-challenging as I was expecting…… though that might just have been a fluke.
It seems a bit too expensive for me to do regularly, though, which is unfortunate because I’m curious what it might add to my half marathon training for Long Beach. Which reminds me – I’ll share my detailed training plan soon!
Has anyone else tried Orangetheory? What’d you think if you did?