A couple of weeks ago now I took part in an absolutely killer exercise class that I want to tell you about: OrangeTheory Fitness –
The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout.
Sounds a bit complicated and scientific right? Well it might be science-y but it’s really easy to follow along. I was the only newbie in the class which just goes to show its popularity (there were about twenty of us total I think) people love it and want to come back!
So how did I get on? I don’t think I have ever worked out quite so hard in my life! I’m not gonna lie I was a bit apprehensive about going along and wondered if I should maybe wait until I’d regained some of my long-lost fitness but the instructor (whose name escapes me) was really nice and kept checking in to make sure I understood what was happening and that everything was OK.
The classes are split into three components: interval training on treadmills, indoor rowing as your active recovery and weights/resistance training. You basically don’t stop moving for the entire duration but it’s designed so that you really can go at your own pace. Your heart rate is constantly monitored and you can see on the screens in the studio just how hard you’re working which is great motivation if you’re a bit competitive like I am!
If the studios weren’t so far away (I went to a class right before my visit to Udderlicious with Yelp and it’s just right up the road from there) I would definitely consider signing up to this. Coincidentally I found a lot of useful information thanks to fellow Yelper Camie T. as the official website isn’t the best for telling you about things like shower facilities etc. Like me you can get a free taster class at any of their studios direct from their website – try it, you never know you might like it!