I’ve been seeing Orange Theory pop up on blogs lately, so when new friend Rachel asked me to try a class with her, I was all in.
She signed me up for a Friday morning class, and I got there about 20 minutes early to learn the ropes. I filled out a form with my height, weight, and other identifying info, and they input my info into the system so they could link it to a heart rate monitor.
I got a heart rate strap to put on right under my sports bra, and then they give you the clip on monitor part right before class starts. I truly did not even feel it — I tried to walk out with it because I forgot it was even on! I was surprised that it didn’t bother me at all.
There were about 15 people in the class, and immediately we had to choose whether to do the rowing/strength segment first or the running segment first. Rachel always does the rowing/strength, so I joined her.
The was awesome, loud, pump up music blasting the whole time, and the trainer shouted encouraging messages, kept us updated on time, and gave instructions through her microphone.
I spent the first 25-ish minutes doing strength intervals interspersed with 200m rows. We did squats, TRX work, push ups, burpees, step ups, and tricep dips. Everyone worked at their own pace, but we were definitely encouraged to push it and do our absolute best. I assume that the strength portion exercises change each time, since each little station had a bench, a bosu ball, weights, TRX straps, and medicine ball.
Halfway through class we switched places and my group hopped on the treadmills while the others went to the rowing/strength. The treadmill portion was at you own pace – some people incline walked and most ran. There were also options for elliptical or spin bikes if you’re not a runner. The instructor led us through intervals of “base pace” (green zone), “Push it” (orange zone) and “All out” (orange/red zone). The intervals varied from 30sec – 3 min, and definitely kept me working!
Here’s the concept behind Orange Theory:
I REALLY liked that the TV monitors showed my heart rate level and what color “zone” I was in. I didn’t pay much attention during the strength, but during the running I was surprised to find I needed to WALK during my “base pace” in order to get my heart rate to come back down to green. Good to know!
The workout was awesome, I was sweaty, and felt like I exercised every part of my body. I am DEFINITELY going to go back, seeing as they give you THREE free classes to try out! It’s pretty expensive so I doubt I’ll have a membership there, but I may drop in occasionally since I enjoyed it so much.
- Have you tried Orange Theory?
- What’s the latest workout you’ve tried?