I’ve never been a lover of exercise. There are just so many things I would rather do than workout…you know, like shoe shop, eat chocolate, watch tv…. Anyway, at my age, I need exercise to allow me to do those things I love. If it weren’t for exercise, I would probably weigh like a million pounds…
I’m always on the lookout for new exercise crazes that might keep my attention longer than a few months. The buzz has been around Orangetheory Fitness for quite some time. I’ve been dying to know what this new workout was all about. Doing my own research, I knew that Orangetheory has a LOT of cardio. Oh yeah, and I would have to wear a heart rate monitor. Other than that, I was completely clueless, so when Melissa from The Eyes of a Boy invited me to visit the Orangetheory Fitness in Parkland, Florida, I jumped at the chance.
Walking into Orangetheory for the first time, it looked like a little mini gym. There were treadmills, rowing machines, and free weights lining the walls. There were also suspension units along the walls…something I’m familiar with from my Crossfit box.
“Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Orangetheory’s heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone (the orange level) that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training and free weights, burning up to an average of 900 calories per session!”
By providing you with a heart rate monitor and POD, they can monitor your 5 zone interval training sessions that they call the Orange 60. During the 60 minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12-20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5 (a.k.a. the orange zone).
Our trainer Domenic started us on the rowing machines to rev up our heartbeats a bit and to teach good form. We then moved into the weight room. We did chest presses and low rows on the suspension units, front squats with dumbbells, jump squats, bicycle crunches, sumo squats, bench rows, and shoulder presses. Everything was with a weight that the individual can handle in small spurts of reps.
After the weights, we moved on to more rowing and treadmill work. As a participant, I was able to choose whether I wanted to speed walk or run. This cardio piece was completed in intervals, each interval lasting no longer than 1 1/2 minutes. Anyone can do anything for 1 1/2 minutes!
If you are in search of a great way to exercise, lose weight, and gain energy, then you should definitely try Orangetheory Fitness!
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