Orange You Ready To Sweat
Exercise wasn’t really something that was in my daily routine. Maybe that was because, as a kid whose mother was an aerobics teacher/personal trainer, I felt that I’d reached some sort of fitness quota. But after I graduated college, I realized it was time to start thinking about my health and wellness.
Now I see a trainer a few times a weeks and started going to yoga classes, which keep me in shape and also help with my stress and anxiety (never underestimate the calming power of the ‘ohms’).
But other than the occasional light job outside, that’s my fitness routine. Until now.
In honor of our January issue – Happy, Healthy and Balanced – I decided to try out two Orangetheory Fitness classes. Orangetheory is a 60 minute cardio-heavy workout session that focuses on your heart rate. The classes are broken up into 30 minutes on the treadmill and a combination of rowing and weight-lighting. Half the class either starts on the treadmills or row machines (+ weights), and then switches. All the while, you have a heart rate monitor on that displays your stats on a screen in the room.
There are three levels for your heart rate: green, orange, and red. Green is pretty much when your warming up or cooling down; it’s not that high, but beating pretty nicely. Red is the “OH! You are seriously working hard. Maybe take it down a notch.” And orange is the middle, which, as you probably guessed by the fitness class’s name, is the goal. Orange is your active heart rate range.
So now that you’ve got a fairly general understanding of how the class works, you’re probably wanna know how I did. Ok, I’ll let you know all about my time in the class. It. Was. Rough.
I wasn’t ready for 60 straight minutes of cardio, and after the first class, I was ready to go home and binge-watch some Netflix while not moving for the rest of the day. I started off on the rowers, which was *fun* because Orangetheory uses these water-based rowing machines that are smooth and easy to use. I was good with the weights too, since I do those during my regular personal training sessions. The treadmill portion at the end kept me energized, but wore me out.
As for the second class, it was pretty much the same. Well, except for the fact that I drank ALOT of coffee before I went. Which … wasn’t a good idea. While it didn’t mess with my heart rate too much, it did affect my energy and stomach (I was a bit nausea towards the end).
Overall, it was a nice change to my fitness routine. I’m not a big fan of cardio, but if you are, then this is the class for you!
For those wanting to try out Orangetheory, there are currently three locations open: New Albany, Hilliard, and Dublin. Plus, other locations are opening soon in Grandview, Westerville, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, and Grove City. And to learn more about Oragetheory, visit them online at www.orangetheoryfitness.com.