For my first time visiting a fitness class, I was skeptical of how much I would really get out of this class but holy smokes. Orangetheory kicked my ass, but it was the best ass kicking I ever took.
The only way to describe the atmosphere and facility is in one word: immersion. From the moment you walk in, you are totally enamored with orange and high BPM music. This is the Apple Store of retail fitness.
The approach: (5/5)
Orangetheory is based on “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC for short. They teach in class sizes of about 15 people and split you into two groups that continually switch between intervals. The idea behind this workout is to burn a TON of calories (I burned an insane 909 calories), track your heart rate, and leave you with an increased metabolic rate for 24-36 hours.
I found myself working extremely hard, and way past the point of comfort, but also really enjoying the challenge. The exercises involved included treadmill (walk, jog, or run), rowing machine, and some floor bodyweight exercises. The class had a very knowledgeable instructor that was helpful and professional and even threw in a few bad jokes (which I appreciate more than good jokes).
The workout was intense but the great thing is, there were people who were in a vast array of different fitness levels, so anyone can do this. I wouldn’t suggest diving straight into Orangetheory if its been a long time since you’ve exercised, but it’s doable.
One thing is for certain: it won’t take long to get in good aerobic shape here.
The Atmosphere: (5/5)
The entire facility was beautiful, impeccably clean, and lively. There were glass walls, orange tinted lighting, and helpful staff. Orangetheory is not a very large area, but it never felt stuffy or crowded.
In order to book your first session, you'll need to arrive 30 minutes early to fill out some paperwork and a discussion with a staff member on what to expect. 30 minutes may feel excessive to those with a good knowledge of health and fitness, but when I spoke with Matt Clark, the studio manager at Orangetheory Ironworks, he was very encouraged by this because the trainers take the time to make sure you know exactly what to expect, and what you will get out of the workout.
He also went on to say, "The best part for me is the environment. I've been an athlete most of my life, and this is the closest thing I've found at recreating the camaraderie and motivation that comes from training with a team of individuals with similar goals."
"Even with a background in exercise science and personal training, I find myself needing an extra push sometimes(especially when it comes to cardio). Orangetheory helps provide that push, while somehow making my cardio training tolerable."
If there is such a thing as “sexy fitness” this is it. I was challenged, sweaty as hell, and even cramping (is this a heart attack coming on?!) but I walked out feeling like a million bucks. It’s a good thing I did though, because the basic membership starts at $59/mo., and that gets you four sessions.
Worth it? Ohhhhh yeahhhhhh.
If your fitness is a priority, you definitely want to check this place out. You don’t have to commit to a $59 membership to get started either. You can get your first class free right here. Just fill out the form below. Tell them I sent you.
Enjoy one of the best workouts of your life!