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What You Need To Know About Orange Theory

What You Need To Know About Orange Theory 1754 868 Tammy Caciola

Orange Theory Fitness

If you follow me on social media, you know how much I’m at Orange Theory. I’ve been going 3-4 times a week for over a year and never get bored of it! This high-intensity workout complement my LaGree and Pilates toning workouts perfectly!

So what is Orange Theory?

Orange Theory is a one-hour workout that focuses on training, endurance, strength, and power. It is a heart rate based interval training. They are known for the heart rate monitor that is either worn on your wrist, chest or arm. These options are entirely your personal preference. There is a cost difference between the options. I have found the chest monitor works best for me because I do not have to remember to charge it.

You will see there are several screens around the room. Everyone will have a separate personal box that will state in real time what your name is, calorie burn, heart rate, and splat points are. Your box will also be a color, either grey, blue, green, orange or red. These colors all represent a different heart rate zone.

The theory behind Orange Theory is that you want to spend 12 minutes or more in the orange or red zone. When you do this for one minute, you earn a splat point.

Why do you want splat points?

When you earn a splat point, you are using 85% or more of your heart rate capacity, and you will be burning more calories throughout the day.

What do you do in class?

There are three main areas to workout in, treadmill, row, and floor. There are also a couple of spin bikes and an elliptical to substitute either row or treadmill. I usually use the spin bike instead of a rower because I enjoy it more and therefore I work harder at it.

The treadmills have flex step technology. I can completely notice a difference between the gym that I hear people pounding on and the ones at Orange Theory. The flex step is softer on your joints and more bouncy. However, I opt to powerwalk instead of run because of my knees.

Every class will be different. I have been attending classes for over a year and cannot remember two that were alike. Some days you might be on the treadmill for half the class, and another day you might be 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes rower and 10 min floor for the whole hour. The one thing you can count on is you will always have a new workout to look forward to!

The floor exercises are a favorite of mine! Here the different equipment used is a boso ball, ab dollies, weights, TRX, and mat work. The exercise options are endless and changed daily.

Power metrics such as jumping, hoping and such can always be altered to fit your needs.

Do I have to get in shape before I start?

There will be people attending classes that are pregnant, injured and out of shape doing the workout. Whatever your level is know that you are the one in charge of how hard you push yourself and what your body can handle. So not you do not have to be in shape before you start at all.

Everyone is at an individual pace, and there is no judgment at Orange Theory ever! The workout space is somewhat dark, music is turned up, and your motivating coach will be on the mic directing everyone what to do. Most people get into a zone in this fast-paced environment and focus on their workout and not yours.

Anybody Can Do This Workout At Whatever Level They Are Comfotable With!

See The Results.

After every class, you will get an email with a chart detailing how many calories you burnt and your splat point totals. This information is also available on the OT app for your phone.

How Do I Start?

You can use this link HERE to get a free week of workouts. USE CODE OTFASHIONED. However, only this is for a limited time; the general offer is one free workout so do take advantage of this to see if Orange Theory is right for you.

What to know before your first class.

For your first class arrive 30 minutes early. You will need to sign paperwork, get your heart rate monitor. The coach will also take you inside the workout space to go over everything you need to know such as how to read the OT heart rate screen, correctly row and use the equipment.

I honestly love Orange Theory because of the changes I’ve seen in my body and well being. I thought I was at my pinnacle though… until I started the Orange Theory challenge! This has pushed me to limits I didn’t even think about pushing myself too!

I’ll tell you all about this 8-week challenge in my next Orange Theory post!

Use code OTFashioned when signing up.


xx Tammy

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