A month ago, I had never heard of Orangetheory. But when someone in my office mentioned it, I was completely intrigued and signed up for my first free trial class. Five classes later, I’m ready to report back to you! Whether it is here on this blog or somewhere else, I strongly recommend reading a bit about Orangetheory before starting. Also, show up at least 20 minutes early to your first class to get situated. I know a lot of fitness studios say that and then leave you standing there for 19 minutes. But for Orangetheory, they really mean it. It’s a little complicated.
What is Orangetheory?
Orangetheory Fitness is a heart rate-based workout class, which uses intervals of rowing, running, and floor exercises to burn calories and build strength and endurance. Its underlying philosophy is that when we engage in high-intensity intervals (reaching at least the “orange zone” of 84% or higher of maximum heart rate), our metabolism keeps running and burning more calories throughout the day (i.e., “afterburn”).