This past Monday Jenny and I tried out an Orange Theory Fitness Class, in Strathcona.
We have heard a lot about it and it was named the ‘best one hour workout in the country‘ by New York Times, so we had to try it.
What is Orange Theory Fitness?
“Orangetheory Fitness is a high-intensity 60-minute class
that combines treadmills, rowing machines, TRX weight bands and other
exercises to increase heart rate and maximize calorie burning.”
Here’s a video:
Before the class started we were fitted with a heart rate monitor
so we could follow our heart rates on the TV monitors throughout
the session, with the goal of reaching the fat burning zone ” the orange
zone ” which is extra motivating!
The class was split into three segments: 20 mins on the Treadmill, 20 min on the Rower and 20 mins of weightlifting.
The treadmill portion was Hill intervals with the option of
walking or running, naturally we both took the running option.It was
quite challenging and I did hit the orange zone a few times.
After the treadmill we hopped on to the rowing machines which used water for resistance which added a little extra difficulty.
The third and last portion of the workout was a pyramid circuit
workout on the bosu ball, talk about tough! I kept losing my balance and
falling off the ball.
After the class an analysis was posted on the TV screens so you
could see how hard you were working . Unfortunately, the computer
program was acting up and it only showed Jenny’s results.
- The variety, no two workouts are the same and by constantly rotating, there’s no time to get bored.
- Heart rate training, being able to see how hard your heart is
working allows you to fine-tune your program for the best results,
gives you plenty of feedback both during and after a session, teaches
you more about your body’s reaction to exercise and helps you see how
- It’s very expensive
- The heart rate monitors stop working if there not properly worn.
Try it out for yourselves! Sign up on there website for one free complimentary session.
Question: Have you worked out with a Bosu Ball?