Hottest New Work Out!

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Running or rowing. Top 40 or 80’s Rock. Burpees or Bosu’s. Free weights or TRX. Now do me a favor and change each “or” to “and”- Ah, yes, that sounds like an Orange Theory workout!  If you enjoy intense cardio challenges, great heart pumping music, core and weight training you may have just found the next addition to your fitness routine.


The founder of this highly efficient and effective workout concept is Ellen Latham who opened a pilot studio in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2010 and currently has opened more than 300 studios around the world. Orange Theory has experienced massive growth in just six years, and was ranked one of 5000 fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine and is on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list of top franchises in the world.

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What’s in it for you? This 60-minute workout is designed to create Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption known as EPOC. It results in “after burn” which helps your body continue to burn calories 24-36 hours after your workout. Adding Orange Theory to my workout regimen two times a week has had great benefits and has pushed me to new levels of endurance and strength. It is high-intensity competitive training that is exciting and designed to continuously shock your body because you never complete the same workout twice.


Orange Theory is performed in a group setting, which is fun and invigorating. At the same time, it is a very individualized workout that allows you to get the highest metabolic conditioning for your body. Your calories burned are calculated by wearing a heart monitor that you are required to purchase when you become a member of your local studio. You accumulate splat points when you train in the “orange” and “red” zones and the goal is to obtain at least 12-20 splat points per workout to produce the after burn. This essentially means that you spend 12-20 minutes training in a high-metabolic zone for your body. The heart monitor is worn throughout the workout and your stats are displayed on a TV monitor during the class. This allows you to track your personal performance as you work through the training. Every class is instructed by an elite personal trainer to make sure all the exercises are performed correctly and safely. You will quickly learn the meaning of terms such as “orange zone”, “red zone”, “all out”, and “push pace” when you join this new craze.


Another amazing perk is that it provides is flexibility, offering classes from early morning to late evening and on weekends. Many couples enjoy training together, as well as friends and co-workers. In my opinion, it does require a decent level of personal fitness prior to beginning the class. However, you can work at your own pace to achieve the results you desire.


It’s a genius and unique concept that simplifies training for individuals devoted to personal training and fitness. The New York Times described it as “an effective new plateau-busting workout!” If you show up and work hard the results are a strong heart and fit body.


On average, I personally burn between 550-600 calories in 60 minutes and hit my desired splat points during almost every session giving me the added benefit of the after burn. It’s exciting to push your body and challenge your mind with new workouts and continuously set new fitness goals. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you stick to a regimen and produce consistent results.


The membership is month-to-month and far more affordable than personal training. Your membership allows you to attend class at any of the Orange Theory locations in the world. They have an app that links to your membership, heart monitor, and tracks your classes and personal activity during in-studio and out-of-studio workouts.  If you are looking to spice up your current regimen and you enjoy a combination of running/walking, rowing, and weight training stop by a studio near you and try one these workouts and enjoy being part of the movement.

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