Long story, short.
I’ve been wanting to try Orangetheory Fitness for forever to see what everyone was talking about. Yesterday, I finally got to go try it out!
There are so many locations (which is SO convenient for travel/moving etc.). There are 3 locations about equidistant from our apartment. None of them are what I’d call ‘close’ honestly.
But the Murphy, TX location seemed the most convenient and I have a friend that goes to that location so I decided to try them out. I’m writing this post literally within half an hour of getting home from the class so I don’t forget anything.
Long story short, I love Orangetheory. Like, a lot.
So as far as the location I went to, I was blown away by how nice and helpful everyone was. I can be a little shy initially (introvert here). But when I’m greeted warmly, I tend to come out of my shell much faster.
I think that one of the hardest things about trying a new gym is that initial fear of standing out. The thought of “I don’t know what I’m doing” and “everyone is going to be staring at me like ‘that girl’.” Anybody else out there agree?
So to be welcomed by the people at the desk (and with a note on their expo board pointing out that 2 other people were trying Orangetheory out the same day) made me feel much more comfortable.
See my name on the Welcome sign?
I also was so grateful because the coach for the class, Courtney, was there to give me as much information as possible to prevent as many “what am I doing” moments as possible.
Courtney talked me through what the day would look like and how it would work, and gave me a heads up on some of the prompts she would be giving over her mic.
It’s still a LOT of information, but that’s just how new stuff is. You take what you can get and hop in.
I decided to try a lunchtime class knowing that would be my best bet for a smaller class size. There were about 16 of us, split into 2 groups of 8. I loved how manageable this amount was and how I felt like less eyes were on me. And when there were eyes, there were exhausted smiles and tongue outs that let me know that my classmates were tired too!
The workout today was endurance-based and required longer amounts of time pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones.
I love that the weights used aren’t like Crossfit-style lifting, no thank you. Instead, you use dumbbells and your bodyweight for much of the strength training. Oh, and one of those band things which are SO tiring but fun. Can I get a set for my apartment?
After weight room, my group moved to run/row. Since it was my first time at Orangetheory, I opted to power walk at a higher incline instead of run. We went through a block of .25 mile power walk at a 5% incline, and then 600 meters on the water row.
The next block was basically the same, but instead of a straight 600m row, we took a 30 second rest after 300m and got back to it for another 300m. Then we repeated block 1 again. And finished with a sprint row.
I was exhausted! I spent 17 minutes in the orange zone, and 16 minutes in the red zone. The rest of the time was spent in green and blue.
Orangetheory is motivated by pushing yourself into the orange zone, and maintaining that level as much as possible. The red zone is also good, as long as you’re feeling okay, not lightheaded or dizzy. When you hit the red, your coach will come check-in to make sure you’re doing okay. I loved that.
I loved the experience and will most likely be committing to going 2x a week (after my last day of my Pure Barre membership).
I’m choosing this because I can’t commit $159 a month for fitness classes, that’s part of my Pure Barre struggle, y’all. And 2 of these classes a week + my apartment gym with Austin, and daily 3-4 mile walks with Crosby sounds like a well-rounded workout schedule to me.
In North Texas, the rates are $159 monthly for unlimited classes, $99 for 8 sessions monthly, and $59 monthly for 4 sessions. There’s no contract, it’s month-to-month, and you can cancel at anytime.
*There are some locations that are “premium” and will cost a bit more (NYC, San Diego, San Francisco etc.)
The sticker price might shock some people who pay almost nothing for a gym membership, but I think it’s an amazing deal. The class is really like having a personal trainer in a average size group class. You get to know your classmates and your trainers and it becomes like a second home.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I find myself walking into the gym with a vague idea of what I’m going to do, and no way of knowing if what I’m doing is working, or if my form is correct. Also, there are certain machines that I’ve never seen someone use, so I avoid them because I’m so nervous to go figure it out and possibly look silly doing so.
Also, after the workout, you get an email with your performance summary. I’m sharing my results with you, no judgement y’all (kidding, kind of).
And the final question; Is Orange Theory Worth the Hype?
In one word, yes. Absolutely.
I’m sure there are people that might disagree, but I know many people that have seen amazing results from going to Orangetheory 2x a week. If your fitness goals are similar to mine (a little weight loss, getting lean/toned muscles, and getting yourself healthy) it is WORTH IT.
But, don’t take my word! Go try it out yourself! Your first workout is FREE!
Have you been to Orangetheory? What do you think?
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