Orange is the new black, right? (but don’t get me started on Season 4, ugh!) Orangetheory Fitness has been on my fitness bucket list for a while now. I even added taking a class as one of my summer fitness goals. Orangetheory Fitness DC opened a couple months ago in the Mt. Vernon & Shaw area of DC. Last week they reached out to invite me to try a class so that was the push I needed to get there stat.
Every runner I know it seems has already checked this place out and loves it. The timing was perfect for me to get there and take a class and I figured I’d love it too.
There is a whole science behind the Orangetheory workout so I’ll let them drop that knowledge: “The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combining the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories.”
Once I arrived I completed a brief waiver and was given a heart monitor. Our instructor, Mohammed led me and a couple other newbies inside to give us a brief orientation to the workout and equipment. There are 3 components to the workout: treadmill, rowers and floor/weights.
After a quick treadmill tutorial, this is where we started. But first things first, these treadmills are the bomb diggity. I do a lot of my speed work on the treadmill in my fitness center at home and the machines are so archaic. But these were sent from treadmill heaven. Very high tech and smooth. There was a card set on each unit that described base pace, push pace and all out pace. The great thing about this is you identify whether you are a power walker, jogger or runner, then set your speeds based on that. I chose runner (obviously) so started at a base pace of 5.5 mph with an incline of 1.0 and push pace of 6.5. For about 30 minutes we went through intervals adjusting paces based on what Mohammed called out hitting 4+ mph more for all out paces. I was definitely challenged on the all out paces and every time I looked at the screen my heart rate was off the charts.
(side note: it was really off the charts and after chatting with Coach Moe about it realized my morning cup o’ joe x2 was the culprit. By the time I got off the treadmill to the weight portion I was kind of toast and struggled to get my HR down. Note to self, don’t drink coffee before Orangetheory!!)
Following the treadmill we hit the rowing machine. I love rowing but had never used a water rower before. After a few minutes here we moved to our station on the floor and went through a series of weight exercises. You all know I’m a huge fan of weight training! With Orangetheory is each day is different and there is a monitor that shows an animated demonstration of each workout. First up: Reverse Lunges, Reverse Lateral Flys and Burpees in reps of 6 | 8 | 10 | 12. Our second series of exercises were single arm Dumbbell Snatches, Goblet Squats and Push ups also in reps of 6 | 8 | 10 | 12. Whew – intense!
I like that my stats from the heart rate monitor were emailed to me later (678 calories, whaaaaat?!) but I definitely spent way too much time in the red zone:
I will say I was wearing my FitBit and the numbers didn’t exactly jive (OTF had me burning 200 calories more though HR was fairly accurate). Still I really enjoyed the class and totally get all the love for it I’ve been seeing and hearing. I’m glad I got to finally experience it for myself. I’ll certainly be back though I know what to do differently next time (cough no coffee cough). Their schedule has so many options morning, noon and evening so it can fit anyone’s schedule.
Thanks to Coach Moe for an awesome first time experience at Orangetheory Fitness DC! Looking forward to the next session!
Have you tried Orangetheory Fitness yet? Yay or nay? What is your favorite type of workout?