Hey hey hey TSPeeps! I have been waiting impatiently to try our third #fitsperience for TSP’s fit series! We got our gym on at a super cool new spot, soon to open here in Lagrange, called Orange Theory. There has been a buzz about it in the hood and I am seeing lots of checkins on Facebook so we sisters decided to try it. And…. loved it!
Orange Theory is a group, personal training experience with interval and strength training. The purpose is to produce maximum calorie burn. The scientifically supported 5 zone interval training is designed to maintain a “target zone” that stimulates your metabolism. In layman’s terms, a trainer leads a 60 minute workout using everything from treadmills and rowing machines to suspension training (my triceps were worked for the first time in history) and free weights, main objective, to get your heart rate in the orange zone for the desired amount of time to produce what Orange Theory calls “The Orange Effect”. You are probably wondering, “How in the F do you know what zone you are in?” Well, I will tell you. When you arrive upon your first visit, you will get some explanation and guidance with the proper way to wear the heart monitor. This is a strap that goes around your rib cage, just under your breast bone. From there a heart monitor is provided that is hooked up to OT’s computer system. When class starts, you will see your name and your vitals on various overhead screens. From there you are guided through a workout that is always changing. One day it may be endurance based, another more focused on strength and totally designed so all different levels of fitness can achieve the “orange effect.”
Let me start by saying, this whole experience has shed a new light on the way I will workout in the future. With the class trainer leading the workout and my heart rate visible on screen, this philosophy is a sure fire way to feel great, look incredible and achieve optimal results. We started our workout on the treadmill for 1o minutes. We did 2, ten minute blocks on the treadmill, hit the rowing machine, and then headed to the floor for some free weights, burpees, and suspension training. Never fear, there are modified versions of exercises and if your trainer thinks you need some adjusting or an increase in degree of difficulty, he or she will help you. Again, this amazing experience is group oriented with a personal trainer feel, guiding you every step of your workout. Also, I know some people are wondering, this is a workout for men and women. In fact, while we were kicking our own butts, we ran into one of TSP’s most loyal readers, TJ Osullivan. #themisterproject I asked him what he thought of the whole OTF experience. He said, “this type of workout made me rethink my whole approach towards how to exercise for the best calorie burn.” Oh, and he joined.
There are lots of things I liked about this workout, being in a group setting but having a trainer to guide you and direct you made you feel like you were getting one one one attention. Speaking of trainers. Brian was our guy and he kicked ass. When we were getting debriefed before the class started we suggested he incorporate “prancercise” into the workout. We knew we liked him and he knew what he was doing when he told us he didn’t prancercise, he was a meat head. LOL. He was great and I am not surprised. When I approached Jackie, (OTF Owner) about this collaboration, she could not have been cooler, and her enthusiasm about OTF was palpable. #coolasschick
So, if you are reading and dwell in parts other than a suburb of Chicago, have no fear, OTF is a national franchise. Check their site for a location near you. There you will also find price information and schedule details.
TSP had an absolute ball at OTF and I was thrilled about the pain I experienced in my triceps and inner thighs for a good four days after. I don’t know about you, but for me, “no pain, no gain.”
Now go on and get your butt out to OTF. Strap on a heart monitor and obtain your own “orange effect.” It may become your new obsession.