Every time I try a new workout, I get nervous, and my bladder tricks me into thinking I have to use the bathroom every five minutes. My first few workouts at Orangetheory were, unfortunately, no exception.
Our instructor Nicole told us we’d be doing a strength workout, which meant a lot of incline running, longer-than-usual rowing sets and strength-building exercises. The class split up between treadmills and rowing machines. I made a beeline for a treadmill so I could get the painful portion out of the way first.
Nicole came over the speakers and told us to transition to a base pace—a speed that’s relatively easy for your given level of fitness. After a few minutes of jogging, we moved to an incline and increased to a push pace—a challenging, somewhat uncomfortable speed above base pace. We went from push paces to short base paces, then back to long push paces followed by one-minute all-outs, which were sprints in my case. This is where things got tough. The six percent inclines made it especially challenging to maintain a solid pace, let alone a normal looking face for photos. Finally, we got to walk for a minute, then it was time for another round. It was torturous, but I knew I was getting stronger by the minute. After about 30 minutes, the heavens opened up, and it was time to hit the floor portion of the workout. Buh-bye, treadmill.
While the other group started running, Nicole led us through the strength exercises, recommended what weights we should use and sent us on our way. Weighted squats, side crunches and a 600-meter row were first on the agenda. The rest of the floor routine included forward lunges with overhead raises using TRX bands, tricep extensions, supermans and more followed by decreased rowing lengths. This was my favorite part, and before I knew it, 60 minutes had flown by.
I burned more than 500 calories during class and spent the majority of my time in the red zone. Since I don’t usually track my workouts, I felt satisfied with the number. Some superhumans manage to burn up to 1,000 calories. The next day I felt sore in unexpected places from the TRX bands, which is always a plus in my book.
Now that I’ve taken more than 10 classes, I’ve seen my endurance increase and the real time progress makes me push myself harder than I thought possible. If you’re looking to switch up your routine, lose a ton of weight, get in shape fast or get down to the nitty gritty of your exercise stats, get a little Orangetheory in your life.