Today marks 1 year since we first tried Orangetheory Fitness. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve problem seen me share my workout summary in my Story from time-to-time. I’ve gotten a lot of messages asking “What’s this app?” “What’s this workout?” as well as general inquiries about my fitness routine. Well, I’m no physical specimen, but I am excited to tell you more about Orangetheory Fitness and why we love it!
Josh and I are both pretty active, but most of our favorite activities come to a halt in the wintertime. Josh routinely participates in two weekly basketball leagues, so last winter I decided to start going to Hot Yoga classes on the nights he was at basketball. I did it for a few months and loved it, but come February I felt like I was ready for something that was more challenging and would result in a higher calorie burn and was really interested in finding something we could do together. I had found Orangetheory Fitness through Instagram, so I asked Josh to attend a free class with me (your first one is free).
Well we went, and never really looked back! We’ve been doing their unlimited plan for a year, which gives us access to as many classes per month as we can fit into our schedule. We try to go a minimum of 2-3 times per week, but have gone through spurts where we’ve gone 4+ times each week. We tend to go less during the months when we are biking and Josh is biking to/from work. We honestly just love it, and the classes are so fun and enjoyable.
So, what is OTF? Here’s how I’d explain it: it’s a 60 minute group workout. The room is split into 3 areas—treadmills, water rowers, and a floor area with an assortment of equipment (free weights, ab rollers, plyo boxes. etc). The class is typically split into 2 or 3 groups, and you usually spend between 15-30 minutes in each area of the room, depending on the style of the workout. The room is low-lit with orange lighting—which is kind of nice if you roll out of bed and head to a 6AM class (I’m so vain, but seriously, everyone looks so tan and toned in orange light). All classes are “the same” and there aren’t particular types of classes you sign up for, but no session is ever the same—you’ll always be doing a different workout whenever you step into the room! There’ll be variations in the order, the focus (speed, endurance, strength etc), the types of exercises you are doing in the floor routine or the amount of time you spend at each station. The best part is that you never know what the workout is going to be—so you never have the time to dread going. You just show up and 60 minutes later you’ve gotten in a great workout.