You might have spotted an Orangetheory Fitness gym near you or noticed friends posting about “Orangetheory nation” or “OTF life.” The studios are drenched in the bright, vibrant color and seem to be everywhere these days. The first studio opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2010, and since then, they’ve expanded to over 900 studios.
Here’s what you need to know before signing up for a class:
- IT’S BASED ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL EFFORT.
Unlike other classes, the workout isn’t about how many pushups you can do or your mile time, but how hard you work. Instead of having everyone in a class do the same thing, members do variations of the same workout wearing heart-rate monitors to capture how hard their body is working.
A person’s heart rate number is then measured against a range, based on age, to create what Orangetheory calls your “splat number,” or your level of effort. The numbers are displayed on the board, where members are encouraged to hit the “orange” zone of high effort.
“We want you to hit your own goals and reward your own efforts based on what you did in class,” said Michael Piermarini, Orangetheory’s director of fitness.
Class members spend about half of the 60 minutes on a treadmill either power walking, jogging or running. The second half of the class is spent either on a water-rowing machine or in the gym doing a series of moves like squats, crunches or assisted pull ups. (Don’t worry there are different options or modifications for everyone.)
- THE WORKOUT IS THE SAME AT EVERY LOCATION, AND CHANGES DAILY.
The same workout is delivered across all 930 to 950 studios. We’re constantly mixing up the program design.
While the workout follows an outline format each day using the rowing machine, treadmill and gym floor, one workout is never the exact same as the day before.
A group of about five certified trainers design more than 90 exercises each month that focus on different muscle groups. Then the workouts are tested in house with members, approved and then rolled out to the greater “orange” public.
Orangetheory, HIIT workout Orangetheory offers different options for each workout and modifications for anyone who has an injury.
Latham designed the workout format to include people of every fitness level, adding that being inclusive is one of the things that makes her workout different.
- IT AIMS TO CREATE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.
Orangetheory hopes to create a community with their uniform workouts and challenging, but friendly coaches. For over half a million people, it’s working.
“We want you to come in and have the community feel that sets Orangetheory apart,” Piermarini said. If you’re interested in starting a fitness journey, call the studio and sign up for a Free First Week!
11510 Westgate Drive • 780-513-6444 • otfgrandeprairie.ca