Are you looking for a way to switch up your cross-training? Or do you need motivation to start in the first place? Consider a class at Orangetheory, a 60-minute group interval workout that combines cardio and strength-training. Classes are designed to push you into the “Orange Zone,” which translates to 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, for 12 to 20 minutes of the workout.
This sweet spot allows you to torch calories and increases your metabolism for 24-36 hours after you’re finished.
What benefits would runners experience from an Orangetheory workout?
Runners can sometimes tend to not do a lot of treadmill running or strength training. The strength training component is so huge for someone who is looking to get faster or prevent injuries. Runners move forward or backward. We’re not moving side to side or rotating; in class we do lateral lunges, work on the Bosu ball, do rotations for your core, and in that way we increase your range of motion. And maybe you have a weakness in your glutes or hamstrings and could really benefit from the strength training. It also plays to your strengths. If you’re already a great runner or feel comfortable running, you can build on your sprinting skills or speed, maybe increase your pace.