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Orange Theory Fitness-my first month

Quick disclaimer: first, I will post before and after pics in a swimsuit. Some may think  “she looked fine before” some may think “she shouldn’t own a bikini”. The point is to really SHOW you the results not just tell you. 

Also I don’t work for orange theory or get anything for this review though a nice new water bottle would be sweet.  Just my own personal experience. 

On with the story…

Typically many of our posts have been running related but recently I’ve taken on a new different way of trying to maintain and achieve fitness call Orange Theory.  The weather has gotten colder, the snow has begun to fall and I have no races coming up in near future I’ve found myself less and less motivated to get out there and run. Running pretty much has been my main source of exercise past few years and when I don’t feel up to doing it I don’t do much at all.

Recently a Facebook friend of mine posted about her recent Orangetheory class and I became curious about it. So I began researching.

What is Orangetheory? This is a description from their website:

Orangetheory Fitness uses the science of Heart Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks to create the fitness level and body you have always desired. Workout and Weight Loss plateaus are a thing of the past….really! The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By using our heart rate straps and PODS, we can monitor your 5 zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60 minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12-20 “splat points” (or 12-20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate), which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces EPOC, which is the workout “after-burn” effect, meaning that our interval training design produces a 200-400 calorie increase to your metabolism 24-36 hours after your workout. The Orangetheory workout will produce for you increased muscle endurance, power, stamina and tremendous weight loss, if desired. With good music, a talented group trainer and a high energy studio, you have the recipe for a workout that produces BIG and LASTING results.

In a nutshell I see it as a High Intensity Interval Workout, using treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, trx bands and basic floor exercise accessories in a 60 minute guided class.  The goal is to reach a certain “sweet spot” heart rate that has been proven to burn more fat ip to 24-36 hours after the class is over. Here are some pictures of the facility. 
I researched the pricing and first thing I noticed is it is quite pricy. Ok REALLY REALLY pricy compared to my 9.99 gym membership I never use, but after discussing with my husband I decided I’d do free class and if I liked I would join for a month and do as much as possible to get money’s worth and see the results and go from there. I considered it research for this blog (makes me sound fancy) plus I thought it could help me get through holidays without the usual weight gain. (hopefully)

I went to my first free class and was given a heart rate monitor to use. It fit on my wrist like a watch or Fitbit.  The instructor’s name was Jess and she was very informative, encouraging and guided us in a positive manner and helped ensure I was keeping proper form.   I was advised the workouts would be different day to day. The workouts are broken up into two halfs and sometimes even thirds.  Each portion has several blocks. (Sections) This helps the time go fast and keeps me from getting burned out or bored. There’s a big screen where you can track your heart rate and see if you’re getting into that Orange zone “sweetspot”, as I call it.

Here’s a sample of the treadmill workout from one of my classes After the class I knew it was something I’d want to keep trying. So I signed up for the 159.00 unlimited package. I can’t believe I spent this and oh boy would I make sure I go as much as possible. The major drawback was I didn’t get to use the heart rate monitor again unless I bought it, another approx 100.00. They do have a heart rate monitor you wear on your chest for around 70.00 available as well.  I decided to just do the classes and listen to my body and see what happens.

For the first 16 days Ive belonged to Orange Theory I’ve attended  10 classes.  I had my husband take what to me is an embarrassing photo of me in my bikini at day 1, and at the 2 week mark.  I am noticing some change in the pictures however my weight went up the first two weeks. So I really need to avoid the scale. I feel stronger, my muscles feel tighter and people ask if clothes are looser. They are not really yet because they’re tightest in my mid area and that’s always the last section I lose. So I will continue be patient and trust in the classes.

I took a few notes after my first week or so of classes to help me remember when writing blog.  Here’s a few examples just to give an idea of what a couple of classes consist of:
Workout 1

December 5
First class

Partner style workout
Row 500meters

Run on treadmill while partner rows

Row 450 meters

Run while partner rows

Row 400

Run ect

Weight excercises
Workout 2

December 7
Row 500

15 jump squats

Row 450

20 jump squats

Row 400

25 jump squats

Row 350

25 jump squats

Run 1:00 push pace 6%incline

Run :30 all out

6 arm lifts each arm

Run 1:00 push at 5%incline

Run :30 all out

6 arm lift each arm
Trx bicep 12

Squat lift

Trx alligator

Another squat


2nd Two Weeks

I carried on with my month membership attending as many classes as I could. On the ap you can keep track of your workouts. It’s nice to see the attendance increase. Out of the potential 31 classes in the month, I’ve completed 22. Here’s a little example of how your attendance is tracked on the Orange Theory Ap. 

After two weeks I ended up purchasing the heart rate monitor knowing I want to continue doing classes for a while. You can purchase directly from Orange Theory  but I chose to be cheap and buy used off eBay. I got for 40.00. I went with the chest strap solely because it was less expensive.

I do find I push myself a bit more wearing it.  I’ll notice I’m just below that target orange rate to get me to that “sweet spot” so the heart rate monitor isn’t essential but is a great tool to help push it a notch when needed.  It also keeps track of my heart rate throughout class, calories, and splat points.  Here’s an example of my results since getting my heart rate monitor. First is the class results and second is my summary on the Orange Theory ap. 
I was super anxious to take pictures after four weeks to see if I improved. I feels better and can tell I’m firmer especially in arms and legs. I’m so pleased with the results.  I’m down about 3 pounds but really don’t care. I’m focused on what I can see. Here’s an updated before and after from start to four weeks after.

So now that I’ve completed my first month I bit the bullet and signed up for another month. I’m hoping it’s just as successful. I’ll be sure to update!

If you have any questions or comments, or have results of your own you’d like to share please feel free to do so.

Here’s to a healthy happy New Year in 2017! Please subscribe to our blog Joyfulmiles.com for updates results and info. Our main objective here is to inspire you one mile at a time ❤

About the author: Jackey is a 39 (omg almost 40) year old mom of three boys from Buffalo, NY. She loves anything 80’s and believes she was born ten years later than her soul. She love to sing, dance and make music videos and she’s a huge Buffalo Bills fan! After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, Jackey has recently re-entered the work force as a customer service agent for Southwest Airlines, which is perfect for her love of traveling (free flights) and traveling to run races.

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  • Jessica January 6, 2017, 10:16 am

    Great post! I recently started OTF too and love it. You captured what to expect really well, for anyone curious about wanting to try it. I justified the cost by comparing it to a personal trainer and boot camps I’ve used. And, it encourages me to go more often, so I get my monies worth! The heart rate monitor was worth the investment–I push myself much harder to get to the “sweet spot” too.

    • Jackey Deschamps January 12, 2017, 1:43 am

      I agree about comparing to a personal trainer. The instructors work hard keeping us all going at the same time. I hope you have success with otf as well. Keep me posted about your progress as well. 🙂

  • Marcia January 7, 2017, 10:47 pm

    Wow! Congrats on great results so far. OTF is popping up all around here and it sounds like an interesting concept. Can’t wait to see what month 2 brings.

    • Jackey Deschamps January 12, 2017, 1:42 am

      Thank you so much. Working hard and hoping for more progress. I appreciate feedback!

  • RP May 16, 2017, 9:19 am

    Are you still doing OTF? If you are, would love to see your continued success! Your results are amazing in 1 month!

  • Cat March 31, 2018, 10:42 am

    Agree wtih RP’s comment! Would love to see you if you’re still doing OTF and what your results are. You look great!! congrats!

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