Adored by many fitness devotees, Orangetheory Fitness is an energizing group personal training and interval fitness concept taking over the world. Since its inception in 2007, the company has grown significantly, with over 700 studios currently open in 47 states and 15 countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Spain, and the Middle East. In 2016, Orangetheory Fitness was recognized for its success, ranking #60 in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List.
Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness is a 60-minute total body workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants typically burn up to 900 calories per training session, using a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training, and free weights.
And each studio is designed to motivate. The dynamic created by working out in a group setting has proven benefits, such as support, energy, endurance, and accountability. Training sessions are lead by highly qualified coaches who ensure safety while inspiring participants to beat plateaus.
We sat down with Regional Manager and Fitness Coach for Orangetheory Fitness Brooklyn, Alexa Javens to get the full scoop.
There are many fitness options out there, especially in New York City. What makes Orangetheory Fitness stand out from the rest?
Orangetheory Fitness has it all. You are basically getting very affordable personal training in a group fitness setting. Our coaches guide you through every step of the workout and can individualize the workout to your needs. Most people agree that they would never be as motivated working out on their own. The workout is different every day, so you don’t get bored or plateau. It’s a perfect combination of cardio and strength training to get lean and toned without getting bulky. The workout is extremely effective and the results come very quickly. Plus, the classes are co-ed and fun. You get a real sense of community, and it’s a great way to meet new people.
Why is Orangetheory Fitness so effective?
High-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) was recently named the #1 fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine and no one does it better than Orangetheory. The concept is to take your heart rate up and down at various intensity levels throughout the workout to maximize its effectiveness. An Orangetheory workout combines intervals of cardio and strength designed to produce 12 minutes or more of training at 84% or higher of your individual maximum heart rate. Science proves that 12 minutes of exercising in the specific zone of 85-92% of your max heart rate (or what we call the Orange Zone), produces a tremendous metabolic increase and calorie burn. Clients wear heart rate monitors and can see their heart rate zones in real time on screens as they work out. That way we can ensure that they are not over or under training. The result is extremely high caloric burn, typically between 500 and 900 calories per session, with heightened metabolism and therefore additional calorie burn even after the workout for up to 24-36 hours.
Sounds intense. Is there a beginner class?
From the outside looking in, Orangetheory classes can look a little intimidating, I’m sure. But we have all fitness levels in every class, from professional athletes looking to improve their game, to people new to fitness with weight loss goals. The heart rate monitor allows each person to adapt their workout to the appropriate intensity for their bodies. Plus, the coaches in the room always offer options and challenges to further individualize the workout. We use the terminology base, “push and all out” in the cardio portion. Some people will be jogging and running, while others get just as effective of a workout with power walking or using a bike or strider.
What’s the best way to get started?
The best way to see what Orangetheory can do for your body is to give it a try. Most studios offer a free trial class. In Brooklyn, you can come try us out at our Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, or Park Slope locations, but we have studios all over the world.
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