Happy Thursday! I’m thrilled to be back and chatting about another fitness routine you can fit into your schedule to up your game when it comes to staying in shape. You know by now that I often go Spinning and Yoga, and now I’m adding another cardio routine to my week: HIIT Classes at Orange Theory Fitness. It’s by far the hardest workout I’ve ever done and I’m completely a believer in this type of routine. Let’s dive into this.
There are lots of reasons you need to be exercising on the reg, but a big reason that I advocate HIIT classes are the crazy benefits that A. I’ve personally noticed and B. science tells me so. So let’s dive into the many reasons that you NEED to be taking a HIIT class (at Orange Theory Fitness, preferably).
Here’s how Orange Theory Fitness works: There are 3 stations, treadmill – weights – rowing machine. You rotate through each station and the workout is determined by your coach for the day. One day you may rotate every 5 minutes, the next you may do one 30 minute stretch then switch. I prefer moving every five minutes because I hate the treadmill and 30 minutes of tread makes me want to cry (not even a joke).
You are supposed to get your heart rate up to the ‘orange zone’ (84% or higher of your maximum heart rate). You can watch your heart rate and calories burned on the screens in the studio to keep track of where you’re at.
Now the trainers can be a bit aggressive. I have a foot that I broke many years ago, and never got fixed, so things like running on the treadmill can be extremely painful for me. I opt for the fast walk or light jog as opposed to an all out sprint. Personally, if that means I’m in the green a little longer than I’m technically supposed to be, it doesn’t bother me. However, the trainers will look at you funny or yell at you to get into the orange. I know it’s their job, but I also know my body. I still got an amazing workout, but I also didn’t injure myself any further.
According to the Orange Theory website, the reason that typical gyms don’t work is that you stay in the green zone the whole time. It takes longer to lose weight. If you are looking to lose weight faster and tone up more quickly, this will definitely help you achieve those goals. I made it a point to get into the orange zone while on the rowers and when I did the weight lifting, so I made it up somewhere else.
I am not sure that this would be super great for someone who isn’t experienced in modifying the routines to fit their body. Someone who has never been to a gym before would have a really hard time jumping into a class like that. I would say Orange Theory is perfect for someone who typically goes to the gym, but is looking to beef up their cardio routine or has plateaued on the weight loss and wants to kick start losing again.
DISCLAIMER: you will be SORE. The first time I went to a class, it took SEVEN DAYS for me to be able to walk normally and sit down without wincing. My body just wasn’t used to such a high intensity right off the bat. However, the most I’ve gone, the recovery time has reduced, and I know with time, I’ll be able to brush it off much quicker. Just prepare yourself for the high intensity.
I wouldn’t go more than twice a week, three times MAX. It’s hard on your body. You need to give yourself time to recover. I’ve been doing it once a week, intermixing with my spin classes and hot yoga classes. It’s a good kick in my butt for my cardio quota for the week. I love the music, I love the competition and I find that it’s really fun if you take your friends (or in my case, my sister) with you.
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All in all, I really enjoy my time at Orange Theory Fitness. The staff are so nice, super helpful and they genuinely seem to care about getting you into shape. My biggest recommendation is to know your own body. Know when to push it, and know when to slow down.
Have you ever taken a class at Orange Theory Fitness? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!