The new workout is all about intensity. Orange Theory is the popular new way to train available across the country. Named one of the 10 Biggest Workout Trends of 2015 by Google, Orange Theory has a rabid fan base and works on great principles. Orange Theory operates by utilizing HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts (see our at home version here). HIIT workouts produce a better burn in a shorter amount of time. This can increase your metabolism. Heart rate monitors display how hard you are working in the form of your current maximum heart rate percentage. Max heart rate percentages are broken up into “zones” of gray, blue, green, orange, and red. The classes motivates you to keep your heart rate in the “orange zone” or at 84-91% of your maximum heart rate for 12-20 minutes of the workout. Staying in the “orange zone” earns “splat points.” Everyone’s heart rate, splat points, and progress is visible via a screen at the front of the class, motivating participants to finish strong. Classes have enthusiastic trainers who motivate participants to keep up and stay within the “orange zone.”
Classes are broken up into sections. Each class usually uses treadmills, indoor rowing, and a form of strength training to produce results. The strength portion of the class can be achieved by using a TRX system, weights, or body-weight exercises. The class provides a competitive atmosphere while also being a fun and effective workout. Centers are available in 36 states and have spread globally to Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the U.K.
Having the results shown in real time during the class can be fun, but the Orange way is not for everyone. People who don’t like their results displayed or people who are not motivated by competition may find Orange Theory to be evasive and pushy. However, for those who enjoy friendly competition and love the group part of group fitness Orange Theory could be a great motivator. Displayed results can give the participant a better idea of how hard they are actually working. Results are emailed to participants, allowing them to find improvements and track their progress. Will you try Orange Theory?
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