Last week I was kindly invited to the launch of Orangetheory Fitness in Wandsworth to learn all about the Orangetheory way of fitness. I thought I would put together a blog post all about the evening as I can honestly say I had the best time and feel that this theory is going to take the UK by storm this year.
What is Orangetheory?
So first up you are all probably wondering what Orangetheory is exactly. Orangetheory is a one hour full body work out suited for all levels of fitness it is backed by science which means results, results, results! Each workout is different and will focus on a range endurance, strength, power or a combination. My workout consisted of treadmill, rowing and floor weights.
How does Orangetheory make you fitter?
Ellen Latham created the Orangetheory workout and before that ran her own Pilates studio. She noticed her clients were still working with personal trainers and so realised people wanted to burn fat. She then developed a workout that would ‘metabolically charge the body’. Orangetheory is based on science of EPOC, excess post exercise oxygen consumption. If you challenge your body it will work harder to recover oxygen lost during exercise. This revs up your metabolism and makes you burn calories way after your workout has finished!
The total amount of minutes spent in the orange and red zone (I will come onto what this is shortly) converts into ‘splat points’ You gain a point per each minute. As you can see from my post workout report I scored 19 splat points – anything over 12 means you will continue to burn calories once your workout has finished. I was also impressed with the total amount of calories burnt!
Heart rate monitoring
As we now know Orangetheory is based on science and that ‘Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption’ Your goal is to maintain your heart rate that will stimulate your metabolism and energy levels. Your aim is to burn as many calories post workout, you can essentially burn calories up to 36 hours after working out with Orangetheory.
The workout is composed of five heart rate zones based on your individual heart rate. The work outs are designed to spend at least 12 minutes or more in the Orange Zone to get your heart to 84-91% (let’s just say I immediately rocketed to 95% haha) When your heart rate is elevated you will start to see and feel changes in your body.
The best part about Orangetheory (for me) is that everyone wears a heart rate monitor and the rates are displayed on a big screen in the studio. I loved that I was able to keep track of my heart rate and also compare it to others because seeing the heart rates motivated me work harder!
Is Orangetheory for you?
I have to say before arriving at the studio last week I was absolutely terrified. I rarely workout and if I do it’s more holistic work outs like Pilates and yoga and so I was adamant I would be shown up and made to look so unfit. Orangetheory is for everyone and it really shows by the coaches who all motivate and give you words of encouragement to push you further and help you reach your goals. Everyone in the class are just normal people all striving for a fitter, healthier lifestyle. The group workouts are so much fun and it beats working out on your own on a gym floor. Head over to their FAQ page to find out more here.
Have you tried a Orangetheory workout before?
*This blog post is in partnership with Orangetheory Fitness and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.