So this isn’t my first fitness post. I wrote about hot yoga a million years ago. And I collaborated with Athleta last year to bring you some work-out outfit to everyday wear inspiration. However, today’s post is a little different – despite being married to a football coach and constantly being around sports 24/7 – what do I actually do to better my own physical health? Well I go in spurts. I love Yoga, Barre Class and walks around the lake – but I was searching for something more. My girlfriend, Lindsay, was having incredible results at a new local studio and introduced me to my first class.
It was challenging – my muscles were sore – but I already looked forward to my second class. Something about the high-intensity training kept me guessing about how far could I push myself and how much stronger could I feel? Fast-forward three months later and I still look forward to each class. Different exercises and rotations keep things from getting mundane and the trainers are incredibly motivational (Including their awesome taste in music).
I had the opportunity to chat with Kristie Shifflette, Triangle-area franchise owner of Orangetheory Fitness.
Kristie, did you see a real need for Orangetheory in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) area?
Absolutely! There hasn’t been anything like Orangetheory Fitness in the area until now. Orangetheory Fitness offers a unique experience unlike any other workout class you’ve ever taken. The physiology behind our workout is “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing participants with a heart-rate monitor and broadcasting the percent increase in heart rate on big screens in the studio, our trainers can monitor your five-zone interval training sessions. It’s truly a high-tech workout! And this allows trainers to better direct you throughout the workout – when you need to work harder, and when you should recover – so that you can really optimize your entire workout to the fullest. During each 60-minute class, participants perform multiple intervals designed to produce a combined 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84 percent or higher of your maximum heart rate, also known as the Orange Zone. When you do this, you generate the “afterburn” effect, which is when your body continues to burn calories for up to 36 hours after the workout. Participants get real, visible and lasting results burning up to 1,000 calories per class, and some members have lost as much as eight pounds in a week!
What is one thing you’d say to someone worried about getting started with Orangetheory fitness?
I would tell that person not to worry at all because Orangetheory Fitness caters to people at all fitness levels. Whether you’re a walker, runner, jogger it doesn’t matter. You could be at the beginning of your fitness journey or workout all the time and you’ll still see great results and feel healthier because the entire concept is based on tracking your own heart-rate and adjusting the workout to what you need. Some people are hesitant to try OTF because it’s labeled as a high-intensity interval fitness class, and they think they have to be a top athlete to participate. But that’s just not the case. Let me use Jim, a member at OTF La Jolla, as an example. Jim is 70 years-old and lost 30 pounds after being a member for just five months. Jim is such a great example that OTF is truly for everyone! We cater to all ages, all fitness levels, all shapes and sizes.
I can attest to all of what Kristie said. I am not a runner – yet, I find myself reaching the “all-out” level on the treadmill. The row-machine was new for me and I find myself getting better at it with each class. And there is no doubt I continue to be pushed to up my weight on the strength floor! I stay engaged with the pod concept – because it is like a game – I want to make sure I’m “in the orange” for the correct amount of time!
And even more awesome news for anyone living in the area – Kristie is opening another Orangetheory in Chapel Hill! You can even catch the grand-opening celebration this Thursday!
You can connect with Orangetheory Fitness Chapel Hill on Facebook, and Twitter. Follow this link and fill out the form or call (919) 883-9424 to learn more about membership rates – discounted founders’ rates will be gone once the studio opens: http://www.
*OTF Images courtesy of OTF Morrisville Facebook Page