Fitness fads are a dime a dozen these days. But in a sea of attempts to revolutionize how we work out, few ideas actually stick out and catch hold within the fitness industry. Orangetheory is the latest to do just that. The increasingly popular workout isn’t just a fun, calorie-torching way to exercise—it’s rooted in the science of our individual heart rates and capitalizes on the body’s ability to burn fat for hours after our workout ends. Keep scrolling to read more about this überpopular new workout you’re bound to see everywhere soon enough.
The foundation of Orangetheory is built around “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or EPOC. For several hours after a strenuous workout, EPOC allows your metabolism to continue operating at peak performance, which is what helps you lose weight. Orangetheory’s goal is to maximize your heart rate in class so that you continue to burn calories long after the workout ends—up to 36 hours after, in fact. Each class is intended to push you to reach and stay in the “orange zone”—which is 84% to 91% of your maximal heart rate.
Interval training around the five heart rate zones (orange being the max) is the core of the workout, and clients burn on average 500 to 1000 calories each class. The trainer-led workout combines rowing, interval training on treadmills, and resistance training with TRZ straps, small weights, and your own body weight. You wear a heart rate monitor to record which zone you are in throughout the 60-minute class.
Currently, there are over 200 locations nationwide, and its expansion rate should give you a sense of how in-demand Orangetheory is: There are 150 additional locations planned to open this year. Each facility offers 12 treadmills, 12 rowing machines, and 12 suspension-unit systems, along with free weights and benches.
The trend has definitely taken off in Los Angeles, where mentions of Orangetheory have become as common as complaints of the 405, and people swear by its results. We think it’s a pretty ingenious concept, since no other fitness class we know of bases success on how optimally you’re maximizing heart rate. It definitely offers a more personalized way to work on weight loss, or whatever your fitness goals may be, in the high-energy dynamic of a group class—without the price of personal training.
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To monitor your heart rate outside of an Orangetheory class, get yourself a heart rate monitor.