Orange Theory Fitness Review

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I a registered dietitian, nutritionist or personal trainer. I am sharing my own workout and training experience which is unique, and may not reflect the experiences of others. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for them. Before considering any workout routine or lifestyle change, please consult your physician.

If you’ve been an Orangespoken reader for a while now, and follow me on the social media, you’ve probably heard me talk about Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) once or twice, or 1,000 times. It’s because I truly love the place. And that’s no lie. In fact, no one is compensating me for this post. I’m not “working” for Orangetheory (even though my blog title may say otherwise) πŸ˜‰ I just really dig the workout. I’ve been there for over two years and each time I leave a 60 minute session, I walk out refreshed, energized; feeling strong, empowered and confident. Yes kids, it’s really that good.

I get a LOT of traffic to my blog from people searching for information regarding the workout at OTF, and it’s been awhile since I’ve written a post about it, so I thought it was time to bring them back into the spotlight and share with you everything I’ve learned while being an Orangetheory Member over the past 2 yrs!

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Orangetheory Fitness studio locations can be found all over the United States, with quite a few studios here in Florida! To find out if there’s a location near you, check out the website. The good news? You’ll know in advanced if OTF is headed to your town because of their (genius) marketing tool: orange bikes scattered across town! 

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You’ll know OTF will be opening soon once you see these orange babies popping up around your neighborhood! I workout at three of the locations here in the Tampa Bay Area: South Tampa (just south of Kennedy on Dale Mabry), Carrollwood and Westchase (West Hillsborough Avenue). Certain membership packages allow you to hop around the different locations (following your favorite Orangetheory coaches, of course!) πŸ˜‰

So what IS Orange Theory anyway?

From the website: Orangetheory Fitness uses the science of Heart Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks to create the fitness level and body you have always desired. Workout and Weight Loss plateaus are a thing of the past….really! The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as β€œExcess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By using our heart rate straps and PODS, we can monitor your 5 zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60 minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12-20 “splat points” (or 12-20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate), which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces EPOC, which is the workout β€œafter-burn” effect, meaning that our interval training design produces a 200-400 calorie increase to your metabolism 24-36 hours after your workout. The Orangetheory workout will produce for you increased muscle endurance, power, stamina and tremendous weight loss, if desired. With good music, a talented group trainer and a high energy studio, you have the recipe for a workout that produces BIG and LASTING results.

How do I get started?

Deciding to start a fitness program is always the hardest part. Once you know you want to make that change, the next step is trying out what will work best for you. If you think you can’t keep up with a 60 minute Orangetheory class, give it a try first! OTF is truly is designed for people of all ages, abilities, sizes, and shapes. Although you’re working out in a group setting (maximum class size ranges depending on studio size, but can be anywhere from 22-28 in a traditional class), there is a trainer there guiding your workout, providing accommodations, and checking on you every step of the way. If they see you struggling to complete a movement, they’ll show you how to modify it for your ability and level.  Your first class is ALWAYS free! All you have to do is pick up the phone, tell them you’re new and want to try a class. They’ll take some information from you, and schedule a time. You’ll need to dedicate about 90 minutes of your day for your first class. You’ll spend the 30 minutes before the session starts getting to know the ins and outs of an Orangetheory workout, meeting the coach, getting a tour of the facility and fitted with a heart rate monitor. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and would like to join me for a class for moral support, I will gladly workout with you if you’re feeling a little nervous about going alone! Just email me!

What should I expect?

Once you have committed to trying out your first Orangetheory class, make sure you’re prepared for the session. Dress in comfortable, breathable clothing, wear running shoes, bring a towel for sweat and a bottle of water. As you walk into a studio, you’ll see that the space is divided into four sections: the waiting and office area, the cardio area, the rowers area and the strength training area. OTF is also equipped with bathrooms, showers/changing rooms and lockers for convenience. The waiting space is brightly lit and has benches and chairs to hang out in if you arrive a little early. Most locations sell merchandise and bottled water. Before the workout begins, you are given a heart rate monitor to wear under your workout clothes (against the skin), to track heart rate changes throughout the workout. Once you become a member, you purchase your own heart rate monitor to keep! The monitors are connected by bluetooth and are constantly updated throughout the workout. If it’s your first time, someone will show you how to put it on correctly. While you’re working out, your progress (calories burned, heart rate, workout intensity zones) will be displayed on large flat screen televisions all around the studio. As long as you keep your heart rate monitor on, you’ll be able to keep track of your progress during your 60 minute session. Your coach will also keep an eye on everyone’s progress to ensure you’re getting the most out of your time spent there.  Each person will be assigned a section of the screen which will display the current stats of your progress during the session. Your square will show different colors depending on the level of intensity you’re currently performing at (based on your target heart rate). Gray is about 50%, blue is about 60%, green is about 70%. To get into those target EPOC zones (orange and red), you must be working at 84% of your maximum heart rate or higher. As you work out, you will ear Splat points for every minute you spend in the orange or red. Remember, as mentioned above, you want to try to spend at least 12 minutes (that’s 12 splat points) in the orange or red combined to achieve EPOC, which will help to continue to burn calories hours after your actual workout! 

(From the Westchase Facebook page)

(From the Westchase Facebook page)

The workout areas (treads, rowers and weights) are equipped with “mood lighting”. The entire area has this awesome orange glow to it. It almost feels like you’re underwater during a sunset. To me it is so calming and, to be completely honest, during my first workout at OTF, that effect made me feel more comfortable as a newbie. I felt like all eyes weren’t on me. In addition to the cool lighting, when you first enter the workout space, you are literally blown away by music. The tunes are loud and really get you pumping. Sometimes while working out I feel like I’m being transported back to my 10 year old self getting my roll on at the skating rink. This is NOT just a regular, boring gym you guys. It really is FUN.

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Before your workout begins, your coach will come out to the waiting area to greet everyone, make some announcements, talk a bit about that day’s workout, and provide a little pep talk. No two workouts are ever the same. Workouts are designed to be creative and challenging: focusing on different muscle groups each day. If you think you’d get bored at OTF, you’re wrong. Every workout packs a punch and is always a total surprise.

As you enter the workout space to start the 60 minute session, you’ll typically be divided into 2 groups. One group will start on the treadmills (there are also a couple of lower impact cardio options like bikes and an elliptical), while the other half heads to the rower and weights area. There are special classes a few times a week called “tornado” classes where the group is divided into 3 smaller groups, rotating more frequently between the 3 workout areas. These tornado workouts also accommodate a larger group of exercisers. I would not suggest taking a tornado for your first Orangetheory experience, as it’s a little different than a normal session. Some OTF locations also hold 90 minute “pro” level classes on select Saturdays for members wanting a little more of a challenge.  

If you start on the treadmill side of the workout, you’ll be there for about 26 minutes, doing a variety of speed interval training (incline interval training if you’re a walker) during that section of the workout. As you walk, jog or run on the treadmill, the coach will be guiding you through the intensity changes via a microphone. So as you workout, you’ll be listening to their cues. During your orientation you’ll learn all about the 4 levels of treadmill interval training: base pace, push pace, all out pace, and active recovery pace. Your base pace is like your starting speed/incline; your push is a little faster/higher incline, your “all out” is just that: ALL OUT. Meaning how fast or how much incline can you do at your maximum ability; basically giving it “all you’ve got“. And finally, your active recovery is where you’ll go slower than your base until you lower your heart rate a bit and you’re ready to jump back in (typically after an “all out”). Each interval chunk lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes at a time. As you build up your stamina, and become stronger, you’ll find that you can go faster and harder. You’ll also notice that your recovery time will also get shorter!  It’s a really cool transformation that you may start to notice within your first few weeks at OTF. 

Your second 26 minute chunk of the workout will be spent divided between the rower area and the weight room. Your trainer will go over how to use the equipment during your orientation which will include proper and safe use of the rower, suspension training straps, free weights, medicine balls, scooters, benches, kettle bells and bosu balls. During the strength training session you will be using a variety of the equipment, mixed with sessions on the rower designed to keep your heart rate up. Like I mentioned earlier, every move and workout can be modified if you feel like you cannot do something, or if you have an injury. Always communicate with your coach and let them know how you’re feeling; especially at the beginning of a workout if you have an injury or some other limitation they will need to know about that day. The coaches are there to make you get the most out of your workout, while keeping you safe, and making you feel confident the entire time. Although you’re training in a group setting, it’s important that you always focus on yourself: your goals, your pace, your abilities, your workout

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Once the two 26 minute sessions are completed, you’ll clean up your workout area (they provide disinfectant wipes for you!), and put any equipment away. Then, the coach will lead the group into a 5 minute cool down session where they incorporate a variety of stretching and yoga poses to help you in your post-workout recovery. Then, the coach will walk the group over to the nearest screen to review final stats. Everyone will have their own section of the screen that will go over calorie burn for that workout, maximum heart rate achieved, and how much time spent in each colored section of intensity. You’ll also receive an email explaining your results for that workout, and each and every workout after that!

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

 What do I love most about Orangetheory?

I love the science behind their system.  The data is right there. I can monitor my progress throughout a workout, adjust my intensity if needed, and know exactly what it takes to push my body to meet my caloric or heart rate goals for that session. It really is an easy system, and gives you a lot of control. You don’t have to be a fitness expert. You just need to listen to your body, watch your stats and follow your coach. 

I love the camaraderie an OTF session brings. Although you’re not really ever talking to the other members while in the training area (the music is pumping!), you know that you have that support from one another during the time you’re there. You always have that feeling that your coach is there for you, and they make you feel empowered; like you can do anything when you’re with them in that space during that time. I have never left an OTF session feeling discouraged, frustrated or regretful. OTF is such a positive place and you feel that from the moment you walk through the door. In addition, they offer challenges all year long! Members can win prizes, set goals, and challenge themselves in fun and different ways. Like I said before, OTF is anything but boring!

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

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I love the technology. I love that you can book sessions online, and receive email breakdowns of your performance after each workout. I love that the coaches are available on social media, and interact with members. It’s an added confidence boost when coaches specifically shout out your accomplishments, no matter how small.

I love the investment. If you’re currently buying fast food meals or Starbucks coffees multiple times a week, then you can afford Orangetheory. It all comes down to priorities, and what kind of investment you’re willing to spend on your own health. There are no contracts, so you’re not locked into anything. They offer everything from class packages to unlimited monthly deals (that’s what I have), which will fit into anyone’s budget if you decide to make it work. They also offer awesome incentives and sometimes even discounts for referring potential clients!

I love my own results. I’ve lost about 60lbs since joining OTF 2 years ago. I’ve built muscle, toned up areas, smashed calorie and strength goals, gained confidence, made friends, and inspired others to join me. I even completed my first 1/2 marathon in March of 2015 because of the strength and confidence I’ve achieved through Orangetheoryfitness. 

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Coach Jeff and I when I first started OTF.

If you have any questions about Orangetheory Fitness, or would like to join me for a free first class, let me know! I bet you’ll love it just as much as I do. πŸ™‚

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Coach Matt from OTF and I at Miles for Moffitt 2015

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76 thoughts on “Orange Theory Fitness Review

  1. Great post! I’ve always passed this establishment while driving. Now I know what to expect and I am interested in learning more about it. Thanks for the info!

  2. Hi Steph

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Two friends of mine go to OTF regularly and love it. Quick question – did you go to a specific session during the day? I am way too self-conscious to go to a session with 20 other people, but am thinking a session at 6am may have fewer people? Thanks

    • Awesome! Yeah it’s good stuff. The early classes are PACKED. I usually do the 5am class and it’s always a full house. Things start to taper a bit by late morning (8:45 class). The 10:30 and 3:00 classes (in South Tampa) are usually just a handful of people. But don’t feel nervous though! No one will be focusing on you. It really is a great experience for people of all ages/shapes/sizes. What location are you near?

  3. You have inspired me to sign up for my first class tomorrow am. Im nervous because i am 5’2 and 226lbs in my late 30’s, but I am looking forward to it and have been way overdue. Tired of “donating” to the gym where I havent been in a year because I just can’t make myself go its so boring. Im hoping this will grab my motivation!!! You are a great inspiration!!! Thank you

  4. I just joined! its awesome and I am addicted to the workouts! when im running I feel like I am going to die! lol its good though! I am not a morning person so you will never see me there in the morning, I prefer afternoon! hope to meet you oneday!

  5. I am so interested in this, but I am rocking that teacher dime. Do they ever offer any specials?? I need a serious shake up in my work out routine, but I am currently paying $20/month at my gym.
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    • If you’d like to try a free class with me sometime, let me know! It’s definitely not as cheap as $20/month, I will say that. But I cut back on a lot of things to justify the cost.

  6. Hi Steph! I found your OT review and posted this link to my FB page. The 1st OT opened here in Colorado Springs in February. I saw the orange bicycles one day, and wondered what they were! My husband and I love the workouts! Best thing ever! Thanks for such a great review!

  7. Great review of OTF. Right on the money. I have been a member now for about 3 months. I always get a great workout and NEVER leave feeling discouraged. The changes in my body are awesome too! If you are thinking of trying it I too highly recommend it.

  8. So I tried orange theory for the first time today and really like it. My only confusion was that the instructor told me I spent too much time in the orange zone and not enough time in the green zone and that I should aim to decrease the intensity of my workout. Sorry but being called orange theory and decreasing intensity seemed to go against what most blogs say about this workout.

    • Hey Chris- good point. Since this was your first time, typically the coaches will say this because of that very fact- your’e a newbie. I think their intent is to build up your time in the orange and red zones as you progress with the workouts, instead of right at the beginning. I’ll touch base with the head coach of my location tomorrow and see what he says and followup with your comment. Otherwise, I’m glad you liked it!!

  9. Great post, and just the encouragement I needed! The Charleston, SC location just opened this week, and I will be attending my first class this Saturday. I am very nervous, because I am out of shape and worry everyone is going to be staring at me and wondering how I will make it through the class, but I know this may be the kick in the rear I need to get healthy!

  10. I have been doing OTF for about 3 months now. I started slowly – once a week and now I am doing 4 times a week and working up to 6 times a week. I have lost only 3 pounds and feel a bit frustrated. What was your experience?

  11. You’re so inspiring! I joined last week and went 6 days straight, took Sunday off and have another 6 days booked again. I also joined the weight loss challenge. I was wondered if you had a hard time getting into the orange zone at first? I’m 52 and weigh 250. My time in the green zone has improved since day one but I absolutely feel like I’m dying at the top end of green. I know I’ll get there but wanted to know how it was for you at the beginning.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Patty!!! Thanks for your comment! What studio are you going to? I just love love love OTF!
      Yes, it is definitely difficult at first. However, if you find that you’re never getting into the orange zone after a few weeks, talk to the coach and have them adjust your max heart rate. I’ve had to adjust mine a couple of times to find that sweet spot! But remember- you’re MOVING and working out and that’s what counts!!! Congrats!!!
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    • Patty I am 52 as well and I am going to my first class next Wednesday on S. Dale Mabry at noon I was on Google trying to see if there was any crazy people in my decade trying this lol!!!
      Thanks for the motivation :)!

  12. Just curious. I have severe arthritis in both of my knees – bone on bone. Trying to avoid knee replacement surgery, and I’ve been through PT. I would love to be able to work out a bit, but I can only do a recumbent bike – not regular cycling. Is this something I should pursue? They just opened in my area (on Long Island). From the waist up, I’m fine. From the knees down, I’m very limited. What do you think? Thanks!

  13. Hello Steph!

    I am fairly new to the South Tampa area, I moved down here from New England in August. I have been “eyeing” Orange Theory since I moved down here. Back when I was living up north I was always working out, Zumba, Cardio Dance, Body Pump, Strength and Tone classes, sculpt, PiYo, Turbokick, etc. I truly loved it and saw a huge transformation in my body, mind and confidence. I was so proud of myself for the first time in a long time. Sadly, since moving here I lost the workout routine. With moving, starting a grad program and getting adjusted I just haven’t had the ability. Unfortunately I have gained most of the weight back that I worked so hard to lose and have lost all the muscle I built. I am anxious to get back to the workout and I can’t wait any longer.

    I am very nervous about going to Orange Theory. I know it will work and I know I will give it 110% but, I have always been the overweight person and was harshly made fun of as a child/teen so I am VERY self conscious when starting a new workout. I am not a runner. I have always wanted to be but could never get myself to that point. I am nervous that I won’t do well or be able to do the running aspect of the routine.. especially with this added weight.

    Any words of wisdom for a newbie to Orange Theory who desperately wants to get her life back on track?

    Thank you for all of your help!

    • Hey! I totally get all of that! OTF is AMAZING and so accepting of people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. I used to go to the South Tampa location but now I frequent Westchase and Channelside. If you want to try your first class with a friend, I’d be happy to have you come as my guest! The first class is free and it’s always nice to have the moral support! πŸ™‚ Let me know and we can get in touch to plan. πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much for all of your support!! I signed up for my first class tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8:45 at the Channelside location. I must be honest, I am very scared but anxious to start my fitness journey. Fingers crossed…

          • It went very well! I had a blast and even went back on Thursday morning! I won’t lie, it was very tough for me but I did the best that I could and accepted that I can’t keep the same pace as the other people.. yet! I will get there though!

            Maybe we can meet up for a class at Channelside sometime!

  14. Steph, i am very interested in going but i have a hectic schedule so i was just wondering how many times a week do you go?

    • Hi Stacy!
      I usually go 3-4 times each week at the 5am class at either Westchase or Channelside. However, my schedule will be much more flexible next week as I’m on spring break! What is your schedule like next week?

  15. Thank you for this review! I have been researching OTF for the last few days, and this post is the most inspiring! I am enticed by the concept, and encouraged by the fact they they will help with modifications based on your ability. I really need a kick in the pants, but am scared and intimidated by a high intensity workout. Hopefully once I get past the first session, I will want to go back for more just like you! I just called the Tyrone (St. Pete) studio today, and signed up for my first class tonight.

  16. Thank you!!! Ran across this blog while researching what my free class will be like today. I am not overweight, but very out of shape. Nervous, but this posting has encouraged me!

  17. Steph..hi, I came across your blog while researching orange theory. I absolutely loved reading your blog and learning more about your experiences. I am fairly overweight (like 360 pounds) and while I do like to excercise, I am a little nervous about trying OT. my partner and I have both signed up for a class later this week. Fingers crossed. On a separate note, I ready about Team Judy. I am sure your mom would be very proud of you. I used to host an online talk show called iambig.com in chicago where we celebrated the lives of every day people doing big things. To me everyone has a story and I love sharing whatshame working. If I was still doing my ahow, I would have loved to interview you. Anywho, we recently moved to miami from chicago. Wish me luck on my first OT class! I hope I can do it…I think I will. Thanks again for being you and sharing inspiration.

  18. I am going to try a session this week. Just wondering if they have any nutritional counseling? I need help with an eating plan. Thanks!

  19. I haven’t been moving everyday in a long time. It’s time to start again with walking and then maybe running again. Could really use the motivation of the activity tracker.

  20. I am working on getting more active. My mom and sister going through breast cancer has me motivated to prepare for a 5k. I have been to Orangetheory Fitness twice. I love the workout! Thanks Stephen for letting me be your guest!

  21. I’m trying to get back into an exercise routine since having the baby. It’s so hard and I haven’t found anything that I enjoy doing more than say showering or sleeping yet. Ha. The past week I have been taking the girls for a walk about an hour before Landon’s bus arrives, it would be handy to know how many steps I’m getting in a day πŸ˜‰

  22. My friend has been telling me about OTF for a while but I’ve been so nervous to try it. I really need to be challenged in order to lose some weight and get healthy, but as a “chunky gal” I’m also worried about how/if I’ll be able to follow the workouts and keep up with the others in the class. Your posting was very thorough and informative. I think I now have the courage to give a call and schedule my first workout! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  23. I just found out we have one here! It’s a bit away from me, but it sounds like it’s worth the drive. Will definitely check it out.

  24. I have heard OTF is amazing! I wouldn’t mind checking it out. I have been getting moving on my stationary bike at home that and walking the campus in between classes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. I’m headed to my very first Orangetheory class TONIGHT in Nashville, and your post was so incredibly helpful! I was really intimidated and didn’t know what to expect because I am historically not exactly an athlete, but now I CAN’T WAIT to get started. I typically love to hit the park for a good walk/jog or biking session, but I’m so excited to really push myself into the orange zone. My aunt and uncle actually live in Tampa Bay and are HUGE fans of OT, so they’re the ones that have steered me in that direction. Can’t wait to try it!

    I’ll be in Tampa around Christmas, so who knows – maybe I’ll see ya there!

  26. Awesome job! I’m taking my first orange theory class tomorrow and can’t wait to see what all the hype is about.the studio just opened in my town, but I took a tour today and it really seems like something I’d be into.

  27. Thank you for this great info! I would love to join but not sure as I have limited exercises I can do as my doc told me my cartilage in my knees are very thin and to do more exercises in the pool or ride stationary bike or regular bike. Also have limited range in shoulder, had some spurs, etc removed back in September from old Shoulder injury from military. Do you know if trainers would gear specific exercises for me in order not to injure myself anymore?

  28. Forgot to add… I am 51 yrs old as well and a bit hesitant as not sure I can keep up, especially due to the extra pounds I have now. πŸ™ But determined to get back in Shape!

  29. Would you recommend something like this for a 44 year old who is 330 lbs with bad knees? I love the concept, but when you are the biggest and most out of shape person in the room, I’m afraid of humiliating myself.

    • Hi Toni- thanks for commenting! First out, you won’t be the biggest and most out of shape person in the room at OTF. There are people there of all shapes and sizes. In the three years I have been a member, I have worked out alongside people of almost 400lbs. The best thing about OTF and the coaches there is that they will modify and tailor every move to ensure you get the most out of your workout without injury. It’s soooo important to leave your anxiety and embarrassment at the door. I know that’s hard to do, but it’s important so that you can focus on yourself and your journey. Do you have a friend that you can try out a class with? I always find that helps ease things a bit. Where are you located? If you’re near me (Tampa, FL), I’d be happy to go with you sometime! As for the knees, always chat with your doctor to make sure they have cleared you for exercise. Once they have, talk to the coaches at OTF, let them know your knee issue and they will work around it. I have bad knees too, so there are things that I just cannot do (like high step ups). At OTF they have lower steps that I use as a modification. Feel free to ask any questions at all, and email me if you’d like more information. orangepsoken@gmail.com. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  30. I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to reach out. An Orange Theory is opening near me and I am thinking about going but am hesitant. I did read a few responses on your blog that made me feel a little better. See, I am morbidly obese 5′ 9″ 335 pounds. I am super SUPER out of shape and get winded even from walking up a small flight of stairs. So, I am concerned about going and not being able to “hang”. I’m also concerned about doing burpees. I can maybe do 2 of those things in my current shape that I’m in. So what do you think? I’m looking forward to your response. Thank you for your time in reading this.

    • When I went to my first orangetheory class last week, they showed us a “modified” version of a burpee, which was sort of a walk through form. I was able to do that one for my reps in that block.

        • Hi, Steph –

          I’m wondering if you personally spend more time in the green or the orange zones for weight loss. I LOVE the orange zones and have no trouble getting/staying there, but my goal is weight loss – what has your experience been, please? I’ve taken four classes so far and love it –

  31. I am going to give Orange Theory a try for the first time in the next few weeks. I have emailed to set up my free session, and then hoping to sign up after I get back from vacation. I have heard nothing but great things about OTF and I am really looking forward to getting back into working out. Thanks, for the great overview of the program. I can not wait to try it out.

    • Hi Margie- I am not affiliated with Orangetheory. This is just a personal review. However, check their website because you never know when one may open near you! πŸ™‚

  32. Steph,

    Largely based on this review/blog I filled out the online form to take the free introduction class at a local Orangetheory fitness center. I was 272 pound in March, have worked my way to 212 since but the crappy little gym at my apartments wasnt really cutting it anymore. I was terrified about the intensity and keeping up and being the fat lady in the room, in hindsight it was ridiculous. I had an incredible work out, earned 52 splat points and burned 652 calories in my first session, immediately signed up for 8 more over the next month and honestly wouldn’t have gone at all had it not been for your story and enthusiasm!

  33. Just wanted to chime in here too. I just did my first OTF class yesterday– very inspired by your post & comments, and very out of shape and perpetually terrified of group classes– it was terrific! Not intimidating at all. You are perfectly able to set your own pace and folks are far too focused on their own metrics to pay attention to you. I’m very much looking forward to continuing my fitness journey with them.

    Thanks to you for the encouragement when I needed it!

  34. Hi. I just stared OTF and notice I gain weight after each class, granted it’s only been 2 classes so not a lot to base it one. I’ve read it’s water retention due to torn muscles, etc. Did you experience this? Example, did OTF Saturday morning, weighed myself this morning (Monday) and I’m up 4.5 lbs. I love the workouts but am trying to lose weight not gain. πŸ™

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