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An Open Letter to the Person Debating Orange Theory Fitness

Honestly, this shouldn’t even be a debate. Your first class is free. DO IT!

Orange Theory, and I am not saying this lightly, changed my life forever. After the heat of quarantine, I wasn’t feeling too great about myself. I noticed a change in my body that I wasn’t happy about – I was ready to fix it and better myself. 

I am one of those people who can never find the motivation to work out by myself. In high school, I played sports, and that counted as my workout. Unfortunately, my body is not the same as it was in high school, and I don’t play sports for three hours a day, six days a week. 

I was looking into different ways that I could get into fitness and better myself. Finally, I came across Orange Theory Fitness. 

I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t discover this gym. The coaches are so motivating; it truly makes the workout experience fun. You also aren’t alone – everybody is alongside you, pushing through the workout.

Some people think group exercise classes are scary because they don’t like working out in front of others. Trust me when I say no one else is looking at you. Everybody is concentrated on themselves and their performance, not yours. 

You can buy a heart rate monitor, but you most definitely don’t have to. I love my OTF connect monitor because it helps me control my workout more, but it’s completely up to you. When you have a heart rate monitor, you can connect it to the treadmill to see what heart rate zone you are in, how many calories you burn and your splat points!

There are five heart rate zones: grey, blue, green, orange, and red. Typically, you want to spend the majority of the class in the green and orange zones. But if you are like me, you will probably be in the red a lot. You will achieve the afterburn if you get a minimum of 12 splat points a class, which means 12 or more minutes in the top two heart rate zones. The afterburn means you continue to burn calories faster even after you walk out the doors.

In under a month of going to OTF, I noticed results that I never anticipated. I felt so much stronger and saw improvement every week in my performance. A year later, my feelings about Orange Theory haven’t changed a bit. I continue to go every day and see results every single time I go. It has gotten to the point where if I don’t go, I feel guilty.

The combination of the treadmill, rower and strength floor makes the classes fly by. The music is blasting, and your coach is constantly screaming your name and encouraging you every step of the way. 

The energy under those orange lights is like no other. For those 60 minutes, nothing else matters. I am there to focus on myself and myself only. I not only notice my strength in the mirror but in my heart and head too. I feel better about myself every time I walk out those doors. 

In addition, there are Orange Theory locations just about everywhere, so there’s no excuse not to try! If you are considering Orange Theory, please give it a shot. It has been one of the best decisions I have made, and I would recommend it to everybody.

Communications, Sophomore
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