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In most cases, a great workout is followed by a day or so of muscle soreness. Switching it up or adding intensity to your routine, or working a different set of muscles is the perfect way to bring about change. In a sense, it’s your body’s way of giving you a high five. My high five came by way of Orangetheory Fitness,  an interval-type training center.

Arranged in a group class format paired with high energy music, your 60-minute Orangetheory class (a 90-minute option is also available) is split into two groups where you’ll concentrate on one of three areas in intervals. Wearing an individual heart-rate monitor, one group will begin on the treadmills where you’ll push yourself to the max while increasing your metabolism and the second group will use the indoor row to build endurance and hit the weight room to give their all at a set of workouts (similar to plyometrics and resistance training) that aim to increase your strength. The goal is to remain in the orange zone, your target range, to maximize your results.

Blogger Day at Orangetheory

From spin classes, to world class gyms, Pilates and yoga studios, you can attain your fitness goals in a multitude of ways. However, if you are seeking an environment where you are pushed (sometimes to the level of discomfort where you feel like you’ve almost had enough), this may be the class for you. It’s not for the faint at heart but it is perfect for someone who wants to meet their goals and is looking for an accountability partner who shows up to work and to work you out! Your accountability partners become those attending the class who keep you motivated, the great coach who constantly walks the room uplifting you from the inside, and the huge screen monitors that remind to you stay in the ‘zone’. That my friend is Orangetheory.

The Class Results

Many people visit gyms with several goals in mind. General weight loss is high on most lists, along with toning muscles, tightening up those abs, or working towards the perfect shoulders and arms. For me, it’s all about my well-being and overall health.

I enjoyed the fact that all facets of the “experience” focused on producing a different result which in turn left me feeling invigorated and energized. And although it was probably one of the most difficult workouts I’ve done in a very long time, I would do it again in a heartbeat! They say it’s a science – I call it a recipe for success. Check out the results of my first workout where I burned 599 calories in one hour (the average is 500 to 1000 calories):

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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