This morning was my first (and hopefully not last) Orangetheory Fitness class.Thanks to Scoop Charlotte, I'm able to try TWO free classes at the OTF studio (which is conveniently located less than 1 mile from our home).
Ryan has been taking classes there since December ... 8 classes a month. He mixes in outdoor running and some weight lifting at the YMCA and I've got to admit the man is looking pretty fit. Not to mention he comes back from the 5am classes ... yes that's right FIVE FREAKIN A.M. in such a great mood. I knew I had to try the class for myself to see what all of the hype was about.
I made my little family breakfast and headed over to the studio about 20 minutes before class time. I was briefed on the work out and given a heart rate monitor to use. It was my first time using a monitor so I wasn't really sure what to expect. It fit around my ribcage right under my sports bra band.
I'm not sure how often work outs change, but they're usually some variation of running on a treadmill, rowing on a machine, and weight/ab exercises in the weight room.
I started off with running on the treadmill and started cautiously at a low speed (5.5). We increased our speed during different "blocks" of time and after about 17:30 minutes I had jogged a little over 1.5 miles. Then the fun started and we alternated running (sprinting?) 0.25 miles with 150 meters of rowing. I completed 3 of those cycles.
Once we were done with that we headed to the weight room for various exercises. I'm not going to list exactly what we did exercise wise since its their program and you should try a class for yourself to see what they do include :)
but I did work out my abs, did some core work, squats and lunges, some triceps and shoulders for a bit. lots of muscles that I don't usually work out but should definitely put into the rotation. I had to modify some of the core work but other than that kept up with the routine. core work 6 weeks after labor/delivery, after 40 weeks of no core work = HELL
my average heart rate was 127 and I burned an estimated 730 calories
I walked out of the class dripping in sweat ... I was annoyed I had to wash my hair but other than that loved the experience.
I'm not a big fan of any type of work out that lasts over 50 minutes so I was kind of getting bored by the end. I also didn't like that you had to keep track of the distance ran on the treadmill yourself ... every time you switched from the treadmill to the rowing machine your treadmill started over with new stats. Since I keep track of my running miles I kept a sheet of paper nearby with a pen to jot down my mileage. Definitely not the end of the world.
I came home and told Ryan all about the class and how sore I was already ... and how much respect I had for him taking that class so many times. I liked that the instructor was there to push you to work harder after initially explaining what the exercise should be.
I need to sign up for my next free class before 7 days are up and I can't wait for my next OTF experience!
install some childcare in the studio and you would have me signed up for a membership in no time!
After living in Charlotte NC for 6 years and giving birth to two wonderful little boys, my husband and I have returned to the sunshine state ... FLORIDA! Currently living in Orlando where I'm a SAHM to Mason (4 year old) and Anderson (1 year old). Also have an adorable pup Honey. 99% of my workouts revolve around running ... I love cheeseburgers and use them as running fuel the night before EVERY race. It's a ritual. Why mess with what works?
2017 January 14th - Park Ave 5k (22:55) January 29th - Town of Celebration Half Marathon (1:56:33) February 11th - Run 4 Love 4 mile (30:27) March 25th - Winter Park racefest 10k (47:49)
2016 January 16th - CRC Trail race 4 miler (41:12) February 20th - Charlotte 10 miler (1:20:18) March 12th - Shamrock 4 miler (30:04) March 19th - Elizabeth 8k (37:12 - 3rd female 30-34) March 26th - Know Your Craft 5k (22:25 - 2nd female 30-34) May 8th - The Friends Run 10k (48:26 - 1st overall female) August 13th - Celebration of Running 5k (24:00 - 3rd female 30-34) September 17th - Rock n Run 5k (22:59) October 16th - U Can Finish 5 miler (38:20)
2015 May 10th - Mother's Day 5k (23:20 - 1st female 30-34) June 6th - NoDa 5k (23:20 - 3rd female 30-34) August 8th - NC Music Factory Rock n Run 5k (22:25 - 1st female 30-34) August 29th - Sundae Run 5k (22:08 - 1st female 30-34) September 26th - Isabella Santos 10k (49:02) October 17th - Rocktoberfest half marathon (1:57:30)
2014 March 8th - BB&T Corporate Cup half marathon (1:51:26) March 23rd - Charlotte 10 miler (1:23:00) - 3rd in age group April 5th - Know Your Craft 5k (22:25 - 3rd female overall) May 3rd - Mayday 5k (22:27 - 3rd female overall) May 17th - Run! Ballantyne 10k (47:44 - 3rd female 30-34) June 7th - NoDa 5k (22:11 - 2nd female 30-34) July 4th - Spectacular 4 miler (30:49) September 13th - Hit the Brixx 10k (53:31) September 27th - South End Shuffle 5k (25:20) 2013 February 23rd - Charlotte 10 miler (1:28:08) March 16th - Shamrock 4 miler (30:49) April 27th - CPCC skyline 5k (26:39 - with Mason in BOB) May 18th - Run! Ballantyne 5k (24:49 - with Mason in BOB) August 24th - Yiasou Greek Fest 5k (23:24 - with Mason in BOB) September 7th - Hog Jog 5k (23:29 - with Mason in BOB) - 1st in age group September 21st - Showmar's 5k (24:23 - with Mason in BOB) - 1st in baby jogger division October 12th - Rocktoberfest Half Marathon (1:51:19) November 2nd - Pajama Run 5k (22:21) - 1st in age group
2012 June 2nd - King Tiger 5k (25:03) June 16th - Carolinas Care 5k (24:30) - 3rd place in age group July 4th - Spectacular 4 miler (33:31) August 25th - Orthocarolina Classic 10k (52:04) September 29th - Ramblin Rose 5 miler (44:49)