After falling off the wagon in the middle of my 2nd round of Whole30 (!), I was looking for something, anything, fitness related to hold my attention. Even if it was only for 30 days!
Two friends, Shauna and Lindsay, both raved about a new fitness studio in Nashville, Orangetheory. Shauna was working out at the location in Hendersonville and Lindsay was attending in Franklin, but they both had the same impression- this place was awesome!
Their words? “It’s hard. It will kick your butt. It’s fun, it’s intense & you’ll want to come back”.
REALLY? Right, I thought.
Orangetheory’s premise is a 60 minute workout in which from 12-20 minutes you are in the ‘orange zone’ or a target heart rate zone. The 12-20 minutes in the orange zone produces “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. EPOC burns calories after your workout and the average person burns 500-1000 calories PER workout.
It was raining and gloomy Saturday morning so I asked Josh if he would want to accompany me to a trial class and he said YES! So, I called the studio here in Franklin and they were super nice and offered up several classes, the same day, for us to try. We decided on the 11:15am class and were told to come early to fill out some paperwork, get our heart rate monitors and take a tour.
Upon arrival we were each given a clip board with one page to fill out that included height/weight/birth date along with contact information and a few questions about your health history. Once we finished those, we were fitted with heart rate monitors around our chests (under your shirt and fitted snugly) and shown the studio. There was a row of treadmills, behind them, a row of rowing machines, and off to the side, a weights area with bosu, medicine balls, weights, and TRX suspension cables. I instantly thought – oh hell no.
We met our instructor for the next hour, Rebecca, and she was friendly and engaging. She is Australian, so if nothing else, I got to hear her accent for the next hour from her headset mic.
I sure hoped she wasn’t going to yell at me in Australian about my form, but nonetheless, I was up for it.
We spent about 25 minutes doing intervals between the treadmill and rowing machines and then moved over into the weight area for 3 ‘blocks’ of weighted exercises. Here’s what the scoreboard looked like after the workout:
*Please note I’m Leslie R up there and I burned 607 calories and stayed in the orange/red zone for 42 minutes. YES GIRL! KILLINGGGG IT!
It was tough, but the workout did go by fairly fast. There was the right amount of coaching and encouragement from the trainer and the music was awesome. There were some current tunes as well as some 80s/90s music mixed in and of course it all had the beat that made you want to work. At the end of the workout, I was tired and sweaty and the last thing I wanted to do was listen to a sales pitch, but that’s what I did. The girl at the front desk who had signed us in went over the pricing plans and options. We were *so* tired, we just wanted to get out of there and shower so we asked if there was anything brochure-like that we could take home and unfortunately, there was not.
*Note, after an hour long workout is probably not the best time to expect people to listen to you and absorb what you’re saying and then whip out a credit card and offer to pay you for kicking their ass. Just saying.
In a nutshell, you can purchase packages of visits or you can purchase monthly memberships. Four classes a month = $59; Eight classes a month = $99; Unlimited classes = $159. If you purchase the 4 or 8 classes per month, if you want to take more than that, you can pay $14/each additional class during the month if you’re on the 4 a month plan or $12/each additional class if you’re on the 8 a month plan. You also have to purchase the heart rate monitor (Polar makes it!) for $50 (ish). It’s compatible with other apps on your phone so you could totally use it outside of class.
Although I didn’t commit during my first visit, I waited for my thighs to recover about 3 days later and headed back in. I decided to go with the 8 classes/month membership. I reasoned that I could definitely make it twice a week and if I went over, I could justify the extra $12/class. This will also work out if we are out of town/have sick kids/etc and there are workouts that I miss. I can make them up the following week and still be within my 8 classes for the month.
After my second class, here were the results:
* 592 calories burned, 37 minutes of orange/red heart rate zone. I texted this pic to Josh and he replied that “JA-QUAY-LIN was slacking!”. I agree. I can’t even figure out who Jackqueline was and how she never got out of the green zone. I’m pretty sure that would be just standing on a treadmill while it was turned off. Clearly she’s doing something right if she burned 265 calories in an hour of standing on the treadmill.
In conclusion, I really do like this workout and the structure of it. More so, I like the idea of a personal trainer without personal trainer pricing! The membership is month to month, so if I do get bored, I can cancel for a month or two, try something else, and come back or just move on. Low contractual commitment + challenging workout + fun trainers + awesome music = new level of fitness.
Wish me luck! xoxo