What Is Orangetheory Fitness: Everything You Need To Know About The Latest Workout Craze

The fruit inspired the album title of Frank Ocean's first album and a mobile network operator. Now, the orange is making waves through the fitness industry. Prepare to become obsessed with the latest high-intensity interval training obsession, Orangetheory Fitness

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If it's not Barry's Bootcamp, SoulCycle, CrossFit or Sweat1,000, it seems like every time we decide to don our running shoes and squeeze into our cocoon-like sports bras in a bid to get fit, there's yet another body-enhancing method du jour for which we've missed the bandwagon.

Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned jog on the treadmill?

And, while we are quite partial to the occasional HIIT class or core session at the gym, we've come across a new fitness trend that is dominating the gym world.

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Enter Orangetheory Fitness.

It might sound like some weird brainchild of easyJet and Lucozade, but Orangetheory Fitness classes are high-intensity interval training workouts that clients are calling 'addictive' and 'life-changing'.

Ever since fitness expert Ellen Latham launched her first Orangetheory studio in 2009 in Florida, the classes have spread like wildfire across the world, with more than 550 projected to be in operation by the end of 2016.

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What is it?

It started, the way many fitness crazes do, in America, but it has made its way to the shores of the U.K., ready to take 2017 by storm.

According to Orangetheory Fitness, each Orange 60 session lasts one hour and is divided into five training sections.

During each one of these stations, class participants take on a heavy-duty cardio or moderate weights based exercise, like spin, rowing, running, burpees with a bosu ball etc.

And the idea is that even after the class is over, your body is prepped to continue burning calories at an accelerated rate, for up to 36 hours.

So far, so HIIT.


How it works

The difference is that it is based on reaching and then maintaining an 'ideal' heart rate.

During Orange 60, clients wear individual heart monitors which display results onto a screen mounted at the from to the studio – a method that is thought to encourage the competitive spirit among sporty types.

Class participants watch as their heart rates build to 84 per cent of their total maximum heart rate.

Reaching this ideal heart rate is known in Orangefitness language as hitting the 'Orange' or 'Red Zone'.

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Cruising in the 'Green Zone' will not be tolerated, apparently.

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Orangetheory works by focussing on excess post-exercise oxygen-consumption (EPOC) which basically means that due to the body's need to replenish oxygen post-exercise, it continues to burn calories at a higher rate even when the workout has ended.


What does it involve?

Like most HIIT classes, Orangetheory involves a plethora of exercises and sets including the use of a rowing machine with a flywheel designed to replicate the motion and resistance of a boat moving through water, throws of a medicine ball, Russian twists ab exercises, lateral raises, jumping jacks, sprints and tricep dips using TRX suspension machines.


How much does it cost?

Membership prices vary depending on packages which include Orange Basic (for us basic bitches), Orange Elite and Orange Premier, but, according to howtospendit, bulk packages of 20 classes cost up to £250 which is pretty cheap compared to other HIIT regimes on the market.

There are currently only four Orangetheory locations in the UK (three in London, one in Winchester) but expect to see a lot more orange in 2017.

Get in the (orange) zone, people.


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