I have been a long time Health and Fitness enthusiast and
have owned gym memberships all my life.
Somewhere along the line of becoming a wife and a mom of two beautiful
(but active) boys, I lost myself!
40 lbs heavier then where I wanted to be, a couple years
ago when I turned 30 and had two kids in school full time, I decided to take my
health and self-confidence back into control and make myself a priority again
:) I had forgotten that underneath all
those baby goobers and leggings there was WOMAN under there with needs.
After a successful journey through the Weight Watchers
Program (read my blog about that here)
and obtaining a personal trainer, I not only met but exceeded my goals. And I felt great!! The best in my entire life. Even better than high school!!!
So now here I am.
Back in the best shape of my life, I worked so hard to get here. However I don’t have $10,000/year to spend on
a personal trainer anymore and I’m looking for a better long term solution to
maintain what I’ve worked so hard for. I
thought I could continue at the gym “on my own” without the trainer; but the
reality was that I just didn’t push myself the way he did and I found every
excuse not to go when I didn’t have that set appointment in my calendar that I
had already paid for. Then I started
feeling ashamed to go back to me gym and seeing my old trainer.
I went on a 2 month hiatus from the gym; post a couple of
surgeries (per doctors' orders) and some indulging vacations. I hated myself for putting 10 lbs back on
sooooo quickly. I needed to figure out my
next steps before I lost everything I worked hard for. I could FEEL that my
body was hating me for letting myself go again and I wasn’t happy with myself
I had heard a lot of amazing things about OrangeTheory
Fitness (OTF) in my area of Newmarket. I
also had some friends who went there and encouraged me to go give it a
try. First class was free and if you’re
lucky to know someone who goes there already they may be able to give you a
free 1 week referral pass (email me if you want one firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll
hook you up for Newmarket location!). I called and booked my
first free class and the staff were very nice and welcoming. The owner, Joe, was very "no-pressure" and informative. He and the trainer that day, Anthony, showed
me the ropes and explained how it all worked.
Basically its a 1 hour exercise that involves components
of treadmill (always at least 25 mins), rowing and weight room. Although each class uses these pieces of
equipment / areas of the gym, each class is also different in what they are
going to ask you to do at these stations.
You are never bored and it is never the same workout. There are also modifications for each exercise i.e. injuries, pregnancies, bad knees, etc. There are Strength, Power, Endurance and
Combination days (they tell you before class... you don't get to know in
advance which is great because then you won't be choosy :).
Let me tell you it is BY FAR THE BEST 1 hour workout you
will EVER have. The best part -- there
is no guessing if you are working hard enough / too hard as you are wearing an
arm (or chest) heart rate monitor and the screen will tell you whether you are
in your grey / blue (warm up), green (base), orange (push) or red (all out)
zones. Most people aim to be in the
green and orange zone for the majority of their workouts. If you work out 12 mins or more in your
Orange zone (between 12-25 is ideal), you get what is called
"splat points" and thus get the benefits of the after burn of
calories even after you're done in the gym.
This is an example of typical results emails that you will get after your workout on your performance. *note that I got my splat points this particular time and how many calories I burned in 1 class!!!
1 month into my new OTF membership (I went with the
premiere / unlimited membership which is around $150-$200/mo). It seems expensive in comparison to regular
gyms, however in comparison to personal training and if you are going often
like me, that works out to be only about $12/class which is actually not bad at
all for small group training. The fact of the matter is, if you are paying $50/mo for a regular gym membership and you're not going, it's no good to you anyhow! I am
LOVING the change up in my workout routine.
I'm going 3-4x per week and I cannot wait to go to classes!
Here are my results after just 3 weeks of classes:
I've noticed since starting in the last 3 weeks:
What I love most about OTF:
My tips if you are new to OTF:
Enjoy your new OTF journey and please share your results