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Orange Theory Fitness is a Game Changer
By: Cindy Wendland
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It’s January, and the gyms are packed with people. It may be people with New Year’s Resolutions or just people wanting to be healthy. As we make our way around the indoor jogging track, we have to dodge and swerve to avoid all the other runners and walkers getting their Saturday exercise. We applaud all the energy and enthusiasm to get in shape. We wonder how long the gym will stay busy, and we wonder what type of workout everyone is doing. One of my best in-shape friends is inspired by Orange Theory Fitness, and it may change the way gyms operate.

Orange Theory Fitness is a group interval fitness concept based on the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). “Their heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone (orange zone) that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. The result is the Orange Effect — more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout.” 

It is quite an intense workout, as my best in-shape friend will tell you. Your stats are displayed for everyone to see during and after the workout. It definitely helps inspire and motivate you. If you read fitness literature you will find that interval training has been proven to be the most effective way to lose weight. It is also the most effective way to stay in shape. This Orange Theory Fitness interval workout also seems to be the best way to keep burning calories long after the sweat dries.

What is so different about Orange Theory Fitness is that you don’t have options when you come in to work out. You work with a trainer in a group, doing their program. You have stations and you have variety, but you are doing a predetermined workout that works. At most gyms you will see people working at various levels of intensity on different equipment. Orange Theory Fitness doesn’t leave your workout to chance. This might change the whole landscape of fitness.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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