Everything You Need To Know About Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory is an hour-long workout program that uses a combination of cardio and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The goal of the program is to enhance your power, strength, and endurance by steadily raising your heart rate. In order to keep tabs on this, participants are required to wear a heart rate monitor. According to NBC News, the workout routine changes from class to class but generally consists of strength training, rowing on an ergometer, and running or walking on a treadmill.

These classes are based on five heart rate zones, which correspond to percentages of your maximum heart rate. The goal is to exert yourself enough to reach Zones 4 and 5, also known as the orange and red zones. According to Orangetheory, reaching either of these zones can speed up your metabolism, allowing you to continue burning calories up to 24 hours after your workout. You heart rate monitor can help you track which zone you're in while you exercise. 

Orangetheory classes are meant for all fitness levels

Although it might seem intimidating, beginners have nothing to fear. According to experts at PopSugar, you don't already have to be in shape to start taking Orangetheory classes. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out on your fitness journey, Orangetheory is for people of all fitness levels.

"The biggest misconception is that you need to be in good shape or 'fit' in order to do an Orangetheory workout," Jamie Spadafora, a NASM-certified personal trainer and head coach at Orangetheory Fitness Astor Place in New York City, told PopSugar. "The truth is that our workout is geared for all levels of fitness, and everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace."

For instance, during the treadmill portion of the workout, you don't have to run at a speed that is too demanding for you. In fact, you don't even have to run at all. You can power walk or jog if that's more suitable for you. Regardless of what pace or level you go at, however, you should be exerting yourself and raising your heart rate.