Happy Friday! Today’s Fit Friday topic is wrapping up my month of OrangeTheory! After my two weeks of sickness I got right back at it and took 4 classes for the last two weeks. They were all really great classes and I thoroughly enjoyed them. There were two types of class setups that really pushed me and my dramatic self thought I might die or puke. The first was called RowGo where you row as hard as you possibly can for 4 minutes straight aiming for at least 800 meters. Once the 4 minutes are over we moved to the weight floor and proceeded to do the sets given. After that we went back to the rowers to row for 2 minutes straight were the goal was to reach at least half of what you got during the four minutes. After the 2 minutes we were back on the weight floor until the last set which was a 1 minute all out where you try to get at least 200 meters. This format made me feel exhausted and so sore. I think it is because you push yourself for each round and then only have a few minutes to recover on the weight floor before going back at it at basically an all out pace. The next type of class that pushed me the hardest was the Tornado Thursdays. Our format for these classes were actually similar to the RowGo where you went all out until 200 meters then did a floor exercise like jump squats and then repeat the cycle increasing the number of reps for the floor exercise each time. Despite feeling like I was going to puke for half the class in these instances I always felt like I left everything I had in the class and did not hold back.
Overall, I find Orange Theory to be a great workout out. I always left out of breath and was sore the next day. The coaches provide great enthusiasm, encouragement and feedback throughout the entire class. It is easy to follow because there are other people doing the same thing as you but there is always a heavy emphasis on focusing on yourself and not competing with those around you. I learned new exercises and techniques that I can apply in the gym or even doing an at home workout. I also noticed that I improved in some aspects after my 30 days. I can do more ab work then I used to such as bicycle crunches and longer planks. I also increased my all out pace from around 3.7 to 4.3 at a 15% incline. I think if you stick with OrangeTheory long enough you will definitely see more results. I had so much fun doing OrangeTheory and had such a good mindset while doing it I did not cancel my membership opting instead for 4 classes a month. I would highly recommended you try OrangeTheory at least once, especially if you enjoy high intensity workouts.
With my month of OrangeTheory over it is time to announce March’s workout! This month I wanted to try something that seemed near impossible at my level of strength, flexibility, and fitness so I choose to do Barre! Barre combines yoga, pilates, and ballet movements to increase strength and flexibility. It focuses on small movements and specific muscle groups to shape and tone your body. I was nervous to try this because it is a lot of ab work and I have zero abdominal strength. I cannot even complete a proper sit-up which is why I have never felt like I could complete a class like Barre. But here we are! So keep an eye out for an update on how my first few Barre classes go and my takeaways!
Happy Fit Friday! This month I chose to do OrangeTheory as my new workout challenge. I did three classes in my first week and it was great. I went to the 5 am classes and I enjoyed them a lot. I like the structure of the courses because we get our heart rate up throughout the class and we complete strength exercises as well. When we row or do the strength exercises the coach walks around correcting people’s forms and offers advice on how to make the exercise do more for you. I did go into the Orange Zone each of the three classes and I left sore. The employees at my Orange Theory studio are all very friendly and encouraging. Below are my stats from my first week of classes.
I started to experience health problems the next two weeks where I had bouts of nausea, headaches, body aches, extreme fatigue, and acid reflux throughout the day. I would get up for my 5 am class and feel as though I was going to get sick so I would have to cancel. I did not think my symptoms would last longer than a day to a few days so I never canceled all my classes until the morning of which resulted in cancelation fees. Each time you cancel a class with less than 8 hours notice you get charged $12 and there are no exceptions as far as I know. I would say that is the only downside to OrangeTheory so far. I was hoping that my health would get better each day and when it did not I had to cancel and get charged the $12. I understand why because some more popular class times end up having waitlists and if you do not cancel with enough notice they cannot move someone off the waitlist to join in. However, the three 5am classes I attended did not even have half the maximum people the class could hold. I think it would be better if the policy would be there is a cancelation fee if you cancel with under 8 hours notice and the class has either a waitlist or is full. This month I have paid almost as much as my membership in cancelation fees simply because my body is going through some changes. I already paid for a membership and so to have to pay all of these fees when I already paid to attend the classes got frustrating.
The employees were still very caring and called a few times to check in and see if there was a way to help get me to attend more classes and fewer cancellations going forward. I am going to attempt to switch to later evening classes as my symptoms are their worst in the morning. They are also still willing to drop my second month’s membership to 4 classes a month versus unlimited as the challenge is just one month. I believe I will be able to come close to the 12 class goal by increasing my classes to four a week and using my second-month membership in the first week of March. While there was a little bit of disappointment I still love the classes and am excited to try to finish out this month.
Happy Friday! We made it through the week:) Since it is now February I have officially finished my month of boxing at Title Boxing and will be moving onto a new workout routine. Today I will be breaking down my experience with boxing and whether or not I would recommend you try it. At the end of this post, I will also announce February’s Fit Fridays Challenge so keep reading!
For Fit Fridays the goal of the challenge is to attend class three times a week for the entire month or a total of 12 classes. January started off great and I had no problems attending classes three times a week. I honestly loved the classes because it was a great workout plus every time I left I felt so accomplished to have made it through another class. I also felt like I was improving as I took more classes. Most classes I had the same instructor because I like to create a routine so I went at the same times each week. The instructor was pretty cool and I liked her style, however, she rarely corrected people (I promise I made a ton of mistakes to correct). I think it would have been nice to have slightly more feedback on things like form and technique. I did take one class with another instructor on a Saturday and his style was a complete 180. His class was very intense and there were many times I felt like dying. He focused more on technique for the first half of the class and gave feedback before moving into combinations. There was also one class where another instructor was floating around and engaged each of us one-on-one for a full 3 minute round. I worked on my jabs and crosses with him off to the side and after I felt so much more confident in myself. I would not say I am particularly stronger or in better shape after boxing but I had a lot of fun.
Overall, I truly enjoyed boxing at Title Boxing. I think it would be beneficial to have more one-on-one instruction to learn the basics and technique more thoroughly. They do offer private sessions with a trainer but I am unaware of how much those cost per session. Towards, the end of January I did get into a week-long funk where I had absolutely no motivation to do anything, especially get up at 5am to go box. That week was followed by a huge week-long snowstorm that made driving dangerous and businesses close. So January was a slight bust because I barely got half the amount of classes I originally set out for, however, I can see myself going back to Title Boxing again. I highly recommend giving it a try at least once in your life:)
With January wrapped up, it is time to announce February’s workout!! For the month of February, I will be complete 3 workouts a week at OrangeTheory Fitness! Check back next Friday for an update on my first week at OrangeTheory. Leave a comment below on what type of fitness class I should try next!