Is Orange Theory Fitness Right For Me?

The answer is pretty straight forward.  Are you already in pretty good shape?  Can you run 2 miles without stopping?  If not, stop those crazy thoughts right now!  Orange Theory is an excellent choice for many people, but if you are just starting out there are many other options that may be better fit.  Each workout is only an hour long!

The trainers at Orange Theory would probably disagree and try to convince you to join even if you are a beginner.  Here is their thought process: one of the core aspects of Orange Theory is that they offer heart-monitored training.  Your goal is to achieve 12-20 points in the “orange zone”, which is 84-91% of your maximum heart rate.  1 point is gained for each minute your heart rate is in the orange zone.  Everyone’s conditioning is at different levels and height and weight are taken into account, so the heart rate targets are individualized.

What are the points all about?

By acquiring 12-20 points, the benefits of EPOC (post-exercise oxygen consumption) are triggered. There are many other articles covering the science of EPOC so we won’t dive into that deeper here, but needless to say, there are some bonus calories that will be burned “for free”!  If you aren’t in shape, you can easily find yourself piling up 25-30 or more points.  You will most likely find yourself very sore, exhausted, and needing more than a day to fully recover.

The workout structure and types of exercises change every day and continue to challenge those people who fall in the intermediate to advanced range of fitness.  Orange Theory isn’t just a cardiovascular workout; you will also spend some time away from the treadmills and rowing machines on the “floor” to focus on weight training. Those points, which are called splat points by the way, become much harder to get as you get in shape, which forces you to push yourself continually.

How much does it cost?

Interestingly enough, pricing isn’t listed on the website but there are 3 packages available. There are 2 smaller packages of 4 or 8 workouts per month, for those that are looking to supplement their usual workout routine.  You can still buy additional sessions at a discounted rate if you end up going over.  They also offer an unlimited package that makes more financial sense for those who want to exercise at least 3-4 times per week.  Orange Theory isn’t cheap, but in our opinion, it’s well worth the price if you are serious about getting into shape or living a healthier lifestyle.

Is there an Orange Theory close-by?

Yes!  An Orange Theory location is less than 2 miles away from Haddon Towne Center in Cherry Hill.  You probably have already seen it as it is well positioned near much of the shopping, and just off Rt. 70.  Of course you can try it for free, but make sure are ready for the challenge.  As always, consult your doctor before starting or trying a new fitness program.

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