A new workout and my day was doomed from the start


This is how I started my day…..


I will refer to my first post….. I like to start my day with an iced tea. As soon as I woke up, I remembered that I forgot to make my tea last night. I make it the night before so there is sufficient time for it to cool. I need to get it together! Coffee will have to do.

On Wednesday, I tried Orangetheory Fitness in Poughkeepsie for the first time. This is a completely unofficial review – I just wanted to share what I thought as I have been hearing more and more about Orangetheory. Their ads have been popping up in my FB feed for months and I have seen friends from all over the country raving about Orangetheory.


This was clearly the before picture. I completely forgot my after picture which would show me as a sweaty, but energized mess!

When Dan was out of town for those three weeks in September/October, he decided to try Orangetheory Fitness in Florida because there was a studio right beside his hotel. I think he was motivated because all of my trash talking about beating him in the 5k race! I was surprised how much he loved it because it is class based setting and that’s NOT his thing. He was sore for days after the first free trial class, but went back for more and signed up for their 10 class package. Their packages can be used anywhere so he could finish up his classes in New York. He was pretty hooked and he liked that an hour-long workout went by quickly. He knew this workout is something I would like to try so I signed up for my free trial on Wednesday, when Dan had the day off from work and we went together to the 10:45am class.

I showed up early to fill out a very small amount of paperwork and I got a quick tour. I was familiar with everything used in the workout except for the TRX bands and I needed a refresher on the rowing machine. The workout includes treadmill work, rowing, and floor work all while monitoring your heart rate. There were about 13 people for the class and we split in groups to start our warm-up on the treadmill or rowing machine. The treadmill work is not just for runners. Power walkers also have their own workout which is great. I liked that we rotated through the different stations because like most runners, I don’t do enough strength training. The floor work was a great way to incorporate weights and resistance. It was my first time using the TRX bands and I loved it! The coach did a good job of making her way through the room to watch/correct form and encourage everyone. I could have pushed myself a little harder, but it was my first time and I was still getting used to rotating through the stations. My favorite was the  interval training and all-out push on the treadmill towards the end. We went from base running speed (6.0-6.5 mph for me) to sprinting speeds (8.0-8.5mph for me) in 30-45 second intervals. Everyone sets their own speed so it really is a workout that is designed to challenge yourself. Heart rates are displayed on a screen by the ceiling so it is easy to see from any part of the room. You can see where you need to push more or pull back. I’m not an expert so I won’t go into all of the details about the heartrate information, but the main objective is to spend as much time as possible in the “orange zone” for max benefits during the workout and to get as much “afterburn” post workout. I really like that they e-mail your stats immediately after the class. My results are below and the bar graph shows the number of minutes in each heart rate zone.

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I will definitely go back for more classes. I don’t see this as the type of gym/studio I would use 3-4 times a week just because I like to have some easier workouts/long, slow runs mixed into my routine. Orangetheory for me is a great way to mix things up and try new strength training exercises. I love the class atmosphere with loud music and high energy! The performance tracking really speaks to my competitive side because I like track my improvements.

Have a great day!

Have any of you tried Orangetheory fitness?

Love or hate group fitness classes?

What are your favorite strength training exercises? I need to get stronger!




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