It’s been just over a month since I started going to Orangetheory Fitness. I can’t believe that it’s already been that long!


In case you haven’t heard of Orangetheory Fitness, it’s a 60-minute HIIT workout session that uses treadmill running, water rowing and weights to help you get your heart rate in the green zone to burn fat, and orange (hence the name) to push your limits. 

I’ve been going to the class about twice a week. At first, I was a little frustrated because I didn’t notice any physical changes, like big new muscles on my legs or arms. I feel like I need to take my measurements because I know that some parts of my body has slimmed down. I’ve also noticed that I am MUCH stronger than I used to be. 

On top of that, there have been some changes to my mentality. When I ran RnR Seattle Half, there were so many times when I wanted to slow my pace and all I could think of… well, you didn’t give up when you were in OTF, why would you do it now? It may be the mental kick in the butt that I needed. 


Some of the things I love about OTF:

  • I love the variety of workouts. I haven’t been bored in a class yet! As a runner, knowing that I get to spend some time on the treadmill makes me really happy. Plus, it’s a HUGE deal that I haven’t gotten bored yet because I hate weight lifting, ha, and that’s a good chunk of the class. 


  • It’s awesome knowing where you stand. Wearing the heart rate monitors are such a great idea! I love being able to look up at the big board and see where my heart rate is, and exactly how I need to adjust to amp up my workout. 
  • The coaches let you push yourself, which I know could be a negative for some people. But, I love this aspect. I know my limits, and I know what I need to do to push myself. When I did some Crossfit classes, I hated that they physically pushed me beyond what I was comfortable. Maybe it was bad coaches, but it made me feel uncomfortable. 
  • It keeps me accountable to strength train! Which is such an important component of this training cycle and hitting my ultimate goal at the Santa Rosa Marathon. 


Honestly, I was thinking about the things I didn’t like about OTF and the only thing… it can be REALLY hard to schedule. The studio I go to is busy so you need to schedule far out in advance if you want the coveted 5:30 p.m. session… however, if you can plan ahead, not a big deal! I generally can plan pretty far in advance so this doesn’t bother me. 

So far, I know I will be continuing the sessions until after the marathon… and from there, we’ll see! 


Have you tried Orangetheory Fitness? What’d you think?

What’s your favorite type of fitness class? 


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