Why Bryn & Erica Bleed Orange
Hey there! It’s Bryn and Erica – Collin’s sidekicks and sisters (side note – Erica is not a sister by blood but she has been in Collin’s life for well over a decade so she is like a true sister ❤️ ).
We are here to tell you why we bleed orange and absolutely love it.
Yes, we are totally and completely obsessed with Orangetheory Fitness – hence, the bleeding orange! We are so obsessed with this gym and talk about it so frequently that we decided it only made sense to post about it on Hip2Save! 💃
What is Orangetheory Fitness?
First off, Orangetheory Fitness has gyms scattered all across the country, so you likely have one near you (Bryn works out in Boise, Idaho, and Erica works out in Lakewood Ranch, Florida).
Each one-hour class features high-intensity interval training that blends cardiovascular and strength training. And it’s seriously for ALL fitness levels and ages, so you decide whether you walk, jog, run, or ride – and you set your own pace!
Base – Push – All Out – GO! GO! GO!
On the treadmill, you will push yourself at different levels, and these levels are called ‘Base’, ‘Push’ and ‘All Out’. Sound confusing? It’s not, because your instructor is guiding you the entire time.
- Base – You are jogging or walking on an incline (getting your heart rate up).
- Push – You are moving to the next level (trying to get yourself in the orange zone).
- All Out – You are giving everything you’ve got (these almost never last longer than ONE minute, and the goal is to be in red/orange halfway through these all outs).
You are required to wear Orangetheory’s heart rate monitor (choose from either a wrist monitor like Erica is wearing above or a chest monitor that is purchased when you buy a membership).
Your real-time heart rate along with a few other parameters like calories burned, heart rate zone, etc. are all displayed on large screens throughout the studio.
You may think it is a bit weird to have your results displayed up on the screen for the rest of the class to see, BUT I assure you that you really do only focus on your own results and so does everyone else.
And it’s easy to keep track of your stats each time you go with the Orangetheory OTbeat app (available on google play and iTunes)! The app will keep track of all your workouts, so you can easily watch your progress.
Each studio has 12 high-end treadmills (seriously, these are the best treadmills we’ve ever run on!), 12 water rowing machines, 12 suspension unit systems, and free weights and benches to accommodate sessions of 10-36 people. And if you cannot run/walk or row, there are always bike and strider options as well.
In each class, the goal is to produce 12 minutes or more (also called Splat Points) in Zones 4 & 5 combined (these are the orange and red zones). These points are usually earned during the treadmill training portion of the workout.
Orange Theory always pushes you to the next level. You will do things you never thought you could do, and you’ll go home proud of yourself. 🙌
(Bryn convinced Collin to take her free introductory class earlier this September)
OK, so wondering why we love this place so much?
First of all, it works! We almost always burn over 500 calories in a one hour class. And thanks to the afterburn concept, we keep burning calories for up to 36 hours.
Every day is different! You never repeat a workout, so every single day is a different combination of treadmill, rowing, and weights.
Everyone we have met is there for one reason only – to complete an intense workout in just 60 minutes with no other typical “gym distractions”. Your time is never wasted – all classes end and start on time so you can get in and out and back to your day.
There’s a time available for everyone. In Boise, classes during the week start at 5 AM and go all the way through 6:45 PM. And it is super easy to book classes on the Orangetheory Fitness Booking app (available on google play and iTunes)!
And we love the loud, fun music! Be sure to leave your own earbuds at home as the gym is always blasting music selected by each instructor! Some rock out to 80s music, some to hip-hop, country, etc! 𝄞
(Super awesome coach in LakewoodRanch, Florida)
The coaches are AMAZING! Seriously, they are some of the most fun, passionate, and motivational men and women I have ever met – they are full of so much encouragement and spend the entire class coaching you through the workout, demonstrating the weight floor portion of the workout, offering lower impact alternatives, sharing inspirational quotes, and just being cheerleaders.
And, some locations even have super FUN spirit weeks where you can dress up the entire week and each day is different – Favorite Team Day, 80s week, and MORE! 💃
It is like a family!
From the front desk staff to the managers and the coaches, everyone makes an effort to get to know you and make you feel welcome from day one. Even on days when we’re feeling worn out and lacking motivation, we are always glad we came as soon as we walk in the door.
And fellow members are so encouraging – there are always lots of high fives and fist pumps, and everyone does support and encourage one another.
So are there any negatives?
The only perceived negative in our opinion is the price – this gym is not cheap (see all the reasons above as to why —> state-of-the-art equipment, awesome coaches, super clean facilities!).
The rates do vary from location to location, but most membership options start at around $80-$90 monthly usually for eight classes per month to about $140-$160 monthly for unlimited classes. Both of us have the unlimited Orange Premier membership as we average about five classes per week.
Also note that the corporate office does occasionally offer special packages around the holidays (like Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.) – these packages usually offer a set number of classes and a heart rate monitor for a killer price! These packages don’t come around often, but if you are interested, call your local studio to see if anything like this is available.
Yes, this is a serious investment and may not be an option for everyone – but if you have wiggle room in your budget and you want to start taking care of YOU, this investment is so worth it!
And you guys, you can try your first class for FREE! There is nothing more Hip2Save than that! 🙌
Note from Bryn and Erica: I’m sure this post sounds like an advertisement but it’s NOT. This post was not sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness, and we do NOT make a dime if you sign up for a membership. We just really love this gym and had to share! If you are currently a member or you decide to give it a try, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!