I love that each workout challenges me to push myself a bit harder than the last class. Everything can be modified as necessary for injuries and fitness level. It’s great to have coaches that push you to new levels because they know what we’re capable of.
It is like having a personal trainer for far less money!! The way the coaches pace the workout keeps me pushing to achieve the goal of each block. I have pushed myself so far in an exercise program because it is so much fun!
I am gaining both strength and stamina. When I started, 3 mph with a modest incline on the treadmill was hard to do. After 4 months of OT, I am able to maintain a pace of 3.5 mph with a 4% incline with no problem. My PUSH settings are 4+mph with 6% - 9% incline. When we go ALL OUT I can get to 5 mph. I can't stay there long but the idea of 5 mph when I first started was totally out of the question!
The other thing I LOVE is the periodic challenges they pose. In April there was a distance challenge. I took on the 1/2 Marathon which was to log at least 13.1 miles on the treadmill from April 1 - 30. Because of the challenge, I pushed to make it over a mile every class. My average was 1.3 miles and I ended the month logging 13.8 miles total! The challenge was a GREAT motivator!
When I started in January, I thought I would not be able to keep up - I had heard how hard the workouts were. Because I can define what is challenging for me and the coaches are so very encouraging - I have been able to hold my own each class for the whole hour!
So I LOVE OrangeTheory! It is the best gym experience I've ever had - and I've had a lot! I am a moderately active "senior citizen" in pretty good shape. I've lost 10 lbs since starting OT in January and am significantly stronger. I only use 5 lb weights in the weight room portion of the class because I have arthritis and the coaches are A-OK with that. I'm eager to see what my next Bone Density Scan reveals about new bone growth!
Earlier in this review, I said it was like having a personal trainer - actually it is WAY BETTER. You are in a class with people of all physical shape and age with the coach encouraging and watching out for you. The atmosphere is that of kindred spirits. Pretty soon, you know people by name and you are part of the community. It is the GREATEST thing to happen to exercise!!