Is Orange Theory Fitness Denver a good workout or should I stick to the gym?
Recently I have had a lot of questions on whether or not Orange Theory Fitness Denver is a good workout. Depending on who you are and how you use it, will depend on the type of results you get.
As you can see just by driving around the front range, boutique gyms are popping up all over. Maybe that is why Colorado is listed as one of the healthiest states in the union. I believe that the biggest contributing factor is Access. The more access you have to get in shape, the more likely you are to run out of excuses.
I will start by saying the Orange Theory Fitness Denver is a great workout and you really can burn a lot of calories.
Here is how it breaks down…
Typically when you go, you start with a warm up on the treadmill or the rowers. This in itself seemed a little monotonous to me since half of the time in the class you spend on these machines.
Anyway, the whole workout is based on keeping your heart rate in the fat burning zone for as much time as possible. And as good as that sounds, that it is not the key factor that will help you lose the weight you need. Your goal is to stay in the “Orange” zone which is 85% of your max heart rate.
Personally, I picked up some Orange Theory Fitness Classes when I was trying to increase my cardio to supplement my strength training workouts. It was great for that purpose, but when it comes to weight loss, strength training will be the ultimate burner of your fat!
Here is how typical workouts look:
- Weights with hi reps to exhaustion
Then repeat, three-peat and sometimes four-peat!
And after your first class you will love it! Its soo awesome, a high calorie burn, doing a few pieces of equipment, and awesome music to boot.
As much as I loved the workout in the beginning, I soon felt like a lab rat running on the wheel! Pete, repeat, three pete….treads, rowers, weights….again and again!
I will say that if you are struggling to get your cardio in, this is a fantastic fun way to do it. I will also say that the workouts depend on the instructor. If you find an instructor you like, stick with them! Out of two locations, I only really found one I liked that really mixed it up without it feeling like a beginners workout.
Personally when I went to Orange Theory Fitness Denver I had some great calorie burns. I really like the rowers and would always mix it up between treadmill sets. I met several people that workout out there 5 or more days a week and to be honest, I could barley tell they worked out.
Keep in mind:
- You need variation in your exercise routine
- Can’t out train your diet
- Stay consistent
OTF is great for endurance training, cardiovascular exercise, and group fitness. They max out their classes as much as possible at 30 people per instructor. So, if you need a little extra attention, you may be on your own. And if that is the case, maybe you should find a Personal Trainer to help get you the attention you need.
I can see how people really love this boutique gym and the community they build. However, as a trainer, it is my job to give my honest opinion for those who ask.
Is Orange Theory Denver a good supplement for your strength training? Absolutely
If you find a great instructor will you be more likely to not get bored? Yes
Is it a good option to the group classes at the gym? Maybe. If you are doing one class at the gym this would be a better option, however if you do more than one at the gym for variety, stick to that!
Is Orange Theory Fitness reasonably priced? Yes
How to Maximize your Fittervention
Try this if you want to get the most Fittervention bang for your buck (fat loss and calorie burn that will maximize your results):
1 Find an Orange Theory Fitness Denver location that is convenient to your routine (work or home)
2 Find an instructor that you find challenging and fun
3 Be consistent with a class 2 times per week
Together, with strength and cardio you will soon realize that you are on your way to crushing your goals and having a max Fittervention!