Review: Orangetheory Fitness
(Logo from Orangetheory Fitness website.)
Since I moved to Nashville, I have been searching for gyms that have similar workouts to the ones I fell in love with in Chicago (hence my last post). I really love the high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes and began a search immediately when we moved here.
I stumbled upon Orange Theory Fitness and decided to try it out. They have quite a few locations throughout the country and 2 locations specifically that are close to me. After looking over the website, I decided I really needed to try it out and see if it gave me my sweat fix I have been looking for.
I was happy to find out that I got to try out my first class for free. I chose to do a 5 am class due to my busy schedule. I’m happy they provide this time slot because the fact is, I just don’t have many options when it comes to be able to leave the house for a workout. Luckily Brett wasn’t traveling for work or anything so he was at home with Ady.
I was pretty tired driving to the class. I miss living in the city where I can just run out my door across the street to CrossTown Fitness! It took me about 10 minutes to get there so I have to really consider that if I think I’m going to join.
When I got there, I was given a quick tour and explanation of the class. The instructor was super nice and friendly which gets the class started off well before it even officially begins. The main difference in this class from any others I have taken is that they also have rowing machines.
The class is kind of a surprise every time you get there. A different workout, different moves, different machines you use.
We started with the treadmills and despite the fact that it was 5 am and I was super tired, I did pretty well with this workout! It got me energized and excited about the class. We did various things on the treadmill like sprints and hills.
Then we moved over to the rowing machines. We did a 1,000 meter row and it was pretty tough for me because I hardly ever use the rowing machine. I would say it definitely wasn’t my favorite part of the class! But I’m glad I did it.
Then the final part of class was done on the floor. The instructor would give us 3 different exercises to do and we had a time limit to do them in. We did about 3 sets of these. Some of them were harder than others of course and almost all involved weights. I liked these a lot because this is where you build muscle and you can make the moves harder by adding weight.
The class was an hour long and you wear heart monitors the whole time so you can see your stats on a screen. I don’t find this a huge selling point for me because I like just going by how my body feels but it’s great if it’s something you want more information on. The instructor lets you know what “zones” you should be in during each part of the workout.
So overall, I really enjoyed the class! I felt challenged and like I got a great workout which is really all I wanted!
The hard part for me is having to drive there to do the workout. It sounds crazy but with a 1 year old and two parents that work, it’s hard squeezing in the time to get away for that long but I think it’s possible if I plan it right.
I would recommend this class to anyone. It’s great for all fitness levels because you can go at your own pace. The instructors make a big difference and I really liked Rachel who taught our class. I went to the location in Franklin and it’s a great, clean facility. Of course it’s orange too so you can’t miss it!
That’s my review of the class that I thought I would share. Let me know if you go try a class there soon and what you think!
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.