What We Love: Orange Theory Fitness


What We Love: Orangetheory Fitness  

By Emily Fearnley

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I don’t love working out. Of course, I want to stay fit and healthy while eating anything and everything I want, but who doesn’t? So, I obviously had to find a workout plan that would work for me (mainly so I don’t have to give up pasta and cheese - I am Italian, after all!).

I started 2014 with a resolution to get more into fitness, which was relatively easily since I could probably count the times that I worked out in 2013 on one hand. So, I got myself a personal trainer. I did that for one year, and during that time I really found an enjoyment in working out. This was new to me, and I loved it! But personal trainers are expensive, and I couldn’t continue to pay for one long term, so I started 2015 with a new fitness goal - find something that I could do often that would be affordable. Orangetheory Fitness was my answer.

I first heard of Orangetheory through a girlfriend of mine who was taking classes and had lost 20+ pounds in a matter of months! Obviously, she did that through working out and diet change, but I was still thoroughly impressed. And motivated. So I decided to try out an Orange Theory class.

If you’ve never been to an Orangetheory class, I can explain it simply - in my own words, it’s a 60 minute small-group personal training session that includes cardio and weights. I’ve never been much into cardio (I have asthma - go figure), but the class provides you ways of doing cardio through walking, jogging or running - you choose. I LOVED that! I naturally chose to walk during the cardio portion of the class for my first few sessions, but I’ve surprisingly built up a tolerance, per se, for jogging now, too! I’ve been doing Orangetheory for three months now, and I absolutely love it (and no, Orangetheory is not paying me to write this).

Bringing it all back around to That Working Girl, what I’ve ultimately found is that consistently working out not only makes me feel healthier physically, it’s also making me healthier mentally. I’m choosing to eat better foods, I’m getting better sleep, and my work days have become more productive than ever with my renewed energy!

Many of you probably already have consistent gym routines and learned this early on; I’m just a late bloomer on the workout front. It took me 25 years to realize the all-encompassing impact of staying fit - I’m not only feeling better personally because of my workouts, I’m also feeling better professionally.

So, working girls, if you don’t already have some sort of consistent workout plan (and even if you do!), I would highly suggest you go try out Orange Theory, you won’t regret it.

If you’ve ever been to an Orangetheory class, what did you like or dislike about the class? What’s your go-to workout class other than Orange Theory? Leave your thoughts in a comment below or tweet us at @HeyWorkingGirl!

Emily Fearnley