10k Tuesday this morning with my run club getting some speedy strides in despite the crazy heat wave we have going on! I tell you what summer training is definitely very humbling. I mean seriously, I train pretty hard nearly every summer and I feel like I’m always learning something new. I’m so thankful though for running friends that push me and make me want to work harder! It was already in the 80s by the time I was done with this run. Gotta love that.
Looks like we are in for some more glorious weather in the coming days. Ha. I forsee lots more pool time in my life. Bring it on.
So speaking of something new…I went and checked out Orangetheory Fitness over the weekend and thought I’d do a quick write up about my experience there! I have a runner friend that is member of this studio and absolutely loves it. She’s been asking me to join her for a while now so Sunday I decided to make it out to the noon class. I arrived early and got all squared away and filled out forms. The instructor showed me around the gym and all of the different stations. There’s bosu balls, TRX, free weights, water rowers and finally treadmills. It was like an adult playground of sorts.
I love the idea of circuit/interval training and think this is an excellent concept. What also is awesome is that they give you a heart rate monitor and you are able to see all of your stats on the tv screen while you are working out. For me this was super motivating because I am a data freak and love seeing the calories burned while I’m burning them. They encourage you to stay close to the orange zone (thus the name of the gym, Orangetheory)
I started the workout at the water rowers, which was fun…you are there and row for a certain amount of meters then transition to the weight equipment. We did a variety of exercises, including burpees with a medicine ball, hamstring curls, shoulder presses, and pikes with the ab roller. My abs were super sore from that ab roller thing! I totally underestimated that piece of equipment. I also loved doing lateral lunges on the bosu ball.
From there we moved onto the treadmill speed intervals which of course I loved and it was cool seeing my heart rate and calories jumping up on the screen. They take you from a base, to push pace and then an all out…you crank up that speed on an incline. That was hardcore! But I loved every minute of it.
Not only do you end up burning some serious calories, the first class is free which is a nice plus. The membership itself can get pricey but you can pay for a few months at a time, or even just drop in and pay $25 per session. I think it’s a good compliment to your other workouts if you’re already an active person. Or even if you’re not very active it will give you just the right amount of push to get going. The instructors were super encouraging and the music was fun and energizing. Overall I enjoyed it and will definitely go again! It’s a fun workout to do with friends.
Have you ever tried Orangetheory? Runners, what is your favorite way to cross train?
Probably indoor cycling, strength training and yoga!