Studio: Orangetheory Fitness Edina
Location: 3523 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435
I heard about Orangetheory Fitness when I was searching for fitness classes in the area and I kept seeing sponsored posts on Facebook. They were opening a new location in Edina, MN and they wanted people to come try it out for free. Sign me up!
What is Orangetheory? Their website says, “Orangetheory Fitness uses the science of Heart-Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks to create the fitness level and body you have always desired.” The 3 components of the 60 minute workout are: treadmill, indoor rowing (water rower) and weight training. They also had a couple stationary bikes for those people that couldn’t walk/run or who just wanted to bike instead. They have locations all across the US.
When I was in college at Indiana University there was a treadmill workout class offered but otherwise I have never heard of any. I was super excited to try it. I am a runner and I run long distance but I know I don’t push myself to the max when I am running. Orangetheory Fitness uses heart rate monitors so the workout is individualized. You can walk, jog, or run – it’s up to you! It was great getting to run as a group but at my own pace, not having to worry about keeping up with anyone or getting dragged down. It was great to see that I could reach the HR zone I was after.
What to Expect: The class was 60 minutes long. It was a full house! About 30 people in the class. Half of us began on the treadmills while the rest started on the rowers. I was on the treadmill for the first 30 minutes. It was interval based so we would run at “base pace” then speed up to “push pace” and then run at “all out” pace with breaks in between.
It was definitely a challenge but I was happy I could keep up and my knee didn’t bother me at all. The second half of the class then I was on the rower and strength circuit. We would row for time or distance and then go over to the weights area and do a circuit workout. The instructor demonstrated the exercises and then they were also displayed on the TV screens so it was easy to remember what I was doing. The instructors were great at keeping the class going and letting us know exactly what was coming up next.
Every class is different so it’s never the same workout over and over. They have endurance, strength, and power classes. The one I tried was a power class (meaning more high intensity intervals). I felt like a contestant on The Biggest Loser, running on the treadmill, only the instructor (luckily) wasn’t yelling at me like Jillian Michaels does on the show.
My Take on Orangetheory Fitness: I loved this class! It was a great way to combine my running with a more intense group exercise class. I was worried it was going to be really hard and I wouldn’t be able to keep up but I felt really good (other than the push-ups. My upper body strength is seriously lacking). The class definitely pushed me harder than I push myself and I was feeling the burn at the end!
My only dislike was that there wasn’t a scheduled warm-up and the cool down was just to stop and stretch. If I had been coming off the treadmills at the end I would’ve wanted a cool down before stretching. The instructor let us warm-up on our own by walking or rowing but she told me some instructors prefer everyone to wait outside in which you would just jump right into the workout.
Tip: If possible, I would recommend being on the treadmill first. The treadmill half is the hardest/most intense portion of the class so I personally would not want to be doing it after rowing and strength.
Results: Your heart rate results are displayed at the end of class so you can see how long you were in each zone. The goal is to increase your time in the orange and red zones.
I loved this class so much I went again at the Calhoun location. They asked for my email address and said they would email me the results. I am not sure if the heart rate monitors were different, if I had it on in a slightly different area, or if I am just getting more fit 😉 but my heart rate zones were lower during the second class and I thought it was a tougher class. My class at Calhoun was a combination endurance, strength, and power so there were a lot of “all out” sprints plus hills on the treadmill.
Check out Orangetheory Fitness if they have one in your location!
***We were not compensated by Orangetheory Fitness in any way, all opinions are our own.