OrangeTheory Fitness Review

Orangetheory Fitness Review - Inside Orangetheory Location

I didn’t read an Orangetheory Fitness Review before I started classes last month…so I’m sharing this one to help someone make the decision to try out OrangeTheory for themselves…. I was looking for something new besides the gym where I’m currently a member. I looked at crossfit gyms, barre classes, and boot camps before settling on Orangetheory. I needed something that would be different to shake up my at-home beachbody workouts and my lifting dates with John. (And I needed something that would be intense enough to have me see some results quickly.)

I’m gunna tell you that right now I love this workout.

You will love Orangetheory Fitness too if you:

  • Enjoy being moderately social but hate people really trying to start convos with you when you’re working out
  • Enjoy gym classes but hate how cheesy/easy/uncustomizable they can be
  • Don’t want to feel like everyone’s looking at you while you workout
  • Appreciate personalized help from a coach, but not being screamed on by a drill sergeant
  • Want to lose weight, increase endurance, increase strength, increase mental fortitude
  • Dislike traditional gym settings for whatever reason
  • Enjoy a little positive reinforcement when you’re kicking ass
  • Like to push yourself, are competitive in the least


Excuses you may have for not working out, or not joining a gym etc, are all out of the window with Orangetheory Fitness:

I don’t like gyms – it’s not a gym, it’s a boutique fitness studio feel

I don’t like group class stuff – it’s the most independent “class” environment ever

I don’t like people watching me work out – nobody gives a damn about you, they’re focused on their own burn

But my knees – There’s bikes/rowers, not just treadmills, and even on treadmill you can walk

But my neck/back/old injury/surgery/pregnancy – There are (several) modifications for everything we’re asked to do

I don’t like instructors yelling at me – They don’t. They instruct, cheer you on, give one-on-one help when needed (this is dependant on facility i’m assuming I go to the Royal Palm Beach location and the instructors there are the shit!)

I’m out of shape – Who cares? You start where you are and orangetheory fitness will get you into shape

I’m too old for intense workouts – it’s only as intense as you make it, and there are members of all ages. Some days I’m the only person in my class that’s not gray.


OK… now that that’s out of the way… This is what Orangetheory is in their words:

The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combining the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories.

The Orangetheory workout will produce increased muscle Endurance, Strength and Power and if desired, tremendous weight loss. With energetic music, a talented group of fitness coaches and a high-energy studio, you have the recipe for a workout that produces BIG and LASTING results.  (You can read their philosophy here!)

In MY Words: 

You strap on a heart monitor, enter class and begin a guided workout. The class is split into cardio and strength. So you’ll either start on treadmill/bike or rower or on the floor for weight/strength training. Each class is an hour long and you get a full body workout as well as cardio in within that hour. No two classes are the same. I Repeat: NO TWO CLASSES ARE THE SAME. That was the draw for me because I bore easily.

After the workout you receive your results from your heart rate monitor right to your email. You see how many calories you’ve burned, and how long you were in each heart rate zone. Your goal is to be in the orange zone which is what lets you know you’ll be burning more calories over the next hours post-workout.


Now, I’m going to be 100% honest with you, cuz that’s how I do.. There are negatives as I see it:

  • Nickel & Diming – I just paid $169/month for unlimited classes (this varies by location, FYI) and you’re gunna gank me for a $30 or $60 heart rate monitor? Dude… just include that in the cost for unlimited members. And if I forget my own monitor I have to rent one for the day? Um…it’s sitting in the drawer and I’m a member… just give it to me to borrow.
  • Cost to Service ratio – So, the monthly cost is fine to me, I feel like I’ll certainly get my 170 worth each month, but when a facility has premium pricing, I expect premium service/user experience. (please refer to negative #1) Towels/bottled water included would be great start. When I suggest people try Orangetheory out, the cost is the major objection for most and I wish I could rebut with “Oh but they include x y and z…” but I can’t. (The customer service is awesome and friendly though)
  • Kids Club – I wish I could bring Kaya. That would allow me to attend class far more often. This is the 2nd objection that I get when I invite people to try it with me. It’s also the reason so many of my local south florida folks are going to the big gym nearby. That kids club is clutch!

Note: I can’t think of a single negative about the actual workout itself. It’s SOLID.


Orangetheory Fitness is a great workout. Totally complete. I’m not a sweater. It takes a lot for me to sweat, and I leave every class drenched. Drenched. It’s disgusting and so gratifying. I started in late August, and will give an update after 3 months on my results. I go 3 times a week and have noticed results already.

My conditioning is improving. It takes a lot for me to get up to the orange zone, where before I was huffing and puffing early on. I’m getting much better with my rower form. As for physical changes, I feel like my legs and shoulders are getting slightly more defined but nothing major to report yet.

I suggest you go and try a free class and see if it’s for you.

There are options for drop-in classes or 4 / 8 classes per month memberships, as well as 10 or 20 class packages too. John tried his first class on Saturday and he loved it. (check us out on our way to class, we randomly FB lived)



Oh, that reminds me. I gave you a walk through of the Orangetheory Fitness location that I attend on FB Live a while ago. Check it out if you missed it: HERE.

I started in late August, and will give an update after 3 months on my results. I go 3 times a week and have noticed results already. My conditioning is improving. It takes a lot for me to get up to the orange zone, where before I was huffing and puffing early on. I’m getting much better with my rower form. As for physical changes, I feel like my legs and shoulders are getting slightly more defined but nothing major to report yet.

So that’s my Orangetheory Fitness review.

Let me know if you decide to try it! Find a location near you!

Have you tried Orangetheory Fitness before?


How to Find Your Soulmate Workout

Finding your soulmate workout

In one of my favorite personal development books, I learned the term “Soulmate Workout.” This is the workout that you love, gets you great results, you enjoy doing, and will come back to over and over because you know it’ll always do right by you.

Many people feel like exercise has to be a chore. They hate running, but know it’s effective so they do it…then they procrastinate, stop running, regain weight, etc. That’s not the way to go. There are so many options for getting in shape these days that finding a workout style, or program that you love is possible.

My cousin never worked out a day in her life. She tried a barre class and immediately fell in love. She took classes all the time, and actually woke up early to attend them. She was so great at it that the owner of the company asked her to teach classes. For me, running is my soulmate workout. It’s like that great friend that you speak to once in a blue but immediately fall right back in to that deep comfort level, jokes, familiarity etc.

So, how do you know if a workout is your soulmate?

  1. You enjoy doing it
  2. You look forward to doing it
  3. You’re really good at it, or have the desire to be really good at it
  4. You learn more about it on your own or you tell others about it often
  5. When you try other workouts, you always come back to it

How can you find your soulmate workout?

  1. Know yourself – Do you like gyms, private studios, classes, one on one instruction, working out at home? Do you like dance workouts? Weights? Variety? Fast pace? Jumpin’ around? (I love jumpin’ around) Yoga? Pilates? Biking? Swimming? Go with what you like best and find workouts that fit in that category.
  2. Try a variety of workouts – you don’t have to spend a lot, try a few for free on fitnessblender or youtube to see if it suits your style. You can also do a workout program swap with a friend. I traded my coach friend T25 for her P90X3 so we could both try out something new at no cost. (but I’m going to be doing Max 30 after all)
  3. Give it a fair shake – You’ve got to give whatever you’re trying a chance. I hated spin class the first time I took it. It was so uncomfortable and boring. I tried again with a different instructor, and it was much more comfortable but still boring. Tried a few classes with a popular instructor and almost had a good time! LOL. My point is, if I didn’t try again after the first class I would’ve written it off alltogether. Spinning is not my go to workout, but I enjoy it more than I did after my first go at it.

Have you found your soulmate workout already? What is it?

Check out a bunch of workout plans to try on my pin board: Exercise – Fitness – Wellness

If you’d like to check out beachbody fitness programs on your search for a soulmate, get at me and I can help you pick a winner.

Look Cute While Working out #LiquidoActive #Giveaway


I have a very important question for you:

How cute are my leggings?

I said before that cute workout clothes make workouts more fun. It’s really true!

These have got to be the cutest (and most wearable) workout and yoga clothes I’ve seen in a while.

Liquido Active (Clothes with a conscience) is my new fave legging/yoga pants spot.

liquido tanks

I tried their pants and bra, let me tell you, don’t go for a jog in this bra in the pic above. Just use it for yoga and pilates…maybe biking or ab work or something with no bouncing around… trust me.

The pants are so perfect in fit, and style. I like that they just feel like soft, smooth…nothing. They’re not tight to you like compression leggings (which I also love) but they’re not loose like how some of the cheap quality yoga pants are after wearing them for a few hours. I want some that go down over the ankle though.

They have tons of adorable patterns:

liquido leggings

I’m obsessed.

Makes me want to return to yoga! yet again (and not the P90X3 yoga that’s on sched for today)

I wore them for almost a full day on the cruise and didn’t have to pull them up down (or out) to readjust them at all. And I got quite a few compliments on the pattern (called soul sister) #egoboost. 

The collection in the line that these pants came from was designed by Tiffany Cruikshank, an amazing yogini and natural health guru.


Here are a few wellness tips from Tiffany for OK Dani readers:

Three health/wellness tips on pursuing a balanced lifestyle:

  1. Never forget how important something simple like water is to your health. Check out the book, You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!
  2. Be conscious of everything you feed your mind. Our perspective is shaped by everything we do & see & experience. Try ending your day by reflecting on 3 great things that happened every day for week and notice how your perspective changes.
  3. Notice the things you don’t do and how that affects your health & wellness. We spend so much time focusing on our goals & to do lists but it’s also really important to take time to rest and relax. As you get clearer in your purpose it becomes easier to say no to the things that aren’t as important to prioritize your time. In Chinese Medicine this is an essential component of our health & longevity, even though it’s difficult to put a value on the time we spend not doing things. Start noticing the value of the time you take for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. Do less in order to give your body and mind a break to restore and repair yourself—whether that’s a relaxing bath, time to meditate or spending time with someone you love without an agenda.

Do less? You got it!!! I’m down for that. ::takes nap::


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Beachbody Flash Sale and Week 4 Accountability Vlog #FitnessFriday

summer sale from beachbody


OK, back to business….

I’m a day late….but I still have to get you my results for the week!

So, remember that P90X3 I was supposed to start this past week???

Yeah….. didn’t happen.

I only worked out 3 times this week, and one of those was just a lil short jammiejam.

So, I start P90X3 on Monday June 1

Here’s the schedule:


I realize I’m a lil scared of P90X3. I know it’ll be a challenge so I”m pumped….
But it’s 90 whole days.
I know myself.
I”m going to want to mix other stuff in.
But I’m going to try my hardest to only mix in some runs, and really see what results P90X3 gives me all by itself.

I’m eating low carb, and staying that way. With one high carb spike day a week (Saturdays).
I’ve gotten a few emails asking about what exactly I’m eating. I’m going to continue to share it here, but I’m also going to start taking photos, so if you’re my friend on instagram you’ll see that coming. … And I guess maybe I’ll include pics of my meals in the weekly updates

I’m a lil bummed that my results were not so great this week. I went UP ½ an inch in all areas!!! UP!

::kills self::

I had two lunches with more carbs than I should have, and I had a sweetener in my coffee a couple days but other than that I ate fairly well. (Not 100% on the cruise, but mostly made the low carb choices)

So, I know that the lack of workouts did me in.

This week I’m going to be very diligent about my eating again, and since I’m starting P90X3 I’ll have my workouts in check.

I look forward to making a video for you next week detailing how I went down 1/2 an inch or more!

How was your workout/nutrition this week?


Week 3 Accountability Vlog

Week 3 done.

This post is late because of poor planning, but my update is in!
I swear one day I’ll make an update video in my house instead of in a car!
We have a special guest star making an appearance in this week’s accountability video though.

So, 21 Day Fix is over.

P90X3 starts Monday.

I’m psyched.

Ready to start seeing inches lost results again!

Tho…these are my results as of Saturday May 23 🙂