OrangeTheory Fitness Review

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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)

 

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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.

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?

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Healthy Gifts for Dad + Full Fathers Day Gift Guide

It’s Dad season!

My dad is in town working on the house he bought nearby and I’m glad to be seeing him a bit more often. (Like Sunday nights for our Game of Thrones parties) I am no sure what I’m getting him for Father’s Day because he always says “don’t get me nothing. save your money.”

I am getting John something fitness/health related because he’s renewed his dedication to health and fitness. If you’re shopping for a health-conscious dad too here are some ideas from beachbody:

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22 Minute Card Corps

22 Minute Hardcore is the latest from Tony Horton. It’s quick, just 22 minutes a day! Based on straightforward military workouts that get results. It’s not “just for guys” but it’s a perfect quick workout for busy dads that want to get fit.

(I haven’t tried this one….yet. :))

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Body Beast

Body Beast is a killer workout program (I tried it back in 2014!) that gets results. The dad in your life that wants to build muscle and lose fat will love this. The trainer, Sagi Kalev is ‘tough guy’ motivational. It comes with a meal plan to help you get all the proper muscle building nutrition too.

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P90X3

I liked P90X3 a lot. It’s just 30 minutes a day but results are really noticeable quickly. If your shopping for a dad that likes variety in their workout this would be perfect. There’s strength, cardio, yoga/pilates, and lots of functional moves. It’s made to get you shredded if you follow the included meal plan.

If you’re interested in any of the programs mentioned above or any other beachbody program, feel free to ask me anything and I’ll gladly help you out. #shamelessplug

If you have hard-to-shop-for dads in your life, check out this gift guide from the bloggers of LINC:

(give it a second to load, and you can click right on the product image to learn more about it)

 What are you getting the fathers in your life for Fathers Day?

Busy Mom Meal Prep

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I am so not the pinteresty, instagrammy meal prepper. 1) My ish ain’t pretty. and 2) I actually didn’t consider what I do “meal prep” until someone told me it counts since I’m “prepping” stuff for the week ahead of time. So I still don’t call it that lol, but I do process foods for the week to make life easier.

A few things to note:

  • I follow a generally low carb, clean lifestyle
  • John eats low carb but not necessarily clean
  • Kids follow not exactly clean diet with healthy carbs (whole grains etc)
  • I’m home with the kids during the day and am a serious grazer
  • John works outside the home and takes lunch most days

So how I do things:

I call it “processing” food. Which…is probably the worst word to use when you’re a clean eater, but this is how I process stuff.

I grocery shop every 7-9 days. My hauls tend to look like:

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I buy eggs, fruits for smoothies and kid snacks, a variety of veggies but always zucchini for spaghetti, onions/green peppers / tomato, bagged greens for smoothies and sauteeing as a side dish, bagged salads to make lunch easy, a variety of meats going by what’s on sale but always ground turkey, ground beef, spicy Italian sausage, and chicken breasts (often pork loins and roasts as well but again that’s by sale price).

Then I also purchase the things I like to graze on during the day: almonds, peanut butter, kimchi, cheese, deli meat (not clean, but low carb)

Immediately after I get home I:

  • throw away whatever’s gross in the fridge.
  • divide the ground beef (i buy the 4.5 lb pack) into 3 even portions and pop in freezer
  • divide the big pack of chicken breasts, cut them in half lengthwise and bag them up for seasoning or freezing
  • peel, halve and bag up bananas and pop in freezer (I also bag up whatever fruit will be for my shakes)

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Each week I make a few staples:

  • a big batch of chili (John takes this to work for lunches)
  • a batch (or 2) of turkey muffins (I eat these during my random grazing thru the week)
  • bake all the chicken breasts (2-3 batches because I flavor the different bags differently)
  • (sometimes) a big batch of pasta sauce (for zucchini noodles)

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We eat a lot of the same foods each week, but I (try to) season them differently so it doesn’t get boring.

Our dinner is often just meat, salad and veggies in some random combination…

Sweets are zero carb frozen treats, and I make these sugar free “cheesecakes” fairly often.

I make a lot of “catch all” dishes, throwing every random veggie we have left over into either an egg bake, a “meatloaf” a soup or something…

*Note: I DO make separate food for the kids. We let them try what we’re eating…(knowing they’re gunna most likely throw a fit) and then I’ll give them a pasta dish of some sort, or when they ask for it, oatmeal or mac n cheese or whatever. They don’t get any “sugar free” anything…  (And I sneak veggies & protein into everything they get #trickymommy)

What I am trying to get better at: 

  • pre-planning the new meals and recipes that I experiment with
  • enforcing that the kids eat more of the “family” meal

I’m no good with rigid stuff, so my loosey goosey meal prep/planning works for our house.

Do you do any form of meal “prep”?

Healthy Relationship Habits To Start Today #naturemade #ic #ad

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

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Over Communicate

We’ve always heard that communication is crucial in relationships. It’s healthy to have open, honest communication. Taking the extra second to send a text to check in, or remind your spouse where you’ll be that night can make a major difference in both of your lives. Staying connected throughout your day increases your bond. If communication in your relationship is spotty, try a weekly meeting, or daily download chat sessions. You can also just try opening up a random conversation about something light to get both of your jaws flapping easily.

Play

I’ve shared how John and I are in competition. This is part of our play. Remembering to play is a way of keeping your relationship fun, upbeat and fresh. It’s hard to get bored or complacent if you’re always in a light-hearted challenge, or game. Play doesn’t have to be something official like doing a race or obstacle course together. You can randomly tickle your partner, or just make a silly face to keep the mood light. Not your style? Reminding your partner of something funny you two did or saw together is one way to get laughing and open the gates to play.

Get Healthy Together

Taking care of your health is a big part of keeping your relationship healthy. We want to feel great and also look great for our partner. Start eating healthier, drinking more water and taking daily vitamins. You can begin an easy exercise routine and ramp it up as you get stronger and fitter. Gyms often offer discounts for couples joining together.

Here are some healthy habits I’ve made in 2016 to get you started:

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Check out the Nature Made Daily Boost program when you have a moment and visit Walmart for lots of Nature Made products at a low price every day.

Remember the Kids!

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Parenting together makes for a healthy unit overall. It’s important to share the duties of parenting so that no feelings of resentment or overwhelm evolve. Including your kids in activities you would normally do solo or as a couple helps the family bond get stronger. Something as simple as going to Walmart as a family or taking a walk together after dinner has an impact, and (bonus) is a healthy habit you can all do together.

What healthy relationship habits do you have? 

 

Forgiveness After Betrayal

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Forgiveness After Betrayal

Could you ever go back to an ex? Could you forgive if your partner cheated? I know I don’t usually talk about my relationship in this way on the blog, but I told you about finding John’s love language, and about stuff that went down with my exes so…
Even though this is hard for me to share… I’m going to. You guys know me for being candid and 100… so… here goes:

I admit. I have cheated in the past. And it wasn’t OK…but hey, I did what I did.

I’m truly so blessed and lucky to have someone in my life that is willing to forgive my betrayal.

I tried to make it work with someone new.

 

And I openly shared here about my illicit affair with another man.

But.

My boo.

My main man….

He waited for me.

Patiently.

On the bookshelf…just waiting for my azz like:

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He knew I’d be back.

He knew I couldn’t get what I was looking for from anyone else.

We talked. I cried…ok really it was some sweat that dripped into my eye….

Now look, we still have things to work on. (It’s why I left him in the first place) He’s still bossy, yells at me, constantly demanding I focus and go hard, push harder, dig deep, max out… ugh.  It’s infuriating!  

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BUT….

He supports me like no other. He’s there for me when I need him. When I’m bleary eyed at 6:30am or feeling fat and bloated at the end of the day… he’s there.

He believes in me. He is the best motivator…

So…

We’re back together!!

I know some people say you can’t go back to an ex…. and some things are unforgiveable….

But my baby knows me, deep down to my soon to be tight core. He loves me. He forgives me.

And he’s going to help me get abs.

Since we can’t go back to the way we were…. We’re starting fresh.

30 minutes a day we’ll see each other, and if I Max Out before 30 minutes, it’s OK. He won’t yell at me.

He’ll just support me as I take a sip of water and get back to him.

We’re also keeping things spicy this go round. Getting kinda kinky with some group action…

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I’ll be seeing these two every other night…just to keep things poppin’

::sigh::

Aint love grand.

Just thought I’d share my truth….

Have you ever gone back to an ex?

What workout are you doing now?