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

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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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Evenflo Sibby Travel System Review

“This post was sponsored by Evenflo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

I received the Evenflo Sibby Travel System to facilitate my review.”

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Rohan, Kaya and I take strolls almost every day. Most of the time we head out with two babies in the stroller and head back home with both kids running in front of me while I push an empty stroller along. I have a few strollers that we rotate, but I was really excited to try out the Sibby Travel System by Evenflo.

The Sibby system comes with a rear-facing car seat and a stroller built for two children. One standing, the other seated. For us, the car seat wasn’t a fit. We installed it, popped Kaya in…and she was too big, and too long. Poor thing was crunched up in the back. (I wish I had a pic) We have her forward facing these days.

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The stroller however, is my new go-to.

We have 2 single strollers, and 2 doubles. Our travel double stroller is “umbrella” style and only used on trips. Our standard double stroller is front/back style with two full seats one kid facing forward and one kid facing me as we stroll. It is big, heavy and not so easy to maneuver.

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The Sibby stroller is a light and super mobile alternative. Kaya(2) sits in it, and Rohan (4) stands on the back. He likes to be more independent when we’re out so this is perfect for our needs. Rohan also enjoys pushing Kai in the stroller so the stand in the back easily flips up so he can push her without bumping his little feet on it. He recently discovered that if he leaves the stand down he can use the stroller as a scooter while he pushes Kai along. (Anything to keep him quiet and close by.)

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I love how light and easy to push the Sibby is. When it’s just Kaya in it, if the ride-on board is down, it makes a loud rattling sound so you’ll certainly remember to clip it back up. I think that’s my only “complaint.” You can pick it up at Target or online at Target.com. You can check out the specs at the Evenflo website. This is a great stroller for families with two littles.

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Have you tried the Evenflo Sibby yet?

Extended Stay America – Brickell Miami

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Last month during the Hispanicize conference I stayed at two properties. The first was an apartment through AirB&B and the second was Extended Stay America in Brickell Miami. The location was perfect for me because I could leave my car in the parking lot and walk 5 minutes to the free “people mover” to get down to the waterside where the events were taking place. (Uber home from an event in south beach was about 10 minutes and about 10 bucks)

The room I had was clean, comfortable and standard. Exactly what I needed for this business trip. 20160407_163857

The bed was comfy, water pressure was perfect and the kitchen was just what I needed. I don’t cook real food on vacation, but I often wish I had more than just a coffee maker and mini fridge in my hotel rooms. The microwave was clutch, I actually used it a couple times to reheat food I purchased outside. In the mornings I just ran down to the lobby for the grab-and-go breakfast (complimentary) before heading out. They had fresh coffees, muffins/pastries, and fruit available each morning.

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Whenever I travel solo, I consider how it would be with the whole family. I could see myself at an Extended Stay America on vacay with the kids doing waffles in the toaster and oatmeal on the stove before heading out for the day. I had a King bed room, but if we had a room with two double beds it would be plenty space for our family of four. Or if they provided pack-n-plays.

Since I was traveling for work, I was online with my laptop for most of the time that I was in the room. The free wi-fi was fast, with no service interruptions. (unlike at my house :() And I liked that there were two desk areas so if I were there with John or a roomie, we wouldn’t have to take turns working at the desk vs working in bed.

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The service from all staff was really helpful and friendly. When I first walked in, there was nobody at the front desk, so I waited. After about a minute another guest came down and looked truly shocked that the front desk attendant wasn’t there.  I asked how long he usually waits to get help and he said “I’m actually kind of worried. I’ve been here almost a month and this is the first time I don’t see anyone at this desk.” (Yellow Shirt Dude in the vid)

I’ve heard of Extended Stay before but never used it. I knew it to just be a budget-friendly hotel with a kitchen. In my mind it was for families on vacation and keeping costs low. It totally is, but there was another element at this location…. While there I met a lot of folks taking true extended stays while working in the area and a family from up north who is purchasing a home in Miami but has about 2 weeks before they can move in.

There was quite a sense of community at this location as well. Some of the people in town for long work engagements gathered at the grill and patio set up in the back to hang out after hours… and when I ran into one at random in the elevator, he referred to me as “the new girl.”  (PS: I got invited to the backyard party!) I didn’t have the heart to tell him I was only going to be there a few nights.

What made this location stand out to me was the super friendly people and the most convenient location. The grocery store and a drug store was right across the street. It’s a very “runnable” neighborhood, with lots of families, condos and homes. Granted, I was only there a few nights but in speaking with the folks who were there, anywhere from a week to 6 weeks, they all raved about the place and the folks who worked there.

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The downside was the closet space, if I were to stay an extended period of time it just wouldn’t work for me unless I packed super light. The property does have an onsite laundry facility, so I’m totally being picky. If I were in town for a stretch, I’d certainly be making use of that convenience. Also, there is no gym or pool. Now, I knew this location didn’t have it going in, so I wasn’t expecting it. I was in town for business anyway so no pool for me. I did my runs outside and used a beachbody program on my computer. If I were on vacation I’d have to choose an Extended Stay with a pool for sure.

Overall this property was perfect for my needs, and from my talks with everyone staying there perfect for a longer stay as well. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants more cooking capabilities in their room, and a clean, comfy home base for vacation or longer work-related travel.

Or maybe I’m just saying that because this happened:

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Have you taken an Extended Stay America vacation?

I’m going to be traveling more often and always looking for great places to stay. This is why I happily partnered up with Extended Stay America for this post.

Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 Diaper Bag Review Video

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I’m listening to you. In the OKDani Reader Survey you said you wanted lots more videos from me… I’m working on it! I posted a mini vlog of our day, and Rohan explaining how to grow big and strong, and yesterday I posted this looong overdue (explanation in vid) review of the Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 diaper bag.  It’s the BEST DIAPER BAG(s) ever.

I love how this bag is both super functional and efficient for everything I have to carry for both babies, and also stylish. I literally have worn no other bag for the past year, except when I was away at conferences without the kids. (And it was only at the very last minute before leaving for my flight that I unpacked it and packed a “proper” purse instead.)

I don’t know if you have any baby showers coming up to gift this, or if you’re a mama looking for a new bag, but this one will not disappoint you. My only issue is that I wish I had the one in black instead of tan, and that it had a zipper or snap on the tote. The Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 can be found on the Skip Hop website, at stores like Babys R Us, Target, Nordstrom and online at Amazon. If you try it let me know how you like it. I live in this thing.

What’s your favorite piece of baby gear?

My 12 Week Women’s ROGAINE Experience #gotitfree #rogainetruevolume

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So, about 3 months ago I told you about my use of Women’s ROGAINE® Foam to work on my hereditary hair loss. It’s been about 12 weeks now so I’m writing with an update….

My hair has been thinning for about a year now, totally unrelated to the past pregnancies, just because…I’m unlucky lol. I noticed the thinning out when my hair was soaking wet because it lays flatter. When dry my hair is so curly that the volume makes the thin areas unnoticeable to others…

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But I still knew what was going on under there. It did not feel good. Made me feel super old and oddly masculine. So, I started using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam daily back in September. OK, so to be really real, and in total honesty, I may have skipped a day or two here and there… Like…maybe one day a week or so?

Sadly, I don’t have a million inches of new growth to report in … wouldn’t that be nice?

BUT!!!

After about a month…to 6 weeks of using ROGAINE® consistently, I started noticing no additional thinning in my major trouble area (the front middle). It just … didn’t look any worse… I was geeked, but I wasn’t sure if it was real or if I just wanted to see that result so bad that I was tricking myself….

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But no, it truly seemed to slow my shedding. And around 8 weeks I let myself really believe it was working and not my eyes playing tricks on me! 🙂

That is my major win, along with a general less shedding overall.

Next win is noticeably less thinning in the crown and top area of my scalp!!

**happy dance time**

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My hair is still growing at its usual rate. I haven’t yet noticed an increase in new growth in the front middle, but I am sure it’s soon to come. The info on the ROGAINE® box says that within 12 weeks you should start to regrow hair and around 24 weeks you will have noticeable results. I can’t wait to see what 24 weeks has in store for my head.

I’m just gunna go ahead and say it… I was skeptical. Really skeptical. I kinda had low hopes, but it really works! You have to keep using it to maintain your results, and I intend to. Daily ongoing use is a super small price to pay to have your hair looking awesome and full and not looking a hot patchy mess!

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Using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is easy like I mentioned in my first post. I use it whether I’ve washed my hair or not. You guys already know I’m lazy, so this being easy to use no matter the hairstyle is crucial. I also used it on straightened hair and it didn’t make it curl back up. Not sure if it’s because it’s not a very wet/liquidy foam, or if it’s because it dissolves into your scalp so quickly. Either reason is fine by me, just as long as it continues to work well for me.

I am using the appropriate amount, and I honestly think that this can is going to last longer than expected.

I will give another update in 3 more months. I’m hoping by then I’ll see the front middle bit filled fully in again! I’m excited.

Have you tried Women’s ROGAINE® Foam?

What do you use on your hair/scalp?

Products were provided by the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.