The POWER of Orange

No, not the juice!

Not the color!

The power of Orangetheory Fitness (OTF).

My sister and I are vacationing in Hilton Head Island with our families (that’s 11 of us, by the way!). My sister has been going to her OTF in Haymarket (Virginia) and I’ve been intrigued ever since. Why? Because my sister loves HATES to exercise…so if she found something she enjoys…it’s a MUST that I go and experience the workout!! 😂. I didn’t even have to twist her arm to go workout!!!

The alarm went off…EARLY…and off we went to make the 6:15 am class. I actually prefer to workout in the morning because it’s done and one less thing to do for the day!

Since I was new to the gym, we arrived early to allow me to sign paperwork and obtain information on how the class ran during the 60 minute session. I was also fitted for the OTF heart rate monitor to utilize during the class.

These LOVELY ladies welcomed me with open arms!

If you’ve never been in an Orangetheory class, you could be overwhelmed with all of the equipment. This ain’t your regular gym …..

Rows and ROWS of Water Rowers!!!!!

But trust me when I say, the instructor not only explains all about the equipment but leads the class with friendly prompts and reminders of what’s to coming next in the work out.

Thanks AJ!!!!

I saw my name on the TV screen (AngieA.08) with everyone in the class but really didn’t understand until AJ explained it all.

Let’s chat about these heart rate monitors that you receive prior to the workout. The basis of OTF is to get you to work within the 5 Heart Rate Zones:

(Source : Orangetheory)

Zone 1 (Grey): Consistent with light activity

Zone 2 (Blue): Basically the Warm Up or Cool Down periods

Zone 3 (Green): They refer to this as “Base Pace” which a pace that you can maintain for 20-30 minutes

Zone 4 (Orange): This is the MONEY shot for OTF. This is where you burning the most and achieve the “Afterburn”/Orange Effect. Why is this important? If you maintain 12 minutes or more (in a 60 min class) to achieve the maximum caloric burn 36 hours AFTER the workout is completed.

Zone 5 (Red): usually seem in “All Out” effort ( 92% or greater of Max HR)

Obviousl the goal is to be in the Orange zone for the duration of the workout. Today was an Endurance workout which consisted of 3 blocks of treadmill work (including Base pace, Push pace and All out) and 3 blocks of floor work with the rower. The floor workout was 12/16/20 of :

  • Jump overs
  • Jumping squats
  • Plank punch outs
  • Sit ups
  • TRX core

600 meter row after the round. After each round, decrease rowing by 100 meters.

Man…THAT was a workout!!!

Oh..but wait…there’s more! You get to earn Splat points! What’s that, you ask?? They are the amount of time that you spend in the Orange or Red zone. It is ideal to earn 12 Splat points per class. Until this was explained to me…I totally thought I was sucking at the OTF game!! 😂

Sorry, ErinW…but I earned 46 Splat points today! 😂. My sister was right under me at 44. #goGIRL

What’s that other stuff mean?

🔥 I burned 643 calories during this workout….that’s freaking incredible!

❤️My average heart rate was 167

❤️/❤️ Average maximum heart rate percentage

I survived!!! I mean…I didn’t think I was going to die, but I thought I was going to die!😂. I really enjoyed a different type of workout than what I’m used to…DREADmill and strength training.

#BasePace #PushPace #AllOut

MERCH!!!!!!

What did I think about it all?

Honestly, I figured since I come from a strong workout base that I was going to do fine; that maybe it wouldn’t be too overly challenging. It was a straight up CHALLENGE to get through the workout. This ain’t your Mama’s Jazzercise class! You will come here to WORK and work you shall do! Don’t ever underestimate the #powerofORANGE!

I can’t WAIT to get home and go to my local Orangetheory!!!! Thank you, HHI for welcoming this gal into the OTF family.

Have you tried Orangetheory before?

Your thoughts??

PS…this was me later on in the day at the pool….

Advertisements

Sunday Share

Sunday share on a Monday….because I forgot to post here!!  ðŸ˜‚. Figures I would…

Enjoy the latest post from my sister’s blog! 

Have a great Monday and I will see you after Turkey Day!! Have a blessed holiday with your family! Thanks for reading! ❤️

Sunday Share


Here is my latest post from my sister’s blog!

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there! We are all thankful for you! I am especially thankful for my dad, Ray…

…and my Hubs, Miguel


Thank you for being the men that my “men” need!! ❤️

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!❤️

Who RUNS the World???

Thanks, Queen B for that anthem!  Happy International Women’s Day!  I like a day when we are celebrated…for out likes and dislikes; our opinions and objections; our strength and weaknesses. The beauty of being a woman is the choice  we have to be what we want in this world and how we can make a difference.  There are many women to inspire us with their words, their actions and their convictions. Here’s a few that I like… 

 As cheesy as this may be, she was/is my girl!  She was the first real mainstream female superhero and made all us little girls that we could get respect, be beautiful and kick some serious a**! I wanted to be her…and truth be told…still do!!😂 

  What’s not to love about FLOTUS Michelle Obama. I really don’t care what your politics are, she is an inspiring and intelligent woman. She had a career and a voice before taking on the FLOTUS role.  Her voice and involvement with children’s health today has helped pave the way for changes in our schools and at home.  I am excited to see what she does once out of the official limelight!

  You may not recognize her from this picture because generally what you see is her iconic movie star picture.  I love Audrey Hepburn because of the style and class that she portrayed on the silver screen. But her work and philanthropy outside of tinsel town is what makes her a superstar!!! 
  My sister, Mo is literally amazing. An attorney, a wife and a mom to 4 amazing kiddos that get to call me “Auntie Ang”.  She may feel crazy sometimes (don’t we all??) but she does it with grace and style!   

 Then there’s this lady right here…my mom!  Mother of 2; Grandmother of 6; multiple college degrees and the reason why my sister and I are who we are today. This is a perfect day to celebrate Moms and not only Mother’s Day. ❤️

I could go on and on, but you’d be bored! Make sure you celebrate YOU too!!  

 
Do you have some strong ladies you like to share about?  

 #boom

Ever heard of Haymarket, VA??

I am just returning from a GREAT trip at my sister’s in Haymarket, VA. Never heard of it? Neither did I until she moved there. 😉. Come to find out it has a rich history dating back to the Civil War Era. It still has that small town feeling amongst today’s “hustle and bustle” of busy people.

My trip was for two purposes…obviously to visit and catch up with my sister

20140614-102615-37575349.jpgThat’s is from Thanksgiving 2013 in Haymarket

…and two, to see my brand new nephew!!

20140614-102804-37684283.jpgMeet 3M’s newest member, Gavin!! (born in May)

I was EXCITED to meet him!! My boys are 13 and 7, so it is really nice to see, hold, and smell a baby! No…before you even ask..I’m TOO old and poor to have another kid! Remember…I JUST turned 42!!😉😃😢😁 (I don’t think there are enough emoticons to express THAT!!)

This was a trip SANS children, so even MORE of a reason to be happy!! The weather was not conducive to a mini va-cay.. but I do make the best of it!!

Got to eat some great places and First up….

20140614-105539-39339146.jpg
Lion and Bull Restaurant. It’s a cute pub around the corner from where Mo (that’s my sister) lives.

20140614-105917-39557153.jpgChicken Tortilla soup was to DIE for and I only wish that it was a bigger bowl!

20140614-110014-39614953.jpg Mo and my mom had the chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens! Usually I’m picky about those kind of salads but this was GREAT!! The right mix of chicken with mayo, onions and celery. #YUM

20140614-171138-61898282.jpgSorry for the bite!!! I had the Buffalo Grilled Chicken wrap (86 the Buffalo sauce). It had provolone cheese and lettuce. Works for me!!!

I didn’t get to run because it was RAINING! (ie NOT conducive to vacations!).

That was Day #1….

Tomorrow…Day#2 and #3 of my visit to Haymarket.