I heard about this new gym in Roanoke called Orangetheory Fitness. To be honest, I didn't think much about it at first, mostly because there are a ton of people starting gyms in Roanoke. Nothing wrong with it, but they're popping up like daisies so it's not that you may even realize that a gym like this would even be around. Nonetheless, I heard about it from my friend Melissa and decided to check it out.
I gave the studio a call a few days in advance and it was very easy to set up an appointment with them for a free visit. That's right, your first visit is free. I was very nervous at first, ultimately because I heard the words "interval training" from a friend and always get nervous about things like that, or the word "crossfit." Well, after my friend explained a bit more about what they offer my nerves calmed down.....a little.
My tour began at 7pm, and the class began at 7:30pm. I arrive to a very nice facility, very modern feel, with lockers, showers, and bathrooms. From there I changed and met with the studio manager, Brandy, who was super helpful, very chill, and provided clear explanation for how the classes worked. She explained things like splat points, how each workout worked regarding heart rates and calories. She also mentioned it feeling like a personal trainer for many people at once. Brandy also mentioned that Orangetheory is very much about community, which I LOVE. I struggle working out when I feel uncomfortable or like people can't talk or say hey to you.
The room is set up with benches, row machines (my favorite), TRAMPOLINE TREADMILLS, which help with your running and the pressure that can sometimes come on your legs and feet from running, weights, screens for the workouts, and a second set of screens which monitor the heart rate, allow you to see your calories and the calories of those around you. Oh! Did I mention how orange everything is? Yup! Very orange. The lights in the studio are orange, the benches are orange and black, and arm bands used to measure your heart rate and calories are orange, the row machines are orange. It's kinda cool.
The workout begins. At first I didn't know what to do. The instructor, Stevie, who was great, by the way, told us each thing to do. Half of the group was on treadmill for the first 30 minutes, while the other half was on the floor (row machines, weights, benches). I eventually figured it out. No blame to them, as it was my first time and learning anything take a little time. I did an assortment of weight workouts, while rotating between the row machine, then weights. It was good once I got the hang of it! After 30 minutes was up I then switched to the treadmills. Did I mention how dopes these treadmills are? I mean, frikin trampoline treadmills. Don't get me wrong, you won't be bouncing everywhere, but the treadmills are very shock absorbent. The treadmill part consisted of changing speeds & inclines. You started at either a power walker (3.5-4.5), Jogger (4.5-5.5) or runner (5.5 and up) speed. The instructor then changes us periodically to another speed if we can do it, maybe higher or lower. There's a few times where we take one minute and go all out as fast as we can, which is pretty dope.
During this whole workout, there's a band on your arm. As explained earlier, the band is given to you before class begins, and measures measures your calories, heart rate, and splat points(I'll let them explain that to you) during your workout. It's not discouraging at all seeing everyone else's info posted alongside yours. It was actually pretty encouraging for me to be about the business of working out, all while staying in good and steady heart rate. it encourages me to take my time at some points and then to go all out at others, which is good for your heart.
Class ends and the nerves have died, and I'm screaming because of how much fun I had. I never thought an interval training class could be this fun. The people working out are pretty cool as well. I ended up setting the Personal Record for the highest calories burned for the entire studio, which was 1,100 calories in a workout. I really felt like I got an excellent workout in, and I'm excited to go back again and again, as I plan on becoming a member. I have no regrets for going. If anything the distance could be an issue, but if you sign up fro one day a week classes then you probably won't even think about it. Below are pictures of inside the facility and studio and my PR. I'm glad for my one day trial and I suggest that everyone check it out if they can. I'm sure you will have a blast! Did I mention the TRAMPOLINE TREADMILL? Yeah? Okay good.