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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

Best workout class: Orangetheory

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What differentiates Orangetheory classes from other workout classes is the movement between three distinct sections.

Location: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Readers’ Pick: SoulCycle

For a three-part workout class that combines rowing, cardio and strength training, head to Orangetheory Fitness, just a block away from campus.

Located on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Orangetheory is providing heart rate-based interval training sure to make you work up a sweat. The hourlong workout class is split into three segments, starting with time on the rowing machines and treadmill-based cardio and ending with weight- and floor-strength training exercises.

The focus of Orangetheory classes is heart rate, specifically spending time in their five different heart-rate zones: resting, easy, challenging, uncomfortable and all out. The goal of each class is to spend 12 minutes or more in the “orange zone,” or the uncomfortable zone, to facilitate fat burning and boost metabolism.

What differentiates Orangetheory classes from other workout classes is the movement between three distinct sections. While cycling classes like Soulcycle are confined to an hour on a bike, and yoga-based classes like CorePower are entirely on the mat, Orangetheory is broken up in a way that keeps participants engaged and helps time go by faster.

The structure of the class feels like a warmup, workout and cool down. The rowing portion serves to jumpstart your heart rate and engage muscle groups in your arms, legs and back in a low-impact way. The second activity, treadmill work, presents an individual way for participants to get a workout of their choice. Walking, jogging and running are all options during this portion, while bikes and ellipticals are also available for those who require a lower-impact workout. The final section, strength training, helps round out the workout by lowering your heart rate while still placing an emphasis on activating and strengthening a variety of muscle groups.

Throughout the Orangetheory workout class journey, participants are taught and encouraged by “certified and experienced personal training coaches.” The positive, and personal atmosphere makes all the difference when it comes to a successful workout outing. Classes can be tailored to participants’ level of experience, making everyone feel welcome.

Orangetheory fitness classes find a way to make exercise fun by breaking up classes and offering positive encouragement that motivates participants to get the most out of their workout.

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