Earlier this year I was told I am pre-diabetic and have high cholesterol. My Dr said if I didn’t want to have a stroke or heart attack by 50 I had to make some serious changes in my life. I instantly started eating better and doing 30min of cardio on a daily basis. Its been 11 months and my weight has fluctuated up and down 15lbs. As the year went on I became less motivated and not as strict with my eating habits. I was suppose to go back to my dr to retest my labs at the six month mark, but I was too afraid I hadn’t done enough to change my numbers and I didn’t want to see that reality in the numbers. Over Thanksgiving I decided I had enough. I turned 40 and realized this is only going to get harder. I want to be active, I want to feel good about myself, I need a change. For the past month I had been doing some research on gyms, personal trainers, cross fit etc. Now I work out daily so that isn’t an issue for me, I need someone to give me that extra push, someone to keep me honest. A normal gym wasn’t going to do that for me. I also didn’t want the one on one attention of a personal trainer. Cross fit seemed a bit too intense for me, I don’t want to feel like I have to puke in a trash can. Then I came across Orangetheory Fitness. This was a science base circuit training. Each class is 60minutes and have 28 participants. You come in and get set up with a heart monitor. Otbeat Heart Rate Wristband. The heart-rate monitor, high-intensity workout is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy. They call it the after burn
You start out on the treadmill or rowing machines.
The trainer leads the class and tells you when to go at your base, push or all out. You constantly see your heart rate through out the class. The key is to get to the Orange zone
After 20 minutes you switch to the rowers and continue on. The third circuit which was hardest for me was the weight training
After 55 minutes you do some brief stretches to cool down. Once the class is completed you can see the results on your app
I love that I can schedule classes through the app on my phone. They have three level of memberships, Basic, Premier and Elite. One thing they do not tell you is you have to pay additional for the heart rate monitor. This is a one time fee.
So my first class was Friday. I was very nervous to be the new fat kid in class. I was instantly welcomed by everyone and a trainer who was there for the class instantly took me under her wing. Half way though I didn’t think I was going to make it but I pushed on. Looking at my results not bad for the first time.
Yesterday my legs hurt something fierce. Today I am still pretty sore. I plan to attend classes Tuesday and Friday. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox