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Curious if anyone on the board has tried it. They are opening up a new gym near my house and am looking for something over the winter to keep me in shape. Would only be a couple times a week and a supplement to strength training (squats, deadlifts, etc). Any thoughts? Good workout or just a bunch of chicks on treadmills?
10-19-2018 09:56 AM
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RE: Orange Theory
I visited one that was opening up near my house. My impression is that it is targeted at women who want to lose weight. Lots of cardio, lots of endurance stuff, not a lot of strength building. Since I am currently focusing on strength, not my kind of place.
10-19-2018 12:05 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
They give you one or two free classes.

I did it for 2 months. I like mixing up my workouts. It was a great way for me to get cardio in which at the time i couldn't bring myself to do no matter what.

They do a good job with the ambience there, it's kind of cool.
10-19-2018 01:27 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
(10-19-2018 09:56 AM)TheBMan Wrote:  Curious if anyone on the board has tried it. They are opening up a new gym near my house and am looking for something over the winter to keep me in shape. Would only be a couple times a week and a supplement to strength training (squats, deadlifts, etc). Any thoughts? Good workout or just a bunch of chicks on treadmills?

I have for about a year before it got too expensive. Basically, you can start out with some free weights and TRX bands and do various workouts or go on a treadmill and alternate with a rowing machine.

It's good for cardio and endurance. I managed to stay in the Orange zone a lot. It was fun but expensive. I got a lot of good workouts there.

It's up to you. There was a mix of men and women. If you can afford it, go for it.
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10-21-2018 08:55 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
(10-21-2018 08:55 PM)Kurgan Wrote:  
(10-19-2018 09:56 AM)TheBMan Wrote:  Curious if anyone on the board has tried it. They are opening up a new gym near my house and am looking for something over the winter to keep me in shape. Would only be a couple times a week and a supplement to strength training (squats, deadlifts, etc). Any thoughts? Good workout or just a bunch of chicks on treadmills?

I have for about a year before it got too expensive. Basically, you can start out with some free weights and TRX bands and do various workouts or go on a treadmill and alternate with a rowing machine.

It's good for cardio and endurance. I managed to stay in the Orange zone a lot. It was fun but expensive. I got a lot of good workouts there.

It's up to you. There was a mix of men and women. If you can afford it, go for it.

There is a new one opening right by house and office in a month - I signed up and got the founders rates. My package is $88 per month for 8 classes, which is ideal for me because I really dont see myself doing it more then 2 weeks and $88 is fair for that in my eyes. There's a bjj gym right near me that is $200 with a year contract and $230 for month to month - those prices just seem high to me but its the market around here.
10-22-2018 04:10 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
It’s getting a lot of buzz because some woman supposedly founded it. The concept will fail as do so many things which are marketed toward women’s self improvement.

1. It’s expensive. I work with a trainer 2 days a week and I’m paying 30-40% more, but I get 1 on 1. Most women are more tight fisted than you realize, and many will not pay those high rates over the long haul.

2. This concept is a one trick pony. They’re opening one near me. It’s not a very big place. Why do I want to spend money there, when my own gym will allow me to participate in similar programs as part of my standard membership?

3. Did I mention that it’s expensive? And geared toward women? Women will drop mad cash on things like makeup or accessories. Things that improve your appearance but require no effort. Most women who are 40lbs overweight would rather spend the money buying shit to conceal their weight rather than spend money to bust their ass taking it off.

4. Remember “Curves”? 7-10 years ago this was the trendy women’s gym fad. Where are they now? This new place is selling the same line of shit. “Go from a size 22 to a 2 with only two workouts per week.”

They’ll get a few years of traction out of the place and then it’ll fade away like so many others. Fuck it, more power to them.
10-22-2018 07:57 PM
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(10-22-2018 07:57 PM)porscheguy Wrote:  It’s getting a lot of buzz because some woman supposedly founded it. The concept will fail as do so many things which are marketed toward women’s self improvement.

1. It’s expensive. I work with a trainer 2 days a week and I’m paying 30-40% more, but I get 1 on 1. Most women are more tight fisted than you realize, and many will not pay those high rates over the long haul.

2. This concept is a one trick pony. They’re opening one near me. It’s not a very big place. Why do I want to spend money there, when my own gym will allow me to participate in similar programs as part of my standard membership?

3. Did I mention that it’s expensive? And geared toward women? Women will drop mad cash on things like makeup or accessories. Things that improve your appearance but require no effort. Most women who are 40lbs overweight would rather spend the money buying shit to conceal their weight rather than spend money to bust their ass taking it off.

4. Remember “Curves”? 7-10 years ago this was the trendy women’s gym fad. Where are they now? This new place is selling the same line of shit. “Go from a size 22 to a 2 with only two workouts per week.”

They’ll get a few years of traction out of the place and then it’ll fade away like so many others. Fuck it, more power to them.

I dont know what most people are paying, but I dont think $88 for 8 classes is unreasonable, but I live in a high cost area.
10-22-2018 10:08 PM
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One article I read said that some areas people are getting charged $25-$40 per class.
10-23-2018 12:32 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
There is one right next to my office. A bunch of hot chicks go there.

From what I can see, it's like Crossfit lite for yuppies, moms, and people who work from home.

It's also really expensive.
10-23-2018 06:13 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
I have no idea what occurs inside Orange Theory, but I have a pretty good buddy who has been going there several times a week for well over a year. He's a big black guy with HUGE arms, I mean fucking pythons, but I saw him at a pool party last month and he also has some serious manboobs with a pretty sizable gut and love handles. I know you can't outrun a bad diet, but it doesn't look like Orange Theory is doing a whole lot for my friend.
10-24-2018 12:06 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
Upside - hot chicks
Downside - Costs, one trick pony, no strength training

Unless you have money to burn - pay $40 for golds and be done with it. There is one near my house so i see the crowd - the men going in are extremely soy or with their wife/GF.
10-27-2018 09:18 AM
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I took advantage of the free class today. There were 23-24 people. 3 guys, the rest were women. A couple were decent looking. Most were between 28-50. I was the oldest guy.

The location near me is new so things are a bit chaotic. In general, that’s how I’d describe the nature of the class.

I burned 802 calories. Only one guy topped me on that metric and he was at least 10 years younger than me. I think only 3-4 women broke the 600 calorie mark. They also focus on how much time you spend in zones which are color coded (blue, green, orange, red). Most people are green flouring their resting state. About half the class spent brief periods in the red zone (which means they were moving flat out, wide open throttle). They want to see people mostly in the orange zone, which is where I spent 50% or more of the class.

I’ll say this much. There is legitimacy to this concept. My class ended over an hour ago, it’s 40 degrees outside, I’m wearing a t shirt and jeans and I’ve just barely stopped sweating and I can still feel my core temp is quite high. The only flaw in their model is that they Rely on subtle peer pressure to get people to perform by posting your biometrics on a big screen along with everyone else. In addition, they need to have beginner classes, especially once the place gets going. A lot of people who are new to it and lacking confidence will get discouraged and stop coming if they see themselves being left in the dust by everyone else.

Then there’s the issue of price. Yesterday I did an hour of cardio on the treadmill and burned 650 calories in a mix of running and walking(mostly walking). Today I burned 800 doing a mix. Had I been properly rested I could have pushed 1000. But I could burn 1000 on a treadmill if I ran for an hour. And it wouldn’t cost anything more than my standard membership at the local place I’ve been using.

It’s $80/month for 4 classes/month. 4 classes is not enough for anyone IMO.
It’s $120/month for 8 classes. IMO, if this is your sole workout venue, 8 classes is the bare minimum, and many will not see good results unless they workout on their own time.
$180 gets you unlimited classes. If you can manage 4 classes per week, you’ll start seeing massive changes. That would be ideal for most women, but I think for men, you’ve still got to do some weight training.
11-14-2018 01:07 PM
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I took advantage of the free class today. There were 23-24 people. 3 guys, the rest were women. A couple were decent looking. Most were between 28-50. I was the oldest guy.

The location near me is new so things are a bit chaotic. In general, that’s how I’d describe the nature of the class.

I burned 802 calories. Only one guy topped me on that metric and he was at least 10 years younger than me. I think only 3-4 women broke the 600 calorie mark. They also focus on how much time you spend in zones which are color coded (blue, green, orange, red). Most people are green flouring their resting state. About half the class spent brief periods in the red zone (which means they were moving flat out, wide open throttle). They want to see people mostly in the orange zone, which is where I spent 50% or more of the class.

I’ll say this much. There is legitimacy to this concept. My class ended over an hour ago, it’s 40 degrees outside, I’m wearing a t shirt and jeans and I’ve just barely stopped sweating and I can still feel my core temp is quite high. The only flaw in their model is that they Rely on subtle peer pressure to get people to perform by posting your biometrics on a big screen along with everyone else. In addition, they need to have beginner classes, especially once the place gets going. A lot of people who are new to it and lacking confidence will get discouraged and stop coming if they see themselves being left in the dust by everyone else.

Then there’s the issue of price. Yesterday I did an hour of cardio on the treadmill and burned 650 calories in a mix of running and walking(mostly walking). Today I burned 800 doing a mix. Had I been properly rested I could have pushed 1000. But I could burn 1000 on a treadmill if I ran for an hour. And it wouldn’t cost anything more than my standard membership at the local place I’ve been using.

It’s $80/month for 4 classes/month. 4 classes is not enough for anyone IMO.
It’s $120/month for 8 classes. IMO, if this is your sole workout venue, 8 classes is the bare minimum, and many will not see good results unless they workout on their own time.
$180 gets you unlimited classes. If you can manage 4 classes per week, you’ll start seeing massive changes. That would be ideal for most women, but I think for men, you’ve still got to do some weight training.
11-14-2018 01:37 PM
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RE: Orange Theory
Orange Theory is for people that need a lot of hand holding, external accountability, and camaraderie for fitness. It schedules and structures your time to an allotted amount. No more, no less.

It caters to time rich, motivation poor people.

I checked one out, 70% of the people were out of shape. Small, one time sample but 2/3 of the staff weren’t in the type of shape you’d expect for a program based around HIIT and a focus on the core.

If you like the rack, free weights, and shifting programs, it’s not for you.

If you want to maintain, be social, or have someone design your workouts down to the second, it’s for you.

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