Ladies, I’ve taken a lover….well kind of a lover? It’s a gym, and I bought a heart rate monitor so you could say things are getting serious. You may remember back in the fall I took in my first Orange Theory Class, it was right before my rather long blogging break. So check out the post above if you missed it.
I’ve read the hype about the gym and the pros and cons, but still wanted to see for myself. I couldn’t commit to it back then…because… of well a million excuses. But in January I decided to bite the bullet and join, 8 classes a month. 8 hours a month that I am taking as my own time, not family, not kids, not work time just for me. I’m a numbers person anyway so seeing the emails that are sent after each class about calories burned and heart rate zones keep me coming back.
I’ve been turned off by some of what goes on at the gym. I won’t lie. There are things that annoy me, as a former instructor, plus it’s a weirdly sales driven vibe every time you walk in. But I do
like love the workouts.
And the things that annoy me are helping me work on my mental toughness, that needed some work as well. It’s also making me long for the old P90X and Method360 days when working out was about personal goals, friends, and people. But those days are gone and I need to move on… how has it been 4 years since these days?
Cue that Macklemore/Kesha “Good Old Days Song”….
I’m officially old. But the truth is I’m actually really enjoying Orange Theory. It’s the perfect push for me right now, it’s making me plan my time, drink more water during the day, and not bail out on workouts. And it’s forcing me to push my workouts out of my comfort zone for the first time in a while.
If you haven’t been to an OTF, there are usually 2 portions of the class (sometimes there are 3) one is always a treadmill portion. Some people arrive early and get treadmill cards to start on the mills. I’ve discovered I like the class MUCH more when I finish on the treadmill. I hate running, but there is a certain part of me that can’t slack even at the end of class on the treadmill. Spoiler Alert: it’s the damn numbers they get me every time. I want those numbers as high as I can get them.
It is the damn numbers….now I just wonder how hard I’ve been working in all my classes? There is something rewarding about the calorie burn being right there. I have no idea if these are good or bad numbers for these classes but for some reason to me right now, I don’t care. I’m feeling good about workouts in a way I haven’t in a long time. I miss the social aspects of my other programs but those classes don’t exist anymore so I’m making good on my promise to myself and getting these classes crushed twice a week.
I’m beginning to understand the draw and buzz of these classes and I’ve even seen results already! HECK YEA FOR THAT! So here’s to a hopefully long bond with my new workouts.
What workouts are you loving lately? Have you tried out OTF yet?