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Orangetheory Fitness: How It Works + First Impressions

If you’ve ever considered attending an Orangetheory Fitness class, this post may help you to learn more about the workout and pricing structure.

Hi, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying a nice, long weekend.  I went to a tennis meetup in Fort Myers on Saturday where I almost passed out and excused myself early to “pick up a friend at the airport,” so that’s my highlight.  The sun beats down so much more intensely here.  Probably didn’t help that I neglected to bring water, but tomato tomahto.

Fortunately, Sunday’s sweat session went much better.  I tried Orangetheory Fitness for the first time yesterday morning and got in a quality full-body workout.  Today’s post will give you the rundown in case you’ve wondered what OTF is all about or considered attending a class.

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Winter 2016 Workout Playlist

nyc santacon

Good evening, everyone!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  My college friends and I visited New York City for the annual Santacon bar crawl, which took place on Saturday.  It was hard not to get into the Christmas spirit what with the day drinking and people dressed in fun holiday outfits everywhere you turned – I’d love to visit over this weekend again sometime.  I’ve included a few more pictures below, but on to today’s post…

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Weekend Recap + A Vacation Workout

I used my last two days of PTO for 2015 (February is the first month of our fiscal year at work) to see Adam in Naples.  Here’s a quick recap, as well as a workout that can keep you from feeling sluggish and stiff while on vacation.

Thursday night, we picked up Jet’s pizza on the way home from the airport and watched a couple episodes of Criminal Minds.  I’ve almost completed all ten seasons on Netflix and anticipate feeling utterly lost when I reach the end.  It’s been quite the journey.  Have you guys watched Making a Murderer?  I might start that next.

On Friday, Adam had to go into the office for a little while.  I’ve been guilty of wrapping myself in a blanket and sitting in one spot for the entire evening after work instead of going to the gym for the last couple weeks because of the cold weather in Columbus, so I decided to get some fresh air.

I jogged for about twenty minutes at a brisk pace for some cardio.  Back at Adam’s apartment complex, I did modified one-twenty’s on the tennis court because I believe running until you can’t breathe is good for the soul.  A one-twenty is sprint from one end of a court or field to the other followed by a super-slow recovery jog back to start.  We had a minute and twenty seconds to complete each rep when we did them on a soccer field in high school, but I cut the distance by ninety percent and didn’t use a timer.  Can’t win ’em all.  I completed three sets of three with about a minute and a half of rest in between, then did a few minutes of strength work to finish up.  I like to target my core while traveling because sitting in cramped airplanes can throw mine out of whack.  Exercises below!

Vacation Workout

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A Simple, No-Equipment Circuit Workout

We got our first proper snow in Columbus today (it actually put me in a good mood — all the cold weather without snow here gets old!) along with ten-degree temperatures, so I thought I’d share a circuit workout you can do indoors without any equipment.  Many of the exercises hit more than one muscle group, and in case you too have the attention span of a flea, there are no complicated movements or photographs to follow.  I ran through it once in about 20 minutes before work this morning, but feel free to repeat if you have the time and feel good!

Office Snow

Today at the office

Instructions: Choose a cardio exercise, such as marching in place, jumping jacks, jumping rope, or high knees.  Alternate one minute of cardio with one minute of each move below in order.  Complete as many repetitions as you can with the exception of 6. Plank and 10. Glute Bridge, which you’ll simply hold for the full 60 seconds.

1. Mountain Climbers
Begin in a push-up position. Pick up your right knee and drive it toward your left elbow, then do the same on the opposite side — left knee toward right elbow.

2. Squat Jumps
Begin in a squat position, as if you were sitting in a chair. Jump as high as you can, and try to land softly.

3. Lunges

4. Push-ups

5. Crab Walk (looks dumb but it’s good for your shoulders!)

6. Plank – Hold for 1 minute
Position yourself as if you were starting a push-up, but rest on your forearms instead of your palms.

7. Burpees
Squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you. Thrust your feet back so you land at the top of a push-up.  Complete a push-up, then bring your feet back to the starting position. Finally, jump straight up, raising your hands above your head.

8. Crunches

9. Back Extension
Lay on your stomach with your arms extended in front of you. Using the strength of your lower back, lift your arms and legs several inches off the ground. Pause at the top, then gently return to start.

10. Glute Bridge – Hold for 1 minute
Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and arms at your sides. Pressing your heels into the ground, slowly lift your hips and hold.

My First Juice Cleanse

Every so often, I realize I’ve eaten mostly carbs and cheese for weeks on end.  Cereal for breakfast, pizza for lunch, mac and cheese for dinner.  Maybe one of the giant chocolate chip cookies from our cafe at work in the afternoon, which more or less send me into a coma within seconds of the last bite.

I decided to do a juice cleanse as a healthy reset during the week leading up to Thanksgiving.  Of course extreme diets aren’t sustainable over the long term; I just wanted a reminder that I don’t actually need to eat dessert after every meal.  A coworker had recently completed a three day cleanse she’d bought at a SambaFresh location 10 minutes from our office, which sounded easy enough.  I went online and ordered the three-day Rainbow Cleanse, which consists of 6 juices per day for $144.

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An image from the SambaFresh homepage

So I go to pick up the cleanse that Sunday.  And guess what, people.  The juices do not look like that picture.  They’re just a little bit more separated.  And my assortment did not come in a rainbow, because a new guy was working there all alone and no one had explained to him how to prepare my order.  I ended up leaving with a day’s worth of random juices and a promise that I could pick up the rest the following evening.  Money well spent, right?

Juice cleanse

Day 1

But I was still excited to get started the following day, and ended up feeling pretty good!  I wasn’t irritable or starving.  I think I would have been hungrier if the cleanse required me to spend a lot of time planning meals and preparing food, but with everything I needed already ready to go, I could put food out of my mind.  That alone might lead me to consider another juice cleanse.

However, that cleanse may not be from SambaFresh.  I stopped by the New Albany store after work for my remaining twelve juices and explained the situation to the girl behind the counter.  She got the exact same “oh, shit” look on her face as the guy the day before and disappeared into the back to check the fridge.  That’s probably the look I would get too, if I had to deal with people who are making multiple trips to pick up their product and haven’t eaten solid food in days.

Of course they hadn’t prepared the rest of my cleanse, but it was finally ready the next morning.  I was too embarrassed to ask if I could leave the bottles I wouldn’t be drinking at work in the store’s fridge for the day because I’d acted sort of obnoxious the night before, so I lugged my big box of juice into the office and snuck half the bottles into a fridge on another floor because the one by my desk is always packed.  Yes, I’m sure someone saw me do this.

I felt good on Day 2 as well; alert and focused well into the afternoon whereas most days I drink my morning coffee and it’s downhill from there.  (Also – this cleanse and many others advise cutting out caffeine, but I still drank my usual medium coffee all three days).  I skipped one juice in the afternoon because it was too spicy — next time you’re whipping up a green smoothie, I wouldn’t recommend adding habanero peppers to your granny smith apple-and-dandelion blend — and had some pretzels instead, but I didn’t crave any other food.  I think paying over $100 for the cleanse helped me want to stick to it.

And Day 3 (the day before Thanksgiving)…was a half day.  The juices started off tasting okay in the mornings since they incorporated fruits and sweeter vegetables like carrots, but the green juices in the afternoon were hard to take.  And I expected the last drink of the day, a protein drink of a thicker consistency that incorporated cacao powder and nuts, to taste like a chocolate shake, but it didn’t.  It tasted like liquified dates, because the main ingredient was dates.  Oh well.  I would have finished it off, but we left the office pretty early, which allowed me to drive back to Michigan and see friends that evening.  We capped our night at Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, which I believe is a fitting end to any juice cleanse.