Why you should give Orangetheory Fitness' heart-rate monitored gym phenomenon a go
Let's be honest, at the rate dining establishments are stacking up on our shores, it's only fair to say we could use more gyms. Especially if it's a fitness sensation called Orangetheory Fitness, sprawled across a current total of 728 studios in 16 countries, and concentrated in 45 states in America. Now, the Florida-founded boutique brand has made its way to Singapore with two OTF studios (in Tanjong Pagar and Robertson Quay), which opened last year.
Clearly there's good reason behind its rapid success — it all boils down to a reliable fitness strategy that supersedes trends. Instead, it's backed up by science. Orangetheory Fitness' hero regime mainly lies in heart-rate monitoring and Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), otherwise known as the afterburn. How does it all work? All OTF workouts involve heart-rate monitors, designed to keep your heart rate in a target zone.
Stemming from the theory of EPOC, when your body functions at a sufficiently high level of energy, your body creates an oxygen deficit that must be restored after the energy requirements level off.
By keeping your heart rate up and going at a specifc target, this stimulates metabolism, boosts energy and even burns extra calories for up to 36 hours after you have stopped exercising. Expect to burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories per session — a swell deal considering you're only pushing yourself for only an hour, which is the usual duration for OTF workouts.
Sessions here are definitely intense — participants alternate between combination of lifting weights, running on treadmills, and/or pulling at top-of-the-line rowing machines while explicitly displaying each member's progress on a leaderboard. The workouts here might abide by a standard theory, but the regimes are always designed to be different and aren't disclosed to members until the class officially starts.
Ready to take on a new fitness challenge this week? This bright orange studio should definitely be on your to-do list.
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