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Orangetheory Fitness is a new franchise of fitness clubs that are sweeping the country, thanks to its revolutionary approach to exercise and health!

Established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this chain of fitness clubs was the brainchild of Ellen Latham, M.S., TV fitness expert, newspaper fitness columnist, and fitness editor for Women’s Fitness. She is the mind behind the unique Orangetheory Fitness workout routines.

But what makes Orangetheory Fitness so special? Well, Orangetheory Fitness uses High Intensity Interval Training to maximize both the calories and fat burned. By combining HIIT treadmill workouts, resistance training, and rowing, the workout all but guarantees weight loss:

HIIT Treadmill workouts engage the cardiovascular system, but also work lower body muscles at the same time. Instead of relying on low-intensity steady-state exercise like jogging, the high intensity interval workouts force your body to burn through glucose and activate fat stores. You can burn more calories in less time thanks to the HIIT training.

Resistance training is the best way to not only burn calories, but also to prevent muscular breakdown. Jogging/running alone would cause the body to catabolize (break down) muscle mass to use as energy, but resistance training ensures that the body protects muscle mass–forcing it to activate stored fat for energy.

Rowing is the best type of cardiovascular exercise, as it engages every muscle in the body for an effective workout. While jogging and cycling only activate the leg and core muscles, rowing uses the arms, shoulders, and back. This leads to more effective calorie-burning as well as better muscle tone.

The workouts claim to burn from 500 to 1000 calories per hour. This may seem like a lot for some, but for a larger, heavier person, this is a very real number. The Orangetheory Fitness workouts encourage people to work above 75% Max Heart Rate, which increases fat and calorie burning. For the groups who work above 80% MaxHR, it’s very realistic to burn over 500 calories in an hour–though definitely not easy!

The workouts all last for one hour, and the HIIT treadmill portion involves the use of heart rate monitors. This ensures that the participants keep their heart rate above the desired BPM, guaranteeing a better workout.

The training sessions can be tailored to meet your needs. Those looking to lose weight will follow a slightly different workout structure than those trying to enhance athletic performance. However, the workouts themselves are highly competitive and engaging, and will force you to push yourself to your limits and beyond. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in terms of fitness: Orangetheory Fitness is open to all people of every level of strength and endurance. If you’re looking for an effective solution for weight loss and physical performance, Orangetheory Fitness is definitely a good option for you.

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