In two short months I've learned more about my body, nutrition and the kindness of strangers than I could have expected. Orangetheory has become a place of work, a hangout, a solace for my soul. From a yogi perspective this place looks downright terrifying but from a person who loves to get her sweat on - this place is a dream.
If you're having a shitty day - Go to Orangetheory!
If your boss is being a A-hole? Go to Orangetheory!
Wake up on the wrong side? Go to Orangetheory!
Got a hot date and need to work out some pent up sexual energy? Go to Orangetheory!
Over did it with the double stack, eggs hollandaise, half cap w/ extra foam and side of bacon? Go to Orangetheory!!! Maybe stay for two classes.
My point being, Orangetheory Fitness has turned this once gym rat --> turned yogi gypsy --> turn Orangetheory fanatic into a believer. My stamina, strength and cardiac rhythm has never been stronger. From the awesome coaches to the outlandish workout templates - I don't mind showing up and working my butt off. In fact (as a fellow Orangetheory member stated) "This is where I come to be told what to do."
Spoken like a true masochist!
So, on to the lessons learned from a yogi at OTF! (aka Orangetheory Fitness):
1. OTF is a lot like Fight Club - you come in expecting to get your ass kicked and handed to you with a smile. The crazier part, YOU keep coming back! Maybe it's the endorphins, maybe its the masochist in me but I love it. First rule of OTF- you don't talk about OTF, workouts that is. it's like an unwritten rule, you want the next group to be just as surprised as you were walking in. Even as the class before you crawls out the studio, drenched in sweat like sad, wet puppies, you kindly smile and wait your turn to enter the firing range.
2. This is NOT yoga! You aren't practicing in this arena, you're stepping up to the plate for the competition of your life and your opponent...is YOURSELF! Your coach is in your ear and the timer is ON! You're strapped with a heart rate monitor - partly to know that's NOT a heart attack you're experiencing and partly to keep you motivated to push harder. The numbers don't lie - you and everyone around you will know just how hard (or not) you're working.
3. Despite the go go go, push faster, harder, stronger attitude it's actually OK to rest. In fact, you're expected too. I've recently heard an Orangetheory workout aptly described as, "A physical assault on the body." Now this is not to scare you away from your first class but know that this is a serious workout, on serious equipment, producing serious results. This ain't play time! Muscles are tiring and your body needs time to figure out what the heck you've done to it and repair. Making YOU a faster, stronger, better human.
Truth be told I didn't see Orangetheory Fitness coming, a year ago - hell two months ago if you told me I'd be embracing and excited for my next opportunity to sweat and endure what my coaches cook up and prescribe each day, I would have laughed hysterically and then politely asked you, what you were smoking?
I LOVE yoga. I love how my body feels and reacts to my yoga practice - but it's nice to know if need be I could run like a bat out of hell from a bear and make it further than a few steps. Thanks to the cardio and power training I've added to my fitness routine. With that being said, I can still plank the hell out of anyone, any day even at Orangetheory. Nothings beats a strong chaturanga.