Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) recently opened a studio in Mid-City near the Winn-Dixie shopping complex. I’d read a few great reviews on this 1-hour workout before and was excited to try it. The schedule has a good amount of offerings, but it fills up pretty quickly, so it took me a few weeks before I could get in for an after-work time slot (5:15-6:15 PM).
The basic premise of the workout is that it uses interval training and heart rate monitoring to help you achieve EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption), which will burn calories and increase energy even after you’re done working out. You’re strapped up with a heart rate monitor and everyone’s heart rates are displayed on the monitors throughout the workout room. Your goal is to get into the “orange zone” for at least 12-24 minutes during your workout, which is a lot harder (for me, at least!) than it sounds. I was told being in the “green zone” was also good, but you do want to get to orange at some point. There’s also a red zone, which you’ll reach when you’re working super hard – the trainer told me not to stay in that zone for too long to avoid burning out.
The 60-Minute Workout
After a brief introductory tour for new folks, we split into 2 groups. One group started on the treadmills and the others on the rowing machines. We were told at every stage what we were supposed to be doing. After a while, my group moved to the weight circuits, where we were told how many of what exercises to do before we could move on to the next circuit. We used things like TRX bands, weights, and body weight resistance during this segment. Once it was our turn to be on the treadmills, the trainer gave us options for inclines and distances to walk or run, depending on current fitness levels and running preferences. Our time on the treadmill was broken up by cardio exercises and more rowing.
After about 52 minutes, we all got a mat to finish up with core work and stretching.
At the end of the workout, you receive an e-mail detailing out how many “points” you received, which is how many minutes you were in the orange and red zones combined. It also breaks down calories burned. I fell into the promised 500-1000 calories burned, though at the low end of that spectrum.
What I liked about the workout:
I was super sore afterwards, which made me feel like I got a great workout
Since I’m competitive, I felt like I pushed myself a lot more because you can compare yourself to others on the screen
There are people from all fitness levels in the class, and no one is looking at you because they’re too busy worrying about their own workout
The heart rate monitor! I don’t think I’ve ever worn one before and now I want to buy one for my workouts. It was a huge reality check to see that I could push myself a lot more than I usually do and I liked knowing how many calories I probably burned.
The trainer was fun and energetic
Engaging, loud music
Detailed statistics sent to you after the class
The facility is nice, new and clean
The different segments of the workout could be used in a million different variations, so you probably wouldn’t ever get bored with it
What I didn’t like:
I probably won’t join right now just because I’m a member at another fitness studio and I feel like I’m enjoying a more diverse schedule of offerings
The scheduling seemed a little intense – there were so many classes already filled up when I went to sign up, and I heard members book their classes on a recurring schedule so it can be hard to get into certain sessions
All in all, I’d definitely go back! It was a great workout and I liked a lot of things about it. If you want to try Orange Theory, I have good news: your first class and use of the heart rate monitor are free! To schedule, call the studio at 504-408-2602.
Currently Listening To:
This week’s playlist picks from me & Jenn; listen on Spotify here.
I grew up being completely obsessed with New Kids on the Block. I remember I had this technicolor sleeping bag with all of their faces on it and it was my absolute favorite thing in the world at that time. Donnie was, and is, my favorite (hi haters)! It’s been cool to see the band come back in a way with their recent touring and I found out yesterday they’re doing a cruise out of New Orleans in October. If I wasn’t going to be out of town, that’s definitely where I would be. Anyway, I found this vintage tee at Dress No Evil – it’s got little tidbits on each of the boys, like their star signs and favorite foods. I clearly needed it in my life.
Kathleen Currie is the creator of Smoke Perfume, a New Orleans-based company offering natural products like body oils, salt and sugar scrubs, candles, and perfume. I love the products and clever packaging, and the scrubs are the perfect gift for anyone. Kathleen is a massage therapist by trade, studied holistic health in college, and runs one of my favorite Instagram accounts– she’s always so positive and has beautiful photographs of not only her products, but also her sourcing process, ritual inspiration, and more.
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So New Orleans being the small community it tends to be, I met you a long time ago, but was introduced to your product line last year at a local event. Since experiencing it up close and personal, I’ve been an avid supporter of your line and loved seeing you last holiday season at all the bazaars! Can you tell us a little about how you started Smoke Perfume?
I created Smoke during a time in my life when I was getting more and more into essential oils and aromatherapy. While I did not initially set out to create a perfume or have the goal of launching a line, I could not deny my growing interest in blending oils. Smoke was born of this exciting experimental time and has continued to grow organically!
Where do you look to, or what do you do, for creative inspiration?
Travel and time in nature are my favorite ways to gain inspiration and perspective. A healthy amount of alone time is also essential for my creative process. Continuing education in just about any form has been important to me, too!
I’m totally on board with all of those – especially travel and continuing education! What are your favorite rituals for recharging?
I love exercise, and it’s very important to me that I move frequently. I like to spend time alone in nature. Meditation and yoga are both great. Self-care is super important to me–if I don’t feel good, I really can’t offer much. To that end, I enjoy baths, incorporating herbal remedies, giving myself facials, cooking, relaxing, and receiving body work.
I need a lot of alone time as well and I can tell a big difference in my energy levels if I don’t take time for myself. That’s not to say it’s always easy to make it happen, though. How do you carve out time to take care of yourself when you’re busy juggling the demands of working and running your own business?
Self-care is critical for maintaining my schedule and stamina! Luckily, as a massage therapist, receiving massage therapy is considered continuing education for my professional license, and I also like to practice what I preach to my clients.
I guess the main thing that helps is to schedule healthy activities into your day as you would an important meeting, so you don’t have a reason to skip. Taking care of myself is the first thing to go when I’m too busy or stressed, so I struggle with making time for it, too. At the end of the day, it’s worth the effort to make the time. It’s important to manage stress in healthy ways!
As I said earlier, I love your Instagram account and find it very inspiring. What are your top 3 favorite Instagram accounts?
I really like following herbalists and enjoy @lala_earth and @herbivorebotanicals for their beautiful feeds and inspiring businesses. @yogagirl also has a great global perspective on life, yoga, and everything in between!
What is the last book you read that stuck with you and why?
Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore was wonderful! I learned so much about caring for my skin holistically, and some great DIY recipes are included! Highly recommend it for anyone interested in skin care.
I know you are committed to sourcing the ingredients you use locally and being very involved in the sourcing process.
Sourcing is a huge part of the process for me. I really enjoyed researching and sourcing local sugar companies for the Ritual Sugar Scrub. I drive to the Lafourche Sugar Corp on Bayou Lafourche for my sugar and have really enjoyed fostering that relationship!
I saw you mentioned in your interview with Be Clean that oils have taken your skin from acne prone to glowing. Can you expand on what your skin problems were and what oils have helped with those issues?
I have struggled with acne throughout my twenties – so frustrating!. It really changed when I took my herbalism course. Through that, I learned that you need to address skin issues by cleansing and nourishing your liver and kidneys. Incorporating liver toning herbs made a dramatic difference in clearing up my skin.
Also, oil cleansing completely changed my skin! I’ve been oil cleansing for about 5 years now, and its balanced things out. I started by making my own blend of castor oil and sesame oil; now I use one of my body oils (either the rose or cypress). Oil cleansing has the ability to balance those stubborn hormonal breakouts. Now I still have to manage breakouts, but they are much less extreme.
Stress wreaks havoc on my skin, so I also try to manage that.
What are your intentions for this New Year?
To be honest, I don’t really make any! My forever goal is onward and upward…to keep learning and growing in the best way possible, never stagnant, always forward!
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All photos courtesy of Kathleen Currie.
Currently Listening To:
This week’s picks from me & Jenn; listen on Spotify here.
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“The Moon Song” – Karen O, Ezra Koenig
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“I Wish I Was In New Orleans” – Scarlett Johansson
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