What happens when the girls of Pure Barre head to OrangeTheory for a workout?
We dominate our v-ups.
A little over a week ago, my fellow Pure Barre instructors and I went down to the road to OrangeTheory Fairfield
. I have heard such great things about the studio and waited far too long to venture over. If you are not familiar with OrangeTheory, their model is based on 3 components: indoor rowing, treadmill training and weight training, all in a group training setting.There is no open gym, it is all class based with specifically designed workouts that change each day.
Since this was a special private session for just us girls, it gave us a great opportunity to ask as many questions before class started. Instructor, Ashley and studio manager, Jon were more than helpful in answering all of them (bless them). While we chatted and got rid of our nervous energy, we were supplied with heart rate monitors to strap across our upper bodies. Once we were all set, it was time get things started!
Since we were outfitted with those nifty heart rate monitors, we could check out our heart rate throughout the duration of class.
While each workout is unique, the format is generally the same. Class is broken into 2 parts: cardio and strength training. The members are often in separate groups, but since there were just a handful of us, we all started with cardio. In this particular class, we spent 25-30 minutes strictly on the treadmill. Word is that the rower is typically used in addition to the treadmill. Ashley called out various changes for a great HIIT cardio burn. Since this workout is tailored to any workout level, you can choose to power walk, jog or run during this period. The bursts of intensity and sprints depend upon each individual’s level.
After cardio, it was time for my favorite – strength training! We headed over to a separate section of the studio where each individual station included a step, a variety of dumbbells and a TRX suspension band. We used the TRX for pushups and superset with alternating plank push-ups. Killer way to start! Our next superset (my favorite) were dumbbell thrusters and weighted burpees FTW. We finished with abs and I’m not trying to toot any horns (but I am), our v-ups were superb, as were our back extensions. Ah, the power of Pure Barre!
We finished with an amazing stretch using the foam roller. This was greatly appreciated after an intense non-stop workout. I don’t stretch nearly enough so to include it as part of class is an added benefit.
The girls and I all saw our results on the screen and I was pretty surprised to see most of my time was spent in the fat burning zone. We also received a follow up email with our results, which is very convenient to save to track improvements over time.
Similar to Pure Barre, each class is unique and challenging. You never know what to expect until you get there and get moving! OrangeTheory is great for those that prefer group fitness classes and are looking to improve their endurance and strength. You may also want to consider adding Pure Barre to your workout plan in addition to OrangeTheory. The combination of these two workouts will help build endurance, strength and
flexibility! Classes are offered throughout the day, including early morning and later evening classes to accommodate all of our hectic schedules. You can view the full schedule and learn more about OrangeTheory Fairfield here
. I should also mention your first class is FREE, so get on it!
OrangeTheory Fairfield is located at 525 Tunxis Hill Cut-Off, in the same plaza as Chips, perfect for that post workout fuel.
Have you tried OrangeTheory?
Are you a fan of group fitness classes?