A little over two months ago I joined a new gym, Orange Theory Fitness. My intent was to stop in, introduce myself and write a story about their new location. When I arrived, I was greeted with a front desk full of smiles from Joe to Anthony to Jessica. They welcomed me with open arms as I begin asking questions about their workout facility. They started telling me about their upcoming six week weightloss challenge and I decided what better way to get my life back post two babies (or should I say toddlers), then to start working out a minimum of three days a week! Shari just reminded me too that I had to experience the workout to truly write about it. I mean it’s like writing a story about being a Mom, when you don’t have any kids!
Over the last 2 months, I’ve seen quite a transformation. Based on their 5 zone monitored heart rate training, you can walk away from a workout feeling accomplished because you can see your results after every workout (and they email them to you!). Every workout for me included an over 500 calorie burn, intense heart rate workout along with endurance, strength and weight training. Plus having that really energetic coach there with you every step of the way was definitely a motivating factor.
Anthony, is the only male trainer at the gym and his workouts are brutal. In a good way. You are always pushing your body to do something different which does allow for that transformation. Shari, the head trainer at Orange Theory Mission Viejo is also top notch. We always had a great example to watch and strive to be like. They always instruct you on the best form and also give you a alternative exercise that is less challenging as well.
Do that 8 times real fast… I chose the alternative exercise. What can I say, she’s amazing.
I trained under 3 more trainers as well and they were all amazing. I can only say great things about all of them. They care about the people that attend their classes. They want you to succeed and feel accomplished, but they definitely push you too. No pain, no gain.
Another awesome attribute of Orange Theory is the socialization. I was able to see the same people during many of my workouts. You’re really cheering each other on with high fives during and after that challenging hour.
Let me introduce you to Dan. This guy, whether he knew it or not, motivated me tremendously. He was there every single day (I think he may have missed 5 workouts in 6 weeks), but I could count on him being there working hard. Seeing him there reminded me to keep pushing and remember why I started.
35.6 lbs lost with a total body weight percentage of 13.3%. Now that is dedication and hard work. AMAZING!
Yes, Dan is the winner of the 6 week challenge, earning himself $2500. I can’t think of a more deserving person to take home the cash. Here’s Shari & Joe presenting him with his winnings.
The fun doesn’t stop now. We are currently in 12 days of Christmas workouts. After each class, the coaches pick one MVP out of every class for a prize drawing at the end of the 12 days. Plus every time you attend this month you can enter your name in a drawing for a free Go Pro camera. So let me tell you about the awesome special this month. For just $49 dollars you can get 4 classes or gift someone the gift of fitness. What are you waiting for? You too can get your life back. Tell them Jen Broas from OC Family sent you!
Orange Theory Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA