By Natalie Holtz / Photo by Brevin Blach
If it’s fitness fame you seek, see your name on the big screen - displayed next to your heart rate - at new gyms popping up across the county.
The idea behind Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) is to exert energy at 84 to 91 percent of your maximum heart rate for 12 to 20 minutes of an hour-long session, which, proponents say, maximizes the calorie burn during and after the workout. When you’re in this zone, the light in the box surrounding your name on TV turns orange.
“Orange is the color of vitality,” says Hollis Lotharius, manager of OTF’s new location in Point Loma. “It has energy and it’s powerful.”
High-intensity, OTF classes consist of 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training broken up between three main components: treadmill interval training, indoor rowing and free weights. After each class, participants receive an email indicating how many calories they burned and how many minutes they spent in and out of the Orange zone.
Lotharius says the workouts provide a newfound level of motivation, enabling her to push herself harder than she previously thought she could.
“I recognized by looking up at the screen that I had a lot more to give,” she says. “I like that real-time feedback because I can instantly make modifications.”
Despite having been in business for only two years, Orangetheory already has more than 100 locations nationwide. Its Point Loma and La Jolla studios are open now. Keep your eyes peeled for more San Diego locations coming soon.
3980 W. Point Loma Blvd., Point Loma
7734 Girard Avenue, Ste. C, La Jolla
215 El Camino Real, Ste. A, Encinitas - coming soon