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Trend Watch: Orange Theory Fitness comes to Newport

January 30, 2013|By Alisha Gomez
(Courtesy Orange…)

There's nothing like a good butt-kicking, and I had my own on a recent Friday morning, thanks to the newly opened Orange Theory Fitness in Newport Beach.

The hour-long class was a mix of rowing, treadmill, floor exercises, lunges, arm and core work, all while wearing a heart monitor to show how hard you are pushing it.

"During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5," according to the website. "This program design produces EPOC, which is the workout 'after-burn' effect, meaning that our interval training design produces a 200- to 400-calorie increase to your metabolism 24 to 36 hours after your workout."

Staff echoed that thinking and model, encouraging us to push ourselves at key moments throughout the workout.

"Simply put, this workout is designed to torch calories both during and after the training session," said Marc Thomas, owner of the Newport location, in an email. "To reach these target zones, we use heart rate monitoring technology, and in every 60-minute session, we combine cardio training [power walking, jogging, or running] with various strength training exercises [including rowing, bodyweight suspension straps, dumbbells, medicine balls, BOSU balls, and other floor exercises, etc.], so that clients get an effective full-body workout in each time they visit."

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The group classes are taught by certified instructors and change constantly — no two workouts are the same, Thomas said — so you don't feel like you're doing the same workout over and over. The Newport Beach location is the first in California, with others scattered throughout the U.S.

Other benefits touted: Participants can burn up to 1,200 calories between a 60-minute session and the 36 hours afterward thanks to the EPOC effect, according to a news release.

The results of how hard you worked out are emailed to you so you can keep track of your progress.

Having a 60-minute workout that's broken up into different pieces keeps the class lively and fast. And trust me, I still felt the effects of the workout days afterward. Not sure if you can hang? There are options so the workout is tailored to your fitness level.

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