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A few years ago, hot yoga (Bikram especially) was all the rage. Now there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to the neighborhood of fitness: OrangeTheory. Whether you’re looking for a new workout studio or a totally transformed exercise regime, check out the reviews and get our theory on OrangeTheory while you're at it.

What is OrangeTheory?

A fitness studio startup turned successful chain of franchises, OrangeTheory is more than just a fitness space contained within four walls. OrangeTheory workouts are a new way of hitting the gym that helps you continue burning calories even after you’re done running on the treadmill. Mix that promise with high energy instructors (you won't have to go it alone!) and music and you've got a pretty inspiring sounding workout, no?

How OrangeTheory Workouts Work

Under the light of an orange glow, undertaking an OrangeTheory workout is different from the get-go: everyone straps on a heart-rate monitor and their numbers are displayed on overhead screens—holding everyone accountable. Most of the cardio workouts are done in the moderate heart-rate zone but when moving into the orange zone (now it all makes sense), this is where the real work starts. The best part? This hard work doesn’t end when you stop your workout.

OrangeTheory's Three Main Components

1. Treadmill Interval Training

2. Indoor Rowing

3. Weight or Resistance Training

The idea works because a scientific heart rate range paired with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) ensures you're in the orange zone where you'll boost metabolism. This helps you to burn more calories and because of the nature of the workout, continues for hours after it's over because of a scientific approach called EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption).

The theory is so dialled that OrangeTheory claims you'll lose 3-5 pounds per week if you can keep up to the pace of 3-5 classes per week. Of course, proper nutrition is still required—so skip that extra slushy summer drink!

HBfit's Theory

If your goal is to lose weight through a fitness regime that will truly motivate you, we think OrangeTheory could be your ticket. Not only will you get the advantage of a scientific workout, you’ll also find plenty of camaraderie and support in these small-space studios—you'll have both your instructor and other OrangeTheory fanatics by your side. Classes allow for thirty minutes of cardio and thirty minutes of strength conditioning, ensuring you’re never bored and always moving towards that ever-anticipated orange zone!

Another benefit? It's a lot like personal training, but at a fraction of the cost. So if you're looking for a varied workout on a budget, this could be for you—especially since they don't have contracts.

The downside to their no contract system? They've swapped it out for a tiered one. This means, that if you don't have the Premier package, you may not be achieving the results promised with only 4 workouts per month included. Extra classes are an additional fee (albeit a discounted one) and you're able to attend any OrangeTheory location.

So maybe it's part hype, but the science behind HIIT and EPOC are 100% real. If you're looking for a new way to sweat it out (and can fork over the cash for Premier membership), OrangeTheory could be your next move.

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