Orangetheory Fitness Point Loma

Day 7: Run/Row & Mini Bands

Aug 25, 2018 · 6 min read

Background: Orangetheory is a 1 hour, full body workout, focused on training Endurance, Strength and/or Power. It uses Heart Rate Based Interval Training, which burns more calories post workout than a traditional exercise. When wearing Orangetheory Heart Rate monitors, your real time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio. Intensity is based on your individual Heart Rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels. To top it off, Orangetheory fitness coaches lead the workout to prevent you from over or under training. Learn more about Orangetheory here.


This was the siren blaring within me when I first stepped into Orangetheory’s lobby.

Make no mistake — that is a distress call.

From the moment we arrived, I was stealing glances at the studio from the check-in desk. An army of treadmills and rowers stood at attention. The walls were bursting with TRX bands, weights, and ball/mat contraption things.

It was like a medieval torture rack.

The Art of War 2: Treadmill Army

But then something strange happened. The people from the class before us started to pour into the lobby. They were all grinning ear to ear. Sure, they looked exhausted. But the good kind of exhausted. Like a battle fought and won.

I looked to my right, and no surprise, Dylan had the same grin plastered on his face — only his was anticipation. Like a kid in a candy store, he knew this was going to be a hard one, and he was eating it up.

It was an emotion I didn’t think I could share.

But then something else happened. I took the class and I felt it too. After an hour of running, rowing, lunging, and crunching, I was drinking the Orange Kool-Aid. I finished the workout with the same wide grin on my face and wanted to do it again! Well, not that day…or the next day…but sometime in the future for sure.

Calm Before the Storm

Now there are some very important things to know about Orangetheory Fitness for first-timers:

First, they urge you to come 30 minutes early before beginning your first class. This warning repeats when signing up for the class, in the welcome email, AND via text 24-hours prior. Do not ignore it! We were 40 minutes early which was much more than needed, but gave us an awesome in-depth look at the workout.

Second, each person is able to use a heart rate tracker during the class. This helps track what “zone” you are in. Your goal is to be in the Orange and Red zones for a combined 12 minutes or more (Splat Points). Doing so provides the best bang for your buck by kicking in the after burn effect. We were able to use chest straps provided by Orangetheory for our first class.

Third, pay attention to the instructor!! More details on why to come.

Now how did we come to pick Orangetheory in Point Loma as one of our 100 Days of Fitness locations? Our instructor, Nicole, happens to be a friend and member of the VizerTribe. She is fantastic. If this blog post is inspiring you to give Orangetheory a try — call Point Loma ASAP and sign up for Nicole’s class today.

Flash-forward to the beginning of our workout, and Nicole did a quick run down of the class. We then split into two groups. Half of us were starting the run/row circuit, and half of us were doing ground exercises.

Every time we take a workout class Dylan likes to challenge the instructor:

“This is going to be a good workout, right?” Dylan Barbour

Orangetheory was no different. There is a lot going on in each class, so each treadmill has instructions on what to do. As we were getting our bearings, Dylan skimmed through the circuit. He hadn’t even reached the bottom of the page before boasting to Nicole how easy it would be to finish. Not only was he going to beat me he proclaimed, but also the 26 regulars taking the class with us. Although Nicole urged him to follow the recommendations, he forged ahead full speed.

Next thing you know, he is sprinting 10 MPH on a 4 level incline to prove his point. He struts off of the treadmill to switch to the rower, then glances over his shoulder smugly thinking he has them all beat. I can’t convey how fun it was to point out to him that we were still doing the warmup and we weren’t supposed to start yet. He later admitted that maybe he should have listened to Nicole.

Which is why lesson number 3 is — always listen to the instructor!

While this was all going on, I was getting into my groove. A steady 4.5 MPH jog and I thought I was Usain Bolt. Usually I glare down at the treadmill watching the partial miles tick up in agony — 0.51 miles…….0.54 miles……0.57 miles……

But not this time. This time I had a color map to motivate me forward. Never in my life have I run 2 miles on a treadmill and enjoyed it, but this was like a game. Every time my heart rate dropped out of the orange zone, I didn’t hesitate to raise my speed to get it back up.

Then all of a sudden, I’m in a boat. Not the sailing variety with champagne I typically seek out, but a traditional row boat (or at least a rowing machine). Every time I would do a rotation: pull, push, swoosh, pull, push, swoosh.

I was so distracted by the colors and zones I didn’t even realize I was getting tired. I completed the intervals slower than everyone, but there was a chorus of “way to go Sam!” and “Sam is killing it!” to fuel my fire. (In my mind it was a crowd of people, but I’m pretty sure it was all Nicole — thanks Nicole!)

When we moved to the floor work I was squatting, planking, and lifting weights. Things I would never do on my own volition, but that I actually enjoyed in the moment. What I most enjoyed about Orange Theory was the democracy. The room was full of crazy fit people all going at different speeds. But looking at everyone’s heart rate, you could see we were all in our target zones by doing the best workout for us.

Note: Sam Earned 10 More Splat Points Than Dylan

I HIGHLY recommend you give Orangetheory a try. It’s a completely different type of workout than most of the boutique classes out there. It incorporates so much diversity and keeps you engaged from start to finish. A kickass workout and a collaborative community — what else could you want?

What do you think the odds are Dylan listens to the instructor next time we go? Leave your comments below.

Meet the Instructor

Nicole Picard: @nickypicss

How did you become involved with teaching fitness?

After I graduated from college, I landed a dance job and moved to New York City. It was a seasonal job — I danced for the NBA. So I was very busy during the season, but when the season was ending, I needed something to supplement what I was doing. I had always been very interested in fitness and started teaching at a barre studio. One job in fitness turned into two jobs in fitness, and then I started training private clients as well.

What would you tell somebody who has never heard of Orangetheory before?

I would describe it as a combination of strength training and an interval cardio workout. You have the low impact and power components of the rower. You have endurance and strength on the treadmill. There are a bunch of different modalities of building strength and lean muscle on the floor. You work with mini bands, dumbbells, TRX, BOSU trainers — all different things to challenge your body. At Orangetheory, you’ll get a well-rounded fitness workout between power, endurance, and strength. We also have an amazing team-building environment and the science aspect of the heart rate tracking technology.

We know you like to dance! What is your favorite song to dance to?

I do! I am an old soul. I really love Michael Jackson.

I love Black and White — classic.

Share your experience with the hashtag #100VizerDays or meet us at the studio to join in on the fun! Up next is Studio Barre in Bird Rock!


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