OrangeTheory Fitness #OTFGSO

Move over boring old gym – alternative workout and boutique fitness crazes have been popping up all over the nation. One of the ones I’ve had my eye on and been the most excited to try is Orangetheory Fitness and luckily it’s not just for big city dwellers anymore – it’s coming to the Triad!

About the Orangetheory Fitness workout:

Get ready for the most effective workout you have ever experienced. The intensity is based on your heart rate, so Orangetheory Fitness is for anyone – whether you are new to fitness or a professional athlete. Each class is different, and every session is energetic. The results? More energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn. We call it the “Orange Effect,” and it is the x-factor to a totally new you.

Orangetheory Fitness uses the science of Heart-Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks to create the fitness level and body you have always desired. Workout and Weight Loss plateaus are a thing of the past…really!

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Orangetheory Fitness Greensboro is opening this summer! I had a chance to interview the owner Tom and here’s what he had to say about OrangeTheory and what makes it different.

Me: What should a client expect at their first class?

Tom: Every person who walks through our studio doors should expect to be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. We love meeting new people and we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable in our studio. All first-time visitors to the studio should plan to arrive 30 minutes early so they can get fitted for and entered into our OTBeat heartrate monitor system, fill out the required paper work and to learn the basics of the workout. Before class starts. Participants will put on either a chest strap with our OTBeat heart-rate monitor or our OTBeat wristband heart rate monitor that can track your heart rate and progress throughout class. During class, participants workout to upbeat music and will be led through a variety of exercises by one of our professional fitness coaches. The coach leads the class through a motivational series of high-intensity interval training exercises on the treadmill, water rowers, with TRX straps and free weights. One thing we repeatedly hear from our members is how much they love being led through the exercises and not having to fumble through a gym with scary equipment on their own. The coaches make the whole workout easy to follow and fun! Just show up, follow their instruction and be done with your workout in one hour! After the workout, participants receive an email summary showing their performance and statistics from their workout, which helps monitor progress and results!

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Me: What do you need to wear or bring to class?

Tom: We recommend wearing comfortable workout clothing that you can move around easily in. It is required to wear close-toed shoes for safety reasons. We also suggest bringing a water bottle to stay hydrated as well as a sweat towel if you want one. We have water bottles and sweat towels available for purchase in case you forget! We provide lockers to store any bags, jackets or other items. Our studio will also have showers, so participants are welcome to bring any shower items they desire to use after a good workout!

Me: Is Orangetheory Fitness scalable to different levels?

Tom: Absolutely! We routinely train all fitness levels. One of the main things that makes Orangetheory Fitness so unique is the individualized attention our expert trainers provide members with. They work with members and guests of all ages, sizes and fitness levels to maximize each workout, while also having fun. Yes, working out can be fun! Our workouts are designed to give all participants a great workout, but we always encourage everyone to go at a pace they feel comfortable with. The technology we use in the studio helps both the participant and the trainer monitor performance throughout each class, so participants can see their heart rate and calories burned in real time and adjust their intensity accordingly as needed.

Me: Are there alternatives/modifiers for injuries or different fitness situations?

Tom: Yes! Every exercise we do has an alternative. Our smaller class sizes allow our expert trainers to closely monitor each participant’s form and assist them with any adjustments that need to be made. At some of our other studios, we have members with knee, back and hip trouble and they are still able to get a great workout with the adjustments and guidance provided by our trainers. We simply ask that any injuries or special situations be shared with the trainer ahead of time before class starts.

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Me: What will your local package options be and will you have childcare options?

Tom: There are several different membership options and class package options to meet anyone’s needs. From now until our grand opening, we will have special discounts for our Founding members, so come lock those in soon before they’re gone! We do not have any long term commitments; we just have a 30-day notice so you can adjust the membership that works best for you. For specific details, please stop by our studio preview location in the Westover Gallery of Shops or give us a call at (336) 346-2977. We do have childcare discounts worked out with some great local drop-in childcare locations! We will offer several classes during the day for parents of school-aged children, as well as evening and weekend classes, so everyone can come get in the Orange Zone when it’s convenient for them.

Me: What made you choose to open an Orangetheory Fitness?

Tom: My wife joined as a founding member in Phoenix Arizona, and she encouraged me to take a class. We have both been in the medical industry for our whole careers and we really appreciated the science behind the workouts and how effective they were. It is our goal to help change people’s lives for the better, and I love that Orangetheory Fitness allows us to do that. I’m amazed by the science and research that has gone into developing these workouts and I’m inspired by the stories of members and trainers from other Orangetheory Fitness locations across the nation. We are excited to officially open our doors in Greensboro soon!

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Me: What makes Orangetheory Fitness different from other group exercise classes?

Tom: First and foremost, the science behind the Orangetheory Fitness workouts makes it so much more than just another group exercise class. The workouts change every day and are specifically designed to give each individual maximum results all in just 1 hour. The technologies we use take all the guesswork out of working out. Secondly, our studios are committed to our members and our communities. We engage with members through in-studio programs and contests to make our team feel like a family and to invest in their lives beyond a one-hour workout. We also feel passionately about being a part of our towns and cities, and we often attend local events and festivals, where we love to see our members out and about. We plan to get involved with local nonprofits and silent auctions as well to give back to our community.

Me: What do you hope clients get out of it?

Tom: a. First off I hope members will achieve their personal health and fitness goals, for some people that means weight loss and for others it’s toning up, improving their endurance or gaining strength. Whatever it is, we’re excited to meet people where they are and work with them to help them reach their goals. It is all about changing habits and creating a healthy life style.

b. I also hope members develop a routine where they enjoy the camaraderie with other members and really look forward to the time they spend at Orangetheory Fitness. It’s important for me that members see us as their allies to cheer them along, push them in classes and celebrate with them as they succeed!

Me: How often do you need to go to class to get the most benefit?

Tom: We recommend attending at least three classes a week to see maximum results for most people. If weight loss is the goal then we like to see our members three to four times per week. Classes will be offered seven days a week, so there’s lots of class time options to choose from.

Me: What is your opening date?

Tom: We are planning to open in the end of June or early July 2016, but stay tuned for an exact grand opening date and party details!

For more information about Orangetheory Fitness Greensboro, feel free to stop by our pre-sale location at 1410 Westover Terrace, suite 100 B or give us a call at 336-346-2977. We’d also welcome you to visit our website or


I can’t wait for the Orangetheory doors to open – now who’s coming with me?!

Workin’ it Out During the Holidays

I can’t believe I’m about to actually write a post that even hints at “the holidays”. Already??

But since Halloween is so last week and I’ve been seeing light up penguins and snowflakes in the stores since August, I guess it’s time to admit they’re coming. It’s not just the holidays themselves that make this a tough season for diet and exercise, but the fact that it gets dark before you leave work and can be freezing cold.

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But what do we say about excuses? Stop them. Find a new way.

Here are a couple tips from my latest adidas women’s training post:

First things first.

Make exercise a priority and do it first thing in the morning. Yes, it’s cold and no one likes getting up earlier than they have to, but think about the alternatives down the road: overweight, out of shape, chronic disease. It’s not as much of a stretch as you’d think.


Do something small.

You don’t have to run an half Ironman to check off the day’s workout off your list. Do anything that gets you moving –anything!

Be prepared.

Dress for success in the chilly temps of winter. Some of my go-to’s are the Climawarm+ tights {with the softest lining ever} and the half-zip fleece pullover from adidas. So comfy and cozy, yet functional.


Pay for a class or membership.

Yes, I just told you to spend extra money during the holidays. But if you paid for it, won’t you feel bad skipping it?

Check out the adidas women’s training site for the rest of my holiday fitness tips!


Psst. if you’re looking for something to put on your wish list already, I highly suggest the adidas Springblades. I could certainly use the extra forward energy during the dreary winter. I’ll have more gift list ideas in my next adidas post…


adidas Women designs innovative performance products to help women commit to their best self and conquer their fitness goals. We inspire women to look and feel their best – be pretty, be tough & be confident.

Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas.

Perfection is in the Detail: Staying on Track When Seasons Change

So this morning it was a glorious 65 degrees {at the crack of dawn, otherwise known as “party time” to my toddler}, but afternoon brought the 85+ degree heat that’s more in tune with this hot, humid summer we’ve been having. I love cool weather, but it’s frustrating when it quickly turns from refreshing to hot, especially when you’re trying to cram in some outdoor exercise. It’s so easy to use the unpredictable weather as an excuse for letting your workouts slide, especially as we adjust to the chaos of back to school and other fall happenings.

This month on the Adidas women’s training site I’m sharing my tips for staying on track when the seasons change.


Dressing for any kind of weather is key: I’m a fan of shorts with long sleeves, especially a jacket you can take off mid-run. I’ve been digging the Powerluxe woven shorts and their futuristic camo-y print. {Hey, camo is in this season! Winking smile}


The coordinating Powerluxe RainShine jacket is light yet protective. Obviously I love the hood and thumbholes.


I always forget how long I’ve been running in my current shoes, so I use the change in seasons as reminder to check my bank account and guess how many miles I’ve put on my shoes; I’m typically in need of a new pair by fall. I put a lot more miles on my shoes in the cooler weather, so started out with a fresh pair is crucial. I’m obsessed with these adidas Energy Boost shoes– they fit like a glove sock, and absorb a ton of impact, which is perfect for my injury-prone knee.





adidas Women designs innovative performance products to help women commit to their best self and conquer their fitness goals. We inspire women to look and feel their best – be pretty, be tough & be confident.

Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas.

What tips do you have for staying on track as life gets chaotic this time of year?

Sweat with Purpose: 5 Exercises that Will Boost Your Confidence

*Part of my series with adidas.

Swimsuit season may be half over, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to make the most of it. I hate, hate, hate when women don’t want to go to the pool because they’re not comfortable in their own skin. Just a little secret: no one analyzes you the way you do. So put on that swimsuit and get your booty to the pool.

Still not quite feeling confident enough to don a two piece? I’ve got you covered. Here’s a sneak peak at 5 of my favorite exercises to make you feel confident and ready to show a little skin this summer. You can read more on the adidas women’s training website.

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Note: we all like to save time and skip warming up and stretching, but it’s worth the few extra minutes at the beginning and end of your workout to save yourself from nagging injuries.


I like wearing something warm on top of my workout gear to help ease my muscles into a good stretch. adidas’ Boyfriend Live In Capris are uber comfortable and the zippered pockets are perfect for stashing my phone while I listen to music. They’re easy to toss aside when I’m ready to shine with sweat.

What clothes you wear working out may seem trivial, but if you feel good from the get-go you end up with a better workout. I seem to be living in the Baby Bro tank this summer. It’s loose and flow-y without losing it’s femininity, like all of adidas’ Boyfriend line: the comfort of your boy’s clothes, the style of your own.


Also wearing: Running Energy Boost shoes,Twist ¾ Stripe Tights

Trouble zone: Glutes

Confidence Booster: Sumo squat with leg lift


Trouble zone: Calves

Confidence Booster: Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise


Trouble zone: Shoulders

Confidence Booster: Arnold Should Press


Trouble zone: Core

Confidence Booster: Scorpion Plank On Ball


Also wearing: Ultimate Twist Slub Cover Up

Trouble zone: Arms

Confidence Booster: Double Arm Overhead Extension on Ball

Don’t forget to read more on!

What moves get you feeling confident and ready to #shinewithsweat?!


adidas Women designs innovative performance products to help women commit to their best self and conquer their fitness goals. We inspire women to look and feel their best – be pretty, be tough & be confident.

Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas.

What’s Beautiful? 23 Inspiring Women Show Us True Beauty

I am just one of hundreds participating in the What’s Beautiful challenge with Under Armour. {I’m participating through Fitfluential.} Not only have I had the honor to join these women, I recently had the privilege to share the goals of over 20 inspiring women over at Babble.

If you need a little motivation to get your butt in gear, to cast your fear aside and finally tackle that goal, or just want a little inspiration from some women doing amazing things and supporting each other along the way, check out some of these What’s Beautiful participants.

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Have you joined the challenge yet?!

Get on the X-Train

I have to admit something. I kind of hate working out at home. I always feel like there’s something else I should be doing and  I never seem to have exactly the right amount of weight. Not enough for squats; too much for triceps. I hate workout DVDs even more. I mean, I want to like them. But I don’t do them. DVDs mean working out in our cramped living. Kicking the coffee table with my ankle and smacking the running fan with my arms as I jump isn’t really what I consider a good workout.

But with a munchkin ruling my roost, working out at home is often a necessity. Even though our gym has child care, there’s always something: a cold I don’t want him to spread, a refusal to stay in the daycare, not enough time before a nap to make the drive home from the gym… {how many more excuses do you want?}

Since I’ve tossed aside most of my workout DVDs due to boredom, lack of challenge, or annoying format, I needed something else to try. I don’t mind doing my own bootcamp-like workouts, but sometimes you need a little extrinsic motivation, even if it’s from your tv screen. I received the Cathe Friedrich XTrain set last month courtesy of my partnership with Fitfluential. I was thrilled. My friend Tina introduced me to her brutal workouts a couple years ago. {I even met Cathe at Fitbloggin!} I know if Tina thinks they’re hardcore, they’re definitely worth it- that girl’s a workout rockstar.

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So I was excited. And then I just let the DVDs sit there, unopened on the kitchen table. Finally during breakfast one morning I cracked open the training guide that accompanied the 9 DVD set and was immediately overwhelmed with the program options and the equipment needed.

So I let them sit a little longer.

Finally I got over myself and my excuses and just put a disc in the DVD player and got my work out on. I didn’t worry about starting a specific program or what kind of weight or equipment I had. I made do the way I always do at home. {By the way, a bed makes a good substitute for a BOSU ball when you need a little balance challenge.}

The verdict? They kicked my butt, in the exact way you want a workout too. I tried to pick some of the shorter workouts so I could cram them into my son’s 30 minute nap window and still manage to pee without a toddler-audience, but it didn’t always work out. The beauty of a video is that you can just stop. Smile

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I’m still working my way through all the DVDs. I’m hoping to start following one of the 90 day programs because I think it’d be a really good way to stick with it- having a variety of workouts to choose from and a set plan to follow are definitely 2 bonuses in my book.

Do you have a favorite workout DVD? Are you a fan of working out at home?