While I always encourage people to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to every workout class — especially at Orangetheory so you can pick up a treadmill card if you want it — it is absolutely crucial that you get to your first OTF class at least 30 minutes early. Not only does this give you enough time to fill out the necessary paperwork (a couple quick forms), but you will also meet with a sales associate who will give you a rundown of the workout.
"A team member will spend time asking you about your fitness goals as well as any orthopedic issues we should know about," Jamie said. "During this time, we will also explain how the class works, lend you a heart rate monitor to wear during the workout, and introduce you to your coach."
In fact, newbies get a special rundown before the class officially starts where you'll learn a quick summary of the workout and how the equipment works. This is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have.
Oh, and that heart rate monitor you see everyone wearing? They'll explain how that works, too. "The sales associate will sit down with you and explain all of the information regarding the heart rate monitor, which one is best for your body type, our training zones, and how to wear the monitor properly," explained Orangetheory coach Tim Brown, ACE-certified personal trainer and regional fitness director of Orangetheory Fitness Missouri. The training zones are grey, blue, green, orange, and red and are calculated based on your heart rate.
It's also important to note that each Orangetheory Fitness location is a franchise, so you have to fill out that form at every new location you visit if it's different from your home location. I have been to about a dozen different OTF locations all over the country, and each time I've gone, I've had to fill out that form, so if I know I'm going to an Orangetheory location outside of Astor Place, I make sure I arrive at least 15-20 minutes early.