Orangetheory Is For All Fitness Levels
"The biggest misconception is that you need to be in good shape or 'fit' in order to do an Orangetheory workout," Jamie said. "The truth is that our workout is geared for all levels of fitness, and everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace."
It's true. During my first class, I couldn't run the whole treadmill portion. But I didn't feel discouraged; there are options for runners, joggers, and power-walkers. The speed intervals on the treadmill vary based on which category you fall into (for example, I'm a jogger and my speeds range from 5.0 to 7.5 or so). How much you increase your speed and incline is ultimately up to you. Your coach will give you the guidelines, but you know your body better than anyone else. There are also walking breaks after the all-out sprints, so don't worry that you have to run at top speed for 30 minutes straight.
Each Orangetheory class is an hour, and half the workout takes place on the treadmill and half on the floor. The floor portion includes exercises with TRX straps, benches, free weights, booty bands, and sometimes other equipment. Which equipment you use depends on the workout that day. And don't worry about being lost during the floor portion; the coach will demo each exercise, and there is a video screen with a GIF of the exercises as well as how many sets and reps to do of each. It could not be easier to follow along!