What's the Orangetheory Infinity Workout? OTF Trainers Share All the Details

Courtesy of Orangetheory Fitness
Courtesy of Orangetheory Fitness
Courtesy of Orangetheory Fitness

If you're gearing up for Orangetheory's DriTri, the twice-yearly workout that will challenge your strength, endurance, and stamina, then you might want to check out Orangetheory's Infinity workout. The Infinity workout is basically a mini DriTri that gets you prepared for the bigger fitness challenge, and usually happens in OTF studios a few weeks before the DriTri.

In 2023, the DriTri is scheduled to take place in both March and September. The first 2023 Infinity workout ran on March 8 to get members ready for the DriTri on March 25. The Infinity workout is happening again on Sept. 8 to prep members for the second DriTri of the year, which happens on Sept. 16 or 17. (Dates may vary depending on your local studio.)

Not sure what to expect from an Infinity workout? Or missed it, and are curious about whether you could try the Infinity workout for yourself? POPSUGAR spoke with DeeDee Hillman, NSCA-certified trainer and education program manager for digital fitness at Orangetheory Fitness headquarters, and Rachel Vaziralli, Orangetheory's director of fitness design to get the scoop.

What Is the Orangetheory Infinity Workout?

The Infinity workout is a three-part challenge that includes a treadmill, rower, and strength section. For the treadmill and rower portion, your goal is to accumulate as much distance as possible (miles on the treadmill and meters on the rower) in a specified amount of time, Vaziralli says. For the floor portion, you will be performing the same six exercises that you will also perform at the DriTri. "Think of it as a sneak peek of what is to come so you can strategize how you will accomplish the challenge," Vaziralli says.

Then you can enter those distances into the OTF Challenge Tracker app so that every time you repeat this workout, you can track your progress, she says. OTF purposefully doesn't change the workout format year to year because they want members to be able to track their progress over time.

If you're planning on completing the DriTri, it's a great idea to check out the Infinity workout so you have an idea of what to expect at the DriTri workout, Hillman says.

Do You Need to Prep For the Orangetheory Infinity Workout?

Not really. While the DriTri is a major event in the Orangetheory community, you can think of the Infinity workout more as a workout of the day, on par with the regular programming Orangetheory typically does in its studios, Hillman says.

"Anyone can participate as this is a regularly scheduled workout," Vaziralli adds. "Ask your studio for their monthly calendar for details." DriTri, on the other hand, isn't a regular workout but a separate event with registration and fee outside your typical Orangetheory membership cost.

And if you're feeling intimidated or nervous about the Infinity workout, especially if it's your first time at Orangetheory or you're back in the gym after taking a break, Hillman said not to fret. "We cater to all fitness levels," she says. "We even like to say that everybody is an athlete. . . we always encourage everybody to come as they are."

All Orangetheory classes are led by certified coaches who can help you make modifications to exercises as necessary or answer any questions. If you're not a runner or a jogger, you can power walk on the treadmill, pace yourself on the rower, and modify any exercises on the floor.

The only thing you should do to prepare for the Infinity workout is make sure you're properly hydrated before and after the workout, get a good night's sleep the night before, and eat a meal or snack with carbs and protein beforehand, Hillman adds.

At the end of the day, the Infinity workout is supposed to be a fun challenge to track your progress throughout the year and get ready for the bigger DriTri challenge. The coaches at the studio and fellow members will make you feel welcome — so don't be afraid to check it out.

— Additional reporting by Lauren Mazzo