This is Truth Mogul’s second Orange Theory Review (first one here), following 10 classes in.

Probably the most interesting attribute is that O.T.F is everything as claimed; for the pro or amateur alike, side by side, pro at say 25 reps and amateur at 3, 5, or 10 reps (to everyone’s personal potential), and yet both objectives being met while performing the exact same coached and screen/heart monitored, 1 hour session; did you catch the ‘coached, heart monitored, 1 hour’ part? Huge!

Personally, my wife (60) and I (39…I mean 59, lol), both find it exhilarating, fun, exciting, challenging, and unquestionably beneficial. Adding to the fact that everyone is challenged to use every muscle in their body at each and every session in a diversified all adult age class … where most are connecting before (hey Joel, Chantel, etc.), and after class (Wow! + And feels good doesn’t it!).

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Live and screen monitoring, including the heart (no matter a persons age…this is invaluable), a FT coach, periodically two, for each session, to demonstrate and lead ‘how to perform an exercise correctly,’ while encouraging each individual to strive for their best to meet personal objectives is a proficient manner in which to motivate a person … whom otherwise may not attempt to discover their limits beyond comfort zones.

For example, the more time spent in the Orange and Red zonesĀ (60-90 second pushes or the ‘All Outs’), the more ‘SPLAT POINTS’ earnedĀ (fat cells going pop) … not to mention … triggering the body to burn calories beyond class hours for the next 24-36 hours; yet another plus for OTF. Every reading is personal to each participant, taking into consideration a number of variables (are we sleep deprived/hungry/stressed, too much caffeine, sugar etc) … and the longer we’re involved and more time we choose to piece together what the science of each performance is telling us, the better we can become at setting new goals.

With that said, TM has never been a competitive person, as in the need to be number one. I played above average hockey and lacrosse and competitive softball in my younger days; latter with a much less competitive edge than first two of course. Later in life it was discovered I had exercise induced asthma … never knowing this until our daughter was diagnosed with symptoms sounding all too familiar. The harder TM skated for example, it felt like his heart was going to come burning through his chest, and the more training he did, never improved or solved the problem.

Oddly enough, health issues are not holding back our daughter’s 5-day-weekly Cross-fit training. Perhaps this is a result of a consistent fitness program in place with more diversity; someone like Ellen Latham could perhaps shed some light on this! With that said, knowing very little about Cross-fit, only from our daughter and son-in-law sharing, verses no more than my 10 classes in with Orange Theory Fitness, TM would have to say that OTF appears to be more suited for the majority … dependable of course around objectives and time frame; TM is guessing someone like Josh Brolin could not achieve his current objectives following a generalized OTF 1 hour training session.

When our daughter suggested ‘Cross-fit’ back in October 2017 … only for me to find OTF first, the latter appealed more realistic for my/our age. My wife & I saw the need to take better care of ourselves in an attempt to avoid the hours and hours spent with our parents in hospital emerge and/or at doctor appointments, only to witness the North American WAY OUT OF CONTROL (Big Pharm Money) pill pushing buffet.

TM also works in the health field and witnesses profound abuse of meds prescribed to the people he supports, where the likes of homeopathy treatment alone could probably lead our world into a 60% less need for pharmaceutical drugs.

In closing once again, TM has no connection with Orange Theory Fitness other than being a new client who believes in shouting from the rooftops when something this genuine comes to his attention … and in this case, on motives alone. Of course, founder Ellen Latham is going to reap the benefits as a franchisor, however, it is what it is, and if she becomes a billionaire as a result of it, which in fact is for the ‘natural’ benefit of the health of millions, in a time-frame and professionally structured and coached fitness atmosphere, HEAR, HEAR!

PS: The book ‘PUSH’ by Ellen Latham is a book for every fitness enthusiast library … unquestionably … and contrary to some envious and/or naive reviews.

Click on the books cover graphic to purchase from amazon; NOT A REFERRAL LINK BELONGING TO TM or his wife, relative etc., etc., etc; not a fan of needing to always get something for sharing key information.

Thanks for reading my blog!

5 thoughts on “Local Orange Theory Review 2”

  1. Wow! This sounds like a fun way to get fit, Truth Mogul. I like Orange Theory’s approach of earning points as I too am not a competitive person except when it comes to attaining personal goals. I tried a personal trainer, but they seemed more concerned with signing me up for more sessions than advancing my fitness goals. Sounds like you and your wife are having fun while getting into shape. As you said, Big Pharm would love for people to just pop pills rather than pursue a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let health problems get to you because you only have one body during this lifetime.

    1. Orange Theory Fitness is the most scientifically sound fitness program available to us. The experience of its founder, Ellen Latham, brings 40+ years of training to the table from strength, Pilates, Yoga, to Spinning classes, and was determined to create a system that could offer the most and best results in the least amount of time; thus 1 Hr workouts, every muscle group in our body, resulting in a hypothetical multi-vitamin approach sessions vs., a Vitamin B and/or Vitamin A and Vitamin C approach sessions. A must read book is PUSH by: Ellen Latham … Ebook I believe is only $6 on amazon.

      Oh yes…OTF comes with a live coach in every session…and often…one leading and one shadowing for extra exercise precision usage…really cool…and worth every dime…when people are hurting themselves in box gyms, or working one body sector only believing it is helping them get into shape…NOT!

      And BIG PHARM … would love for us all to just pop those pills and get well, one organ at a time … rather than our body healing itself in unison as given us freely naturally.

  2. TM here on his own blog. Not out of desperation, lol, but rather to share a recent but truthful tid-bit worth knowing about.

    Approximately 3 weeks ago, my wifes OTF monitor (wrap around strap on body) began faltering; normally rests in grey until class begins and then goes through the blue … green … orange … red … etc., and hers would register ‘0’ (dead), or say ‘142’ in the RED … and class after class, could never really get it working. And let’s face it, once used to the monitoring system it is very appealing and in its own way, drives you to strive to be better. So needless to say, this was becoming frustrating for her. Now the last few sessions, it has been faltering but not near as consistently.

    So then mine (we both started on opening of January 20/18) about 2 weeks ago began faltering as well…and now it simply doesn’t work period; tried washing, cleaning, gel on pads, but all to no avail. The dynamic staff, whom I am the type not to keep bugging about something they really cannot fix, continue now to swap me out to a borrowed monitor for classes, and even they have faltered on me; perhaps these monitors don’t like me for some eerie reason, lol.

    I have begun to understand my wife’s frustration, as that monitoring system really helps with myself, driving to be higher and longer in Orange for example…but now…I’m losing my drive because of its inconsistency and it not being me at all.

    Here’s the thing, and I must share this, last evening, already feeling somewhat disappointed and not wanting to drag staff into this ‘AGAIN,’ for the 3rd time already, with monitors showing I’m dead again, ‘0’, a 4th wrist type heart monitor was brought to me, and when I couldn’t get it on without stopping my class, I tossed it into the treadmill cup … and then brought over to the floor when we changed half way through class. But again, I just left it there, and while looking up out of habit, I noticed I was moving from blue to green (but it’s not on me), and by class end, I had burned 566 calories … but again … it wasn’t on me for the class … I just couldn’t be bothered putting it on. Weird…but I am the truth mogul and must confess, how could I burn 566 calories, and be moving from blue to green, and no means of monitoring me was on my person?

    The devil made it happen! Eeek!

    *** I must also confess, as this may appear trivial to many, but for me, it’s become like a burr in my side to the point of, A/ not trusting my past classes that look pretty good, although body results to prove OTF works and B/, demotivated me to the point of, “Do I really need this?”

    Two things redirecting my mind as this is all happening:
    1/ I have a business launch running behind schedule, a month+ behind now …
    2/ The book I trust and follow as humanly possible, considering I am a former pulpit preaching pastor, teaches in 1 Timothy 4:8 – “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

    So am I just being too weird here, or is my conscience trying to keep my priorities straight … like don’t lose sleep over something so trivial?

  3. So here is yet another follow-up comment regarding my OTF journey and a possible transition and why.

    A few technical issues, as noted in the above follow-up, taking place is not really out of sorts. A brand new location tying in with an online network as we do these days, and from across the globe if need be, is just part of the package I would think.

    On another note however, one thing I have noticed is that my knees and shins were becoming sorer than I would expect, and while at my workplace, entailing a fair bit of stair climbing along with knee bending needs to assist clients, it was a little disturbing, so I decided to lighten up on my OTF (Orange Theory Fitness) floor routine that incorporated knee bending and/or stretching. For the record, OTF coaches are very professional, well informed and trained, and always offer alternatives for all floor exercises to help lighten the activity so not to be so stressful on the joints and/or muscles.

    Considering this post is April 26, 2018, pretty much 3 months to the day of starting with OTF, although my weight dropped from 206 lbs (January 20/18), to this am, 201 lbs, my belly is still slightly prominent; so 5 lbs in 3 months of Monday/Wednesday/Friday OTF-1 hr workouts is my end result. Respectfully, only slight dietary changes have been included … as I am not doing this to be an Olympian … not to mention … if frank … there is no solid consistency from any platform to support one diet habit from another. From experience, we should eat in moderation, not gluttony, and give our bones and muscles some form of consistent regular exercise; simple!

    Because of my knees and shins feeling a lighter regime was needed, I’ve been taking it easy on both the treadmill and during the floor routines, with calories still remaining above 700 per class but very little presence in the Orange or Red zones … meaning my usual 20-35 splat points were becoming more like 3-13 or thereabouts.

    With that said, I’ve missed a class in the last couple weeks, and this am I decided at 0600hrs that I would hit my former daily 1 hr brisk walk routine on one of the local country-in-the-city K&P trails in my area of Kingston, ON Canada. Must confess, nothing beats being outdoors early in the morning sucking in the best and freshest oxygen available to man, year round … and since starting OTF, this passion ceased to take place.

    This morning however, it felt good, and considering I’m the Truth Mogul, it was a whole lot easier on my knees and shins; I began running on the treadmill at OTF and oddly enough have never had a desire to run … just did it to pick up my Orange Zone faster in my own estimation … and just maybe not such a good thing for me, I don’t know!

    When I arrived home after my walk, I felt good, so good I found myself tossing in my former Ab-Doer-Twist routine following a warm up of knees-to-chest, push-ups, the plank hold through 80 count, along with neck, shoulder, and arm frontward and backward rotations, as well … and I’m thinking … just maybe … my $150 p/m OTF membership might be better spent.

    So between now, April 26/18 and next payment of May 16/18, if I can rival or even maintain my weight, and see a slight difference in my belly, then I may find myself making a slight transition back to what works for me … while having to find another means of connecting with my newly found friends from OTF … JUST SAYING lol!

  4. Let me add another piece of info regarding my decision to consider returning to my own exercise option (1 hr walk followed by my Ab-Doer Twist 30 min workout); not that Orange Theory is a bad choice, quite the contrary, yet simply for me, my knees and shins began to still feel uncomfortable after 3 months.

    So my last official class at OTF (Mon/Wed/Fri) was Fri April 13. Two days later, April 15 I thought I would give my old country-in-the-city walks a go to see how my knees and shins would respond, and all was good … not to mention how sweet it was to get back into the best oxygen source known to mankind; that’s mankind Mr. Prime Minister, not people-kind, lol!

    However, passing the benefit of the doubt off to OTF, I officially weighed myself on April 26, coming in at 201 lbs, from 206 lbs January 20 when I began at OTF, being 5 lbs in 3 months.

    As of this follow-up comment, tomorrow, May 10 2018 will be two weeks back in my own program; 1hr walk followed by 30 minutes using my Ab-Doer-Twist … and I’m down 2 lbs. I must confess, for me, this daily walk and exercise program, if I can stay disciplined, is the best, not to mention simple, simple, simple, with a stronger and more directive attack on my abs and love-handles.

    Just thought I’d toss this in here for all it’s worth! Personally, from experience, just like the bewilderment of the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) fiasco in which no one really knows how it works, and yours truly has paid as high as $5K to get that #1 Page on Google and still couldn’t be found until about page 26 … when in fact … was already achieving page 3 before the brilliance of SEO took over, so it is with health and exercise and the million and one options to justify one diet over another; low carb high protein, high carb low protein, vegan, vegetarian, this fat and that fat, this cholesterol or that cholesterol, etc., etc. etc.

    Tip: Eat in moderation! … Do a little exercise daily! (a nice brisk walk is like swimming and best) … Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily! (Tap better than bottled…literally…do your own test … get Kangen if affordable) … Drink coffee and alcohol in moderation, NOT DAILY … Simple do not abuse anything and your body will begin to balance itself out.

    PS: Hell … get yourself an Ab-Doer Twist … and do as I do following a good daily walk … save money … lose weight … feel great!

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