Fitness acronyms are all the rage these days. Words like HIIT and EPOC are part of fitness fanatics’ daily vocabulary. Well, listen up because we have another acronym to add to the top of your list: OTF.
That’s Orangetheory Fitness.
Get your orange on
At Orangetheory Fitness, it’s is all about staying in the orange. The heart-rate monitored, high-intensity workout studio is designed to keep you in a target heart-rate zone: the orange zone, or in OTF terms “the afterburn.”
Each studio has treadmills, bikes, striders, rowing machines, free weights, benches, and suspension units so you maximize your fitness level. During the hour-long class, an OTF coach will be there to encourage you and crank the tunes. One of the more popular classes features 20 minutes of treadmill, 20 minutes of weights, 20 minutes on the rowing machine — all at an intensity you probably wouldn’t hit by yourself.
A TV screen displays the heart-rate zone of each class participant and the color of that zone. A Level 4 is orange. A Level 5, the top level, is red. But while red will surely have you puffing like a bellows by the end, orange is where it’s at, team!
Sweat Spots in Houston
Even more convenient than the intense 60-minute workout, OTF studios are popping up all over Harris County. The fitness studio already has 14 locations currently open in Sawyer Heights, West University, The Heights, Tanglewood, Town and Country, Pearland, Sugar Land, Vintage Park, Webster, Cypress, Kingwood, Cinco Ranch, The Woodlands, and Conroe. That’s a lot.
And are you ready for this? Six new locations are planned to open soon in Atascocita, Bellaire, Fairfield, The Heights (Yale & 610), Midtown, and Riverstone.
That makes 20 OTFs. One more acronym: HM OTF ITM? How many Orangetheory Fitness’ is too many?