From Barely Walking To Crushing It

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The couple that sweats together stays together. It’s difficult to miss Gaurang (aka “G”) wearing his headband holding back his wild hair with his wife Janki and her infectious smile. They’ve attended classes here at Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) Orenco Station since the beginning of December 2016 and have only missed one class each between the two – amazing!

“It was hard, and we could barely walk the first day. But at the same time, it was so engaging and different, we enjoyed it so much we knew we had found something special” — Janki.

Prior to joining OTF, they neglected their fitness but wanted to make a positive change in their lives. Both were looking for a workout that they could enjoy and sustain together. One day, the duo walked around Orenco Station and saw a sign for OTF. Their curiosity led them to meet the owner, Chad, and Persia discovering the benefits OTF workouts offer. The two joined right then and there beginning their fitness journey.

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The two recall their first workout at OTF as “intense” and it made them realize their “unfit” condition. Janki stated, “It was hard, and we could barely walk the first day. But at the same time, it was so engaging and different, we enjoyed it so much we knew we had found something special.”

They, initially, had differing fitness goals for themselves but wanted to improve on their overall health. In the past, G ran for distance and had the aspiration of building lean muscle, regaining momentum for running and getting back into shape. Janki, on the other hand, had the initial goal of completing the recommended three weekly workouts.

“My secret is to keep challenging and competing with myself everyday. Different variety of workouts and technical inputs from coaches kept things interesting and that made a huge difference compared to a monotonous gym workout” — G.

Now that they’ve attended classes here for about a year they have different goals. G wants to challenge himself by running longer distances in a shorter time period while completing all the floor reps as a short-term goal. He also wants to burn fat while continuing to build lean muscle, which helps his long distance running, his long-term goal. Janki wants to continuously stay in base pace between push pace on endurance days, lift heavier weights, complete more reps, row with better form, and tone select muscle groups.

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The two have accomplished some milestones since joining OTF. G has lost 25 pounds in eight months and never fathomed waking up at 5 a.m. to attend the 6 a.m. workouts full of energy and focus. At first, he found the routine difficult; however, the coaches, staff and other OTF members kept him going and staying motivated to reach his goals. G said, “My secret is to keep challenging and competing with myself everyday. Different variety of workouts and technical inputs from coaches kept things interesting and that made a huge difference compared to a monotonous gym workout.”

 Janki initially started as a power walker because she didn’t like running and thought she couldn’t run at the time. Now she’s a jogger/runner – a milestone she never thought of achieving. She also completed the Dri-Tri in September, which she thought she couldn’t accomplish. Throughout her fitness journey, Janki has had many nagging injuries. She has had moments when she wanted to “take it easy” and give up. However, she persevered knowing that the workouts made her stronger and changed what her body could do. At the end of the day, she always felt good post workout and the thought of getting stronger kept her going.

“All this strength and determination would have been impossible had it not been for the amazing coaches at OTF Orenco pushing me to lift more, run faster, row faster and longer! It was constant support and reaffirmation from all the coaches at OTF, which kept me going. And of course, the overall amazing format of workouts that OTF offers has led me to grow immensely strong from where I was a year ago” — Janki.

Every time they experience a different workout at another studio, they always circled back to how extraordinary the coaches and staff are compared to the other locations they have visited. Both credit the staff and coaches for their constant involvement and hard work, which brings out the best in them every day describing OTF as “life changing.”

When asked what they loved about the OTF community, they described it as a positive support system built into their lives, which is simply special. In addition, the OTF community at Orenco Station gives them an amazing feeling, which adds motivation to the workout. They’ll continue to succeed with the help of each other and the rest of the OTF Orenco Station family.

Keep Burning G and Janki!

Why Earning Splat Points May Be Difficult

 

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As you all know, when you started working out at Orangetheory Fitness, the point of going to the studio focused to not only work out hard, but to also earn splat points in the process. If you don’t remember what a splat point is, it’s every minute you spend in the orange and red zones or a combination of both.

When you earn 12 – 25 points during your workout you get what is called “afterburn” or what we call the “orange effect.” This is also known as excess post exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), don’t worry; you won’t be quizzed on this later. Simply put, the more intense your workout, the more oxygen your body consumes.

The “orange effect” allows you to not have to come in everyday if you don’t want to. Your body will burn more calories for the next 24 – 36 hours in comparison to a workout, which doesn’t incorporate high-intensity interval training. In addition, this gives you the time to let your body recover from the previous day’s workout.

Those who attend classes frequently have probably noticed that earning these splat points becomes increasingly difficult through time. What does this mean? This means that your heart rate becomes more efficient and your body has to work that much harder to get either into the orange or red heart rate zones.

How do you earn more splat points then? If you recall in the month of August, the coaches encouraged everyone to increase their base pace on the treadmills. By increasing your base pace, you’ll be able to earn those splat points that you want to earn. When, you increase your base pace, this also forces you to increase your push and all out pace; therefore, you’ll be able to earn those splat points.

The increase of your speed on the treads should do the trick. By the same token, on the water rower, you’ll need to learn what your base pace wattage is and increase the intensity and gradually increase it more to match the same feeling as if you were on the treadmill.

If you’ve hit this “wall” and aren’t getting the splat points desired, don’t let this discourage you on your health and fitness journey. Use this as motivation to go a little bit harder when you’re in class. The metrics in class gives a great snapshot of where you’re at in class, but don’t let those numbers discourage you. If you believe your heart rate does not match with what’s on the screen, listen to your body. The way you feel indicates where you’re at on the color spectrum of the heart rate zones.

The facts that you’re at the studio, working out, and burning those calories are what’s most important even if you don’t hit the minimum 12 splat points.