Hi, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I’m so glad it’s Monday, because you have no idea how excited I am to finally share some news …
I can now officially announce that I’m a Fitness Coach, or instructor, at a brand new Orangetheory Fitness in downtown Walnut Creek.
Last week, I spent all day Monday through Wednesday going through an instructor bootcamp, which also served as a three-day audition to earn a spot on the team. I taught my first “soft open” class on Thursday, was given the job offer on Friday, taught again on Saturday and am on the schedule this morning as well. While all of this seemed to happen very fast, my role with Orangetheory has been a long time coming. You see, I have technically been working for Orangetheory Fitness for months. I taught quite a few pre-opening outdoor bootcamps for Orangetheory starting in the fall, designed to build awareness for the studio. However, I was not officially “hired” until making it through the bootcamp, which was put on by corporate trainers, who came all the way from the company’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. That’s why I didn’t mention anything about this new pursuit here on the blog, but believe me, I wanted to.
Orangetheory Fitness is an awesome workout
Orangetheory Fitness studios are popping up all over the nation these days, and I love that I’m on the team at a brand new location, which is the first in the East Bay area of San Francisco. I’ll go into much more detail about the studio, the workout and the science behind it all in a future post. But for now, I’ll tell you that the class includes work on the treadmill, on an indoor rower, as well as on the weight-room floor using TRX, medicine balls, Bosu trainers, dumbbells and more. It’s one-hour and all participants wear a heart-rate monitor during the workout and can see their progress throughout class on large TV screens. As a Fitness Coach, I’ll be managing a room of about 24 participants, who are broken up in two groups. While I don’t have to do the full workout when teaching the class, I do have to demo moves, lead the class, correct form and offer modifications.
Instructor training was tough and teaching Orangetheory Fitness classes are entirely different than what I’m used to in the group fitness studio. It’s almost like a blend of personal training and group fitness, because as a Fitness Coach, you’re able to spend a bit more time helping individuals throughout the hour, which I really enjoy. And that indoor rower? Wow! It’s one powerful tool, which I spent a lot of time on last week.
Come take an Orangetheory Fitness class with me
If you’re in the Bay Area, I’d love for you to come experience what getting into “the orange zone” is all about in one of my classes at Orangetheory Fitness Walnut Creek. After our grand opening party this week, the full schedule will be online and you’ll be able to book classes that way by selecting my name. Stay tuned for more.
A quick weekend recap
And to fill you in on the weekend a little bit: On Friday night, Dave and I went to a very casual sushi dinner.
On Saturday, I was at Orangetheory all day, teaching a class, taking a class, going through CPR training and attending a manager’s meeting (I’m a co-head trainer on the team). On Saturday night, we went to a friend’s house to watch the Warriors win their playoff game.
On Sunday, Dave and I did something we’ve wanted to do for a while — we bought bikes. Right after purchasing them, we pulled off the tags, rode our bikes to the farmer’s market, rode to lunch at my favorite spot, Tender Greens, and also rode to the grocery store to pick up some salmon, steak and potatoes for dinner. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the couch, while I blogged, studied Orangetheory information and watched TV. It was a pretty full weekend, but a good one, indeed. Now, let’s talk fitness …
My weekly workout recap
As I always do on Mondays, let’s take a look at all the ways I’ve been moving lately …
- Monday – Did a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
- Tuesday – Did about 2 hours of treadmill, weights and rowing practice
- Wednesday – Did about 2 hours of treadmill, weights and rowing practice
- Thursday – Did a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class, did a 10-minute online yoga session at home
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did a 30-minute online yoga session at home
- Saturday – Did a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
Well this was not a normal week of workouts for me at all. Because I was taking part in instructor training Monday through Wednesday, I was immersed in all things Orangetheory Fitness and didn’t teach a lot of my usual Les Mills classes, which typically serve as my workout. The beauty of that is that it gave me the opportunity to do plenty of resistance training using dumbbells and TRX, as well as cardio training using an indoor rower and the treadmill — so I had a lot of variety in movement. I really love the fact that I switched things up so much this past week, because the new challenges had me totally sore. I also fit in a couple of short yoga sessions and a full rest day. Good stuff!
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
This past week was full of learning new exercises and modalities, as well as participating in a lot of classes during my instructor training days. Therefore, I’d say it was all time very well spent. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m excited about the addition of Orangetheory Fitness workouts to my weeks moving forward.
And that about covers it, folks! Have a fabulous Monday!
P.S. Congratulations to the winners of the The Yoga Collective online yoga membership giveaway, Delia and Gen. Both have been emailed. Thank you to everyone who entered. Namaste!
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
Have you ever taken an Orangetheory Fitness class?
What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?