Orangetheory Fitness, the fitness program that claims to help participants burn calories even after the workout ends, has gained popularity among the fitness and weight loss communities.
However, the question remains for those wanting to reduce: Are trendy fitness programs like OTF the best path for a weight loss journey?
The fitness franchise is quickly growing across the world. The first studio opened in 2010 and now, eight years later, the CEO Dave Long told the Franchise Times that they are opening up six new locations each week. Orangetheory Fitness, which regulars just refer to as “OTF,” uses heart rate monitors to track the participants’ workouts, so they can maintain a target heart rate zone.
They call the theory behind the program, “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” which they say will help participants to continue to burn calories for up to 36 hours after the workout has ended. Newsweek spoke with the director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, Scott Kahan, MD., who said the so-called orange zone benefits may not be extensive.
“There’s no question that there’s an increase in post metabolic rate that occurs to some extent after exercising at a fairly intense level,” Dr. Kahan said. “However, the claims exceed what the actual science shows.”
“The claims make it seem like there’s so much post-exercise calorie burning, in essence, more than what you burn during the exercise itself, and that’s just not true. The incremental benefits of post-exercise increased metabolism is a relatively small amount,” Dr. Kahan told Newsweek. “It’s real, and it’s great, but it’s relatively small, and I think the advertising makes it seem like it’s more than it really is.”
The research on extra calories burned after a workout varies greatly. For example, one study from Appalachian State University scientists found that after an intense workout, participants could continue to burn an extra 190 calories over the next 14 hours. Other similar studies have found that only 12 to 30 extra calories were burned, and some showed up to 700 extra calories burned in rare cases.
Orangetheory says participants will burn an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories during the hour-long class, plus an extra 15 to 20 percent more than their standard resting calorie burn.
“I see no kind of evidence suggesting that the Orangetheory specific branded way of getting a certain degree of exercise in any way maximizes post-exercise calorie burning any more than other relatively intense exercises would do,” Dr. Kahan said.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good option, Dr. Kahan says.
A general view of the Team New Zealand gym set up in the basement of their accomodation in the Athletes Village ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Orangetheory utilizes bikes in the classes. DAN MULLAN/GETTY IMAGES
“I have a number of patients who have tried it or are actively using Orangetheory. Mostly I’ve heard very positive feedback that it’s engaging, and they find it enjoyable,” Dr. Kahan said. “Many types of exercise, if it’s not a good fit for you, can be boring and challenging. For many people who are engaged with Orangetheory, if it fits for them well, if they find it enjoyable, it has been helpful.”
- Does Orangetheory Fitness work for weight loss and muscle toning?
- The ‘theory’ behind Orangetheory Fitness
- What’s the orange zone and why is it important?
- So, does it really work?
- CHASING CALORIE COUNTS
- HIIT VS. STEADY STATE
- LOOK PAST CALORIE BURN
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Does Orangetheory Fitness work for weight loss and muscle toning?
Is Orangetheory Fitness the secret to getting in shape?
Heart-rate training is backed by an impressive amount of science and it really can be the key ingredient for fitness success. That’s why many fitness studios use heart-rate training as the basis of their workout programs — but one studio in particular has a massive nationwide following due to its supposed effectiveness.
The first Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) opened in 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and nine years later, the company is still opening new locations all over the country. The founders of OTF call it the “multi-vitamin of metabolic training” and say that everything OTF comprises is what you need to “burn fat at the highest level.”
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The ‘theory’ behind Orangetheory Fitness
OTF is based on something called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), a concept that refers to your body’s increased intake of oxygen after physical activity. It’s colloquially referred to as the “afterburn.”
The afterburn effect occurs after any sort of strenuous activity, but some research suggests that high-intensity training produces the longest-lasting and most significant EPOC. OTF uses a strategy comprised of five heart-rate training zones:
The five zones Orangetheory Fitness uses to program workouts.
During a one-hour long OTF workout, the goal is to spend at least 12 minutes in the orange zone (zone four) or in zones four and five combined. For each minute you spend in the orange zone or higher, you earn one “splat point.”
OTF measures your splat points using OTbeat, a chest-strap monitor that measures your heart rate. Members can see real-time data during the workouts, which can enable them to push harder and reach the coveted orange zone. The connected OTbeat fitness app tracks results and progress over time.
OTF claims that earning all 12 splat points will result in an increased metabolic rate for up to 36 hours post-exercise.
What’s the orange zone and why is it important?
The orange zone is simply OTF’s designation for the 84% to 91% range of your max heart rate. It’s the basis for OTF training because that 84% mark is supposedly the point at which your body starts to burn fat more efficiently and helps EPOC kick in.
So, does it really work?
Yes and no: Science is hardly ever black and white. The answer is yes, OTF works because the workouts are intense. They jack your heart rate up and work your whole body — everything a workout should do when you’re looking to get in and out in an hour.
You can certainly burn a lot of calories during OTF. The company says participants will burn an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories each class.
But the answer is also no, or perhaps not as well as OTF and its evangelists makes it seem. Getting all 12 splat points can definitely produce some EPOC and keep your metabolism burning faster after the workout. But the actual scale of those benefits is tiny, and the 36-hour idea is definitely a stretch: Research suggests that no matter the type of exercise, oxygen consumption is only greater for about an hour after exercise.
Research on the “afterburn” varies, but OTF uses valid science to program its classes. Plus, they offer classes for all fitness levels and make the workout environment motivational.
Research on EPOC and extra calories burned after exercising varies greatly. For instance, scientists have found study participants to burn as many as 190 extra calories over 14 hours following a workout and as few as 12 extra calories.
In fact, studies that compared high-intensity training, sprint intervals and continuous steady-state exercise have found that the oxygen consumption values for each exercise modality don’t differ much. That means you could essentially get the same results (as far as EPOC is concerned) by doing OTF or slowly jogging a few miles.
There are no clinical trials that examine OTF specifically for its effects on EPOC or metabolism. So while the training concept is based on valid science, there’s currently no definitive evidence to support OTF’s claims, especially the 36-hour thing. Even the study that showed 14-hour EPOC had participants exercise at an intense level for a full 45 minutes. During OTF, you only aim to reach that level for 12 minutes.
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Science aside, OTF works because it’s fun. It’s high-energy and the classroom environment is motivating. The workouts also vary, so it’s hard to get bored with OTF. Plus, you can get drenched in sweat in just one hour, which is often hard to do when you go to a traditional gym by yourself.
It also caters to all fitness levels. The studios offer three different levels: Walking, jogging and running. All three are designed to help people of different abilities reach the orange zone, so you can achieve the coveted afterburn whether you’re a total beginner or a fitness call regular.
Additionally, many people find success with OTF because they can stay consistent with it. And the best workout is always going to be the one you can stick to.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
CHASING CALORIE COUNTS
Fitness trackers tend to be studied for their heart rate, step count, sleep, and energy expenditure accuracy. The research is sparse on the use of wearables for calorie burn but the aforementioned studies found both overestimation and underestimation. That means at certain speeds, your wearable might be giving a calorie count that is more than what you’re burning (like Flywheel did last year) while at other speeds you might be getting a number that’s lower than your actual burn.
“Fitness trackers are pretty off too but they are going to be a little more accurate than cardio equipment because they typically come with an app that allows for more measurements,” says Nolan. “The research shows you need to take calorie and step numbers from trackers with caution. I’d always caution anyone to take these number as the gospels if you’re going to use numbers to change how you’re eating.”
If using a cardio machine, put as much information into it as possible such as weight and age to get a better calorie reading. But again, is it worth knowing if you’re not taking into account nutrition and RMR? Well, Piercy is a believer in the calories in vs. calories out equation so knowing an estimate of calories out can help you reach your fitness goals.
“The basic law for body transformationis: in order for you to lose weight you must burn more than you consume,” says Piercy. “If you are looking to gain weight, you need to consume more than you burn. We’re not just looking at exercise calories, because your calorie contribution is way more deep than that as we go through a whole entire day. Exercise calories is actually one of the smallest contributors in the equation.”
HIIT VS. STEADY STATE
HIIT means working for a prescribed number of time then resting for equal, less or more time. Interspersing work and rest this way results in more calories burned in less time. Since schedule is a popular reason to not workout, HIIT can be a viable option for time-crunched people.
“HIIT workouts burn more calories because you are at a higher level of intensity during the workout,” says Nolan. “The metabolic requirement is much higher if you’re trying to workout at 90% of your maximum compared to walking outdoors at 30% of your maximum heart rate (MHR).”
Nolan points out that steady state cardio, like walking or cycling at a low intensity for 60+ minutes, is a good workout too.
“If you’re comparing 30 minutes of HIIT versus 30 minutes on a treadmill, HIIT will burn more calories,” says Nolan. “If you can run on a treadmill for 60 minutes versus doing 30 minutes of HIIT, there might not be a difference in terms of calorie burn.”
As for strength training for fat burning, Nolan says that a Tabata style, doing 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 20-30 minutes, would be the ideal way to incorporate moves like kettlebell swings, squat to press, high knees and burpees. Piercy’s stance on exercise mode for calorie burn is that form comes first.
“If you have a bad squat and then you learn how to squat more efficiently, you’re going be able to do more squats consistently, which is going to lead to better results,” says Piercy. “What I don’t want is for someone to come in chasing this arbitrary number, and all of a sudden get injured because the intensity just doesn’t match the movement efficiency for that person.”
Piercy uses rate of perceived exertion (1-10) or a chest strap heart rate monitor to gauge intensity of workouts then builds on the intensity as a training program progresses. If you’re serious about a specific goal, it may be worth it to work with a fitness professional to help you down the road towards success.
LOOK PAST CALORIE BURN
Fitness wearables are a good tool for seeing if you’ve been falling into a slump or just how close you are to reaching an endurance goal such as miles ran or time in the “yellow” heart rate zone. Using their calorie numbers as the end all be all towards your health goals is inadvisable.
“I would always caution anyone to not take the calorie number as the gospel if you’re going to use that number to change how you’re eating,” says Nolan. “What wearables are great for is tracking your individual responses to exercises from day to day.”
A trainer who specializes in HIIT, Piercy recommends his clients don’t chase calorie burn.
“If I tell you ‘Come do this workout and you’ll burn 1000 calories’ and you don’t burn 1000 calories, it can lead to you being disappointed with the workout,” says Piercy. “Progress, even slow progress, is still progress. You don’t want people to feel dejected by the fitness result, and I think that happens if when people chase that number on a regular basis.”
In fact, Piercy suggests that having a high calorie burn number might not yield the results you’re after.
“Having that number is not a guarantee that you’re going to actually get the results that you want,” Piercy adds.
So what should be the goal when packing our gym bags or lacing up our running shoes? To have fun, of course!
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