Orangetheory Fitness – Willow Grove


Name: Orangetheory Fitness

Location: Willow Grove, PA

Exercise Type: A mix of rowing, weight training, and running. We were very intimidated at first because neither of us are that comfortable running on a treadmill. We were shocked with what our bodies could do when pushed. Out of the 60 minute workout, we were on the treadmill for about 30 minutes.  Let us reassure you that it did not feel like this at all! Adam broke down the workout by implementing increments of walking, jogging, and sprinting throughout the time spent on the treadmill.  

Place: Fitness center

Instructor: Adam P. – he was fantastic. We felt like every time we turned around, he was right there, and not in the creepy way that your toddler lurks behind you.  He answered our millions questions, helped us with our form, and stayed on top of our heart rates. One of us has a higher than normal heart rate due to a heart condition, and he was well aware when it got too high.

Day of the Week: Sunday – perfect beginning to your week! We also lucked out that it was daylight savings, so we GAINED an hour – a kid-free hour. Sorry, hubbies!

Time: 8:30-9:30 AM – We like this time because it doesn’t take away too much time from our family.  We are out early and back early. If this is your first class, arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of class. There are a few forms that you need to fill out to help assist them with your tracking. We also got a tour and an introduction to the class (see Welcoming section).

Price: First class is FREE; Variety of packages and memberships available; Drop in $28

What to Wear: T-shirt/tank top; leggings/shorts; sneakers

What to Bring: Water; towel;

What is Provided: Heart rate monitor, weights, rowing machines, treadmills

Level of Experience: All levels seen throughout the class

Gender Majority: Mix

Age Group: Various; a mix of ages seen in class. We are in our early 30’s and would say we were somewhere in the middle age-wise.

Welcoming: Very! As soon as we entered, the two women at the desk asked if we were the two newbies in class today.  This showed us that she knew their clients by name. They introduced themselves and asked us to fill out some paperwork.  After this, we were given a tour, and had a quick one-on-one run-down session with the coach.

Cleanliness: Extremely; there is hand sanitizer in a bunch of places, and we were prompted to wipe down all of our equipment after use.  Again, we love these because as moms we don’t want to bring any germs home to our kids.

Unique Features: Heart rate monitoring. Everyone is given a heart rate monitor to wear on their left arm. You can buy your own as well, if you are a returning client. The monitor is hooked up to a screen in the room where you can see which zone you are in at all points of your exercise:  Grey – very little activity; Blue – Warm up; Green – challenging but doable; Orange – “Orange Effect” uncomfortable , or Red – All out of effort! After class you receive an email with a summary of your workout and zones. Adam explained what each zone meant, how long you should be in it, and the after effects of the workout.  See below for a screen print of one of our summaries.

We now see why people say Orangetheory is addicting. We burned SO many calories, but we also worked very hard for them! One takeaway from our experience is that Orangetheory is not as scary as we had been told. Sure, it was hard, but it is doable! Adam was very good at pushing those who needed to be pushed and scaling back those who needed to take it down a notch.

Thank you so much for having us! We can’t wait to come back and do it again.  If you haven’t checked out Orangetheory – Willow Grove you should! Your body will thank you.


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