NEW WORKOUT CRAZE HAS FITNESS BUFFS GOING ORANGE

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It’s an exercise fad that’s popping up all over the country, but this workout comes with a scientific twist. It’s Orangetheory Fitness and it’s high intensity, interval training led by a personal trainer all in a group setting. But don’t let the name fool you. Supporters said the workout is more than just a theory — it’s based on science. Heather Story-Lagas is the franchise owner in Roseville. “The science behind Orangetheory is all about training in the five heart rate zones,” Story-Lagas explained. It’s also backed up by technology. Everyone wears a heart rate monitor that tracks their workout and the results are displayed on a big screen.

newsOrange is the most productive zone to be in. For the month of October, it was actually pink for breast cancer awareness. The idea – you’re working between 84 to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate.

“If we can get you into that orange zone between 12 and 20 minutes, we’re creating what we call EPOC – excess post exercise oxygen consumption,” Story-Lagas said.

EPOC is basically a fancy term for “afterburn,” which means you’ll continue to burn calories long after the workout is over.

“I’m really excited about the weight I’ve lost,” member Heather McKim said.

McKim has bleeding orange since the Roseville studio opened in April.

“I’m accountable on the screen and I have someone telling me what to do and pushing me to do it,” McKim added.

Steven Stansbury felt the orange effect immediately after his first class.

“When I was done, I just had to own one of these days,” Stansbury said.

Now, the stockbroker turned franchise owner is opening a location in Elk Grove. Studios are already planned for Natomas and Folsom.

“I recommend it to anyone and in my opinion, this is the workout of the future,” Stansbury said.

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