In January, my fiance asked to me try OrangeTheory Fitness while I was planning our wedding, searching for our new place to live and so many other things — a gym would relief some of this stress, I thought. The first session was nerve wreaking. I admitted to the staff at Orange Theory Fitness – Jacksonville Southside I used to do boot camps and remember working out so hard I would almost black out. It was intense but it got me in the best shape of my life. So trying a high-intensity-interval-training class again brought out mixed emotions in me.
The first class is free where you receive a heart rate monitor and can watch your “stats” on the t.v. in the class to see how you are doing. Each class has a treadmill (cardio) and weight room portion. Even though I saw a rowing machine I was not sure how it all worked. Needless to say, my heart rate monitor didn’t work and I saw my name on the t.v. as gray, which represented I was not working at full strength. It was visually disappointing, but physically awakening. I got a second free class because my heart rate monitor wasn’t working. The second class brought out an inner drive in me to compete with the people around me. I power walked on the treadmill, rowed and lifted some 8 lb weights feeling good.
I was hooked! My fiance offered to pay for my unlimited membership because he saw an emotional and psychical change in me. I joined because (at the time) I was getting married in four in a half months, and I told the coaches, “I want slimmer arms. The rest will be a bonus.” Sure enough…each class was challenging in its own way. I started sleeping better at night (less tossing and turning) and felt a boost of energy throughout the day.
My drive kept me going three to five days a week. At the end of four months, I lost three inches off my waist and was toning muscle in other areas. The coaches offered more arm options for me where I could. Were my arms in the best shape of my life for my wedding? Not really, but I got my pear-shape figure sculpted. And I continue to go because it brings out a strength and confidence in me I never knew I had.
Now, I’m a light jogger and lifting 15 lbs. and 20 lbs and challenging myself on the rower with 600 meters in 2:30. The staff treats me like family because I’m more than familiar face or the name on the t.v. screen — I am Mrs. Mattiace ( because I got married, remember? (: ). Am I proud to be a OrangeTheory Fitness junkie? Yes, I am! Now, I need you to help me vote #OTF the best fitness center/gym in Jacksonville. Go to www.boldcitybest.com and click on the things to do and places to be
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