Using treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training and free weights, Orange Theory Fitness in Pembroke Pines focuses on getting in the "orange zone."
"Science tells us 12 to 20 minutes spent at the specific intensities of the orange zone produces a tremendous amount of metabolism increase and calorie burn the next day after the work,” fitness director Chan Gannoway said.
Physiologist Ellen Latham who designed “The Ultimate Workout” is also the founder of Orange Theory Fitness.
Every person wears a heart monitor. Your maximum heart rate is determined by your age. The orange zone is 84 percent up to 92 percent of your maximum heart rate. Computer monitors help you keep track of how you're doing.
A personal trainer keeps the group moving, varying the pace and intensity. It's interval circuit training, mixing cardio and weights in an hour-long class.
“Most people will burn between 700 and 1,000 calories during this hour... It's produced because of the intensity,” Gannoway said.
He claims you don't have to be in good shape to do it because you're following your own personal heart rate.
Carmen Benavides started last week. This is her fourth class.
“I like the fact that I push myself every time I come here," Benavides said. "I am not a runner but every time I come here, I go and do more than when I started, so I'm happy about that.”
Sissi Sherman is a nurse and in great physical shape, and even she feels challenged here.
“I mean, I do like to workout, and I like to change things up and this is what they do," she said. "It's hard and it's fun.”