The Orangetheory Fitness team shares tips for staying healthy and sane during the holiday season.
Text by Carrie Shuler | Image by Jonas Maon
Holidays and food go together like chocolate and cake, like vegetarians and hummus, like sushi and saké. In fact, holidays are really just an excuse to talk about, dream about, and eat food with the people you love. Luckily, a fitness revolution is set to debut in Our Kaka‘ako by the end of 2015 to keep us fit during this seasonal high.
Orangetheory Fitness has an exercise approach focused on keeping participants in the “Orange Zone” (82 to 92 percent of their maximum heart rates), which spikes metabolism and increases energy for up to 36 hours after each workout. Lasting 60 minutes, sessions are divided into intervals of cardio exercise and strength- training using treadmills, rowing machines, suspension training, and free weights. Orangetheory members burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories per workout (plenty of penance to account for that extra helping of holiday pie). Plus, the focus on heart rate, measured by wearable monitors, means that achievement levels have no bounds—a 90-year-old grandma and 25-year-old professional athlete can take part in the same session and benefit equally.
The visionary bringing Orangetheory to Hawai‘i is 24-year-old entrepreneur Pavel Stuchlik, a regional manager for Orangetheory who owns franchises in Oregon and Georgia, and also founded Atmasphere Yoga (which will be opening a location alongside the Kaka‘ako Orangetheory). A Czech Republic native, Stuchlik became a professional traveling cyclist at age 17, competing against the likes of Lance Armstrong. To supplement his income, he created a company that bought, sold, and distributed wholesale bike parts, and eventually left the bicycling scene to pursue this business full-time. Stuchlik later sold the company, then delved into international real estate and franchises before embarking on his current path—to make a positive change in the world through his fitness endeavors.
ORANGETHEORY’S FITNESS TIPS
We turned to Stuchlik for tips and an exercise regimen for staying healthy during the holiday season and beyond:
Tip#1: Don’teatcarbsorsugarforbreakfast. This just makes you feel sleepy.
Tip #2: Meditate first thing in the morning for at least five minutes, which creates positive energy.
Tip #3: Exercise, but don’t overdo it.
Try this DIY 30-minute workout in Orangetheory style (and remember to avoid burnout by adjusting these steps to suit your level of fitness):
Step 1: Jog or walk briskly on a slight incline to warm up. (4–6 min)
Step 2: Run in the sand or uphill at 80 to 90 percent of your maximum capacity. (4 min)
Step 3: Continue to run at 80 to 90 percent. Eliminateresistancebyrunningonaneven surface. (4 min)
Step 4: Slow to a light jog or brisk walk— the goal is to lower the heart rate. (1 min)
Step 5: Run as fast as possible on an even surface. (1 min)
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5.
Step 7: Jog at a medium pace on a flat or slightly inclined surface. (4-10 min)
For more information, call 808-888-9714 or visit orangetheoryfitness.com/honolulu.