Get Fit in 2018 6

A Personalized Experience at Orangetheory

Every January, we are bombarded with gyms and trends and ways to reach that new year, new you goal. But which trends are worth the effort? Why should you give them a try? Leah Braden, the owner of Orangetheory Fitness Bearden, gives us the inside scoop. Here’s the lowdown on four fitness trends to help us all stay on top of our exercise goals in 2018.

Studio Style

Leah foresees, “the fitness trend continue to shift away from big gyms toward boutique fitness studios. Smaller, specialized studios may offer more individualized workouts specific to their members’ needs. One thing we love about the smaller setting is the sense of community.” 

If you’re intimidated by walking into a warehouse-style gym full of a myriad of equipment you haven’t the slightest idea how to use, a studio setting might be a better fit. 

“It’s good for people who are encouraged by watching other people work hard,” Leah says. “It’s good for people who think all day, and they just want an hour to themselves, where they stop thinking, follow a coach’s instruction and, an hour later, be surprised they’re already done.”

Personal Coaches 

Developing a strict discipline within your exercise routine takes time, practice and instruction. 

“This trend is good for everyone, but particularly those who can’t walk into a big gym full of equipment, and push themselves in a total-body workout for 45 minutes,” Leah explains.

Coaches create a tailored plan for each individual. Whether you’re increasing your goals from last year or stepping foot into a studio or gym for the first time in your life, a coach will help find the perfect workout for you.

“Coaches are available to offer individual attention and instruction. Orangetheory coaches provide personal touches to ensure members have a great, safe experience and an effective workout,” she says. “Real-time feedback during the workout enables members to maximize their workout.”

A personal trainer or coach can help you set goals, establish a plan to reach them and put that plan into action to get the results you’re looking for.

Anaerobic Energy Focus

Orangetheory uses an innovative heart rate monitoring system to help boost your workout. 

“You will wear a heart rate monitor, and work through five heart-rate zones in very structured, strategic workouts, backed by the science of excess post-
exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC,” Leah explains.

Using Orangetheory’s  EPOC system will help increase your energy and stimulate your metabolism. 

“The goal for every Orangetheory workout is to spend 12 or more minutes in your personal anaerobic energy zone to achieve the afterburn, or maximum benefit, from the workout,” she says.

Group Workouts

While exercising solo may let you catch up on your favorite podcast, exercising in a group setting has its benefits. Group classes offer accountability and structure. Classes help you find the right pace to your workout while group encouragement motivates everyone to do their best. 

At Orangetheory, you can have the best of both worlds. You can enjoy being in a group setting, being motivated and encouraged by those exercising around you and have that personalized workout due to the heart monitor.

“During the workout, members work at different intensity levels, but are trying to achieve the same effect in their own body,” Leah says. “Everyone is in the same struggle. A brand-new member may walk out and say ‘that was a tough workout’ and someone who has been doing it for a year will walk out and say the same thing. They did different things during the workout but ultimately achieved the same result.”

From embracing the smaller community at a studio to experiencing the personalization a coach can provide to using heart monitors to find the perfect pace to embracing a group class, each trend has a unique advantage. Whichever trend best fits your lifestyle, Orangetheory can help you on your fitness journey. 

“Our workout is truly good for every fitness level,” Leah says. “Whether you haven’t worked out in 30 years or just finished a professional sports career, the workout is individually tailored to ensure that you get the most out of every visit.”

Orangetheory Fitness Bearden is located at 122 N. Forest Park Blvd., Knoxville. For more information, visit or call 865.224.6480.