The last week of October is Hell Week at Orange Theory Fitness. That means that Orange Theory Fitness studios across the country have horror movie-themed workouts, and those
brave foolish enough to sign up and go to at least 5 out of 8 classes will earn … a free t-shirt.
The most hellish part of Hell Week was getting up at 4:15 am every day to make it to the 5:00 am classes.
No time to hit snooze–I had just enough time to get up, dressed, gather my stuff for work, fill a sports bottle with water and Nuun, and fix a PB-schmeared rice cake to eat in the car. Luckily my husband didn’t mind taking care of Tiger Lilly’s morning routine–she had no interest in getting up this early!
I thought I would get tired of starting my days on the water rowing machine–my least favorite station–but rowing grew on me. On Monday I learned that I would rather row than do 60 squats. On Tuesday I learned that I would rather row than do 100 jumping jacks. On the “worst” rowing day we did 3:00 minute blocks of straight rowing, but other days we broke it up with squats, jumping jacks, intervals, etc.
Hell Week Workouts
One thing that made Hell Week “fun” is how they designed the workouts to go with the different themes.
- For “Hills Have Thighs” we did lots of squats and hill intervals on the treadmill.
- “Jack The Stripper” was the day we did tons of jumping jacks.
- For “Sixth Sets” we did 6 reps of 6 exercises using heavy weights and tried to get through 6 sets.
- The workout for “Silence of The Limbs” was the most insane. I had to cut the reps down to get through the strength exercises (if you can call doing 30 reps for round one and 20 for round two “cutting them down”!) and cut the time for the incline intervals on the treadmill–I decided that 1 min at 15/13/11/9/7 % incline @ 6 mph was plenty!
- For “Scary Potter and the Goblet Squats of Fire” we did goblet squats during the warm up and did a run/row/weights relay that included two different types of goblet squats during the weights section. As soon as a teammate finished the weights routine we switched stations, cycling through as many times as we could. The relays are my favorite type of workout because of the variety and camaraderie.
Hell Week Recovery
To increase my odds of getting through Orange Theory Fitness Hell Week without getting injured, I used the foam roller every day after class–either at the studio or at my office gym.
And, on Saturday I treated my body to a hot CPY2 class at Core Power Yoga. It felt so good to stretch and sweat in such a different way!
Taking care of myself with proper fuel, stretching, foam rolling–and getting to bed early–was key to my survival, as was listening to my body and being willing to adjust a workout that sounded a bit too risky. All in all, I think Hell Week stoked the fitness junkie fire that burns within me. I can’t go to OTF every day, but my experience has me considering going more than my usual once a week–especially during the dark, cold months that are upon us.
Did you participate in Hell Week at Orange Theory Fitness?
Does your gym run challenges to keep you motivated?