I didn’t plan to participate in Hell Week at Orange Theory Fitness again this year, but then an unexpected trip to Boulder where it is too dark–and some days too cold–to run before work led me to the gates of hell week.
Orange Theory Fitness Hell Week
Since I was travelling on Tuesday, the first Hell Week workout I did was the second one–Don’t Breathe. I don’t see scary movies anymore, but the OTF interpretation involved a lot of “all out” intervals on the treadmill–and lots of reminders from the coach to breathe. 😉
Not really sorry I missed burpee day
The next day I returned for Drag Me Up The Hill, which wasn’t quite as bad as its cinematic namesake. The theme workout was a team treadmill workout, with each person increasing the incline each time.
Friday’s workout was 28 Reps Later. I don’t think I’ve seen the movie it was based on, but the story line sounds familiar (don’t they all?). The theme workout was a series of six strength moves. We were supposed to do seven rounds, adding one rep each time (1+2+3+4+5+6+7 = 28) but I didn’t get to the end.
With a solid treadmill block, I earned more splat points
Saturday’s workout was Thighday the 13th (shouldn’t it have been on Friday?). For the treadmill/rowing blocks we did cycles of:
0.13 mi treadmill // 13 goblet squats // 130 m row
0.13 mi treadmill // 13 goblet squats + 13 jump squats // 260 m row
For the floor blocks we did four sets of paired moves (a squat variation and an arm exercise) in an upside down pyramid (13 reps/10 reps/7 reps/4 reps), with one minute of either bench hop-overs or declined mountain climbers in between each group. So.Many.Squats.
Since I did the treadmill intervals at an all out pace (7:30 mm!),
I spent lots of time in the orange zone.
I skipped today, but plan to go back for The Inclines of Death on Monday and Trick-Or-Treat on Tuesday.
In addition to being warm and bright at dark 0’clock, the Orange Theory Fitness in Boulder is conveniently located near a Starbucks–just in case I needed more motivation to avoid the dreary hotel gym.
I love how they decorated the cups!
Have you done any Halloween-inspired workouts?
Do you like scary movies?