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New Specialized Gym To Open In Edgewater This Summer

Orange1Edgewater residents and others who enjoy group exercise sessions will have another option for gym membership when Orange Theory Fitness opens its doors at 1126 W. Granville Ave. this summer.

“It’s an awesome, community based gym,” said David Lanz, who co-owns the franchise along with Adam Paris. “It’s a nice, tight-knit, local facility, and we want to be a big part of the community.”

Why the name Orange Theory Fitness? Basically, there are five heart rate zones. The company calls the fourth-highest zone the orange zone. It’s by reaching that zone that clients will reach optimal fitness, according to scientific studies. “We want you to get your heart rate above 84 percent of your maximum for 12 to 20 minutes of a one-hour session,” Lanz said of the science-based program. “The benefit of that is that you will experience excess post-oxygen consumption. That allows you to continue to burn calories for the next 24 to 36 hours.”

orange2These one-hour, personal-trainer led workouts are half-cardio and half-strength training. Gym members will wear a heart rate monitor inside the studio, with measured results, Lanz said. Women will typically burn between 500 to 700 calories per hour, while men usually burn between 700 and 1,000 calories per hour. “It’s high energy and different every single time,” Lanz said. “You will never come in and do the same workout twice. We are always trying to change it up. It’s not like a regular gym.”

While the workouts change every day, the workouts remain constant companywide. That means that a new workout on Monday in Chicago will be the same new workout on Monday in Florida, Lanz said. Members can use their memberships in any other city.  “People at different levels of fitness can be in the same class,” Lanz said. This might mean different types of pushups, for instance, depending on each person’s comfort level.

New members will be given a needs assessment and will learn the Orange Theory terminology. They will also meet the instructor and will be taught how to use the equipment. Gym members are asked to sign up for classes ahead of time to guarantee their places.

“Anybody can do it,” Lanz said. “You don’t have to be a super athlete. There are people who have never exercised who start this and their lives get changed. It becomes a sort of community.”

Orange Theory Fitness started in Florida and has more than 180 locations, with more than 400 in development, just in the United States. According to Jordan Holtzman, vice president of operations, there will be 40-plus gyms in the Chicagoland area. The company also has international studios.

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