Orangetheory Fitness


The time has come for the annual Orangetheory Fitness Weight Loss Challenge.

The event is a signature program for the company and Orangetheory has garnered significant attention recently including a mention on Good Morning America.

Jim Cahlin, Studio Owner of Orangetheory Fitness Santa Monica explains that every studio in the country participates in the challenge and it is a great way to start the New Year.

The premise of the WLC is simply to lose as much weight as possible in a certain amount of time, and in a healthy way. OTF’s system breaks workouts into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training to help individuals increase their endurance and help them reach their weight loss goal.

“I started about a year and a half ago, and this will be my second run with the challenge,” said Chef de Cuisine of Milo and Olive, Jennifer Toomey. “The fact that I saw results almost immediately was a huge reason for me becoming a member.”

Each workout incorporates cardio, and strength training, through a variety of equipment such as treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training and free weights. OTF offers a heart rate monitor that is designed to help individuals maintain a target zone that stimulates the metabolism and increases energy levels.

“During the course of a one-hour session, participants perform multiple intervals that are designed to produce at least 12 minutes of training at 84% or higher,” said Cahlin. “In other words you will be in zone 4 and 5, the two zones where you burn the most.”

During the challenge, OTF will provide nutritional speakers, running clinics, and TRX/ Rowing clinics, that can help reach the goal. Nektar and Tender Greens will also be going orange for the next six-week, offering discounts to members who participate in the challenge.

The WLC runs from Jan. 16 – Feb. 26, and so far an estimated 125 members are planning to participate and compete for the overall prize.

Third place finisher, male and female will receive one-month free membership. Second place finisher, male and female will receive two months free membership. Winner, male and female will each receive $1,000.

“I am so much stronger, leaner, and heart healthy that I’ve been in many years. I have become a more confident person both in my workouts and in my personal and professional life,” said Toomey.

In order to participate there are a few requirements. There is a $25 entry fee, every participant must take three classes per week during the course of the challenge. Participants must schedule a confidential weigh in with studio manager along with a final weigh in.

“The Weight Loss Challenge is an exciting time, as I have seen people walk out of class determined,” said Cahlin. “I do understand that the challenge can be a bit intimidating seeing so much activity going on in the studio which is why OTF will offer a beginner’s class allowing everyone to learn and understand the workout. We want to give people the confidence they can do this, and realize that Orangetheory Fitness is clearly for everybody.”

For more information about the Weight Loss Challenge call the studio at (310) 730-1399 or visit the studio at 1431 2nd St.