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Frequently Answered Questions

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What is Orangetheory?

Orangetheory is a 1 hour, full body workout, focused on training endurance, strength and/or power. We use Heart Rate Based Interval Training, which burns more calories post workout than a traditional exercise. When wearing our Heart Rate monitors, your real time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio. Intensity is based on your individual Heart Rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels. To top it off, our fitness coaches to lead the workout to prevent you from over or under training.

I haven't worked out in a long time? Can I still do the workout?

Of course. Orangetheory is geared toward ALL levels of fitness and everyone is free and encouraged to go at their own pace. We recommend trying a free introductory workout, then discussing any thoughts or questions you may have regarding your fitness goals, with your coach.

I have issues with (part of the body). Can I still do your workout?

Absolutely. Our coaches are trained to provide options for each exercise on the floor, in addition to offering a low-impact bike and strider alternative in place of the treadmill for lower body injuries or orthopedic restrictions.

What equipment do you use at Orangetheory?

Our workout room has a variety of equipment including treadmills (bikes and striders as alternatives), WaterRowers, and floor equipment including dumbbells, benches, TRX suspension trainers, medicine balls, and BOSU trainers.

What is OTbeat™?

OTbeat™ is our exclusive heart rate monitoring technology. Members have the unique experience of seeing real-time data during their workout, enabling them to push themselves to new limits. After class, they can then monitor their improvements through emailed results and by using the Orangetheory Fitness app.

What do the 5 zones mean, and why is the Orange zone so important?

Orangetheory is 5 Zone heart rate based interval training using specifically designed and timed interval training blocks. During a workout, members focus on Zones 3, 4 and 5. The workouts are designed to produce 12 minutes or more in Zones 4 & 5 combined (to achieve the after burn) during the treadmill training portion of the workout.

What are Splat points?

Splat Points indicate minutes spent in the orange and red zones. Aim for 12 or more Splat Points per class.

What is EPOC?

The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. Our 1 hour workout is designed to produce 12 minutes or more of intensities at 84% or higher of maximum heart rate. This program design produces workout “after burn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for up to 24 hours after the high intensity interval workout.

How early should I arrive for my first Orangetheory class?

We ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class to go over your fitness goals, get you set up on our heart-rate monitoring system, fill out any additional forms and introduce you to your fitness coach. After booking your first class, look out for an email to fill out our client intake form prior to your arrival. We recommend contacting your local studio for more information regarding your first class. See you soon!

What do I need for class?

A water bottle and a towel.

How do I book a class?

Book your first class by signing up online or calling the Orangetheory studio most convenient for you. Once you have an Orangetheory Fitness membership, download the Orangetheory Fitness app. With the app you will be able to easily view schedules, book classes and get access to  latest Orangetheory intel.

What health and safety measures are studios taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure?

It’s our top priority to keep our staff and members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As recommendations and data change rapidly, our Medical Advisory Board is working hard to ensure studios follow CDC guidance, in addition to state and local government guidance. We recommend contacting your local studio for more information.

How much does Orangetheory cost?

Our rates and fees vary based on studio, but your first workout is FREE* at most of our studios. Contact your local studio to discuss pricing when you redeem your free workout.

I’m pregnant. Can I still do the workout?

At Orangetheory Fitness, we recommend all pregnant women obtain clearance from their medical provider prior to beginning an exercise routine during pregnancy. You can read this blog post for more information about exercising during pregnancy and Orangetheory-specific considerations for each trimester.

Where is the closest Orangetheory to me?

We have over 1,500 locations worldwide. To find the studio nearest you, check out our full list of locations, by state and country.

Does Orangetheory have a referral promotion?

Yes! As an active member, refer a friend and save $50 on next month’s membership dues when your friend joins as a Premier or Elite member. For additional questions, visit the Refer a Friend FAQ here.

Can I pay for Orangetheory with my HSA/FSA funds?

You may be eligible for up to 30% savings on your Orangetheory membership by utilizing your HSA/FSA funds. To determine if you are eligible, please follow the steps below.

What is an HSA/FSA?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) and a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) are tax-favored accounts that can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses.

How does my HSA/FSA make my Orangetheory membership more affordable?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows eligible individuals to pay for qualified medical expenses with pre-tax dollars.

How can I use my HSA/FSA for an Orangetheory membership?

Eligible individuals can:

  1. Speak with their licensed healthcare provider (e.g., MD, DO, NP, PA, etc.) about prescribing physical activity.
  2. Get a Letter of Medical Necessity from their healthcare provider, including a diagnosis of a specific disease (e.g., hypertension, obesity, heart disease, etc.) and indicating that physical activity is necessary to treat the specific disease.
  3. Become a member.
  4. Ask for an itemized receipt.
  5. Submit documents to their HSA/FSA provider for reimbursement.
How much can you contribute?

For eligible individuals, up to $4,150 ($8,300 for families) to HSAs and $3,200 to FSAs in 2024.

When is a membership a qualified medical expense?
  • A healthcare provider has diagnosed a patient with a specific disease.
  • The licensed provider (e.g., MD, DO, NP, PA, etc.) has written a Letter of Medical Necessity indicating that physical activity is necessary to treat the specific disease.
  • The patient would not incur the physical activity expense “but for” the specific disease, meaning it is an activity not pursued prior to the diagnosis.
What are the steps to utilize my HSA/FSA funds for an Orangetheory membership?
  1. Check with your employer or health plan to determine if you have an HSA or FSA. If you do not, discuss with them when the next enrollment period is.
  2. Speak with your healthcare provider about prescribing physical activity.
  3. Get a Letter of Medical Necessity completed by your provider. Use the Letter of Medical Necessity template from your HSA/FSA provider, completed by your provider, including diagnosis and recommended treatment.
  4. Become a member and ask for an itemized receipt.
  5. Submit documents to your HSA/FSA provider for reimbursement.
Do you accept HSA/FSA cards?

No - not at this time.

Can my health insurance pay for an Orangetheory membership?

Potentially - yes. Our partners offer Orangetheory basic or elite memberships at a subsidized cost through your health plan or employer. The best way to determine if you are eligible for these programs through your health plan is by looking into your health, wellness, or fitness offerings. Please check your health plan for the following programs:

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