Earlier this week, I attended the launch party for Carrie Underwood’s new fitness line CALIA at Orangetheory Fitness in Chelsea. A few days before the launch, I received a beautiful package in the mail that contained the outfit below. When I unpacked the box, I was immediately impressed by the quality of the fabric and unique prints. Let’s be honest, you never know what you’re going to get with celebrity-endorsed products. Carrie did a great job with her collection. The Printed Tight includes double-layered fabric for thickness and a zippered pocket at the waist. The Essential Tank Top and Double Strap Bra are seamless and soft. I was most impressed by the Essential Fitness Jacket. It’s made of a thick, nylon fabric with feminine details and thumb holes. I’ll be wearing it to and from classes as spring approaches. I love the other sweaters from the collection, as well. The CALIA team sent the outfit for bloggers and media to wear to a class at the new Orangetheory studio.
What took Orangetheory so long to get here?! I’ve heard the franchise compared to Barry’s Bootcamp for about a year now and have been waiting to make a comparison of my own. According to Orangetheory, “Like any theory, ours is backed by science. The idea of Orangetheory is simple: a 60-minute work out designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates ‘Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,’ or EPOC. It’s what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.” As soon as class began, I noticed three elements that I preferred over a Barry’s workout–heart monitors, water rowers, and personal strength stations.
During the workout, which incorporates intervals of cardio and strength, you can check a monitor to see your heart rate and whether your effort is in Zones 1-4. It’s an easy way to make sure you’re pushing yourself. The instructor recommended being in Zone 4 for 12+ minutes of class. I finished at 30+ minutes and felt it the next day. The cardio intervals were a mix of treadmill sprints, treadmill inclines, and rowing sprints. I’m not a huge treadmill fan (a Barry’s staple), but I love the water rower. Finally, it was great to have a set of weights, a BOSU, and a TRX at my own station during the strength segment. It’s not fun to trip over panting classmates to get your equipment. The class moved quickly and torched 700+ calories. Great cross training for runners! Oh, and did I mention that Carrie Underwood herself curated the playlist? Nothing like sprinting to Before He Cheats. I’m already looking forward to my second class!
Images via CALIA