Aisyah Mohamed Rafa’ee took Singapore to the Olympic games, and now she’s taken on trying out as many GuavaPass classes as she can get her hands on!
There were a few things that had Aisyah hooked on GuavaPass – the ability of classes to fit into her busy schedule, the range of workouts, and the resulting effects on her body trying out so many different styles.
So we gave her some recommendations and set her on a path of #GuavaGains!
For the next few weeks, she’ll be dedicating her time to trying out the best Singapore GuavaPass has to offer. Follow her adventures here on The Daily Guava and via her Instagram (@ariesyah).
I was excited to try out a class at Orange Theory from all the good things I’ve heard, so I signed up for a lunchtime class at Tanjong Pagar and I am just astonished to how orange the gym is! I told the staff to help me take photos of the class while we are working out because they have a “no phones” policy in the gym- which I totally approve of. When I browsed through my photos folder on my phone after the session, I have never seen so much orange in my life!
The staff was one of the friendliest bunch I’ve ever met in my GuavaPass adventures. It’s required for first timers to the gym to arrive at the studio 30 minutes before the workout begins so that the staff is able to walk us through the equipment, which is basically just the treadmill, a water rower, some dumbbells and a TRX suspension trainer. The staff also handed me a heart rate monitor and strap that is provided for free for the first two classes. This heart rate monitor is where the beauty of the Orange Theory concept lies.
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After having the heart rate monitor strapped to my chest, I could see my heart rate displayed on TV screens on the wall in the gym. The screen also tells me which zone I am in indicated by different colors- grey, blue, green, orange and red. The target is to hit the orange zone as much as I can to collect “points”- AH-HA!
That is where the name “orange theory” comes from! What a revelation!
The orange zone indicates the zone where training is considered hard; when the heart rate is around 80-90% of my max. Anything lower than the orange zone indicates that I am not pushing hard enough and anything above means that I am pushing too hard. If I remember correctly explained by one of the coaches, the longer one maintains at the orange zone, the longer the afterburn will last, which is basically the calories that will continue to burn even after training is over.
I love how much I am learning from this GuavaPass adventure!
Each session lasts for 60 mins, half of which is spent on the treadmill and on the rowing machine, and the other half at the weights area. Each session has a focus. Each class is unique and is designed by the Orange Theory HQ in USA. The class I attended was focusing on endurance, therefore, we were doing something like 6 mins on the treadmill and 6 mins on the rowing machine at different paces and going back and forth on the treadmill and then to the rower for several sets with very limited rest.
At the end of the half-hour, we moved on to the weight section. The workouts were shown on the TV screens but were explained clearly and demonstrated by the coach. I like the fact that the second half of the session is designed carefully in such a way that participants do not rush through the exercises, which does not compromise the safety when it comes to lifting weights. We perform them at our own time and target and using the weights that were heavy enough to create resistance but not to the extent that it causes injury.
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After the workout, the coach led us through a series of static stretches while congratulating us on the total number of calories burned as a group in the class and explained the graphs that were displayed on the screens.
I must admit the session was one of the hardest I’ve experienced since I signed up with GuavaPass but I think I know why. I found myself often stealing glances on the TV screen to find out whether I am hitting the right heart rate zones and it gives me an instant feedback on my performance. Sometimes I may feel that I’m pushing really hard but if my heart rate reflects that it is still quite low, I know that there is still capacity to give it a little bit more push. I cannot afford to slack off during the sessions too because the coach is able to see my heart rate. I did enjoy the session and it was definitely a good workout. My legs were so sore the next couple of days- but it was the kind of sore I like because it means that I have pushed hard. I strongly believe that if I were to continue to do this long-term I can benefit greatly from it.
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