Goodbye, 'Blah' 7

Hello, Fun Workouts 
That Promise Serious Results

It’s that time of year again. We’ve looked back on the past 12 months and made our New Year’s resolutions, promising ourselves to make this year our best one yet. Now it’s time to get started. Beginning an exercise routine, or choosing a healthier lifestyle in general, is a resolution that gets made year after year (and often by the same people). This time we will definitely live the active, healthy lifestyle that we didn’t quite master last year (and congratulations to those of you who did)!

Either way, a commitment to working out two to three times a week for the next year probably means a lot of repetition, and a lot of dragging yourself to the gym (or to your living room) and sweating away on a workout of your own design. Chances are, it’s the same one that you tried to stick with last year, and it’s boring.

Two new Cleveland County fitness centers set out to bust the blah from traditional workout routines while promising some serious results. If you’re looking to start a new fitness regimen that you can get excited about, or if you simply want to add a little spice to your current routine, Orangetheory Fitness of Moore and Pure Barre of Norman offer the dynamic, unique workout experience that you’ve been craving. P.S. Trying new things is also a great resolution!

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory offers a new type of total-body workout, focusing on heart rate during interval training for a highly effective, results-focused exercise experience that promises increased energy and visible toning.

Participants wear heart rate monitors, and are guided through intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with the goal of producing a cumulative 12 minutes or more in the “Orange Zone” (84 to 91 percent of their max heart rate). This stimulates metabolism and keeps the body burning calories at a faster rate for up to 36 hours post-workout (termed the Orangetheory Fitness “afterburn,” or the “Orange Effect”).

Launched in Fort Lauderdale in 2010, Orangetheory is the first technique to use heart rate monitoring to incorporate this idea of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (afterburn), for a “personalized, scientific approach” to high-intensity interval training.

The award-winning workout utilizes treadmills, rowing machines, TRX® suspension training and free weights in a dynamic group setting while offering the attention and guidance of an experienced personal trainer.

Classes are an hour long, and participants can burn up to 900 calories, including afterburn.

“The great thing about Orangetheory is that it really is for everyone. You’re only competing against yourself and your own heart rate,” says Jay Bhakta, owner of the Moore Orangetheory studio. He notes that “the Orange Zone for one person might be a brisk walk, while someone else might need to be running to get their heart rate to that same level.”

The studio had its soft opening at the beginning of this month. Although you can join at any time, sign up before Jan. 19 for the opportunity to take up to four classes for free before the official opening on Jan. 20!

Orangetheory is located on 825 SW 19th St. in Moore. Membership is good at any of the hundreds of studios across the United States.

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Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a fun blend of ballet, Pilates and yoga that uses precise movements, choreographed to energizing music, to target specific muscle groups. The 55-minute low-impact, high-intensity total-body workout promises to lift and tone, burning calories while gaining lean muscle.

“It’s a high-energy, fast-paced group workout,” explains Tiffany Tatum, co-owner of the Norman location, noting that the class utilizes light weights to tone the arms, and the ballet barre for a variety of exercises that work the thighs and seat. “The music and choreography are always changing, so you’ll never experience the same class twice.”

Pure Barre focuses on using small, isometric movements to work muscle groups to fatigue, allowing you to stretch the muscles while they are still warm and flexible. The goal is to help you burn fat while you strengthen and lengthen your muscles.

And don’t let the ballet barre intimidate you. You don’t have to be a dancer in any shape or form to try Pure Barre, although strengthening your core while improving flexibility and balance may just give you the confidence and inspiration to try out some new hobbies as well.

“I discovered Pure Barre when my husband and I relocated for his job,” recounts Tatum. “Living in a new city, it was a place where I could feel comfortable. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love!”

Tatum first became an instructor before she decided with her husband, Brett Tatum, to bring the fitness center back home to Oklahoma.

She is also excited that Pure Barre offers high-end women’s fitness apparel in the studio’s retail space, including brands such as lululemon, Beyond Yoga and Alo in addition to Pure Barre branded apparel. “It’s great because now people don’t have to drive too far to find these brands.”

Pure Barre is located on 1680 24th Ave NW in Norman, and is now open.

For more information visit or download the Pure Barre app to view and purchase class schedules, find nearby studios and more.