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Orange is the New:)
Not all that much here today that was red, white and blue- although we did have an hour or so that was pretty star-spackled;) That was readying the final major surface for the backsplash tile, which is now almost entirely up.  It still needs to be grouted, and there may be some added to the final wall project, but all traces of the original Cheap-O™ tile, and of the stripped drywall behind that crap, are gone- except a remnant behind the fridge's eventual home that nobody will see.

The bigger color of the day was orange, both inside and out.

For the Fourth, I went to my Second- workout number two at a fairly new franchised outlet called Orangetheory Fitness.  I'm not sure what the theory is, or if it's even theirs, but I'm liking the concept. The length of each class, and the cost per, is about the same as what I'd been doing, but it is much more intense for that hour. One thing I know to be orange (besides the overall colour scheme in the place) is its coding of heart rates; you wear a monitor, and it displays on overhead screens along with those of the other 10-20 people in the group.  For the hour, you alternate among treadmills (unless you're me with a still-bum foot, and you use an elliptical-like "strider"), rowing machines, and freeweight-core stations.

Each day's class divides roughly into thirds of each, but each session is different from any other than those offered that day. My first was last Tuesday, and was heavy on rowing distance. My hamstrings were still screaming three mornings later.  Today's was more focused on speed and resistance, and I'm not in nearly as much pain.  The weight/core part maybe takes up half the time I'm used to spending an hour "in class" with, but it's still challenging, and was surrounded by over 1000 meters of rowing and 10 full miles of striding.  Your colour on the screen goes from gray when you first switch on to blue to green to orange, with a top heart rate of red that isn't encouraged.  The goal is to spend at least half the session in green or orange, and I've managed to do that twice, now. In theory, if you do that, you continue to burn calories for hours, even days after you finish- and they track an 800-900 calorie burn during the session itself.

It's too early to tell how this is working, but it's worked well for the friend who referred me, and now that I don't have the traction problems of earlier in the week, I'm looking forward to more.


The place is plenty corporate-fitness, and since Orange is the big idea, it's represented all over- both outside (a bunch of little kids' orange bikes are tied up out front, and they had a poor schnook in an orange costume waving down traffic on Transit after I left) but especially inside. There, the rowers, the step-up-no-I'm-not-doing-those decks, and especially the walls are all in that colour.

This suddenly made me feel more at home- and not just because I was wearing my orange 7 Line t-shirt:

That's after the kids put on the second coat today.  It replaces the colour scheme you can still see- brown above, whitish below- that's on the wall adjoining the garage behind it.  Eleanor's eventual plan is to rework the whole design of that area, lowering the two wooden cabinets that now hang from that wall and doing interesting things with metal, tile and colour.

Likely after that, she'll have another Theory, but I couldn't even begin to wonder what THAT will be;)
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warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: July 5th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the going from machine to machine for a longer workout. My last deployment, I was into that. One of the surgeons on the Trauma Team was saying how he liked doing that too: 3 different machines of 20 minutes, rather than staying at one station for the whole hour. I told him I agreed about that, both for workouts, and doing surgery: 3 short interventions is so much more satisfying than one long one. (Rarely, for a surgeon, he got the joke and liked it.)
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: July 10th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I love orange. It's nearly impossible to be crabby around the cheerful, sunshiny color, and that shade isn't too bright or obnoxious. Great choice.
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