Trial Run: Orangetheory Fitness

We step up to the workouts offered by this national chain of boutique gyms.

Guinea Pigs: Taylor Carik and Emily Howald

What: A national chain of boutique gyms that take interval workouts to the next level. Orangetheory maximizes each session with small class sizes and real-time data about your personal performance on overhead monitors.

Why: How’s your winter shaping up? How are those New Year’s resolutions going? We thought so.

Our Take: A robust combination of cardio, plyometrics, rowing, and suspension band training, the hour-long classes aren’t for the faint of heart. But if you want to get out of your workout rut, this intense training program that moves your heart rate in and out of target zones will do the trick.  

Small Print: $25 for a single class; packages are also available. Three metro locations including 3252A W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-926-8626, orangetheoryfitness.com