David Lanz always knew that someday he would own a gym. Someday is turning out to be next month, when Lanz’s group interval fitness studio, Orangetheory Fitness will open on Central Street in Evanston.
“This is a one-hour results oriented workout, half cardio, half resistance training, and led by an instructor, so it’s group personal training,” said Lanz, a University of Delaware graduate who has owned many small businesses throughout his professional life.
Lanz found out about Orangetheory Fitness – a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based franchise with 61 locations in the U.S. and 206 in development – about a year ago while doing online research to open up his own health club. He liked the concept so much that he decided to try a class at the Naperville location.
“The energy that was in the room, the results people were talking about, and the science behind it were unbelievable, and I immediately knew I wanted to be involved,” said Lanz, who is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of sports Medicine.
Orangetheory Fitness uses interval based training that includes water rowing, cycling, elliptical training, walking and jogging or running, along with weight training blocks using free weights, medicine balls and bands.
Every participant wears a heart rate monitor, and the goal is to increase the heart rate to 85 percent or higher of the maximum heart rate (known as the orange zone) for 12-20 minutes of a one hour session.
“When you get into the orange zone, you experience excess post-oxygen consumption, which is an effect that causes your body to continue burning oxygen for 36 hours afterwards,” said Lanz. “The result of that is additional fat loss.”
Lanz said the workout is for many different types of people, from conditioned athletes who want to maintain their performance to men and women who want to lose weight.
Dana Leonard is the head coach of the girls basketball team at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, as well as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Leonard will be teaching classes as Orangetheory Fitness.
“You’re going to get a cardio workout, plus strength and conditioning training,” said Leonard, who was a hall of fame basketball player for Glenbrook South, and who also played for Northwestern. “The science is there. You’re getting high intensity exercise and that yo-yo effect, so that the rest of the day you’ll be in a fat burning zone.”
Lanz, who lost a significant amount of weight 15 years ago and kept it off said Orangetheory Fitness isn’t just a business for him, and that his passion is in “paying it forward.”
“Fitness has to be part of my life for the rest of my life,” he said. “I want to be able to share this with people. I know how hard it is to lose weight and maintain a level of fitness, and this is a workout that will change people’s lives. It’s results oriented and it will work.”
Orangetheory Fitness offers monthly memberships or packages of sessions, which are available at the studio’s sales office located two doors down from where the facility will be.
“You will walk out of there feeling like, ‘Wow,’” said Leonard. “This is the best workout you can get, and if you are committed to three or four times a week, you are going to see results very quickly.”