I Climbed Mt. Everest Today at Orange Theory Fitness

Have you ever been a part of a program where you know it’s going to be brutal no matter what, so why even bother finding out what is going to happen before you show up?

That’s how I feel every time I go to Orange Theory Fitness.

I know the workouts are intense every time.

I know I’m going to sweat a lot for an hour.

I know I’m going to get my heart rate up and earn my 12+ SPLAT points so that I can burn calories for the next 24 hours.

I know the workout is different every time.

So, why bother pre-torturing myself by checking out on the app which workout is going to happen before I go to class? That would just trip me up.

So, I don’t.

I don’t check out what’s coming. I just show up to do the work.

Today was Mt. Everest day.

I had no idea what that meant and quickly learned that this is the most brutal of all workouts on the treadmill. So brutal that it only happens once a quarter.

Here’s what happens on Mt. Everest day…

On the treadmill, you start at a 1% incline and at a speed of 3.5 MPH or higher (for power walkers like myself – for runners and joggers they are at a 5-6 MPH jog).

Every 60 seconds the incline increases by 1% until you reach the max 15% incline. Then every 60 seconds you decrease your incline by 1% until you reach 1% again.

Keeping your speed steady.

I wasn’t able to keep my speed steady.

At the 6% incline, I had to reduce my speed to around 3 MPH. Then I reduced it again around 10% incline to 2.6. I was able to keep it steady after that.

Since I mistakenly started my climb at 2%, I was the lucky one that got to spend two whole minutes at the 15% incline. Yay me…

On the way down, relativity set in and 10% felt easy compared to 15% and my heart rate started to drop out of the orange zone, so I had to increase my speed up to 3 MPH. I had to increase my speed again around 8% back up to 3.5 to keep my heart rate up.

As my calves were on fire, I reflected on how fascinating relativity is. That the more you push your limits in the uncomfortable zone, the easier all the other stuff before it becomes.

It’s like when it’s fall and the temperature drops from the 80’s and it becomes 40 degrees outside – it’s sooooo cold!

Then after a few weeks of below freezing temperatures around 15 degrees and it warms back up to 40 degrees it actually feels warm.

It felt the same way with Mt. Everest.

The best part is, I walked out of that class with a renewed sense of appreciation for myself.

I know that if this former couch potato can make it over Mt. Everest at OTF, then you can too.

Here are my results for the day:

Oh! And remember that Facebook Post I shared with you in the last post? They put it in the newsletter for this month. I was so honored by it. Here it is:

Now, I don’t expect you to get out there and climb Mt. Everest too, but I encourage you to move today, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. If I can do it, so can you!

(Not Sweaty) Hugs,

Written by Natalie Collins
Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Brilliant Business Coach. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.