4 Reasons We Love Orange Theory and Other HIIT Trends

4 Reasons We Love Orange Theory and Other HIIT Trends

You know how we feel about Fitness.  If not read here: F is for Fitness

Getting people to make a change in their lives and move toward health and fitness is our goal.  That doesn’t have to be with us.  In fact, there have to be other options.  We can only truly take care of around 400 people.

For those that do make a change.  We have seen that they look for what is next.  We are here and ready for them when they come.  With 10 years of experience, we know what works, and what works long term.

Our gym is not a cardio commodity.  Real long-term change involves more than a “Fat burning hour”.

We have an abundance mindset when it comes to clients.  We know that everyone is not for us and that we are not the best fit for everyone.  Rochester, MN has plenty of clients for fitness businesses.  These gyms and systems are good for Rochester and they are good for us.  Here are four reasons we love them:

  1. They are introducing masses of people to high-intensity interval training. Their marketing machine is effective at getting more people off of the couch and through their doors because they have made HIIT trendy, sexy and non-threatening. The “jump” to CrossFit (which we know isn’t a jump at all, but bear with me here) looks a lot more manageable after an athlete has some experience with other methodology.
  2. These gyms have introduced a higher price point to the market at about $30/class. CrossFit used to boast the most expensive price tag in the group fitness category, but now, millions of people have been conditioned to see the value in paying $150-$250/month to pursue their fitness goals.
  3. There is a built-in limitation and proverbial ceiling to their fitness precisely because they are replicable: athletes often reach a plateau with their results or experience monotony and boredom. We often hear how well P90x and Insanity work the first time, but on the second or third time through the DVDs, people are less inclined to push themselves as hard because they know what’s coming. The mental stimulation and novelty have worn off, leaving them looking for the next fitness movement to try.
  4. The Cardio aspect of Orangetheary is a great work out.  I love it.  If you love treadmills and pushing your limits, then it is worth a try.  I was not a fan of the strength portion.  Been there done that.  But it is a good work out.

There is no need to look at Orangetheory, Burn Boot Camp, Ferrells, or even P90X as competition at all. They are great starting points for all of those 120,000 couch-bound potential CrossFitters within our five-mile radius. You can only run on a treadmill so many times, row 500m so many times, and do so many burpees before you begin to ask yourself if this is the rest of your fitness life. We get just as many 100 miles a week runners who are looking to lose twenty-five pounds, as we do HIIT gym transfers.  Not only do these workouts get boring, but they also stop working.  We are the next logical step. We are the “What’s next?”

Progression has evolved throughout our ten years, we don’t have high budget marketing campaigns, we don’t do free trials or discount memberships.  We are not a Cardio Commodity.  What we are is a group of people who care deeply about our clients and our clients’ experience.  Our coaches are professionals, they have years of experience.  They care.  They are good people who take pride in the gym and the people in it.

 People who are ready to find us will do so at the right time, and we will be ready as their final fitness destination.

Enter Progression…

Progression Fitness has a no sweat intro to first identify what the client’s goal is, and then prescribes the best program for the client. No round pegs in square holes… just consulting with our clients and helping them choose the best path of the many we have to offer.


CrossFit Class -Classic “CrossFit” with technical movements (Olympic Lifts & Gymnastics) and strength to improve performance.

Our Progression Track– Available in every CrossFit Class we have on the schedule.  CrossFit with (no technical Olympic Lifts) and strength to improve body composition. Needs vary by degree not kind.  You don’t need a senior citizen class.  You need great coaches. 

Rev Bootcamp:  A Separate class with longer workouts and traditional bootcamp movements.

Personal Training (Individual Design) which is 1:1 personal training with customized workouts specific to a client’s goals.  Progression is quickly becoming the leader in Personal Training in Rochester.  With a second to none facility and full-time Professional coaches, you get the attention and expertise you need to get your results quickly. 

Progression Hybrid – a combination of group classes and personal training to help a client meet their goals and train in an environment they are comfortable in.

Progression Nutrition – Partnered with a registered dietitian we create custom meal plans and provide accountability and support via 1:1 monthly or bi-monthly consults.

There is no one path for everyone. Each individual client has different needs and different goals.  When you meet with us we help you find the right path.  

If you are a member of one of the gyms above and looking for the “What’s next”, it may be time we sit down, talk about your specific goals and help you continue on your health and fitness journey, as your fitness and nutrition partner for life.

Joshua J Grenell