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Orangetheory opens first urban location in Valley

Orangetheory Fitness, an energizing group interval fitness concept broken into cardiovascular and strength training, opened its 18th Valley location in the heart of Phoenix. The new studio is located under Lucky Strike and Stand Up Live at CityScape Phoenix, next to CVS.

“We are honored to join the Downtown Phoenix neighborhood and become a part of this vibrant community,” said Matt Kafora, owner of the newest Orangetheory Fitness studio. Kafora is also the owner of three additional Orangetheory Fitness locations in the Valley. “Our newest location is a perfect fit for the vivacious CityScape Phoenix development. We cater to the hustle and bustle of downtown Phoenix, from the working professional to the busy college student. This workout offers a fun and unique way for members of all levels to stay active and meet their various fitness goals.”

Orangetheory Fitness is backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Orangetheory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX Suspension Training and free weights. Participants can expect to burn anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories per 60-minute session. The result from this workout is the “Orange Effect” – meaning more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.

Orangetheory Fitness Downtown Phoenix also features Orangetheory Fitness’ newest heart rate monitoring system, OTbeat. This system uses Bluetooth connection to give quick stats on calories burned, track the amount of time spent in different zones during a workout and more. In addition to using OTbeat during class, members can also utilize the monitoring system to track physical activity outside of class.

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CityScape offers summer deals to beat the heat

It’s not the Arizona heat that’s sizzling, it’s Summer in the City at CityScape Phoenix offering smoking deals, special events and a whole lot of cool fun throughout the summer.

With temperatures rising, Summer in the City gives Phoenicians a reason to venture outside to grab a bite, a refreshing cocktail or even do a little shopping while CityScape tenants offer great deals and discounts from now through Labor Day.

In addition to restaurants and retailer specials, CityScape will feature live entertainment and pop-up events at Patriots Park including free concerts, game nights, live art exhibitions and family movie nights. Two events are already scheduled including former X-Factor Contestant Ryan Sims performing live on June 23 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. On June 30, Caribbean Cruisers Steel Drum Band will perform from 11:30am – 1:00pm. More dates will be announced online in the coming days.

Take advantage of the fun with these CityScape Phoenix specials:

The Arrogant Butcher

The Arrogant Butcher knows one thing is essential to your summer being top-notch this year — a great Happy Hour. From 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday, enjoy sunshine specials at The Arrogant Butcher.


The Corner

Everyone’s favorite downtown Phoenix neighborhood hangout, The Corner, is offering 20 percent off the total purchase and $3 mimosas for staycationers at Hotel Palomar. If you’re just dropping by for a CityScape event, they’ve still got you covered with $5 wine by the glass.

http://www.cityscapephoenix.com/restaurants/the-corner/, 602.252.7600

Copper Blues

Copper Blues combines three elements that everyone can appreciate: beer, music and food. Throw in two beer flights plus two appetizers for $19 and you have the perfect formula for a memorable night out with friends.

http://www.copperblueslive.com/phoenix/, 480.719.5005

Lucky Strike

Whether you’re planning an event with your colleagues or looking to escape the monotony of summer workdays, you can beat the heat with two games for the price of one, Monday-Thursday from 11am–3pm at Lucky Strike.

http://www.bowlluckystrike.com/locations/arizona/phoenix/, 602.732.5490

rePose Salon & Spa

Hot summer days make perfect spa days. Pamper yourself at rePose Salon and Spa with 20 percent off a service of your choice.

http://www.reposesalonandspa.net, 480.478.1701

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept, will open its doors for training sessions this month. The new studio will have a VIP grand opening party, open to the public, on Wednesday, June 24. To RSVP click here. Can’t make it to the grand opening? Try two free sessions this summer.

http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/downtown-phoenix, 954.530.6903

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden

Recently named one of the best hotel rooftop bars by USA Today, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden plans to keep things cool with events nearly every night of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.

http://www.lustrerooftopgarden.com/pool.php, 480.478.1765

Hotel Palomar

Extend your summer fun with a staycation at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. With several packages to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect summer staycation for you.

http://www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com/, 602.253.6633

The Strand Urban Italian

There’s no better cure for a hot summer day than a delicious frozen margarita. The Strand Urban Italian has your fix with $4 Frozen Italian Margaritas all summer long.

http://www.thestranditalian.com, 602.253.1600

V’s Barbershop

Once you’ve visited V’s, you’ll never get your hair cut anywhere else. From the real barber chairs, to the head and neck massage, V’s Barbershop sets a new standard. Stop in for that summer “do” and receive a haircut, straight razor shave, shampoo massage, and hot towel service for $39. Kick the pampering up a notch with a facial and face massage for an additional $20.

http://vbarbershop.com/locations/cityscape-phoenix/, 602.466.1888

Fractured Prune

Staycationers at Hotel Palomar can enjoy 15 percent off at Fractured Prune. Where others offer rows of preconceived doughnut flavors, Fractured Prune offers infinite choices. With flavors like banana cream pie, caramel bliss, cookies and cream, and chocolate covered cherry, you can’t go wrong.

http://fracturedprune.com/location/phoenix-az/, 602.795.3004

Yogurt Time

Frozen yogurt and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially when receiving 15 percent off your total purchase. With classic frozen yogurt flavors and an extensive list of seasonal favorites on rotation, your taste buds will thank you.

http://www.cityscapephoenix.com/restaurants/yogurttime/, 602.258.0899

Mybullfrog.com/Verizon Wireless

Recharge at mybullfrog.com/Verizon Wireless with $5 off any power accessory. Coupon available via MBF app.

http://www.gowireless.com/shop/gowireless, 602.254.1024

CityScape Splash Pad

CityScape’s splash pad is open to the public throughout the summer. The water fountains are a fun place for kids to splash, play and cool off while everyone enjoys the fresh air and takes advantage of fun and free activities.


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Orangetheory Fitness will open at CityScape

On the heels of the recent openings of GrabbaGreen, Fractured Prune Doughnut and EOS Fitness, CityScape Phoenix will welcome yet another new tenant in late April when Orangetheory Fitness opens its doors.

The fast-growing, national fitness franchise has 19 existing or planned locations across the Valley and this new 3,150 square-foot studio at CityScape will be the first in Downtown Phoenix.

“Orangetheory is one of the hottest fitness brands in the country right now and we’re excited to add them to the mix at CityScape,” said Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development at RED. “This is a great workout option for anyone who works or lives downtown.”

Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart-rate-monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX® suspension training and free weights, burning an average of 500 – 1,000 calories, including after-burn. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout. Orangetheory Fitness was recently ranked No. 399 in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List and No. 403 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500® list of the top franchises in the world. 

For more information, visit www.orangetheoryfitness.com. For more information about CityScape Phoenix, tenants and to see what’s happening today, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com.

The area developer of Orangetheory Fitness and her husband decided to give back by taking a trip led by Return Hope International and opening a water well in the slums of Africa. Photo by Robin Sendele, AZ Big Media

Renner’s hustle pays off with Orangetheory

Looking back at her college bio, Becky Renner recollects writing, “I want to run a fitness facility with my husband.” Renner’s enthusiasm for the world of fitness gave her the determination needed to reach her dream career as an area developer of Orangetheory Fitness.

Renner married her college sweetheart, Travis Renner, and had four children. Travis worked in sales at a local gym and Renner owned a daycare service as she raised her children, but the couple wanted more.

In 2012, Renner founded a fitness studio based on group personal training and she made the decision to buy the Arizona area of Orangetheory Fitness. At first, business was slow and the process was stalled until her first location at Dana Park in Mesa was opened.

“We had literally, absolutely nothing in the beginning of this,” she said. “We had four kids, no job, no money, and making maybe $400 a month. We had nothing. What I learned was you just have to keep working, even when you know two years down the road there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Renner’s hardwork and commitment kicked into high gear as she and her husband sold all 24 Orangetheory licenses within six months.

“As area developers, we find people who want to invest and start their own Orangetheory Fitness studios (in Arizona),” she said. “You take the concept and you open it up.”

By the end of 2014, Renner had overseen the opening of 14 locations in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Leawood, Kansas.

“Our goal is to really help people lose weight, get in shape, enjoy their workouts, and hopefully fight obesity,” Renner said. “Highest on my priority list are the things I love. I love fitness, I love my family, and I love being an owner and being in the business world.”


For Protein’s Sake: To eat, or not to eat, protein is the question…

There is a lot of misconception and confusion out there about protein. Is it good? Is it bad? Is there such thing as too much protein? Will it make me fat? Fear no more, as personal trainer Daren Parks from Orangetheory Fitness separates fact from fiction when it comes to protein.

Q:  I am trying to gain weight and muscle and I keep hearing about people drinking all these protein shakes to build muscle.  How do I know what I need?

A:  Making the connection about your body’s need for protein and how to do it safely is critical when trying to change body composition.

The question surrounding optimal protein has been a debated issue for many years.  The latest edition of the Recommended Dietary Allowances recommends that adults ingest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (g/kg)….huh? Here is how to figure out the amount of protein that is right for YOU and your body: divide your body weight by 2.2 to determine your weight in kilograms. Next, multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.8 (for the grams of protein).  The result is the number of grams of protein required per day for your body weight. Now that you know how much protein you should be eating, what is the importance of eating protein?

The principle role of protein in the body is to build and repair your body’s tissues, which includes ligaments, tendons and muscles.  Protein also acts as an enzyme to facilitate the body’s reactions and make up the body’s hormones and antibodies.  In addition, it helps maintain the body’s fluid and electrolyte balance. Protein is a necessity for your body, but it is NOT a major source of energy. It may be used for energy in cases when individuals do not consume enough calories or carbohydrates, but in this situation it is used as an energy source rather than for its intended purpose.  On the other hand, excessive amounts of protein can cause liver and kidney damage, dehydration, elevated blood cholesterol, loss of urinary calcium and excess fat storage.  Research has shown that while exercise does increase an individual’s requirement for protein, research has also shown that protein needs are not always as high as some athletes may think. Most exercise enthusiasts do NOT exercise/weight train at an intensity that warrants additional protein. Protein requirements vary with the type and intensity of exercise performed and the total energy consumed.

Here are a few protein myths and the facts behind them:

Myth #1: Weightlifting requires adding protein to your diet through supplementation.
Answer: False. Perhaps power lifting as seen in the Olympics, but not the average weight training exercise of three-to-four times per week.

Myth #2: A high protein, low carbohydrate diet will result in lower body fat and overall body weight.
Answer: False. A high protein diet makes it difficult to maintain a low-fat diet because many protein sources are also high in fat. Whenever you consume more protein than your body requires, the excess amino acids are stored as fat. Any weight loss that you might experience is temporary and due to dehydration.

Now that the basics of protein have been uncovered, be sure to eat the right amount of protein not only for your body, but for protein’s sake.
About Orangetheory Fitness:
Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX Suspension Training® and free weights, burning an average of 900 calories per session. The result is the Orange Effect –more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.

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Understanding and Revamping YOUR Metabolism

Metabolism: it is the term that is either the bearer of all of evil for some, or the saving grace for everyone else. We have all seen or heard about the effects of having a really slow metabolism or being blessed with a supercharged metabolism…. but is it true for those of us who are deemed unfortunate, that we cannot do anything to change it and speed up our metabolism?

Don’t worry, it is a fallacy that we are unable to control our metabolism; there is hope for those who have a slow metabolism because you can indeed speed up your metabolism. Before we jump into the deep end trying to explain how to speed up your metabolism, lets look at some important fitness terms for complete understanding:

•    TDEE : Total Daily Energy Expenditure
•    RMR :  Resting Metabolic Rate
•    DIT : Diet Induced Thermogenisis
•    Kcal :  short for kilocalorie, it  is a measurement of the amount of energy in the foods you eat
•    EPOC :  excess post-exercise oxygen consumption
Metabolism is the term that is used to describe the bodily process that involves all chemical reactions of biomolecules within the body to maintain the living state of the cells of an organism. Your metabolic rate, or the amount of energy you expend daily, is determined by three factors. These factors include your resting metabolic rate, thermic effect of activity, and the thermic effect of food consumption.

Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the largest component of energy expenditure.  RMR comprises approximately 60-75% of the total daily energy expenditure – talk about a big chunk!  Each of us requires a minimum level of energy to sustain vital functions such as heartbeat and breathing and immune function in a woken state.  Body composition (fat-free mass or muscle mass), age and gender are just a few factors that may impact RMR.

Thermic effect of activity is extremely important when it comes to increasing RMR. Thermic effect of activity refers to all of the activities you perform throughout the day, from going to the gym, to running errands, to simplistic and non-conscious movements such as your fidgeting problem. This type of activity is referred to as NEAT or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. If you tap your foot or shake your leg while you’re working at your desk, you’re burning more calories through NEAT.
Normally, the thermic effect of activity accounts for about 20% of your daily energy expenditure, although it can be as high as 30% for people who have active jobs or spend a lot of time at the gym. Unlike your resting metabolic rate, which you have limited control over, you can control your thermic effect of activity by controlling how much you exercise and move around during the day.

Get off the couch and get going! It is important to note that despite what you may hear or want to admit, physical activity has by far the most profound effect on human energy expenditure or metabolism.  World-class athletes nearly double their TDEE with 3 to 4 hours of intense training.  “Big muscle” exercise, such as running, swimming and high intensity interval training,, appears to yield the best results.  High intensity interval training combines resistance training with cardiovascular exercise. One of the best places in the Valley to get this kind of workout is Orangetheory Fitness. Orangetheory fitness not only combines strength training and interval cardiovascular training every class, but they are also backed by the science of EPOC for maximum metabolism stimulation and increased energy.

In addition, RMR appears to decrease by 2 to 3 percent with age.  However, studies reveal that regular endurance and resistance training offset the decrease in resting metabolism that usually accompanies aging.  Each one-pound gain in fat-free mass increases RMR by seven to 10 kcals per day.

The third factor, in thermic effect of food is the fancy way for saying “the process your body goes through to break down and process food.” Food consumption and the process your body uses for the breakdown of each meal increases your metabolic energy.  This is known as Diet-Induced Thermogenesis (DIT) and accounts for 10% of TDEE.  While the quality and type of food consumed effects the magnitude of DIT, thermic effects of food generally reaches maximum caloric burn within an hour after completing a meal.  Advocates of consuming a high-protein diet for weight reduction base their argument on the relatively large calorigenic effect of ingested protein.  In other words, a meal of pure protein elicits a high thermic effect due to the extra energy required by the liver to synthesize protein and convert amino acids to glucose…meaning you are burning more calories when you eat high protein diets because it takes more energy to digest protein.

What does burning calories really come down too? Daily physical activity that involves both strength training and high intensity cardiovascular interval training yields the best results. The combination of cardio and strength can help individuals increase the total calories burned during, and after, their workout has ended.  Studies suggest that high intensity interval training will boost metabolism above and beyond traditional cardiovascular or strength training alone.  In fact, one may burn up to up to five times the number of calories burned in 60 minutes of high intensity interval training 24 to 36 hours after the workout has ended, which is referred to as excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC). Orangetheory Fitness’s workout is based on the science of EPOC and each Orangetheory member wears a heart rate monitor throughout the one-hour fitness class to ensure that they are reaching their target heart rate zone that results in EPOC.

Here is a quick overview of how to boost your metabolism: be sure to include protein with each meal in order to enhance the number of calories burned while eating (but don’t over do it!).  Always couple protein sources with other macronutrients for maximum nutrition and include some herbs and spices, such as chili pepper and cayenne powder that have been shown to potentially boost metabolic rate. Most importantly, go do something to get those muscles working everyday. You are the only one who can change your RMR and you have the power to do so.

About Orangetheory Fitness:
Orangetheory Fitness (www.orangetheoryfitness.com) is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX Suspension Training® and free weights, burning an average of 900 calories per session. The result is the Orange Effect –more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.

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How Amanda Borden Stays In Olympic Shape In Her 30s

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and owner of Gold Medal Gymnastics, Amanda Borden, keeps in shape, but it hasn’t always been easy — especially now in her 30s.

“I retired from gymnastics when I was about 21, and my body went through a lot of changes,” Borden says. “Through my 30s, I had two kids, and my life changed a lot, too. Finding time to workout was extremely difficult, and finding something that motivated me to actually workout was even harder.”

She continued to workout but had trouble getting results, especially compared to the immediate results she used to see in her 20s.

So, to get back in Olympic shape, Borden turned to Orangetheory Fitness, a workout completed in four 10-30 minute intervals throughout an hour, including cardio intervals, weight training routines, rowing and suspension straps. The workout helps build strength and increase energy with noticeable results in three months.

“I’ve always been a very motivated person, but actually doing a workout that is going to challenge me enough to get the results I want is really hard to do without having someone else push you,” says Borden, who frequents the Orangetheory Fitness in Chandler. “The Orangetheory workout challenges me every time I’m there, and it pushes me to places I would never push myself.

“The great thing is that each trainer is really different in his or her style and approach to the workout, so it really feels like no two classes are the same. In one hour at Orangetheory, I get in a killer cardio and strength workout, and I’m really pushing my endurance to the max at the same time.”

In addition to attending Orangetheory classes, Borden says she tries to do something active every day.

“Workout at Orangetheory, go for a run, ride bikes with my kids, etc.,” she adds. “I find that if I build fitness activities into my life, it’s much easier to get a routine and stick with it!”

For more information about Amanda Borden and Orangetheory Fitness, including locations, visit goldmedalgym.com and orangetheoryfitness.com, respectively.