Orangetheory Fitness (5111 S. Harper Avenue) is new to the Hyde Park community. The owners are siblings Derek Hearne and Adryenne Hearne-Alvarez.
The Grand Opening VIP Party started at 5pm and ended around 8pm. Live music was provided by Dj Jamal Smallz of WGCI . He kept the party live and hyped.
There were free raffle prizes from Fleet Feet, State Farm Hyde Park, Kenwood School of Ballet, and others... Free food was provided by Eat Purely. A cool photo booth was provided by Bai Water. Bai water also provided free drink products.
Delicious pizza from Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery located in Hyde Park (5215 South Harper Avenue). My wife and I enjoyed the pizza. We'll be paying them a visit very soon!
As a former sports coach (Chicago Park District and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago) and as a former Physical Education Instructor (Boys and Girls Club of Chicago), I think what gives Orangetheory Fitness a special edge is their focus on group classes, which is probably more effective relative to weight loss than an open fitness style type of training where people come to the gym and workout on their own.
At Orangetheory Fitness you have a certified fitness coach leading classes. There's also a heart monitor device connected to each participant which tracks heart rate, speed, calories, and encourages you when to slow down and chill or go full throttle and kick major ass. Trust me, the heart monitors are safely and wirelessly connected to a central leader board during workouts.
The coaches are all well trained, experienced and professional. There's no fat-shaming here. In fact, it's like a family which is why the concept of Orangetheory is so successful.
Coach Kelita Hollins led live demonstrations that were interactive and gave a great view on Orangetheory's successful fitness strategy. Her demonstrations were educational and insightful.
* Also in attendance for the ribbon cutting was the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce.
I encourage all to stop by and pay Orangetheory Fitness Hyde Park a visit. Also be sure to sign up as a member. It's never to late to get in shape.
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Written By: Jim Allen
All photos taken by: Jim Allen