It seems only fitting that a fitness gym named Orangetheory would make its way to Champaign.
Coldwell Banker commercial real estate broker Josh Markiewicz confirmed to chambanamoms.com on Tuesday that Orangetheory Fitness, which has than 1,000 gyms nationwide, would move into the Champaign-Urbana market in late 2019.
Orangetheory Fitness will located at 2035 South Neil Street, in the still developing Carriage Center complex. This was formerly a Wendy’s fast food restaurant, which closed in 2018.
The studio is co-owned by business partners John Schrieffer, who operates multiple locations in the Chicago area, and Heather Cox. The two have also opened Orangetheory gyms in Bloomington (2016) and Springfield (2017).
They hope to be open in late summer/early fall, Cox wrote in a public post on her Facebook page.
“We cannot wait to dive into the Champaign community and continue to positively change the lives of everyone we get to meet!” Heather Cox wrote in a Facebook post.
Orangetheory is somewhat of a fitness phenomenon. It started in 2010 when founded by Ellen Latham out of her Florida home.
According to its website, “Orangetheory is a 1-hour, full body workout, focused on training endurance, strength, and power. We use heart-rate based interval training, which burns more calories post workout than traditional exercise. When wearing our exclusive OTbeat heart rate monitors, your real time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio. Intensity is based on your individual heart rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels. To top it off, our certified coaches lead the workout to prevent you from over or under training.”
This is a developing story. We will update more with quotes from the owners.