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Experience: Burn, baby, burn

Orangetheory Fitness

A month into 2017, many New Year’s resolutions have been tossed aside. But a growing number of local gyms aim to help members achieve fitness goals through intense workouts that torch calories in a hurry. You won’t need a Fitbit for Orangetheory Fitness’ 60-minute sessions. This heart-rate-monitored training targets five heart rate zones and ensures participants will continue to burn calories for up to 36 hours after a workout. The group classes combine cardio and strength training to create the “Orange Effect”—increased energy daily and visible results. Expect to burn between 500 and 1,000 calories per session.

Iron Tribe Fitness

A lifestyle change can be intimidating, especially if you’re starting from square one. Rather than jumping right into Iron Tribe’s fast-paced group classes, newcomers complete the “Iron Tribe 101,” a 30-day program that teaches the movements you’ll use in the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes later on. The warmup, daily workout and cooldown change every day to keep even the strongest athletes on their toes. Members can track their fitness and nutrition progress while connecting with other members of their Tribe on Iron Tribe’s mobile app.

Evolve Studio

Exercising can easily become a routine rather than a challenge. If you’ve reached a fitness plateau, check out Evolve Studio’s “Burn” classes, which incorporate cardio, plyometrics, strength training and the Bodhi suspension system to fine-tune muscle definition and strengthen the body from head to toe, or the hybrid Pilates sessions that add cardio intervals to elevate the heart rate while tightening the core. The Baton Rouge-based studio is seeing so many converts to its methods that it recently opened a second location in Mandeville.

Traction Sports Performance

Imagine never dragging yourself to the gym again because you’re consistently motivated to go. Exercising alongside professional athletes may do the trick. While Traction Sports Performance gives future and current pros the ultimate training experience, it also offers group training classes for the average adult. These HIIT sessions are designed to burn calories and boost your metabolism. Workouts can be personalized based on each participant’s level of fitness.