By Christine Graf
Less than 10 years after opening their first Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) franchise in Niskayuna, Paola and Jim Horvath are preparing to open their 13th location. Situated in the Wilton Mall, the 3,100-square-foot fitness studio is on schedule to open its doors in March. For the Horvaths’ franchise partner, Mike Altieri, the Wilton Mall will be his eighth location.
With more than 1,500 studios in 25 countries, OTF is one of the most well-known fitness franchises in the world. OTF group workouts are specifically designed to boost metabolism and burn fat. The workouts are based on the five heart rate training zones, and all participants wear OTF-provided heart rate monitors while exercising.
“We offer hands down one of the best full-body, one-hour workouts that you are going to get anywhere,” said Jackie Orr, Wilton Mall OTF head trainer. “It’s a one-stop shop. You are getting cardio and strength training under the guidance of extremely qualified, experienced personal trainers and coaches. And, because it’s in a group fitness atmosphere, the energy is through the roof. It’s a lot of fun.”