Jay Bhakta has always believed in being active, playing sports in high school and building exercise into his college years and beyond. Born and raised in Guthrie and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Jay was living in Cleveland County when he realized the area was missing something. “There were no exercise options that provided real-time feedback, how hard you were working or if the activity needed to be increased or lowered in order to be safe and effective,” he said.
Polling friends and family from all different stages of life about what the area needed, Jay kept hearing the same answer: Orangetheory Fitness (OTF). “I just kept hearing Orangetheory not just from locals, but those who lived in other states, so I began to do research, talked with corporate and we entered into an agreement in February 2016.” Jay’s franchise at 825 SW 19th in Moore opened in January 2017, the second in the state behind the Edmond location.
OTF is a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out. “It is a workout for all fitness levels and ages because our workouts are designed to be based on your own exertion level using your heart rate and our real-time heart rate monitoring technology with instant feedback,” said Jay. “But most importantly, Orangetheory is a fitness community that is warm, welcoming, and encouraging.”
“There were no exercise options that provided real-time feedback, how hard you were working or if the activity needed to be increased or lowered in order to be safe and effective.”
The real-time heart rate tracking at OTF—with the option to wear a monitor on the chest, arm/bicep or attached to an Apple Watch band—allows you to see how hard your heart is working both during your workouts and during periods of rest.
“Periodically looking at a wearable is not the most effective way to accomplish real-time heart rate monitoring. Our state-of-the-art studios have two big monitors and tracking tablets on every piece of equipment to make heart rate monitoring effortless,” he said.
Jay gets joy from all aspects of his business, especially when it comes to member success stories. “I always love to hear the non-scale victories our amazing members share, like improved energy levels, increased strength, or better mental health.” He also loves seeing the families that come in together— like a teenager or high school athlete with a parent or family member. “Even if it is just for that one hour a day, they are coming together and offering accountability and support to one another.”
On the books for 2024 is the 8-Week Transformation Challenge, complete with a cash prize for the winner. Participants must complete a minimum of three workouts a week for six of the eight weeks. The winner is determined by the highest percentage of weight/body fat loss, with initial and final body scans utilizing Orangetheory’s InBody 270 machine.
Looking back on his past six years owning Orangetheory, Jay credits the studio’s success to all the amazing members, fitness consultants and fitness coaches. “They built, grew and maintained the OTF Moore community to what it is today, which is defined by one word: special.”
825 SW 19th Street • Moore, OK 73160
Instagram for Studio: @otfmoore
The popularity of some workouts wavers as consumer interests change; however, indoor cycling in OKC has long since proven itself a fitness staple that is here to stay. This continued excitement surrounding indoor cycling is for good reason.
Indoor cycling 100% lives up to the hype, especially with studios such as THE CYCLE SOCIETY and CycleBar Norman and Chisholm Creek making their mark.
The Cycle Society’s mentality is “Come as You Are” — all are welcome to the judgment-free space.
The cycling classes have a cardiovascular-focus, meshing with total body elements. Each 45-minute class combines low-impact resistance, interval training, and upper body strength work with hand weights throughout the ride. These elements make our class effective for all ages and fitness levels.
At The Cycle Society, you don’t have to fixate on a specific RPM, gear number, or mileage for each class. The goal is to help move your body and provide an outlet for you to feel good at the same time.
Does David Bowie motivate you to pedal faster than Justin Timberlake? Then there’s an instructor for you. Each instructor at The Cycle Society takes pride in their carefully curated and often eclectic playlists, and while each instructor is unique, they take pride in staying cohesive.
Book your bike today to see what indoor cycling in OKC is all about!
CycleBar® will motivate you with energizing rides tailored to all fitness and experience levels. Enjoy premium amenities, CycleStats® personal performance tracking, CycleBeats® mind-blowing playlists, and invigorating classes led by certified CycleBar® instructors.
Our classes have a wide range of styles- from Connect classes that help you to unplug, to Empower classes which tap into your strength and power, to Classic classes that mix endurance and challenges.
We pride ourselves on covering every detail so you can clip in, clear your mind, dig deep, and Rock Your Ride™.
Want to experience CycleBar Chisholm Creek for yourself? Book your bike today- your first ride is always free!
13220 Pawnee Drive, Suite B
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
We offer an inclusive and inspiring low-impact/high-intensity indoor cycling experience for all ages as well as body types. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, our class experience promises to calm your mind, elevate your mood and revive your senses.
The CycleBar Experience is made possible by three features: Instructors, CycleBeats®, and CycleStats®.
Instructors are equal parts educator, coach, DJ, motivator, and a friend; our CycleBar® instructors will help you improve your performance, reach your goals, and change your life one ride at a time.
CycleBeats® is our proprietary playlist database bringing pedal-turning, heart-pumping, mood-elevating fun every single time you ride. CycleStats® measures the six key metrics of your daily and historical performance and emails you the result after each ride to help track towards your fitness goal.
Book your bike today to experience CycleBar Norman today!
1942 24th Ave NW Suite H-4
Norman, OK 73069
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