Participants run and walk on the treadmills during a class at Orange Theory Fitness in Newport Beach.

Participants run and walk on the treadmills during a class at Orange Theory Fitness in Newport Beach. (Courtesy Orange Theory Fitness / January 31, 2013)

There's nothing like a good butt-kicking, and I had my own on a recent Friday morning, thanks to the newly opened Orange Theory Fitness in Newport Beach.

The hour-long class was a mix of rowing, treadmill, floor exercises, lunges, arm and core work, all while wearing a heart monitor to show how hard you are pushing it.

"During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5," according to the website. "This program design produces EPOC, which is the workout 'after-burn' effect, meaning that our interval training design produces a 200- to 400-calorie increase to your metabolism 24 to 36 hours after your workout."

Staff echoed that thinking and model, encouraging us to push ourselves at key moments throughout the workout.

"Simply put, this workout is designed to torch calories both during and after the training session," said Marc Thomas, owner of the Newport location, in an email. "To reach these target zones, we use heart rate monitoring technology, and in every 60-minute session, we combine cardio training [power walking, jogging, or running] with various strength training exercises [including rowing, bodyweight suspension straps, dumbbells, medicine balls, BOSU balls, and other floor exercises, etc.], so that clients get an effective full-body workout in each time they visit."

The group classes are taught by certified instructors and change constantly — no two workouts are the same, Thomas said — so you don't feel like you're doing the same workout over and over. The Newport Beach location is the first in California, with others scattered throughout the U.S.

Other benefits touted: Participants can burn up to 1,200 calories between a 60-minute session and the 36 hours afterward thanks to the EPOC effect, according to a news release.

The results of how hard you worked out are emailed to you so you can keep track of your progress.

Having a 60-minute workout that's broken up into different pieces keeps the class lively and fast. And trust me, I still felt the effects of the workout days afterward. Not sure if you can hang? There are options so the workout is tailored to your fitness level.

First class is free for newbies. Classes range from $8 per hour to $25 per hour depending on the membership or package selected, Thomas said. Orange Theory is at 1040 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. For more details, call (949) 630-0555.


Tailored menu arrives at Fish Camp

Fish Camp in Huntington Beach is taking its menu concept a step further, offering 700 customizable combinations tailored to guests' preferences.

The offering works like this: Diners pick their seafood from a variety of freshly-caught fish, such as Alaskan halibut, mahi mahi and swordfish; then they choose between the way they'd like to have the fish served: salad, sandwich, taco or general plate; and finally they choose how they'd like the fish to be cooked: grilled, blackened, barbecue-spice rubbed or crusted.

The restaurant prides itself on offering fresh seafood at reasonable prices in a beachside setting, according to the news release. The new menu is now available, and average prices range from $10 to $13. Fish Camp is at 16600 Pacific Coast Hwy; (562) 592-2267.


Dogs will storm the red carpet

Newly opened Top Dog Barkery in Newport Beach is rolling out the red carpet for your pooch at its opening party from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24.

There will be a puparazzi taking photos of you and your pal, doggie door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and a "Best Dressed" Top Dog Contest at 1 p.m. each day, with the winner receiving a grooming gift certificate, according to a news release.

Guests who RSVP at will receive a free sWAG bag filled with doggie treats.