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What Is Orangetheory TREAD 50? (Detailed Answer)

Orangetheory Fitness is known for its innovative approach to group workouts, and the latest addition to its lineup, the Orangetheory TREAD 50, is no exception.

Orangetheory Tread 50 class will offer 50 minutes of uninterrupted treadmill (or bike or strider) time: no switching, no rowing, no lifting. They are offering members the opportunity to up their cardio and improve their endurance.

orangetheory tread 50

What Is Orangetheory TREAD 50?

Orangetheory Tread 50 is a specialized class that dedicates 50 minutes exclusively to cardio exercises. This uninterrupted session is focused on the treadmill but also provides alternatives like the bike or strider for those who prefer them or want to mix up their cardio routine. It’s an ideal setting for members who are looking to boost their cardio fitness and improve their endurance capabilities.

At a Glance of Tread 50

  • Orangetheory Tread 50 is a self-paced 50-minute class of coach-guided cardio on the treadmill, bike, or strider.
  • Designed for all fitness levels on the treadmill – power walkers, joggers, and runners, with options for the bike and/or strider
  • Measurable results to track performance in real-time and over time, including HR zones, Splat Points earned, calories burned, distance, average speed, and pace
  • It is a compliments Orange 60 workouts with a variety of ESP (Endurance, Strength, and Power) templates
  • Templates will be a variety of Endurance, Strength, and Power (including blended templates) with a focus on Endurance (longer efforts, limited inclines, and All Outs.)
  • Weatherproof: With Tread 50, walking/running indoors can even be done when it’s too hot or too cold outside and helps to avoid winter and summer temps

The Why Behind Orangetheory Tread 50

  • Orangetheory Tread 50 is designed to improve maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 Max), which is the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness or aerobic endurance.
  • Additional benefits of cardio training include caloric burn, improved metabolism, strengthening your heart and lungs, building endurance, and quite literally helping you live a longer, healthier life.
  • Perfect training for an upcoming endurance race or benchmark
  • Weather-proof training for 5K, 10K, and half marathons.

Orangetheory Tread 50 Class Schedule

Orangetheory studios, including my home studio, have begun incorporating Tread 50 classes into their schedules as of January 2024.

Here are my home studio class schedule:

Orangetheory Tread 50 Class Schedule

Related: Most Common Orangetheory Class Times And Schedule

Class Option for Members Orangetheory Tread 50 Vs. Strength 50:

  • Tread 50 runs simultaneously with Strength 50 classes.
  • Members have the option to target their training with 50 minutes of strength training or 50 minutes of coach-guided cardio.
  • Members will register for one or the other, not both.

Orangetheory Tread 50 Class Details

I attended one of the pilot Tread 50 classes and really enjoyed it. 

Here are the details of the Orangetheory tread 50 class:

Tread 50 card

After a few minutes of warming up at the base, we had 5 blocks.  The first 4 blocks were 7 minutes each and the 5th block was 4.5 minutes. 

  • Blocks 1 & 3 were 1-minute push and 30-second base, then repeat for 7 minutes. 
  • Blocks 2 & 4 were run for a distance for 7 minutes at our chosen intensity.  For blocks 2-4, we were encouraged to run farther than the distance in the prior block.
  • Block 5 was our choice of how to complete it, and we chose our own goal for distance.  The last minute of block 5 was an all-out.  
  • Between each block was a 90-second walking recovery. 

The coach was primarily engaged at the start and stop of each block, telling us when the block started and ended.  She would occasionally tell us the time remaining during the block and encourage us, but it was up to us to go from push to base and back to push. 

After class, I filled out a lengthy survey with positive reinforcement for keeping the class.  I was pleased with my performance, and the time flew by.

OTF Coach’s Guide and Tips for Tread 50

The first thing is there will be a card on your tread guiding you throughout the block. You can follow the card and the coach will help you out to follow it but you’re timing yourself. If you don’t want to follow the card that’s fine as well.

OTF Tread 50 Card Example

Now the awesome thing about Tread 50 is it will be a big challenge since you will be going for double the time of a normal 2G class. So HRs will be higher and paces (speeds) might be slower. I recommend everyone try one but for that first class mess around with it test it all out.

Now the big thing is your body will be tired and fatigued especially if you’re not used to that much distance and training load on the body so stretching, hydration, nutrition, and active recovery/recovery days are going to be very crucial so you don’t risk injury.

It’s a fun challenge that will push you mentally and physically and it will help find a new you on that tread!! Enjoy it and talk to your coaches for some extra guidance!!

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To Sum Up

Orangetheory Tread 50 class is a game-changer for those focused on cardio and endurance training. It’s a timely addition that caters to the evolving needs of fitness enthusiasts who value the combination of technology, personal pacing, and measurable results.

Whether you’re preparing for a marathon or simply looking to enhance your cardio health, Tread 50 is designed to help you achieve your goals in a dynamic, supportive setting.

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Jennifer Lewis

9 thoughts on “What Is Orangetheory TREAD 50? (Detailed Answer)”

    • Strength 50 is a building muscle workout on the floor
      Tread 50 is an endurance focused workout using treadmill
      Yes, both will run at the same time in the same class. 12 on floor. 12 on tread. Both, 50 minutes.
      If you are on the floor, coach will have more time to coach you and correct your form.
      If you are on tread, it’s a self-paced workout with a tread card telling you what to complete. Sounds like minimal guidance from coach, except to start you off.

  1. My quick, humble review of Tread 50:

    I’m fat and out of shape, with a bum left knee. I made it nearly 3 miles without ever going below my base pace. For me, it’s a win!

    I liked the template. It was challenging but doable with plenty of space for modification of various fitness levels.

    My coaches at Lowry here in Denver are outstanding and incredibly motivating. Since Tread 50 is self paced, I really missed having the little pushes and motivation from my coach.

    Some people don’t need this. I struggle with mental fatigue and self doubt sometimes, and I love the guidance the other classes provide.

    I’ll do the Tread 50 occasionally to help improve my endurance and overall cardiovascular health, but I don’t like it nearly as much as Strength 50 and the 2G/3G templates.

    • OTF should be your tempo runs. Use the workouts to really focus on your speed. Take advantage of the flex deck to take the impact off your body from all the miles on the road.

      It can also be your cross training days. Maybe use the bike for a workout. You’re still working your cardiovascular endurance but you’re also strengthening your legs without the impact. Or do a strength class on the cross training, no impact days.

      You could do all of your training at Otf except for the one long run per week. That should obviously be done outside. But if you’re going to OTF three or four other days a week, you’re perfectly fine.

  2. Can you explain to me the advantage of taking these classes ? is it just to further build on your running ? i guess i’m confused on how these should be incorporated in with a normal orange class

    • So what I have been telling this is a great substitute for a 2G/3G class. You might only do it once a week due to the high training load it has on the body. Now the benefits of it while it will help you become a stronger runner/power walker/biker/strider it will also help improve your endurance and your cardiovascular health. So after you take a couple of these tread 50s you’ll notice that it’ll still be challenging but when you get back to a regular class your speeds might increase, your HR might stay a little lower, or you might just feel stronger overall. So it’s a great tool but unless you’re used to the high mileage I would not take more than 1 a week. Hopefully this helps sorry for the lengthy response 😅😁

  3. I’m considering doubling up on classes for the first time Monday – Tread50 + regular Orange 60 class. Is it too ambitious to do this back to back? Should I do Tread50 in the morning and return in the afternoon for the regular class?

    Excited to give this a whirl but want to be smart about it!


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