6 Myths about the Orangetheory Minnetonka Dri-Tri


Don’t let the intensity of the OTF Dri-Tri in Minnetonka, MN stop you from achieving your fitness goals.


At Orangetheory Fitness in Minnetonka, MN, we challenge and push you into the Orange Zone for more energy, more results and more life from your workout. Our one-of-a-kind, high-intensity interval training workouts help you get to the next level and unleash your maximum potential.


And then there’s the Dri-Tri—one of our most highly anticipated fitness challenges of the year. Given its popularity, our “Dry-Land Triathlon” event has earned an infamous reputation across the Orange Nation for its intimidating and demanding nature. So, should you be scared?


As we get ready for our fall Dri-Tri challenge here at Orangetheory Minnetonka, we’re debunking the myths surrounding this fun, memorable event. We’re excited to show how the Orangetheory Fitness Dri-Tri is the perfect opportunity to discover what you and your body are truly capable of.


Myth: The Dri-Tri is too challenging for some members
Fact: All fitness levels can and do participate in the Dri-Tri!


If you’re feeling a little hesitant to sign up, you’re not alone. Every member is capable of crossing the finish line, whether you’re an Orangetheory veteran, just starting your fitness journey, a runner or power walker, a bike rider or strider.


The Dri-Tri is our version of a triathlon and includes a 2000-meter row, 300 reps of body weight exercises, and a 5K on the treadmill (with options for bikes and striders as well as a Dri-Tri “sprint” alternative at 1,000 meters, 150 reps, and 2.5K). All the exercises are meant to test your strength and endurance and are a great way to measure your progress. If you’re part of our Fit Fam, the Dri-Tri doesn’t include anything you haven’t done before!


At Orangetheory, workouts are unique not only every day but also to every member. We’re all at different levels in our fitness journeys, and our heart rates vary depending on age, weight and activity level. The intensity of the Dri-Tri is entirely up to you based on how hard you push yourself.

All your favorite coaches will be there to give you tips and cheer you along. Are we going to push you to challenge yourself? Absolutely! But there’s no doubt in our minds that you will be able to conquer it and come out winning.


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Myth: Winning with the fastest time is all that matters
Fact: You win just by competing and achieving your own personal best


The Dri-Tri takes on the form of a competition, with awards for the fastest males and females by age. While we do celebrate the class best, the overall goal is to beat your own personal record. Your OTF Minnetonka Fit Fam knows that just completing the challenge is a huge accomplishment and absolutely worth celebrating, whether you finish in 50 minutes or 90.


As you compete in additional Dri-Tri challenges as well as periodic benchmark workouts to clock your running and rowing times, we’re excited to see you get faster and stronger over time.



“I love (and hate) Dri-Tri because it’s an opportunity to push myself and to also measure the progress I’ve made.” -BDMike



Myth: Since you’re competing, you’re in this alone
Fact: Your Fit Fam will always support you


Although the Dri-Tri is a competition focusing on your personal best, it’s an opportunity for us to work toward our individual goals TOGETHER. Every fitness challenge is a bonding experience with your fellow members, coaches and staff. Our coaches love cheering you on and being your number 1 fans in the Orange Zone, and as other members finish their rowing, reps, and run, they cheer everybody else on, too! Going through the same workouts and fitness challenges together brings our Orangetheory Minnetonka family closer.


We’ll also be hosting a Dri-Tri relay, which means you’ll have the opportunity to compete as part of a 3-person team.


Myth: Dri-Tri competitors are confident, fearless athletes
Fact: It’s okay to feel nervous


We create fitness challenges like this to help you continue to build your strength and confidence. Having butterflies in your stomach before your first Dri-Tri is nothing to be ashamed of, but after the Dri-Tri is another story. You’ll leave here feeling like there was nothing to be afraid of, with a newfound confidence and sense of accomplishment to show for your victory.


Myth: Go all out on the rower
Fact: Pacing is key


The stronger you go on the rower, the harder you’ll find the other exercises. Instead of burning out, pace yourself and use your time on the rower to warm up for the reps and running to come.


How many times has your coach encouraged you to add speed halfway through a Push or with 15 seconds left in an All Out? Allow yourself active recovery as needed, but get into your groove, pace yourself, then gradually push yourself a little more.


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Myth: The Dri-Tri is all work and no play
Fact: The Dri-Tri is challenging and FUN


We make some of our best memories at fitness challenges like the Dri-Tri! You’ll never forget your first Dri-Tri or the members and coaches who were right there with you. Our job isn’t just to push you to your personal best; it’s also to celebrate life and our incredible Orangetheory Minnetonka family!


Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to “tri!”


Join us the weekend of September 23rd for the challenge of a lifetime. Whether you’re a seasoned Dri-Tri pro or a first-timer, there’s so much to gain from this experience. Don’t believe everything you hear or give into your fear—“tri” it out for yourself!


Not a member of Orangetheory Fitness in Minnetonka, MN, yet? Try a free class and join the Orange Nation to be a part of fun challenges like the Dri-Tri!


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