What We’re Loving Right Now: TurboFire

TurboFire (Image Credit: http://www.beachbody.com)

TurboFire (Image Credit: http://www.beachbody.com)

There are those of us in the world who really enjoy working out, and those of us who really, really don’t. No matter which side of the spectrum you’re on, TurboFire is a great option for anybody looking to shape up. It hits a perfect balance of being hard enough to feel like it’s worth it, without being so hard that you want to give up. Not only that, it’s actually fun!

TurboFire is an exercise program from Beach Body that consists of three main types of workouts. There are cardio workouts that consist of 30-60 minutes of non-stop kickboxing/dance hybrid combinations; high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, which are only 15-30 minutes but incredibly tough; and strength training workouts where you work with a resistance band. There are also a couple stretching programs, so when it’s all said and done you get a lot of workout options.

The program comes with a 90 day calendar that recommends which workouts to do on which day. It’s a pretty intense program, so there is only one rest day per week. The rest of the week usually has good variety though, so it really keeps you from getting bored or burnt out. As an added bonus, these workouts are so fun and diverse that I’ve continued to integrate them into my exercise routine since completing the 90 day plan. You can also find “hybrid” calendars that combine TurboFire workouts with other BeachBody programs such as ChaLEAN Extreme and P90X.

Chalene Johnson, the trainer who created the TurboFire program, is motivating and positive without getting annoying. It’s easy to put up with her workout after workout because she’s so personable and does such a great job with cueing. She also hand selected the music for all the programs, which includes popular songs remixed to be fast enough for the TurboFire combos.  The music really keeps you engaged and also acts as a helpful cueing mechanism if you’re still working on figuring out the timing on the combos.

TurboFire (Image Credit: http://www.beachbody.com)

TurboFire (Image Credit: http://www.beachbody.com)

Which leads me to the one caveat of TurboFire: learning the (very fast) combos. I have a background in baton and dance and am used to picking up choreography. As such, once I ran through a workout once, I could pretty much keep up with the combos. If you’re not used to this or struggle with rhythm or coordination, you might find it a bit frustrating to pick up the combos. TurboFire offers a “new to class” option on all its cardio workouts so that you can run through the combos more slowly before doing them full out, giving you a chance to wrap your mind around them. It does make the workout a little longer overall, but it can be really helpful for newcomers. There is also someone in every workout dedicated to showing a low impact version of all the moves, so if you’re a beginner (or have an injury) and need to modify anything, that option is always provided.

Okay, I can totally understand why you might roll your eyes at spending $100+ for workout DVD. It sounds a little ridiculous. But I’ve used plenty of workout DVDs in my day, and let me tell you – TurboFire is worth it. Why? Because it works! TurboFire had a clear impact on my endurance and strength. I could feel the workouts becoming easier for me as the program progressed, which motivated me to keep going. I felt more physically capable than I ever had before. I wasn’t really using TurboFire for weight loss, but if you did, I have no doubt that it would work, since I accidentally lost a couple pounds during the last month of the program.

If you’re interested in TurboFire, you might find it useful to peruse YouTube to see some of the workouts in action. You can learn more about the program and how to purchase it by visiting Beach Body or Amazon.

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