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Turbo Fire vs. Turbo Kick vs. Turbo Jam

I’ve been a fan of Chalene Johnson’s workouts for a few years now. Why? Pure craziness ๐Ÿ™‚ Kickboxing has always appealed to me more than step aerobics or any other type of aerobic activity (except running). In the many years I’ve been going to classes, I’ve found more often than not that classes taught at gyms don’t really allow for modification of moves, and I think that’s definitely a drawback for a lot of folks just starting out.

I have a slight back injury that likes to rear its ugly head from time to time, so I can’t really be hopping for minutes at a time. But, in the time that I started with kickboxing, I was able to modify my routine slightly to make less of a possible impact on my back.ย  What frustrates me, though, is the overall trend of fitness clubs around here using greenhorn instructors, who just got certified, teaching the class and going full bore without allowing for modifications. Someone like me who’s been doing fitness for a long time now can keep up (again, with modifications), but what about the poor girl in the back who just started at the gym and wants to lose 60 lbs but can barely keep up? Will she come back to the gym or give up entirely?

Enter Turbo Jam, something a newbie can do and stick to. All you need is a TV, a room to work out in, and the desire to do it. No driving anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Turbo Jam


Turbo Jam is a home fitness program created by Chalene. It’s comprised of a series of DVDs that involve kickboxing, strength training, and core training. There is a beginner level introductory video, a 20 minute cardio video (for those days you don’t have a lot of time to get the longer classes done), and 4 full length cardio workouts for the longer days when you have more time to sweat. In addition, one 30 minute strength workout usesย  resistance tubing (and believe me, your triceps will feel it), and one 40 minute strength workout uses hand weights.ย  I believe there are other titles in the series, but I can’t think of their names.

I am a big believer that Turbo Jam is a great place for folks to start. It’s fun, has good music, and half the time you don’t even realize you’re working out. And the big plus is this… there is always someone stationed near Chalene (usually Mindy, my homegirl from Texas represent :D) who will always demonstrate a modification of the moves. You can keep it low impact and still burn the calories, if you do the moves properly and get low, get low, get low. Plus, you don’t need much to get started. Resistance tubing, hand weights, a mat, and you’re set.

 

Turbo Kick

Turbo Kick is the health club version of Turbo Jam, and predates it by a few years. Chalene started the classes in So Cal, and they just grew in popularity from there. I think the big reason is Chalene herself. She’s a very charismatic instructor, always encouraging students to keep going and being genuinely funny without the fakeness a lot of home video instructors tend to have. I personally hadn’t had a chance to experience Turbo Kick up until last week. Why? Because no one was certified to teach here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Such a bummer.

Last week, a Turbo Kick master instructor came down and taught a demo class, which I went to. I loved it. Very fun, very fast, and again, still able to be modified with the high impact jumpy type moves. A certification training session is going to be held next month, and hopefully there will be more than a few folks certified to teach the class. Then, Turbo Kick for everybody! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Turbo Fire

A good explanation of where Turbo Fire is in the echelon of Chalene’s workouts from the woman herself:

Given that I’m very new to Turbo Fire (just started Week 1), I don’t think I can really go into too much detail yet until I do more classes. However, I will say that there are so many workouts on those DVDs I don’t think it’s possible to get bored. A class schedule comes with the kit when you order it, and I think it encompasses 20 weeks, if you feel inclined to follow it. They aren’t long classes, but they are completely intense (think bootcamp/kickboxing/flex and stretch drills), and the schedule includes six of those classes a week.

I’m the type of person that needs to have a schedule for something in order to keep going with it, so this is right up my alley. If you’re not, then it’s all good. Just follow as much or as little of it as possible. I do have to modify moves (again, back injury), but even doing that I’m getting a great intense workout. As always, Chalene has a young lady next to her that demonstrates the modifications. My goal is to get strong enough to not need the mods as the weeks progress.

Anyway, I wanted to write this post as a more of an informative piece rather than a critical review, because I am pretty biased in favor of the workouts. This is really intended to just provide more information for anyone interested in starting any of the programs (and no, I’m not a paid endorser for Beach Body Products ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want more info on any of the workouts, let me know.

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