The Hubs and I greet each other in funny ways. He’ll say “Hideyho Neighburrito”. I’ll say “DJ” and he’ll say “Pump this party.” We are so weird. Anyway, I thought I would divulge that little nugget because I was going to start out the post with “Hideyho” but I thought some background information was necessary.
So last week I told you all about my awesome elbow injury! Well, not to worry, it has not slowed me down one bit! Well, it’s slowed me down a little. I can’t lift any weights but I’m still able to do a lot of cardio. In fact I’ve been doing TurboFire! I know you probably think I’m crazy because it’s full of punches and other arm movements that you think would be ridiculously bad for me to do with my elbow but because this type of fracture requires movement, I actually think that TurboFire helps. Although, let me preface this entire post by saying that I am scaling back my intensity slightly in the sense that I normally use full range of motion with my arms and that just isn’t possible at this time. I also am extra careful not to do anything that could potentially cause me to fall and aggravate my injury further.
All that being said, I find my injury to be a blessing in disguise because I’m actually using a lot of the modifications AND since the schedule for TurboFire extends way beyond when I should be fully healed, I’m excited to see how my cardio, strength, endurance and flexibility increase from before injury to after injury. So even though I’m not using TurboFire for weight loss, I am using it to improve my fitness level back to where it was before my injury. How awesome is that!?
So let me back up a bit and tell everyone who is unfamiliar with TurboFire that it is a program based on kickboxing and some dance, strength and flexibility. It’s intense cardio training and the program recommends that you have a base level of fitness before you get started. The program incorporates High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT involves pushing yourself to close to your max for a short period of time and then recovering and repeating this interval several times. Most of the HIIT classes range from 15 to 25 or 30 minutes. The idea is that you only need to do short workouts because HIIT gets your heart rate up higher, faster. HIIT has been shown to boost your metabolic rate and improve cardio performance.
I bought TurboFire waaaaay back when I purchased Jillian’s Body Revolution. I had to choose between the two programs and I chose Jillian’s because it was new to the market. Good thing I did since I totally would not be able to do Body Revolution right now with my injury.
So, I’m in my third week of TurboFire and here are the workouts DVDs I’ve done so far:
Fire 30 (30 minute kickboxing class)
HIIT 15 (15 minute HIIT workout)
Fire 55 EZ (55 minute kickboxing class)
Core 20 (20 minute core class)
Stretch 40 (40 minute yoga-based stretch class)
Fire 45 (45 minute kickboxing class)
HIIT 25 (25 minute HIIT workout)
Sculpt 30 (30 minute sculpting class with resistance bands)
Abs 10 (10 minute ab workout)
Fire 45 EZ (45 minute kickboxing class)
Thoughts So Far: I really love my Turbo Jam DVDs so I was really excited to try Turbo Fire because I heard it was more intense. I love that there are so many DVDs with so many different options and the HIIT workouts are really intense. The regular kickboxing DVDs are on par with some of the Turbo Jam DVDs but that could be because I always use these gloves when I do Turbo Jam. They are each 0.75 lbs and they up the intensity of the workout. I have not been using them with Turbo Fire because of my elbow. I think I’ll use them when my arm is healed and see how the classes compare.
I also LOVE the flexibility DVDs because so many programs don’t spend enough time on this and it’s really important to overall fitness and to staying healthy to be able to continue with the program. I liked the toning DVD that I did but unfortunately I can’t do anymore at this time so I’ll have to reevaluate at a later date!
Readers, have you ever tried Turbo Jam or Turbo Fire? Do you like kickboxing? Have you ever exercised through an injury?
Um ….YES! I only teach a kickboxing class..let’s see…3 times a week! I’m in love with this post and your pictures are fierce! I haven’t tried this but thanks for the exposure. I think I like the flexibility component too. We are finding commonalities 🙂 Take it easy recovering, you look ready to totally unleash the beast!
I’ve tried Turbo Jam and it’s a ton of fun! These days though – I have thin walls and floors and my neighbors would literally kill me if I were doing any of those high intensity moves at 5AM, so for now it’s just the gym 🙂
That kickboxing photo of you is so hard core!! so glad this elbow issue isnt slowing you down! i used to lovve kickboxing, this post makes me want to go sign up for a class!!! (i would do it in my own apt, but you know, with the space issue, i’d take out half my stuff with one kick 🙂 )
You and your hubby are so funny. 🙂 I’ve been curious about Turbo Fire and I had no idea they had so many options for workouts! I enjoy kickboxing and this looks like a lot of fun. I may have to get me a copy after I finish my 10k training!
I’m so glad your elbow isn’t holding you back from getting in a good workout! 🙂 TurboFire is one of my absolute favorites!! I’m actually mixing it with Combat now because I just can’t give it up lol. Luckily the HIITs are short enough to squeeze in on a short Combat day 🙂
Turbo Fire is no joke! I was introduced to it at the IDEA World Fitness Convention last month. I was actually fortunate enough to workout with Chalene Johnson and she kicked my butt! I’ve never been so sore in my life!
I’ve heard of Turbo Fire, but I never took the plunge and purchased it! Thanks so much for this review because it totally makes me want to buy it now! In fact, I’m going to put it on my Amazon wish list and once my foot is all healed up, I’m going to be buying it.
Excellent workout as always. It's challenging, fun and easily one of my favorite workouts!
Fantastic class! Great technique pointers. Always new exercises to challenge oneself!
I am excited to take classes with Brittany in person this summer! I have followed Brittany online for some time. I particularly like the Barre and Pilates workout videos. Her workout techniques reflect current thinking and best practices. She supports all levels of fitness. Definitely worth a try!
Brittany is the BEST. She is inspirational, motivational and innovative. No two classes are ever the same. I'm sad when the summer classes end, but I'm looking forward to checking out her online classes this fall and winter.
My wife and I decided to give Balance Barre Fitness a try and we were not disappointed. We thought the classes would be pretty easy but were surprised at how rigorous they were. The class was great for working on our coordination and core strength. I don't get to many ...