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TurboFire versus Body Revolution

  • March 18, 2014
  • By Brittany
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TurboFire versus Body Revolution

Hi there!  So I am a big fan of at-home DVD programs.  You know the ones where you get multiple DVDs, a schedule, a food guide and possibly more.  I think these programs are great because it gives you structure and completely sets you up for success.  The only thing you have to do is show up and put in the effort.  But, with so many different programs out there, it is sometimes difficult to decide which program is right for you.  Well, today I’m going to breakdown two of my favorites: TurboFire and Body Revolution and let you decide which is best.*

Turbo Fire 1

What you get

17 TurboFire DVDs

Workout schedule

Fitness guide

Nutrition guide

Resistance band

5 Day Inferno Plan

Online support community

The workouts:

  • Fire 30- 30 minute kickboxing workout
  • Fire 55EZ- 55 minutes kickboxing workout at a slightly easier pace
  • Fire 45- 45 minute kickboxing workout
  • Fire 45EZ- 45 minute kickboxing workout at a slightly easier pace
  • Fire 60- 60 minute non-stop kickboxing workout
  • HIIT 15- 15 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout
  • HIIT 20- 20 minute HIIT workout
  • HIIT 25- 25 minute HIIT workout
  • HIIT 30- 30 minutes HIIT workout
  • Sculpt 30- 30 minute sculpting workout using a resistance band
  • Tone 30- 30 minute toning workout using a resistance band
  • Stretch 10- 10 minute quick stretch workout
  • Stretch 40- 40 minute yoga-inspired stretch workout
  • Abs 10- 10 minute ab workout
  • Core 20- 20 minute core workout, including standing and seated work with and without a resistance band
  • Upper 20- 20 minute upper body workout using resistance band
  • Lower 20- 20 minute lower body workout using resistance band 

The recipes:

The TurboFire recipes are simple and healthy.  Most are easy to make and they aren’t bad.  There is a little lack in creativity.

The program:

TurboFire is split into HIIT phases and Cardio phases.  Each phase lasts 4 weeks and the workouts are six days per week.  There are three HIIT phases and two cardio phases for a total of 20 weeks.  The fourth week of every phase, except the first phase is a recovery week, which generally includes easier workouts.  The workout schedule incorporates toning and stretching into the cardio schedule.

Overall feel:

Lots of cardio with some toning and stretching.  This program will definitely help you increase your cardiovascular fitness and the HIIT workouts really push your limits!  Some workouts are long (up to 60 minutes), while some are short (15 minutes) so your time will vary each day but every workout is fun!

 Turbo Fire 3

Body Revolution

Body Revolution 

What you get:

15 Body Revolution DVDs

90 Day Journal

Meal Plan

7 Day Kickstart Plan

Resistance Band

Online Club Membership (30 days) 

The workouts:

Phase 1

–       Workouts 1-4

–       Cardio  

Phase 2

–       Workouts 5-8

–       Cardio 2

Phase 3

–       Workouts 9-12

–       Cardio 3

The recipes

Jillian’s recipes were actually really good and most of them were really tasty.  They were plentiful and I was not hungry on this plan.  The only drawback was that it really keeps the carbs low and I need carbs to survive!  I am not a huge fan of cutting out food groups to lose weight.  Also, some of the meals were laborious to prepare and deterred me from making all the meals.  I especially need easy and quick lunches!

The program:

Each phase in Body Revolution is four weeks long and DVDs rotate every two weeks.  For example, in Phase 1 Weeks 1-2, the DVDs are Workout 1, Workout 2 and Cardio 1.  While Weeks 3-4 the DVDs are Workout 3, Workout 4 and Cardio 1.  The entire program is 12 weeks long.

Overall feel:  Lots of weight exercises with some cardio.  You’ll build muscle strength and endurance with this program.  The workouts are short (30 minutes) so you’ll be done in no time but they are not easy!

 BR5

My thoughts:  I like both of TurboFire and Body Revolution a lot.  They are high quality productions with clear instruction and easy to follow moves.  TurboFire has better music in my opinion.  The songs are catchy and some recognizable but not current chart toppers so you don’t feel maxed out on the music.  Plus, Chalene incorporates sound effects into the music so when you need to do a really big punch or jump or something you have that extra kick of motivation.  The choreography matches perfectly with the music, which helps you learn the moves in my opinion.

Speaking of choreography, the choreography in the TurboFire DVDs is way more complicated than Body Revolution.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  If you are like me and enjoy choreography, you are going to love these DVDs.  If you have hard time picking up moves quickly and just want straight athletic moves, Body Revolution is your friend.

Turbo Fire 5

We all know Jillian as the tough trainer from the Biggest Loser and these workouts are no exception.  Jillian is in your face, bootcamp style, pushing you harder in each DVD.  Chalene has a bubbly, cheerleader-esque personality.  You gotta pick the style that works for you! 

I would recommend Body Revolution if you are newer to exercise and need to build up strength and endurance over time.  Body Revolution builds as you enter each phase of the workout with Phase 1 being the easiest and Phase 3 being the hardest.  Of course, you can repeat any phase if need be.  TurboFire, on the other hand, requires you to have a good fitness base before starting the program.  It involves a lot of high intensity workouts that are very effective but also difficult and you should not push yourself to that level until you are ready.  I would recommend trying out the Turbo Jam DVDS if you are interested in Turbo Fire but still need to build up a stronger fitness base.

BR6

Overall I don’t think you can go wrong with either program and I think if you find a program that works for you, it is worth investing the time and money! 

Readers, have you tried TF or BR?  What style of trainer do you like: bootcamp boss or cheerleader coach?  What’s your favorite workout program?

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By Brittany, March 18, 2014
0 Comments
  • Shannon
    March 18, 2014

    I’m all Turbo Fire!!! I do her workouts probably 3 times a week and LOVE them. I have tried a few Body Revolution workouts, and I just think I like Chalene’s way of teaching more than Jillian’s. I feel progress from them both, but the HIIT workouts in Turbo Fire are just incomparable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon
    March 18, 2014

    I’m all Turbo Fire!!! I do her workouts probably 3 times a week and LOVE them. I have tried a few Body Revolution workouts, and I just think I like Chalene’s way of teaching more than Jillian’s. I feel progress from them both, but the HIIT workouts in Turbo Fire are just incomparable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon
    March 18, 2014

    I’m all Turbo Fire!!! I do her workouts probably 3 times a week and LOVE them. I have tried a few Body Revolution workouts, and I just think I like Chalene’s way of teaching more than Jillian’s. I feel progress from them both, but the HIIT workouts in Turbo Fire are just incomparable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon
    March 18, 2014

    I’m all Turbo Fire!!! I do her workouts probably 3 times a week and LOVE them. I have tried a few Body Revolution workouts, and I just think I like Chalene’s way of teaching more than Jillian’s. I feel progress from them both, but the HIIT workouts in Turbo Fire are just incomparable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    March 18, 2014

    Love this comprehensive review! I am just getting into DVDs, but I was considering BR when I was looking around. I also have some old TurboJam DVDs laying around somewhere. Maybe I should dust them off. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      March 25, 2014

      The TurboJam DVDs are very similar to TurboFire although I think TF is a little bit more difficult. I love that BR is quick!

  • Kim
    March 18, 2014

    I love Turbo Fire (and Turbo Jam)!! I haven’t tried Body Revolution – I keep thinking about it because I have numerous other Jillian DVDs and lover her workouts – I just don’t know if it would be that different from other stuff I’ve done.

    • FitBritt
      March 25, 2014

      I am a big fan of TurboJam too! The difference between Body Revolution and Jillian’s other DVDs in my opinion is that they are more focused. For example workout 1 is strength and toning with a few cardio bursts but only to keep the heart rate up, not because it is cardio-based and it will focus on specific body parts. Workout 2 is another strength/toning DVD but it focuses on the other body parts you didn’t work in Workout 1. Then you do a cardio DVD, which is all cardio. Repeat. I think Jillian’s other DVDs are more of a mix of cardio and strength plus they are usually total body. Hope that helps!

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    March 18, 2014

    I’ve never tried either of them (I don’t do well with at-home fitness) but I do think I do better with someone yelling at me. That being said, I really really don’t like Jillian Michaels just on principle, so that one’s out, haha.

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    March 18, 2014

    I love the Jillian Michael’s workout DVD’s. I have one of her cardio yoga DVD’s and it’s great. I haven’t tried Body Revolution, but I have taken her Body Shred class in person. I loved it! It was high intensity with lots of drills. I guess you could say I like the boot camp type of instructor. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vicky
    March 18, 2014

    An instructor at my gym is incorporating Turbo in her class. It is intense and I leave sweating. At times I get very confused with all the moves but then maybe that is the ADD in m.

    • FitBritt
      March 25, 2014

      Chalene is big on choreography and the moves can be difficult to pick up at first. I find the more that you do her workouts, you get used to her combinations and so you can kind of figure out what is coming. Also, she loves to repeat, which is helpful!

      • Vicky
        April 9, 2014

        I can see that I just feel like I am all over the place but being repetitive will help me focus and adapt hopefully when my 6 weeks are complete I will be able to follow the routine like clock work.

  • Allie
    March 18, 2014

    I think I can safely say that I would be in the Turbo Fire camp!! Love the pictures of you getting your sweat on. I don’t typically do any DVD workouts because of my crazy kids and hopefully, very soon, I will be doing ALL my exercising outside!!

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    March 18, 2014

    You know where my heart is here, although I’ve never tried Body Revolution, I have used Jillian workout DVDs and I’m just not her biggest fan. Everyone has their favorite, my love is with Chalene! Did you see she’s releasing a new PiYo program?!

  • Holly
    March 18, 2014

    I like how you demonstrated the workouts — and that you look just like the DVD frame on your TV.

  • Nicole
    March 19, 2014

    I’m all about the boot camp boss! I love when an instructor pushes me to my limits much more than having a trainer whose nice and chatty. I used to take boxing classes where the instructor was a former pro boxer and she legitimately scared me…When she said squat and jabbed at me, you better believe I squatted with 100% effort! Haha. Jillian Michaels is my favorite!

  • Karen - Fit in France
    March 19, 2014

    I’ve tried Jillian Michaels Shred & really like it. How often do you do the DVD ? is it every day or a few times a week ? what do they recommend in terms of frequency ?

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    March 19, 2014

    AMAZING in motion picture you got going on there! Thank you for this in depth review on both! I had no idea that JM had such a great package too! I have heard some amazing things about Turbofire so I am happy to see that you reviewed it!

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