If you read my first post, and my first one didn’t bore you enough, I decided to keep up with the “fitness theme” and do a review of TurboFire (I promise to change it up next time). TurboFire is a 90 day intense cardio program that combines athletic kickboxing, upbeat music and will help you burn up to 9x more fat and calories than a traditional cardio work out. It is also about the H.I.I.T (High Intense Interval Training) Fire Drills. You’ll work out for one minute at your max with short periods of rest to fire up your metabolism. You follow a schedule that has very specific workouts that are between 15 minutes and 55 minutes of workout fun depending on what part of the schedule you are on.
The technical stuff about why this workout works is great, and you can read about it here: beachbodycoach.com/ryannford (copy and paste this link into your browser) but I want my review to show the practical side that an average user (like me) will experience.
This follows the basic theme: intense exercise, rest, repeat. The intense part is mostly “cardio”, but not the kind that requires running up a hill or pulling on the spandex and knee high socks and rocking out to an 80s jam. Someone peeking in on my workout (no stalkers please…) might think a mouse ran up my pantleg and the only way to get it out is by jumping up and down and flapping my arms.
One full minute of this flailing is followed by 30 seconds of “rest”. Like a fat guy sucking in his gut when a hot chick walks by, I try to impress my only audience, Steve the Cat and act like it wasn’t that tough even though I would prefer to fall on the ground gasping for air like a fish on a dock. I toss Steve a casual glare, grab a refresing sip of water and pretend I am like one of the people on the video who can do the whole workout while talking and looking cool. In reality, my lungs hurt, I have a side ache, I gulp water between lungfulls of air and my sides hurt when I cough. Then back at it – maybe I should train that stupid mouse to take longer breaks…
A few repetitions of this (that where the second “I” comes from in HIIT) until the DVD decides I am done. Each interval is tough, but the way it is structured with the fast pace and new moves, they don’t seem to get tougher because of the variety.
The trainer, Chalene Johnson is upbeat and does a great job of motivating me when I want to sag back onto the couch and just watch (that counts as a workout too, right??). I really hate that woman towards the end of the workout because she seems to know just what to say to get me through to the end (how does she know, she can’t even see me trying to slack off!). When the workout is done I am back to loving Chalene and wanting to see her again tomorrow morning.
Overall, I love the music (it gets me pumped up), the workout, and the results. I find myself looking forward to finding out what the next workout will be because every day is different.
I would definitely not recommend it for beginners because it goes through the moves so fast it is hard to keep up (drop me a line for my two cents on a better beginner workout).
Final verdict – 11 paws (out of 12 – stay tuned to future posts for a breakdown on my rating system, it is really very scientific…)
Has anybody else tried TurboFire or any of the “Turbo” workouts and want to share?