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TurboFire Month 1 in Review

12 Aug

I just finished my first month of Turbo Fire and I’m incredibly proud of myself for getting into the routine and pushing beyond my comfort zone. I thought now would be a good time to reflect on the first month of the program and my thoughts and results so far.

I haven’t done the program absolutely perfectly (switched some days around, etc.) but have completed each of the sessions prescribed for the last month within the month time frame. I’ve been conscious of my food intake, though not perfect. I’ve also significantly increased my water intake which I’m happy about but still working on.

Beachbody

Beachbody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Impressions:

  • Changing it up: I love how the workouts change regularly and you’re never doing the same thing two days in a row. This was a problem I had had with other programs like 30 Day Shred. I haven’t gotten bored with the routines yet because they’re challenging (keeps me on my toes physically and in terms of the choreography) and all different.
  • Increasing Intensity: I’m also really liking that there are always way to improve on the same workout as you get stronger: jumping higher, push harder, etc.  The level of intensity you bring to the workout really changes things so the workouts can increase in difficulty as your fitness level increases as well– so they’ll keep being challenging!
  • Sculpt & Tone: So far it seems like she’s throwing in one sculpt/tone strength building class a week. I almost wish they were more frequent as I really enjoy them and feel the burn from them. I’m loving the resistance bands and again– they provide a way to keep the workouts challenging as you can always increase your resistance level for the workouts.
  • Stretch: I don’t love the stretch portions. For the days that the Stretch 10 or Stretch 40 aren’t scheduled, it does’t seem like the workouts on their own provide enough before/after stretching. I’ve been doing more on my own in order to prevent any possible injury. The Stretch 10 is okay, but I get bored of it quickly. Stretch 40 I have a lot of trouble getting through so I’ve been doing a lot more stretching on my own. I’m familiar with a lot of stretches due to all the sports I played growing up, so I guess I think I have down a routine that works well for me.
  • Cast & Production: I don’t really love the cast– primarily you only see the three on stage and I wish it was reversed so you could see the rest of the group like in some of the other TurboJam videos. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing because they’re zoomed in on Chalene. Chalene is tolerable– but I don’t seem to love her as much as some people do.

Results: 

  • Clothes are fitting better: My stomach is definitely flatter and that’s always been my biggest trouble spot.
  • I’m getting stronger: I swear to you I surprised myself at work the other day when I realized how strong my triceps were getting! My muscles are responding– I even got a compliment on how muscular my calves are the other day.
  • My endurance is growing: I still have trouble with the longer workouts, but I’m getting there. I can see the progress and I know I’ll only get better if I keep pushing myself regularly. I still prefer the HIIT workouts though!
  • Weight/Inches lost: I weigh in tomorrow so we’ll see what the number looks like then and inches in a couple weeks, but I am pleased with the progress I’m making so far and am excited to see where it will go from here.

Bring it on Month Two!

Endurance & TurboFire Fire 45 EZ/ Fire 55 EZ Workouts

31 Jul

I’ve never had very good endurance. When I ran indoor track & field (I was actually good! I know that’s probably hard to believe.) I was a sprinter, of the very shortest distances. The 55 meter dash was always my specialty and the 4×200 meter relay was about my limit. Asking me to run the 4×400 meter relay was just trouble. I simply don’t know how to pace myself… and have never been in good enough shape to be able to sprint all out for very long.

English: Harvard University Gordon Indoor Track

English: Harvard University Gordon Indoor Track (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TurboFire has two workouts that have this lovely little “EZ” at the end. Let’s get this straight right away. They are not easy. And, they also aren’t very similar so I’m not exactly sure what the EZ even indicates. Except, for me, I know when that’s on my schedule I’m going to have a tough night.

TurboFire Fire 45EZ is the worst. There are no Fire Drills in it, and I guess I’ve really come to rely on the 30 second to 1 minute recovery time after them. It’s strange how I’d rather push myself 110% for 15 or 20 minutes like in the HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, then to keep going at a moderate-difficult cardio pace for 45 minutes.

TurboFire Fire 55EZ isn’t quite as bad, but certainly isn’t my favorite. This one has a couple (I think three) drills in it, which helps me. There is also some significant cool down (finale combos) that take up a chunk of time at the end.

My personal take away message from these “EZ” workouts is that I really need to work on building my endurance. But, I still think they should change the deceiving name!

Do you have good endurance? What are some of your favorite ways to improve it?

Today I Start TurboFire!

15 Jul

Living in NYC, gyms are very expensive. Okay, maybe that’s just another excuse.

The real reason I don’t like the gym is that I’m really just not comfortable there right now.  I know no one is paying attention and everyone is too busy worrying about themselves to notice you, but I just feel really self conscious and out of place.

Ladies-Only Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs

Ladies-Only Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I’ve taken to working out at home. I’ve been debating starting a workout program like P90x, Insanity, Body Revolution, etc. There seemed to be so many choices out there. I haven’t been working out recently so I needed something that was going to be modifiable based on fitness level and ideally something that didn’t take too much time or equipment.

Well, today is my first day of TurboFire!

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