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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?

FIRE Drills: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

25 Jul

One thing is for sure– HIIT drills are not for the faint of heart. They let you push yourself harder than you thought you could go. And, as the familiar adage goes– when you push your body out of your comfort zone that’s when you begin to see change.

Let’s back up for a minute. What is this HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) non-sense? As some of you know, I’ve started TurboFire. At the heart of the TurboFire workout series are Fire Drills.  When the siren goes off, that’s when you k now you’ll be working at the utmost intensity for the next 30 seconds to a minute. At the end, you’ll be kindly rewarded with 30-40 seconds of rest as recovery time (but, don’t you dare stop moving!). According to the wikipedia on the subject, usually HIIT cardio sessions last between 9-20 minutes. The HIIT workouts in the TurboFire series seem to follow that, so far.

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It also is supposed to give you the following benefits: improved fat burning and increased glucose metabolism. (If you’re interested in reading more about HIIT and it’s relationship to Type 2 Diabetes, I’d highly recommend the article at Precision Nutrition which you can find here.) I like how that sounds.  In fact, Chalene Johnson often says during the videos that you burn 9x the amount of fat. I’m no expert so I certainly don’t know about that, but I do like the challenge. I also like how much bang for your buck in terms of time that you get. We all try to cram so many things in our day– but can I really not find 15 minutes for one of these workouts? Even I, master of excuse making, have trouble with that one. So, I do. And by the way, you’ll feel so good when it’s over.

Have you ever done a HIIT workout? What did you think?

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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