You Are Not Tired! --- TurboFire - Day 2
TurboFire, created by fitness expert Chalene Johnson, is a step up from the original Turbo Jam offered by BeachBody. It is a high intensity Kickboxing DVD program that takes fitness to a whole new level. The motivation and inspiration behind this program is the killer workout music and Johnson's love for dance.
TurboFire is a DVD that emulates a class type setting. It is meant to motivate and inspire you by allowing you to match the energy of your fellow classmates. This is particularly helpful for those who are very competitive in their workouts. It is a 12 week program, with workouts 6 days a week. It also gives you the advanced option which will take you through an entire 20 weeks (if you want to purchase the advanced DVDs.
In addition to the variety of workouts offered in this program, TurboFire also offers The Inferno Plan, a 5 day complete workout and nutrition plan allowing you to shred even more in a short time for a big event.
There is very little tools needed to do this workout - a good pair of shoes, workout clothes, a water bottle, a yoga mat, and a towel to wipe the sweat out of your eyes. Everything else is included with the program, including a resitance band and a lower body band.
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My personal journey
For those of you that know me, you already know I have a commitment and an obsession with my workouts. Before starting TurboFire, I completed two rounds of P90X with Tony Horton. For the first round, I documented my journey as a way to stay motivated. If you want to read about my time with P90X click here or feel free to just jump ahead and see the results on Day 90.
Now I have been familiar with BeachBody workouts for awhile now, and I absolutely love the variety that is offered. As I was doing P90X, I started seeing infomercials about TurboFire and I just knew that I had to try it. That is when I became a BeachBody coach. This would allow me to push myself further and help people along my journey. If you are interested in TurboFire or any of the other BeachBody programs, and would like to join me, you can check out the products by visiting my BeachBody coach page.
Most of these programs can be found throughout the internet, however, I will say the price is relatively the same regardless of where you buy it. Therefore, I recommend going through Beachbody. They stand behind all of the products they offer and if you are not happy with the results, they will refund your money. You will not find that deal anywhere else.
So, if you want to get in shape, what are you waiting for. The tools are there - all we need is you!
Day 2 did not go as planned. When I headed to bed last night, I was amped. I was ready to get up and jump out of bed at 5 a.m. But who am I really fooling? I hate getting out of my nice, cozy warm bed that early. So we all know what that means - I hit snooze - at least a few times before I finally rolled out of bed. Morning workouts and I have a love/hate relationship. I love my workouts in the morning because they really make me feel great the entire day; but I hate getting out of bed.
I believe today was especially difficult because I knew a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class was on the schedule. These classes don't really intimidate me - it is just deep in my mind I know it is a short class so I have subconsciously made myself think I can hit snooze a couple of times without causing an issue.
At least I got up and it really wasn't that bad after all... in fact, I think later today I will probably go for a run and burn off all the energy I have leftover from what I consider a rather short (but don't be fooled - a high impact, high intensity, fat blasting) workout!
Feel The Burn!
What Is HIIT?
By now you are probably wonder what HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is? It really is the "new" way to workout and is a big part of TurboFire and the effectiveness of the program. In a nutshell, HIIT is exercising to your max in up to one-minute intervals. You need to push yourself as hard as humanly possibly during this time - and you can do it - because you know that after you do you will be given a minute to rest and catch your breath.
According to studies done, HIIT training will not only improve your perfomance aerobicly, but it will help you anaerobicly as well. The effect - your metabolism is cranked up into super calorie-burner mode and is 9 times more effective at burning fat. Now who doesn't want that? These intense intervals will quickly fatigue your muscles and your body will have to work extra hard to replensh them with oxygen. This is what Chalene calls the Afterburn Effect. Your body will be burning more calories at rest for the entire day, "making 4 minutes of HIIT more effective than 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill or stair climber," according to the TurboFire fitness guide.
HIIT is a powerful tool, but it needs to be used in a structured plan in order to avoid burn-out. This is where TurboFire comes in. The plan is all layed out for you. In order to avoid doing damage to the muscle tissues, the TurboFire HIIT classes should not be done 2 days in a row, and as always, know your limits. If you do beyond what you are capable of you can and could get injured. Injuries will only heed your progress.
Wanna workout - you need to schedule it!
Too often one of the biggest excuses to not working out is not having the time. I will admit because I am a stay at home mom I have an advantage in this department. I don't have to worry about the grueling "corporate" lifestyle. However, just because I am a stay at home mom doesn't mean I don't have time commitments or work to do. It just means I am more flexible with my schedule. After all, I work 24 hours a day!
So you need to ask yourself... How important is it to you to get your workout in?
This is a vital question to ask. Afterall, if getting that workout in isn't important enough to you, it will always be cancelled because something better came up. This is why scheduling your workout is important. I am not saying that sometimes life doesn't happen and you will end up missing or postponing your workout, but when it is on the calendar, it is alot harder to avoid.
Think of it this way... if you had a doctor's appointment at 9 a.m. would you miss it? Chances are high you just answered no. Why would you? It is a set appointment and it is important to you. You aren't going to suddenly say, "Sorry doctor, I decided not to show up because I got caught up in some show on TV!" Most likely they won't care about your excuse. They are going to charge you for wasting their time.
So schedule your workout time. If that means setting your alarm a little earlier to get up and get in your workout, so be it. If that means telling someone "No, I am not available at this time..." because that is when you have scheduled a workout, that is what needs to happen. The important thing is, you set a schedule and you stick with it!
Working out will make you feel great, emotionally and physically. In fact, it might actually make you more productive because of all the energy you have. But most importantly, remember you are working out for you. So, don't miss the most important appointment of the day! Get that workout in and stop with the excuses!
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