You Are Not Tired! --- TurboFire - Day 4

Fire the Fat...

TurboFire is a step up from the original Turbo Jam program. While some of the moves will be similiar, Johnson has also added HIIT classes to the program.
TurboFire is a step up from the original Turbo Jam program. While some of the moves will be similiar, Johnson has also added HIIT classes to the program. | Source

TurboFire, created by fitness expert Chalene Johnson, is an intense cardio kickboxing program that will have you burning the fat from every inch of your body. This is just one of the many programs offered by BeachBody, and is the follow up from the original Turbo Jam.

TurboFire is 12 weeks long and follows a specific plan that has been entirely laid out for you by Chalene Johnson. The motivation behind the program is from her love of music and dance. The combination of the songs and the moves go so well together that you will actually push yourself harder to keep up with the beat.

In addition to the beat that keeps you moving, TurboFire is done in a classroom type setting. According to Johnson, this allows you to play your energy off of the others. If you see someone else pushing harder, you will in return, push yourself harder. The workouts included in this program vary between Fire, Fire EZ, HIIT (high intensity interval training), and of course stretching, toning and core work. There is enough of a variety to ensure you don't get bored.

Johnson also offers a "New to Class" option for her cardio programs. This way, you can learn the moves at a slower pace. This will allow you to be able to push yourself even harder during the workouts. Not to mention, you will be able to learn proper form which will make the workout more effective and lessen the chance of injury.

How often do you ride the weight loss roller coaster?

Riding the weight loss roller coaster is not a lot of fun. Isn't it time you get off!
Riding the weight loss roller coaster is not a lot of fun. Isn't it time you get off! | Source

My personal journey

Exercise and fitness has always been a big part of my life. Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped me from riding the weight loss roller coaster. My weight has always been a bit of a struggle and because of that I have tried numerous fads. Some that have worked, and others that have not. I originally started this journey more than a year ago, but it wasn't until I started P90X with Tony Horton that I even came close to success. Since then, I have lost more than 45 pounds and several inches. In fact, I am almost unrecognizeable. 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.

TurboFire is my new journey. With the weight loss from P90X, I got inspired to keep on going. So, that is when I became a BeachBody coach. My motivation: I didn't want to rebound on my weight loss. It also gave me the ability to inspire and encourage others. If you are interested in TurboFire or any of the other BeachBody programs feel free to check out the products by visiting my BeachBody coach page. However, at no time feel pressured. This is my personal journey, and writing about it keeps me accountable.

Day 4

Today was Fire 30 class. The nice thing is since this was the same class that was done on Day 1, there was no need to struggle through the moves; they were already familiar. Granted, I wouldn't have been struggling through the moves anyway since I have done this workout several times while I was practicing before I started officially.

So I was actually, kind of, just a little, looking forward to this workout. However, this week really is not going as planned. I am so sleepy. I even went to bed early last night. But, this morning when the alarm started ringing at 5, I hit the dismiss button and fell back asleep as I was attempting to get out of bed.

Preferably, since I am doing this workout with my husband, the workouts need to be done in the morning and they have to be done early. (5 a.m. UGH!) That way he can still get to work at a decent time. However, this week has been really difficult getting up early and this morning, it just didn't happen.

So, we postponed it to this evening. For someone so used to getting their workouts done early in the day, waiting was torture!

So, if you thought we ended up skipping the workout, you are wrong. The workout happened, but not until 9 p.m. after our dinner had finally settled. Then, even though it wasn't on the plan, we were super motivated so we added the Tone 30 class as well. What can I say, I enjoy burning calories and after the day was done, (and you add in my run!) I was 6 calories short of burning 1000!

Working Out Solo vs. Workout Buddy

My husband has always been a big supporter of my crazy exercise obsessions. If I wanted a gym membership - he was on board for it; when I bought the Total Gym in a sleep deprived coma - he was only slightly mad; when I told him I wanted a shake weight (which no - I don't have yet!) - he only made fun of me a little bit! He knows that exercise and fitness is a big part of my life and always will be. He is also fully aware of how cranky I get when my weight spirals out of control. As the saying goes... "A happy wife means a happy life!" So, if exercise is what makes me happy, he is onboard with my obsession.

Yet, this round is different. After seeing me lose an excessive amount of weight (and transfer some of what I lost to him!), he has decided it is his time to lose weight. So, he has joined me for TurboFire! Which got me thinking... what are the pros of working out with someone compared to working out by yourself!

Workout Buddy - Cons

  • You're always working off someones schedule. That means it has to be planned. If life comes up someone is counting on you to workout. Therefore, you can't be flexible.
  • If the other person isn't as motivated as you, it can get irritating.
  • A buddy can be distracting to you pushing yourself.
  • When it is your husband - it makes it far to easy to push the snooze button for an early morning workout!

Workout Buddy - Pros

  • Someone to keep you accountable for your workouts - believe me, if you know you are working out with someone else, you are less likely to skip your workout.
  • Makes working out fun.
  • Someone else will be just as sore as you are. Misery loves company!!
  • If your competitive, you will want to make sure you are working out harder than they are!
  • If you are working out with a family member or significant other, it is nice knowing you are both supporting each other to be healthier!

Working out solo - Cons

You don't have the support system

No one else to share your pain

No one to push you when you are feeling lazy

No one you can borrow or share equipment with - this means the whole expense is all yours!

Working out Solo - Pros

You never have to rely on somebody else.

You don't need to wait on somebody else's schedule

You are the one to blame if you don't succeed

You don't have to worry about different strength levels; you only need to compete with yourself.

My opinion on the workout buddy

When it comes to having or not having a workout buddy, I can really go both ways. I don't really feel I need someone to work out with to push me harder. I know that I am competing with myself and my workouts don't change depending on whether someone is there or not.

I really have done both. When I lived in Wisconsin I had a friend that I would meet up with a couple times a week and we would workout together. Afterwards, we would try new and healthy recipes. This was nice. Not only did it give me a chance to hang out with a friend, but it also expanded my taste buds.

When I started P90X, I was doing it by myself and for myself. Therefore, because I was successful on my own, I didn't think I needed a workout buddy. At the beginning of the year, I gained two. Eventually because of my husband's work schedule, it dropped to one. However, he is once again joining me with TurboFire. That made me realize a couple different things: Having a workout buddy that doesn't live with you makes you keep your appointments. Since starting with my husband, I am more likely to hit the snooze button and sleep through the alarm. We are definately not as accountable with our workouts - which is the reason why my workout for today got pushed to this evening. That in itself makes me nervous because it is more likely to get skipped. Yet, having a workout buddy outside of the house can get stressful with such an intense program. That means setting up time that works for two people, living two completely different lives, 7 days a week.

So which do I prefer? It still doesn't matter to me. But, if you mess with my workout you can expect me to be cranky! So feel free to join me - but when I set the time - you better be there!

Enjoy the Holiday

With the Holiday right around the corner, the workouts will still continue. However, the time to write each day might not be an option with the many barbeques and family gatherings happening this weekend. Therefore, day five, six and seven might all be combined and the series will resume on day eight!

Want More...

If you would like start from the beginning of my personal journey and learn more about the TurboFire program, click here. If you would like to read about my previous day, click here.

To continue reading about the journey, click here.

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reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

There's nothing wrong with pushing yourself to be healthy. If tools like Turbofire works, then keep at it. I tend to follow a solo schedule. I find it to be the best way.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I love working out with somebody whom I trust. I give up too easily if I do not trust the person. I do not want somebody who is going to push me too hard though either. I need to use my competitive edge to keep me going! It gets frustrating working out with Darrel because he hates it and I become the coach, but I give up way to easily if I am by myself. I am a lot like you though, if I am doing it... it doesn't matter how it happens as long as it happens!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Definitely pros and cons to workout buddies and going solo and I agree with all you listed. I think it would be especially hard to have my husband be my buddy b/c he would be more likely to have an excuse. But...I probably shouldn't worry, he's told me a number of times he has no intention of working out. On the other hand, he is 100% supportive of me getting my workouts in and goes to all of my races.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You've been on the fitness track practically since the day I met you. I'm glad Eli is working out with you though - at least he is close and available when you have a time in mind and if he screws up the schedule then he has to face you later, huh? Lol

Go for it! I'm so far enjoying the journey and am already looking forward to a nice daily connection again too:) I miss you Stacy!! Lol. Kids take up so much time .... The summer vacation is in full gear now!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@reagu - We all need to find that sweat spot that works for us. I love exercise and I really enjoy pushing myself. Glad you found something that has worked for you as well! Best of luck!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@mythicalstorm273 - I think that is one of the reasons I get so frustrated working out with someone else. I hate when I start losing my motivation because I am waiting for theirs to show up. Getting in shape is a personal decission. I can only push so much - ultimately - you have to want to do it. I feel like I am always fighting this battle when I have a workout buddy. But I bet we would be a good team. How's your running going?


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette Watt - I have to say - my husband is 100% supportive of my workouts as well. But why wouldn't he be - after all, then he can have his healthy fit trophy wife to show off ;) Although when it comes to working out with him it can get frustrating. I have done it in the past and it has only lasted a week at the longest. This round I am really impressed. He is doing good and he is staying motivated. So I might have to change me statement in the near future! We will see! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Ha ha - I don't think Eli knows what he has gotten himself into. LOL - messing with my workouts is not an option or I leave you in the dust! LOL

I have to say though - I am a little nervous about this journey. With summer around the corner it is going to be rather difficult to keep up with the workouts and all the writing. But yes - the daily connection is definatley going to be fun. We have both been so busy lately with the end of school. Oh great - what will summer bring! :)

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