You are Not Tired! --- TurboFire - Day 10

After the burn - make sure you recover

TurboFire is an intense cardio kickboxing class. Make sure you allow yourself a chance to recover.
TurboFire is an intense cardio kickboxing class. Make sure you allow yourself a chance to recover. | Source

TurboFire is the hot cardio kickboxing sensation created by Chalene Johnson. She has been teaching fitness and health for 20 years, and is the creator of the original cardio kickboxing class Turbo Jam. TurboFire is a step up from the original, and while it does use many of the moves from TurboJam, it also incorporates HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes as well.

TurboFire is built around killer dance moves that target every single area of your body. But mostly, it is done in a classroom setting to motivate you to push harder. It definately brings the competition side out in a person and allows you to match the energy of your neighboring workout partner.

TurboFire is a 12 week program, however for those who really want to advance in their training, it can be taken to 20 weeks with the purchase of the advanced DVDs. You can expect to workout 6 days a week and have one day of rest. This will be a combination of Fire workouts, HIIT, and sculpting workouts. If you follow the schedule and eat a sensible diet, you will see your body changing in no time.

My personal journey

TurboFire is the second journey I have been on over the past year. Since then I have lost 45 pounds. I am hoping for big things from TurboFire but I do know that the journey will be much more difficult since I am so close to goal. 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.

As part of my TurboFire journey, I have also become a BeachBody coach. This has allowed me to be able to push myself harder to get to goal. 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.

Day 10

I find it ironic that on what is suppossed to be my "rest" day, I am finding absolutley no time to rest. I did get a chance to sleep in this morning. However, with the end of school just around the corner, I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

However, we did spend several hours running around at the park and the afternoon swimming in the pool. So much for a day of rest. I can actually say I am more exhausted today than I usually am on the days I work out.

So that means I am getting to bed early tonight...

Why do we need rest days?

I am guilty of overdoing this. After all, I find my workouts addicting and I have a tendency to try and do more and more and more. It isn't because I think the results will come faster, it is because I actually feel so good after I do my workout I don't want to stop. So if I am bored - I workout. If I have the munchies - I workout. If I am happy - I workout. If I am depressed - I workout!

So you can imagine how hard it is for me to sit still and actually take my rest days.

Rest days are important because they give your body a chance to recover so it can come back stronger. For instance, you can't work the same muscles daily. They will eventually wear out and that could result in injury. By giving them a chance to rest, you allow the muscles to rebuild. This is how you increase your strength. This is also the reason why you switch things up. You might do Legs one day, followed by arms the next, followed by cardio.

Recovery days are also important to restore your energy levels. If you don't have the energy levels to do your workouts, you can bet that you will not push yourself as hard. So, it is vital if you want to increase your aerobic endurance and it is also vital if you want to improve on your workouts.

Based off what other people were saying about recovery days, it seems recovery days will allow you to take your workout to the next level. Therefore, if you are a runner and you are having a hard time picking up speed... well, maybe you are tired.

For me this is difficult to do. I feel as if there is something missing from my day if I don't do my workout. I take them when I feel I need them, but it is highly recommended you set it in as a part of your schedule.

So, when is your scheduled rest day?

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 the journey, click here.

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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas

Wow, great news and congratulations on losing those 45 lbs! That must've involved a lot of hard work. I have yet to try this workout though. Thanks for the info.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Days of rest are very very very important... although I take enough rest days for you ;-) I'm just so proud to see you continue working everyday! Keep up the amazing work and I know you are the strongest person you have ever been. I was even telling mom and dad about how even your attitude and everything has strengthened. It is like you are a new person! Yet still just as much fun as before ;-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Speaking of rest - how are you feeling? You probably really should have taken a full day off:) I know you have ants in your workout pants! lol


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@gmmurgirl- It came off pretty slow so I am hoping that it stays off. The program is great and I have to say, I can really see the difference in the tone of my body. I am even starting to see a six-pack starting to form. Ok - so I have to get rid of the stuff on top... but I love how these are set up for you. Without that, I have a tendency to get bored and eventually stop working out. This sets me up for success! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@mythicalstorm273 - Unfortunately, I didn't take notice of how important rest days actually were until I started getting sick again. It didn't take long upon starting for that darn cough to come back so I did some research and I have a lot of symptoms that point to overtraining.... which by the way I still think is somewhat ridiculous! But, either way, I can't afford to get as sick as I was so I am trying really hard to not be counterproductive.

But yes - I feel so much better. My attitude has changed and I am a whole new person because of this. It is hard to see how far I have really come so far! :) It feels good and I am glad I have gotten the time to do it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RealHousewife - I am all up and down with this cough. But I have been taking this Osha Root for respiratory help and it seems to be doing the trick. Then again... I am taking a cocktail of vitamins and herbal supplements trying to avoid going back to the doctor. Let's see what helps. Maybe I just need a vacation away from the daily stresses. I should see if I can just get a hotel down in San Diego or something for the weekend and go to like Seaworld or something. That would be fun! Maybe get away from the stress and I would get over this! :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Good advice. Rest days are important, as they let your body heal and catch up. That said, as you mention, you should workout different muscles on different days, as to not over stress them and give them a little chance to rebuild ... stronger than before.

Shared, up and interesting.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brett.Tesol - Rest days I find are very difficult for me. I love working out so much that recovering seems to be difficult. However, you are very right. Sometimes you will see more results when you let your body heal than if you push it further than it can handle! Great information in your comment. I appreciate it!

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