Turbo Fire 5 Day Inferno Plan - What Results Can You Expect!
Back in February I made a big decision. I decided to become a BeachBody Coach. I wasn't doing it for the money. In fact, very much the opposite. I was doing it so I could purchase the Turbo Fire workout at a discount. It also appealed to me to encourage others to get into shape and live healthier lives, but my main motivation really was to get the DVDs. I figured after 2 rounds of P90X, this would be my next adventure and would be the push to get me to my goal weight. Who knows, once I get to goal, maybe the business aspect will take off by itself.
Needless to say, when my package first arrived I was pretty excited. I knew I wasn't going to be using it anytime soon since I was still in the middle of my second round of P90X. Especially since I was stubborn enough to finish, even though I really just wanted to drop everything and start Turbo Fire.
However, I did sneak a peak at a few of the workouts, figuring if I try them out, I will have an idea of what I was getting myself into when I officially started. Yet, I ran into problems. Several problems to be exact...
I got pretty sick after my trip to Wisconsin for my sister's wedding. While I didn't let that stop me, mid-March I ended up throwing my back out, forcing me to take a break from my rigourous workouts. Initially, I planned on starting Turbo Fire at the beginning of April (right after my bout with P90X). However, instead I added a kidney infection to the back pain. After several rounds of antibiotics and being out of commission for what seemed forever, I knew there was no way I could start such a hardcore workout program. I gave myself the month of April to get back on track.
Getting prepared to lose weight fast
The month of April consisted of what I considered "boring" workouts which were lacking in the intensity and burn I was used to. To make matters even worse, I had set a few goals and from being sick and I had been short on reaching them.
Yet, even though I remembered going through my package from BeachBody containing my TurboFire package, I remembered there was one program that really caught my attention - The Inferno Plan. After all, how could it not catch my attention. It promised that in a short 5 days I could possibly lose up to 10 pounds and 10 inches. And I wanted to know, how do you lose weight fast!
Now, of course, results will vary from person to person, but I had high hopes. And if I could lose the 10 pounds, I would hit my very goal I set when I first began my weight loss journey. So it was an easy decision. The last week of April, I was jumping into the Inferno Plan. Not only would it get me back into my intense workouts - but, if all went as planned, I would be in goal range by May 1st.
So the weekend before I started, I got ready. This was the easy part. I already had the workout equipment, I already had the DVDs, I already had the motivation! All I needed to do was get the food for the well laid out eating plan I was to follow. Yep - that was definitely the easy part!
The Workout Plan
Turbo Fire, created by Chalene Johnson, consists of 10 DVDs with 12 different workouts. During the 5 day Inferno Plan, you will experience insane core strengthing and cardio conditioning with 3 of the workouts. Each day, on top of the designated workout, she recommends the Stretch 10 class, to reduce soreness. The only equipment needed is workout clothes, a good pair of shoes, a towel and a water bottle. A heart rate monitor is also encouraged so you can track exactly how many calories you burned each day.
Day 1 - Fire 55 EZ
Day 2 - Fire 45 and HIIT 20
Day 3 - Fire 55 EZ
Day 4 - Fire 45 and HIIT 20
Day 5 - Fire 55 EZ
Day 1 did not start off as planned....
Naturally, that always seems to be my luck. I was really looking forward to jumping into this program and getting it done. I even convinced my husband to do part of the plan with me. (A few of the workouts if they didn't interfer with work, and obviously he was eating the healthier dinners I would be preparing!) Yet, we slept through the alarm. Ok - we didn't sleep through. We hit snooze... several times.
When we did get up, I was struck by a coughing fit. Now this was nothing new. The day I finally got a clean bill of health, was the day the coughing started. It had been a week and a half already. Needless to say, I was exhausted because I wasn't getting a good night's sleep. My husband was exhausted because he got to listen to me cough all night long. He finally had enough.
So... off to the Urgent Care I went.
Now this already screwed up my day. Instead of starting with a workout, I was starting off sitting at the Urgent Care. But, to appease my husband, I went right away to get it over with. That is when I found out I had walking pneumonia. Just what I needed! But I wasn't giving up. I had already gotten all the food for the plan and I already had myself psyched up. Walking pneumonia or not, I was giving this my best shot!
I finally got home, my antibiotics and my inhaler in hand, and completed the first workout - Fire 55 EZ. Now don't be decieved. EZ does not mean this workout is easy. Normally this workout lasts about 55 minutes, but because I wasn't familiar with the routine, I choose the "New to Class" option. This meant my workout was 72 minutes long and 812 calories burned!
I was pretty proud of myself. Not only did I complete this insanely crazy workout, but I had also followed the eating program to a T. Until I got struck with a headache. When my husband called, it got worse. To make matters even better (because nothing in life is easy), he was having car problems with his tire. While he initially was just going to take it to the shop and get it fixed, he decided not to with an hour and a half wait. Yet I insisted. I could just drive along with him and we could drop his car off.
This is were the night went downhill. My migraine got worse. I got sick (and I no longer have the desire to eat salads....shudder), and instead of eating this completely healthy planned out dinner, I skipped.
But don't worry... I eventually got hungry and my headache eased up... once I ate that ice cream cone instead.
I guess Day 1 started off with a bang!
Day 2 through 5
The rest of the days didn't really go as planned either. For the most part, I followed the plan. But, on Day 2, my daughter had her very first softball practice. Unfortunately, the practice was held over dinnertime and then it lasted longer than it should have. To top it off, the dinner menu was salmon. While I have no doubt in my mind that I could have prepared this when I got home, I knew my kids were starving and my husband wasn't home to eat the salmon with me. So, instead of torturing the kids with my healthy meal, I gave them Dogs in a Sweater instead, and I ate the meal from Monday's plan. Lucky for me, I got Fire 45 and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) 20 in earlier in the day. There was no way I would have been able to done the workout after softball practice!
Day 3 and Day 4 weren't much better. On Day 3, the antibiotics made me sick. This pushed my workout until later in the evening. The best part of this was I got to witness my husband firsthand complete Fire 55 EZ. (He finally knows my pain!)
On day 4 I got my Fire 45 workout in, and since my husband was feeling so good after doing the workout Wednesday night, he wanted to join me for the HIIT 20 class. Yet, life interupted us again. So, the evening workout was cancelled.
This brings us to the final day - Day 5 - Friday. Today, I was going to Bring It! After all, while I had been working my butt off all week, I really wanted to see the results! So, to try to prove to the best of my ability that the Inferno Plan really did work, I worked out almost the entire day. Not only did I do the required Fire 55 EZ, I also did the HIIT 20 class that I skipped, I took a long walk with the kids, and squeezed in an additional workout later on. Overall, I burned 1600 calories. Some people may say I am nuts - but I just like to say I am motivated.
So, during this 5 day trial, I will say, I did all the workouts required. However, the eating was a little off. I slipped a few days and had ice cream. And if I remember correctly, my box of Swiss Cake Rolls disappeared as well. Ok - so I added my own variations into the diet. But what can i say, when I feel sick, my food weaknesses really show through!
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How to track your results
If you want to check your results you are going to need to do a few things beforehand.
You will need: A camera, a tape measure, pad of paper and pen, and a scale (preferably one that also tracks body fat percentage.)
On Day 1, the first thing you need to do is take pictures. It is highly recommended you take pictures wearing something tight (or somewhat revealing) so you can actually see the differences.) For me, I choose one of my workout outfits. Others may decided to use a bikini or a swimsuit and some may just use their under clothes. Do what feels comfortable for you. Remember, these pictures are purely for your knowledge and do not need to be shared with others. (So please don't look too closely at mine!)
When taking the pictures you are going to need to be a model. This means you will need to take several shots. Take one from the front, one from the side and one from the back. Using a tripod comes in handy, otherwise ask someone you trust to take the pictures for you. While posing, you can put your hands on your hips, up like you are flexing, or just down at your sides. Or, if you want, you can do all the poses (and a few extras), so you really have something to look at and compare in the end.
Next, you are going to need a measuring tape. This is important and you are going to want to pay attention to were you are measuring so when you measure at the end of the 5 days, you can accurately see the results. While you can measure yourself, the most accurate measurements are when someone else does them.
Measurements to take:
Chest: For women - This is around the ribcage. For women, this measurement will be right underneath to breasts as high up without straining the tape measure.
Breast - Around the fullest part. Not a necessary measurement for men.
Waist: For women, this is 1 inch above the bellybutton. For men, this is at the bellybutton.
Hips: This is the fullest part of the hip area.
Arm: Measure both right and left side at the middle of the bicep.
Thigh: Measure both the right and left side at the fullest part.
Additional measurements - These measurements can also be taken for tracking.
Knees: Immediately above the knee
Calves: At the fullest part.
Forearms: At the fullest part
Bellybutton: Not necessary for men as this is the waist measurement, but a good additional measurement for women.
This measurements will be taken on day one, along with your weight, body fat percentage, and your pictures. You may also record your BMI if you choose. On day five, you will repeat the process and compare.
The Results are In
When it comes to Turbo Fire's Inferno Plan, you may think you have come across a magic pill. However, that is not the case. As in anytime a person is trying to lose weight, it will take lots of hardwork and dedication. However, the Inferno Plan does lay it out for you, giving you not only the workouts to do, but the eating plan as well. If you follow the plan, you should be successful.
Note: This week is intense and should note be repeated back to back. It is to jump your weight loss or shed a few pounds before the weekend. As with any workout, diet plan, or magic pill, results will vary. To stay within a healthy range, weight loss should be a steady pace of one to two pounds a week.
Can you see the difference
For me, I can't discount the numbers. I did have numbers that showed obvious results. In fact, during the short (ok - so they seemed long) 5 days, I lost a total of 2.4 pounds, 6 and 1/2 inches (9 inches if you include the additional measurements), and a .4% drop in body fat. Was it the 10 pounds and 10 inches I was promised in the book... No...
But the reality is I did see results. And that isn't too bad considering I spent most of the week sick and since I was struggling with walking pneumonia, I probably didn't have the most effective workouts. (It is difficult to workout when you struggle breathing!)
When it comes down to the numbers... the biggest change I saw was in the waist (especially the bellybutton area where I lost 2 inches) and the thighs. I can't complain - those are my problem spots. The other areas all lost a little bit, but added up to a nice number overall. So, while looking at the pictures, I don't know if I see the difference too much, but hey, give me a break - it really was only 5 days!
My thoughts on the program
For me, doing the Inferno Plan isn't a problem. After all, I am a stay at home mom. This means I have the ability to follow the meal plan and not worry about how I am going to pack this and take it to work. I also have the time to get the workouts done.
However, I found the eating plan difficult to stick with. While I try to watch what I put in my mouth, I want this to be a lifestyle change, and I have been working on my eating habits for the better part of the last year. Therefore I don't completely restrict the sweets from my diet. If I want ice cream - I have ice cream - just in moderation!
The workouts introduced in the five day plan are killer. You will definitely burn the calories and break a sweat. They also give you a good idea as to what TurboFire holds if you haven't done the whole program yet.
So that brings me to my point - Is the TurboFire Inferno Plan worth your time? Definitely. You may not see the results they show you in the book (but remember those are extreme!), but it will definitely teach you a lot about yourself and your willpower. For me, I believe that I can kick through any workout - I am just that stubborn and won't let anything drag me down. Now the eating, that is definitely my weakness. After all, who goes on a week worth of healthy eating and downs a box of Swiss Cake Rolls? (Shhhh... don't tell anybody!)
So overall, if you are trying to get ready for something big this weekend, I can't say you shouldn't have started your weight loss journey long before the 5 day requirement for the Inferno Plan. But, if you are serious about your health and weight loss journey, I can't deny that the Inferno Plan will push you to your limits!
Now the next question - Are you strong enough to make it through the five days?
Are you up to the challenge?
If you want to attempt this challenge yourself, feel free to contact me at my beachbody coach website by clicking here. When you have finished, I would love to hear about your results!