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You Are Not Tired! --- Turbo Fire --- Completing the 12 weeks

Updated on August 22, 2012

Feel the burn!

Turbo Fire is an intense cardio kickboxing program that will kick up your metabolism and make you sweat!
Turbo Fire is an intense cardio kickboxing program that will kick up your metabolism and make you sweat! | Source

Health Nuts Apply Here

After completing two rounds of Tony Horton's P90X, it was time for something different. It was time to change things up. When I found Turbo Fire, created by fitness expert Chalene Johnson, I was stoked. This looked like fun and it would definitely give me the boost in cardio I was looking for. It was already apparent that I had become a true health nut and I couldn't wait to start the next challenge.

So I started talking about my new fitness adventure and started making plans. It was going to be a difficult task to take on as it was going to be happening throughout the summer. Not only was this going to be difficult because Turbo Fire was already an extreme workout, but my children were going to be home from school and would probably be a distraction as well.

However, I had my mind set and I had even convinced my husband to go along for the ride. We set a plan and we started May 22, 2012. By the end of summer, we were hoping to be a BeachBody success story.

The First Month

Getting through the first month wasn't too bad, but it was challenging. Turbo Fire is a high intensity cardio kickboxing class. It is a step up from the original Turbo Jam created by Chalene Johnson, and while some of the moves may be the same, it is still a very choreographed program. Therefore, having coordination does help. For me, I take pride that I am pretty coordinated when it comes to workout videos. That is, until they change sides. Then I forget what I am doing and lose it. Turbo Fire is a learning process. And for some reason, the more tired you become, the more challenging it is to stay coordinated.

The good news is, it does get easier. After a few sessions of practice, you suddenly start concentrating on increasing your intensity and not so much on your moves. That is when the major calorie burn starts kicking in and your metabolism will be on fire.

The first month also consists of High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT. This is where you push it for as hard as you can for about a minute and then recover. This is another technique used to ramp up your body's ability to burn the fat. Add in some strength training and you have a complete month of training that keeps changing so you never get bored.

For the first month, my husband was my workout buddy. Having a workout buddy can be beneficial. If you are competitive in nature, this will make you push harder just to keep up or surpass the person training with you. This is also one of the reasons behind Chalene Johnson's classroom setting. If you try to match the energy to the person next to you, chances are good you will not fail.

Having a workout buddy can also be a negative. After all, suddenly you are relying on someone else to have the same dedication as you do. Therefore, your results can be much better, or much worse. It really depends on who is the motivator and who is the demotivator. For my husband and I, I am the motivator. This made it beneficial for him, but not always beneficial for me!

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The Second Month

The second month was a welcome switch-up. Both my husband and I were relieved to see the HIIT classes toned down. Instead, this month focuses on cardio and sculpting. While I prefer the shortness of the HIIT classes, I also found they were harder on my joints. So, while this month was still challenging, I found the changes welcoming. With the added strength classes, I could really tell the difference in my muscle tone.

However, things started to go downhill from here. My husband is my workout buddy and his motivation was starting to lack. Or maybe he was getting tired! All I know is the motivator can only push so much before they get frustrated.

Some people prefer to workout in the mornings and some prefer to workout in the afternoons and others prefer to workout at night. Personally, I rather get my workout done and out of the way. My husband would rather sleep in. This meant most of the workouts got pushed to night. This also messed up our eating habits as it pushed back our dinner to later at night. (We both prefer to workout on an empty stomach!) Sometimes, this left us canceling the workout all together.

This caused a bad domino effect. I was pushing toward reaching my final goal and skipping workouts was not going to get me there. This meant I started doubling up on days that I missed. I felt like I was always playing catch up with my workouts.

Then it happened. I got sick again. After being sick for the better part of this year, I knew I couldn't mess around with this. I was forced to slow down my workouts and take a break. I took a full week off and then I picked up where I left off, making this journey end one week later than I originally planned. My body wasn't able to recover and I was having rebounds of walking pneumonia over and over again. Working out was not an option - doctors orders. This also meant more medications which come with side effects - one side effect which was also weight gain. Just another set back, but I continued to stay positive.

Around the same time, I also injured myself - twice. I slipped on a rug and twisted my knee. Then, while helping a friend move, I tripped and twisted it worse. I ended up going to the Urgent Care only to find out that all the cartilage in my knee was pretty much gone. The doctor even told me I had the knees of a marathon runner. Another set-back!

To make matters even worse, I also ended up hurting my shoulder. I jammed the corner of a door right into it. Some days are better and some days are worse. The doctor didn't think I did any damage to it, but unfortunately didn't do anything to fix it either. Chances are good, not only did it hurt my intensity in the program, but I will probably end up going back to the doctor to get it fixed if it continues to bother me. Unfortunately, this hurts the Turbo Fire workout since using your shoulders are a big part of it with all the punching.

So, the second month was nothing to brag about. Not only were there several workouts skipped due to sickness and injury, but I also ended up on medication that causes weight gain.

Luckily for me, I sought Chalene Johnson's motivation through both facebook and twitter. Her tips to succeed and positivity kept me going, even when I felt like a huge failure. I knew I was still doing more than those who might have given up. I also vowed for this to be a lifestyle change and I wasn't doing this just for the final goal. I was doing it so I could be an overall healthier and better person. I was doing it for me!

Are medications the culprit?

When you are on a weight loss journey, even the smallest thing can trigger problems. Hit a plateau or gaining weight, check your medications.
When you are on a weight loss journey, even the smallest thing can trigger problems. Hit a plateau or gaining weight, check your medications. | Source

The Third Month

By the time the third month came around, I was pretty disappointed. Not with the program itself, but with myself. I had been sick and I was injured. To top it off I was busy as the summer went into full swing. We found ourselves always hanging out with friends. While this activity isn't a bad thing, I will admit, it meant I lost control over my food and might have drank more calories than I usually do. My willpower isn't as strong in groups as it is when I am just by myself.

Personally, I have always had a thing for food. I love it. I love the taste of it and I love to eat. I guess it should come to no surprise when I also say I have ridden the weight gain and loss roller coaster more than I care to admit.

Since I was kept getting sick, I was put on a steroid to help get rid of the infection. This steroid really messed with my system. It can cause weight gain - in three different ways. That means I am in a ring fighting by myself against three.

Prednisone causes the body to retain sodium and lose potassium. This means your body will retain water. The fluid retention will cause you to feel bloated and cause the number on the scale to jump.

Prednisone will also cause your appetite to go crazy. This means you are going to constantly feel hungry and you are probably going to eat more calories than you are used to. An increase in calories can also mean an increase on the scale.

Prednisone can also affect the distribution of fat. This can cause weight gain, particularly in the areas of the face, neck and abdomen. (No wonder why my last trouble spot wouldn't go away!)

So with all the negatives put behind me, I decided I was going to stop paying too close attention to the scale or the tape measure. In fact, I completely stopped measuring myself. I paid attention to my body and ate when I was hungry. (Thanks prednisone for making me always feel like I am starving!) I decided to workout and finish the program, but I also decided to ignore the results in the numbers. After all, the numbers would show me to be a failure!

That is when the workout got fun again. I eased up on myself and I finished the third month by myself. My husband, in support of me getting better, stopped working out, assuming that if he stopped working out, I would stop as well. He was wrong. I still tease him about it. However, I can proudly say, regardless of all the obstacles, I made it through the final month.

In the final four weeks of Turbo Fire, the HIIT classes came back, the workouts got longer and the intensity was through the roof. I made it through. I survived. I made not have done the whole 12 weeks perfectly, but I made a mental commitment to finish regardless of what the results would say at the end of the month. If that isn't success, I don't know what is!

Measuring your success and failures - The Results

After I decided I was no longer going to pay attention to the numbers, I really contemplated whether or not I should even do the final review. I have had a lot of set backs over the summer - some not circumstances I could help (like medications) and some I could (like drinking my calories!) That being said, I have to measure my results somehow to see how successful Turbo Fire is as a program and whether or not I would encourage others to do it as well.

When it comes to weight loss - that didn't happen during this round of Turbo Fire. In fact, I actually gained 8 pounds. That big of a weight gain would probably make others think this program is a failure and too much hard work for so little results. However, I did lose about 8 inches overall, so I am going to say the steroids made me gain muscle instead of just fat and water retention. (See - everything has a positive light!)

On a positive note, overall I feel much stronger! My arms have never looked this toned before and my legs have definition that I never knew was possible. I even am starting to see definition in my abdominal area, and that is something I have never ever been able to obtain.

I can also tell how much more athletic I have become. Instead of struggling to do half-assed squats, I am seeing how much farther I can push myself down into the squat. When it comes to doing long cardio sessions, I find my energy picks up almost immediately after I finish. My recovery time has never been this fast. It is as if I can go another round.

As far as failures go, I can't really think of any that I can not spin into something positive. After all, we are looking for a total package here. Even though I may not have gotten the results I was hoping for, and I didn't hit my final goal by the end of summer,I know the reason behind why those results didn't happen. This has been a learning experience overall.

Welcome to the Gun Show

Turbo Fire is a great program for toning your arms.
Turbo Fire is a great program for toning your arms. | Source

Work hard and eat right - The winning combination

It may take a while to fully grasp the concept, but if you want to hit goal, your nutrition will count for 80% of your success.
It may take a while to fully grasp the concept, but if you want to hit goal, your nutrition will count for 80% of your success. | Source

What I have learned

Chalene Johnson has been a big influence over me this entire summer. Most people who are seeing a lack of results, or the scale going in the wrong direction, would have most likely given up. However, she motivated me to keep going. The reality is, size doesn't matter. It is how you feel, and after doing this program, I feel strong. I can see changes in my muscle definition and I can do things I used to struggle with.

I have also learned how important nutrition is when you are trying to lose those last few pounds. I have always been the person who would rather workout much harder so I can eat my cake and ice cream. Yet, the reality is, reaching the final goal is much harder with cake on your plate, regardless of how hard you work out.

I have read plenty of times that nutrition is 80% of your weight loss, while exercise only accounts for 20% of hitting your goal. I have tried harder than I care to admit to prove this wrong. Yet it doesn't work that way. I am more successful when I am paying attention to calories and portion sizes than when I rely on my bad judgement skills! This summer proved that.

While I was on a medication that assisted in weight gain, I wasn't careful about my food and drink either. I didn't measure out exact portions and I ate and drank until I was rolling. Sometimes bad habits are hard to break. However, because of my intense workouts, I didn't put on as much weight as I could have. After some research I have read about some who have put on 15 to 20 pounds (with intense workouts) and others that have put on almost 50 pounds. I guess I got away easy.

Now that Turbo Fire is over, I have decided to do round three of P90X. I am attempting to get my nutrition back under control (although this is difficult as my appetite is still increased from the medications!) and I am also adding Ab Ripper to the program, which I originally skipped the first two times I completed P90X. It is amazing how much stronger I feel after I have completed Turbo Fire. My abs and core are finally strong enough to actually do Ab Ripper. While both programs - Turbo Fire and P90X - are completely different, I can see how each one is beneficial in different ways.

I have set my goals and I am looking forward to a new adventure.For me, this is the way of life. I get up and I workout every single day. I keep pushing play. This is the new me and the journey will never stop!

So, what is your new fitness adventure?


About the author

Barbergirl28 is a wife of 12 years and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful girls and one handsome little boy. After high school, she joined the Army to become a photojournalist. To this day, she continues to have a passion for writing and photography. After leaving the military, she obtained a license in Cosmetology and also studied Massage Therapy. Her passions include writing, photography, cooking, crafts, health, and fitness. Currently, she is working on a book and freelancing at Hubpages.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @DDE - Thank you very much. I have come a long way since I have started! :)

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You must do what you say and focus on the actual commitment, well done on your achievement! Great way to get into shape if you put your mind to it.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @EyesStraightAhead - Congratulations.... keep up the work. I will admit, the choreography can be a little difficult. My latest workout has been the 10 minute trainer. Never knew you could sweat so much in 10 minutes. Hope you enjoy Les Mill's Combat. Can't wait to hear what you think!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks Barbergirl! I definitely agree with you! I am now down many inches though only a few more pounds. I have shrunk another dress size too! Today I received Les Mill's Combat, which I can't wait to try tomorrow! I have a feeling this one will be easier to stick with than TurboFire as it is more about precision and less about choreography, which is where I get stuck. I will keep you posted - you do that same!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @EyesStraightAhead - I have done several of the beachbody programs, and while everybody is different, for me I have always noticed they are the most effective in inches lost. The weight comes off slowly. But that is a good thing. The slower the weight loss the more likely it is to come off. I just recently started 10 minute trainer. It is one of the older beachbody programs. I have not even done a full week and while I haven't noticed anything dropping on the scale, I can already see it in the inches! :) Good luck to you... and please let me know how your results turn out!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Nice review. I just finished a month. Interestingly, I lost 10 inches on my waist but only 3 pounds...without having to take medication. :) So perhaps the real benefit of TurboFire is not the weight loss but the inches lost, which can typically mean fat loss. I sure hope so. I am about to begin the 12 week program, as that month was the Prep program. Here's to success.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Cogerson - Some people are lucky. They seem genetically dispositioned to always look perfect. I am not one of those people. I have always had to work at it. Good thing I enjoy a good sweat. I truly loved this program. It was a lot of fun to do. And I made it through it. I look back at the summer months and realize how nuts I was! ha ha! Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      It sounds like an excellent program to get people into shape.....I remember reading a diet book years ago.....and it was talking about some diets that include lots of exercise and caution with regards to what you eat....anyway it said that lots of people say those diets do not work...and the point of the book was.....watching what you eat and exercise does not is the person that did not stay with the program....kudos to you for staying with the program...even when it got very hard(the sickness part).....but you made it....awesome job and a awesome hub...voted up and interesting.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @RealHousewife - You should see the gun show now... it is bigger and better than every before.. No seriously, I am intimidating people without even trying. LOL No - just kidding - I don't abuse them. But I started on P90X again and without the medications it is going a lot better. Which means once I am done with 90 days of that I will probably go back to TurboFire or some hybrid or something. I am glad that the sick part of it is over. It was a hard summer. But hey - that is life. And the reality is people want to see if these programs work in life - not for those who are superhuman! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very cool hub! I felt bad all over agin at the part where you get did a terrific job pushing through all of that and you look great!!

      Loved the gun show btw:) hahaha that's awesome!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @mythicalstorm273 - Yeah - I purposely didn't put any before and after pictures because I really couldn't see a difference... at all. It was a tough summer and I look back and realize I got off easy. I could have gained more from the medication. Now I am getting back on track! So I can't wait to see the results I get this round! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @ITcoach - Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed this! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @healthylife2 - I tell my husband all the time that I workout harder so I can eat. Unfortunately, that made this a very very slow process. However, slow is better than none at all! :) But this is a great program. I might not have had the results I was hoping for because of all the other problems, but it is something I will do another round of again in the future.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @eddy4me - Thank you so much. I hope by posting these that others will find just a little bit of inspiration! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Just Ask Susan - I am determined all right. I have to admit though - this one was a lot harder. I still made it through but I struggled. I am feeling much better now and I have went back to P90X - I don't want to get burned out on one workout. I am bringing another friend with and we are about to complete week 2. I am excited though - I am already seeing results. Too bad I don't need to write about it daily to keep my motivation anymore! :)

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      You didn't have any before and after pictures :-( Although you struggled I am pretty impressed with how strongly this has become a lifestyle for you. It does take real dedication to continue through everything, and yet you still listened to your body which is just as important! I am very very proud of you!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds like an awesome program. I'm always looking for something new because it's easy to get bored with exercise. I find if I eat right and stay on any program I get results. Unfortunately I seem incapable of doing both at the same time.

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      What a brilliant hub and I now look forward to many more from you.


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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow another one completed. Kudos and congrats! You look great by the way. I've been following you all the way through all of these exhausting exercise programs and have to say you are definitely one determined woman.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @TToombs08 - I am glad I stuck with it. The program is actually a lot of fun. I had a blast and would do it again. And I count myself lucky. With the medications I was on, if I hadn't been doing the workout all the hard work from last year might have been thrown to the wind! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @carol7777 - I am super proud to have been able to make it through the program. I know how easy it was at times to just give up. I am sure I will give it another round in the future. Thanks for the support! :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      barbergirl, I have to admit, just reading this made me wanna go take a nap. Your sheer determination and will power is mind boggling. I would have been one of the 'give up' casualties. Bravo for sticking with it! Voted up and more. :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      It takes a lot of commitment to follow through with this. It is about priorities and how you feel about what you are doing--no matter what. Cudos to you for the tenacity.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Julie DeNeen - This one was tough. I believe this is a great program and I really almost hesitated to finish the series because I thought people wouldn't see that through my lack of results. I am a bad advertisement I guess. However, I do think it would have been much more effective if I wouldn't have had such a tough summer.

      I have to admit though - some people think that I am crazy with my obsession with working out. It really is my feel good drug! If I don't get my workout in, I get really cranky. Right now I am back to P90X and I have had a friend joining me. We are closing in on the end of the week. I am so proud of her - she hasn't missed one day! :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      This was so real and honest and I loved it! :) I admire your commitment and your perseverance. I am the antithesis of an athlete! LOL