Thursday, March 22, 2012

the fitness class experiment: Turbo Kick

I love watching movies with a strong female lead, who wears shiny black leather pants and simultaneously kicks ass while looking effortlessly beautiful. Turbo Kick, the next test case in the fitness class experiment, transforms you (sans leather pants) into that bad ass chick for one beautiful and sweaty hour of intense cardio.


Results. Turbo Kick is pre-choreographed class that combines an aerobic kickboxing workout and simple dance moves paired with fun dance music. All of this is packed into an hour with an estimated calorie burn of 1,000.

Here's what you can expect:
  • Warm-up. This section provides the warm-up your body needs as well as an introduction to the rhythm and type of moves to follow including the punches and kicks.
  • High-paced intervals. This section includes easy to follow combinations focusing sequentially on punches, kicks, and punch/kick combinations. Building from simple to more complicated combinations of dance and aerobic kickboxing, this section is tough, fast-paced, and fun!
  • Turbo. The turbo section (my favorite) is a minute or so of super-intense and fast-paced cardio pumping moves that is designed to put your body in an anaerobic phase and make your heart rate sky-rocket.
  • Recovery. This section takes it down a notch and, while you are still working, allows you to recover from the turbo section.
  • Power. The final working section focuses on power/strength kickboxing moves.
  • Abs.
  • Stretch & cool-down.


Not only does Turbo Kick make you feel like a bad ass, it is a flat out fantastic workout. You will be amazed when you find yourself easily doing combinations like shown in this video. I am not especially coordinated and I certainly don't have rhythm, but after attending Turbo Kick just a few times I can easily follow along with all of these moves. Watch out, Angelina Jolie.


Out of all the classes reviewed so far, Turbo Kick is the most intense workout. The first time attending this class it left me sore, sore, sore. In my world, this is the indicator of a great class. Although Turbo Kick requires a bit of rhythm and coordination - it is simple enough that you will be a pro in just a class or two. No special equipment, clothing, gear, or prior experience is necessary.

 
In conclusion, Turbo Kick is a fast-paced high-energy kickboxing-inspired workout that will leave you with a sweaty shirt, a smile on your face, and plans to go back for more.

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18 comments:

  1. That does sound like a great workout! Although I suppose as someone who struggled through Zumba, choreographed classes always look better than they turn out to be.

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    1. zumba is one i haven't attempted yet - but it is on my list!

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    2. Sounds awesome! I want to try it. Zumba is a lot of fun, but you'll find that it's not as intense as these kinds of workouts.

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  2. This sounds so fun AND like a great workout! I can't wait to join a "real" (non-university) gym when I graduate and take advantage of some cool classes!

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    1. jamie - i actually attend a university gym and they offer a ton of these group fitness classes. i guess i should consider myself lucky!

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  3. I want to try this! Looks fantastic!

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    1. hey hey YHG. if you ever see it offered at your gym, try it! this class at my gym is offered on Friday (and i dont' even normally work out then). but because i love it so much - i go!

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  4. I love turbokick, I am so glad you decided to go and try it out!!

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    1. it is one of my favorites so far!

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  5. I have Turbo Fire, and it's total bad ass, I love it!!!! One of my goals is to become a Turbo Kick instructor one day ;)

    Jen@FoodFamilyFitness

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    1. oooooh that would be awesome if you were a turbo kick instructor. i can't wait to read about that on your blog. :)

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  6. Never heard of this class but it sounds awesome. I've been doing this kickboxing workout dvd that I have been loving so if I ever see one of these classes offered near me I'll definitely try it!

    The only choreographed class I've ever done is Zumba, but I love it! I'm curious to see how you fare with that one!

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    1. i've done other kickboxing classes and always love them. but this one is particularly fun! you should really keep your eye out and try. if you like the dvd you will love a class like this!

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  7. i LOVE turbokick! It takes a while to get the routine, but when you do it feels great and it's really fun. I'm glad you tried it! You should definitely go back - the more you go the more you get out of it!

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    1. i plan to toni! it is sooo much fun. glad you have tried it too!

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  8. I would love to try Turbo Kick!

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  9. Turbo Kick is an awesome class! Nice Table with results/feedback! Laura

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  10. Turbo Kick is an awesome class! Nice Table with results/feedback! Laura

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