Lately, I’ve been mentioning the Turbofire workouts a lot! Clearly, I love them – they’re fun, challenging, and they leave me dripping in sweat. In my opinion, that’s an unbeatable combo when it comes to workout DVDs.
Fun + Challenging + Sweaty = the Trifecta of a good workout!
Many of you have expressed interest in the TurboFire system—so I thought I’d give you a more in depth look into what TurboFire is all about.
Of course, I’ll pepper in my own personal opinions and favorites along the way.
‘If you can’t handle the sweat, don’t play with the fire. But if you’re ready to get hot, it’s on.’
Turbofire is an intense cardio conditioning program that involves HIIT drills (i.e., High Intensity Interval Training), kickboxing, aerobic training, and all around fun!
The idea behind HIIT is that it can help you burn calories and fat up to 9x more than a traditional cardio workout due to the afterburn effect.
During TurboFire workout, you complete 1 minute Fire Drills (the HIIT part) in which you go balls to the wall for the entire minute. Then you follow that up with a period of recovery.
Basically, when you exercise at your max your body cranks up your metabolism. In the period following the class, your body burns even more calories to recover.
According to Chalene, 4 minutes of HIIT can be more effective than 30 to 45 minutes on a treadmill or stair climber.
You had me at 4 minutes!
Something I love: each DVD has a ‘new to class’ option in which Chalene (the trainer) breaks down the moves for you so that you can achieve maximum results by using correct form.
After you feel comfortable with the moves, you can move on to the normal class. Here you have the option of blasting the music – which is the ultimate motivator!
Basically, you can work your way up through the levels as you become more comfortable with each DVD.
- Start out with the ‘new to class’ option.
- Follow that with the normal class – music on low so that you can still hear Chalene’s tips on technique.
- Finally, pump up the music and sweat your heart out!
The program comes with 12 TurboFire classes on 10 DVDs.
The number in each title designates the class length.
Get Fired Up
Chalene guides you through the program to help you get the best results.
Fire 30 Class/Stretch 10 Class <—one of my all-time favorites! I’ve done it so many times that I’m in the ‘pump up the music’ stage!
In this class, you throw smoking-hot hooks and make big leaps to the bass of “Give Up the Funk.”
My personal fave: the burpees in the fire drills—they’re killer!
HIIT 15 Class/Stretch 10 Class
In this quick HIIT class, you dial it up for your first High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class.
This was my first HIIT class and it.was.amazing. It’s a series of 9 30-second drills. They’re broken down such that you do 3 drills, 3 times each. Talk about burning thighs!
Fire 55 EZ Class/Stretch 10 Class
Don’t let EZ fool you—you’ll be sweating to “Dazzey Dukes” and “Push it.”
I’ve only down this class twice – but so far, so good.
Fire 45 Class/Stretch 10 Class <—my current favorite!
Kick, dance, and punch your way into shape to the beat of “Wiggle It” and my personal fave – “Boom, I got your boyfriend!”
I’ve learned some fab standing core moves from this DVD—I even do them on my own!
HIIT 20 Class/Stretch 10 Class
“Turn This Mutha Out” with 7 sizzling Fire Drills in 20 minutes.
Fire 45 EZ Class/Stretch 10 Class
Take a break from the Fire Drills, but not the fire, as you sweat to “In The Ayer.”
They’re aren’t any fire drills in this DVD—but it’s still a great workout!
HIIT 25 Class/Stretch 10 Class
Here’s 25 minutes of your most intense Fire Drills yet with Chalene.
I’ve got one word for you: sweat.
Sculpt 30 Class/Tone 30 Class
Develop shapely muscles with Chalene’s challenging resistance classes.
I’ve only done this class once—but I definitely felt the burn while using the resistance band.
Stretch 40 Class/Stretch 10 Class
Increase your flexibility and lengthen your muscles for a long, lean look.
I haven’t done tried this class, so I’ve got nothing for ya!
Personally, there’s nothing about the TurboFire program that I don’t like! I was SO excited when I received the box in the mail that I immediately opened it up and jumped right in. I did the ‘new to class’ option on the Turbo 30 DVD and I was sweating during the warm-up!
Right now my favorite workout is the Fire 45 – the moves and music are amazing!
I haven’t completed the actual program recommended in the book, but I love adding in a few TurboFire workouts during my week to change things up.
Plus, you can’t beat a 15 minute HIIT workout when you’re short on time!