Lisa-1, November-0

Take THAT November! Not even a week into November and I’ve already accomplished one of my November goals.

Before I get to the goal stomping, a quick recap of my Return to Running Program.

I met my friend Robyn at the gym and we checked out the new cardio room.

There were a lot of machines (and some new ones) in there. The room felt rather small and claustrophobic though.

I hopped on a treadmill and jogged my 1.5 mile. About half way through I started to feel a little discomfort in my leg. Not pain exactly, it was more like I just noticed that my leg was there…I slowed down and walked for about 40 seconds then returned to jogging with no discomfort.

Because I walked a bit, my time was about a minute more than last time.

Jog Stats:

Time: 23:06

Calories Burned: 221 calories

Robyn finished her workout on the elliptical at the same time and we headed to the workout room for TURBO KICK!

“Turbo Kick: Learn kickboxing skills choreographed to energizing music. Using no equipment, this kickboxing workout incorporates a number of upper body punches and lower body kicks. Β Most suitable to participants of medium to high fitness levels, but newcomers are always welcome – just let your kickboxing class instructor know.”

“Mix up your routine with the balance, coordination and strength building moves of boxing or kick boxing while burning 300-600* calories.Β  These high-intensity classes are a great full body workout, incorporating a broad range of punches and athletic drills.”

I’d been wanting to take this class for awhile (but was honestly too intimidated). I’m glad Robyn joined me. I hope my readers aren’t disappointed by my review, but here goes…

Turbo Kick

First, the class was packed. With all the kicking and punching, there really needed to be more room. I felt like the guy to my left was crowding me and I swear I kept seeing his foot near my head out of the corner of my eye.

Second, I had NO idea what was going on. Period. Class started at Intense with no warm up, no instruction, no information. Music pumped and everyone moved.

I’ve never been a big fan of classes for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is that I’m always two steps behind the rest of the class. I am uncoordinated, clumsy, and not graceful in any way. There’s a reason I love swimming…it doesn’t take grace. πŸ˜‰

It seemed like 75% of the class knew the moves and could keep up. I was definitely not one of them. At the start of class, the instructor asked if there were any newbies but she didn’t wait long enough to hear the response. She moved right along.

I have no idea what I did for 55 minutes. No clue. I tried to keep up. I tried to learn the moves. As soon as I started to get the hang of it, they were onto new moves.

Honestly, it was frustrating. I’m glad Robyn was there with me. I was able to laugh at myself with her there and not take it too seriously. If I’d been there alone I’m 100% sure I would have left after 20 minutes.

Toward the end of class a bunch of people were lined up outside for the next class. They were all watching through the window. I am soooo glad my humiliation was public. My night was complete!

The instructor announced it was time to stretch. We all grabbed mats and she lead us through about 5 minutes of intense, fast push-ups and then crunches. Ouch! My abs were BURNING.

Then it was the stretching part. This lasted about 3 minutes. Definitely not enough time for proper stretching after such an intense class. That’s a recipe for injury in my opinion! Bad teacher!

About half way through the class I worried about my IT band…I started to wonder if the class might do more harm than good.

All in all, it was fun trying something new.

  • I tried something new.
  • I accomplished one November goal.
  • I burned calories.
  • I was DRENCHED in sweat.
  • I spent time with my friend.

That means it wasn’t an entirely wasted evening.

The class guarantee was 600 calories burned. I burned under that, but honestly I couldn’t keep up. So if I knew the moves and kept up with the class I’m sure I’d burn more calories.

Turbo Kick Stats:

Time: 56 minutes

Calories:Β  468

I should probably give the class a second chance to see if I like it better. Maybe I’d be able to keep up after knowing what to expect.

I got home and ate a salami sandwich for dinner. It was fast. That was my only food requirement.

Light mayo, honey mustard, Salami and Genoa and a slice of white cheddar cheese.

I also made a salad.

I happy with myself for trying the class. It was way out of my comfort zone. That’s how we grow!

QUESTION: Have you taken a Turbo Kick class? What was your experience and opinion of the class?

17 Responses

  1. Wow that sounds intense. I feel like you and I are similar in that way – – I’ve tried a bootcamp class and could not get the hang of it AT ALL. It was kind of embarrassing because I consider myself fit, but it was so hard to figure out what was going on and by the time I felt like I had my head around a move, it was already time for a new one!

  2. I’m bad about trying new classes…I am not always the most coordinated girl so I have to be a gawker outside for a while before I’m comfortable enough to try it. Congrats for trying something new, even if you felt behind!

  3. Great job trying something new! That is always scary!! I’ve tried kickboxing once and honestly didn’t like it…the guy yelled in a way that more frightened me than encouraged me and I dunno…just wasn’t my thing so I totally understand if it wasn’t a good fit for you. But just keep exploring other classes πŸ™‚ And hey! You still burned a heck of a lot of calories! πŸ™‚ Not too shabby!


  4. Never did that class, but I took a Zumba class, and it was kind of the same feeling. However, the instructor was awesome. She told the newbies to line up in the front so we could see her better, and give it a few visits to get the routine, because it’s fast paced go go go. I loved it, but the drive and time of day became too difficult. I’m going to try and find a good one near me. I tried one, but it was awful.

    At least you tried!

  5. I am glad you tried it. I used to regularly take Turbo Kick and even when if I haven’t been for a while I get lost. They change the routines every2 months or so. Thus, if you are a regular you will know the routine, but new people just have to try to keep up. The instructor should’ve mentioned that it may take a couple of sessions to do the routine. I teach Zumba and it has been my world so much I got away from Turbo Kick. Going tonight – I won’t know the routine either LOL. Keep it going!!

  6. Congrats on trying a new (and intimidating)! I’ve been scared of some in the past but after going to them 2-3 times you’re practically a pro! Keep with it and you’ll be mindlessly doing the poses in no time πŸ™‚

  7. Yo –
    I have never done the turbo kick but I took a boxing class with some friends that was pretty fun. No one really knew what they were doing so we all just laughed at each other. I did take one class where I was totally lost and everyone else seemed to know what was going on and yeah, I never went back.

  8. I’ve never tried Turbo Kick since I don’t belong to a gym, but I do Turbo Jam which is the video version of the gym workout (and I do believe it is a bit easier than Turbo Kick). I always feel lost when I first start a new workout, but I pick up on it after a few times. And once you do get it down you pretty much feel like a rock star. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi – first time posting – love the blog.

    Please do not give up on Turbo Kick! I was just like you the first time I tried it. In fact, I watched the first two classes or so through the glass because I couldn’t bring myself to go in. I remember totally cursing out the instructor (in my head, of course) the first time I tried it. I felt slow and like, would I ever figure this out? I don’t know why I kept going back but I did. After a few classes, you get into the music and you learn to low-kick, etc., for the warm up, even if there are people in there going for broke right out of the gate. I started to feel really empowered and strong after doing it. 30+ lbs down and I still like it!

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