The last few weeks of Turbo Fire there hasn’t been any HIIT (high intensity interval training) videos. Finally this week they were introduced back in to the workouts. I must say I’m rather happy about this!
What is HIIT you ask? Basically it is an interval workout where you work to your maximum for a short period of time and then slow it down for an extended period of time.
I LOVE the HIIT workouts because they are not only short, but they are super effective. They help you to burn more calories during and after your workout (even up to 24 hours after) and who doesn’t want that? It can also improve your regular cardio workouts. I will say though that they are not for the beginner. I would suggest you already be working out quite regularly before attempting one. HIIT is also something you shouldn’t do everyday, but maybe 2-3 times a week. They are pretty simple to make up your own too.
You can do it with running, biking, and even swimming. Like for running you could sprint for 30 seconds and then jog for 1 minute, repeating several times. Before Turbo Fire I would make my own up. I would do something like high knees for 1 minute and then jog in place for the next minute, switching out high knees for another exercise (jumping jacks, jump squats, star jumps, etc). I even did it while biking by just switching to a more tough gear for 30 seconds and then biking on a lower gear for 1 minute. HIIT is something to really considering adding to your current workout routine!
My workout yesterday was HIIT 15 where we did 3 different sequences three different times. You do each sequence for about 40 seconds with a minute break in between each round.
They involve quite a bit of jumping and seeing Chalene do the jumps is freaking crazy! That woman can catch air like no other! When I began my jumps weren’t so high, but I noticed today that I am almost completely on Chalene’s level! Yay for improvement!!
I thought it would be fun to show you guys how silly I look in my beast mode during the HIIT round. So I made a video! Woohoo! You can tell towards the end that my legs are getting tired but I’m trying my best to give it my all!
See, that stuff is TOUGH! But man do I love how sweaty I can get after a short workout!
Sweat dripping off my nose!
Do you incorporate HIIT into your workout routine?
Can you believe that is has already be 30 days since I began my Turbo Fire Challenge? I am now 1/3 way into the program and can I just say that I am ABSOLUTELY loving it! It is seriously one of the most fun workouts I have ever done! And quite honestly most of the time it doesn’t even feel like a workout, which is a great thing at times! I only missed 2 days of the 30 due to illness, which is pretty awesome considering I’m working out 6 days a week!
I did have a hard time at first catching onto the moves because it did move fast, but there is a breakdown of all the moves on each of the cardio videos, which is great. Really though once you get down the basic moves, they all are the same throughout all of the Fire workouts. I have had a few people contact me about getting down the moves and if it was hard. My thoughts are do what you can in the beginning, just keep moving. There are still some times where I’m kicking left and they’re kicking back, but I figure as long as I’m moving, I’m doing well. I have definetly gotten most of the stuff down now though. Just give it a shot!
Alright, let’s share some awesome results with you guys! I wasn’t sure too sure how they would be after 30 days, but I must say, I’m rather impressed! Just check out the pictures!
Pretty incredible if I do say so myself! I cannot wait to see what the next 60 days brings!
A couple of weeks ago, I received Turbo Fire from a dear blog reader. Mr. B and I did one of the workouts and I told myself I’d start it the next week. Well, this whole staying at his grandparents’ house threw me off and I put it off.
Well, we’re ‘moving’ back home today, so it’s now time to get back in the swing of things! I’m super happy about this because being here has been okay except there are foods here I don’t normally keep at my house (I’m talking to you peanut m&ms!) and I find myself randomly snacking on them for no reason. Which is probably part of the reason I only lost .6lbs this week. That and the fact that my workouts have been lacking.
There are no more excuses though! Starting Monday I will be taking on the Turbo Fire 12 week challenge! It has been awhile since I’ve done a workout challenge and I do enjoy them a great deal. They are actually the most looked at posts on my blog. People want to see results and I can’t wait to post mine from Turbo Fire!
I wrote out all the workouts in my Weight Watchers 12 Week Journal, so if it’s written, it must happen. And I did sort of mention it to Emily on Instagram, who is starting her own workout challenge on Monday. She’s going to be doing Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution! Be sure to check out her progress and cheer her on too!
In true challenge fashion, I will be posting my before pictures and measurements. These before pictures are different from any before pictures I’ve posted before. They actually show my hanging skin on my stomach, which is usually covered up by a tank top. But, I wanted to see if Turbo Fire will do anything to lessen it and can’t see that well if I’m wearing a tank.
Not gonna lie, it’s a lil scary to do so, but here goes nothing!
And of course my measurements!
L. Thigh: 20.5″
L. Arm: 12″ Weight: 162.8lbs
I am oh so ready to take on this challenge!!
This is my ‘grrr’ face!
I plan on updating my progress monthly instead of weekly like I did for the 30 Day Shred and Ripped In 30. I’m sure I will post about certain workouts and such along the way. I’m super excited to get started and challenging myself again! I can’t wait to see what this brings!
Have you done Turbo Fire? How are you challenging yourself lately?
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