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What the Heck is Turbo Kick?

What a year of certifications!

First, I got certified in group fitness through AFAA, which was an amazing experience.

Then, I got certified in (and started teaching) PiYo Strength, which continues to be a blast.

And finally…for now, at least…I got certified and am about to start teaching Turbo Kick!

Kick It Card

Turbo Kick is cardio kickboxing and body-sculpting dance moves choreographed to today’s music — all mixed together. High intensity, fast-faced and definitely a BLAST.

This video kind of sums it up:

Plus, here’s a great video from inside a training (this is actually the lesson I learned in my certification, although this is not video from my class):

I’ve taken Turbo Kick before, and I used the Turbo Fire workouts to get back in shape after giving birth, so when my favorite master trainer announced that she was holding a certification in my city, I signed up and spent the day learning how to teach. And I’m so glad I did!

I know that pre-designed classes sometimes get looked down on in the fitness industry, and someday, I’d like to have more leadership on creating my own workouts. But since this is not my full-time job, and my goal is just to give my students a great experience, I really love having the program sent to me with at least a bit of a headstart.

I’m a VIP in the instructor system, which means I regularly get new playlists, teaching DVDs, etc. And while there are some restrictions on what I can and cannot do — there is a lot of flexibility. With each class, I try to gauge the fitness levels, the energy, the readiness to move from one posture to the next, and I also mix up the playlists, so on any given day, we might do one section from Round 36, one from Round 37 and one from Turbo Sport 5.

And I can make the class as long or short as I’d like — the rounds come with a set list of songs and workouts, but there are pieces I can take out if I have a limited window with my students.

So, what do you need to know if you’re taking Turbo Kick for the first time?

  • It’s not Turbo Fire — but there are many similarities. Turbo Fire is the at-home version, offered on DVDs led by Chalene Johnson. Turbo Kick is the live workout you’ll find in gyms and studios. Also created by Chalene, Turbo Kick has many of the same moves — jabs, crosses, hooks, uppercuts, roundhouse kicks, etc. — plus a HIIT Turbo (in the DVDs, this is the Fire Drill) that really kicks up the heart rate.
  • You’ll want to wear clothing and shoes that let you jump, stretch, kick and dance. I wear my Reebok UR Lead shoes, the same I wear for dance classes, and they’re perfect, but you can wear any shoes that have a little bit of give to them. Running shoes aren’t ideal, but they can work for your first time.
  • You can modify, so it’s absolutely appropriate for all fitness levels. That’s the case in any class, not just Turbo Kick, so if your instructor isn’t showing you options or making you feel comfortable with your modifications, you should look for another instructor. Can you get crazy in Turbo? Absolutely — almost all of the moves can include some plyometrics (jumps) and each is designed to raise your heart rate and help you burn calories. But you can, and should when it’s appropriate, take everything to very low impact and even low intensity if you need.

Like every fitness activity, it’s a good idea to get the thumbs up from your doctor before starting, so if you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE go get checked out. 

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