Weekly feature: In my DVD collection Turbofire


My exercise is still on track and I am getting excited for my evening yoga class so I thought I’d try something different for a change. I have stacks and stacks on fitness DVDs so I’m gonna start a weekly feature looking at more detail into every single one of them so that people get a better feel for them before spending their hard earned money lol

First up Turbofire by Chalene Johnson:

When I got it over a year ago it was not available in the UK but now beachbody is starting to become better know in the UK and they are selling some of their programmes online. I appreciate that £99 is a steep price but you do get a lot of resources to keep you on track.

Taken from the website:

TurboFire® is the intense new cardio conditioning programme

from fitness innovator Chalene Johnson. She’ll help you get leaner with exercises that burn up to 9x more fat than regular cardio does. And with more than 20 smoking-hot music remixes, TurboFire will pick you up and push you past your limits.

Chalene’s New to Class option also gives you the breakdown on how to do each move with the right form.

So forget the excuses. Forget the gym. Now the hottest classes in Southern California come to you.

You get 11 different DVDs covering 12 workouts of varying lenghts:

  • Get Fired Up – Chalene guides you through the program to help you get the best results.
  • Fire 30 Class/Stretch 10 Class – Throw smoking-hot hooks and make big leaps to the bass of “Give Up the Funk.”
  • HIIT 15 Class/Stretch 10 Class – Dial it up for your first High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class.
  • Fire 55 EZ Class/Stretch 10 Class – Don’t let EZ fool you, because you’ll be sweating to “Dazzey Dukes.”
  • Core 20 Class/Stretch 40 Class/Stretch 10 Class – Chalene’s most popular class targets your tummy with moves that deliver incredible abs.
  • Fire 45 Class/Stretch 10 Class – Kick, dance, and punch your way into shape to the beat of “Wiggle It.”
  • 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.”
  • HIIT 25 Class/Stretch 10 Class – Here are 25 minutes of your most intense fire drills yet with Chalene.
  • Sculpt 30 Class/Tone 30 Class – Develop shapely muscles with Chalene’s challenging resistance classes.
  • Stretch 40 Class/Stretch 10 Class – Increase your flexibility and lengthen your muscles for a long, lean look.

Besides the workout DVDs you also get a lovely looking and very informative Fuel the Fire nutritional guide with tasty recipes ( thought for myself I found them to be erring on the side of people wanting to lose a decent chunk of weight hence I had to add more calories in for myself than prescribed in the programme). You also get The TurboFire 5-Day Inferno Plan to kick start your weight loss that claims you can lose up to 10 pounds in 5 days (but I gotta be honest with you and say I have not tried it but I do not have any reasons to think that the anticipated results would be exaggerated knowing Chalene lol).

You also get Turn Up the Burn Fitness Guide to give you more behind the scenes info of why this programme will work (being a fitness geek that made me very happy as I like to know the theory behind things) and a nice big TurboFire Class Schedule so that you know exactly what DVD you are mean to be doing each day (I think it can work as a great motivational tool not to skip any workouts if it’s displayed prominently somewhere). To help with the workouts themselves there;s  a sculpting band and a lower body band included. Beachbody even throws in a tape measure so you can see your own progress ( so it’s not just all about how much weight you lose, which I think is fab).

Looking at beachbody website they are actually offering 90 day money back guarantee which can never be a bad thing.

So now onto the workouts themselves:

*Disclaimer: I haven’t actually done all the DVDs in the prescribed order and everyone has different needs and preferences so take what I say with a pinch of salt, ok?*

What I liked:

  • Music: It’s funky, it’s upbeat, it’s contemporary and it’s infecious. It definitely made me want to put the DVDs on and it makes the time fly by
  • The moves: I have done LesMills BodyCombat before and I used to do Thai boxing on a weekly basis so martial arts types of moves are down with me a lot. I enjoy imagining I’m kicking the crap out of someone,ok? 😉 If that’s your thing you’re not going to be disappointed by Chalene. There also some other more aerobic based moves so everyone will find something for themselves (hopefully)
  • Instructors: Chalene Johnson has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and it shows!! In the most positive way ever – It’s not her first ever programme, her cues are spot on and she has such a positive energising personality you will be giving it your all even at the last DVD drill. There are also two more ladies one diung lower impact version so you don;t have to miss out on the fun if you need to modify due to knee/back etc problems
  • Variety: some other programmes I have done you do the same workouts for a number of days (hello Jillia Michaels). There is nothing wrong with that but Turbofire keeps it fresh and maybe a tiny bit less boring by switching things up a lot more often.
  • Stretching: I like the bigger focus on stretching as often on other fitness DVDs warm up and cool down take all of 2 mins (and yeah you may be told to stretch some more but let’s be honest here who will? ). By including it within the programme once I’m done with the DVD I am done with the workout too.


What’s not so great:

  • Price: Already said it, compared to stand alone DVDs it is a big initial outlay, but you get variety for that price
  • Workouts: I do lvoe them BUT even with new to class feature (that shows you the moves slowly so you can get a hang of them) I still at times have no idea what’s going on. And this is coming from someone who has done over 10 years of figure skating and can follow routines for BodyCombat, BodyBalance or yoga fairly easily. Not that I let this put me off, if I get confused I stick with a combo I know till we move onto the next part
  • Need for room: It may sound fairly obvious but still you need a decent amount of space to be able to do the DVDs when we were away last year I found that the room itself was too small for me to be doing kicks without knocking something down.


All in all Turbofire is really good and I do fully intend to do the full 90 days following the schedule properly as soon as I’m cleared by my physiotherapist to do so. I follow Chalene on twitter for extra motivation too 🙂


What’s your favourite fitness DVD?




Real life got to me..family problems etc all sorted out now..my eats havent been too exciting as my lunches were the same clear chicken soup with a bit of pasta, carrots and swede.

But on Sunday I got a bit more time and decided to do some cooking and freeze stuff for later use

That’s my whole haul (minus massive pot of brown rice that took aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages to cook)

We have 6 bags of grated mature cheddar cheese (couldn’t  say no seeing as it cost me 19p for over 400 grams Thanks Morrisons), 6 grilled chicken breasts, 4 steamed chicken breasts, 4 portions of oatey chicken bites, 6 portions of quinoa, 12 pancakes, massive pot of chicken soup and unpictured 8 portions of brown rice. Your discerning eye may notice that I scribbled numbers on the bags: everything been preweight so it will save me the trouble in the morning or guess estimating the amount.

Here’s the recipe for oatey chicken bites:

Get a chicken breast and slice it into chunks of similar size, beat one egg in a dish and spread normal oats on a plate. Dip each chicken bite first in egg and then in oats. Put the said chicken on a griddle pan and griddle/fry for approximately 15 minutes. Check chicken is not pink inside. If you using more chicken breasts, you may need more eggs for dipping. I find it’s a nice and healthier twist on chicken nuggets and it feels/tastes different that plain boring chicken 🙂

I also had to try a couple of pancakes for ahem… quality purposes:

On Monday I had the best workout in a while an hour of bodycombat (550 calories burnt) + 1 hour of gym workout straight after (556 calories burnt). Overall I burnt over 1100 in 2 hrs, which felt amazing and was promptly announced over Facebook. Today I took it easy with 3omin morning swim (250 calories) , 30 mins HIIT Turbofire (226) and a bit of hiphop abs dvd (150).

I will definitely not be doing hiphop abs for a while coz as much as I love Shaun T  it feels way too corny and I get confused by the moves lol

Are there any DVDs that you just can’t do?

It’s no fun being allergic to almost everything

Ok, so I may have exaggerated in my title..I am not allergic to absolutely everything  but every so often a new allergy pops up and makes me miserable.. Today’s winner is lovely face and neck bright red rash compliments of Amber Solaire no streaks bronzer…believe me when I tell you guys at Amber will be getting a very angry email as soon as I’ve got more time.

Other than that though my day has been rather enjoyable..been out of the office for half a day attending meetings and so on

Breakfast once more consisted of lovely porridge with skimmed milk, summer fruit and half a banana

Brought half mixed berry Trek bar that I have seen on various blogs recently, but only had a tiny bit as I found it absolutely revolting..shame but good on the other hand as they are quite price. As it was so blah I had Lemon Special K bites instead.

Thankfully my lunch was very yummy (3x fishfingers, some potato wedges and heaps of green beans)

This was followed by something that I genuinly can not remember and then before gym I inhaled 1 1/2 buttered oats and seeds toast and 150grams of cottage cheese

The workout itself was really good and I burned over 440 calories in 55 minutes. I also gave in and ordered proper DVD sets of both Turbofire and Chalean Extreme, coz frankly I love buying anything fitness related and convinced myself they’d be an investment in myself really 😉

Are there any exercise DVDs that you swear by?

Turbofire baby

I started off with 30 minute turbofire dvd today and really liked it although I found it a bit hard to follow some of the moves (hopefully it will get better with time). Me and Chalene gonna be the bestest buddies as her dvds use lots of moves from bodycombat and bodycombat is my favourite class at the moment. I burned 274 calories in 30 mins which was a decent start to new dvd programme. After work I dragged myself down to Holland & Barrett to get some wholemeal spelt flour as I seen peeps using it online and was quite shocked at the price £2.78 for 1kg bag..it better taste great. I also picked 2 Trek bars that I have seen mentioned on blogs before. I got another 50 green tea teabags for the bargainlicious price of £0.95 and then headed to the gym for my 1hr workout (447 calories burnt).

For the first time in ages it felt like a bit of a struggle and my arms wanted a rest, suppose this is coz I do loads of upper body work at the moment due to my knees being poorly. I decided not to beat myself up about another tub of haagen danz ice cream and get back on track come Saturday. I realised it is important for me to start including small treats as otherwise I just pig out big style once in a while, which makes me feel bad on so many levels.