Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"New to You" Cross Training Challenge: Turbo Kick

Yesterday I did my February "new to me" cross training activity for Just Trying is for Little Girls' New to You Cross Training Challenge.


2 down, 10 to go

My friend Marissa and I promised each other that she would come running with me and I would go do Turbo Kick with her. Marissa is not a runner and I have never done Turbo Kick so I figured it would be a perfect opportunity for this challenge!

By the way, I just have to say that Marissa is pretty amazing. She is a spectacular sign language interpreter, she plays the fiddle in a great band and she teaches Turbo Kick. Not only that but she works crazy hours (she only sleeps four to five hours EVERY night) in order to help pay for her and her husband's adoption of two Deaf children from Ethiopia. Not babies, kids. Most likely 7 to 9 years old (they could be younger but from what she has told me most likely not). I can't wait to be "Aunt Jamie" (that's "awnt" not "ant") and I know that Marissa and Abe can't wait to be Mom and Dad! They are two years into this thing and if you could just think good thoughts for their referral I, and they, would appreciate it!

Rant over, now on to Turbo Kick.

Let me just say that it is tough! Marissa and I went to a class that is offered to students at the college we work at and since she knows the instructor we were able to go in without having to pay! I did try to get out of it but Marissa wasn't having it, I really was worried about being lost but she told me I was going to be lost regardless of if it was the LAST week of the class or not.

From what I gather there are different "rounds" (not sure which one we did yesterday) that you can do. I have seen it described as a combination of hip hop dance and kickboxing (if you would like to see a video of Mike and I hip hop dancing at our wedding check out this post).

Here's a video of what Turbo Kick can look like:



Well, I may not have burned 1,000 calories but she is definitely right about one thing, I didn't master it the first time! I got confused about which side I was supposed to be punching, if I was supposed to do something with my arms at the same time as my legs and I definitely had to stop and just stand there a few times! I still had a lot of fun though!

There was one funny thing that happened. About 25 minutes into the class the instructor all of a sudden yelled "TURBO" and I had no idea what was going to happen. I said to Marissa "we haven't been doing the hardest stuff, yet?" and she just laughed! I actually caught on to the "turbo" part quicker than the other stuff that we had been doing.

I also liked that we did some core work at the end of the workout.

Will I do Turbo Kick again? Yes, I definitely will! I'm actually going to look into taking a class next quarter and hopefully I will catch on quickly! I also want to take a class when Marissa is teaching sometime soon.

Have you ever tried Turbo Kick?

11 comments:

  1. Sounds fun! But I'm so not coordinated. I'd probably be lost the whole time. I bet it's a great workout though! Thinking good thoughts for Marissa! :)

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    1. Thanks Jenny!

      I thought I wasn't coordinated either, but taking hip hop definitely helped me with that. I was surprised at how easily I picked up some moves but how completely wrong I did others!

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  2. Very cool! I haven't tried it yet, but I'd love to! Just started following your blog! I'm also going to run my first full marathon in the fall and I'm both scared and excited at the same time! Which training plan are you planning to follow?

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    1. Hi Marie, I'm glad you are following!

      My husband and I will probably use a combination of Hal Higdon's training plan and Runner's World Smart Coach. We will do an 18 week plan and I'm sure modifications (not major) will be made along the way!

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    2. Very cool! I need to check out that RW Smart Coach. I'm so afraid of getting injured! Thought about Galloway too....I'm still shopping around. Can't wait to follow you in your journey to your first full!

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  3. I've tried cardio kickboxing, which is kicks and punches to music. I liked it, except that I kept on getting overexcited and overextending my arms for the punches.

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    1. Haha yea, I might have been getting a little bit too excited too! It's really fun though!

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  4. That's an awesome challenge! I've never tried turbo kick either... not sure that my gym offers it. And I love that your friend is adopting, those parents are my heroes.

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    1. I agree, parents who adopt are AMAZING!

      You should check out if some other places offer it and go try it out! It seems like it is offered everywhere in Rochester!

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  5. Watched the video, looks like fun- but a little too strenuous for me, I think!! I don't know if they offer this at my gym? Zumba was enough for me to try!!

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    1. After you pick it up I don't think it would be too strenuous. It is good to mix things up a little bit which is why I'm glad that I'm participating in this challenge!

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