This high-energy and high-impact workout is sure to help you burn major calories and tone your muscles along the way, yet as I analyze turbofire clips on youtube, a few things make me cringe.
As a fit mama with a bachelor degree in exercise and sport science, multiple certifications, and 16 years of experience in the fitness industry, I am trained to go beyond the burning of calories and dissect issues that play into posture, alignment, health history, functionality, and how each workout will positively AND negatively affect the demographic that is most likely to buy into said workout. A lot of workouts will make you LOOK good on the outside while hurting you on the inside. Turbofire could be one of them.
1. It is my educated opinion that turbofire is not safe for those with a history of knee issues or lower back pain, because the jumping will exacerbate those issues.
The high-impact aspect could be modified with no jumping, and I understand that the pre-cursor Turbo Jam is less intense, but as a person who has been through knee-surgery after years of teaching intense group fitness classes, I can say with certainty that the ache and expense of damaged knee tissue is not worth such an intense workout. I can burn just as many calories in my workouts without hurting myself. There are ways to do high-intensity interval training (HIIT) without a bunch of jumping and core-damaging motions.
2. I see a lot of leaning forward and hunched shoulders in the clips I reviewed, and that could worsen bad posture and diastasi recti.
If you have a poochy belly, one of the worst things you can do for your gut is a lot of high-impact work in a forward-bent position! So if your belly dangles down when you lean forward, or your tummy makes a v-shape when you sit up, you need to check yourself for a diastasis. We want to train how we want to look. There are ways to burn calories without ruining your posture and pooching the muscles of your belly. Moms are the ones who are flocking to these workouts, because we are so desperate to get our bodies back. We can even ignore the fact that most of these workouts make us pee our pants, thinking that’s just normal… but it’s not, ladies. It’s not. If your workout makes you pee your pants, it’s doing more harm than good.
3. It is also my opinion that the attire of the presenters and participants is not family-friendly and would be unsuitable for me to play with my son present.
I do not believe I need to be half naked to inspire my followers to have good form. What’s wrong with a tank top! I can believe they have great six packs without seeing so much skin and bouncing breasts! But sex sells… sigh. Just watch the video above for yourself! It’s inspiring but also intimidating to the average women with 100 lbs to lose!
4. Last but not least this workout is connected to Shakeology. I’m not a big fan of shakes for losing weight, because you won’t drink shakes forever and then what?
In short, if you have NO issue of knee issues, lower back pain, diastasis, pregnancy, abdominal surgery, spinal disc issues, and you have time to exercise for an hour at a time, go for it! But why not find something more gentle and more family-friendly? You only have one body. Don’t ruin it just to burn a few extra calories on the outside while rupturing discs on the inside.