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While I loved working out with 10 Minute Trainer and did so for about 6 weeks (even though it is a 30-day program), it is generally considered beneficial to change up the exercise program so that your body gets some variety. The more you do one exercise, the better and more efficient the body gets at it. So as my next program to try out, I started working out with Turbo Jam last week.
Turbo Jam comes with 2 DVDs with the following workouts:
- Learn & Burn: 20 minutes of introduction and workout with “elite 11” moves used in the program.
- 20 Minute Workout
- Turbo Sculpt: 40 -minute long
- Cardio Party: 45 minutes
- Ab Jam: 20 minutes of ab and core exercises
- Punch, Kick & Jam: 50 minute advanced workout
I found the first week to be an odd week because it actually had 3 rest days in a row after 4 days with 20 minute sessions each. The first two days you are doing Learn & Burn, the next two days you do the 20 Minute Workout, and the next three days are rest days. I didn’t like to rest all the 3 days so I did my own exercises and had one rest day. I had to modify some of the moves because I have a clicking left hip whenever I raise my knee high enough. I am seeing a physical therapist to help it out, because I am not going to let up on exercising!
I am really enjoying Turbo Jam so far, even though at certain parts I am having a hard time keeping step with what’s going on in the video. It is basically dancing with kickboxing, and some stretching. Chalene Johnson is a good personality to have leading the workouts and I suspect that I will enjoy her other videos. Since it is dance-based, the best thing to do is to just keep moving even if you are not following it completely. As long as your form is good, just jam on.
I am not sure how well I will be able to do the longer sessions like Turbo Sculpt, Cardio Party, and Punch, Kick, & Jam since my baby often naps for only 40 minutes… We’ll see! I do find it very enjoyable, though. I was reminded about the time when I was at my thinnest — I was 20 years old and going dancing 3 times a week. I used to dance for hours and hours without a break, and I didn’t drink so it was no wonder that I was at my ideal weight. This further validates my belief that when it comes to diet and exercise, if it is too hard, then you are probably doing it wrong!