11 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Turbo Kick Claims to Burn 1,000 Calories – Fact or Fiction?

Turbo Kick by Chalene Johnson combines concepts that have been proven to improve overall health, as well as burn calories for weight loss. Can you really kick and dance your way to slim? This review will tell you if it works or not.

Turbo Kick – Description

Turbo Kick was actually created in 1997; however, it’s gaining back its popularity. It is a cardiovascular workout class that mixes sports drills, shadow boxing, kickboxing, and dance moves with hip hop music to produce maximum weight loss results.

Chalene Johnson, along with a team of experts, created a program that will burn up to 1,000 calories per hour as well as reduce fat. While the workouts will tone and strengthen your entire body, it does focus on your abs and waistline.

The program is not available on DVD; however, if you decide you want to teach the class, you can complete a home study training program. You can choose between the instructor training and the PRO training. The classes are taught in gyms all around the world.

Turbo Kick Calorie Burn Proof

One of the attractions to this workout is the claim that it can burn up to 1,000 calories per class. Studies were conducted by the American Council on Exercise and researchers from the University of Mississippi to prove these claims.

It is important to keep in mind that it says up to 1,000 calories. This is due to the fact that each individual person’s body will burn calories differently. This is because of the wide range of body shapes, sizes, and energy levels.

Both studies measured:

  • Heart rate
  • Caloric consumption
  • Oxygen consumption

Both also measured the rates of perceived exertion for the kickboxing concentrations, upper-body major exercises, lower-body major exercises, combination of the upper and lower body exercises, and conditioning exercises.

To determine the amount of calories being burned, the intensity of the kickboxing can be compared to a fast paced walk. The aerobic/anaerobic intensity can be compared to a 5K fast paced run. According to Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and Coordinator of Sports Medicine and Sports Science for the United States Speed Skating Team, a person who runs at a pace of 7 to 8 mph can burn between 9 and 10 calories per minute. Dr. Foster’s research found that working in intervals can burn twice as many calories as steady aerobic exercise.

According to Dr. Foster, a person who runs at a comfortable level of intensity for one hour can expect to burn 500 calories and a person who runs at a higher level of intensity can expect to burn 700 to 1,000 calories.

A turbo kick class consists of 45 minutes of intense aerobic/anaerobic cardio conditioning followed by 15 minutes of strength training. Therefore, you can expect to burn between 500 and 1,000 calories per hour depending on your individual body shape, size, and energy levels. The average is 750 calories per hour.

I like this Turbo Kick video I found that gives you some good overview information from Chalene Johnson herself!

Turbo Kick Class

New instructors are being trained all around the world, so it is likely you will be able to find a class in your vicinity. The instructors must complete a home study program that will ensure they are qualified to teach the class.

The class is taught in rounds. Each round has 11 sections; however, there are at least 48 rounds that can be taught. Each round is a little bit different than the next. Those who have received certification can tweak the rounds to either make them less or more intense.

Each round should include the following sections:

  1. Warm-Up
  2. Punches
  3. Kicks
  4. Punches and Kicks
  5. Turbo (anaerobic drills)
  6. Recovery
  7. Finale
  8. Finesse (stylized kicks)
  9. Leg Endurance
  10. Abs and Pushups
  11. Cool Down (mind and body)

While the exercises can be different in each round, there are two key moves you will likely encounter in a class – the Turbo Tuck and the Zig Zag. The Turbo Tuck is used to improve posture, avoid back injury, and isolate your abs. It is actually a modification of the “horse stance” found in many martial arts classes. This is an important move to master as it is the foundation for some of the other moves. It will also help strengthen your back.

The Zig Zag is used to isolate the core from flexing side to side. It is designed to increase the speed of your reflexes and strengthen your core. When you perform the Zig Zag, you will look like you are trying to duck from incoming punches. This move will also help to strengthen your back muscles, waistline, and all abdominal muscles.

Bottom Line

It appears that Turbo Kick can help you burn at least 500 calories up to 1,000 calories. If you keep up with the class, you can likely expect to burn 750 calories, which is a fun way to blast the fat!

The down side is that you cannot purchase the DVDs unless you intend on teaching a class. However, finding a class seems to be a simple process, as there are people all over the world taking advantage of the Turbo Kick home training program.

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