TurboFire

Overview: TurboFire is marketed as an “intense cardio conditioning” program created by Chalene Johnson. The base kit/program comes with 11 DVDs that contain 13 workouts. You also get a lower body band, a toning band with handles, a fitness guide, a class schedule (calendar) and a nutrition plan. I got the advanced system that includes 4 more DVDs with 5 more workouts and a TurboTracker journal.*** The base program is a 12 week program and the advanced program extends it to 20 weeks long. It is a progressive program that gets more difficult/intense the further along you go. If you are already fit, the early days may seem too easy for you. If you already lift weights, the toning band with handles will not be enough resistance for you and you will need to get a heavier band(s). If you are new to exercise—start with TurboJam! TurboJam is Chalene’s original kickboxing program. TurboJam is fun but not nearly as intense as TurboFire.

***At the time of this writing Beachbody has changed the structure of TurboFire. Fire 45EZ has disappeared. There is a new workout called Fire 40. There are also two new workouts called Low HIIT 20 and Low HIIT 25. HIIT 25 has been moved to the advanced kit (it used to be part of the base kit). In addition the “EZ” has disappeared completely. There is a Fire 55 listed. I can only assume it is the same as my Fire 55 EZ–but I don’t know that for certain. So when reading this review, keep in mind I am reviewing a kit I bought back in 2010 before these changes were made (the “original” TurboFire). **10/30/14 update: I purchase Chalene’s newest program PiYo which includes a bonuse workout Low HIIT 20 to introduce you to TurboFire. I will not review it here, but I will say it is nothing like the other HIIT workouts in this series. Yes it is low impact, but it is also low intensity; in fact, I wouldn’t even qualify the intervals as actual HIITs unless you are completely new to exercise.**

Back to review:

I love TurboFire. Love it, love it, love it. It is fun! Great music. Great cardio moves—kickboxing with a hip-hop style. A great instructor with high energy who is very motivational. And they are great workouts—intense but not “failure” intense (see Insanity). TurboFire was also the beginning of me taking my fitness to a new level. I was not out of shape when I started TurboFire two years ago (I’d been exercising daily for many years) but aspects of TurboFire (HIITs) seriously challenged me the first time I did the program. Now? Not so much. They are excellent workouts—don’t get me wrong, I still do them frequently. But the program gave me that push to start seeking out some serious cardio-endurance workouts that leave you breathless and on the floor. TurboFire introduced me to the importance of the “afterburn effect.” Or technically EPOC—excess post oxygen consumption, which refers to the additional calories your body burns while recovering from an intense workout session. The longer and more intense the workout, the better the afterburn. One of the most effective types of exercise for the most significant afterburn effect is the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), TurboFire introduced me to this incredible form of exercise. So I love TurboFire for a lot of reasons.

Nutrition Guide: Fuel the Fire is the basic nutrition guide. It has you calculate how many calories you need to lose weight, then it has you recalculate your required calories every 4 weeks. It includes lots of tips and recipes. Overall, the recipes did not entice me. There were one or two that looked interesting. I tried one and it was nasty. So I didn’t try any of the others. The plan also comes with a little booklet called 5 Day Inferno. It is just giving you menus of approx. 1200 calories for the first 5 days–to kick start the weight loss.

Program Guide: Turn up the Burn is the guide that comes with the program. The workout calender for Turbo Fire is separate from the guide. Turn up the Burn describes HIITs and the afterburn affect. It gives a 9 week “prep” calendar/schedule in case you are not ready for the full program. It discusses/gives summaries of the elements of the program–the workouts (very brief descriptions), equipment needed and the Turbo Tracker. It also gives a calendar/schedule for a hybrid program of ChaLean Extreme and TurboFire.

Turbo Tracker: The Turbo Tracker is just a 12 week diet/workout journal. It is an excellent little tracker and I love it. I bought 3 extras and used them well after the program. Unfortunately Turbo Trackers are not cheap, so I went back to using notebooks!

Program structure:

TurboFire is a progressive program that increases intensity over time. By the end of the first month you will have done all of the Fire workouts except for Fire 60 but only HIIT 15 and HIIT 20. Plus you only do one strength workout a week. The second month does away with all HIITs and gives you an extra strength class each week. For the 3rd month, and final month of the base program, you incorporate all workouts (except the advanced ones) including HIIT 25. The 4th month is another cardio month with no HIITS. It incorporates most of the advanced workouts mixed in with the base workouts: Fire 60, Abs 10, Lower 20 and Upper 20. The 5th and final month has everything—all the HIITs (including the advanced HIIT 30), all the Fires, all the strength, core and stretch workouts.

Before I describe the workouts, some terms need to be defined:

Fire workout: a Fire workout is a kickboxing workout. All of the Fire workouts (except Fire 45 EZ) have Fire Drills in them, but the primary purpose of a Fire workout is cardio kickboxing. It is made up primarily of kickboxing circuit pairs and Finales. Kickboxing circuits are generally performed in pairs—2 different circuits are done, then they are both repeated on the other side of the body.

HIIT: HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT workouts alternate periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. In TurboFire the HIITs and recoveries are the same length; ex: 30 second HIIT, 30 second recovery.

Fire Drill: a HIIT within a Fire workout (as opposed to the HIITs in the pure HIIT workouts). The Fire Drills are each 60 seconds long followed by 60 seconds of recovery. As an aside, if you’ve done TurboJam, a Fire Drill is akin to a “Turbo” in a TurboJam workout–just much more intense than a Turbo.

Finale: In the Fire workouts the kickboxing circuits are generally performed in pairs—2 different circuits are done, then they are both repeated on the other side of the body. A Finale is different. It is one kickboxing circuit that is immediately repeated on the other side of the body—so no pairing of circuits. As indicated by the name, it is how Chalene ends her Fire workouts.

Fire workouts:

Fire 30: 31 minutes long; 4 minute warm up, 23 minute training period and 4 minute cool down/stretch. If not for the Fire Drills in this workout it would be the easiest of the Fire workouts. Partially due to the length and partially because kicks only appear once in the whole workout. Still, it’s a good, fun workout and those Fire Drills definitely kick it up a notch! Fire 30 consists of 1 circuit pair, one 60 second Fire Drill, another circuit pair, another 60 second Fire Drill, then the Finale. The kicks show up in the first part of the second circuit pair.

Fire 45 EZ: 44 minutes long; 5 minute warm up, 34 minute training period and 5 minute cool down/stretch. Fire 45 EZ is my least favorite of the Fire workouts. It’s a decent workout. I understand why this workout is an “EZ,” even tho overall it’s intensity is comparable to the other Fire workouts. First, it is the only Fire workout that has no Fire Drills. And second, it starts slow. It builds up to where it is still a great workout, but the first circuit pair seems more warm up than real workout–but once you get past that first circuit pair, it’s just as intense as the other Fire workouts. Fire 45 EZ workout consists of 4 circuit pairs and one finale. The finale is one of my favorite finales, in spite of the fact I’m not crazy about the workout as a whole.

Fire 45: 45 minutes long; 5 minute warm up, 37 minute training period and 3 minute cool down/stretch. Fire 45 is my favorite of all of the TurboFire workouts. It has the best routines and the best music—it also has my all time favorite routine near the end, set to the song “Boom! I got your boyfriend.” Something about that little routine gives me more energy than just a second wind! I love it! After the warm up, the workout starts with two kickboxing circuit pairs. You get one 60 second Fire Drill, followed by another kickboxing pair then two more 60 second Fire Drills. The workout finishes with another circuit pair (my favorite in the whole program!) and a finale. The cool down/stretch is very short so this workout is a great one to finish off with Stretch 10. It is an intense and super fun workout. And Chalene calls out, near the end, “Guess what? You’re not tired!” I love it! She usually makes me believe it!

Fire 55 EZ: 54 minutes long (53 really—there is a minute of “intro” at the beginning); 5 minute warm up, 41 minute training period, 7 minute cool down. I am not sure why this workout is called “EZ” to be honest. Other than Fire 60, which is part of the Advanced kit anyway, it doesn’t seem to be any easier than any of the other Fire workouts. I suppose it could be due to the longer cool down? Not sure. However, it is fun! I love it! It starts with 3 kickboxing circuit pairs (each done on both sides of the body). Next is two 60 second Fire Drills. Then one more kickboxing circuit pair (done on both sides of the body) and it ends with 2 finales. Chalene states that the final finale is her favorite (and it is fun!). She also says her signature “You’re not tired!” a few times during the workout. And surprisingly, it does give me my second wind when she says it near the end! She’s just a great, motivational trainer. The cool down in this workout is unique. Not just because it is rather long, but it has standing ab work in it—so it is not truly a “cool down” for the full 7 minutes. But it does bring the intensity down. Chalene’s cuing is fine through most of this workout, but during the cool down she is talking a lot and sometimes doesn’t cue. It’s not too big of a deal, because I always enjoy her little motivational speeches and once you are in the rhythm of the cool down, you can predict what comes next anyway.

Fire 60 58 minutes long; 5 minute warm up, 45 minute training time and 8 minute cool down. This workout came with the Advanced kit. I love this workout. The longest of the Fire workouts and the most intense. This workout is structured into 3 parts broken up by Fire Drills. After the warm up you do two kickboxing circuit pairs (the second pair is one of my favorites). Two 60 second Fire Drills. Another two kickboxing circuit pairs. (This section is where all the kicking is in this workout. There are other kicks in the first finale—but this is the only kick-heavy section.) Two more 60 second Fire Drills. Two finales. Cool down/stretch. Every time I start to flag in this workout, a new song and routine start and it gives me my second wind. This is another workout where Chalene stops cuing during the cool down because she is too busy chatting, but again, I don’t mind. The only difference with this one is that you are more worn out at the end, so the cues would be nice.

HIIT workouts:

HIIT 15: 16 minutes long; 2-3 minute warm up, 11 minute training period and 2 minute cool down/stretch. HIIT 15 is my favorite of the HIIT workouts. Could it be because it is the shortest? Maybe. HIITs are hard. But it is also the most fun, I think. I also like the structure better as well–that could feed into the easier factor, too. I’m not sure. It’s also more versatile/useful than the other HIITs. The training period consists of 3 HIIT drills each done 3 times for a total of 9 HIIT drills. The HIITs are 30-40 seconds each. Each HIIT is followed by a recovery period equal to the HIIT length. The reason the warm up is listed as 2-3 minutes is because the “warm up” is actually 2 minutes, but the next minute before the first HIIT is a “preview” in which Chalene shows you the moves that you will be doing in the HIIT. This is important because the whole point of a HIIT is maximum intensity and if you have no idea what you’re doing, it is kind of hard to give it your all, at least the first time. She does that each time you move on to a new drill. So after you do the first HIIT drill 3 times, during the recovery before the new HIIT drill, you get a preview of it. The choreography is very simple and easy to do, as it should be in a HIIT. Lots of plyos–tuck jumps, air jacks, jump lunges, as well as high knees, jumping jacks and skiers. I think the length of the HIIT drills in HIIT 15 is one of the reasons I love this HIIT workout the best. Giving your all-out effort is hard to sustain; however, I can do it for 30-40 seconds. The other HIIT workouts have longer HIITs and as the workouts progress, I flag. I’m not saying I don’t try, but you get worn out! However, I can hit it hard for 11 minutes, no problem. Now, I never do this workout alone. I add it on to a cardio or a strength workout that clocks in around 40 minutes. Or I use it on a stretch yoga day so that I feel like I at least got some decent cardio in.

HIIT 20: 19 minutes long;2-3 minute warm up, 12 minute training time and 4 minute cool down. HIIT 20 is the easiest of the HIIT workouts; in fact, in my opinion, it is barely a HIIT workout at all. The intensity is much lower than the others, and even though the intensity of every workout often equals what you put into it, there are moves that are more intense. That’s just fact and the moves in this workout, compared to the other HIIT workouts, are much lower in intensity. Like all the other HIIT workouts, 2 minutes of the warm up is actual warm up and one minute of the warm up previews the first HIIT. There are 3 HIIT drills in this workout. Two of the drills are repeated twice and the third drill is repeated 3 times. Each HIIT is 45-55 seconds long and followed by a recovery period equal in length to the HIIT. In the 3rd and final drill, I found ways to increase the intensity of the drill myself. She does high/low punches in a lunge position–8 punches, then jump lunge to the other leg and 8 more punches. Instead of doing that move, I just do non-stop jump lunges–definitely ups the intensity. But not enough to make this HIIT workout equal to the others. For a short HIIT, HIIT 15 wins over this one big time–or Greatest HIITs (see below).

HIIT 25: 25 minute long; 2-3 minute warm up, 18 minute training time and 4 minute cool down. HIIT 25 has 4 drills, each repeated twice for a total of 8 drills. Each drill is 60-70 seconds long followed by equal recovery time. This is a great, intense little HIIT workout, perfect to add onto another workout, strength particularly. The intensity of the drills vary within the drills. Because they are HIITs you are expected to go all out every time, but some moves are just more intense than others. For instance, plyo jumps will always be more intense than high/low punches, even if you are hopping with every punch. There is a good mixture of both types of moves in each drill–the key is to go hard with every move. It’s a tough little workout, but not the hardest HIIT workout I’ve ever done. I like it tho!

HIIT 30: 30 minutes long; 2-3 minute warm up, 22 minute training period and 5 minute cool down. HIIT 30 came with the advanced portion of the kit and it is the hardest and longest of the HIIT workouts. However, it is very doable. It starts, just like all the other HIITs with a 2 minute warm up followed by a 1 minute “preview” of the first HIIT. The training period consists of 5 HIIT drills. 4 of the drills are done twice and the final drill is done 3 times for a total of 11 HIIT drills. Each HIIT is one minute long followed by one minute of recovery. It is similar to HIIT 25 in that the intensity varies within the drill. Every drill had very intense moves and every drill had lower intensity moves. Every drill in HIIT 30 also starts with some variance of running–high knees, fast feet, running man. The final HIIT that is done 3 times is the hardest of all of them. It has burpees and fast tuck jumps. The cool down was maybe a bit longer than necessary. It’s a great little workout.

Greatest HIITs: 21 minutes long; 2-3 minute warm up, 14 minute training period and 4 minute cool down. Greatest HIITs is a compilation of the other 4 HIIT workouts. It is available in several ways. If you order the TurboFire program through Beachbody.com it is a bonus workout. You can order Greatest HIITs separately through Beachbody.com and also through Amazon.com. It is not included in the workout calendar. Greatest HIITs is a great little HIIT workout. At 20 minutes, it is a perfect “add on” workout if you need some cardio or just need to round out your workout. Greatest HIITs has 4 HIITs, each repeated once for a total of 8 HIITs. Each HIIT is followed by a recovery time equal to the length of the HIIT it follows. Since it pulls from all 4 of the HIIT workouts, it starts with HIIT 15 and progresses to HIIT 30–so each HIIT gets longer. It starts like all the others, with a 2 minute warm up and a one minute preview of the first HIIT. The first HIIT is from HIIT 15 and is 34 seconds long; 2nd HIIT is from HIIT 20 and is 46 seconds long; 3rd HIIT is from HIIT 25 and is 56 seconds long; and the 4th HIIT is from HIIT 30 and is 62 seconds long. Since it is a compilation, I would think that the hardest HIITs would be included, but that isn’t the case. In fact, the HIIT pulled from HIIT 20 is the least intense HIIT and the one I have always have to modify to make harder! The move is high/low punches in a lunge position–8 punches, then jump lunge to the other leg and 8 more punches. Instead of doing that move, I just do non-stop jump lunges to up the intensity. Nevertheless, it is still a good little add on workout.

Strength workouts: I have a lot of mixed feelings about these strength workouts. First, they’re short. I like to spend more time working my muscles then 30 minutes. Second, they use bands. I’m not against bands. They have their place and they mix things up nicely. But 20 weeks of it? By the end of the 20 weeks I hated the bands. And I desperately wanted longer strength workouts! Nevertheless, for changing things up every so often, these are effective little (and I stress little) workouts. However, you will definitely want to tack on a cardio workout–a HIIT workout or one of the shorter Fire workouts. Also, I didn’t use the band that came with my kit, which I think is the 20 or 30 pound band, but I’m not sure. I have a wide array of bands I purchased separately that I used for this workout–25, 35, 40 and 50 pound bands, depending on the muscle group being worked. My bands are encased in a fabric sleeve so that they don’t rub my skin raw during some of the moves.

Sculpt 30: 28 minute strength workout; 4 minute warm up, 21 minute training time and 3 minute cool down. The moves in this workout are primarily combo moves–combining upper and lower body. However, after you do a combo move, you usually end with another set of just the upper body move. Because of this, I felt like the upper body was worked more thoroughly than the lower body. After the warm up, you move into a two arm bicep curl with squat combo. Next was single arm tricep extension with static lunge combo. Next was single armed rows while standing. In the workout, they cinched up tight to create more resistance. I did that, too, but in addition, I went to my heaviest band. Single arm front raise with opposite glute lift–I dropped down to a lighter band for shoulder work. Static bowler lunge with single arm overhead press. More two arm bicep curls with squats–this time you have the bands crossed to create a bit more resistance. Next was an interesting push-pull move. You stand on the band, feet at least hip width apart, and hold both handles in one hand, then you push one way and pull back the other way. An effective move for the arms. You get on the ground and do sitting two arm rows with the band wrapped around your feet and leaning back. I also went to the heaviest band for these. While staying in a sitting position with the band still wrapped around feet, do two arm bicep curls. The you lift you feet off the ground and bring them in and out while doing a delt fly–you may need to pyramid down to a lighter band. Next, get on your knees with band still wrapped around feet; you will lean your body back while pushing your hands (palms facing forward and arms straight) forward. A very nice exercise. The strength portion of the workout ends with a push up series. First you wrap the band over your back and keep it under your hands and do slow push ups. Lose the band for tricep push ups. And you end with more regular push ups sans band. Stretch.

Tone 30:  30 minute strength workout; 3 minute warm up, 25:30 minute training period and 1:30 minute stretch. Tone 30 is very similar to Sculpt 30 in that the moves are primarily combo moves and after a combo move is completed you end with another set of just the upper body move. However, Tone 30 is a better and more complete strength workout. It hits more muscle groups and it works the lower body more thoroughly. Your strength work begins before the warm up is even finished since the warm up ends with push ups. Then you grab your resistance band and get into lunge position to do a static lunge with one arm bicep curl. Reverse lunge with one arm overhead press. After you do those on both sides of the body you will put the band under one foot and get into static lunge position while holding both band handles in one hand at shoulder height. You will do several sets of static lunges at different tempos. Next is single arm lateral raise with leg/glute lift to the back. Static lunge with single arm tricep extension. Sumo squat with single arm chest press. Repeat all of these moves on the other side of the body. Step on the band with both feet and do double arm bicep curls with squats. Get into to plank and do one arm tricep kickbacks while in plank. Next you grab the lower body band–the green rubber resistance band (no handles) tied into a knot to make a circle. While sitting, put the band around one foot and the other ankle. The leg that has the band around the ankle raises and lowers. Grab the resistance tube with handles again and wrap around both feet. Raising both feet off the ground you do a combination back row and ab move by pushing the legs in and out as you row. For the final move before the stretch, you keep the band around your feet but bring the handles together and hold them with both hands at chest level. You lower your upper body almost to the ground and raise up, basically doing crunches with the band. Finish with a short stretch.

Upper 20: 20 minute strength workout; 3:30 minute warm up, 15 minute training period and 1:30 stretch. This is a pretty effective little upper body workout. I can actually see bringing this one (and Lower 20) on vacations with some resistance bands to get in a good strength workout. In fact, I think they are both perfect little travel workouts. After the warm up, you stand on your resistance band and do a double arm overhead press and finish with single arm presses. Two arm lateral raises and finish with single arm raises. Double arm bicep curls, finish with single bicep curls. A long and particularly effective (if you are choking up on the band sufficiently) tricep extension series. Bicep curls to overhead press. Alternating front press and lateral raise. Push ups to side plank. Sit down and do lat row with bands wrapped around feet. One arm posterior fly first in plank then on knees. Push ups and finish with a stretch.

Lower 20: 21 minutestrength workout; 3 minute warm up, 16 minute training period and 2 minute stretch. This is a unique little lower body workout. You don’t use the handled resistance band for this one–you use the rubbery (Dynaband) flat band tied into a circle. It works your muscles in unique ways! The first move is a “step tap” circuit with the band around your ankles to work the outer thighs. First you step side-to-side, then you step and lift one leg out to the side, then just alternate lifting the leg up side to side. This circuit is repeated 3 times. Then it changes to squat and lift leg to side, then to squat and kick leg to the front (working the quads). Keep the band around one ankle and around the bottom of the other working foot and do hamstring curls. Hold in bent position and push out/back. Finish with arabesque (lifting straight leg to the back to work glutes). Lay on your side with bent legs and lift top leg; straighten legs and continue lifting. Lay on back and do a high/wide bicycle, then alternate it with straightening legs and opening them wide in a V. Get on elbows and knees and wrap the band around the bottom of the working foot (still around the ankle of the other) and do rear leg extensions, then bent knee leg lifts. End with quad extensions. Sitting with the band around both ankles (I actually have to wrap it around the working foot to get more resistance) place one foot on the ground and lift the working leg with hands under the knees and straightened and bend leg.

Ab/Core workouts:

Core 20: 20 minute abdominal workout; 2 minute warm up, 17 minute training time and 1 minute “cool down.” I’m not crazy about this workout. It’s decent, I guess. However, if you purchased the Advanced workouts, Core 20 is pointless. Abs 10 is a far better ab workout and takes half the time! Core 20 uses the resistance band for a majority of the workout. The warm up is done standing. Once you’re warmed up you have 8 minutes if standing core work–6 of those minutes use the band and 2 are just standing ab work. Then you move to the floor for 9 more minutes of core work. The first 4 minutes use the band. The last 5 minutes of the workout are probably the best–all floor core work without the band. You end the core work with some push ups then you have a one minute “cool down.” I use quotations because it is a pretty pointless minute. You don’t stretch out your abs at all. You sit cross-legged and round your back a few times. In my opinion it is a waste of 20 minutes; there are better ways to use 20 minutes for exercise. Just do Abs 10 to get a better ab workout and save 10 minutes.

Abs 10: Abs 10 is a great little 11 minute abdominal workout. Very effective and much better than Core 20. No equipment is needed. It is mostly structured in little circuits. The first circuit is a basic crunch, oblique crunch and bend to each side (elbow to hip). You do this circuit 3 times–slow the first time and quicker the second two times. The next circuit is raise up slowly to about 45 degrees, then do a slow bicycle (she calls them kriss-cross), training camp (oblique work–elbow to floor on each side of your body), and knee pulls at a 45 degree sitting position. You do 2 sets of this circuit. Next you lay on your back and bring your knees up, ankles together and do a move she calls “frog.” You do a crunch bringing elbows between knees on the “up” part of the move and close the knees on the “down” part of move. After a set of those, you do a frog, then bend to the side, frog, bend to the other side and so on. Then you do slow sit ups and when you slowly lower, you row with your arms. Next you sit up to 45 degrees and hold for all of the following moves: alternate pulling in the knees, then lift arms straight over head twice, then open arms to side once, then lower back down and repeat. Next you do crunches–straight legs, crossed at ankles. The final move is full crunches–upper and lower abs. The workout ends with a one minute stretch.

Stretch workouts:

Stretch 10: 12:30 minute stretch. This is the perfect little stretch to do after some of the Fire and HIIT workouts. It feels really nice and it isn’t too long. It starts slow, as if assuming you just finished a Fire or a HIIT and need to decompress, with shoulder rolls, then arm circles and on to the neck. You stretch the hips in sumo, then a deep adductor stretch which moves to warrior one, pyramid and a straddle stretch. You move to the floor to do butterfly stretch and an IT band stretch. Next is rotator cuff stretches, chest stretch and the series ends with rounding your spine twice.

Stretch 40: 42 minutes long. This is a lovely long yoga/stretch. The first 10 minutes are some sweeping stretches of the arms/shoulders and then into sumo/plie, followed by Sun Salutations. The next 10 minutes are warrior sequence done twice on each side. This ends with a nice long pigeon pose on each leg. After that, the rest of the workout is on the floor. You will use your lower body band for a few of the floor stretches to increase the range of the stretch. At the very end, you lay on your back for several minutes of relaxing meditation.

Summary:

When I purchased TurboFire, I did it as outlined in the fitness guide/calendar and, though I loved it, it is not a perfect program (does one exist? I haven’t found it yet!), for me at least. I don’t care for using resistance bands for 20 weeks. A workout here and there (particularly when on vacation) doesn’t bother me, but I like to lift iron, so I got sick of the band workouts. The strength workouts are also too short for my taste. The fitness guide contains a TurboFire/ChaLean Extreme hybrid. Excellent idea… except I do not like the way they laid it out. So I created my own TurboFire/ChaLean Extreme hybrid that ended up being a better overall, well rounded program, in my opinion, than either of the programs by themselves.

More than any other fitness program I have purchased, I come back to the workouts in this one most frequently (Insanity is a close second). Primarily the Fire and Stretch workouts, but I also use the HIIT workouts as add ons. I came back to the strength workouts for the first time solely to do this review.

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