TurboFire puts you through high-intensity exercises to burn fat.
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The TurboFire HIIT workout series promises you'll burn calories and lose weight. Hosted by lifestyle coach and fitness instructor Charlene Johnson, it includes 12 workouts, or classes, based on high-intensity interval training. While high intensity training does burn calories, just how many you'll burn doing the TurboFire workout depends entirely on you.
What You Get
The TurboFire program comes with five DVDs. One DVD includes two versions of the low-impact HIIT class; one 20 minutes long and the other 25 minutes long. The Fire HIITs DVD includes 30-, 40- and 45-minute classes of extended HIITs while the Extreme HIITs DVD includes more intense 15-, 20- and 25-minute classes made up of one-minute intervals. The TurboFire website claims you can burn calories for up to 24 hours after an Extreme HIITs workout. The program also comes with a Fire Starter class, which explains the moves you'll use in the workouts as well as a 10-minute Stretch class DVD.
The Average Burn
A 150-pound person burns approximately 120 calories in 10 minutes doing interval cardio, according to Fitclick.com. This would be similar to the type of workout you would do in the HIIT 15, 20 and 25 classes - so your calorie burns for those classes would be roughly 180, 240 or 300 calories, respectively. Fitclick.com estimates the same person burns approximately 113 calories doing hard cardio, similar to what you would find in the Fire 30, 45 and 55 classes, making your calorie burns for those classes about 340, 510 or 625 calories. The website calculates that a 150-pound person burns 34 calories in 10 minutes doing abs toning exercises like the ones you'll find in the Core 20 class - making the total class burn about 70 calories - 85 calories doing bodyweight resistance exercises such as those found in the Sculpt 30 / Tone 30 class, for a total burn of about 250 calories, and 28 calories doing any of the Stretch workouts found on all the DVDs.
Up Your Intensity
The amount of calories you burn depends on your effort and intensity as well. The harder you exercise while doing any of the TurboFire workouts, the more calories you will burn. For example, the American Council on Exercise website estimates that a 150-pound person burns 663 calories doing aerobic dance at a moderate pace for 45 minutes, but that calorie burn jumps to 714 if that person exercises at an intense pace.
Before You Start the Fire
While TurboFire and other HIIT workouts seem superior to more moderate exercise, they are not for everyone. The American Council on Exercise notes that HIIT involves a higher risk of musculoskeletal injury and cardiac events. The TurboFire website advises that you consult your physician and follow safety instructions before beginning any exercise program. Start a new exercise slowly and gradually increase your intensity. Stop exercising immediately if you feel dizzy, faint or short of breath.