Turbo Jam 5 Rockin’ Workouts Review

This review is based on my personal experience of Turbo Jam. Read on to get answers to questions like who is it for, how does it compare to other common workouts, how effective is it and so on….


Turbo Jam 5 Rockin' Workouts ReviewI have been using Turbo Jam for the past year and a half and I have nothing but positive things to say about this amazing workout technique created by Chalene Johnson. Here are the high level facts before we jump to the answers you have been waiting for…

  • It’s a kickboxing workout that has a lot of dance-y moves.
  • 5 Rockin’ Workouts set has 5 workouts on 2 DVDs that start with the basics and cover both cardio and strength training.
  • Yes, there is a dedicated Ab workout.
  • The music is good
  • The instructor (Chalene) comes across as a friendly but demanding task master – not pretentious

Moving on…


Turbo Jam – Workout Details

Turbo Jam DVD 1 has

  • Learn and Burn (30 min): It is the most basic workout that teaches the techniques for all the moves that will be used in the other workouts.
  • 20 Minute Workout (20 min): This is for when you are really short of time. In 20 min you get a really good wand effective workout. You can combine it with ab jam if you feel like doing more.
  • Turbo Sculpt (40 min): This is a slow controlled strength training workout. It is my favorite!


Turbo Jam DVD 2 has

  • Ab Jam (20 min): It has 10 min standing ab work and 10 min on the floor. You can do it partially or fully as well as combine it with other workouts.
  • Cardio Party (45 min): This is a fun cardio dance party. It is the longest workout but a whole lot of fun and time flies!


Who can do the Turbo Jam workouts

For an absolute beginner, it can be a little intimidating but if you take your time to learn the moves, you will get a very effective workout even if you can’t keep pace with the rest of the team. It can be done by both men and women of all age groups – obviously modified to suit your level to fitness.

For those with injuries or who are really obese and are just starting out, you can follow the less intensive style demonstrated by Mindy and Anarita in the videos. Eventually as you lose weight or become more fit and feel confident enough to do the regular workout, go for it.


Why Turbo Jam (Turbo Jam vs. Other workouts)

Yes, I know I have put Turbo Jam on one side and every other workout there is on the other side… that’s how much I love Turbo Jam.

  • Turbo Jam is not monotonous like a treadmill or a stationary bike.
  • It is very challenging but you can choose the level of exertion based on your fitness level – you should always push yourself but not go overboard.
  • There is hardly any risk of injury (unless you twist your ankle, of course) if you pay attention to the technique. I am really clumsy and have a big scar on my ankle from a spinning accident!
  • You can do it at the convenience of your home or hotel room any time of the day or night, rain or snow! It’s like a aerobic class without actually having to go to one.
  • It is a lot of fun and completely drains you out at the end. Swimming is another fun workout but not everyone has year round access to a pool!
  • Chalene is very motivating, cheerful and REAL!. There are a lot of other home workouts that only concentrate on the workout and not the enjoyment aspect.


How often should I do these workouts

You can do these workouts daily though I would recommend 6 days a week if your goal is to lose weight and 3 days a week if you just need to maintain your weight. You can juggle the workouts such that you don’t do the same workout on two consecutive days especially the strength training one as you muscles need up to 48 hours to fully recover.


How effective is it

Personally, I have lost a ton of weight after I had my baby solely on Turbo Jam. Please don’t have the slightest illusion that post pregnancy weight is easy to lose. In fact, I had gained 10 pounds after my delivery in addition to the 50 lbs. I gained during my pregnancy. Just to give you a perspective, I went from a pre-pregnancy size 4 to a post delivery size 16. Now, after a year and a half, I am a size 6 and hope to soon be back in my skinniest of pre-pregnancy jeans!

I must say that I haven’t been very regular with the workouts nor have I been on a strict diet throughout. I have always believed in eating everything in moderation and my goal was slow but permanent reduction. I should also mention that my weight never yo-yoed. What I lost I never gained back – which also means you don’t have to continue doing this with the same intensity once you have attained your weight loss goal. But, you will come back to it every once in a while coz it’s so good!


Does the Turbo Jam quick fix (10 pounds/10 inches in 10 days) work?

I, for one, never believed in quick fixes especially when it came to weight loss. This idea didn’t appeal to me so I didn’t even give it a shot. People who have tried it have had some success, which has helped them kick start their weight loss journey but I am yet to come across someone who has lost 10 lbs. or 10 inches in 10 days. People have lost between 4 and 6 pounds which is also significant in such a short period of time. But, any extreme measure cannot be sustained for longer duration and I would always caution against it. Given this program definitely helps you achieve all your weight loss goals over time, I don’t think you should torment your body to quickly lose weight.


Turbo Jam 5 Rockin’ Workouts Review – Verdict

Finally I just want to say – there are so many workouts to choose from but you would only stick to those that are enjoyable and Turbo Jam is definitely one that you would look forward to doing every single day.

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