Friday, October 21, 2011
I have been teaching Turbo Kick 101 for 3 weeks now. I was getting a little "bored" with some of the songs (most of them are from the "original" Turbo Jam). I decided to mix it up a little. So, I have taken the warm up from round 45, the legs portion from round 30, and the cool down from round 43. I was getting so excited about switching everything up that I almost switched the whole entire workout, but I think that it would be too much for my group right now. I'm thinking they'll do better if we ease into the change and leave some familiar areas in there. Can't wait to see how they like it on Tuesday!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I've been leading my Turbo Kick Class at my church for 2 weeks now. The first week, we had 6 ladies, this past week we had 9. I am expecting one more for next week that was unable to come the past 2 weeks because of vacation and work...
So far, I think that everyone enjoys it. I was so nervous the first week that I could barely eat my oatmeal! But, once the music started, I just felt pumped up and not nervous. We have a variety of ages that come with a variety of fitness levels. Some have not worked out in a long time, others work out, but have not done Turbo Kick before.
We do not have mirrors in the room where we do our Turbo. I have read that a lot of other instructors face away from their class, and that the class can see them in the mirror. It is supposed to help during the kicking parts. Since we do not have mirrors, I face the group. Luckily, the room that we are in has a stage on it! One advantage to facing the group is that I can see if they are getting it or not! I do a quick "how to" session right in the beginning to remind the ladies of the moves. I wish that we could meet more than 1 morning a week so that they would be able to learn better from more repetition, but my work schedule does not allow for that... I work Monday, Thursday, and Friday as a nurse. Tuesdays is the Turbo Kick day, and I go to a Bible study on Wednesday mornings.
Most instructors use a microphone, which I may be able to borrow one from the church, but for now I just talk really loud! . I take the actual CD with me, but I am thinking of copying the CD to another disk, I'd hate for something to happen to it. They charge too much to replace them!
One thing that I am having a hard time is picking routines that have music that is "church appropriate." I'm teaching Turbo 101 right now, which is more of a beginners workout and is 30 minutes long. I've been trying some of the other workouts that I bought in the "Elite 11" (which is 10 different Turbo workouts and a DVD about form). While listening to the CDs, there is a lot of music that I cannot use at church. I wish that Chalene would have chosen different music! I may have to borrow sections from other rounds to piece together a new routine (which you are allowed to do). One thing that you are not "allowed" to do is to use totally different music to her moves and then call it "turbo kick." For now, I told the ladies that I think we will just stick with Turbo 101 for this "semester," which is 1o weeks long. It will help them to get comfortable with it!
I still have to use notes to teach. I tape them to the floor in front of me. I'm hoping that as time goes by, I can get rid of them! I am finding that I'm looking at them less and less.
Last week after the workout, I made everyone a protein shake! I wanted to prove to them that healthy eating can taste good! I used almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and frozen strawberries. Everyone loved them! This week, I'm doing a "contest." Whoever brings the most friends gets a prize! I can't put what it is on here right now in case one of them reads this .
This has been a lot of fun so far! I even made a couple of "Turbo" tank tops for me to wear while teaching! One is black with pink rhinestone letters that says "turbo" and other is grey with pink letters that says "turbo." The tank tops at the training were about $25-35! For a simple ribbed tank that had "Turbo" printed on it. I made these for less than $5 each, and they turned out pretty cute!
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
This past Sunday I went to the Turbo Kick Instructor Training here in MI. I have always loved all of Chalene Johnson's workouts (Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, ChaLEAN Extreme, Turbo Kick) so I was so excited to be a part of this! I love motivating others to be healthier and helping them find exercises that they enjoy!
The class was 9.5 hours, 45 minutes of that time was a lunch break. We started out right away with learning how to do all the moves/techniques perfectly. Then we learned part of Round 44. That is a hard round! I loved it, but it will not be one that I teach for a while! After we did parts of the round together (she broke it down into sections), we had our lunch break. Later we were divided into groups to practice parts of the rounds, and then we did them for the class. Afterwards we were tested on our moves, and later we took the written test. At the class, we were given the opportunity to purchase a set called "the Elite 11" which is 10 rounds and "Going for Gold" (a how to dvd of all the moves). It was $139, it would normally cost over $600 if you purchased each round separately. You can only purchase it at the trainings. I bought it, and so far I love it!
It was so much fun meeting so many other people who love Turbo as much as I do! Everyone was encouraging others and giving "hi-5's." I met some new friends and came home so motivated!
I am teaching this at my church. Last "semester" for our small groups, we did the Turbo Jam DVDs. This time around, I'm teaching it "LIVE." Today was our first class. I taught the Turbo 101, which is a 30 minute workout, geared more at "beginners." With not knowing everyone's fitness levels, it ended up being the perfect workout! We're going to stick with this routine for 10 weeks, which is how long each of our small groups last. I had a variety of women there, 6 total today. One woman was about 70, but she did great! She did modify some of the moves, but I was so proud of her!
I practiced the moves for 2 hours yesterday, and did it once through again this morning before the class. The dvds have different music than the CD that is provided, so I did the DVD once through w/ their music yesterday, then I turned the volume off the next time and used the CD for my music so I could really see how the moves fit to the music. Then I did it twice through w/ just the music, no DVD. This morning I did it w/ just the music, no DVD. I did type out notes (it comes w/ a note card, but I found it confusing, so I typed my own out). The note card it came with will say a move then "32 counts" behind it, I typed out the actual name of the move and if it was 2 or 4 sets of 8. I color coded each section so that I knew which to repeat on the other lead.
I think I messed up on a couple of moves, but the class did not know of course because they had never done the workout. On one song, I think I finished a little too early (I must have left something out) so I just added some more of a different move.
Anyways, it was so much fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this takes me in the future! I'd love to teach it at a gym or other facility, but right now I'm limited as far as time is concerned since I work full time as a nurse (I work 12 hour shifts on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, plus take call time during the nights and some weekends). I work in surgery, so the call times can be long and you never know what your day will turn out like! It was fun sharing the workout with women from my church though!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I used to belong to the gym, which I LOVED at the time. You could find me there almost every single day. I did the elliptical, stair mill, or treadmill and used the weights. I would get there around 9am, workout, shower there, then come home or run errands. My kids enjoyed the kids' area, until the changed it and made is so that all of ages were together (the older kids used to go to a different area of the gym where they had their own exercise equiptment, gym mats, and different games). It became harder getting to the gym when my kids were not wanting to go, and then there was the whole $85/month that was really killing the budget.
So.... We then decided to quit our memberships and workout at home instead. It was an adjustment at first! Luckily, my father in law gave us a treadmill that he no longer had room for, we bought a Marcy Weight System when they had them at Sam's Club for $400 (I had seen the SAME one at Dunhams for $800!) and we have tons of workout DVDs.
Now, I LOVE working out at home. I get up at 5am on my work days, head right down to the basement and get my workout in! On days off from work, I head down at 6 or 7am depending on what's going on for that day with our schedules. By getting up that early, I have the rest of my day left and can be showered and ready before my boys even wake up! I am a little bit of a DVD "addict" and have quite the collection. But, variety is everything! I wanted to share some pictures of my home gym for anyone that might be considering the transition... There are few things I would like to add, and I would love to take the couch and chair out of the basement area so that I could have the whole area open, but my husband and boys would object to that. I have these visions of it all being open space and having my friends come over for our workout group instead of using the church during the church hours for our group.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Here is a video of my husband's fist time preaching at our church! He's doing an internship through our church. After this, he will be sent out to a church as a senior pastor. He did such a great job! His message is under "John Major" (they spelled it wrong, he spells it "Jon"). He used a lot of running analogies with his message, how we must prepare our bodies before running and we must prepare ourselves for God.
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