Turbo Jam Exercise Program Review

9.31/10

Turbo Jam Exercise Program Review

9.31/10

Quick Overview
  • Difficulty
    Advanced
  • Cost
    Average
  • Trial Period
    30 Days

Beachbody, originally created by Products Partners, LLC in 1998, is a company responsible for several popular in-home fitness and weight loss programs. Fitness programs produced by Beachbody include P90X, Slim in 6, INSANITY, Hip Hop Abs, Yoga Booty Ballet, and ChaLEAN Extreme.

The company's fitness programs are all DVD/VHS based programs that include easy-to-follow exercise workouts, dietary guidelines, a workout calendar, and, depending on which program is chosen, support equipment all targeted towards achieving rapid gains and improvements in health and fitness.

Beachbody focuses on providing customers with the necessary information and tools to achieve their personal fitness goals and to facilitate a healthier, more fulfilling life. The company's fitness programs center around exercise workouts that are realistic, passionate and enthusiastic.

The Turbo Jam fitness program is designed to promote safe and effective weight loss within a short period of time. Each Turbo Jam exercise workout burns a high number of calories when performed with a high level of energy. Typical exercise types and movements include traditional cardiovascular exercises, kickboxing, body sculpting and dance.

The Turbo Jam fitness program is designed to promote weight loss, a decrease in overall body fat percentage, improvements in cardiovascular endurance, and a more toned and well-sculpted physique. Each of the exercise routines are highly energized and performed at a fairly rapid pace. For this reason, the Turbo Jam fitness program is ideal for individuals that are looking for a high energy workout routine that will aggressively promote lose weight and improvements in their cardiovascular endurance.

Pros

  • Large Variety in Workouts and Movements
  • Provides High Intensity, Calorie Burning Workouts
  • No Additional Support Equipment Necessary
  • Helpful How To Booklet For Body Measurements

Cons

  • Intensity May be Too Much For Some Individuals
  • Dance-Like Moves May Not Appeal to All
  • Additional Products may be Needed to Follow the Diet

Intent of Fitness Program

Turbo Jam is a workout program package that revolves around high intensity workout sessions combining exercise moves with dance-like body maneuvers. The Turbo Jam fitness program is intended for those who are seeking a solid exercise routine designed to assist them in losing weight and reducing their waistline.

The Turbo Jam fitness program also helps maintain overall body strength, particularly with the inclusion of the weighted gloves. The nature of the intense cardiovascular and low resistance workout means that each workout session maintains a rather intense pace in order to burn hundreds of calories per session.

The Turbo Jam fitness program contains the following workouts:

  • Learn & Burn- Intro to 11 key exercise moves
  • Turbo Sculpt- A high intensity body sculpting workout
  • Cardiovascular Party Mix - High calorie burning aerobic dance choreography
  • Ab Jam - Abdominal workout
  • 20 Minute Workout - Quick, full body workout
  • Instructional Cards - Showcasing the 11 key exercise moves and how to perform them correctly
  • Turbo Results Step-by-Step Guidebook - Weight loss meal plan and calendar
  • Turbo Weighted Sculpting Gloves
  • Punch, Kick, and Jam workout using the weighted sculpting gloves
  • Turbo Slim Rapid Results - An easy-to-follow meal plan and measurement tool to support your weight loss efforts

Primary Areas Worked

The Turbo Jam fitness program focuses on providing a full body workout through the use of kickboxing, body sculpting and dance routines that combine body movements with exercises. Since the primary focus of the Turbo Jam fitness program is to burn calories, doing so in one-hour workout sessions, each workout engages all the of major muscle groups in a rather fast-paced manner.

The Turbo Jam fitness program workouts vary in terms of the exercise types and movements that are required to complete the workout. The kickboxing routines alternate working out the lower body, core and upper body with high kicks, side lunges and punches. The Body Sculpting workout and the Cardiovascular Party mix continue the high intensity pace by following the traditional aerobics class theme.

Overall, the workouts are designed to keep you moving and involve combining exercises such as side lunges, high knees and squats with hip twists and shimmies to keep your entire body active. By doing so, the Turbo Jam fitness program workouts are able to keep your body active for the entire workout while maintaining an elevated heartbeat and continual muscular contraction of all the major muscle groups.

The end result is an effective workout that burns a high number of calories within a short period of time. For this reason, individuals that regularly perform the various Turbo Jam fitness program workouts find that they are able to lose weight at a fairly rapid pace, significantly improve their cardiovascular endurance, and increase their level of coordination and balance.

Program Length/Frequency

Turbo Jam fitness program workouts last from 20 minutes to 50 minutes each. The program is divided into an initial 4-week period for beginners and a 4-week period for advanced workouts.

Week 1 consists of two 50-minute workouts and two 20-minute workouts for a total of 4 workout sessions in seven days. Over time, the program gradually increases the number of workouts per week to 5 sessions. Each workout session is DVD-based and can therefore be performed at the leisure of the customer. The Turbo Jam fitness program provides you with a weekly exercise guideline outlining which days to perform workouts and which days to rest.

Effectiveness/Results of the Program

The Turbo Jam fitness program states that each 45-minute workout will burn over 700 calories. This claim has been confirmed by a university study that also indicated that several participants burned as much as 1,000 calories per workout, and that the weighted Turbo Sculpting Gloves activated 96% more muscle activity.

However, the university study is not referenced completely and does not specify the average number of calories burned per workout across the subject sample group. Regardless, it is safe to assume that with at least a moderate level of intensity, the average individual should burn between 400 and 700 calories per workout.

While there is no exact weight loss data available, the Turbo Jam fitness program does provide a high intensity cardiovascular workout that will effectively burn calories via the actual workouts and adherence to a general calorie-restricted diet. In this sense, it is expected that the program will induce weight loss by increasing caloric expenditure and reducing caloric intake. Since the exercises are performed with a high level of intensity, they will also improve overall cardiovascular endurance and body strength.

Equipment/Space Requirements

The Turbo Jam fitness program includes all of the equipment required to perform the entire program. The exercises are primarily performed using your own body weight, and therefore do not require the additional purchase of dumbbells or other resistance-based equipment. The Turbo Jam fitness program includes Turbo Sculpting gloves, which are weighted and padded gloves intended to increase resistance when performing the high intensity workouts.

A DVD player is required to view the workouts. A tape measurement and how-to booklet is provided in order to properly monitor your progress. A moderate amount of space is required to perform the various exercise routines.

Physical Requirements

The Turbo Jam fitness program workouts primarily center around performing high intensity calorie burning exercises. Each of the exercise routines are expertly choreographed and the exercises are performed at a fairly rapid pace. For this reason, individuals who suffer from chronic pain such as knee soreness, backaches or joint problems may not be able to successfully perform all of the exercises at the rate they are performed by the instructor.

The Turbo Jam fitness program is generally ideal for those who are seeking a high intensity workout program to kickstart their weight loss and body sculpting efforts. The program is particularly targeted to able-bodied women who are looking to lose excess body weight and inches via a cardiovascular workout. Those who are especially interested in choreography and dance workouts may find the Turbo Jam fitness program most exciting.

Support

The Turbo Jam fitness program was developed by Beachbody and maintains a strong customer service system that includes the following:

  • Extensive online customer support FAQ database
  • 24-hour customer support telephone line
  • Email costumer service support
  • Live chat support
  • Online message board

Cost

The Turbo Jam fitness program costs 3 payments of $ 19.95 plus $ 12.95 for shipping and handling. However, the Turbo Jam fitness program can often be had at a discount when purchased in conjunction with other Turbo Jam programs. For a little more than $ 70.00 you will receive an effective and comprehensive selection of high intensity DVD-based workouts, a basic dietary guideline, instructional cards, a tape measure and weighted gloves.

The Turbo Jam fitness program is comparable to several other Beachbody fitness programs in both cost and effectiveness, as well as being comparable to other workout programs offered by the competition. The Turbo Jam fitness program is a solid exercise program that is ideal for those who are looking for a high intensity workout routine but do not know exactly where to start. Individuals that are looking for an exercise program that is slower paced and not as heavily dance-oriented may want to consider an alternative fitness program.

Summary

The Turbo Jam fitness program's claim that each exercise workout will burn between 500 to 1,000 calories will ultimately depend on the intensity of the workout and the individual's baseline fitness. However, the Turbo Jam fitness program was specifically designed to burn calories and does so through high intensity cardiovascular movements. Furthermore, it is an aggressive exercise program that will not only burn calories, but also exercise all major muscle groups and improve cardiovascular endurance.

The Turbo Jam fitness program also includes supplemental materials such as a dietary manual, a guideline on how to measure your various body circumferences, and flashcards for easy reference of the 11 key exercises. The Turbo Jam fitness program will promote the burning of calories and provide a low level of resistance and strength training, which is exactly what most customers are looking for.

Overall, the Turbo Jam fitness program is a solid choice for individuals that are looking to safely and effectively lose weight. Each of the exercise routines are performed at a rapid rate and with a high level of energy. There are several types of movements that are performed including traditional aerobics movements, kickboxing, body sculpting and dance. This being said, individuals that enjoy performing high energy exercise routines will find that the Turbo Jam fitness program is exactly what they were seeking.