I Bow Down

Heyyyyyy 😀 Happy Almost-Friday! This week has been weird because it was a shorter week. SO ready for the weekend 🙂

A little while before dinner last night, I munched an apple with mesquite and cinnamon:


and when the pilot got home, we had wild caught mahi mahi (the fish so nice they named it twice), brown rice + wild rice, and steamed veggies.

I steamed the fish in our food steamer and the texture was LOVELY. Less mess and time-consuming than the usual pan-sear and bake.


Perfection 🙂

We took the puppies for a long walk, talked about life –I’m trying to figure out if I should finish my MBA online– and then I went up to the yoga room for my first TurboFire workout.

Chalene Johnson, I bow down.

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The first workout was AWESOME.


I did the Fire 30 Class and Stretch 10. Underneath the class title, you can click the words “New to Class” and she breaks down all of the moves you’ll be doing. If you don’t click “New to Class”, she’ll just teach and use her cues, assuming that you already know the combos and proper form. Since I’m a newbie, I did the “New to Class” and was SO glad I did– it was still fast and furious.

At first, I was a little worried because kickboxing is one thing I’ve never really gotten into. As ya’ll know, I used to Tae Bo like it was nobody’s biznazz back in, like 5th grade, but since then, kickboxing classes have not really been my thang.

This was totally, totally different than any kickboxing class I’ve taken.

We did 3 songs, building on different moves, adding to the choreography and they were fun, dance-y, and I got an awesome sweat in. In the workout, we did 3 “fire drills” which is where the HIIT comes in– 1 minute of balls to the wall insanity each time. After each drill, you get 1 minute to recover and then get back into the routine.

It wasn’t *quite* as intense as Insanity, but this was one of the easier routines (she starts the first week a little easier/slower and then the following weeks are more challenging because you’re more comfortable with form and style). At the end, I felt amazing, not totally fatigued or exhausted, just like a got in a great and fun workout. Bonus: I got to shake my booty a little 😉 The endorphins before bed were hilarious, too- I may or may not have been dancing around singing “Play that Funky Music”… poor pilot, haha.

Lurve, lurve, lurve.

The pilot said he’ll film me doing some of the moves tonight, so ya’ll can see what the style and combos are like 🙂

What are your requirements for an at-home workout DVD? Which styles do you love? A lot of ya’ll have been asking why I’ve been working out at home lately and honestly, it’s nice to get away from *work* to do some of my workouts, since I work at two gyms. I’ll still do weights or hop on the elliptical or spin bike at work, but it’s nice to do something away from work too 😀


This morning’s bfast:

choc cherry

Cherry Bomb Diggity

I have NO training appointments today, only bootcamp later, so the plan is:


-errands (post office, groceries, blah)

-Indian with Jeni?

-Starbucks (to blog and answer emails! Sorry I’ve been an email slacker lately- things have been crazy with the pilot coming home and our Orlando weekend)


-Teach bootcamp

-Make dinner

I’m off!



Upcoming: TurboFire video and FASHION FRIDAY tomorrow morning!

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  1. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on July 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Sounds like a blast!! I love dance-y exercise videos because they are challenging but you don’t feel like someone is whipping you like a dog. Whenever I take a kickboxing class (which is pretty rare), I am flailing around like a fish out o’ water 🙂 I could use some practice.

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on July 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I’d love to try it! I taught kickboxing in college and it is probably one of my favorite classes to take or teach.

  3. Courtney @ Three Months on July 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I’m glad you liked it! I can’t wait to hear about the other exercises!

  4. brittney on July 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Man, I wish I had an apartment bigger than a cracker box. I just don’t have room for working out in this studio. Grrr.

  5. kristi (sweet cheeks) on July 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

    ahhh I SO want to get Turbo Fire!!!!

    P.S. I got my sun warrior in the mail yesterday. Can not wait to try it out!

  6. Len on July 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I live in a Condo and am concerned about jumping and bothering the people below me. Is there alot of jumping around involved with turbofire? i think this might be a dumb questions but im asking it anyway. ha ha.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

      i’m not sure about the rest of the workouts, but there were a few jumping moves last night- not a ton though

  7. Callie on July 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

    This sounds like fun! I can’t wait to see the video! 🙂

  8. Andrea on July 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Yay! Looking forward to fashion Friday and the video!

  9. Liz on July 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I just got the “So You Think You Can Dance” workout DVD and LOVE it. The routines are well taught, easy to follow, and a lot of fun. I did it yesterday and can feel it a bit today so that means good workout, haha.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

      that’s awesome- i was wondering if it was a good dvd

  10. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on July 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Turbo Jam actually sounds a lot like Turbo Kick, which is surprisingly fun.

    If I’m going to do an at home workout DVD, it has to be intense. I need to be able to get a workout that rivals one I could get at the gym.

  11. Therese on July 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for the initial review! It sounds like TurboFire and ChaLean Extreme are a bit different, Extreme is more about building muscle (as well as circuit training) which is just what I need. I have such a hard time working in strength training that I trick my body with circuit training so I’m doing both cardio and strength at the same time!

    I’m not a huge cardio DVD fan, mostly because I like to go outside for my cardio or take a class so I tend to just have circuit training DVDs at home. I’m more comfortable strength training at home than at the gym and tend to give it my all. But it’s also gotten to a point that I don’t want an “easy” DVD, I need something that seriously kicks my behind because that’s how I see my results! If I’m dying at the beginning but then weeks later I’m finding it a bit easier, I know I’m progressing!

  12. Jenny on July 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Glad to hear you got such a great workout! I may have to try it for myself for those endorphins alone!:)

  13. Shanna on July 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yowsa! I think I’d be a sweaty mess and would need to lay a tarp down in my living room 😉

  14. Erin on July 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I just added this workout to my Amazon Wish-List. I am the queen of working out at home with DVDs (I crowned myself). Thanks for telling us about it!

  15. A Teenage Gourmet on July 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I’m exhausted just looking at those work out photos. Way to go girl! 🙂

  16. allison @ livingoneday on July 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

    very cool! i would love to do at-home workouts, but i am never motivated to go upstairs and work out – a) in this heat – when i know i can just turn the dvd off! ugh it’s so frustrating. this sounds great. i can’t wait to see what the moves look like!

  17. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Sounds like a great dvd! I haven’t done too many in the past, but I love kickboxing so I think I could probably get into this. Can’t wait to see your video! 🙂

  18. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday on July 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the review of the video!

  19. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on July 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I absolutely love in home workouts. I actually lost my first 70+ pounds doing Walk Away the Pounds and then I moved on to Chalene’s Turbo Jam. Then of course Turbo Kick classes at the gym and had to give them up after about a year or 2 due to knee issues. But I think I am ready to get back and try it again. I LOVE kickboxing and have been thinking about getting Turbo Fire.

    I have a ton of other in home workout DVD’s and love them all. It’s very important for me to be able to change things up as I feel the need. Lately I have just been going to the gym for spin classes, personal training and running both in and outdoors to get ready for a 1/2 marathon in Dec. Been struggling with that but going to keep trying.

    Looking forward to seeing the video of the Turbo Fire moves. Thanks Pilot!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    that sounds so amazing! i’m trying to get a really awesome workout DVD to send to you to try…i think you might fall in love when you get it!

  21. Jenna on July 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I thought about buying TurboFire but when I watched the video I thought it wasn’t going to be intense enough for me, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle anything intense like Insanity or P90X, so it’s awesome to be able to hear your feedback! And it was really odd…you were in my dream last night! Haha, well, I was at the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon, and I saw you and was like heyy!! and you just looked at me like “why the heck are you talking to me?” and then I walked away 🙁 haha.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      hahah just so you know, in real life i would never do that!

  22. Jenn @ healthyhoofbeats on July 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Your dinner looks so yummy! 🙂 I’m looking to forward to the video!

  23. Run Sarah on July 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

    That looks like a lot of fun! I like workouts at home that don’t require a lot of equipment and aren’t too noisy as I live in a condo. Also, ones that change things up and fly by quickly!

  24. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on July 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I’d love to try it! I did the Shred and likes it, but grew tired of doing the same thing over and over again. At least this one changes, like Insanity …

    Might consider it for the winter.

  25. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on July 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I can’t do kickboxing. I severely lack the coordination it takes to understand those moves. I look like a spastic robot doing it.

  26. Michelle on July 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I was looking at the website yesterday on this! The at-home people doing it were a riot! I used Slim in 6 and it is just ok…so I have been leery of expensive videos. Anyone come across any deals on shipping? It’s $25!!

  27. kim on July 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I am SUCH a Chalene Johnson fan. I just ordered Turbo Fire and am still waiting for it to arrive. Her workouts are really fun and always get me going. I’m really excited that this set comes with so many workouts, as even though I love Turbo Jam, I get bored easily with doing the same thing all the time. I recently switched to morning workouts which makes a trip to the gym almost impossible, so I am really happy to hear these DVDs are so great!

  28. Erica on July 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hey girlie! I taught Turbo Kick for a couple years! So I am very familiar with Chalene. She also has a class called Hip Hop Hustle (not sure if she makes a DVD version)- but you would probably enjoy that as well! I am sorry I have been MIA on commenting 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      i’ve been wanting to check out a hustle class 🙂
      no worries, i’ve been mia too but i’m still lurking <3

  29. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on July 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Is that the same girl from Turbo Jam? I’ve heard that’s an awesome workout so I’d be interested in trying this.

    I’ve never really been into home DVDs but you are intriguing me with all these fun ones lately!

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      yup- same girl. and she’s amazing!

  30. Jos on July 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Looks interesting! I always love kick boxing stuff but dunno which one is good. The only one I’ve been doing is Kenpo X from P90X. I’m still doing P90X now (second round, Phase 3).

  31. Faith A. on July 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Ok, now I am super excited for Turbo Fire – I’ve been doing Turbo Jam and am totally addicted but am going for the Fire when I need to change up the routine. Love Chalene! Can’t wait for the video!

  32. Rosey Rebecca on July 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    The video seems intense! I love how you called your smoothie a cherry bomb diggity. Ha

    I’m hosting an amazing grass giveaway on my blog if you’re interested: http://roseyrebecca.com/2010/07/07/amazing-grass-giveaway/

  33. Mellissa on July 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Throwing in my two cents about finishing school online- I would do it! Grad credits only last 7 years and you would rather regret finishing than wishing you could go back and finish and realize all your credits expired and have to start over.

    Education is such a great thing!

  34. Dionne on July 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Turbofire is absolutely amazing. I’m so glad you like it. I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks and have dropped 3.5 lbs. Fire 30 is def. the easiest.The intensity picks up in the later videos. I’ve taken the Turbokick classes at the gym. But Turbo fire is on a whole new level.

  35. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on July 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I’m more interested in TurboFire now that you say it’s a little less crazy than Insanity – I’ve wanted to try it, but I’m not sure if I’m ready lol oh! And I wanted to let you know I’ve started doing your Total Body Sesh workout a few times a week and I LOVE it! So thank you (:

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      awesome- so glad you like it!

  36. Cyndi Rickey on July 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Curious as to how long the workouts are? I’ve been doing P90X and sometimes I want a shorter quicker WO

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      they range from 30-55 min– nothing over an hour

  37. Kelsey on July 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I love workout DVDs! I usually prefer DVDs that don’t require a whole lot of extra equipment, just maybe the couple sets of hand weights that I have at home. I also look for something a little more intense so that I feel like I could have gotten just as good of a workout if I went to the gym. Turbofire definitely sounds like it’d kick my butt, but in a good way! 😉

  38. Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt on July 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I love videos! I’ve been thinking about TurboFire and I’m currently obsessed with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.

    As for school…definitely get back to school. I’m finishing up my masters online and I’m so excited to be done. Here is the quote that gets me through it…

    “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
    Theodore Roosevelt”

    Steal the railroad!

  39. Tina on July 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Those sound right up my alley! Now I know they will be on my wish list so I can use them after this pregnancy. I love workout DVDs that are fun and keep me interested, but also give a tough workout. My favorites are Turbojam DVDs and Cathe Friedrich workouts. I haven’t tried Insanity or TurboFire yet, but I have a feeling they will be topping my list once I am able to do them.

  40. Kristy on July 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Did I read correctly “mesquite and cinnamon” on apple slices? What? What? What? I might just have to taste this combo….

  41. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    That video sounds really fun, but I have a feeling I’d be terrible at it! I’m so bad at following dance routines. 😛

  42. Alicia on July 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I’m currently in the second phase of Chalean Extremem! I really like it. It’s a great strength workout. There are two cardio videos, but I’ve been going to Zumba instead! I think I would like Fire, I love to dance!! I can’t wait to hear more about your adventure.

  43. Wendy on July 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for your wonderful critique of the first FIYAH workout!! Mow I’m even MORE psyched. Email sez mine should arrive July 14. Patience, mama. Patience.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

      you will love it 🙂

  44. Wendy on July 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    PS – for future reference, I feel it’s essential to let you know that I blame ALL typos (I.e. MOW when I meant NOW) on my iPad keyboard. Yep.

  45. bianka on July 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    You are such a busy bee! I don’t blame you for wanting to workout at home, you must get sooo tired of always being in the gym. You deserve your turbofire getaway 🙂

  46. Jodie on July 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I saw the infomercial on Turbo Fire and have been trying to decide if I should buy that one first and then Insanity or vice versa. My goal is to lose 5-6 pounds, so which ever one gives me the calorie burn, I am one of those people who likes to see the sweat when I work out. What do you think??

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      i’d say if you can do more choreographed routines (like step or kickboxing) go with turbo first. insanity is a little more intense and will be fun to build up to. they’re totally different, too, so whatever you decide will be an awesome way to switch things up

  47. Laura J. (Health and Hotness) on July 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I guarantee you the TurboFire warehouse is going to get cleaned out now that you’ve given it your two thumbs up! haha 🙂

  48. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on July 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hmm if I were to do a DVD I would like for it to be dancy to keep it fun. I tried doing DVDs before but got so bored of looking at the same sequence of moves. I want to switch it up a LOT, so that’s my requirement. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      me too- i get bored so easily

  49. bobbileigh on July 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I got my sunwarrior in today I am SOO excited to try it.

    Also, Would you say the turbo fire has a lot of hire impact moves. I have had ankle surgery. I can do jumping jacks and whatnot in intervals and even run on treadmill but running on cement or long intervals of jumping jacks do not jive well just to give you an idea.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      the intervals are short (1 minute) and you can modify the moves to make them lower impact– one of the girls does modifications the entire time if you need ideas to change the moves

  50. Devon on July 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve never thought of sprinkling cinnamon and mesquite on an apple.. I’ll have to try that!

    TurboFire.. Looks intense!

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