take fitness workouts to the next level
(March 2007) At a time of the year when most
fitness gyms experience a drastic drop-off in the number of people working
out, Fit For the King on Madison, Ind.s hilltop has been experiencing
a sharp increase in visitors.
by Konnie McCollum
Lynch (left) leads a Turbo Kick
class at Fit For the King gym in Madison.
A new fitness class called Turbo Kick has people literally
flocking to the gym to get in on the action. The fun-filled, power-packed
cardiovascular workout is the hottest trend in fitness in the entire
country, say instructors RaeAne Lynch and Jennifer Sproles.
Created in 1997 by Charlene Johnson, the program combines kick boxing,
body sculpting and fun dance music for a 60-minute intense, calorie-burning
Experts in group exercise and physiology and martial arts experts worked
together to develop movement patterns, combinations and techniques specific
to the ancient sport of Muay Thai Boxing. The class starts with a sport-specific
warm-up, bouts of intense intervals, easy to follow combinations, kickboxing
strength and endurance training and a Tai-Chi type of cool down. Each
Turbo Kick instructor has to go through a rigorous training course in
order to be certified.
Lynch, 32, began taking the home edition of Turbo Kick, which is called
Turbo Jam, because she was trying to lose weight she had gained due
to childbirth and inactivity. I knew I had to do something,
She was watching late night television when she saw an infomercial about
the program. She ordered it but didnt get it out of the package
for months. When she finally did try it out, she fell in love with it.
There is just something about Turbo Kick that is addictive.
She attributes the success of the program to the upbeat music, the energizing
moves and the new rounds that come out every three to four months.
Last August, Lynch traveled to California to participate in three days
of intense exercise and training. She helped film round No. 28 of Turbo
Kick, and she was also part of the infomercial that is shown on television.
Lynch said that anyone, regardless of age or weight, can do Turbo Kick.
It takes a bit of time to get the moves, but people should try
it a few times before making an assessment.
The ages of the participants in the classes range from
teens to senior citizens.
Sproles, 35, has been an avid workout enthusiast for more than 11 years.
She said she has tried it all, including running, weight lifting and
all the different aerobics classes. I went to one Turbo Kick class
and was hooked. It just fits me.
Between the stretching, the complete muscle workouts and the fitness
advice, the program offers the whole health package, she said. She believes
the program will continue its popularity because it is constantly changing
with new choreography and music, although many of the moves in each
new round are similar to the previous rounds.
About three times, and a person will get the hang of it,
While the gym has offered the Turbo Kick classes since August 2006,
the program didnt really become popular until a few weeks ago
when Lynch decided to offer an eight-week Turbo Kick Challenge with
some great winning packages as incentives. Lynch started Turbo Kick
at Fit For The King with just one class and a few people. It has now
grown into five classes with as many as 55 people in each class. At
some point this coming summer, a Turbo Kick Kids class will be added
to the schedule.
One of the winning packages, called Help My Hair and Nails are
on Their Own Turbo Kick, includes a body massage by Jen Wright,
a shampoo, cut and blow dry, compliments of Sproles, and a manicure,
compliments of Dee Dee Goins.
People love the incentives, and the participants in the challenge
have learned that exercising can be social and fun, said Lynch.
Anyone can join at any time during the challenge, which ends March 21.
Lynch said the purpose of the challenge was to let people
know that they can come and have fun while getting into shape. She said
she has had many people come to her and say they want to lose weight
but dont know how. She offers health and diet tips during the
class, including information on calories, how to decrease caloric intake
and how to increase energy expenditure in order to lose weight.
The whole atmosphere of the class is positive and encouraging because
Lynch said her goal is to get everyone up and moving. During
class, the instructors routinely joke and have fun with people, offer
positive reinforcement and try to make them feel good. Its
an upward spiral in that you lose weight and you feel good; you feel
good because you lost weight.
Sproles said that the most common thing she hears from people is I
cant come to Turbo Kick because thats for fit people.
Her response is usually, You wont be fit until you come.
Its not just the instructors who are raving about the program.
Robert Huber, 44, started the class about six weeks ago. He said three
of his employees loved the class and convinced him to try it out. He
tried it and has decided to stick with it. He has noticed since taking
the class he sleeps better and he is losing weight. My blood pressure
has dropped, I breathe better and I feel good, he said. Huber
has a pre-diabetic condition and is controlling his sugar through the
diet and exercise offered with the Turbo Kick program.
Amy Lutz, 27, decided she needed to tone up after having children. Ive
been here for three weeks and love it, she said.
Kim Ford, 46, said she is trying to lose weight, tone up and deal with
all the problems that go along with the onset of menopause. This
is fun, and its making me feel good, she said.
For information about the Turbo Kick class
schedule, call (812) 273-1543.
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