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|Turbo Jam Cardio Party|
Cardio Party is the ultimate workout to burn fat and sculpt your body from head to toe! This high-energy workout is loaded with great tunes and cool moves. Join Chalene and her Turbo team and watch the pounds and inches me... more »
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A very fun cardio kickboxing workout with a bit of dance, to
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 02/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cardio Party was the first Turbo Jam video I've tried. I was looking for a fun kickboxing workout, and overall, I was not disappointed. The workout wasn't as dancey as I had expected--there are occasional brief interludes where you are encouraged to move to your own beat--but the entire atmosphere is more akin to a dance club than to a workout studio.
This workout is about 43 minutes long, and I realy liked how it was broken down: each chapter is a 6-7 minute segment that is separately choreographed, so once you are done with that segment, you move on to a new routine. I have provided an overview for the moves contained in each segment below (times are approximate, and I didn't necessarily include *every* move):
Warm-Up, 4 minutes. Charlene begins by warming you up with each of the 4 basic punches (jab, cross, hook, upper) and simple side steps. A few moving stretches are included towards the end.
1st cardio segment, 7 minutes. As with most of the segments, you'll learn two combinations which you then connect together. The first combination consists of "wheel" (a standing side crunch) combined with cross and hook punches. This combo connects to a march with alternating knee lifts and then double knee lifts to either side; at the end, Chalene changes the march to a jog.
2nd cardio segment, 7.5 minutes. The first combination here consists of a partial squat to either side; side kicks are then added to the squat. Building on this, you'll do the squat/side kicks, then squat front and back, add front/back push kicks, and then add knee lifts with front/back push kicks. Last comes a move Chalene calls a "twist"--you'll move front with jab-cross-jab punches and then do a knee lift, first just on the one side but then on both sides with arms added in. The entire sequence is then repeated to the other side.
3rd cardio segment, 7.5 minutes. You'll start here with speed bag, adding an upper cut to the end of the move and then adding a front knee/back kick. After doing two knees to either side, you'll add in "Tai" punches--slow punches and blocks to the front while in "horse" stance (straddle squat).
Turbo, 1.5 minutes. For the turbo, a siren goes off and you kick up the intensity, doing jogs and hopping knee lifts. However, two of the women in the large class always do a low-impact version of the moves.
Water break, 30 seconds. Following the Turbo, there is a pause allowing you to get a drink of water, although Chalene encourages you to keep moving during this time.
Recovery Dance Party, 6 minutes (but for some reason, this segment continues partly into the next chapter). I didn't really notice much difference between this and the other cardio segments; after a brief freestyle dance at the very beginning, Chalene moves back into kickboxing combinations. Here, she does cross, hook, and uppercut punches to one corner, speed bags to repeat in the opposite corner, and then does "zig zag" knees--basically, a side crunch combined with a knee lift to one side; eventually, a back kick is added on as well.
Final cardio segment, 4 minutes. This is a quick segment performed entirely in horse stance. First, you do a front speedbag followed by quick cross punches. Staying in horse stance, you do a high-low punch to the side, then add zig zag knees; for the last couple of reps, Chalene does a hop when doing the knee lift.
Aerobic cool-down, 3 minutes. Chalene describes the moves in this section as "finesse." There are some arm swings to the front plus some low front and back kicks, but everything is performed at a slower, more relaxed pace.
Stretch, 1.5 minutes. Here, Chalene borrows from Tai Chi and talks about focusing your energy; she does just a few very brief stretches such as a hamstring stretch.
Overall, this is a high-intenstiy workout that is mostly low-impact--there are a few jacks/hops thrown in here and there, but as previously mentioned, two of the participants always show funky, low-impact alternatives. The mood of this workout is definitely high energy, and the music is loud and upbeat, with a few recognizable songs (eg, a very fast version of "Busta Move"). Also, there is a countdown bar at the bottom of the screen which lets you know how much time is left in the current segment as well as previews the upcoming moves. If you enjoy kickboxing but are looking for a style that's more fun and funky than serious, this might be the perfect video for you.
Additional comments about the instructor: Chalene is clearly enthusiastic and has a ton of energy. She makes frequent comments to say that she *knows* you are having fun, and there are several points where she bursts out singing along to the moves. I would say that she's pretty over-the-top, but I didn't find her to be annoyingly so.
You may have heard that Charlene's cueing is poor; she actually *does* cue, but I wasn't always sure what she was talking about. For example, she cued "twist," which turned out to be a punching move. If I had done her "Learn and Burn" video first, I'm sure I would have found it much easier to follow along with this workout, but as it was, I was able to pick up the combinations pretty quickly the very first time through."
High intensity but low impact!
janeke | Philadelphia, PA United States | 04/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am in pretty good shape in terms of cardio fitness but have bad knees, so I have trouble finding good workout DVDs that really get my heart rate up without lots of jacks, jogging, squats etc. This DVD is the best I've found on that score so far. There are points where some of the above are used, but the modifications are such that I still get a good workout (unlike those DVDs where the modifications amount basically to standing around while the people on the DVD do a million jacks etc.). Although Chalene is a bit cheesy ("Just shake it!"), I find her genuinely encouraging, and the whole DVD has a warm atmosphere that makes you feel part of the "party". If you want a fun cardio kick-boxing DVD that won't kill your knees but still get your heart rate up, I recommend this one."
A good, fun, HARD workout
Christine M. Baglivio | Atlanta | 11/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two years ago, I was in really good shape, aerobically. I did a very hard class at our local gym that was wonderful. Not only did it make you sweat like crazy, it was fun and lifted the spirits like crazy. I have been looking for something I could do at home that would be similar, and I have finally found it. Turbo Jam is not for the faint of heart. But, as with most workouts, the leader offers low impact options. You can most certainly get this and work your way up very slowly. I only did the first 20 minutes the first day, then added on a few minutes every other time. It is enjoyable and you feel very virtuous when you are done! Highly recommended!"