Monday, July 26, 2010

Quest For My Pretty - Megan Elkus Turbo Kicked My Butt!

Myself and Megan Elkus - Look how drenched I am!
When  @xoreds13 introduced me to @turbomeg via Twitter little did I know what I was getting myself into. As a fitness instructor, I could expect Megan Elkus to be high energy, Gaga-loving, with an enviable body. What I didn't expect was to find an easy-going, down-to-earth, awesome chick who just loves to kicks butt (in a good way). I found out that she came from a family that all attended the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) but that she was the only one in her family who did not (I won't hold it against her). She somehow holds a full-time job and manages to teach Turbo Kick classes on the side (how she finds time for me on Twitter I will never know). I don't know how she does it! She recently saw Lady Gaga in Cleveland and in Indianapolis in the same week! Check out her Twitter Avatar - it has her in full-on Gaga makeup! I love it!  I am so glad Ms Keri introduced me to Ms. Megan because not only was I able to get in touch with someone who teaches Turbo Kick live, but I am now getting to know this incredibly awesome person!

What is Turbo Kick?
Well the best way I can describe it is the live version of what I do in my living room every day (Turbo Jam). Megan forewarned me it's a bit faster but it has most of the same moves. What she didn't tell me was that instead of doing one Turbo per session, we would be doing FIVE Turbos during the hour that she had me.

A "Turbo" is a couple minutes of activity where you bring your intensity to the highest level you can, raising your heart rate really high, so that you can get an interval effect afterward and burn more calories.

Dear Lord, I did five Turbos in an hour! I know those of you doing Turbo Fire are used to this, but I am SO NOT THERE...yet.

Megan As An Instructor
This being my first LIVE Turbo class, as you can expect it was hard for me to keep up. But Megan was great at showing both high intensity and low intensity versions of the exercise so that we all could participate. She made sure to interact with all parts of the classroom as she was able to, so no one felt left out. It wasn't quite individual attention - that would be tough with a large class like this. But I knew if I had questions, Megan was there to answer them. Megan was having microphone difficulties the day I took the Turbo Kick class from her, which made it difficult on occasion to know what she was calling out. But the repetitive nature of Turbo Kick made the class as easy to follow as a first-timer could expect. Seriously, though... this was such a difference from the intensity I experience in my living room I don't know how I lived through it. Hats off to those of you who take classes from Ms. Elkus or other Turbo Kick Classes on a regular basis!

Overall, taking this class made me want to work harder in my living room. It made me realize what people who are in great shape are doing with this Turbo workout and how far I have yet to go. The reality was both difficult to face and inspiring at the same time. I know what I have to aim for now. I think I will be taking a class from Megan every 60 days or so to benchmark my fitness progress.

If you are in the Cincinnati/Dayton Area and Would Like to Take a Turbo Kick Class from Megan Elkus, you can view her schedule on the Turbo Kick website. You can also get a hold of the Urban Active at which Megan taught the class I took from her this past Saturday at 11:30 AM:

Urban Active

4030 Smith Rd # 50L2
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 533-4653