Group fitness instructor and In-School Conductor with the Chicago Children's Choir, Danielle Enriquez-Fowler is committed to helping others. Whether through teaching Turbokick or volunteering with GirlForward, she’s found ways to change lives. This weekend, she will take part in the annual Turbo-thon for a Cause. She spoke with Our Town about the upcoming event.
Our Town First of all, what’s Turbokick?
Danielle Enriquez-Fowler Chalene Johnson, the creator of Turbo Kick®, is always looking for ways to increase the effectiveness and the fun factor of everyone’s workout. That’s why she invented Turbo Kick®. It’s a combination of intense kickboxing moves, as well as dance moves all perfectly choreographed to high energy and motivating music. It’s the ultimate cardiovascular challenge, a unique blend of intense intervals strength/endurance training.
OT How is it different from kickboxing?
DE-F Unlike traditional group fitness style kickboxing, TurboKick is choreographed to specific music and designed in an interval format. The music keeps you energized while the intervals give you a chance to intensify then recover. This combination gives you a more effective cardio workout and also allows for a less repetitive workout so you never have time to think about how hard you're actually working, you're too caught up in the fun moves and music!
OT How did you become involved with GirlForward?
DE-F The founder and executive director of GirlForward, Blair Brettschneider, used to be a member at a gym where I teach. She was a regular in my Tuesday night class and learned that I'm a full time music teacher. One night she came up and asked if I'd be willing to do a fitness class with the GirlForward girls at an upcoming workshop. The workshop was near Valentine's day and was focused on having a positive self image as well as educating the girls on healthy dating and relationships in America. The girls are all refugees from other countries where dating and relationship practices are very different from those in America. I was so impressed with the girls, their mentors and the goal of the organization, I knew I wanted to continue to support it in any way I could.
OT Tell us about the organization.
DE-F GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident, and independent. Many of the girls have gone on to become the first members of their family to attend college thanks to the mentorship and support of GirlForward. In addition, the GirlForward safe space allows for a community center environment where the girls can meet, do homework and seek tutoring.
OT Why are Turbokick and Girlforward a good fit?
DE-F Both TurboKick and GirlForward foster an environment of positive self image and personal growth.
OT What can participants expect from Turbo-thon for a Cause?
DE-F Participants can expect the best workout of 2013! The workout will be lead by a diverse group of TurboKick instructors from throughout the Chicago area. We'll include TurboKick choreography from the past several years, so any Turbo fans will get to do some of their favorites. To anyone who might be intimidated by the length of the workout, fear not. We'll take short breaks throughout to raffle off some awesome prizes (restaurant certificates, spa certificates, museum passes and more.) which will give everyone a chance to catch their breath and towel off. Last year, I had a few participants who had never done TurboKick before and now I see them in class on a weekly basis! Then we'll finish with some much deserved delicious cuisine from Carnivale. Also, if you've never been inside this restaurant, you're in for a treat, the space is like eye candy!
OT Recently a lot of Chicago events have been combining working out with a club atmosphere, why do you think that is?
DE-F The music! Nothing keeps you going like a great song. That's probably why I like TurboKick and group fitness - it's a fusion of my two favorite things, physical fitness and music! Regardless of your age, gender, culture or background, music moves us all. Club music is designed to make people want to dance; it makes perfect sense to fuse it with working out.
OT What are you looking forward to most about the event?
DE-F The energy in the room. I don't think there are words to express the electric feeling when we're unified doing something we love for such a wonderful cause! You forget that you're working out and sweating. We were on such a natural high after last year's event. I had people ask if we could do something like it every month!
Turbo-thon for a Cause is an annual TurboKick workout event lead by instructors from throughout Chicago. The event will be held Sunday, January 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Post Party to Follow. To purchase tickets visit www.turbothon2013.eventbrite.com
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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