Kickboxing comes in many flavors nowadays. One of the variation is turbo kickboxing. I recently got to know about it through a discussion with some of my cross training mates at the local gym. They talked about wanted to try something different and the topic of Turbo kickboxing came up.
What is Turbo kickboxing
At the basic level, it is kickboxing + cardio dance moves. The aim is to burn off as much calories as possible within a short time period. I attend a demo class and this is indeed true! I consider myself quite fit but the pace of turbo kickboxing leaves me panting like a dog. So, I do believe that it is quite an intense cardio workout.
However, do note there is no resistance training but it is not meant to muscles or tone the body. For that, I still think crossfit is better in case you are wondering about turbo kickboxing vs crossfit.
Turbo kickboxing shoes: do you need them
I answered a similar question when someone asked if you need to wear shoes for kickboxing. If you fit into any of the 5 reason I have mentioned, then having the right shoes make sense. I have already have a list of what I considered to be the best kickboxing shoes for the money. The next question to ask is whether there is anything different in Turbo kickboxing that will make the previous recommendations invalid.
Looking at the list of criteria for kickboxing shoes and comparing to the demands of turbo kickboxing, I think the big difference lies in the shock absorption aspect. Normal kickboxing do not require as much sole cushioning to absorb the impact of the cardio moves that turbo kickboxing has. Other aspects such as lateral support, light weight etc are similar.
What are the best turbo kickboxing shoes?
I am starting with my previous list for kickboxing shoes ad seeing which ones have shock absorption capabilities. Unfortunately, only one fits the bill. The Women’s Gel-Plexus Cross Trainer was a great shoe with strong arch support and more importantly, a powerful shock absorption sole. Unfortunately, this model has been discontinued so it is time to look for the next alternative.
New Balance Women WX797BP3 review
- Lateral support: checked
- Light weight: checked
- Cushioning: checked
- Great design: checked
More importantly, this shoe has the shock absorbing sole that can reduce the impact of all the dance moves from your turbo kickboxing classes. You can actually see the cushioning via the image (See the white color layers). People have who left reviews on Amazon have stated that they have used this shoe for other cardio classes such as Insanity, P90x with no problems.
In additional, this is a cross trainer with a wide toe box so they are great for people with wider feet.
The downside is that the WX797 has very little arch support so they might not a great choice flat feet folks.
Ryka Women Flextra Review
Ryka has always been one of my favourite brands so cross training shoes so it makes sense for me to see which Ryka model is suitable as a turbo kickboxing shoe.
After looking through all the models, the Ryka Flextra is the one most suited for high impact cardio workouts. The cushioning is just sufficient to be comfortable but not so much to destabilize your balance in those high frequency cardio moves. It has has a low profile so it makes do lateral movements and jumping much easier.
Another thing that makes a good turbo kickboxing shoe is the presence of a pivot point. Such a point in the shoe will make turning and spinning smoother and easier. The sole does not have as much traction as a tennis shoe so jumping in them will not be difficult.
For folks with high arch, the Flextra has very solid support for it. This means if you have flat feet, this shoe can still work well for you.
Reebok Cardio Ultra Womens Shoe review
The Reebok Cardio Ultra is the most recent shoe that I bought. It targets the ball of foot area specifically with its additional. I wanted to test it out since I have readers who want to know what are the best cross training shoes for ball of foot pain. End result: this shoe really provide a great layer of cushioning at the specific area. I don’t think there are many other shoes that do the same thing.
The good news is there is also additional heel support. I worn to this to a dancing class after breaking them in for 2 days. The cushioning make all the jumping more comfortable and I didn’t any stress points at my heels. Best of all, the shoe has a pivot point so it makes turning easy and effortless.
In terms of arch support, it is there, though I never had any problems with that since I don’t have a high arch. Fortunately, one of the buddy friend who had a high support was in the same class and I told her to try it on. She says it feels pretty good for her although she didn’t work out in them since the sizing wasn’t perfect for her.
Finally, the Reebok Cardio Ultra had a great breathable material so my feet didn’t feel too warm after the class is over. It is not as cooling as some of other shoes but my feet didn’t sweat too much either.
The only thing you need to take is the narrow forefoot. For me it was ok since I don’t have a wide feet but some readers might need more space at the forefoot area.
Turbo kickboxing can be a fun and effective way to lose calories. However, the stress it impose on your feet can be considerable, given the amount of jumping and kicking you need to do. Do yourself a flavor and get a good shoe to protect your feet!