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Kicking for kids for Christmas

 Jessica Coupal leads Turbo Kick. She and other instructors are raising funds and gifts this weekend for the Christmas Bureau.

Jessica Coupal leads Turbo Kick. She and other instructors are raising funds and gifts this weekend for the Christmas Bureau. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— The multi-colored strobe light seemed to keep beat to the thumping of the bass as feet and fists flashed in the darkness.

Martial arts switched to dance as the women brushed off their shoulders, rolled their hips and bounced in their sneakers on the hardwood floor.

“It’s called Turbo Kick,” said Instructor Carrie Trombley between front and back kicks and a series of right jabs, her body keeping time with the rhythm.

She and other Turbo Kick enthusiasts are holding Turbo for Toys on Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Gym at 52 US Oval.

The event will benefit the Christmas Bureau and participants can Turbo Kick for nearly two hours.

Admission is $10 or a new unwrapped toy valued at the same amount. The proceeds will help the Christmas Bureau fulfill its wish list. The Christmas Bureau helps more than 1,000 families yearly, though over the past couple years the organization has seen an increase in new families.

“We wanted to figure out a way to give back to the community,” Trombley said. “We also wanted to bring awareness to a new kind of work out.”

Trombley lost more than 100 pounds through Turbo Kick, which mixes punches and kicks and some dance moves. It is a sort of high-energy kickboxing without gloves or bags.

“You burn so many calories,” Trombley said. “And you feel so empowered after.”

Trombley led Instructor Jessica Coupal and instructor in training Casey LaVarnway through a turbo set that started with jump-rope motions, switched to running in place and then high knees before moving into individual moves with a constant bounce as Trombley said, “Single, single, double, right.”

They typically work out for an hour, dripping sweat and nearly breathless when they are done.

“You definitely burn a lot of calories,” Trombley said. “It’s easier on the joints.

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