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January 17, 2011
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Your Fat Loss Workout Questions Answered
Do you have questions about Turbulence Training? How it works? What's in the workouts? Or even what does it mean? Recently, I interrogated Craig Ballantyne on the Turbulence Training system. Here's the q'n'a...
Q: First, can you tell us the basics about Turbulence Training?
Turbulence Training is the result of years of study in the gym and in the research labs and library. From personal experience, I've found the best way to lose fat and get results in the least amount of time is to increase your training intensity.
With the right workout, you can get more fat loss results in less workout time. Period. That is the one and only goal of this training program. A better body in fewer workout sessions, and shorter exercise bouts.
a) Shorter interval workouts instead of long slow cardio workouts
b) More challenging strength training exercises, such as advanced bodyweight exercises and some traditional strength training free weight exercises
If you have two hours to spend in the gym everyday, you can feel free to stick to the same relatively ineffective and inefficient program of long cardio and light weights. But if you are like most men and women and have 45 minutes (or less) on only three days of the week to workout, then Turbulence Training will work wonders for you.
Male or female, almost everyone I see in traditional fitness centers could benefit from increasing the challenge in their workout. And they can also benefit from getting in and out of the gym faster.
So that's what led me to Turbulence Training. It's simple, no B.S., no-fluff, just-the-basics, results-oriented training. You don't need fancy gym machines or even an expensive gym membership. If you have a bench, a ball and some dumbbells at home, you are set.
Q: Okay so it's a training program that will melt body fat fast, but what makes it so effective?
Most people are so darn hung-up on burning a specific number of calories on a cardio machine, that they don't care how long they spend in the gym.
But big deal. If you burn X calories over 30 minutes in the gym doing cardio, but don't boost your post-exercise metabolism, you're wasting the other 23.5 hours to burn a lot more calories.
That's what happens with slow, steady workouts that never change. Sure you burn a few calories in the gym, but there is no "turbulence" on the body to increase your metabolism outside of the gym.
Instead, by using challenging strength training, and choosing intervals over monotonous cardio, research has shown that your post workout metabolism is significantly greater. And an increased metabolism for an entire 24 hour period is what gives people results.
It's like putting money in the bank. It makes you more money even while you sit at home or sleep! That's the power of a more challenging workout.
And Turbulence Training workouts, and other "challenging" workouts are always exponentially more enjoyable than staring at a TV (or worse a wall) when "doing your time" on a cardio machine. You can get this great "metabolic turbulence" in a boot camp, with bodyweight, at home with dumbbells, or even in a busy gym.
Nothing is more effective than Turbulence Training if you only have 45 minutes, three times per week to workout.
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Q: Can you explain why resistance training and bodyweight exercises are so effective for fat loss?
Strength training is just one key for fat loss, it is essential to maximize your metabolism, and it is absolutely, positively paramount to building the best body of your dreams.
For those that doubt, start with bodyweight training. Not only is this method of strength training effective at helping you sculpt your body, but it is also empowering to your self-confidence and 100% applicable to your daily living.
Everything from carrying groceries to "seks" will be easier if you are stronger in the bodyweight exercises. Your mobility and stamina will increase, so that you will be able to carry your children to bed easier, you will be able to do yardwork with less fatigue, and you'll literally improve your "zest for life" simply from mastering your bodyweight strength.
All of these benefits without touching a single free weight...but if you do go with free weights, you'll take your fitness to an even greater level.
Research from the 2001 meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine showed that female subjects boosted their post-exercise metabolism to a greater level when they did 8 reps per exercise, rather than 12 reps.
So low rep, strength training is best for boosting metabolism. It will get you more results in less time because it will continue to work while you recover. Train hard & train safe!
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training
Thanks to CB for explaining these crucial tips for the fastest fat loss.
Your Friend and Motivator,
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