If you’re looking to lose belly fat or you can’t fit into the clothes you’d like. Or maybe it’s the embarrassment of having a big gut and not being able to take shirt off in the summer. Toning up your muscles and interval training is one of the fastest ways for you to begin to see almost instant results. But I know from personal experience it’s also one of the most intense ways of training.
In As Little As 3 Hours A Week
The upside is, although instead of exercising 5-6 days a week, you only need to do this 3 times a week. For long, enough I followed the conventional wisdom of alternating my workout days between aerobics and resistance training. I found that trying to combine both workouts on the same day meant my workouts were becoming longer and longer. Exercise was beginning to take over my life. All I wanted to do was get fit and healthy, and keep my weight under control. I didn’t want to be a professional athlete!
There had to be a way of combining the best of both worlds. Somehow, combine resistance training to sculpt my physique, and aerobics for cardiovascular health, all in the same workout. That’s when I came across interval training. You do a period of intense exercise, then a short rest and another intense spurt followed by another rest. But this mostly seemed to be just sprinting type activities, which although great for burning body fat, doesn’t do much to sculpt your physique.
Work Out Less And Get Better Results
I knew from experience that one of the best ways to actually sculpt and tone my physique was through resistance training. It’s all very well being aerobically fit, except when you look in the mirror and see a skinny shapeless physique looking back at you! That’s when I came across an exercise course called Turbulence Training, created by Craig Ballantyne, a personal trainer and Men’s Health magazine training expert, and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Oxygen magazine. craigballantyne.com
So nothing ventured, nothing gained I purchased a copy of the course. I used the routine and loved it. An incredibly effective training routine taking around 45 minutes, three times a week.
You Will Have To Sweat A Little
One thing it’s not is easy! You do have to work, and work hard. The aim of the program is to turn your body into a fat burning furnace.
“You’ll use resistance training to promote protein turnover, a higher metabolic rate, more calorie burning, and a better body composition, all while cutting down your workout time.” Page 6 of Turbulence Training for Fat Loss.
As for the exercises themselves, they’re all compound exercises. These exercises use the major muscle groups of your body. Such as the deadlift, the squat, the bent over row and the shoulder press. You won’t find any isolation exercises like: pec-deck exercises to isolate your chest muscles, or bicep curls for your arms and leg extensions for the front of your thighs.
No Time Wasting Exercises
You get the scientific background and actual research as to why particular exercises are in the course and others aren’t.
By focussing on the compound exercises not only are you working the maximum muscle in the minimum time, you also don’t need lots of gym equipment. You can do the exercises in this course with little more than a pair of dumb bells and maybe a stability ball. And you can choose whether to do your workouts at the local gym or the comfort of your own home.
Choose Your Own Workout Level
You can choose the level of intensity that you want to start with. And there’s plenty of variety in the program, so you won’t have chance to get bored after a couple of months or so.
If you’re just starting an exercise program or all you’ve done, up to now is jogging round the neighbourhood or spent hours on the gym treadmill, you can start your Turbulence training routine with nothing more than your own bodyweight. So you can at least get some idea as to the effectiveness of these workouts, before you buy any equipment or sign up to the local gym.
There are some areas of the course, which could do with improvement. The exercise descriptions are very basic, with little or no instruction as to the correct technique. And when you start actually using weights on the exercises, then using good form is essential to minimise the risk of injury. That’s where the internet comes in handy, because if you’re in doubt you can always search for proper exercise technique instruction. Or even find some online videos, where you can see someone performing the relevant exercise.
Concerning the exercise schedules, I would have preferred to see them in Microsoft Excel or similar. Then you could have had the choice between keeping a record of your progress on your PC and/or printing them off. When I printed them from the PDF files, I found there wasn’t much room to fill in the boxes.
Routines For Both Men And Women
Talking of PDF files, you do get several extra bonus reports, which are more than just ‘filler’ e-books to pad the course out. You get an extra routine designed especially for women and an extra course for the men, who may be want to focus on adding more muscle. You also get a course that just involves using your own bodyweight, going from beginner to intermediate and advanced. This is ideal for when you have no equipment or can’t get to the gym.
While lots of exercise routines and courses come and go, Turbulence Training has scores of testimonials from both ordinary people and other fitness coaches and writers. Besides which you get to try the program for 8 full weeks, and full money back guarantee, if you’re not completely satisfied.
Although if you’re looking for a quick easy fix to losing weight and getting fit and healthy at the same time, then this probably isn’t for you. However if you’re realistic to know that there are no quick fixes in life and you get out what you put in, then this could well be the answer you’re looking for.