Monday, February 10, 2014

10 fat loss tips from my 22 year career

Today you'll discover the Top 10 Fat Loss Secrets I've learned (the hard way) in my first 22 years as a Personal Trainer. I've done all the research and spent thousands of hours in the gym with my clients getting this information so that you can get FAST results. Enjoy!
Drum roll please...
#10 - You can never, ever, ever have enough exercise substitutions.
No matter what workout I create, there are always hundreds of my 150,000 Turbulence Training clients that will need an exercise substitution.
Many can't do squats or lunges, so we need to use 1-leg hip extensions, or deadlifts, or even wall squat holds (held in the "high" position). Other folks don't have a barbell, so they need dumbbell exercises, while many people have no equipment at all, and need my funky bodyweight exercises, like Spiderman Climb Push-ups or Total Body Extensions.
The good thing is that ol' CB always has a substitute for you in one of my 135 workouts for you.
"I want to share this. Total body Extensions are awesome! As a warmup and a finisher. My hamstrings, quads, Lats , Calves and Delts were sore. Thanks for this exercise Craig." - Jym Johal, TT client
#9 - Every diet works
We've had TT Transformation Contest winners use Eat-Stop-Eat, Xtreme Fat Loss Diet, Isabel De Los Rios' diet, Carb-Cycling, the TT Simple Nutrition program, 6 meals a day, 3 meals a day, and even Weight Watchers, I think...
...that just goes to show you that every diet works. Here's the SECRET:
You must try them all (for 3-4 weeks) until you find the diet the best suits your personality, your schedule, and your physiology. Never give up. You WILL find the right diet for you, trust me.
#8 - Seek the Minimum Effective Dose in your workouts
You don't need to bomb and blitz one bodypart per day, six days per week, with 20 sets per muscle. That's overkill. It will ruin your joints and waste your time.
Instead, stick to 1 to 3 sets per muscle group, doing 3 total body workouts per week. The best program for fat loss that uses this system? The NEW and IMPROVED Turbulence Training. It's based on the latest science, tens of thousands of happy users, and dozens of TT Transformation Contest results.
#7 - Bodyweight exercises get you lean and fit faster than cardio
Last September, while I was staying at the Biltmore Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, I was reading my Sunday scientific research round-up when I discovered a game-changing study. 
Researchers had subjects do 4 minutes of fast-paced bodyweight training and found that they gained just as much fitness - and much more muscle endurance - than subjects that did 30 minutes of slow cardio.
That's why you can dramatically reduce your workout time (getting a Minimum Effective Dose) with convenient bodyweight workouts (like our new Home Workout Revolution system).
The NEW Turbulence Training and the Home Workout Revolution were two follow-along video programs I released in 2013. You can get both workouts, plus every NEW workout I create for LIFE, and FREE admission to the TT Summit for Life, when you become a TT Lifetime Partner. It's easily the best deal going in fitness. It's literally every workout you need for life.
#6 - Every lifter still loves a classic Meatheads Pump 
It started out as a bit of a was 2008 and one of my "guinea pig" clients here in Toronto wanted a hybrid TT-bodybuilding workout. Thus, TT Meathead training was born. 
We are now on TT Meatheads #11, and these workouts just keep getting better and better. This year we've seen Meatheads Pump, Spring Training, and 5x5. I'm already working on the next one. And yes, Lifetime Members get access to every Meathead workout I've created and ever will create...can't wait to do some follow-along Meathead videos in 2014, too.
#5 - Intervals vs. Finishers
My beloved interval training has been effectively replaced by metabolic finishers. Now wait...the truth is that intervals still work. They are awesome.
But...It's really tough for all of the awesome TT readers from Wisconsin, Winnipeg, Ohio, Ontario, Lithuania, London, Regina, and Reykjavik, to do intervals in their basement with no equipment in the middle of January. (And it's too hot to do them outside in Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong, or Hades <= Always too hot there.)
It's much easier to use finishers (with little or NO equipment). And metabolic finishers save you time. That's why the new TT uses them - so that we keep all of the workouts under 30 minutes. 
Keep doing old-school intervals if you love them, but if you want to cut 10 minutes from your training - or if you have no way to do intervals - then use workout finishers and push yourself a little harder.
Need proof? Come to next year's TT Summit in San Diego and I'll personally put you through a Finisher that you'll never forget! 
#4 - Workout Challenges are addicting
Back in 2007 Men's Health magazine asked me to film the exercises for something called "The 300 Workout". Note: I didn't design this program (it's from a trainer named Mark Twight), but the 300 Workout video I created has been viewed almost 2 million times.
Thanks to that video, I've been called every name in the book by Youtube viewers...oh well, Bally still likes me. ;)  (As long as I feed him dinner!)
Ever since the 300 workout went viral, I've been creating all types of Challenge workouts because they are fun and addictive. You get to compete against yourself, and others. That's why Crossfit is so popular, and that's why I call workout challenges, "Workout Golf".
I was playing around with some garage gym workouts on the week, and here's a bodyweight challenge workout for you. Give it a try. Do these tough exercises to the max and record your score.
The Bodyweight Max Challenge
- Start with a full-body warm-up.
- Do not rest between exercises.
- Do the max number of reps or time for each exercise with proper form.
1) Chin-ups or Bodyweight Rows - Max Reps
2) Bulgarian Split Squats - Max Reps Per Side
3) Close-Grip Push-up ­ - Max Reps
4) X-Body Mountain Climber ­- Max Reps Per Side
5) Total Body Extensions - Max Reps in 1 Minute (only 1 minute!)
Let me know your scores on the TT Forum.
#3 - ANYONE can get amazing results
No matter what situation you are in, here's the harsh truth: Someone, somewhere, under worse circumstances than you are facing right now, decided to make big changes and was able to transform their body and their life. Period.
If they can do it, so can you.
There are too many success stories from all walks of life - from TV's "The Biggest Loser" to the Turbulence Training Transformation Contests - for anyone to say that it can't be done.
Everyone - and anyone - can get the results they want and deserve as long as they have the 5 Pillars of Transformation going for them, and you'll get all of them with Turbulence Training for Life. Those 5 Pillars are:
a) Better planning & preparation
b) Professional accountability
c) Social support (online works just as well as 'real world')
d) An incentive
e) The Deadline
Get those into your life right now!
#2 - Women want to train as hard - or HARDER - than men
I want to formally apologize to every woman in the world for not recognizing this earlier in my career. It wasn't until about 2008, after women starting winning all of my Transformation Contests, that I finally realized how hard women loved to train.
It was awesome, like finding out that your girlfriend loves football, action movies, and baking cookies. Or better, if she loves that you are watching football and action movies while she makes cookies. ;)
Every day I continue to be impressed by how much the ladies of the TT world love the TT Meatheads programs, and by how one of my female Certified Turbulence Trainers, Shawna Kaminski, can do 25 pull-ups at the age of 50 (while sporting 6-pack abs). We've even had 70 year old women use TT to get lean and enter the TT Transformation Contests.
TT hears our women roar. Keep rocking ladies, we love all the effort you are giving to put curves in all of the right places. You inspire me every day.
#1 - If there was just ONE change that I could make... would have been to create follow-along TT workout videos for you a LOT sooner than 2013.
The technology just wasn't within my reach. However, we've now done two mega-video projects (TT and HWR) and our videos get better every time. 
So just imagine the workout videos we can create for 2014. Stay tuned, and reserve your spot to be first in line for EVERY workout I ever create:
Hope you enjoyed those 10 lessons.
And there's a NEW big lesson that I just realized this weekend...
...I'll share with you tomorrow.
Plus, coming later this week, the highly anticipated...
The 2013 TT Workout Report Card!
I've been really harsh on myself this stay tuned to see what grade your favorite workout gets.
So many more great programs and videos to come,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - So what's this TT "event" all about?
"Let me start out by saying that this is an amazing deal that you do not want to pass up on.

I can honestly say that TT has changed my life. I've been following Craig and Turbulence Training for about 5 years now and it's by far had the biggest impact on me in terms of fitness, business and most importantly personal growth.

You get access to every single workout that Craig and the Turbulence Training team creates - that in itself is worth thousands of dollars.

Not to mention you get all the support you get in here from the Turbulence Training members and Craig. I have built some amazing relationships over the past couple of years through TT.

Mike Whitfield, Brent, Derek, Timmy, Catherine, Peter are people I all consider friends even though I haven't met a few of them. You get to watch their personal and physical growth and become a small part of their life. It's really something special.

And then there's the TT Summit. Each year it keeps getting better and better. This past year I got to meet John Romaniello, Adam Bornstein and Martin Rooney (who happens to be the best speaker I've ever seen).

The information and networking from the weekend is priceless. You get the chance to work out with Craig and watch how he takes a group through a training session. It's really the best weekend of the year for me each year. And you get an awesome excuse to go to San Diego!

The TT Lifetime Partnership is a GREAT deal from Craig and one that is a no brainer if you ask me
- Dani Woodrum, Certified Turbulence Trainer
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