I am honestly disgusted…
I was just watching this infomercial on some abs gizmo and couldn’t believe how worked up I got after the guy kept repeating the line, “If you can sit down in a chair, then you can get the tight toned tummy you want and see results in just 10 days.”
At first I laughed. Then I shock my head disappointed. How do these people sleep at night?
To counter my anger and instead of venting to you I thought I would share some good quality eating and training advice to keep you focused on the straight and narrow.
Yesterday I introduced you to Craig Ballantyne, fellow Canadian (which make it extra easy to vouch for him 🙂 ) and creator of the world famous fat loss program called Turbulence Training. I have to say, he’s done a fantastic job with this program. Craig and I always joke, “If we started saying our product could make you lose 11 lbs of fat every 9 days while eating Krispy Kreme dougnuts we would both be on our way to 8 figure incomes and living in the islands.” But we both prefer to sleep well at night.
I recently interviewed Craig on one of the most controversial topics in his book, “Jay Say No To Cardio,” that released at the top of Amazon recently.
Read right to the bottom to find out 5 new ways Craig is helping you burn belly fat, build muscle and avoid the great cardio scam this year… without bogus ab gadgets! Or you can check out how he’s helping you at his site right now http://www.NoNonsenseFatLoss.com <- click here
Vince DelMonte: In the 2nd chapter of your book you discuss “The Great Cardio Scam” which is pretty harsh. You also describe it as “The Great Cardio Time Robbery.” I am sure no one’s New Years Resolution is to waste their time. Do you truly believe you can burn belly fat without cardio?
Craig Ballantyne: You bet. I know everyone can burn belly fat without cardio. As you said in your great blog post the other day, most fat loss results come from nutrition, so we need to find the nutrition plan that works for each of us as an individual.
Once you have the diet in place, then you need to find a workout program you like and can stick to, and that is right for your body. Depending on your personality and schedule, it could be bodyweight exercises, resistance training (bodybuilding-style or Turbulence Training-style), weights plus intervals, or weights plus cardio.
But cardio is NOT mandatory.
Vince DelMonte: Elaborate on “The Commerical Gym Myth”? I used to sell gym memberships at a gym and I am guessing your advice would not help me sell more gym memberships? 🙂
Craig Ballantyne: Hey man, personally, I love training at the gym, but for folks who can’t afford it or are too intimidated or just too darned busy, I have to let them know that – like cardio – training at a gym is NOT mandatory for getting results.
Some gyms have a great atmosphere and environment for training, but most places are full of people getting in your way and really, really, REALLY bad music that kill your training mojo.
So better to stay at home, set up a small space with adjustable dumbbells, a bench, and maybe a pull-up bar (and kettlebell) and rock it out there to your favorite tunes.
Plus, you don’t waste time, gas, energy, or money driving to the gym and back. But hey, if you have easy access to a great training location, then go for it, and train at a gym.
Again, bottom line, only good training is mandatory for fat loss, but it doesn’t matter where you train.
Vince DelMonte: What is the biggest fat burning myth still sabotaging success?
Craig Ballantyne: Definitely that, “Cardio is be all and end all of fat loss”. It just ain’t true.
All you need to do is combine the right nutrition plan for your personality with a workout program that you can commit to consistently, and you’ll be 90% of the way there to burning belly fat (just make sure you have at least 2 full body resistance training workouts in your fat burning plan).
Vince DelMonte: Could you post a contrast between an “old and ineffective cardio program” compared to a new and effective belly burning workout? Maybe you could post an entire 7 days?
Craig Ballantyne: It amazes me, but I still get a lot of emails from guys and gals who are in the gym 90 minutes per day, 6 days per week.
I thought that workout schedule died with spandex workout gear, but I guess not. The old and ineffective way of training is 7+ hours in the gym exercising at a moderate pace. Now don’t get me wrong, these workouts are not easy, but they aren’t as short and intense as the Turbulence Training workouts.
With the “new school” way of training with fat burning workouts, you can be done your workouts in 45 minutes or less, and you only need to train 3-4 times per week.
You can be doing anything from bodyweight circuits to kettlebell training (again, finding what suits your personality and schedule), and as long as you train harder, but with shorter rest breaks and eliminate long slow cardio, you’ll burn fat (as long as your diet is right, of course).
One thing I must add…if you want to step on stage in a bikini contest or bodybuilding show, then my advice will need to be altered. You will need more exercise.
BUT…if you simply want 6-pack abs for the beach, or more commonly to just lose a lot of belly fat, you can do it in 1/3 of the time that most people spend in the gym.
Just remember, when you workout, focus on quality training. It’s too easy to focus on quantity or to start socializing and the next thing you know you’ve been there twice as long as you planned.
Stay focused. I’ve seen you train Vince, and you are focused! So everyone, train like Vince!
And one last thing, even though you are only “working out” 3 days per week, that doesn’t mean you can sit on your couch and eat pizza and wings on the other 4 days of the week.
You must stick to your diet (obviously), but I also want you to stay active for at least 30 minutes on your off-days. That could be almost anything, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your real workouts.
But it doesn’t have to be a structured cardio workout in the gym. It could be yoga, sports, hiking, bodyweight circuits, or chopping wood. Whatever. And yes, it could even be cardio, but only if you like it.
The whole point is to stay active and have fun. You CAN have a life and still lose fat. You don’t need to be chained to a cardio machine. (Besides, when I worked in a gym in University, I helped the maintenance guy clean a cardio machine one day, and after I saw all the “gunk” that is layered on those things, I will NEVER, EVER touch one of those things again!)
Vince DelMonte: Do males and females have equal success rates using your method of burning belly fat.
Craig Ballantyne: Yes, both men and women can make amazing transformations with the shorter, intense workouts.
In fact, as you know I’ve ran 3 transformation contests so far, and women won the first two! (Guys dominated the third contest, but they were overdue!)
Plus, I find that women make really fast progress on Turbulence Training for three reasons…
1) They’ve spent their entire exercising lives brainwashed into thinking ONLY cardio works, so they’ve been doing marathon low-intensity exercise sessions on almost a daily basis. So when they switch over to intervals or resistance training supersets, their bodies rapidly respond and start burning fat. It’s powerful stuff.
2) Most female fitness magazines and many personal trainers do not respect the physical capacity of women. Magazines tell them to do biceps curls with soup cans or water bottles, while trainers tell their female clients to use the adductor machine or to only do triceps kickbacks.
So when female clients would come train with me, they were shocked that I would ask them to do chin-ups or push-ups. No one ever offered them those exercise choices before. It shocked me!
But again, once women start training with more intensity and fewer machines, they get great results – fast.
3) Women’s bodies are genetically engineered to store fat. It sucks for women, but it’s true. And I don’t think that long, slow cardio is the right fit for stripping the fat.
As the recent Australian research study found, when one group of women did cardio and another group of women did intervals, it was only the interval training group that burned belly fat – even though the cardio group did twice as much exercise as the intervals group.
But with all that said, men often lose more fat (although they often have more fat to begin with). Our best TT result in the contests was 33 pounds of fat in 12 weeks.
On the other hand, females who use my program tend to “look younger” after their 12 week Transformation Contest, often looking 15 years younger in only 12 weeks. Interesting stuff.
Vince DelMonte: What do you think the biggest mistake men make in trying to get a firm and flat stomach?
Craig Ballantyne: Most guys do spend too much time doing abs and cardio. They’d get better results doing total body workouts and intervals.
They need to train like an athlete. Personally, of all athletes, I think football cornerbacks have the physique that most guys would want the most, if having to choose an athlete’s body. And those guys are not doing a lot of cardio.
The second biggest mistake guys make is focusing on losing weight when they are already too skinny. There comes a point when losing fat still won’t help you get abs, because you have no muscle in the first place!
I often hear from guys who are my height (5’8″) weighing only 145 pounds, and they want to “get cut”. But that’s the wrong thinking. If you really want an impressive physique, you MUST go the other way.
Vince DelMonte: Can you provide two unique interval cardio workouts to dig out stubborn body fat?
Craig Ballantyne: Yeah, there are all sorts of ways to do interval training besides running or biking on a stationary machine in the gym.
Personally, I like Kettlebell Swings and Snatches. You can do sets for time or reps (you can usually do about 20 swings in 30 seconds) coupled with short rest periods.
I have a 35, a 53, and a 70 pound kettlebell, so I’ll just rotate through them, doing snatches with the two ligher weights and swings with the 70 pounder. Sometimes I’ll just aim to do 300 swings total, or I’ll include some bodyweight exercises and create a circuit.
You can also do excellent “bodyweight cardio circuits” without any equipment. For example:
– Jumping Jacks
– Prisoner Squats
– Mountain Climbers
– Walking Lunges
– Close-grip Pushups
– Running in place
Rest a minute then repeat 3-4 more times. The benefit of bodyweight and kettlebell training is the inclusion of more movement patterns for mobility and athleticism.
If you’re stuck at a desk all day, and then in a car for a commute, and then you go and just run in a straight line on the treadmill, slowly your body is going to lose it’s mobility, and you’ll end up with back-aches, neck-aches, and head-aches.
I even had some financial analyst clients who could barely put their arms over their heads due to years of bad posture and a lack of athletic movements. That’s no way to be at 40 years old!
So you can have fun with interval training. And in a worse case scenario, you could always just go play a sport. Basketball, hockey, and squash are excellent “interval games”.
Remember, you are allowed to have fun and burn fat at the same time, even though most folks associate weight loss with dreadful cardio.
End Of Interview
From your experience, what do you think? Is cardio really over rated when it comes to fat burning? Share your thoughts and more importantly your experiences.
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Not only will you get over 52 weeks of fat burning workouts, but you’ll also get these new “beat the deadline” deals Craig has added to the Ultimate Turbulence Training Fat Loss Solution.
But you have to hurry, because these bonuses are going, going, gone at Noon (EST) on Thursday, January 8th. After that, you’ll have to pay over $225 to get separate access to all of these bonuses.
1) 6 Months of Social Support in the TT Membership Site (plus, you’ll get 6 new workouts, one each month, all designed by Craig using the latest fat loss science)
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3) A free copy of TT Mass at Home E-book (a 4-week dumbbell muscle building workout)
4) A free copy of TT Female Bodysculpting E-book (a 4-week bodyweight workout for women)
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But you only get these if you grab your copy of the Ultimate Turbulence Training Fat Loss Solution today!
Vince Del Monte
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