5 Ways To Avoid Cardio Scams & Ab Gadget Scams

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

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

– Pushups

– Prisoner Squats

– Mountain Climbers

– Walking Lunges

– Close-grip Pushups

– Jumps

– 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.

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End Of Interview

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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.

Then take a look at all the fat burning goodies that Craig added to his Turbulence Training program…

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)

2) Access to another free motivational, inspirational Turbulence Training tele-seminar (and if you don’t make the call, you’ll get access to the exclusive recordings)

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)

5) A free copy of the TT Hotel Room Workout E-book (bodyweight exercise workouts that don’t require any exercise equipment at all)

Oh, and you get the 21-Day Quick-Start to Fat Loss Audio Call, too!

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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15 thoughts on “5 Ways To Avoid Cardio Scams & Ab Gadget Scams

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  3. i find that all and i mean all bullshit Ab Gadgets have one thing in comman. they all tell you only what you wann hear not the truth.

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  4. Best thing ever = interval training. it saved me from fat. even though i knew abotu it before I read any of vinces stuff it really made me realise that in the end you DO NEED to add one thing to make anything work – “intensity:” without it even doing interval training you wont see much results. This is what I tell everybody in my gym but they would rather believe the 1 hour infomercial on the 10 min abs in 4 weeks only because its so much easier to belive in that than to put in any real work.

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  5. I like what I read about Turbulence Training and even though I know about interval training can you give me an idea of what thistraining implies or can I buy a DVD of this?

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  6. i have been dieting and exercising for years and i think people who are dishonest trying to sell you things just to make money rather than helping people with weight problems want shooting really. As i have had a weight problem all my life which is why i havn,t sent photos to your site vince i have joined your site and i am now a member and i also bought your ebook. I have bought all sorts of gadgets,books,diet pills you name it i have tried it nothing as worked yet. it got that bad once i even slite my wrists to end all the sadness in my mind and the constant battle with my body ,anyway monday the 12th i have started a new life style on reading your ebook so fingers crossed i am also a member at graigs site but havn,t got his ebook i think yours will do for now, as my mam used to say to many cooks spoil the broith

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  7. Justin (Wisconsin USA) January 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Im a College Student still living in the Dorms, now i have seen significant increase in my muscle growth an all following the program with my own added twists. I was just wondering what i could do about my meal plans… im only really allowed to eat two or three meals a day… Any seggestions on how i could go about having somewhat of a Bodybuilding diet while still using only 3 meals a day.. The thing is i dont want the diet to be turned into fat and thats exactly what happens when you dont eat five or six small meals a day … but for me right now that is impossible… Again any help would be great

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  8. Ian (Scotland UK) January 12, 2009 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Hi Vince,
    I have been a Fan of yours since I stumbled across your web sight in early 2008, I purchased your NNMB programme in March 2008, then shortly after your good friend and now mine, Craig Ballantines’ Turbulance Training, then just recently I purchased from another good friend of yours & Mine Jon Bensons’ 7MM Programme. Why All Three? Quite simple, THEY ALL DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL! No BS. And you get some awsome workouts when you combine all three!
    I have cut my Gym time down to an average, yes Average of 35 minutes including warmup and cooldown. I foolishly let myself get out of shape throughout December by lack of self control and commitment due to outside influences But I know I will soon have myself back in shape not only because I have what I consider to be the most honest top three personal trainers in the business giving me guidence, But at the age of 55 yes you read it right 55, I’ll proove to the doubters out there that it can be done, & without the use of drugs or steroids! I’ll be posting my before pictures shortly for all to see,

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  9. Intense weight training works!! In 5 months I lost 6% body fat and gained 4.5kg of muscle pre and then recovering from an ACL reconstruction (I was playing top level rugby at the time so was already in pretty good condition). Couldn’t really train my legs much at all, did almost not cardio (a bit of stationary bike as a way to get the knee moving) and smashed my upper body using Charles Stayley type EDT training with a bit of other stuff thrown in. I must say i was pretty surprised to see the change in numbers on the body composition analysis so yeah good diet and hard weight training can get the job done real well. I did get a good piece of gear for fitness of an infomercial once, it was one of those never-go-blunt knife sets, it still chops large quantities of my veges and steak nicely!

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  10. I like to share my experience. I am a 73 year old male who weighs about 152 lbs
    and is 5″5 inches in height. Four years ago I weighed 170 lbs with a 36 inch waist.
    Today my waist size is 32 inches.

    Four years ago I started to work on my core. I used hand weights from 15 to 30 lbs
    and exercise on an unbalanced surface (bosu balls, balance balls, on one foot, etc}

    For cardio, I took up dancing mostly West Coast Swing, Lindy , Hustler, Salsa and other street dances. I dance 3 to 4 nights a week and have won some trophies in competitive dancing.

    By doing the above, I have improved my posture, reduced my waist size and body
    fat percentage, and improved my overall appearance including my confidence level.

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  11. oh my god i hate them ab trainer ads there are some many of them and like you say how do the people that market them and demo them sleep at night!!! for one they already have half decent bodies which they certainly didn’t get from the contraption and secondly i wish i could understand why people are so gulliable! it does get my goat. on that note i would just like to say how great both vinces and craig’s proggrammes are look out for my transformation pic’s next time round 🙂

    Thoughts=feelings=actions=results, do something NOW!

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  12. Serena (aka Freebird) January 7, 2009 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Its just so human to want the option which comes with the promise of the least effort! Despite the fact that I have got a much better body (including abs) that I’ve ever had before at age 44, courtesy of Craig’s Turbulence Training, I STILL cannot help watching the ads!

    Intervals, weights and good nutrition is the way forward, no contest.

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  13. YES!! The public at large needs to realize that lean muscle mass along with a good solid diet plan is the answer to the body everyone wants! 😉

    I have bought two gadgets to do abs and ditched them both for weighted rope crunches/obliques, leg lifts, and weighted regular crunches. I’m telling you, bust your but with resistance training and interval cardio and you WILL see results! Stubborn body fat is just that, STUBBORN! You have to work hard to get rid of it. Have you seen anyone who entered the military boot camp and seen them afterwords? I have and it was night and day!

    Short INTENSE workouts are what do the trick, just be sure not to hit the same muscles more than once a week if you are training to failure or you will over train and lose muscle! Weights help to sculp the body NOT a cardio machine or machines in general. It is free weights using compound movements just like they did in the old days of Jack Lalanne.

    Nearing 40, I know what NOT to do and it nice to see Vince and Craig (along some others) telling the TRUTH about how to get the body we all desire. 😉

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  14. I had a guy at work tell me that he just purchased an “Ab King Pro.” He pruchased it because his wife saw the advertisement on one of the “Morning Shows,” so now he too can have 6 pack abs in 3-4 weeks. I did upset him a little by laughing but, how could I not laugh because he was consuming a full cream coffee and a cream bun at the time.
    I did ask if he was going to alter his diet and do additional exercise to get his 6 pack. His answer was that all he needed was the “Ab King Pro.”
    What really ticks me off is that the people selling these products make people think that all they need is 10 minutes a day to get results.
    I have made several calls and sent emails to the shows that advertise these products. The answer I get back is that they just sell air time. Thats fine but how about adding a bit of truth to it.

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  15. One of the things that irritated me was when i saw a video about the Iron Gym. My friend told me about the product and this was basically going to be my Christmas/B-day present to myself so i went to watch some vids on youtube about it. It looked like a good product and it is (I bought it and love it) but the thing that irritated me about this video was that the guy in the background was saying stuff like “Wanna get ripped? Wanna get shredded? Well now you can with….” whatever else he said from there. It just seemed like he was saying that if you want to look like our model here, then buy our product and use it and you’ll see “real results” within 10 days….or maybe it was 30 days; after reading this story, I’m confused lol.
    When in reality, I know that to get a body like the guy in the vid had, you need to do a lot more than just buy the bar and use it a couple times a week. All irritations about the commercial aside, the product WAS a really good buy in my opinion and I really enjoy it. I just didn’t like how it was presented.

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