The very best thing I have done in the area of personal development so far in 2009 is to get into better shape.
I did it with one of the most popular workout programs right now, Craig Ballantyne's Turbulence Training for Fatloss.
Over the last four months I have used the program and by doing so I have reaped these pretty awesome benefits:
- I have lost 26 pounds. My belly is flat, I have lost quite a bit of body fat and 12 kilograms/26 pounds of weight since I last weighed myself in the very beginning of February (both I and friends/family were a bit shocked at how much I had lost, we were guessing that I maybe had lost half that weight over these months).
- My day to day energy has gone way up (at least doubled).
- I am stronger.
- I am more productive and find it easier than ever to be and stay positive.
What is Turbulence Training?
Turbulence Training is a program consisting of downloadable e-books, audio and social support through a online forum by fitness trainer and writer Craig Ballantyne. Craig has written for magazines like Men's Health, Men's Fitness and Oxygen and been coaching people in Turbulence Training for years.
In Turbulence Training you combine brief weight lifting workouts focused on compound exercises - movements where you use many muscle groups - with about 4-6 intervals of running, cycling or body weight circuits to burn a lot of fat while maintaining/increasing your muscle mass.
Each workout takes only about 45 intense minutes all in all - this includes warm-ups and a cool down - and you do three of those per week. You shake things up and switch workout programs every fourth week to keep your body guessing - or in turbulence - and this makes it easier to keep losing fat and to avoid plateaus in your progress.
Body weight circuits instead of regular cardio
I really don't like jogging. Or using a stationary bike. So it has been hard for me to be consistent with cardio training over the years. I have lifted weights pretty consistently but always stopped doing cardio exercise after a couple of weeks. Body weight circuits - my favourite part of Turbulence Training - do however fit me really well.
They are quick - only about 15 minutes per workout - and I can do them right here on my own floor. A bodyweight circuit is basically a number of exercises - like pushups, planks, running in place with high knees and sitting against a wall - stringed together without any rest. After you have done about 8 such exercises in a row you get to rest for just one minute.
Then you do them all over again. And after one more minute of rest then you do them one last time. So it's three circuits, with only 2 minutes of rest all together.
It is pretty intense, I am usually sweating and breathing like crazy after each workout.
I use the Deluxe version of Turbulence Training. It includes a whole lot of body weight exercises compared to the basic version of the program like for example a manual with 6 months of just bodyweight workouts.
About the Author
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