How I Lost 26 Pounds in 4 Months:
a Turbulence Training Review
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:
Me – before and after
Here are a few photos of me. A bit of before and after I suppose.
To the left is a picture of me at a wedding in October 2008 (I couldn’t find an image that was closer to the start of my training, but I looked pretty much that way until February when I started with this program).
To the right is a picture of me from the beginning of May of 2009.
It’s pretty obvious that I was chubbier and just looking wider back then compared to now.
What is Turbulence Training?
Turbulence Training is a program consisting of workout videos you follow along with and downloadable guides with nutrition plans and workout plans 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. You can see a picture of him and his dog Bally at the start of this review.
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.
5 Reasons Why I use Turbulence Training
Besides the obvious positive health effects there are a few other good reasons why I chose Turbulence Training and why I am sticking with it. These reasons are also solutions to some of the most common reasons/excuses why people don’t get in shape and make regular exercise a part of their lives.
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.
What I eat & 3 simple food tips
Craig says, like many other fitness experts, that your diet is the biggest part of what determines your fat loss. You can’t compensate for a bad diet no matter how much or hard you work out. So I followed the instructions from Craig’s nutrition plan and ate a lot of veggies, whole foods and kept an eye on my calories to make sure I had a calorie deficit in my daily diet.
A big lesson I learned about diet during these months was: don’t guesstimate.
This was the biggest mistake I made when I tried to lose weight in the past. I simply didn’t know how many calories I put in my body each day or how many I used.
So I realized that I had to monitor it in some way. The free calorie counter on Fitday.com helped me with this every day and I learned a lot about what I put into my body.
Two other simple tips that helped me to eat less was to eat from a smaller plate. And to eat slowly.
A meal takes thirty minutes or sometimes an hour for me nowadays.
This is a helpful habit if you want to lose weight because it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. The food has to reach the intestines before your body starts sending signals to your brain telling it that you feel full.
By slowing down the pace of your eating your brain can stop you before you eat too much.
Even with the help of these tips, I slipped and cheated a bit with candy and beer and it wasn’t easy on some days, But I did keep myself on track most of the time.
I found that an important thing was to not beat myself up if I slipped because then I would just feel worse and resort to eating more junk food or candy that day. A better and healthier choice was simply to nudge myself in the right direction again. One unhealthy day or lunch doesn’t mean much in the long run if you quickly get back on track again.
It’s not just me that got in shape
Although I am very happy with my own results so far I wanted to add a few other before and after pictures that kinda blew my socks off.
Jason, Catherine, and Hal have all been a part of the 12 week Turbulence Training Transformation Contests that Craig holds a couple of times a year.
Get your own copy of Turbulence Training
Update 2014: Last year Craig Ballantyne updated his program to what is now called Turbulence Training 2.0.
Here is what you get in the new and updated Turbulence Training 2.0:
And Craig offers a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee with no questions asked.
So if you want to get in better shape over the summer and for life then…
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