How to Torch Body Fat Using a Heart Rate Monitor

When it comes to weight loss the first thing many people think about is that they have to do lots of cardio. Many people too many hours counting the calories burned on the treadmill. Others are using a heart rate monitor  to stay in their fat burning zone for hours hoping the fat will burn away.

One of frustrations I often hear from clients is, “I do 6 hours of cardio a week and can’t lose a pound.” But they are missing something. The reality is that with proper hear rate monitor training, a person can optimize their workout to raise their metabolism and burn more fat not just during your workout, but all day long.

To understand heart rate training, we first have to begin to understand how our bodies produce and use energy. We have two major processes that produce energy within our bodies. First, our aerobic metabolism utilizes oxygen combined with carbs (sugar) and fat to produce our long lasting energy and the energy you are using to read this article.

The second way you produce energy is anaerobically. Your anaerobic metabolism creates energy for short durations of intense activity. Your only source of energy for your anaerobic metabolism is carbohydrates in your blood stream (blood glucose) or carbs stored in your muscle cells (glycogen). So aerobic burns fat and carbs, and anaerobic burns carbs only.

Proper heart rate training has three distinct training zones each designed to challenge your metabolism to become faster and more efficient which leads to burning more fat. Most people only exercise in one of them. When we train in the same zone everyday our body adapts to that workout and we stop getting the weight loss and fat loss we are after. To optimize your fat burning results we want to do each zone’s workout once a week.

To create your optimal fat burning heart rate zones we have to find your anaerobic threshold. Your anaerobic threshold is the point at which your physical activity becomes so intense that your body is unable to produce enough energy aerobically.  Your anaerobic metabolism kicks in to produce more energy to continue the activity. During intense cardio workouts both your aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms are producing energy to keep you moving. If you have the ability, the best test for your anaerobic threshold is a treadmill test where you are hooked up to an oxygen mask connected to a metabolic cart. I recommend  doing a web search to find where you can get this done in your area where  you live.

Fat Burning Zone 1 

The first zone (zone 1) for optimal fat burning cardio consists of working out at a moderate intensity level. You want to workout at an intensity that you can sustain for long periods of time, greater than 30 min. consistently. With training, it is good to work up to consistent cardiovascular exercise for 60 min. The goal in zone 1 is to train your body to burn fat efficiently. Don’t be too concerned about how many calories you burn during the workout. A proper fat burning zone workout trains your metabolism to burn more fat by efficiently training your body to release more fat out of your fat cells all day long while you are not exercising.

Anaerobic Threshold Zone 2 

For the second zone (zone 2), we want to train as close as we can to our anaerobic threshold. A measure to find this point is the highest constant heart rate you can sustain for 15-20 min. The goal of zone 2 is to train your aerobic metabolism to burn energy as fast as it can. Your metabolism then adapts and you burn more energy 24 hours a day. Zone two is the workout that I see that every exerciser skips. Most people either spend all their time in the easy zone 1 or do high intensity training all the time which we are going to talk about next. Working out at the moderately high intensity in zone 2 is essential to training our aerobic metabolism which is our major source of energy all day.

High Intensity Zone 3 

The third zone for optimal fat burning cardio is training at high intensities (zone 3). Another name for this zone is interval training. Interval training is where we workout for short burst of time, 1-3 min., and then walk or rest for short bursts of time, and then repeat the high to low sequence again. Zone 3 workouts train your body to produce energy greater than it has ever done before for short durations of time.  It is more important about the rate of burning energy than total calories. Which means the faster you go, the more calories you burn in a short period of time  the better. One key to interval training is you have to be able to repeat the same speed and heart rate for each interval. Often people train too hard for the first interval and though their heart rate goes up they slow their speed down with each interval. Zone 3 workouts are considered the most efficient way to raise your metabolism and burn more fat. You actually burn 100% carbs during the workout as a source of energy. People that do consistent interval training on a weekly basis burn more fat 24 hours a day, even on days they don’t exercise.

Each zone has key aspects to your total fat burning program. An optimal program consists of workouts in all three zones each week. Every person’s heart rate is going to be different for each zone. Heart rate zones between people can vary by over 20 beats, so training at your friend’s zone doesn’t work. Start training at all three zones each week and start burning more fat 24 hours a day.

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One more thing. Below are two excellent heart rate monitors by Polar, a proven leader in the heart rate monitor field.  Some HRM’s have lots of extra features that most people just won’t use and don’t need to pay for.  The Polar F4 covers the basics and can track your workouts, heart rate, percentage of maximum heart rate, and total calories burned. That’s really all you need. Click on the photo below and you’ll  be taken right to where you can purchase one online.


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Why Cardio is Essential: Avoiding The Starvation Response

Cardio, Calories, and the Starvation Response

Most of the time, when someone decides that they want to lose fat, they inevitably head for the nearest fad diet. However , 95% (closer to 100%) of the time, these fad diets fail. The reason they fail is because exercise is rarely incorporated into the program. In order to lose fat, there must be a deficit of calories in the diet. In other words, your body must use more calories than you eat in order to use its fat stores for energy. This seems simple enough; however , it becomes a bit more complicated.

There are two ways a calorie deficit can be accomplished. The first one is to eat fewer calories. The second one is to use more calories (exercise). The best way to accomplish fat loss without hitting a plateau and failing is a combination of both. You must eat less calories and burn more calories. If you try to accomplish a calorie deficit only by eating less calories, then you’re body thinks it’s starving, and will go into a “starvation mode” where it lowers its metabolism in order to prepare for a period of little food (this is more than likely a protective response from years ago when food actually did become scarce, unlike today).

Another reason that the metabolism is lowered is because when there is a period of little food, your body tries its best to protect the brain. The brain always requires glucose (carbohydrates that are in the body) to run; however , glucose can not be stored in the body. Therefore , the only way for the body to get glucose is to eat its own muscle (muscle can be converted to glucose) – which lowers your metabolism and causes the starvation response. So , the body accomplishes two things by eating its own muscle: it provides glucose for the brain and causes your body to require less food, since less muscle equals a lower metabolism. When the starvation response is elicited, you smack into the fat loss plateau and the fad diet fails.

When you incorporate exercise into your routine, your body feels more comfortable with not lowering your metabolism. If you are exercising frequently, then your body thinks, “I’m actually doing something, so there is probably an abundance of food now, and I shouldn’t worry too much. ” Therefore , the starvation response is mostly avoided. Two important forms of exercise to produce this affect are weight training and aerobic exercise (cardio). However , this article is mostly about cardio.

The goal of cardio is to burn calories while avoiding the starvation response. Many times when you mention “exercise” or “cardio”, people immediately get negative thoughts in their head about the extreme difficulty of doing such exercise, but these thoughts are misguided. Cardio gets easier as your body adapts, is very rewarding, and can even be fun.

How Cardio Becomes Easier While Still Burning the Same Amount of Calories

As you do cardio more and more, you body begins to adapt and become better at performing the same work, but with less perceived effort. The body becomes able to move nutrients and oxygen around faster because you build new capillaries, the cells produce more mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell), your heart becomes more powerful, your body produces more blood, and a host of other adaptations that would cover a whole textbook. The main thing to note here is that you still burn the same amount of calories, even after your body adapts and cardio becomes easier. However , with your new, more adapted body, you will be able to accomplish exercise that burns even more calories resulting in even more fat loss. For instance, in order to burn 300 calories, you would have to walk for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. In contrast, jogging for about 25-30 minutes (the amount of time will vary depending upon your speed) will burn 300 calories. Obviously, the last one is more practical unless you just have a huge amount of time on your hands. Walking also doesn’t elicit the endorphin high that running/jogging does either (discussed later).

The Overload Principle

When you begin a cardio program, your first goal should probably be to adapt to the point where you can burn a sufficient amount of calories. This involves the overload principle. The overload principle is simple: in order to initiate adaptations within your body you must exercise with either a greater intensity, duration, or frequency. Depending upon the type you decide to overload (intensity, duration, or frequency), you will adapt to that type. For instance, if you want to run faster in the same amount of distance, you should run faster, and your body will adapt to that. If you want to run farther, you should run farther, and your body will adapt to that. There is a high degree of specificy that goals along with this principle, but that is the topic for another article. Pretty much, the overload principle reveals that doing the same routine every time without trying to push yourself harder will result in no adaptations. For instance, if you do the same aerobics tape everyday, then your body will never adapt any further – since there is no need for it to. However , if you were to get a more advanced tape and do it, this would initiate an adaptation in your body, but then you would have to find an even harder tape to initiate any further adaptations. Keep in mind though, if you decide to stay at the same level of fitness and do the same routine, then you will still burn the same amount of calories, and if your goal is just fat loss this may be a potential option for you.

Just Get Started!

If you haven’t done any cardio for a while, you should obviously start out small. Start out with just a brisk walk, then intermittent jogs while you are jogging, then finally, you will be able to jog the whole time, and then increase your times/speed to the point where you are happy. The hardest part is really just to start doing something. Once you get your momentum going by exercising for the first time, even if you have to start out small , you have already accomplished the hardest part.

Your Body’s Reward to You: An Endorphin High

In addition to burning off unwanted fat, doing cardio gives you something called an “endorphin high”. This all natural high induces a feeling of well-being, relaxation, improvement in mood, and increase in your ability to think more clearly. It’s theorized that this is the reason why many long distance runners are “addicted” to running – they love the high they get afterwards! Once you’ve experienced one of these, you’re even more likely to continue your regime and therefore continue to burn off fat.

Cardio in the Morning?

Although calories are the most important thing when considering fat loss; you must also realize that not all calories are created equal. When you wake up in the morning, you body is low on something called glycogen. Glycogen is essentially another word for stored carbohydrates in the body. When exercising, glycogen is a more preferred fuel source to the body in comparison to fat. Your body always uses a mixture of glycogen and fat to run, but the ratio is many times dependent upon the availability of these fuel sources. So , when your body is low on glycogen in the morning, it is forced to burn fat at a higher ratio than if you had just eaten. Therefore , doing cardio in a fasted state will burn more fat than doing it in a non-fasted state. In one study, the researchers concluded that this method can burn 17% more fat in comparison to if you had just eaten (1). Another study agrees with this by stating, “our results support the hypothesis that endurance training enhances lipid oxidation (lipid oxidation means the burning of fat) in men after a 12-h fast at low relative exercise intensities” (2). If you decide to perform cardio in the morning, remember to drink lots of water before-hand (you’ll be dehydrated after waking up), and if you want the extra fat burning response, you’ll have to avoid breakfast until after you’re done.

Another reason to exercise in the morning is due to the fact that it will allow you to be in a better mood and to think more clearly for the rest of the day due to the endorphin high. You are also probably more likely to perform cardio in the morning in comparison to the afternoon when you could just blow it off because you are “too tired”.

Make Sure You’re Hydrated

Before starting on your new cardio regime, make sure you are properly hydrated. Water increases your capacity to think and exercise more efficiently. Water is required for nearly every reaction inside of your body. Most people walk around in a state of semi-dehydration. Exercising can cause you to get dizzy and pass-out (this author has experienced this), suffer a heat injury, or in severe cases, cause death. Ever had that thick, cotton-like feeling in your mouth while exercising? Cotton-mouth is an obvious sign that you are dehydrated; if you ever get cotton-mouth while performing aerobic exercise, please realize that you could be performing much better and reducing your risk of experiencing dehydration’s nasty side effects if you only had drank more water beforehand. It is best to drink water throughout the day rather than only around the time you exercise.


One sure fire way to get you pumped up and associate cardio with something positive is to listen to some music before and while doing it. You’ll be surprised at how much better you perform and how much more fun cardio seems.

As stated before, the hardest part about a cardio regime is starting. Remember to incorporate the overload principle when trying to cause an adaptive response, to stay hydrated, and to listen to music while performing your cardio regime. Also, you may even decide that you want to perform your cardio in the morning to feel good and be able to think more clearly for the rest of the day and to burn even more fat. Once you get passed that point and experience some of cardio’s effects such as fat loss without hitting a plateau, a feeling of accomplishment, and that awesome endorphin high, you’ll become addicted. However , no exercise routine is complete without the proper support from an intelligent nutritional program; for more information on this you can visit http: //www. weight-loss-resources. com.

1. Brehm, B. A., and Gutin, B. Recovery energy expenditure for steady state exercise in runners and non-exercisers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. (1986) 18: 205.

2. Bergman, BC, Brooks, GA. Respiratory gas-exchange ratios during graded exercise in fed and fasted trained and untrained men. Journal of Applied Physiology. (1999) 86: 2 .

Turbulence Training Overview with Craig Ballantyne

This is a short video from Craig Ballantyne, creator of the Turbulence Training program. In this video Craig demonstrates some of the exercises he uses in the Turbulence Training program. The take home point that I want to share with you is that too many people feel that fancy fitness equipment is needed to get in great shape. Training with tools is great, but not necessary, especially if the “training principles” are correct. If you are looking to either train on your own at home or in the gym, the Turbulence Training program is very good. I bought the program from Craig about three years ago and I’ve been using Turbulence Training methods in my own workouts and in my boot camp classes. If I had to rate this program I would give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

For More Information Please go to the Turbulence Training site.

12 Fat-Burning Foods You Need To Know About


In your quest to lose weight, there are a variety of foods that are not only healthy and nutritious, but help your body lose weight naturally and increase your body’s rate of fat loss. Incorporating some or all of these foods into your daily diet will speed up weight loss, burn fat, and help in your search for a better, healthier body.

* Apples and berries contain pectin. Pectin restricts the amount of fat the cells can absorb and forces the cells to discharge fatty deposits.

* Citrus fruits contain high concentrations of Vitamin C. Vitamin C burns fat by diluting or liquefying it. This makes it less effective and easier for the body to flush fat from the system. Vitamin C also helps burn out the cholesterol making it difficult for cholesterol deposits to form in blood vessels.

* Calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt plays an important role in weight loss by accelerating the fat breakdown in fat cells.

* Broccoli and Cabbage both contain very high quantities of calcium and Vitamin C and are full of fiber!

* Eggs are high in protein and essential in burning fat. If you are concerned about cholesterol, you can eat the white part as that is the most nutritious part of the egg.

* Garlic or garlic oil helps reduce fatty deposits in your body’s cells.

* Green Tea boosts metabolism and may aid in weight loss. It also contains anti-cancer properties and helps prevent heart disease.

* Hot Peppers can speed up your metabolism. This causes you to burn more calories.

* Lean Turkey fires up the body’s fat-burning abilities by boosting metabolism and building lean muscle tissue that, in turn, burns more calories.

* Oatmeal and Whole Grains are great sources of fat-absorbing fiber that keeps the body full by providing it with energy. They also rev up the metabolism, necessary for burning fat and calories.

* Soup is a terrific appetite suppressant. Burn fat faster by having a bowl of soup as an appetizer or a snack. Make your own with lots of fresh veggies.

* Non GMO Soybeans contain lecithin, a chemical that protects your cells from accumulating fat. Lecithin prevents fat from forming on your cells and breaks down fatty deposits in your body.

* Eat the right type of fats:

Monounsaturated fats lower the risk of heart disease, burn fat, and reduce the “bad”(LDL) cholesterol, without affecting the “good” (HDL) cholesterol. These healthy fats can be found in olive oil, avocados and nuts (pecans, peanuts, almonds, and cashews). Omega 3 fatty acids have the same function as the monounsaturated fats and can be found in salmon, sardines, herring, and canola oils.

Don’t forget. The first rule of a healthy and nutritious diet is to drink water, lots of water! Water flushes out the system and eliminates harmful toxins. It enables the body to run more efficiently, speeds up metabolism, and makes it easier to lose weight and burn fat. Your body is made up of 70% water and needs a lot of water each day to perform its necessary functions.

To your best health,

The 3 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring a Fat Loss Coach

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The 3 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring a Fat Loss Coach

By Larry Wasserman, MS, NASM CPT-CES, FMS II

If there’s one thing I love to do, its help people transform their body and get in awesome shape. I’ve been a personal trainer, coach, and corrective exercise specialist for over a decade and I’ve helped many people achieve a lean physique through various methods.

As a coach and trainer, I am frequently assessing my clients to make sure they are getting great results. It’s an ongoing process. When one of my clients achieves their goals such as losing a few pounds or getting stronger, it gets me fired up.

When I begin working with a new client I look for what I call the “limiting factor”. This is that one main area that prevents someone from being at their best. When it comes to losing fat the biggest limiting factor is nutrition. Many people believe that eating less food will result in losing weight. I wish it were that simple, but it’s not.

It’s no secret that In order to accomplish “lasting” fat loss you need to exercise AND eat in a way that supports metabolism. I’ve been following a handful of fat loss experts for a couple of years, and I’ve learned a lot from buying their programs, reading books, and also through trial and error with my own clients.

If you are seeking a coach or a fat loss program to help you get lean here’s what I suggest you look for.

– The creator of the product must be a recognized fitness professional with a minimum of five years experience.

– He or she must have a demonstrated following with a 98% (or better) record of satisfied customers.

– Their program must be reasonably priced and have a money back guarantee.

– Last but not least must be based on real science so that it can be sustainable over time.

As a veteran trainer and fat loss expert I’ve got years of “in the trenches experience” and I have helped a lot of people lose fat weight and get fit.

The bottom line is this. If you have been struggling with getting a lean body then I recommend finding a great coach. People will do better at anything with coaching and accountability.

You can buy a fat loss program online or you can work with a local personal trainer with whom you will have close contact. That local coach or consultant may cost more, but if the local expert has a great track record there is value that may be well worth it and save you from yet another frustrating failure.

Look for the following criteria and that their methods follow these three points.

1. The methods are based on real science.

2. The program achieves results that are long lasting.

3. The program is sustainable over time as a lifestyle.

Good luck on your journey to better health and a lean and muscular body!

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“Customized Fat Loss” by Kyle Leon Reviewed

Custom Fat Loss

Note:  This REVIEW is about Kyle Leon’s  Customized Fat Loss program.  As a fat loss expert I make a habit of researching the best selling programs. I do this for several reasons. One, I want to know if there’s anything new that I can use to help my personal training and boot camp clients. Second, I can’t help everyone so I want to be able to direct people to products and services that have efficacy. In short, they have to work, get people results, be based on science, and must be sustainable over time. So let’s take a look at Kyle Leon’s Customized Fat Loss program.


First Impression

The video format review has two things that get your attention right away. One is a photo of Ken Leon with his shirt off. Yes, he’s the real deal. Kyle Leon is a professional bodybuilder and creator of the Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer. He has appeared on bodybuilding magazine covers and has won multiple supplement sponsorships.  Believe it or not, Kyle started out as just another skinny high school kid with spaghetti arms and no muscle mass. In fact, his body earned him the nickname, “Lanky Leo.” He even wore T-shirts at the beach out of embarrassment.  This made him determined to change his body.

Second, the first person to speak in the video is Dr. Jill Hollowell a licensed Osteopathic Physician. Not only does she endorse Customized Fat Loss as safe and effective, she is a product of the product. In fact, Dr. Hollowell is highlighted in the video with “before and after” pics showing her 24lb weight loss, and she looks fantastic in her bikini!  That adds a tremendous amount of credibility.  A medical doctor’s endorsement is worth it’s weight in gold to a trainer and especially to a program like Customized Fat Loss.

How does it work?

In a general review, Kyle Leon’s  Customized Fat Loss  guide can be a weight loss routine that helps you optimize your fat reduction diet based on your body type. This guide is completely honest, and straightforward. It is made with the intention to truly help you out with the least amount of frustration or difficulty.  The particular system uses online software which will help you define your fitness goals according to your individual lifestyle. This particular program takes things into consideration  such as your physique, age and how much you time you have available to work out each week.

Customized Fat Loss by Kyle Leon is actually a professional and intelligent approach to nutrition and fat loss.  Customized Fat Loss uses proprietary dietary software that when combined with exercise torches body fat while protecting your lean muscle. It’s intention is to help you burst through your fat loss plateau and have you turning heads with a lean body.  What really makes Kyle Leon’s Customized Fat Loss program really special in my opinion, is that it actually delivers on its promise. There is no reason why you should not see any weight loss after you start the guide. Watch the video below to get a sneak preview… (Click on the photo. It will take you to the website.)

Custom Fat Loss

There are many, many diet and nutrition programs out there, and so many of them turn out to be total scams.  Too often they state that you won’t have to work hard, and you will see massive results as well.  But real life just doesn’t work that way, and you’re going to discover that it’s extremely hard work for you to try and actually lose weight once you’ve gained it.  I think everyone agrees that it’s a lot easier to put on weight than it is for you to take it off.

In summation, Customized Fat Loss is exactly as the title says.  You will discover that this is literally customized for your needs and your body type.  [more here]

Customized Fat Loss Author/Vendor: Kyle Leon
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Starting Price: $67.00
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Body Basics Boot Camps – 6 Station Circuit

This is a beginners group of boot campers, so compared to a lot of You Tube videos you might think that these “campers” look deconditioned. Well, you’d be right! But what you can’t see from this video is how they keep showing up both physically and mentally. They are committed to getting great results and committed to improving their health.

I’ve worked with elite athletes and that’s a totally different mindset and attitude. Many athletes are naturally competitive and the challenge is to not just train them, but get them to believe that they are the best…that they are champions! Wait a minute. Come to think of it, these guys are very much like that too! Check out for more info.

How to Elevate Your Fat Burning Hormones

The Secret is in Wind Sprints

Hey I hope you’re having an awesome day. I’m a big fan of Mike Geary, author of “Truth About Abs” program. Mike is a prolific writer and is always sending me updates on fat loss for me to share with my clients, friends, and family. And share I DO! Here’s another gem about burning fat through the doing wind sprints.  Check it out.   Also, check out “Truth About Abs” if you are looking for a great fat loss program.

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One of the reasons that wind sprints are so effective at chiseling your body and reducing body fat to “ripped” levels (have you ever seen the bodies of some competitive sprinters? yes, ripped!) is that sprints are one of the specific exercises that are known to have a great effect on increasing Growth Hormone (GH) naturally in your body…

…and we all know that GH production in your body is one of the key secrets to getting lean, strong, and also staying youthful!

For the wind sprints, what I’ve been doing is increasing distance on each sprint from 50 meters to 60 meters, 70, 80, 90, and finally 100 meters.  Then I repeat the cycle.  Usually just 2 cycles of this is enough to get me fully whooped (about 12 all-out sprints)!  But as time goes on this summer, I will try to increase distance, the number of sprints, or the intensity to keep progressing.

Important note on sprints:   If you’re going to try all-out sprints, make sure to ease into them for the first couple workouts if you haven’t done them in a while to minimize injury risk.  You should slowly increase the intensity (70%, 80%, 90% intensity) for the first couple of workouts before doing 100% all-out sprints.

Also, try hill sprints for variety if you have a hill nearby.  I like to do 30 yard uphill sprints, followed by walking back downhill and repeating.  These are great variety that can be mixed in with your flat field sprints, and have great benefits for growth hormone production as well.

What If I Can’t Do Wind Sprints?

Even if you can’t do wind sprints, keep in mind that you can still do something similar that is a higher intensity for you personally (perhaps hill walking instead of wind sprints, for example).

Can I Do Wind Sprints On a Treadmill?

No really.  Outdoor sprints are where the action is… sprints on a treadmill don’t have the same effect as there’s more force production involved in accelerating a sprint outdoors compared to on a treadmill.  Plus, the max speed on a treadmill is not high enough usually for an “all-out” sprint.  In my mind, it’s a world of difference.  Personally I never step foot on a treadmill.

Hey, it’s me Larry Wasserman again.

Did you ever notice that the worlds fastest animals are also lean?  These animals are not fast because they are lean, but rather they are lean because they run fast which demands a lot of energy.  If you want to be a lean animal too, then follow Mike Geary’s plan and add wind sprints to your exercise routine.

Also, begin to separate your fat loss exercise into two categories.  We’ve been led to believe that in order to achieve effective fat loss you need to do slow exercise for extended periods of time. Many people go out and buy treadmills and elliptical trainers so they can do this at home. The problem is they end up doing 45 minutes that is in the middle, neither fast or slow.  If you are going to burn fat then walking for long periods of time like hiking is probably the safest and most effective way to go.  The problem is who has 2 hours a day to go for a walk?

We need to train at the other end of the spectrum. We need to crank up the intensity, and as you’ve just read in Mike Geary’s  guest post, wind sprints are the bomb! So if you are doing 45 minute cardio sessions on the treadmill while watching TV at the gym or reading the newspaper, you are training in the dead zone my friend. This is probably the least effective way to burn fat.  Now I did not say “ineffective”, I said  “less affective”.  Ultimately it would be best to do wind sprints on some days and hike on other days. What ever you do keep track so that you can see if it’s working. If you can measure it, you can manage it!

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“Turbulence Training” Reviewed

Turbulence Training Review:
My Thoughts on the Program Turbulence Training

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Author: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Theme: A complete muscle-building, fat-burning workout program
Format: Instant Download Ebook and audio files Cost: $39.99
Rating: ★★★★

Note: This is not the Turbulence Training site, just a personal review of the product. To be taken directly to the Turbulence Training website, click here.

If you’re not familiar with Turbulence Training, let me say right from the start that it is a solid program and is worth purchasing. Here are what I think are the most important points to consider when looking at Turbulence Training. Does Turbulence Training Deliver on Its Promise? Turbulence Training claims to provide men and women a step-by-step plan for fat loss and muscle building.

Ballantyne claims that as long as you adhere to the training and diet that are included with the program, you WILL see significant weight loss and muscle gains. I discovered that Turbulence Training actually lives up to its promise. The content, diet plan, and exercise program are solid. I’ve been training and since I was in high school, and I’ve a personal trainer and fitness studio owner. Believe me, I can spot poorly crafted material. The material in Turbulence Training is very well planned and designed. It gets to the heart of weight loss and muscle gain through a variety of methods which is important. Craig Ballantyne has designed a well-varied workout. To say that Turbulence Training is effective and is an easy way to get in great shape is not true. It is NOT easy. In fact, any effective workout program requires work! TT is intense, and will keep you sweating hard the whole time. That is how it SHOULD BE! That is why it gets you great results very quickly.

Who is Craig Ballantyne and Why Should You Listen To Him?

To me, a significant point to consider when evaluating a workout program is the author/creator. Craig Ballantyne created Turbulence Training, and he certainly looks to be in great shape. But can his knowledge be trusted? What did I find? I looked into the background and experience of Craig Ballantyne and found him to be very credible when it comes to the fitness industry. The guy knows what he’s talking about and I trust him. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and has published many articles in well-respected fitness magazines, such as Men’s Health, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers. He’s also trained hundreds of high-paying clients, and knows how to get anyone in shape fast.

Another thing I appreciate about Craig is that he practices what he preaches. His workouts are the exact same that you get when you purchase Turbulence Training. You can follow his workout progress to see for yourself at his blog.

Other Main Points I liked About Turbulence Training:

– Requires very little equipment.
All you need are some resistant bands, a few dumbbells and a bench and you’re good to go. But, if you do like working out in the gym, you can also do the Turbulence Training workout there. TT is a versatile program with lots of variations so you’re not locked into working out in one specific way with “required” equipment.

– The time commitment is small. This is a big one since most people are short on time and need to get to other things in their lives. Ballantyne is big on efficient workouts lasting only 45 minutes, compared to the more traditional hour weight training + 30 minutes of cardio. In fact, he takes a great deal of time to explain how cardio truly is overrated and how too much of it will sabotage your muscle building efforts. There are only 3 required workouts per week. Each training session is 45 minutes long.

– You get a HUGE amount of content for the price. I’m not gonna go into the details listing everything that comes with it. (You can see on the TT sales page) It will take you some time to go through everything that comes with Turbulence Training.

– Moneyback Guarantee – I always appreciate a product with a full money-back guarantee, and Turbulence Training comes with a full money-back 60 day guarantee. So there’s no worry that you’ll be wasting your money if you don’t like it.


The content of Turbulence Training is rock-solid, and the creator, Craig Ballantyne, knows exactly what he is doing. Sure, the claims may be grand, but if you truly stick to the program and diet and work your butt off, your body will be looking pretty grand by the end of the program! Good programs work; bottom line. And Turbulence Training is good product.

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