Looking for a good training program can be difficult depending on your current fitness level and what type of equipment you need. Most training programs are geared towards the extremes. These are for those who are just starting out and those who are fairly intermediate or advanced.
It does make sense from a commercial point of view since most customers that flock to the gym or train are either beginners looking to get in shape or those that have been doing so a while now.
But what if you’re in the middle. This means you’re somewhat in shape, have worked out before but definitely want to get in to better shape or stronger.
If you’re stuck in this area, here’s where Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training (TT) program comes in.
What is Turbulence Training?
This review focuses on this bodyweight only training program that is meant to get you in excellent physical shape, lose the extra fat and weight and build muscle. It does not require you to lift weights or get to the gym.
The other aspect of this program is that it takes up a lot less time to do. This makes it more practical if you’re a professional, entrepreneur, student or need to work. All told, you take about 90 minutes every work for training and get results.
Our review of this program also allowed up to see that the program is actually much simpler and concise. It doesn’t come with a lot of the complicated things that other training systems have. This for us is a big plus, the easier it is to do and follow, the bigger the chance we stick to it and get results.
Who is Craig Ballantyne?
Before going forward with this review, let’s take a step back and look at its author. Craig Ballantyne is a well known strength and conditioning coach. He has a very advanced researched based background, including a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology.
For Men’s Health magazine readers, you’ll be familiar with his name as he’s a contributing author to that publication. He also writes for a number of other well known fitness magazines.
Moving Away from Traditional Cardio
Turbulence Training is basically geared towards moving away from the all-to-common training methods like cardio for losing weight. In his research, Craig Ballantyne actually discovers why many people don’t get the results they want. He also reviews cardio and why you’re not getting the desired look and results from it. The thing we like about the book is it goes straight to the point, it doesn’t pull punches and doesn’t distract you with long winding words.
Here’s one of the points he mentions on why he prefers not using cardio for fat loss.
- Cardio results fat around the areas you don’t want them most. By doing long sessions of jogging or running on a treadmill the body learns to store fat more efficiently. It knows it will be starved for it slowly so it will guard the fat better by storing it in your hips, thighs, belly and around the legs.
- Cardio can hurt your back and joints. Most cardio training include some impact. For those who use the treadmill which is one of the most popular cardio machines in the gym. The long periods on running on the path causes wear and tear on the ankle, knees and hip joints. The bouncing up and down when you run also can take it toll on your back.
- Cardio causes the body to age faster than it naturally would. This is why many long distance runners look much older than they really are. The long cardio sessions causes oxidative damage and allows free radicals to go around the body. Free radicals are harmful including to the skin which makes you look older than you really are.
So instead of that the TT program promotes shorter sessions of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week. It is composed of a different training style than cardio and is designed to build muscle, lose weight and fat. What you’ll be doing instead is circuit training where you quickly move between exercises.
What’s Included in the Package?
What we really like about the TT program is that it is designed for individuals of different fitness level. You can be a beginner, or someone who’s looking to get back after a long training absence or someone who’s been religiously in shape.
A look inside the program, you get the following components and books.
- The Turbulence Training Program Guide – this reviews the entire system. As mentioned it uses 3 training days a week with every session being 30 minutes long for a total of 90 minutes per week. The entire program lasts for 12 weeks and you use a particular workout for at most 4 weeks. Each of the workouts have specific instructions including how many seconds to lift. So reading it carefully and following the instructions is important.
- Exercise Guide – the guide provides instructions on how to execute the exercises that you’ll be doing. They are very specific and will tell you where to put your hands, how to stand, along with special tips to watch out for like don’t round your back, and other guidelines.
- 24 Workouts You Can Follow To – the exact workouts are shown in video format in this section. This will show you which exercise to perform and what order to do them in.
- Nutrition Plan – don’t skip this. If you don’t follow a good nutrition plan, you may see your training go to waste. This book lays out the good and bad foods. So you know which foods to eat and which to avoid. The nutrition plan shows you how and when to eat. This ensures that you build muscle at specific stages and burn fat at other stages, so you end up with a lean, muscular physique.
Our Review of the Program
What We’re Not Fans of
- When compared with other fitness products, you’ll quickly see that design and layout isn’t Craig Ballantyne’s forte. The book doesn’t come with the illustrations and sleek look that others do.
What We Like About the TT Program
- The book is very concise and to the point. It has a lot of information and the author gives it to you directly without beating around the bush.
- The program is short and not boring. You don’t need to spend a lot of time working out. At 3 days a week and 30 minutes per session, you spend a total of an hour and a half a week to get results.
- You can do it at home. You don’t need a gym. This saves you the time and money to get to the fitness center. The exercises can be done in your room.
- There is a lot of variation. The way the program is structured makes it not boring and shifts things up. You spend at most 4 weeks per workout, and move on to other ones.