Home Fitness Workouts Interview with Craig Ballantyne & Turbulence Training
By: Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
1. Hi Craig. Thanks for joining us. Introduce yourself: who are you, and
what your home fitness workouts are all about.
I'm a Men's Health magazine fitness advisor, creator of the home fitness
workouts called Turbulence Training, and a Certified Strength and
I've been helping men and women lose fat in short workouts, using interval
training and resistance training - exactly the opposite approach of what
most generic trainers recommend.
2. You recommend a mix of interval training and full body workouts for fat
loss and overall fitness. What makes this type of training superior to
Aside from it being research proven to burn more belly fat, and to help
people gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, a program of resistance
training and interval training helps busy men and women get in and out of
the gym faster than ever.
In fact, you don't even have to train at a gym. If you have dumbells and a
bench, you can do the Turbulence Training home fitness workouts in the
comfort of your own home. Plus, you're done in only 45 minutes, 3 times per
3. Can you give us an example of a workout based on your approach?
The Turbulence Training workouts always start with a general bodyweight warm-
up, which is much better than wasting your time on the treadmill to start.
Then we move to non-competing strength training supersets for about 20
minutes. This helps build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
Finally, we finish off with 15-20 minutes of interval training, and then
stretch as needed at the end of the workout.
Your readers can get a sample of one of my most popular Turbulence Training
home fitness workouts at www.TurbulenceTraining.com
4. This blog is about helping people get six pack abs. In one of your
YouTube videos, you quickly mention that interval training is especially
good at reducing belly fat. Is interval training really better than
continuous cardio in that regard?
A study I first came across in the fall of 2006 compared 20 minutes of
interval training against 40 minutes of slow cardio training. This was a 15
week study, and the subjects were all women.
At the end of the study, only the interval training group lost belly fat. In
fact, the slow cardio group reported no weight loss at all.
Surprising, but true. The authors concluded that interval training can
actually spot reduce belly fat. Just another reason intervals are superior
for busy men and women.
5. Would you advise people who want six pack abs to do more interval
training than others?
No matter what the goal, I recommend 4 interval workouts per week maximum.
Interval training is efficient, and you can get a lot of results from not a
lot of work. I don't want people to do too much interval training, because
that could lead to overuse injuries, which is one of the biggest problems
with slow boring cardio.
6. While we're at it, how would you adapt the typical Turbulance Training
workout for someone who's into abdominal training?
I wouldn't adapt it at all.
If someone insists on spending their time doing extra abdominal work, they
can do so after the strength training supersets or after interval training.
7. Thanks for your insights Craig. Any closing comments?
I know readers are skeptical, but I also know that they will be
pleasantly surprised by the results they can get in a short amount of time.
And they can give one of my best home fitness workouts a try, for free,
simply by visiting www.TurbulenceTraining.com.
I challenge them to give Turbulence Training a shot...and free up time in
their lives while getting more fat burning results.
About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com
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