Cardio Fat Loss Myth: I Need To Burn 300 Calories Each Workout To Lose Fat.
Almost everyone I see in fitness centers could benefit from increasing the challenge in their workout.
Now I’ve witnessed a few people lose fat and maintain a beautiful body with aerobic exercise, but these have been limited to a few young University-aged males that also did 4 days of heavy strength training, who had no “life” stress and plenty of time on their hands to train up to 10 hours per week (not counting recreational sports).
Recently one of the UK’s top trainers, Paul Mort from Precision Fitness.co.uk, interrogated me on the Turbulence Training system. Here’s our story…
Q: First, can you tell us the basics about Turbulence Training?
Turbulence Training is the result of years of study in the gym and in the research labs and library. From personal experience, I’ve found there is only one way to get the most fat loss and workout results in the least amount of time – you must increase your training intensity.
With the right workout, you can get more fat loss results in less workout time. Period. That is the one and only goal of this training program. A better body in fewer workout sessions, and shorter exercise bouts.
- Shorter interval workouts instead of long slow cardio workouts
- More challenging strength training exercises, such as advanced bodyweight exercises and some traditional strength training free weight exercises
If you have two hours to spend in the gym everyday, you can feel free to stick to the same relatively ineffective and inefficient program of long cardio and light weights. But if you are like most men and women and have 45 minutes (or less) on only three days of the week to workout, then Turbulence Training will work wonders for you.
Male or female, almost everyone I see in traditional fitness centers could benefit from increasing the challenge in their workout. And they can also benefit from getting in and out of the gym faster.
So that’s what led me to Turbulence Training. It’s simple, no B.S., no-fluff, just-the-basics, results-oriented training. You don’t need fancy gym machines or even an expensive gym membership. If you have a bench, a ball and some dumbbells at home, you are set.
Q: Okay so we’re clear it’s a e-book training program package that will melt bodyfat fast, what makes it so effective?
Most people are so darn hung-up on burning a specific number of calories on a cardio machine, that they don’t care how long they spend in the gym.
But big deal. If you burn X calories over 30 minutes in the gym doing cardio, but don’t boost your post-exercise metabolism, you’re wasting the other 23.5 hours to burn a lot more calories.
And that’s what happens with slow, steady workouts that never change. Sure you burn a few calories in the gym, but there is no “turbulence” on the body to increase your metabolism outside of the gym.
Instead, by using challenging strength training, and choosing intervals over monotonous cardio, research has shown that your post workout metabolism is significantly greater. And an increased metabolism for an entire 24 hour period is what gives people results.
It’s like putting money in the bank. It makes you more money even while you sit at home or sleep! That’s the power of a more challenging workout.
And Turbulence Training workouts, and other “challenging” workouts are always exponentially more enjoyable than staring at a TV (or worse a wall) when “doing your time” on a cardio machine.
You can get this great “metabolic turbulence” in a boot camp, with bodyweight, at home with dumbbells, or even in a busy gym.
Nothing is more effective than Turbulence Training if you only have 45 minutes, three times per week to workout.
Q: In my opinion, resistance training, both with free weights and bodyweight is the key to losing body fat not cardio for fat loss, for our readers that are still unsure about this could you give me your opinion on my this statement?
Strength training is just one key for fat loss, it is essential to maximize your metabolism, and it is absolutely, positively paramount to building the best body of your dreams.
For those that doubt, start with bodyweight training. Not only is this method of strength training effective at helping you sculpt your body, but it is also empowering to your self-confidence and 100% applicable to your daily living.
Everything from carrying groceries to “sex” will be easier if you are stronger in the bodyweight exercises. Your mobility and stamina will increase, so that you will be able to carry your children to bed easier, you will be able to do yard work with less fatigue, and you’ll literally improve your “zest for life” simply from mastering your bodyweight strength.
All of these benefits without touching a single free weight, but if you do go with free weights, you’ll take your fitness to an even greater level.
Research from the 2001 meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine showed that female subjects boosted their post-exercise metabolism to a greater level when they did 8 reps per exercise, rather than 12 reps.
So low rep, strength training is best for boosting metabolism. It will get you more results in less time because it will continue to work while you recover.
Q: I’m always telling people that aerobic exercise is useless for fat loss, does you agree with this? And why?
Aerobic exercise is certainly inefficient for fat loss.
By that I mean, the benefits pale in comparison to the fat loss you can achieve in less time with interval training. Most people would be able to cut their workout time in half simply by using intervals rather than aerobic exercise.
Now I’ve witnessed a few people lose fat and maintain a beautiful body with aerobic exercise, but these have been limited to: young University-aged males that also did 4 days of heavy strength training, who had no “life” stress and plenty of time on their hands to train up to 10 hours per week (not counting recreational sports).
But does that sound like your average gym-goer’s lifestyle?
I doubt it. If it does, where do you live? I want to move there!
So next time you go to the gym, do this admittedly un-scientific test…Take a visual survey of the “cardio” area and the strength training area. Where are the best bodies?
In the strength training area, no doubt.
And in fact, we can also find a lot of beautiful bodies in the Yoga and Pilates area. Why? There’s certainly no “fat burning” cardio zone going on there. So what gives?
Cardio Fat Loss Nutrition.
Nutrition is the #1 factor in fat loss. It trumps any fat loss program, no matter how good it is.
Yes, even my beloved Turbulence Training will not be 100% effective if someone continues to eat chips and pints as their meals.
That’s why I spent almost 500 quid to have Dr. Christopher Mohr put together an easy-to-follow, healthy, fat loss nutritional guidebook to go along with the Turbulence Training workout package. It has diet plans for both men and women.
So Paul, getting back to the original question.
There are far more efficient ways to change your body.
Eat for fat loss, and do some form of strength training to sculpt your body. When you take care of your nutrition and eat according to Dr. Mohr’s guidelines, your body will be like modeling clay in your hands…and the exercises you choose to do with sculpt it.
If someone continues on with aerobic exercise, the improvements will be negligible.
So that’s why you don’t see cardio in my structured program. If someone wants to do a family bike ride or play a game of football on the weekend, by all means go ahead. But it is far too inefficient to get put in my main workouts.
Q: What about somebody that isn’t a member of a gym? Can they still benefit from Turbulence Training?
Absolutely. As mentioned earlier, all you need is a bench, a Stability Ball (aka – Physio-ball), and a set of dumbbells.
A pull-up bar would be a bonus, if you are strong enough to use the pull-up and chin-up exercises.
I’ve done many of the bodyweight exercises outside, as obviously you don’t need any equipment to do many of the novel ab, leg, and pushing exercises.
Heck, I bet you use many of the exercises in your boot camps and you know how little equipment is needed for a hard workout.
Think back to the days before the glitzy chrome-and-machine gyms.
People were still able to get fit with free weights and bodyweight.
And good nutrition certainly doesn’t need a gym membership.
Q: And lastly, I meet a lot of people who seem to have tried every diet going, tried classes, gyms and DVD’S, what makes Turbulence Training different from these?
Most people train in their comfort zones. And while a lot of programs require a lot of effort (those classes are no joke), most programs lack an effective level of intensity.
By intensity, we are talking about working closer to your maximum level of effort.
Sure, a set of 15 repetitions to failure for triceps press-downs is tough, but it’s not truly intense. Compare that to doing a set of 8 push-ups – which for many people is much more intense – and now you are using your entire body a lot harder.
Thus, the turbulence on the body is much greater. And your body will have to work harder after training to recover – and that’s what increases your metabolism – and allows you to burn fat all day, rather than just for 20-30 minutes.
And don’t worry, even if you can crank out dozens of push-ups, there are a few variations in the Turbulence Training program that will give even the savviest gym veteran an intense workout.
The same goes with the cardio vs. intervals. If you switch to intervals, you’ll notice changes in days. And that’s not hyperbole.
I’ve heard it time and time again from TT users…they feel and see changes within 48 hours once they switch their workouts and start using the TT Fat Loss Nutrition Guidelines.
Stay consistent with the plan, and you’re gold!
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training
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 The Turbulence Training Program
P.S. Don’t forget…
As one of your bonuses for ordering Turbulence Training, you’ll receive a 4-week bodyweight program with beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions. These are great workouts for holiday and business travel, so you don’t have to stress over missed workouts.
“Craig’s Bodyweight Turbulence Training program lets you use your body as the most comprehensive home gym available. In turn the results are like nothing else out there. What really impressed me was his inclusion of a self assessment that lets you monitor your own progress so that you keep getting stronger and leaner without any wasted time. If going to the gym ever feels stale, I immediately switch to Craig’s Bodyweight TT program to get and stay in shape.”
Anthony Belza, Strength Coach, Toronto
“Craig, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been using your Turbulence Training System to whip myself back into shape after a vacation and too much time in front of the computer getting a couple of projects completed and I’ve dropped 10.2 lbs. of body fat in the last 28 days. As a fellow fitness professional I can safely say that it’s the best and most efficient approach to improving body composition that I’ve come across.”
President, The Fitness Consulting Group