Turbulence Training is a popular way to workout and our review takes a look at the reasons why – if you want to burn fat and build muscle in less time then read on.
The widely accepted wisdom is that to burn body fat you have to spend hours doing cardio, which can be difficult if like me you have limited time to train.
It’s also a pretty boring way to spend a few hours!
Turbulence Training (TT) turns this concept on its head and promises to burn more fat than a traditional cardio workout, giving you a lean, toned, muscular physique in no more than 45 minutes, three times a week. So how is that possible?
Always alert to weight loss and fitness strategies that can help busy people to get great results in less time, we decided to investigate.
So what is Turbulence Training?
Put simply, it’s a fitness programme based on a variety of short, intense workouts that combine a strength training element and interval training.
It’s similar in many ways to circuit training, where you move from exercise to exercise with short periods of active rest or no rest at all, so maximising the time spent exercising within the workout.
TT has been developed by Craig Ballantyne, a leading fitness expert, personal trainer and regular contributor to magazines such as Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness.
There’s a huge variety of workouts to choose from, geared at people with differing levels of fitness and different goals.
There are workouts lasting 10 minutes when time is tight, no rest circuit training workouts based on completing a set number of repetitions – from 200-1,000 – using a variety of exercises, to the classic 45 minute TT workouts.
A typical 45 minute TT workout may comprise:
Now that sounds like a lot to cram into 45 minutes, but that’s the point!
By maximising the time spent actually working out by using supersets (and not standing around chatting in the gym!), and by reducing the cardio element through interval training you get a high intensity workout that dramatically reduces the duration and frequency of your workouts.
For those fairly new to weight training, supersets are sets where you combine two exercises that work opposing body parts, like chest and back in one set.
For instance, 10 pullups immediately followed by 10 press ups. You then rest and repeat, so working two body parts in around the same time it takes to work one on its own. The result is a shorter, more intense workout
Does Turbulence Training Work?
What Ballantyne has done with TT, and done very well, is to combine a number of fitness training techniques that are well established and evidenced into an attractive package and to market that package at people looking for maximum results in minimum time. People like me.
I already use supersets in my weight training program and work my whole body in three weight workouts a week.
I’m also a big fan of circuit training, which is a tremendously effective way to combine strength and cardio training in one intense workout. There are some great TT circuits that can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. If you think you’re in good shape, try the 1,000 rep workout – tough!
I also use high intensity interval training instead of traditional cardio workouts, so it’s fair to say that I’m already a convert to the strategies employed by Ballantyne in TT.
Do they work? Well they have for me and as such, I see no reason why TT won’t deliver similar results for people willing to follow the workouts for the initial 12 weeks.
Turbulence Training is intense and as such could be a tough workout regime to follow, so take advantage of the beginner level workouts if new to exercise.
Three 45 minute workouts a week doesn’t sound a lot, but the workouts are physically and mentally demanding so be prepared to put in some hard work – its worth it!
Their intensity is why they work so well in burning many more calories per workout than traditional workouts – burning more fat and building more muscle in less time.
There are beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts in the package. There’s also a nutritional guide to help you to design a healthy eating plan to fuel the workout and weight loss regime.
What I also really liked about Turbulence Training when preparing this review, is its adaptability and flexibility.
For instance, there are workouts with weights that you can do at your local gym or in your home gym. There are also workouts using your own bodyweight and minimal equipment or no equipment at all – great for at home, when business travelling or on vacation.
In addition to the main program, Ballantyne has a wide range of workouts to provide variety or cater to specific needs – hotel room workouts, butt workouts, bikini workouts, bootcamp workouts and so on.
He also produces an excellent newsletter and website with regular free workouts, nutrition and diet tips as well as a forum for TT members.
Turbulence Training – The Bottom Line…
For me, and no doubt for many people with busy lives looking for a workout regime that can deliver maximum results in the shortest possible period of time, TT may well be the answer.
If your aim is to burn fat, build some muscle and get in shape and you don’t want to spend hours in the gym or doing boring cardio, then I would highly recommend you take a look at Turbulence Training. There’s even a 4-week trial period and a money back guarantee if you’re not sure.