Love me or hate me, I promise you
results. Let's take a look at why the PC-
solutions don't work...
Q: I've been told to exercise in my "fat burning zone".
What's the best
cardio method for weight loss.
Cardio is not the only solution.
Clearly it adds to the energy deficit and overall calorie
favors fat loss.
BUT it's not the "be all & end all" of fat loss success -
and that is
anecdotally supported by the number of overweight distance
I almost never recommend long, slow cardio...simply
because no one I train
or consult with has the time for this, and it doesn't work
any better than
shorter, less frequent, more intense interval training
Five or six days of 45-minute cardio sessions in my
fat-burning zone? Yeah
right, like anyone has time for that.
If I told you that you could get the same results (or
better, as recent
research suggests) in three 20-minute interval sessions
each week as you
could from three or five 45-minute slower cardio sessions
each week, which
would you choose?
Yes, intervals feel about 10x's harder than regular, slow,
And yes, you won't be able to read your people magazine
intervals. And you might breath a little heavy. So if
you're worried about
sweating, than maybe fat loss isn't for you.
But if you don't mind going against the crowd, intervals
are worth every
second for the superior results.
Q: Should men and women train differently for fat loss?
Nope. Next question.
Seriously, the answer is no, but just to add to that, men
and women don't
have that many differences when it comes to fat loss, so
they both do well
with the strength and interval style workouts.
Now here's one reason why strength and interval training
may actually work
better for women than men...
More women tend to start strength and interval training
after having spent
months or years using slow cardio and light (if any)
weights. And selfishly,
I could not be any happier - because when these dedicated
women start using
the shorter, more intense strength and interval sessions
they make rapid
progress and make me look like a genius.
The accolades come pouring in...I have dozens of
testimonials from women
thanking me for saving them TIME while helping them
stubborn fat loss plateaus (and eliminating the pain from
injuries that occurred due to high volumes of cardio).
Their words make me
feel like a million bucks because the workouts are making
these women feel
like a million bucks.
That being said, I sometimes make small changes in
workouts to adapt to a
woman's pre-conceived notions about strength training.
Some women are very
hesitant to lift weights. But you and I know that is
bodysculpting, fat loss, and health benefits such as
So what I do is sub a few (not all!) of the weight
exercises out and replace
them with equal intensity bodyweight exercises. Some
can be classified as traditional strength exercises (i.e.
for a woman that
can only do 5 full pushups, the pushup exercise is almost
a max strength
exercise). But women "mentally" deal with this type of
better than putting a dumbbell in their hands.
On the other hand, some bodyweight exercises provide more
of an interval
training effect (i.e. bodyweight squats). Either way,
can put turbulence (i.e. "stress") on the muscle and boost
help female clients get the results they want and deserve.
Q: What differentiates strength and interval training
from other programs?
One of the factors behind my dedication is that I find the
of fat loss to be so simple, and yet millions and millions
of people around
the world have an incredibly difficult time achieving
I want to give them every possible resource available to
them to help them
So I am constantly tinkering with new workouts, exercises,
methods, and interviewing other trainers and nutritional
experts for every
single little fat burning advantage I can find. And that
comes through in
what I offer to the readers of my newsletters and clients
that use my
I said in a past newsletter that "Fat loss is easy, once
you realize how
hard it is." You have to respect that it's not
something you put on "auto-pilot". Taking the stairs at
work instead of the
elevator, parking 100 extra feet away from the door, and
subbing 1% milk for
2% milk is not going to help you lose 13 pounds of fat in
a year like the
politically correct articles suggest.
You need a politically-incorrect plan to eat right 90% of
the time (i.e.
saying "no" when an office-mate brings in doughnuts) and
you have to have
the best workout plan available to you if you want to get
the most results
in the least amount of time.
And then you still have to have a plan to help you stick
to those plans -
and that should involve a social support group. There are
many tricks and
tips to success, so you always have to keep learning and
trying to improve.
About Craig Ballantyne
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, M.Sc., is one of the top Strength & Conditioning coaches in North America. He trains athletes and executives in Toronto and is a member of the Training Advisory Boards for Men's Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines. Craig also works extensively with athletes and is currently a consultant to Rugby Canada helping the National Team prepare for the 2007 World Cup. Craig's fat loss and workout tips are featured every month in Men's Fitness and Maximum Fitness, and in numerous on-line newsletters. Craig’s trademarked Turbulence Training workouts and comprehensive workout manuals are featured on his website
About Craig's Trademarked "Turbulence Training System"
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