Turbulence training review: Kick-ass workouts & more!

The internet is a proverbial minefield of misinformation and outright scams when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape. I’ve seen and reviewed just about everything, most not worthy of a second look, Turbulence Training however is a notable exception.

This program continues to stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of quality and results. It’s a testament to it’s creator, Craig Ballantyne, and is one of the very few programs I truly stand behind. Below I take you inside the program, showing you what to expect and how it can work for you.

What is it & why should I care?

Turbulence training is built upon the idea that mainstream approaches to dieting and exercising for weight loss suck – and that there’s a better way to do it.

The Turbulence Training program is based on recent studies that have shown long cardio sessions can actually hurt your body’s ability to burn fat. Doing cardio sends the wrong signals to your body. As much as we all hate fat, your body needs it to function correctly.

Attempting to force fat loss in the wrong ways can make your body hold onto that fat even harder. It’s your body’s natural reaction to protect something it thinks it needs to survive. Many of our automatic bodily functions date back to primal times when we didn’t know when we would find our next meal, and fat is what got us through those periods. Losing too much, too fast triggers that “survival mode.”

Aside from that, excess cardio isn’t just unnecessary, it can do real physical damage to your heart. Yes, cardio does exercise the heart, but prolonged cardio, the kind we we’re all told burns fat, can cause unnecessary stress.

TT: The Pro’s

  • No equipment needed: While some workouts are better performed with a pair of dumbbells, there are plenty which you can perform with nothing more than your body-weight which you can perform anywhere, anytime. No gym membership, no expensive equipment and no fuss – awesome.
  • Craig Ballantyne (program creator): With new weight loss programs popping up daily, few seemingly have the credentials to back up their claims and are too often authored by no-name ‘experts’. This isn’t the case here. Craig is the real deal and holds a Master’s degree in exercise science. He also writes for major magazine publications including Men’s Health, so you can rest assured the info you’re getting is top-notch. This guys knows what he’s talking about when it comes to fat loss, better health and what it takes to turn your life around. He also practices what he preaches and the results speak for themselves.
  • 24 follow-along home workouts: These are crystal clear HD videos that do a fantastic job of showing you step by step instructions for every workout in the program – no more struggling to figure out where your left hand goes or how far to bend your legs. It’s all right there, and you just need to do what it says. The entire program holds your hand from start to finish to eliminate the risk of any mistakes.
  • Try it without risk: If for any reason you don’t love the program, there’s no stress. You’re covered with a money back guarantee up to 60 days.
  • Time-efficient: 90 minutes a week, that’s all you need. Craig’s workouts are all about maximum efficiency in minimum time. Granted, you do work hard, but it beats the heck out of mind-numbing cardio exercises that never end. After each workout you feel satisfyingly drained and always get a buzz.
  • Plenty of variety: As the turbulence name implies, Craig like to shake things up and keep things fresh and unpredictable. This prevents muscle adaptation and boredom, which keeps the body guessing, growing and adapting.

What about nutrition?

Exercise is only part of the equation. Governing the foods that pass your lips is crucial if you really want to make the most of your workout efforts. Craig covers this in-depth and provides some really good guides on what to eat, when and why. A strong focus is placed on balance. He doesn’t ask the impossible, all the strategies are practical and don’t come at the expense of starving yourself or any other far-out scheme. The foods are natural, taste good and are easy to make.

The bottom line

Turbulence Training is one of the few programs I have no hesitation in recommending and is without a doubt one of the best investments you can make if you’re serious about getting in shape. This program is legit on every level and is capable of delivering serious life changing results.


Ab rocket twister reviews: Does it really work?

You’ve probably seen the Ab Rocket Twister on some TV infomercial as a miracle machine designed to whip your waistline into shape, right? So, does it work?

The claims of the ab rocket are pretty lofty, despite questionable claims and less than convincing evidence. Like so many other ab machines on the market, the ab rocket twister has some major flaws, which I highlight and discuss below.

#1. It isn’t functional

Of all the contraptions on the market designed to ‘target’ your core, there are few as clunky, ill-fitting and just plain awkward as the Ab Rocket Twister. You essentially sit, grasp the handles either side and lean back against spring-loaded resistance rollers which run down the length of your spine. Not only is this movement not functional, it’s not natural either and doesn’t mimic any kind of everyday movement that you would otherwise perform. It’s ridiculous, unnecessary and potentially hazardous.

In reality, you’re far better off performing functional compound movements, like squats, chest presses and rows. You’ll burn belly fat, see your abs sooner and indirectly work and strengthen your abs with greater safety and efficiency.

#2. Spot reduction doesn’t work!

That’s the problem with all these devices which claim to effectively ‘target’ your abs, ab rollers, wheels, rockers – whatever. The issue isn’t that the Ab Rocket doesn’t ‘work’ your core. It does, albeit in an awkward and unconventional manner. It just doesn’t help you burn the fat covering your stomach or ‘tone’ your abs in the way the marketing team would have you believe. Companies constantly prey on prey on the false premise that by effectively isolating and targeting your abs you’d burn off the fat covering them, but it’s simply not the case.

There are two main reasons:

  • Basic Physiology: When we lose fat, we don’t do it from just one spot – least of all the area we are trying to target with futile exercises like the crunch. Fat loss occurs from all-over and is largely determined by calorie consumption vs calorie expenditure.
  • Muscle tissue: Muscle tissue is metabolically active, which means it’s a great natural fat-fighter. Not only do machines like the Ab Rocket negate this fact, they activate a small number of muscle groups which simply don’t stack up.

Final verdict

People are (always) looking for a quick-fix solution and this machine fits the bill. Unfortunately, it’s not a reality and the machines that most people buy are stored away in the garage or under the bed never to be seen again. It’s no surprise then that I do not recommend the Ab Rocket Twister as a worthwhile or necessary investment.

Ab roller/wheel reviews: A no BS, unbiased critique

ab roller The wheel is often described as the greatest invention of all time, so how well does the ab wheel stack up when it comes to burning fat and carving out a sleek set of abs? In this review, I’m going to untangle the marketing hype, lay out practical alternatives and explain why (most) people are simply better off saving their money.

There’s a good chance you stumbled across this page because you want to lose belly fat/get abs and think an ab-roller is the perfect tool for the job. There’s just one problem. It won’t help you burn much fat! Look, it’s not all bad news…

Will an ab-roller actively strengthen your abs and lower back? Yeah.

Will an ab-roller give your ‘core’ a good workout and make you feel ‘the burn’? Sure.

Will an ab-roller help burn off the fat covering your abs and give you the six pack you desire? Not so much.

Do ab rollers actually work?

The problem with ab rollers (and similar contraptions) is not that they don’t work or ‘target’ your abs (they do), it’s that they violate the body’s unwritten rules for fast and effective fat loss. And when belly fat is the main culprit standing between you and a set of washboard abs, that’s simply unacceptable.

So, does that mean they’re completely useless? Not exactly. If you can already see your abs, or at least the visible outline, then an ab-roller may be a suitable investment to add a degree of variety/challenge to your existing exercise routine. They may also be useful where strength and stability is the goal.

So, what do I recommend?

With so many ab-rollers out there it can be tough market to navigate. One wheel, two wheels? Spring-loaded, non-spring loaded? And what about materials?

If you are in the market for an ab-roller for the reasons outlined above, then Speed Abs by Iron Gym gets my nod of approval. With it’s ergonomic rubber handles, wide wheel base of support and built-in recoil spring, which decreases excessive strain placed on the spine and lumbar region, it’s a step above others in the market and comes in at a very reasonable price-point.

But let’s not overlook the main point here, if you’re an average guy (or gal) who wants to get abs but has some belly fat to lose, save your money and read on.

The Ab-solute truth

Physiology dictates that fat loss occurs uniformly, not from the trouble-spot over your stomach. So, not only can you give the ab-roller the flick, you can also ditch exercises like the crunch. They simply don’t stack-up in terms of fat burning capacity compared to total-body exercises like squats, dead-lifts, shoulder presses, lunges, rows, press ups and pull ups.

These movements are also ‘functional’ (i.e mimic daily activities), unlike the unnatural ‘rolling’ motion of the ab wheel, and actually engage, strengthen and shape your core with greater efficiency. What’s more, muscle tissue is metabolically active, which means it’s a great natural fat burner, so the more muscle you use and build during your workouts, the faster you’ll eradicate your belly.

A quick word on ‘toning’: Don’t fall for the gimmicky headlines. You cannot ‘tone’ your abs. Collectively, they function as a group of muscles and may only get smaller or larger. The illusion of definition comes from decreasing body fat percentage and/or increasing muscle size.

In reality, the ‘secret’ to losing belly fat and getting abs can be found in following proven diet strategies and exercise principles, not from a little wheel you can pick up on Amazon for $30 bucks. So, until you get both of those factors in-check, consider your workouts an ab roller free-zone.