I heard the other day that 80% of us don’t exercise and today I have a special guest to provide this post on exercise and your 3 fat loss mistakes.
By: Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
Let me solve your workout problem.
I know that you are:
– Eating well
– Exercising regularly
– and TICKED OFF that you aren’t making progress.
I’ve answered dozens of emails from new readers that have said exactly that. And after I get more info from them, here are the 3 fat loss mistakes commonly made:
1) Your perception of your nutrition “success” doesn’t match the reality of what, when, and how often you are eating. To learn the rules of fat loss, you need to read (scratch that, you need to STUDY), Dr. Chris Mohr’s Fat Loss Nutrition Guidelines.
2) There is no variety in your training.
3) You need to up the intensity of your training.
Let’s face it. Human beings like to stick to a routine. We don’t like change. We like our comfort zone – some more than others.
But if there is no change in your workout from month to month, then your body will not change either.
That is why I insist on changing your workouts every 4 weeks as you do in the TT workouts.
You won’t succeed by doing the same thing over and over again.
Would you get ahead at work by doing the same tasks you did as the first day on your job? No way. You have to take on more challenges.
With the variety in your training, you will continue to apply “turbulence” to the muscle, and making your body use lots of energy (i.e. calories and fat) during the recovery period to repair the muscle and replenish the energy used. That will “jack up” your metabolism.
If your body is used to the training, the exercises, the sets, and the reps, it will give a “ho-hum” response and your metabolism will flatline.
And that’s why you need to raise the intensity of the workout as well.
Slow, boring cardio doesn’t jack up the metabolism like intervals.
And research has shown that 8 reps boost your post-workout metabolism more than 12 reps. So you have to safely add a little
weight (try using 5% more weight with perfect form, of course), and decreasing the number of reps per set by 2. That’s a good place to start.
So if you’ve been doing a machine circuit, then stop, and give this sample free weight Turbulence Training workout a try.
Warm up with a bodyweight circuit. 8 reps per exercise, go through it twice.
Sample bodyweight circuit:
i) Bodyweight squat
ii) An easy pushup
iii) A bodyweight row if possible, if not, do stick-ups
Then do 20 minutes of total body strength training done in
1a) DB Squat
1b) DB Press
Do each exercise with a weight that allows only 8 reps. Do not rest between the squat and press. Rest 1 minute after the press. Repeat the superset 2 more times.
2a) DB Split Squat
2b) DB Row
Same as above.
On to intervals:
6 intervals of 60 seconds at a “harder than normal cardio pace” with 60-90 seconds recovery (at the easiest pace possible).
Stretch tight muscles only.
We don’t do slow cardio. It does nothing for the man or woman who is short on time.
And of course, always train safe and don’t do anything you are not comfortable doing…but if you are fit and healthy, you can
increase the intensity, change the variables, and burst through your fat loss plateaus.
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 www.TurbulenceTraining.com
I hope these 3 fat loss mistakes shared today will help you begin to move forward on your fat loss journey.