Just yesterday I began my first four weeks of the Turbulence Training workout. You may not be familiar with the program. It was created by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS, a strength and conditioning coach in Toronto. He is also a regular contributor to Men’s Health magazine and a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology.
Turbulence Training evolved from Craig’s years in university. He discovered interval training and began to learn how effective it could be for fat loss. By his fourth year of university, he started training other athletes for sports performance and incorporated interval training into their workouts. Soon, his clients were amazed at the results they were achieving with shorter but intense workouts.
The long hours of lab work also began to eat into Craig’s workout time. He had to workout in less time which is how he developed the first TT program:
I knew I had to get maximum results in minimum time and I combined everything I knew from bodybuilding to athlete training to interval training to research studies.
I put everything I had discovered in the past 7 years – since I first assembled that old York Universal Weight Set down in my parent’s basement – and I came up with the first ever Turbulence Training workout.
How Turbulence Training Works
The program isn’t just about interval training. It combines resistance training using your own body weight as well as free weights. Unlike most workouts, you won’t be spending a huge amount of time working out. Craig has designed it so that you actually spend less time working out. You can expect to workout out 3 days a week, 45 minutes per session.
You won’t need a gym membership (you can workout anywhere) and you won’t need to do the usual, boring, steady-state cardio routines. The combination of Craig’s resistance routines (done in supersets), plus interval training, results in maximum results in a minimum amount of time.
Here is a good explanation from Craig on his type of workouts that burn fat more effectively:
There are also regular transformation contests that you can enter or vote on. These are all average people who have taken advantage of the Turbulence Training method of fitness.
The most equipment you will probably need are dumbbells, stability ball, and a bench (optional.) So far, I am doing fine with dumbbells and a stability ball. The interval routines can work with a treadmill or stationary bicycle. If you don’t have access to those, you can substitute with sprints outdoors or body weight intervals.
Benefits of this Program
There are several excellent benefits to this program. Here are the ones that stand out for me:
- Shorter workouts (45 minutes tops), 3 days per week.
- Easy to understand – entire program is straight forward.
- Instructional videos with Craig demonstrating all exercises for each workout.
- Inexpensive – $39.95 for an excellent fitness program. Great for those who need guidance but can’t afford programs like P90X or sessions with a personal trainer.
- Personal support – Craig personally answers questions in his Turbulence Training forum.
- Bonuses – Plenty of bonus material included (nutrition plan, bonus exercises, and more.)
- Instant delivery – no waiting for DVD’s or books in the mail. Everything is available immediately (including videos.)
I started out with the beginner level workout which lasts for four weeks and then I’ll move on to intermediate level for another four weeks. Just like any workout, Craig makes sure your body doesn’t adapt to the same routines. I highly recommend this program if you want to get more done in less time and get results. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a ton of money out of pocket which is a plus.
Click here to learn more about Craig Ballantyne and Turbulence Training.