Turbulence Training Review

Turbulence Training  has been around for a while and I’ve seen it endorsed by several people I trust. More importantly for me, one of my readers emailed me and gave it a positive review.

Let’s first talk about the creator of Turbulence Training:

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS, is a strength and conditioning coach in Toronto, a Men’s Health magazine training expert and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Inside Fitness. He created Turbulence Training as a way to get back into shape while keeping a hectic school/work schedule.

Here’s what you get with the basic Turbulence Training Package:

 

Turbulence Training for Fat Loss E-book: 

I guess you could call this the centerpiece of the program. Ballantyne explains his basic training philosophy (more on that later) and what you’ll need to do if you want to get in shape.

Bonus Package #1

4 Week Bodyweight Program: No weights? No problem! This is a list of exercise routines you can do at home, using your own body weight as resistance.

30 Day Fat Loss Program: Designed to burn the maximum amount of fat within one month.

Fusion Fat Loss: This is the most advanced fat loss e-book in the program. It combines several strategies in the routines (note: this is for more advanced trainees).

Transformation Secrets: This e-book is sort of an interview format. You’ll get to read Ballantyne’s interview with two other experts in the field (one of them is Brad Pilon—I’ve read some of his other programs and he really knows what he’s talking about).

Nutrition Bonus: This explains what you’ll need to eat in order to transform your body. This is important—no program is complete without a nutritional component.

Transformation Bonuses:

Mastering the Fat Loss Mindset: As the name implies, this component deals primarily with the mental aspects of fat loss.

Measuring Your Body Fat: A guide on measuring your body fat level with either calipers or a tape measure.

Men’s Bonuses:

Busy Dad’s Workout: Designed for more advanced trainees (2 years or more of training), this e-book is built around 20 minute workouts.

Dumbbell/Bodyweight Fusion: Workouts that can be done using only dumbbells and your body weight.

Turbulence Training for Mass: Time-efficient workouts for those who want to spend a few weeks putting on muscle mass.

Women’s Bonuses:

Fit Yummy Mummy: This is a four-week program from Holly Rigsby—simple routines that can be done with body weight and dumbbells.

4 Week Turbulence Training for Women: Another four-week program, written with women in mind.

Ab Workout Bonus:

Amazing Lower Abs: Some of the exercises here may surprise you—it’s not about doing a bunch of crunches.

Turbulence Training for Abs: Like the previous e-book this is not just a book full of ab exercises. It works the abs both directly and indirectly through circuit training.

Interview MP’3

This is about an hour-long interview (3 MP’s).  I listened to this while commuting and it’s a good summary of the program.

OK, I believe I’ve covered everything in the basic package.

Now let me explain Craig Ballantyne’s basic training philosophy. The workouts are usually set up to be done three times a week and 45 minutes or less (depends on the program—a few of the more advanced programs call for 4x a week training). His routines tend to have the following:

1. A non-competing superset, meaning two weight training exercises that work different muscle groups (pushing and pulling, for example).

2. Interval Training, which is a proven method for burning fat in the least amount of time.

That’s a quick summary of how most of these routines work. Ballantyne believes following these exercise routines and eating properly will give most trainees great results without spending too much time in the gym.

What do I think? Well, I do think this is a great program.

Is it right for you? That really depends.

One thing that really stands out with Turbulence Training is time efficiency factor. I think it’s ideal for those who can’t spend much time in the gym. This, I believe, is the biggest strength of the program.

I would not, however, advise it for those who are primarily concerned with putting on mass. It does have a mass-building component, but I would recommend something like Muscle Gaining Secrets if you are a skinny guy who is more concerned with gaining mass (vs fat loss). Most of the Turbulence Training material is designed with fat loss in mind.

Let me summarize who I think this program is ideal for:

*Busy people with limited time to spend in the gym (or too busy to go to the gym at all).

*Those who are healthy and determined enough to put in some intense work during training. This is important to keep in mind—you will be working hard if you follow the program.

*Those who are willing to change their eating habits. The guidelines in the e-books are practical and designed for “real” people. But you will have to change some of your eating habits if fat loss is a concern.

If you meet these three criteria I think you will appreciate Turbulence Training. Just CLICK HERE  to order it or learn more about it.  Please use my links if my review has helped you. You’ll be supporting an honest voice in the fitness industry.

Flavia Del Monte Full Body Licious Review

Flavia Del Monte’s Full-Body-Licious program has been very popular among female readers of my blog.  Here’s my review, starting with some information on the author/creator of the program:

About the Author/Creator

Flavia Del Monte is the wife of Vince Del Monte (creator/author of No-Nonsense Muscle Building and other programs). Flavia went through some pretty intense preparation in order to create this program. She is already a nurse, but took several extra steps in order to improve her knowledge of fitness. Here are just a few things she did:

Flavia Del Monte

*Got her Can Fit Pro Certification.

*Took Dr. John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition Masters Level Certification.

*Hired Florida’s TOP personal trainer to help her design and implement her program.

*Got her body in incredible shape—she looks simply stunning in the videos.

The Program

Let’s talk about what you get with this program. Keep in mind I’m reviewing the full version of Flavia Del Monte’s Full-Body-Licious Program, including all the bonus material:

E-books:

Eat This-Burn Fat: This e-book will give you the basic nutritional strategies you’ll need in order to burn fat. Flavia describes general strategies and explains specific, practical ways to implement them (there are specific food recommendations, for example, as well as some sample meal plans).

Kitchen Makeover: This is available in both e-book and video format. She discusses the importance of taking control of what comes into your own kitchen: “I’m going to show you how to make your kitchen a safe zone vs. a war zone.”

Hormone Control: As the name implies, this short e-book discusses some simple strategies for manipulating hormones to maximize fat burning. Cortisol, for example, is a hormone essential for normal functioning. But sustained high cortisol levels will cause you to lose muscle—not what you want.

Fab 5 Supplement Guide: This is an explanation of five recommended supplements. I’d say this is the only e-book I did not agree with 100%. Here’s what I mean: I would recommend you shop around and look for less expensive supplements than the brand Flavia recommends. I don’t think you’d notice any difference if you use less expensive brands.

Workout Videos

The main Full-Body-Licious workout video series is split into five days:

Workout Videos

Day 1: Tight and Trim Thighs

Day 2: Showoff Stomach

Day 3: Booty Boost

Day 4: Sleek & Shapely Shoulders

Day 5: Beautiful Backside
Each video takes you through the workouts Flavia used to get in such incredible shape. You can also download printable, illustrated workout sheets to go along with each video.

These workouts are different than those designed for men.  Her training philosophy is to do full body training with limited rest between sets.  This kind of training is ideal for fat burning, which is what most women are interested in.  Just keep something in mind:  these workouts are hard–that’s what it takes to have a great body.

There are also two bonus videos available called Booty Beatdown. These videos show several additional exercises you can do to target the thighs and rear end.

“Booty Beatdown”

I’ve always considered video content to be the highlight of Del Monte fitness programs. Flavia’s videos are no exception—they are high-energy and very well made. You’ll see exactly what you need to do in terms of exercise.  I think you’ll also find extra motivation from the watching her and hearing her coaching.

Review:

Flavia Del Monte’s Full-Body-Licious is a well-designed nutrition and training program. I’m convinced it would work well if you implement it and stick to it.  Remember–this is not some magic bullet or gimmick (I don’t promote those).  This is a program for those willing to train and adjust their diets.

Just CLICK HERE if you are interested in this program (please use my links if you decide to order it—you’ll be supporting an honest voice in the fitness industry). 

Note:  Flavia has created a new program since I first wrote this review.  Here latest one is called Curvalicious, and I endorse it as well.

Eat Stop Eat Review

Eat-Stop-Eat Review: Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

I have been eager to get a copy of Eat-Stop-Eat for two reasons:

I was very impressed with Brad Pilon’s Anabolic Again program. I could tell he really does research—even if it leads him to radically different conclusions than what you may have heard from the fitness industry.

I’ve been hearing about intermittent fasting for quite some time and I wanted to learn more about it.

Let me first tell you a little about the author:

Brad Pilon is a nutrition professional with over seven years experience in the nutritional supplement industry. According to the e-book, Brad became “obsessed” with fitness and nutrition when he was still a child. He worked in a supplement store as a teenager, studied nutrition in college, and eventually landed a job in the supplement industry. But he decided to walk away from the industry because it seemed to contradict the very thing he had dedicated his life to—the real science of diet and nutrition.

Eat-Stop-Eat: is based on a very simple idea: you go for 24-hour periods without eating once or twice a week. This will sound crazy to some, but human beings have been doing this since the beginning of time (either for religious reasons or by necessity).

Why hasn’t more attention been given to this simple, effective way to lose weight? Simple: There’s not much money to be made by simply not eating.

You may believe that a period of fasting will wreck your metabolism, cause you to lose muscle, or harm you in other ways. But the research simply doesn’t support these fears. Fasting, in fact, has positive effects on several hormones, such as insulin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and growth hormone (to name a few). There are other health benefits Pilon discusses, but you’ll have to buy the book and read it for yourself.

Here’s what’s really neat: you don’t necessarily have to go a whole day without eating. You could, for example, eat dinner at 6:00 p.m. and wait until 6:00 p.m. the next day to eat. The plan is explained in much greater detail in the book, but I think you get the point.

Exercise is part of this program. Pilon suggests you do resistance/weight training so you will maintain your lean muscle mass. He gives the reader some simple guidelines for designing a program.

I think Eat-Stop-Eat has two HUGE advantages for the typical dieter.

It’s simple–the most simple diet plan I’ve every seen.  You don’t have to obsess over what kind of foods you are eating. Following his plan will result in a significant enough negative calorie balance without having to carefully plan every meal.

It’s doable. The biggest issue with any diet comes down to compliance—how well you follow the diet. “Fasting” may sound difficult, and any diet requires you to make some adjustments. But the act of fasting itself may help you reprogram your brain and reduce compulsive eating.

Update: 5th Edition

The above review was based on the 4th Edition of Brad’s book.  He has since updated it and the newest version is better than ever.  Here are a few things you’ll find in the 5th edition:

*Cellular Cleansing (page 99):  This section explores a process called autophagy, in which the body seems to be able to heal itself.  Fasting promotes autophagy; eating seems to shut it down.

*Fasting and Hunger (page 52):  Brad deals with the all-important issue of hunger and how fasting can actually help you overcome compulsive eating.

*Fasting and Your Muscle Mass (page 46): The information on preserving lean muscle mass has been expanded–important information if you believe fasting will cause your muscles to atrophy.

*The new edition also has information about testosterone (page 65), explaining why intermittent fasting will not lower it (fasting may help you maintain health testosterone levels).

*There’s also more information about endurance–Brad wrote about this in the 4th edition, but this has also be expanded.

UPSELL:

You can also buy an additional e-book called Eat-Stop-Eat Optimized.  This is another valuable resource because you’ll get some extra tips on how Brad stays lean throughout the year.  I’d recommend buying this if you chose to order this program.

Brad Pilon, Author of Eat-Stop-Eat

Final Thoughts:

Eat-Stop-Eat is the ultimate guide to intermittent fasting.  Buy it and you’ll learn just how simple fat loss can be.  Just CLICK HERE  if you’d like to order it or learn more.   Please use my links if this review has helped you–you’ll be supporting and honest voice in the fitness industry.