I really had fun doing the medicine ball workouts! I had never
done anything with medicine balls, and it’s always kind of cool
to try something new! As with all TT workouts, the medicine ball workouts are done 3 times per week, so there is a workout A, B, and C. For example, you would do A on Mon, B on Wed, and C on Friday. Then the following week, you do A, then B and C, etc. At the end of 4 weeks of one TT workout, you simply switch to a different one.
After 4 weeks of the Medicine Ball Workout, I switched to TT Fat Loss Fusion—Advanced. I like this workout because it has some of my favorite fat-blasting exercises: Clean & press, Spiderman push-ups, mountain climbers, etc. Again, different stuff all the time. You are always changing things up, which keeps the workouts more fun. (Not to mention the fact that your body never has time to get too “efficient” at the work you’re giving it, so you stop getting results) There are new challenges and new exercises to learn and perform all the time. I am still learning new exercises! There is more to working out than leg lifts on the machines? HA!
TT 2K9 is another great workout. It contains the KILLER stability ball jackknife…a tough but massively effective Ab/core exercise. The interval TT2K9 Interval Workout #2 is my favorite (so far!) of all the TT interval workouts. I started out TT doing this interval workout at a level 2 incline.
I could not finish the whole thing without a little cheating—had to slow the final intervals down, etc. It was so brutally hard!!! I ended the 12 weeks completing this same workout at a level 6.0 incline, with NO cheating!
This workout rocks! If I had to pick a favorite workout, it would probably be this one. It was a great program to end my 12 weeks with—very challenging, and very effective!! The workout C has this crazy, difficult bodyweight interval circuit. YIKES! It is really hard to do, but I was getting better and better at it. It actually took me awhile to figure out I was doing the T-pushups wrong…Those are hard. I was doing them just twisting and putting my arms up--not doing the actual pushups first…YO! It’s a called a “T” PUSH-up for a reason!
Here are what my workouts were like before and after Turbulence Training:
Before: Body builder “split” workouts in the gym, heavy on machines
After: Bodyweight workouts
Before: Same exact workouts ALL the time
After: Always doing something new and different
Before: Perform many sets of 1 exercise then many of the next, etc.
After: Super sets
Before: Single-joint exercises
After: Whole body, multi-joint exercises
Before: Massive, steady-state cardio
After: Short, but INTENSE interval training
Before: No results, LOTS of work, LOTS of time spent on workouts, LOTS of frustration, always stalled out and quit after 2-3 weeks of chasing my tail.
After: Amazing results, Working SHORT (smart!) but hard, so excited about results, keeping up with this after 12 weeks…still going…LOTS of time LEFT OVER for skiing, playing with my kids, going out with my husband, riding my horses, rafting, kayaking, hiking, spending time with my friends!!! (I still do not have any time left over for laundry, cooking, and cleaning)
The biggest and HARDEST thing for me to learn and believe, was how ineffective, and even counter-productive steady-state cardio is for fat and weight loss. Cardio has always been the “staple” of my workout regimen—all my life!!! I can’t believe how quickly, with the TT workouts and interval training, I made the progress I had always wanted to make!!
I learned that after about 45 minutes of steady-state cardio, you have used all your available glycogen stores (your body converts carbohydrates into glycogen, a fuel used by your brain and muscles). Your body starts looking for more fuel, and guess where it goes? TO YOUR MUSCLE!!! It starts to chomp and chew on your fat-burning, metabolism-boosting MUSCLE as fuel for the rest of the boring cardio you’re making it do!!!
A rule of thumb: After 45 minutes…WALK AWAY from the treadmill. You cannot afford to lose any muscle. Your muscle is what burns up your fat and makes you lean. Remember—the amount of muscle you have influences your resting metabolic rate (RMR). The more muscle you have, the higher your RMR, and the more calories you will burn just going about your day! When you do excessive steady-state cardio, you lower your RMR, and you will have a VERY hard time losing fat and weight. The more you run….the more muscle you strip away…the lower your metabolism goes….the harder it is for you to burn any fat. It’s a BUMMER!
This is why you see the same people at the gym, running on the treadmill, riding a bike, climbing a stair-stepper, every day, every week, not making any changes…They still look the same. They do not look incredible. They never look different.
With steady-state cardio, you are burning calories, but only while you are DOING the cardio. Once you stop your exercise, that’s it. When you do an intense interval workout, you jack up your metabolism, creating a fiery furnace that is going to burn insane amounts of fat and calories—not only DURING the workout, but for up to FORTY-EIGHT hours AFTER the workout!!! That means, you are burning calories all day long for up to 2 whole days after the workout, just sitting on the couch, sleeping…whatever! Talk about efficiency!!!
Do interval training for your workouts—not slow, boring cardio. Period.
The resistance training with multi-joint bodyweight is FAR superior to any single-joint movement or machine exercise you can do. You are stressing major muscle groups—lots of them at the same time. Your body is working incredibly hard during the workout because of all the muscles you are incorporating, AND after the workout, it is working incredibly hard to repair all the muscles you have damaged! Work your whole body at once and burn massive fat and calories all at once! With single-joint movements, you are doing one little muscle at a time…taking TONS of your time, that you might not have to spare!!
The idea with your workouts is to do MORE work in LESS time. Work harder and smarter! This is really the nugget of the whole thing. You are being more effective—getting faster and better results, and you are spending a fraction of the time to do it!!!
I have found it a phenomenal program. If you want the “skinny” on Turbulence training (and YOU DO!), here is the link for more details and information: www.turbulencetraining.com
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