Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Did you see what's coming in 2010?




No, these aren't words to describe the latest train-wreck reality show on TV...

...instead, these are just 3 of the amazing new workouts coming in 2010 from Turbulence Training.

2010 is going to be one of the most exciting years of your life when it comes to workouts because Craig Ballantyne, creator of Turbulence Training has just released his 2010 cool workout line-up.

With names like Adrenaline, Addiction, Transformation, and many others, you just know they are going to be the best workouts you've ever done.

Craig also has a huge list of exciting updates for 2010 that you're going to love. Check them out on his blog here:


There's going to be a lot of crazy adventures and you're going to burn fat with Adrenaline, Addiction, the new Hard-Core program, and 21 other workouts...

And let him know on the blog if you have any workout suggestions,

Arthur M.

PS - There's just one thing...

...these workouts are ONLY available to Turbulence Training Members.

But you can become a TT Member for free for 30 days when you grab your copy of Turbulence Training for 50% off today:


And soon you'll have the TT Transformation program too.

PPS - Craig promises that the TT Transformation program will be out by January 15th, 2010...

...just in time for you to use for the 7th TT Transformation Contest where you could win up to $1000 just for losing your belly fat.

Find out more when you become a TT Member today.

But hurry, the 50% Turbulence Training sale is only available until Friday, January 1st.

Friday, December 25, 2009

4 Common But Useless Fat Burning Exercises

You may be wasting your time in the gym or at home if you are trying to shape your body or get rid of bodyfat.

Most people are. That is when it comes to exercise for getting rid of bellyfat and getting into better shape.

Here they are...


      USELESS EXERCISE 1: Walking Dumbbell Lunges


Okay ladies, this one is for you... although guys do this exercise as well.

This is where you take a pair of dumbbells and kneel with one leg, then the other, and so-on, walking around the gym as you go.

The idea behind this exercise is to work the butt, and to some extent the thighs... but it's a joke. It's something invented by trainers who should know better.

If you want to build and tone your butt, exercise one leg at a time. Lunges are a great exercise for this, but save your energy. Do them on a Smith Machine or with a barbell. Work one leg at a time, too. Do not alternate legs. This just wears you out aerobically before it has a chance to get to your glutes.

Here's how to perform lunges:  On a Smith Machine, with pretty heavy weights... one leg at a time. Do 2-3 sets, or do them in the 7 Minute Body-style workout fashion. Finish one leg (and one butt cheek) before moving to the other leg.

Why? Again, to focus on the muscle more intensely and to avoid turning a leg/butt workout into a cardio session.

Jon Benson covers exactly how to work the butt area for the best results in 7 Minute Body and 7 Minute Muscle, found right here: ----- >


      USELESS EXERCISE 2:  The Sit-up


I'm shocked that people still think sit-ups done the old-fashioned way actually work the abs. Even worse, most people have been fooled into believing this actually helps get rid of bellyfat.

Nonsense. Bellyfat is burned off when you have a good nutrition plan and through general exercise, not using exercises for the abs. Ab exercises are fine, but guess what?

Jon Benson never trains his abs more than 3-5 minutes. Today his ab workout took 3 minutes and 12 seconds to complete. And he states that his abs are sore!

But without the nutrition plan, forget it... he'd never SEE his abs at all. He'd just have a nice wall of muscle with a bunch of flab covering it up.

The best nutrition plan for abs is The Every Other Day Diet plan, found here: ----- >

The best exercises to do for the actual ab muscles are hanging leg raises, done slowly, crunches (if you do them right)... and that's really all you need.


      USELESS EXERCISE 3:  The Bench Press


Jon Benson  states, “I'm going to get a lot of flack from the guys out there who love to bench, but I'm here to tell you that this exercise for bodyshaping is all but worthless.”

Why? Because most people are not built right body-wise to bench press on a flat bench with a barbell. I am not, that's for sure.

Bench presses work if you have short arms, a relatively short torso, and your shoulders are genetically strong.

Protect your shoulders and really work your chest by doing incline dumbbell presses with your palms facing OUT, not in toward your head. This protects the rotator cuff, a part of the shoulder that is often injured using barbell bench presses.

Combine this with a good cable fly or press movement and you're set. Again, you only need about 7-14 minutes of chest work tops to get the job done.


      USELESS EXERCISE 4:  Most Cardio Exercises


Yep... saved the best for last.

Here's a fact:  Most cardio (bike, treadmill, glider, whatever) is a waste to time... UNLESS you do it at the right time with the right nutrition plan.

The calories you burn from cardio will be easily negated simply by eating a bagel! Hardly effective for getting rid of bodyfat. Weight training and/or resistance training at home or with your body weight, as covered in 7 Minute Muscle, is your best bet for exercise that burns-off mega-calories and keeps on burning long after the exercise session is over.

Here's how to use traditional cardio wisely:

1. Do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach;
2. Keep your heart rate down to 75% of your max (220 minus your age x .75 will give you this number, at least approximately);
3. "Burst" for 2-3 minutes in your session up to 85-90% of your max heart rate.
4. OR, do cardio right after weight or resistance training when your heart rate is already elevated and your blood sugar is lower. Your body burns blood sugar first during exercise.

Cardio for most people only needs to be performed 3-4 times a week for 20 minutes.

Hope this saves you a ton of time with your workouts.

Enjoy your holidays!

Arthur M.

P.S.  You can get both books, The Every Other Day Diet plan and 7 Minute Body, for a big-time discount by going here and watching this presentation: ----- >

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fat Burning Cardio Workout Secrets

If you're spending 30-45 minutes a day on the treadmill, or gauging the quality of your workout by how many calories the elliptical machine states that you've burned, then I have bad news for are slowing your fat loss results considerably.

Just say NO to cardio.

If you do, you can end up like these fat loss success stories:


The quickest way to burning fat is not to work out in the "fat burning" zone or to do endless amounts of long, slow, boring cardio, but instead to ramp up your workout intensity.

And the most proven way to do that is with short burst exercise in the form of interval training. That's the cardio secret to getting more results.

With interval training you'll do short burst exercise for 30-60 seconds followed by 60-120 seconds of light recovery.

It's that simple. 

In the case of 30/60 for example, you would do 30 seconds of burst exercise followed by 60 seconds of light activity and repeat that up to six times.

This type of interval training is perfect when added to your Turbulence Training resistance supersets and you'll transform your body, just like these fat loss contest winners:


Who knows, it might even be you who wins the $1000 grand prize in the 7th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest that starts on Sunday, December 27th, right after Christmas.

In the meantime, get inspired by these amazing men and women and get ready to use the interval training cardio secret to burn fat in 2010.

Arthur M.

PS - The 7th TT Contest starts on Sunday, December 27th.

It starts right after Christmas, and it could be your chance to win $1000 just for losing your belly fat and transforming your body.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Top 5 Holiday Fat Burning Gifts

With Christmas gifts and New Year's Resolutions only a few weeks away, fitness and fat loss expert Craig Ballantyne sent me his top 5 gift suggestions to share with you.

It doesn't matter if you're buying for someone or if you want to know the best fitness gifts to ask for, Craig has the 5 best fitness present suggestions.

#5 - A kettlebell

With a kettlebell, you can burn calories, do intervals, work your abs, build strength, and completely sculpt your body. Beginner women should start with a 12-18 pound kettlebell while beginner men can start with an 18 or 35 pound bell.

#4 - A blender to create delicious blender drinks and meals

For about $60-$100 you can get a machine to blend up fruits, veggies, nuts, protein powder, and seeds to create a nutrient dense complete meal to overcome busy mornings or to create the perfect snack or dessert. Once you get started "blending your nutrition", you'll be amazed at what you can create.

#3 - A Gymboss Timer

This little timer allows you to set two different intervals and will alert you when each interval is up. It's a cheap - $20 - tool that will help you organize your workouts and maximize your results.

#2 - A Stability Ball

The stability ball is one of the most versatile fitness tools, and it allows you to exercise your abs and back of your legs better than any bodyweight only exercises.

#1 - The Turbulence Training Fat Loss System

With Turbulence Training for Fat Loss you can lose fat and sculpt your body in the comfort of your own home, without doing long, slow, boring cardio. It is a proven, guaranteed program that will help you lose belly fat and get a lean, hard, flat stomach.

This is the #1 home workout and perfect for your New Year's fat loss program, especially if you hate going to busy gyms.

Plus, you can even try out Turbulence Training for less than the price of a giant, fancy coffee at Starbucks.

Click here to give Turbulence Training a 21-day try-out for less than 5 bucks:


And remember: This program is guaranteed to work for you. You have nothing to lose - and it is the perfect program for anyone in your family or group of friends who loves to workout.

So those are the 5 best fitness presents you can give - or receive - this year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Arthur M.

PS - Don't miss out on your chance to use Turbulence Training to win up to $1000 cash in the 7th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest that starts on Sunday, December 27th.

Click here to get ready to get started with Turbulence Training:


More details on the 7th Transformation Contest coming soon!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

How To Keep From Gaining Weight When Injured

What do you do if you were just making great progress in your training and then all of a sudden you get an injury? Let's say that you lost a ton of weight, were getting really excited and then you develop shin splints or perhaps you twist your ankle. Are you doomed to put all that weight back on because you can not do cardio any more? What are your options?

You can read the rest of this article or view it (pretty much word for word... almost  in the video below.

I think this is just a case of thinking that there is only one way to tackle a challenge. Most people think that in order to lose weight or better yet "fat" to be more accurate, that you need to do cardio. They think you need to run, bike or get on the elliptical machine every day in order to stay lean.

While doing lots of cardio will burn calories and it works for a lot of people, I do not even think it is the best way to lose fat or keep it off any way. Cardio is just a little tool you use to help the process along.

Now let me explain that a bit.

All that is needed to lose fat is to speed up your metabolism, burn off excess fat tissue and keep from putting more on. So how do you do that?

You speed up your metabolism through intense exercise. My choice is resistance training at a fast pace. Having said that though, most people gravitate to slow steady state cardio. Why? Because it is easier and hurts less.

How do you burn off excess adipose tissue or fat? The same way you speed up your metabolism. They are two sides of the same coin. Once your metabolism is sped up, and you are not exceeding your daily caloric intake, then you will start burning off the excess fat you are storing on those thighs and abs.

How do you keep from putting more fat back on? By watching your food intake along with the above two mentioned factors. Now most people think they are watching what they eat and maybe they are. The thing is though that the lens they are looking through is distorted. They think they know right from wrong but they don't. The information that they are following in order to do things correctly is really tainted with misinformation that usually comes from sales and company marketing campaigns that are done to increase the bottom line.

But that is another whole article.

So back to the main question. "What do you do to keep the weight off after getting an injury that keeps you from doing cardio?" Eat right and train intensely with face paced resistance training or circuit style workouts for the upper body.

Here is a great example of what I mean in my 24 HOUR JUMP START WORKOUT ROUTINE.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How to Spot Reduce and Burn ONLY the Fat Off Your Stomach...

By Nick Nilsson

I'll share with you my top-secret technique for burning ONLY the fat off your stomach. This is spot-reducing at its can even apply this technique to ANY other specific areas you want to tone up!

Yep, it's exciting and I know you're curious so I'll get right into it!

To perform this technique, you're going to need a roll of duct tape, 3 double cheeseburgers, a set of jumper cables and a housecat...

Ok, you're going to hate me for this...

The truth is there IS no top-secret technique for spot reducing and burning only the fat from your stomach. I made that headline up in hopes that you would at least read far enough into this article to learn the TRUTH about how your body burns fat and WHERE it burns fat from (and I'll try to keep it entertaining so you actually want to read the whole thing :) ).

And honestly, this type of question is one of THE most frequently asked questions I've gotten in all the years I've been answering questions online...

"How do I get rid of fat from just my [insert area here]?"

Bottom line is, you can't. And even those stupid creams and lotions won't do it (one of these days I swear I'm going to get one of those creams and put it only on the left side of my abs and not the right and see what happens...I'm sure I'll have a ripped 3 pack within days).

To lose fat from any one specific place in your body, you're going to have to lose it from EVERYWHERE ELSE, too. There's really no getting around it.

I like to use the analogy of a swimming pool (I "borrowed" this one from fat-loss guru Tom Venuto)...

When you're filling up a swimming pool (the pool is your total amount of body fat), the deep end fills up first, right? Then the shallow end fills up as the water level rises.

Generally speaking, the deep end can be compared to the areas where you put on fat FIRST. The shallow end is where you put on fat LAST.

When you go to lose fat, look at the swimming pool again...when you drain the swimming pool, you can't drain water from just the deep end! It drains from the whole pool at once...the shallow end shows it first, THEN the deep end last.

So basically (and fairly depressingly!), the fat you want to get rid of FIRST is the fat that's going to come off pretty much LAST. To burn just stomach fat (or thigh fat or back fat), you'd have to figure out a way to defeat the entire system your body uses to store fat.

Sticking a vacuum into your belly with surgery is one way to do it - taking useless pills like Acai Berry definitely WON'T do it, no matter how many "simple rules" you follow (in that case, the simple rule is "give us all your money so you can't afford food anymore" - I guess that one actually WILL work).

And that's not even all your options for losing stomach fat...

1. Starvation dieting - this is THE best way to lose weight...of course, it'll be mostly muscle, which will send your metabolism into a nosedive, which will make it harder to continue to lose weight, which will make it easier to REGAIN weight, which will keep that lovely stomach fat firmly where you left it, even though the precious scale shows a smaller number...oops, somebody changed the calibration on actually weigh more now...never mind.

2. Diet pills - pretty much all of these will work for you, especially the ones that say you can eat anything you want and still lose weight (just make sure you're never more than 15 feet from a bathroom). You know the manufacturers are only interested in your success and well-being, after all! And don't forget, the heart is a muscle and the faster it goes, the more calories you burn, right! Who wouldn't want to have their heart-rate up in the "training zone" while they're about efficiency!

3. High Impact Aerobics For Beginners - the good news is, soft tissue injuries require a LOT of calories to heal up, so bust out those Step Tae Bosu Dance tapes and go nuts!

Okay, let's move on to some of the more "radical, unproven" stuff ;)...

1. Eating natural, wholesome foods - what a crock! The only thing anybody has ever lost from eating this garbage is fat. Oh wait...

2. Weight training - even more useless than good nutrition, weight training is something to stay away from. All it will do is build muscle and increase your metabolism. Total B.S. Same with interval's the worst.

3. Supplementing with multivitamins, minerals, fish oil and protein - I know...I can't make this stuff up! Some people actually USE these things to support their nutrition while eating natural foods and training with weights for fat loss. I guess their quack doctors wouldn't write out a prescription for Orlistat or Xenical or Gottapoopital.

So bottom line, fat loss isn't rocket science...just don't eat anything, take a lot of pills and thrash around for hours on end until you hurt yourself.


Nick Nilsson is Vice-President of the online personal training company BetterU, Inc. He has a degree in Physical Education and Psychology and has been inventing new training techniques for more than 16 years. Nick is the author of a number of bodybuilding eBooks including "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss," "The Best Exercises You've Never Heard Of," "Gluteus to the Maximus - Build a Bigger Butt NOW!" and "The Best Abdominal Exercises You've Never Heard Of" all available at He can be contacted at