Best Beginner Weight Loss Workout – TT Beginner Workout A

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 13-10-2011-05-2008


Hey, it’s nearly the weekend and I have another great video workout for you…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you the Best Beginner Weight Loss Workout – TT Beginner Workout A.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)

This is the Turbulence Training beginner level workout A. We will start with the first superset, dumbbell squats and pushups.

For the db squat exercise, you are going to start by holding a set of dumbbells in your hands at arm’s length, with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. With your chest out, head up, push your hips back, squatting to parallel and then back up. Be sure to use a nice and controlled descent and then a strong contraction on the way up. In total, you will perform 10 repetitions of the dumbbell squat exercise.

Without rest, immediately move on to the next exercise in the workout, the pushup or kneeling pushup. Placing your body in a straight line, drop your chest down to just above the ground and press up with your chest, triceps and shoulders. Again, you will perform 10 repetitions of this exercise and then rest for 1 minute before repeating the superset 1 more times.

In the second superset, you will pair dumbbell rows with stability ball leg curls. So, for the db row, you are going to have the db in one hand, while the other hand is going to rest on the end of the bench as is the knee on the same side. Now, keep your back flat and bend your back knee, while planting the foot into the ground. Place the db at arm’s length, and then using your upper back and lats (a back muscle), bring your shoulder blade towards the midline and row that dumbbell up to your chest. It is important to pull with your back and to just use your arm to hold the db, making this not so much an arm exercise, but a back exercise. Do 10 repetitions for one side, then switch over and do 10 for the other.

Now, without resting, you will move on to the next exercise in the superset, the stability ball leg curl for 12 repetitions. Heels up, hips up and curl that ball back in with your hamstrings, being sure to keep your body in a straight line. Rest one minute and repeat that superset one more time for a total of 2 supersets.

We will finish workout A with a third superset of two abdominal exercises, the ab curl up and the side plank. So, for the ab curl up, lie on your back, one leg is bent and the other is flat (it doesn’t matter which), you can place your hands under your lower back to support it. Next, keep your head in a straight line with your body and curl your shoulder blades off the ground and then back down. Do 1 repetitions of this exercise and as you get stronger and fitter you can hold the top position for up to 5 seconds.

Next, move immediately into the side plank done for 15 seconds per side. If you find this too easy, then you can hold the position for 30 seconds. So, hold for 15 seconds on one side, and then 15 seconds on the other side, rest one minute and repeat that superset for a total of 2 supersets.

Now that you’ve finished the strength training you can move on to the interval training and then finish off with your stretching.

Fat Loss Interval Training

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 06-10-2011-05-2008


Hey, it’s Nigel…

In this video you will learn about interval training and how important it is for fat loss.  Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you 3 interval training workouts to help get you started on your fat loss journey.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

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The interval training portion of your workouts is very important for fat loss. Not only has research shown that long, slow cardio doesnt work that well for fat burning, but studies also show that interval training works better to help you lose belly fat.

Unfortunately, just saying the words interval training can spare people, plus some trainers make interval training far too complicated for people who have never done interval training in the past.

The great news is that interval training can be done by everyone, even beginners, provided you have them exercise at the right level of intensity for their fitness level.

Generally, I recommend people use the stationary bike for their interval training workout simply because it is easy to transition between hard an easy and you don’t have to worry about falling off the treadmill or advanced sprinting. Also, you’ll need an extra warm-up with sprinting intervals.

In this example I am going to use the treadmill and I recommend doing your interval training immediately following your strength training. However, if you aren’t fit enough, then you can do interval training or cardio training on your off days instead. Just be sure to have 1 full day of rest. For your intervals, you will want to train 3 days/week.

Below I am going to detail 3 interval training workouts from the beginner preparation phase.

Workout A

Start with a 5 minute warm up, exercising at a slightly harder than what you’d do for a regular cardio pace. For example, if you normally do 3.5 mph, then do 3.7 mph for 3 minutes.

This would be at a subjective 7/10 intensity level. So if your regular cardio was at a 6/10, then think about that intensity and then go a little bit higher. This will allow you to exercise harder than you normally would if you went for 30 minutes straight.

After 3 minutes at a 7/10 intensity it is important to bring it down to a nice, easy 3/10 intensity for your recovery. At this pace you will remain for 2 minutes and it will allow you to work extra hard when you bring it back up to the 7/10 intensity.

Do this for a total of 3 total intervals of hard and easy, counting as one. Finish with a 5 minute cool down. This interval training workout will last a little over 20 minutes.

Workout B

This interval training workout is a little more difficult than workout A. Complete your warm up and then do 90 seconds at an 8/10 intensity. This would almost tire you out after 90 seconds at this pace, and then follow with a 2 minute recovery at a 3/10 intensity. Complete for a total of 5-6 intervals, followed by a 5 minute cool down, lasting a total of 20-25 minutes.

Workout C

This is a high intensity cardio workout. To complete workout C, you will perform 20 minutes of straight cardio at a 6-6.5/10 intensity. So this would be something that tires you out after 20 minutes and something you couldn’t do for 25 minutes. Again, begin with a 5 minute warm up, 20
minutes of cardio, and follow that with 5 minutes of cool down.

Do each of those workouts once per week at the end of your resistance training workouts and youll burn fat fast.

Medicine Ball Ab Workout Exercises

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 01-10-2011-05-2008


OK, it’s the weekend and time for your next challenge…

Today I’m going to share with you some more ab exercises…

In this video you will learn how you can get ripped abs with this medicine ball ab workout.  Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you exactly how to perform the medicine ball abs  workout and get a flat stomach with six pack abs.

You’ll need a medicine ball to perform the workouts but it will be the greatest investment you will ever make. You will be shocked at the results you will achieve with this workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)

Youre about to discover an amazing medicine ball abdominal exercise circuit published in Men’s Health Medicine magazine from the December 2008 issue.

If you’ve seen the magazine, then you will have seen there are a lot of crunches and even some sit-ups in there. But, if you’re not an advanced college athlete, then you probably don’t need to be doing those exercises. You especially want to avoid those types of exercises if you sit at a desk all day and have lower back problems.

So, I’m going to take most of the exercises from that program and do them in this circuit, but replace the sit-ups and crunches with alternative versions that are still effective for your abs, but easier on your lower back.

This is going to be a 10 exercise circuit, with 20 repetitions per exercise. If you’re advanced, then you can use a medicine ball; otherwise you can use a basketball, or a soccer ball.

You will start the medicine ball abdominal circuit with the big circles exercise. So, place the ball above your head and then bring it down and around, and up the other side, and then around again. Continue this motion for 10 repetitions, and then switch directions for another 10 repetitions.

The second abdominal exercise is the Woodchopper. To perform this exercise, place the ball out in front of you and swing the ball straight up and down, making sure to squat down while bringing the ball down. Repeat for 20 repetitions.

Once you’ve completed all of the Woodchoppers, then move on to the Golf Squat Chop. Start with the ball beside your head and then bring the ball down to the opposite foot and then right back up. As you are returning the ball to the starting position, be sure to twist your hips slightly and raise that opposite foot. Complete 10 repetitions for each side.

After the Golf Squat Chop, you’ll move onto the Squat Press. With the ball in front of you, squat down, and on the way up, press the ball above your head. As you squat down, bring the ball down with you and then back up again. Again, perform this exercise for 20 repetitions.

Next up in the medicine ball circuit is the Plank Rollout. To do this abdominal exercise, place your elbows on the medicine ball, and then roll the ball out and in while in the plank position. Complete 20 repetitions for this exercise.

Once you’ve finished all the repetitions for the plank rollout, quickly move on to Mountain Climbers. Place your hands on the ball while down in the push-up position, and bring your knee up to your chest, performing 10 repetitions per side.

The next exercise is the McGill Crunch, named after Dr. Stuart McGill. In this abdominal exercise, one leg is bent which helps to take the stress off of the lower back. So, lie flat on your back, with one knee bent and place the ball above your head. Next, you will curl up, just lifting your shoulders up off the ground, and then back down. Perform 10 repetitions for each knee.

After the McGill crunches, you’ll move onto a diagonal Lunge Chop. For your starting position, stand with your feet hip width apart, and the ball raised above your head. Now, you will step into a forward lunge and swing the ball diagonally across your body, and then back up. Be sure to alternate sides, completing 10 repetitions per side.

Next, you’ll perform the Medicine Ball Rollout. So on your knees, place your hands on the ball in front of you. Roll the ball out, making sure to keep your back nice and straight and then back in. In this ab exercise you do not need to go out very far, but just enough to feel a stretch in your abdominals.

Finally, you’ll finish off with the medicine ball Jackknife exercise. Again, you will be using a shorter range of motion. To get in position for this exercise, place your body in the push-up position, place your feet on the ball, and then bring your knees in as much as possible. Perform 20 repetitions and that’s it!