Abdominal Exercises with TT AAA Abs Workout C

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness | Posted on 08-05-2012-05-2008

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This is Workout C from the TT AAA Abs program. We’ve already gone through 2 intense workouts, but we’re going to finish off with a total body circuit called the X9 Factor.

Start with kettlebell swings. These are 2-hand swings and you need to power up with the hips. Drive them back and power them back up.

Move immediately into extended pushups. Move your arms out in front of you as you lower yourself down and back up.

The next exercise is a stability ball pike. This is a more advanced version of the stability ball jackknife. Place your feet on the ball and your hands on the floor and pull the ball in as you push your hips up until you are in a pike position. Try to get your hips as high up as possible. If you are not very flexible, just do jackknifes in place of them.

Move immediately into stability ball back extensions. Plant your feet against a wall or something stable. Your chest is supported by the ball. Place your hands behind your head and raise yourself up and back down.

Next is a 1-arm kettlebell swing. Make sure you are driving back with your hips and back up. If you are more advanced, you can do snatches in place of the swings. Do all reps on one side and then do all reps on the other side.

Next you will do high rep close grip pushups. Tuck your elbows into your sides with your hands closer together as you move down and back up. Do as many as you can.

Move immediately into stability ball leg curls. Place your feet on the ball and bridge your hips up with your arms out to the side. Curl the ball in while keeping your hips up the entire time. Do 20 reps.

The next exercise is a stability ball rollout. Place the ball in front of you and start in an upright position, roll the ball out. Get a nice long stretch as you roll out and contract your abs when you pull it back in. If you have an ab wheel, you can use that in place of a stability ball. This is going to be harder than using a stability ball.

Finally, you’re going to finish off preferably with a sprint as the last exercise. If you can’t do sprinting, you can sprint in place or finish with burpees.

That’s the AAA Abs Workout C X9 Factor.

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Abdominal Exercises with TT AAA Abs Workout A

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 06-05-2012-05-2008

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Now that you are warmed up, you’re going to start this workout with a tri-set or a mini circuit.

Move right into the maximum number of underhanded grip chin-ups in perfect form. With your palms facing toward you and your hands about shoulder width apart or slightly wider, pull yourself up so your chin is over the bar. Pull up and slowly back down.

If you can’t do chin-ups, you can substitute these with underhand inverted rows or you can skip this one. For inverted rows, set your bar up and grip the bar with your palms facing back. Row your chest up to the bar and back down. Do the maximum amount of reps.

Without rest, move immediately into push-ups. Again, you’ll do the maximum number of push-ups as you can for this. When you do these, you’ll probably only going to be able to do about 60-70% of your normal maximum push up number.

Move immediately into dumbbell forward lunges, alternating sides. You can either do these in the same place or do walking lunges.

Rest 1 minute and repeat this circuit 1 more time. This is a little bit of competition for your grip, so you won’t have great results in the second round, but after you’ve done this workout for a couple of weeks, you will see improvement with your performance with the second round, especially in the number of push-ups after doing the chin-ups.

In the next superset you will start with dumbbell step-ups. Put one foot up onto a bench and pull yourself up by driving through your heel. Slowly lower back down with putting all of your weight on your lead leg. Repeat this on the other side.

Move immediately into dumbbell pullovers on the stability ball. If you are not comfortable with your balance on the ball, you can do this movement on the bench instead. By using the ball, this will allow a little more of a stretch in your abdominals, which is what were after with this. Slide out on the ball and keep your hips bridged up at all times. Hold the dumbbell straight up and slowly lower it back down and stretch out. Contract your abdominals on the way up. Make sure you keep your hips up throughout the entire exercise for perfect form.

The final superset will start with renegade rows with dumbbells. Its best to use the hexagon dumbbells on a flat surface so they stay in place. If you only have rounded dumbbells, you will want to use dumbbell rows instead or you can even use kettlebells.

Place the dumbbells under you in the push-up position with your body in a straight line and your abs braced and your feet apart. Your external obliques are going to work really hard to maintain that straight body position. Row the dumbbell up and slowly back down, while minimizing the movement at your hips. Keep this very strong and very straight.

Move immediately into 2 handed kettlebell swings. Swing down and back up driving through your hips.

Finish this workout with bodyweight interval training. This is really a unique training program, but probably one of the hardest ones that I’ve put together.

Start out with 10 squat jumps, rest for 10 seconds and then repeat this 3 more times, for a total of 4 sets of 10.

Next you will do 10 pogo calf jumps, rest for 10 seconds and then repeat this 3 more times, for a total of 4 sets of 10. Bounce on the balls of your feet and bring your toes up as you jump up.

After that you’ll do 10 stability ball jackknifes, rest for 10 seconds and repeat this 3 more times for a total of 4 sets of 10. You can either do these with your hands on the floor or on a bench. If you are more advanced, you can hold a plank position for the 10 second rest.

Finally, finish this out with 5 Turkish get-ups per side, rest for 10 seconds and repeat this 3 more times for a total of 4 sets. Keep your arm extended up the entire time.

Make sure you perform this circuit on a softer surface, not on pavement or concrete. The best place would be out on the grass or a soccer field. Make sure you are landing properly too. If you are not comfortable with the jumps, just so bodyweight squats or jumping jacks or something else that is lower impact.

Train hard and train safe!

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Abs Workout with TT AAA Ab Workout Warmup

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 04-05-2012-05-2008

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In this warm-up you will do a circuit of bodyweight exercises, with no rest in between. Once you’ve gone through one time, rest 30 seconds and repeat one to two more times.

The first exercise of the bodyweight warm-up is an Overhead Squat. So if you can, grab a broomstick and place it overhead as this will help to open your chest, while also working your upper back. Next, place your feet just wider than hip-width apart, push your hips back and squat down and then back up.

By having the broomstick up overhead makes it easier to keep your hands back and shoulder blades together.

After you do the overhead squat, the next exercise is the Elevated Push-up. So, in a regular push-up position, place one hand on an object that is 4-6 inches off the ground and then do a push-up. Perform all reps for one side and then switch sides.

The next exercise is the Stability Ball Hip Extension. This exercise is similar to the leg curl in that you are working the hamstrings, but has a slight variation. So lay on the ground and drive your heels straight down into the ball so the ball doesn’t roll away from you. Next, bridge your hips up and then back down (don’t touch the floor). You will find that when you are in the top position your hamstrings are really going to be working to produce a powerful contraction.

Next you will do “Ys” and “Ts” using the ball to support your bodyweight. To start, place the balls of your feet on the floor, your chest on the ball with arms up in a “Y” position, and thumbs pointed towards the ceiling. The focus in this exercise is to really work the muscles between your shoulder blades. Try not to use your shoulders too much.

The “Ts” are the same as the “Ys” with the exception being your arms are straight out to your sides in this exercise. You’ll find in this exercise it is easier to squeeze the muscle between the shoulder blades.

To finish off the bodyweight warm-up you will do regular jumping jacks. The key with this exercise is to make sure your arms go straight up overhead, keeping your hands back. This will ensure you’re working the muscles between the shoulder blades and ultimately improving your shoulder mobility.

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Bodyweight 500 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 06-01-2012-05-2008

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Hope you’ve been progressing well with the bodyweight challenge workouts? 

Next up for you is another great video workout to challenge you even more…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 500 challenge.

You’ll do 500 bodyweight repetition exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

This is the ultimate challenge where you will perform 500 bodyweight repetitions in the BW 500 workout challenge.

Starting out with 50 prisoner squats, you want to get in a squat position and place your hands behind your head. Be sure to keep your elbows back as this will force your upper back to work a little more in this exercise.

Immediately following the prisoner squats, you are going to go into 50 push-ups. The good thing about this particular exercise is that you can split these up however you like. For example, you can do 10 repetitions five times or 25 repetitions two times.

Jumps is the next exercise from the Bodyweight 500 challenge you’ll do. This time you are going to do 25 repetitions. Be sure in this exercise that you brace your body for the landing so as to reduce the impact on your body. So, once you come down into the regular squat position, you’ll jump right back up in the air, arms extended.

After the jumps, you are going to move into 25 leg curl repetitions. This is a surprisingly tough exercise, especially after the jumps and squats. To begin, lie on the floor, with your feet up on the stability ball, bridge your hips up in the air, and contract your hamstrings to bring the ball into your body and then back out.

In to the next exercise, you’ll perform 50 stability ball jackknives. So place your elbows on a bench, feet on the stability ball, keeping your body in a straight line, bring your knees to your chest and then back out.

Once you’ve completed the jackknives, you’ll do 50 step-ups. Do 25 for one leg, making sure to keep your foot up on the bench at all times, and then switch over to the other leg. Also, be sure to not stand too close to the bench as this focuses more attention on the quadriceps, rather than the glutes.

So now that you’ve finished the step-ups, you’re half way to completing the Bodyweight 500 Challenge in terms of repetitions. Now, you are going to do 25 pull-ups. This is where things are going to slow down for a lot of people. If you cannot do pull-ups, then you can do the bodyweight inverted rows instead.

Next, you’ll move on to 50 lunges, alternating sides with each lunge counting as a repetition. Be sure in this exercise to keep your back straight. After the lunges, you will perform 50 close-grip push-ups where your triceps will definitely be feeling the burn after you’ve finished all of the repetitions.

To finish off the Bodyweight 500 you have a very difficult 3 exercise combination. To start out, you will do 50 bodyweight inverted rows. More than likely, you will need to break up the 50 repetitions. For this exercise, use an overhand grip and bring your chest up to the bar and keep your shoulder blades back.

Next you’re going to move into 50 bodyweight squats, keeping your hands out in front of you for balance.

At this point, your arms are going to be tired and your body fatigued, but the ultimate Bodyweight 500 Challenge ends with 25 underhand grip chin-ups. Again you can break these 25 up into however many chunks of repetitions that you need to.

So that’s it for the Bodyweight 500. When I first did this Challenge I managed it in 27 minutes. Be sure to make the time limits of the previous workout before moving on to the next challenge. Good luck and have fun!

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Bodyweight 350 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 01-01-2012-05-2008

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Firstly, I want wish you and your family a Happy New Year…

How have you been getting on with the bodyweight challenge workouts? 

If you’ve been doing well great another great video workout to challenge you even more…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 350 challenge.

You’ll do 12 more bodyweight exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

This is the Bodyweight 350 Challenge which means you’ll do 350 repetitions in back-to-back-to-back fashion with as little rest as possible.

To start out you’ll begin with Prisoner Squats for 45 reps. So, place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows back. Next, push your hips back and squat down and then back up.

Next is 40 Push-ups. Break these up into blocks if you need to, but make sure you get through them all before going on to the next exercise.

Immediately following the push-ups will be 20 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

From there you’ll go into 20 stability ball Leg Curls. So, with your heels on the ball and your hips bridged up in the air, curl the ball in and then back out. Be sure to keep your body in a straight line and your hips bridged up at all times.

After the leg curls, go immediately into 20 stability ball Jackknives. Place your elbows on a bench and your feet on a ball. Next, brace your abs and bring your knees into your chest and then back out. Make sure your body is in a straight line at all times.

Once you’ve completed all the jackknives, you’ll then do 40 Step-ups (20 per side). So, with one foot up on the bench, use your lead leg to drive up and then slowly lower back down. Be sure to keep your lead foot up on the bench at all times. Do all reps for one side and then switch sides.

Okay, you’ve now completed 185 reps and you’re more than half way there. Next up is 10 Pull-ups. With an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down. (If you can’t do pull-ups, then you can do bodyweight rows instead)

Next up is 40 Lunges, 20 per side, alternating sides followed by 40 Close-Grip Push-ups.

After your push-ups, you’ll do 20 bodyweight Rows using an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Next, row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

Once you’ve finished the rows go right into 40 bodyweight squats and then finish off with 15 Chin-ups. For the chin-ups, grab the bar with an underhand grip and from a dead hang position, pull your chest up to the bar and slowly lower down.

If you can finish this workout in 30 minutes then you’re ready to move on to the Bodyweight 500.

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Bodyweight 250 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 27-12-2011-05-2008

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I hope you and your family had a great Christmas…

Now, I have a question to ask you.

Are you ready to make 2012 your best year ever? 

Here’s another great video workout…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 250 challenge.

You’ll do 12 different bodyweight exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

This is the Bodyweight 250 Challenge, meaning you will do 250 repetitions of varying bodyweight exercises done back-to-back-to-back with as little rest as possible.

You may, however, need to break up an exercise into blocks in order to get through it. Just be sure to finish all the reps before moving on to the next exercise.

To start out this bodyweight workout, you’ll begin with either 30 Rope Jumps or 30 Jumping Jacks. For the jumping jacks, stay on the balls of your feet to really get the explosive lift and keep your hands straight up over your head.

After that you will move into 20 Close-Grip Push-ups. In this exercise, keep your elbows tucked into your sides.

Immediately following the push-ups will be 10 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

After the jumps you will complete 10 Pull-ups. So, with an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down.

The next exercise in the Bodyweight 250 is 40 bodyweight Squats. Place your arms straight out in front, push your hips back and squat down and up.

From the squats, go right into 25 regular Push-ups.

Next up in this bodyweight workout is 20 Walking Lunges (10 per side).

You’ll follow the lunges with an upper body exercise known as Inverted Rows. In this exercise you’ll do 15 underhanded rows. So, place the bar at hip height, grab an underhand grip that is shoulder-width apart and then row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

You’ll follow the rows with 30 Bicycle Crunches (15 per side). So flat on the floor, and your hands behind your head, bring your knee up to your opposite elbow, alternating sides.

Then go right into 25 more bodyweight squats, and finishing off with either 25 rope jumps or 25 jumping jacks to round out the workout.

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Bodyweight 200 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 23-12-2011-05-2008

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Hey, as we approach the holidays I would like wish you a Merry Christmas and give you another great video workout…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 200 challenge.

You will be doing 12 different bodyweight exercises, going straight from one to the next one until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Have fun! :)
Nigel

If you passed the time requirement for the Bodyweight 100, then you’re ready to take on the Bodyweight 200.

To start out, you’ll do Prisoner Squats for 45 reps. So, place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows back. Next, push your hips back and squat down and then back up.

Move immediately into 30 Push-ups. Break these up into blocks if you need to, but make sure you get through them all before going on to the next exercise.

From there you will do 10 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

After finishing all your jumps go into 10 stability ball Leg Curls. So, with your heels on the ball and your hips bridged up in the air, curl the ball in and then back out. Be sure to keep your body in a straight line and your hips bridged up at all times.

Once you’ve finished the leg curls, go immediately into 10 stability ball Jackknives. Place your elbows on a bench and your feet on a ball. Next, brace your abs and bring your knees into your chest and then back out. Make sure your body is in a straight line at all times.

Next up in this Bodyweight challenge is 20 Step-ups (10 per side). So, with one foot up on the bench, use your lead leg to drive up and then slowly lower back down. Be sure to keep your lead foot up on the bench at all times. Do all reps for one side and then switch sides.

Okay, back to the upper body, this time with 5 Pull-ups. With an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down. If you need to do these one at a time in order to get through them all, that is finejust make sure you do all of them. (If you can’t do pull-ups, then you can do bodyweight rows instead)

Next up is 30 Forward Lunges, 15 per side, alternating sides, followed by 20 Close-Grip Push-ups.

After your push-ups, you’ll do 15 bodyweight Rows using an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Next, row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

Once you’ve finished the rows go right into 15 bodyweight squats and then finish off with 5 Chin-ups. For the chin-ups, grab the bar with an underhand grip and from a dead hang position, pull your chest up to the bar and slowly lower down.

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Bodyweight 100 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 17-12-2011-05-2008

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I have another great video workout for you…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne will outline the bodyweight 100 challenge

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

There are four weekend challenges as part of the Bodyweight 500 workout program. Each week you will do a Bodyweight challenge and if you finish under the allotted time, then you graduate into the next week’s challenge.

This video will outline the Bodyweight 100 challenge.

To start, you will perform 20 prisoner squats, maintaining good form by keeping your elbows back and shoulders blades together.

Immediately following the squats, go directly into 20 push ups. If you cannot do 20 repetitions straight, then you can break it up however you desire, or do as many as you can and take a rest.

Next, you will do 10 jumps.

After the jumps, you will complete 10 repetitions of the inverted row, using an overhand grip.

Then immediately go into 20 lunges, alternating sides.

Once you’ve done all the repetitions for the lunges, move on to 15 closed- grip push-ups. For this exercise you want to place your hands shoulder- width apart and your elbows tucked into your sides. Again, if you can’t do 15 in a row, then you might do 5, then 5, then 5.

To finish off you will do either 5 chin-ups or 5 more inverted rows for a total of 100 repetitions.

Now if you don’t make the cut-off time for the Bodyweight 100, then you will repeat this challenge the following week. However, if you do manage to beat the time, then the next week you will move up to the Bodyweight 200.

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Fitness Trends For 2012

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Diet, Fitness, Health, Nutrition | Posted on 10-12-2011-05-2008

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By Nigel Jeal

With the problems of obesity and diabetes growing fast, the fitness industry, health organisations and physicians are highlighting these issues and advising you to improve your health and fitness.

WHO Data and Statistical Reports…

The World Health Organisation publishes results of the most common health problems, let’s take a closer look at the data and statistics.

Obesity:  1.5 Billion adults, 20 and older were overweight, of these over 200 Million men and 300 Million women were obese.  Overall, more than one in ten of the worlds adult population was obese.

Diabetes:  346 Million people worldwide have diabetes.  Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.  Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and overtime leads to serious damage to many  of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.

Cardiovascular Diseases:  Cardiovascular diseases are the world largest killers, claiming 17.3 Million lives a year.  Risk factors for heart diseases and strokes include raise blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.

Looking at these statistics, you are certainly going to see an enormous increase in patients being referred to a weight loss program by their physicians.

How Have People Chosen Their Workouts In Recent Times…

As the world starts to become a more fitness friendly place you are going to see a shift in the way people choose what exercises they do.

Since February 2008, we now all live in a “Celebrity Society”, everyone is following their favourite celebrity and also listening out for the latest workouts they are doing, with the rise in exercises such as Zumba, Pilates and Yoga being all the rage with top celebrities.

Although Pilates and Yoga will improve your flexibility you will not lose weight as there is no fat burning cardio involved.  This allows us to make some predictions as you countdown the new year and see what’s coming over the next 12 months.

The Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2012…

1)      Finding a Certified Fitness Trainer:  In 2012 there is going to be an increase in demand for Certified Fitness Trainers who have the experience, expertise and accreditation to give you personal help with weight loss, fat loss, diet and nutritional advice and an exercise program that really works.

2)      Female Fitness Programs:  There are not many female fitness programs available that help them get a lean and sexy body in double-quick time and fit in with their busy schedules.  I think you are certainly going to see an increase in workouts designed for females.

3)      Six-Pack Abs Workouts:  We all want to have chiselled ripped six-pack abs right…? But unfortunately, were not going to get them with miracle abs machines in six easy payments, these machines don’t burn belly fat or flatten your abs.  I think you will see some new six-pack workouts programs in 2012.

4)      Fitness Bootcamps:  Indoor Bootcamps see fitness experts bringing people together who all have the same goal, to lose weight and improve their health and fitness.  These Bootcamp experts lead by example showing clients how to eat right, reduce stress, train safe and avoid injury and inspire them to change their lifestyles.  You will definitely see more and more Bootcamps as demand grows.

5)      Metabolic Resistance Training:  If you are not familiar with Metabolic Resistance Training this is the new workout everyone is buzzing about on the internet as it is more effective for weight loss than traditional slow cardio.  You will see more super fast fat burning workouts next year for sure.

So to summarise, these are going to be the top five fitness trends for 2012.

Stay Cool,

Nigel Jeal

DIET Vs EXERCISE Episode 4: Fat Loss Diet versus Best Cardio Workout to Burn Belly Fat

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Diet, Fitness, Nutrition, Videos | Posted on 24-11-2011-05-2008

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Here is another episode in diet vs. exercise. Today in the diet corner we once again have Brad Pilon, this time he will be snacking on 2 espresso brownies each weighing in at around 300 calories and he’ll wash that down with a 700 calorie Starbucks frappacino.

Representing the exercise corner, I’m going to perform a series of 1-armed kettlebell swings with a 35 pound kettlebell.

As Pilon gulps down the frappacino, I am working very hard at a pace neither I nor any other individuals in the gym would typically go at. The point here is that individuals can mindlessly consume calories before and after meals and it not even register with them.

Now that Brad has finished off both of his snacks and consumed nearly 1400 calories, I have completed 60 snatches of the KB swings and burned about 50 calories. Although the kettlebell swings did burn a lot of calories, in a short amount of time, it pales in comparison to the calories Pilon took in.

The results speak for themselves and t is very apparent that diet once again wins the battle in diet vs. exercise. This is precisely why individuals who go to the gym and work really hard for an hour are not going to burn fat if they are consuming so many calories mindlessly. You just can’t out train a bad diet.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy
Nigel

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