26 Exercises For Creating Big Arms And Being The Envy Of Other People

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 30-01-2013-05-2008



Ever Wanted Big Guns?



Now You Can With These Cool Moves!



Yes, It’s True, Isn’t It?


Adding mass to your biceps, triceps and forearms has never been easier.  Complete these simple moves with perfect form and you’ll see quick results FAST.

1. The Chin-Up

Although best known as a back exercise, the chin-up is just as much about your biceps.  Pull up, hold at the top to create static tension in your muscles, then lower.  This is a genuine test of strength and power.

2. TRX Scull Crusher

Don’t let the name put you off – this simpler version of the classic skull crusher (you know the one – where you’re lying on a bench holding a heavy weight right above your face) is safer and easier.  Plus, using your bodyweight will put even more emphasis on your triceps.  Hold the stirrups at head height and lean forwards.  Keep your body straight, lock you upper arms and push the stirrups away from your head.

3. Overhead Extension

This standard move burns for good reasons due to the way it isolates your triceps and creates maximum load at the lowest part of the movement.  Hold a dumbbell with both hands directly above your head.  Bend at the elbows to lower the weight behind your head, then straighten your arms once more.  Focus on lowering the slowly because it will feel heavier the lower you go.

4. Lying Overhead Extension

Consider this move a stepping stone to the more challenging French Press (see exercise 25).  Lie on a flat bench and hold a dumbbell with both hands above your chest.  Rotate at the shoulders, moving your arms behind you so your upper arms finish the move beside your head.  Pull back up again.

5. Assisted Pull-Up

The pull-up is about as simple as moves come, but can be a tough one to perform if your back needs strengthening.  For an easy boost, place a box beneath your feet of use your gym’s pull-up assist machine.  Give yourself enough assistance to get you chin above the bar, but no more.

6. Close-Grip Press

This grip style allows for a greater load to be placed on your triceps, which in turn will speed up your rate of muscle building.  Holding the bar with hands less than shoulder width apart.

7. Press Lock-Out

Because you perform only the final stage of the press, you are able to shift 20-30% more than your regular 1RM, leading to more muscle growth.

8. Floor Press

The limited range of movement focuses more of the work on your triceps.  Lie flat on the floor and press the bar up until your arms are straight.  Repeat.

9. Yates’ Bent Row

This is the ultimate bicep-builder.  Named after colossal bodybuilder Dorian Yates, it mixes a drag-style row with isometric contractions to hit every muscle fibre harder.  Pause as the bar reaches the crook in your hips, and lower.

10. Barbell Curl

Gravity’s not always helpful.  During a curl, the pull of gravity means that in the lowering phase there is little tension in the muscles, making it easier.  But by changing body position throughout the movement you can maintain tension in the muscles.  Start by leaning back.  As you curl the bar, lean forwards, then as you lower, lean back.

11. Reverse Drag Curl

This adaptation creates far more tension than the tradition barbell curl, and that tension tension remains throughout the move.  The aim is to drag the bar up your thighs and along your body, so that it brushes past your torso, then curl it up to eye level.  Lower back down slowly.

12. Seated Dumbbell Curl

It’s likely that this is one of the first exercises you ever tried.  It’s simple, yet an effective muscle builder.  Sitting on the edge of a bench, grasp two dumbbells with an underhand grip and curl them up to shoulder height.  Alternate arms or perform simultaneously.

13. Seated Dumbbell Half Curl (Lower)

This variation on the regular seated curl uses your legs as a brace to specifically target the bicep.  Simply lower the weight until it’s near your feet, then curl it back up to hip height with a controlled motion.  Keep your upper arm close to your body.

14. Seated Dumbbell Half Curl (Upper)

This movement hits the second phase of the bicep contraction.  Perform as with the lower half curl (exercise 12 above), but this time start at hip height and curl up to shoulder level.  Pause at the top, then lower the weight back down slowly.

15. Seated Dumbbell Hammer Curl

The hammer curl is an ideal variation if you want to add extra inches to your arms.  Twist your wrist so that you palms are facing in towards your body.  Start with your arms by your thighs, then raise both dumbbells until your forearms are above horizontal.

16. Parallel Bar Dip

A bodyweight move that hits your, chest, shoulders and triceps hard, building strength and size.  Start with your arms locked out at the top to stabilise you, then lower your body until there is a 90-degree bend at your elbows and push back up to the starting position. For big muscular gains, try lowering slowly and rising back up explosively.

17. Leaning Bar Dip

Perform as with the Parallel Bar Dip (above), but this time pull your legs further back and lean your body forwards. This engages more muscle fibres in your deltoids and pecs giving you a more complete upper-body workout.  To increase the difficulty further, add resistance by attaching weights to a dip belt, or hold a dumbbell between your feet.

18. The Deadlift

This hero move creates massive tension in your biceps and forearms, as well as building your lats and legs.  Bend down and hold the bar with hands just wider than shoulder width.  Keep your back straight and drive up to a standing position.

19. Medicine Ball Throw

Throwing an object requires your upper body to generate maximum force at speed – and that means you become powerful.  This creates huge neural response, stimulating fast muscle growth.  It doesn’t get simpler than this: hold a medicine ball behind your head, and then throw it forwards as hard as you can. Try not to take out any of your fellow gym-goers as your triceps gain power and strength.

20. Diamond Press-Up

Forming a diamond shape with your hands on the floor changes the mechanics of the move and forces your triceps to take most of the burden of the press-up.  Keep your elbows tusked in throughout the movement to accentuate the load on your arm’s largest muscle group.  Employ normal press-up form through the rest of your body by maintaining a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.  Sink down until your chest is as close as possible to your hands, then press back up.

21. Military Press

A traditional no-frills move that builds your shoulders and triceps while engaging your core for stability.  Hold the barbell with an overhand grip and rest it across the top of your chest.  Now explode upwards with your arms until they are extended overhead.  Contract your muscles at the top of the movement to increase tension.  Lower with a steady, controlled motion.

22. Tricep Pull-Down

If you want to feel instant effects (eg. pain) from a tricep move, this is one to choose. Stand in front of a cable station and hold the handle at shoulder height, elbows close to your sides.  Now push your forearms down to your hips, pause and return to the start position.  That burning sensation in the back of your arms is the prelude to growth, honest.

23. Barbell Squeeze Curl

Gripping the bar hard as you can curl it up will create high levels of muscle tension throughout the move. This action also recruits more neighbouring fibres, promoting growth.

24. Prone Curl

Lying on an inclined bench and curling with dumbbells changes the angle of the upper arm and removes any rocking motion from your upper body, for improved efficiency.

25. Dumbbell Squeeze Curl

Hold two dumbbells and push them together as hard as you can.  Maintain the pressure and curl up and down.  This creates tension in two directions, working your biceps even harder.

26. French Press

This exercise has the highest EMG score (measuring the electrical activity from muscles) of any tricep movement – it’s the best. Set an incline bench to 45-degrees.  Hold the bar above your chest, then lower it back behind your head.

Now what?

You’re now armed with 25 really powerful arm moves that will help you build muscle mass like nothing you’ve seen before.

If you incorporate some of these into your workout routine you truly are going to get big results FAST.

Dedicated to your success,



Tell us about your arm workout routine and how much muscle you’ve added to your arms—let’s get 20 COMMENTS, and we’ll be back soon with another awesome post.

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25 Powerful Leg Exercises For Accelerated Muscle Growth And Fat Burning

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 16-01-2013-05-2008



Looking For Speed And Power?


You Better Leg It!


Yes, It’s True, Isn’t It?


Your legs are the home to the body’s biggest muscles.  Train them wisely and you’ll reap the benefits of accelerated muscle growth and fat burning.

Here’s 25 powerful leg exercises that can add explosive moves to your workout routine.

1. Cross Jump

Promote growth and power development with this dynamic move.  Drop into a lunge and just as the knee of your back leg kisses the floor, jump up, switching legs in mid-air.  Then drop into another lunge on landing, and repeat.  This fires your fast-twitch muscles.

2. Romanian Deadlift

Prepare to improve strength and increase muscle mass in your legs, back and abdominals.  Lean forwards from the hips until you start to feel a stretch in your hamstrings, then grab the barbell.  Squeeze your glutes and push your hips forwards to reverse the movement.  Keep your legs straight and brush the bar against them as you extend.  This takes the focus off the quads, hitting the glutes and hamstrings harder.

3. Single-Leg Deadlift

The one-sided version of the classic Romanian deadlift is an easy way to address your body’s strength imbalances, especially in your hamstrings.  Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and slightly bent, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Lift one foot of the floor. Bending at the hips, lower your torso, lifting the raised leg behind you.  Return to the starting position.

4. Cable Pull Through

This exercise challenges your glutes in a different way to regular leg moves, stimulating growth in hard-to-hit fibres.  Face away from the cable machine set on the lowest position and bend down to hold the handle between your legs.  Keeping good form to protect your back, stand up straight, squeeze your glutes and push your hips forwards.  Pause, then repeat.

5. Lateral Lunge

The muscles in your inner thigh can be difficult to target, but doing so will vastly improve your speed and agility.  The lateral lunge is a quick way to increase their power.  Stand with your feet close together and take a big step to one side, bending your other knee to lower your body, keeping that knee in line with your foot.  Rise back up and repeat on the other side.

6. Dumbbell Squat

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand.  Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then drive back up to standing. Repeat.

7. Dumbbell Lateral Squat

Target your abductors and glutes with this move.  Stand with a weight in each hand and take a big side step to your right, lower your body.  Rise back up and repeat, alternating sides.

8. Standing Calf Raise

This move targets the calves without overloading your knees.  Grab a heavy dumbbell in each hand and rise up to stand on your tip-toes.  Hold for a moment, then slowly lower back down.

9. The Squat

The squat recruits over 70% of your muscle mass, placing heavy demands on your glutes, quads, and abs, making it a hugely effective calorie burner.  With a bar across your shoulders, bend at the knees.  Drive back up to standing.

10. Hack Squat

This variation is great for focusing on the quads.  Stand in front of a bar with your feet roughly shoulder width apart.  Squat down and , using an overhead grip, pick it up.  Perform a squat as usual, keeping your chest presented.

11. Front Squat

It’s easier to maintain good posture using this version of the squat, plus it makes big demands on your core in order for you to retain balance.  Perform a regular squat, but with the bar across the front of your shoulders.

12. Zercher Squat

This really hits your front core muscles and is far more forgiving on your lower back, which is easy to injure when squatting. Hold a bar in the crook of your elbows.  With your feet shoulder width apart, squat and rise back up.

13. Bulgarian Split Squat

Place your left foot behind you and rest it on a bench or box.  Drop into a low lunge on your right foot, reverse, then swap sides.  This is great for building stability and removes the stress from injury-susceptible hamstrings.

14. Seated Leg Extension

This move is great for isolating the quads.  Sit on a leg extension machine with shins under the pads.  With your back against the seat, extend your knees to straighten your legs and raise the bar.  Pause then slowly return to the start.

15. Lying Leg Curl

The leg curl targets your hamstrings, an essential muscle to keep in shape if you want to starve off injury on the pitch.  With the ankle pads resting on your lower caves, bend your legs and pull your heels to your glutes.  Release to the starting position.

16. Seated Calf Raise

Calves are not notoriously hard to develop, but this machine allows you to isolate them better than other exercises.  Sit in a calf raise machine.  Press up with your knees and release the support bar.  Now lower, then raise your heels as high as you can.

17. Seated Leg Press

This is a viable alternative to the squat and doesn’t require you to balance during heavy lifts.  Sit in a leg press machine, with you back flat against the back pad and your feet on the platform.  Then press the weight up.  Go heavy and slow.

18. Stability Ball Leg Curl

The constant tension in your hamstrings created by this move also uses your glutes, resulting in an all-round strength move.  Lie with your head, shoulders and upper body on the floor with your feet together on a stability ball.  Your body should form a straight line from should to heels.  Keeping your back straight, raise your hips and uses your legs and feet to pull the ball towards you.  Return to the start and repeat.

19. Walking Dumbbell Lunge

When performed at speed, the required acceleration coupled with the dumbbell’s resistance recruits the bulk of your legs’ muscle fibres, speeding up development.  Hold two dumbbells by your side and take a giant stride forwards, dropping into a lunge.  Push up and bring your other leg through into another step, and repeat.  This one is good for your abs, too.

20. Jump Squat

This explosion move has a massive impact on strength, not least because it triggers a big testosterone boost to help build muscle. Squat with your feet shoulder width apart then jump as high a you can.  Fall back into a squat, then repeat.

21. Depth Jump

Set up a stack of boxes and stand on top of them.  Jump off, landing with both feet, and immediately drop into a squat.  Jump as high as you can.  Land, turn around and step up onto the boxes and repeat.

22. Deadlift And Box Jump

Deadlift a bar from the floor to hip level, drop the weight, then perform explosive box jumps until failure.  This combination of resistance and explosive repetition promotes fast muscle growth.

23. Lunge And Glute Bridge

This combination gives your glutes and quads a savaging. Step into a lunge, then repeat on the other side.  Now lie on your back and raise your hips.  Lift one leg and hold the position, then repeat on the other leg.

24. Step-Up And Climber

Use this after a muscle building workout for a growth hormone flood.  With dumbbells, step onto a bench and drive each knee up.  Then drop into a press up position and quickly bring alternate knees to your chest for 30 seconds.

25. Crossover Dumbbell Step Up

The explosive movements involved in this exercise create a large metabolic response, shredding fat as you build muscle.  Place your left foot on a bench and drive up until your left leg is straight but your right foot is off the bench.  Small steps mean big results.

Now what?

You’re now armed with 25 really powerful leg exercises that will help you build muscle, burn fat, increase your speed and agility and have you bouncing around like a teenager.

If you incorporate some of these into your workout routine you truly are going to get great results FAST.

Dedicated to your success,



Tell us if you do any of these exercises as part of your workout routine and more importantly and about the results you’ve achieved—let’s get 10 COMMENTS, and we’ll be back soon with another awesome post.

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6 Signs Your Personal Trainer Is Wasting Your Money

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Getting started, Information | Posted on 11-01-2013-05-2008



Getting A Personal Trainer?


Don’t Waste Your Hard Earned Money!


Yes, It’s True, Isn’t It?


Finally, you’re serious about losing weight and getting fit, so you decide that you’re going to hire a personal trainer to help motivate you and move you towards your goal.

When you hire the services of a personal trainer, you would expect that they will provide you with a high value for your hard earned money. You expect to get expert instruction on how to safely and effectively use proven training methods and tailor-made exercise routines that will fit your specific training goal.

That’s your dream anyway, right?

The reality is that many of the common raining trends that personal trainers use are based more on misinterpretations, myths and misconception. That can result in you paying out good money for poor results.

You’re about to discover 6 signs your personal trainer is unknowingly misguiding you, and how you can work with your trainer to get the results you really want.

1. Your Trainer Uses Their Favourite Exercises Instead Of Designing A Personalized Program To Help You

You will often find that your trainer will have their own philosophy type; they may follow Kettlebells, Pilates, Bodybuilding or any other type of workout routine. This can easily lead your trainer to give you a private lesson in their chosen philosophy type and speciality instead of designing a personalized program you help you towards your goal.

Ensure you find a trainer based on the RESULTS they’ve gotten for other people like you.

2. Your Trainer Doesn’t Motivate You To Reach Your Goals

After a while, your body will get stronger and you will need new workout routines to challenge your body and keep you motivated and moving closer towards your goal. If your trainer isn’t monitoring your progress, they will not be in the right position to give you new workout routines. Your trainer should be keeping track of the exercises you’re doing, the weight you lift, and the number of reps and sets you perform, you’re heading for real trouble.

You need to know that this is a process and it’s up to your trainer to keep everything organized and keep you continuously progressing.

3. Your Trainer Isn’t Strict Of Form

The main reason you hire your personal trainer is to help you train in an effective and safe way.

Does your trainer ever stop you exercising to correct your form?

The best way to test this is to by doing one of your exercises incorrectly to see if your trainer notices you and is actually willing to correct you.  If they do, cool…their doing a great job.  If they don’t you should make this your last training session together, they’re not doing their job properly and putting you in danger of causing yourself serious injury, especially if you’re using weights.

4. Your Trainer Gets Distracted

Have you been to the gym lately?

It can be a really distracting place for your trainer.  Good music blaring from the speakers, TVs on everywhere, beautiful girls walking around, and looking around for other potential clients. It’s difficult enough to be distracting to you and may make your workout less effective, but if your trainer is distracted it doesn’t just harm your workout routine, but it is also a waste of your money.

If you’re not getting the full attention from your trainer, you’re not getting a good return on your investment. Find a trainer who will give you the best service possible.

5. Your Trainer Offers You Sport Specific Exercises To Improve Your Sport

This is one your trainer can really get wrong.  If they have you using a resistance band on the end of a golf club or hockey stick and swinging it or having bands that are strapped around your back while you practice your boxing moves or even using a medicine ball instead of a basketball you will have to use extra force than you would normally for your chosen sport.

Why is doing this a mistake?

The movement skills required in your sport are EXACT, not similar, EXACT.

The Answer?

Strength and conditioning workouts will give you the physical fitness to do what you need to do when you practice for your sport.

In reality, any and all athletes can benefit from adding strength and increasing explosive power, which can help you to run faster, jump higher and also transfer more force to an implement, like a swinging bat or tennis racquet or golf club or simply throwing a punch. General strength training can also help athletes better protect their connective tissues, which could help decrease risk of injury.

6. Your Trainer Doesn’t Teach You Anything You Don’t Already Know

Again, one of the main reason you hire your personal trainer is to help you train in a way that is going to challenge you and teach something you don’t already know.

If your trainer isn’t teaching you any new training routines are you really going to continue paying them?

Surely you could do those workout routines and get the exact same results by doing them yourself?

If your trainer isn’t providing high value for your money, find yourself another trainer!


Do your research, then go and interview them – and don’t hold anything back here!

Arm yourself with a set of informed questions you can ask trainers before you even train with them:

a) Here’s my goal. What’s the best way to achieve it?

b) Why is that method better than other fitness training methods for helping me to achieve my goal?

c) Do you use the same basic training method for everyone you work with? Why or why not?

d) Have you ever worked with others like me (similar age, sex, body-type, medical history, etc.) who have similar goals? And if so, did you use this training approach with them?

e) If so, please show me some before and after pictures of these clients or at least provide some testimonials from them?

This should ensure that you get only the best trainers in your area!

WARNING: Don’t Blame Your New Trainer for Your Poor Habits

I have to make it clear that you cannot blame your trainer for you not losing body fat if you go home and eat like a lazy teenager. It’s also unfair to blame your trainer for not helping you make drastic muscle gains if you are only going to work with them once or twice a week and do absolutely nothing the rest of the time.

Training is not something a personal trainer does TO you, it’s something they do WITH you.

In other words, the trainer provides you with the best direction to take, based on your needs and goals. It’s up to YOU to keep moving in that direction throughout each day.

Dedicated to your success,



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3 Fat Burning Exercises To Start 2013 With A Bang

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 02-01-2013-05-2008


Today I want to share with you three of the most effective forms of fat burning exercises out there today.

So if you want to take your cardio workouts and results up a level and start 2013 with a bang you better start incorporating exercises right away!

1. Elevated Press Ups

Performing press ups with elevation allows for a deeper lowering phase, firing more muscle fibres across your pectorials than your average nose dive to the carpet.  This move also targets your core muscles, preparing them for what’s to come.

How to perform the elevated press up

a) Assume a press up position with your hands resting on boxes of the same height.  Tense your core throughout

b) Slowly lower your body until your chest is an inch below your hands then push back up to the starting position.  If that’s too easy try the exercise using dumbbells and lift each dumbbell alternatively at the top of the exercise.

Do 10 reps and then rest for 1 minute.  Do 3 sets in total.

2. Short-Interval Skipping Sprints

A skipping rope is simple piece of kit that can burn off 1,000 calories per hour and builds definition in your carves and shoulders.  Spin the rope hard enough and you will trigger the release of human growth hormone – which you need to burn off extra fat.

How to perform skipping sprints

a) Stand on the middle of the rope and pull the handles up – they should reach the middle of your chest.

b) Skip as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then take 30 seconds rest.  If you falter, simply restart when ready.  Once you become more proficient with the skipping rope, progress to skipping gently for 30 seconds and then fast for 30 seconds.

Continue for a total of 5 minutes skipping.

3. High-Intensity Stationery Bike Hill Climb

By cranking up the difficulty way beyond your normal spinning resistance you ensure enough time under tension to bring the huge muscles of your lower body to the front of the fat loss pack by simulating a hill climb.

How to perform the hill climb

a) Start with a 5 minute warm up.  Now up the resistance until you can only just turn the pedals.  Stand up to climb.

b) Focus on using your leg strength and keep your upper body as still as you can to isolate your quads.  Go for 2 minutes and then reduce the tension to zero for 4 minutes.

Repeat 3 times, and then warm down for 2 minutes, making 25 minutes in total.

These are really challenging exercises and will burn fat faster than you thought possible.

If you are more advanced and in good shape and looking for something more extreme I can also help solve your problem.

The Answer?

Hill Sprints

The simple task of hill sprints will put you on your ass sooner than you believed possible. Regardless of how powerful or enduring you think you might be right now.

Hill sprints will challenge your entire body a lot more than sprinting on flat ground.

Your legs have to work more to drive your body onward and upward, and every stride is almost like a little hop, really working your quads, hamstrings, and calve muscles and also your arms if you want to stay in an upright position. All of this muscle work means that your cardiovascular system gets tired FAST.

You will need to take things slow the first few times you do hills sprints. That isn’t because you’re risking any injury – it’s because they are just really difficult!

Once you get used to hill sprints, it’s time to really get serious.

If you are doing ten sprints, try to challenge yourself by doing double that amount. If you do ten, next time try twenty sprints instead, the eleventh sprints won’t really feel much different from the tenth, but the fifteenth is going to be really tough.

If you are really advanced try to add a few exercises into the mix as well, do a set of ten press ups, burpees or jumping jacks at the bottom of the hill, followed immediately by your next hill sprint.

Hill sprints are also one of the safest ways to improve your conditioning because running on a sharp incline drastically reduces the impact between your feet and the ground. Plus, dirt and grass are far easier on your joints than concrete. Ultimately, this means that you can do more sprints, more often.



Hope you found this post useful to kickstart your fat burning in 2013!  We want to hear if you have your own personal routine that might be helpful to our readers—let’s get 25 COMMENTS, and we’ll be back soon with another cool post.


Best Metabolic Workout Plan

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 23-11-2012-05-2008


By Craig Ballantyne

The latest Men’s Health magazine contained a shocking research study stat.

According to the article, you can boost your sleeping metabolic rate by 8 percent more than normal IF you workout with heavier weights.

That adds up to over 5 pounds per year…and it’s why I’m a big fan of creating intense Turbulence Training workouts for BOTH men and women for rapid fat loss.

If you don’t challenge yourself with exercises in the 6-8 rep range then you’re leaving your metabolic burn boost benefit on the table.

Don’t make that mistake.

To get maximum results, you need to use a fat loss workout system like this:

Step #1 – Bodyweight Warm-up

Step #2 – Metabolic Resistance Training (sets of 8 reps)

Step #3 – Metabolic Conditioning Training (higher reps) or Intervals

Let’s say you only had 20 minutes to workout.

You could do this 20-minute metabolic boosting TT workout:

MRT: Metabolic Resistance Training
– 8 reps per exercise (per side, if applicable)
– No rest between exercises
– 60 second rest at the end of the circuit
– Repeat for 3 rounds

1A) Goblet Squat or Narrow-Stance Barbell Squat
1B) DB Row or TRX Rows
1C) DB Incline Press or Decline Spiderman Pushups (try with TRX)
1D) Goblet Bulgarian Split Squat

Take a 2 minute break and then move on to MCT.

MCT: Metabolic Conditioning Training
– 40 seconds per exercise (per side, if applicable)
– Rest 20 seconds between exercises
– Repeat for 6 minutes straight

2A) Kettlebell Swings
2B) DB Lunge or Prisoner Lunge
2C) Elevated Pushups (switch sides after 20 seconds) or TRX Rows

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2 Workouts that Saved Guru Personal Trainer from Embarrassment

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 19-11-2012-05-2008


By Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Creator, Turbulence Training

In 1996 I was embarrassingly skinny. I remember sitting with my friends and being ashamed of my formerly athletic body.

And all of this happened for an embarrassing reason.

You see, in 1994 I was a 180 pound 19 year old kid heading off to my first year of college to study exercise science.

My bench press was 225 pounds. I was in my prime.

But then I made a huge mistake.

I listened to my Exercise Physiology professor talk about long slow cardio workouts, and I made the mistake of switching my lifting for cardio.

Two years later, at my most pathetic strength and physique levels, I was 142 pounds. YIKES.

People thought there was something wrong with me.

Fortunately, I got my head switched on right, thanks to a more advanced Exercise Physiology class in my final year of my Undergraduate program.

And then in the summer before starting my Master’s Degree, everything finally clicked.

I started using the Turbulence Training style workouts that would come to dominate my life.

It was a combination of non-competing supersets, intense training, basic-but-brilliant exercises, intervals instead of cardio, and fewer, shorter workouts than ever before that…

FINALLY gave me the fitness cover model body that you’ve seen in my pictures on the net, the Toronto Star, and in GQ magazine.

Now to be honest, I’ve never written about this before because I always felt it was too embarrassing to share with you.

But lately on the Turbulence Training Facebook page so many readers have been asking, “What workouts did you use to get your body?” that I realized I needed to tell YOU the full story.

The exact workout style that I used to get ripped abs, chisel my chest, and build my biceps are found in the main Turbulence Training manual and are called:

TT 2K3 and TT 2K4

Each workout lasts 4 weeks, and I guarantee that if you use these programs – just like I did – that you’ll get ripped and build a lean sexy body by the time January rolls around.

Listen, I was once like you and I know what’s it’s like to not get results. But it’s not your fault.

Perhaps you were led down the wrong path by a teacher, a trainer, or more likely, a poorly designed program in a magazine.

It’s time for all that to end.

It’s time for you to build the body you’ve always wanted.

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Lose Weight On Hips – Its A Package Deal

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 15-11-2012-05-2008


I know you have been told this hundreds of times but if you want to lose weight on hips you must lose weight all over. You cannot just spot reduce. There are quite a few lower body exercises that you can do to tone and strengthen your butt, hips, and thighs, you just can’t do one or the other. Losing weight is a package deal.

The bigger the package the longer your journey will take so the sooner you get started the better. Before you even start to worry about one specific area the best thing you can do is learn to strengthen your core.

Your core is just that, the middle of your body, abs, ribcage, and lower back. The muscles in these areas are what hold you erect and help keep you balanced. When they get weak, you will find you lose your balance more often than not and may even start falling more frequently. Or losing the strength in your core can lead to instability in your lower back and cause you to have pain or worse yet a herniated disc. If you have ever had a herniated disc you know that it is no fun whatsoever. They take forever to heal and will flare up at a moment’s notice. Usually when you least expect it.

I do not know how it happens but some people can have a herniated disc or even more than one and not have any pain. I suppose it has to do with where the herniation is and if it is pressing on a nerve.

When you lose weight on hips, thighs, and buttocks you will help the herniation heal and decrease the level of pain you feel. In fact, if you were to lose just 10% of your total body fat you could increase your mobility and decrease your pain by about 30%. Every ten percent body fat lost takes approximately 100 pounds of pressure off your lower back and legs. Save those knees and that lower back. Lose the weight.

Do yourself a favor too, while losing the weight, find a good chiropractor. They can make things feel a lot better while you are in transition from being fat to becoming unfat. If the chiropractor you find is also a slash physical therapist, you can even have them show you exercises to begin your work outs with and progress into more intense strengthening exercises.

Do you have kids? Can you get outside to play with them? If you can, then do. It will be good for them and good for you. If you play with your kids it will not seem like a work out but you will be surprised how children’s games can be an excellent source of exercise for all concerned.

Run, jump, play tag, hide and seek, any of those games we all used to play with our brothers and sisters and all the neighbor kids out in the front yard when we were young. Who says you have to stop playing just because you get older? Find that inner child again and let them help you lose weight on hips.

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Cardio Workouts For Weight Loss – Simple And Enjoyable

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 17-10-2012-05-2008


If you are interested in losing some of the extra pounds you have been carrying around then cardio workouts for weight loss are just what you need to help you achieve your goals. Let us be honest for a moment, shall we? Most people don’t like to engage in exercise. However, the combination of regular exercise and healthy eating is the best way to lose weight. You should be aware that your cardio workouts need to be done on a consistent basis. Therefore, if you are able to find exercises you enjoy, you will have an easier time sticking with your weight loss plan.

That raises the question of what the best way is of making a workable weight loss and cardio workout plan that fits in with your lifestyle. Here are some things to consider as you develop your plan:

1. Time. I understand that you are very busy, but everybody is busy. Perhaps you feel that you don’t even have a spare minute to spend on exercising. If so, then I have a question. How much time do you spend watching television or mindlessly surfing the internet? Would you be willing to give up 15 to 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, if it meant you would lose weight and feel better than ever before?

2. Ability. You are reading this, so I will assume you want to know about weight loss. In turn, it’s probably a safe assumption that you are not in peak physical condition. When you first start doing cardio workouts, select exercises that are within your level of ability. It’s okay to push yourself to some extent, but you don’t want to injure yourself either. Be sure to check with your personal doctor before starting a new eating plan or exercise regimen. They will most likely be thrilled that you want to be healthier, but they can also alert you to any underlying medical problems you have, and how best to deal with them.

3. Enjoyment. Generally speaking, exercise doesn’t sound all that enjoyable to most people. They only think of it as work, but it doesn’t have to be if you select activities that you enjoy. It stands to reason that the more you look forward to your exercise, the more likely you will be to stick with it. Here is a short list of some of the best exercises for cardio workouts for weight loss.

Cross-country skiing
Rock climbing
Elliptical trainers

You should now have a good idea of what type of exercises you will be doing and when you will do them, but that’s only part of the picture. You also need to have an end goal in mind. If you don’t, you won’t know when you get there, and it will be easier to get discouraged when you don’t see results right away.

Doing cardio workouts for weight loss is one of the best ways to take of extra pounds. Now that you have a better idea of how best to do it, it’s up to you to follow through. You’ll be glad you did.

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What Are The Best Belly Fat Exercises

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 14-10-2012-05-2008


You may ask what the best belly fat exercises are.  To be honest, there are hundreds of exercises you can do to get rid of that belly that just doesn’t seem to want to go away. The great thing is they all work, you just have to find what works best for you. I know that may not seem like a big deal, however it may be one of the most important factors in this whole process.  

The reason being is that you want to make sure that you can go the distance with the particular program. In the past many people have chosen a program, getting burned out and it causes them to fall short of their goal. 

OK, now that we have that out of the way let’s take a look at some of the best exercises that could help you get rid of that bulge that’s so aggravating to get rid of.  Jogging, jogging, jogging, this helps you burn calories and it also keeps your metabolic rate up even when you’re not doing anything.     

Some people can’t take the rigors of jogging; it may be too hard on some their joints such as their hips, knees, and even their back.  So the other option would be walking.  The great thing about walking is that it doesn’t have to be speed walking or even miles at a time; simply a brisk walk for 10 to 15 minutes a day will work.

Another great exercise is yoga; this exercise can not only get you slim and trim. Yoga can also help you stay in the right frame of mind to get the job done.  Yoga may take some time to get use to; however it’s an excellent way of getting you where you want to be.

The next exercise I would recommend would be crunches or sit ups.  The great thing about sit ups or crunches is that there is a variety of ways you can do these. There are different angels you can use while doing your crunches or sit ups.  This way it reaches all the different abdominal muscles that you have.

There you have it. These are just a few of the best belly fat exercises which you could do to reach your goal of having a flat tummy. Put these few exercises, or even one of them into practice, and you will be sure to get where you want to be.

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Ultimate Exercises For Your Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 30-08-2012-05-2008


So you’re out to lose weight. You want to lose it fast, so you diet, and you diet some more. Well, diet isn’t enough.  The only way to lose the weight fast is to add exercise to your diet regimen. Cardiovascular workouts trim the fat and strengthen the heart. Here are some ultimate exercises that will get you started easily.

Cardiovascular workouts you can try at home without a gym:

• Bicycling:  It’s that simple. Just hop on a bike and head out around town. Start with a mostly flat ride to get acclimated to the exercise, and as you get better at it, work your way up to more hilly terrain.  If you don’t have a bicycle or don’t have a good place to ride, you can simulate a good ride on a stationary bike.  Just don’t forget to adjust the tension on the wheel so you actually get a good workout.

• Walking, Power Walking, or Running:  Running?  Me?  Well, maybe not right away. Do these ultimate exercises in order of increasing impact; the purpose is to ease yourself into them. If you have a lot of extra weight, start by walking.  If you are used to never exercising and you just start running one day, you can injure your knees, shins, feet, and even your back. Take it easy, and one day you’ll be able to run like all those people you see at the park: yeah, you know the type. 

• Playing with your kids or a family pet:  So many people overlook the healthy benefits of good old fashion playtime that it almost never would occur to us to reap those benefits.  Kids love active games.  Tag, hide-and-seek, or any game with a ball can be made into a fun way to get exercise as well as get kids started exercising as well. 

Cardio training is an exceptionally effective way to trim the fat from your physique. Just remember to ease yourself into it by starting small and adding higher impact exercises as your body acclimates itself to the increased activity.  Cardio exercises only work if your heart rate is elevated for an extended period of time, so keep an eye on your heart rate.  Don’t forget about safety, either. 

If you start feeling lightheaded or shaky, stop immediately and take a rest.  See a doctor before you start any exercise program.  Just remember that exercise can and should be fun as well as effective.  Work hard at it, be patient, and don’t give up.  You CAN achieve your goal with these simple ultimate exercises.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.



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