Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ellen Demonstrates This Exercise Chair

3 Fat Burning Workouts

It's only the end of January and fat loss expert Craig Ballantyne has already released the 3 favorite workouts of the year - guaranteed!

And I'll show you how to get ALL three of the programs for the price of one, in just a second.

But first, let me tell you about these proven fat burning workouts.

Program #1 is his landmark TT 2K10 workout.

Every January Craig takes the top fat loss tips and exercises he's discovered in the year prior and puts them all into one kick-butt program to kick off the new year.

Within hours of launching this program it was already hitting "legendary" status as TT users started reporting on their experiences with this workout.

It's definitely not a beginner program, but you'll get a research proven more effective form of interval training than ever before, plus cool kettlebell exercises, tough twists on classic bodyweight exercises, advanced total-body ab exercises, and even more mini circuits to help you burn fat and give you the ultimate body to kick off 2010 - and to have your best year EVER.

Program #2 is the TT Beginner Total-Torso-Training workout.

This program is perfect for beginners or anyone just getting back into exercise.

Discover beginner interval training, bodyweight exercises, and torso movements to work your abs, make your low back strong and safe, and help you burn belly fat - you'll be amazed by how much you can do just LYING DOWN! Seriously, you can burn fat lying on the ground.

Program #3 is another instant classic - TT Transformation.

This advanced fat burning workout is based on one of the most popular programs used by past TT Transformation Contest winners, and within hours, it too was hailed as Instant Classic by TT users who immediately put it to the test.

If you want to lose the last few pounds and sculpt your body like a Greek God or Goddess, this is the BEST program for you.


But there's one more important fact I have to tell you about...

At this time next week, those 3 programs will cost you a total of $59.85... can get all 3 of those programs today for the price of only one ($19.95), PLUS you'll also get:

- 30 days free in the TT Member's area where you can ask Craig all of your training and nutrition questions


- Access to TWO MORE programs - The TT Adrenaline Workout and the TT 15-Minute Kettlebell Express Workout - that will be released within the next 14 days.

So the total value of all of these workouts and bonuses is well over $119, but you can get this Complete TT 2K10 Package for only $19.95 today.

Click here to get started with this amazing fat burning deal:


But hurry, because this is your LAST CHANCE to get all of these workouts and bonuses for such a low investment before they get put back in the TT Member's Platinum Vault.

To your success!

Arthur M.

PS - Don't forget, you will also receive...

...30 days access to the TT Member's area and forum where you can ask Craig ALL of your training and nutrition questions.

Craig watches that forum like a HAWK, checking in every few hours to make sure all questions get answered and new members get welcomed.

So make sure to take advantage of his help and the complete social support system from all other TT Members.

PPS - Get ready for TT Adrenaline...

...this is a new scientifically-formulated workout program unlike any other Turbulence Training workout Craig has ever designed...

...and you'll get it as part of your Complete TT 2K10 package. It will be released BEFORE February 1st.

Click here to get access to the workouts and be put on the "First Notice" list for the TT Adrenaline program:


NOTE: This promotion ends on Wednesday, February 3rd, and then these three workouts will be removed and locked up in the TT Platinum Member's Vault.

PPPS - Your results are guaranteed by Craig's 100% money back promise. If you aren't COMPLETELY satisfied with your results from the TT programs, just let Craig know and you'll be refunded your $19.95 before the end of the 30-day member period and you won't be billed any additional charges.

And no matter what, you'll get to keep ALL of the workouts!

[Note: This posting is intended to make you aware of the availability of this program and offer. It’s not a personal endorsement! As always please note the Compensated Affiliate Disclosure at the sidebar!]

Monday, January 25, 2010

Turbulence Training Fat Loss Bodyweight Workout

Did you know that you can get an amazing workout from ONLY bodyweight exercises...

...and that this workout can be done LITERALLY anytime and anywhere?

Check out this workout from Men's Health and Women's Health magazines fitness expert, Craig Ballantyne. It uses his world-famous Turbulence Training workout secrets to help you lose belly fat without equipment.

Warm-up Circuit - 2 rounds - Spend 15 seconds on each exercise.
1) Jumping Jacks
2) Bodyweight Squat
3) Pushups
4) Mountain Climbers
5) Prisoner Forward Lunges
6) Stickups

Strength Superset

1A) Toughest pushup for 30 seconds
1B) Toughest single leg exercise for 30 seconds per side
- Rest 1 minute before repeating this superset

Water break - 2 minutes

Conditioning Circuit - 20 seconds per exercise
1) Prisoner Squat
2) Pushup Plank
3) 1-leg hip extension
4) Close-grip pushup
5) Side Plank
- Rest 1 minute before repeating this circuit

Water break - 2 minutes

Final Circuit - 20 seconds per exercise
1) Split Squat
2) T-pushup
3) Prone Stick-ups
4) 1-Leg Deadlift
5) Squat thrusts
- Rest 1 minute before repeating this circuit

Water break - 2 minutes

Stretching Circuit - 20 seconds per stretch
1) Hip Flexor Stretch
2) Glute Stretch
3) Chest Stretch
4) Hamstring Stretch
5) Shoulder Stretch
- Rest 1 minute before repeating this stretching circuit


So much fun, and no equipment needed. You can do this at home, at the park, in your office (we won't tell!), and even in a hotel room at a hotel - it no longer matters how bad the hotel gym is!

For more amazing Turbulence Training workouts, visit this website:


Arthur M.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Does Drinking Lots of Water Help You Lose Weight?

by Mike Roussell PhD(c)

Water is essential to life and a healthy body. Dehydration will wreak havoc on you and your fitness goals. If you are dehydrated your body cannot function at its optimal level. For example, your muscles will loose strength, you won't burn fat as quickly, and you'll feel tired and fatigued.

There are lots of rumors and claims out there saying that drinking water will help you lose weight. Are these claims justified? Does it really work? Yes and No.

The water-weight loss connection has been around for a long time but in December 2003 a study entitled Water-Induced Thermogenesis was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. This study showed that drinking 2 Liters of water spread throughout the day burned up to 400KJ (~100Cal) a day. Pretty interesting, but not the magic bullet.

You do need to be drinking a lot of water during the day. Not for the calorie burning effect but to ward off dehydration. Dehydration is just a bad situation. By properly hydrating your body you will be less fatigued, more alert, perform better, think straighter, and just feel all around great.  Water is the best performance enhancing “drug” out there.  Numerous studies have shown the detrimental effects even mild dehydration can have on performance.

Maintaining a proper level of hydration before, during, and after exercise has been shown to help maintain performance, reduce exercising heart rate, and reduce heat stress.  More specifically, in one study, just a 1.5% reduction in body weight due to dehydration was enough to significantly decrease the one-rep maximum bench press of ten young men.

How much water do you need to drink? You should shoot for 2 clear urinations each day - this is a good marker that you are well hydrated.

About the Author/More Info:

Warp Speed Fat Loss is a complete 28 day diet and training system crafted to help you lose 10,15, or 20lbs of body fat in just 28 day. To start losing weight fast visit Mike Roussell is a nutrition doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Mike's writings can be found in magazines such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, and Testosterone Nation. Mike specializes in fat loss nutrition and diets for busy men and women who need to lose weight fast without it interfering with their lives. Warp Speed Fat Loss ( is a complete Done-for-You A-Z Fat Loss Blueprint that gives you exactly everything you need to eat to lose weight in record time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

5 Unique Fat Burning Tips

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Turbulence Training

I was just reviewing a big file of all the new exercise, diet, and research proven fat burning tips I wrote down for 2009, and I wanted to share 5 BIGGIES that can help your clients get more results AND make your awesome workers even better..

So here we go:

#5 - Recent research shows shuttle-running is tougher than running intervals in a straight line... if you want to burn fat faster than ever, make sure you incorporate old-school shuttle runs (i.e. classic suicide type drills) into your fat burning interval programs.

#4 - Use a food log.

"According to Men's Health (Feb 2009, p 38), keeping a food log helped subjects lose 3.5 more pounds than subjects that didn't keep the log."

#3 - Hit a personal best in each workout.

This is an oldie, but a goodie. There are a few reasons you need to do this:

a) First of all, everyone loves progress, and if you can achieve a personal record in each workout (i.e. could be # of pushups, plank time, etc.), then you will feel a HUGE sense of accomplishment.

b) More personal bests = more results. Plain and simple.

c) You will get addicted to the workouts, and always want to come back for more attempts at breaking records.

#2 - Get a trainer or join a bootcamp

"According to Men's Health magazine, (Dec, 2009), beginners who work with trainers get more results than beginners who workout by themselves". Guaranteed.

#1 - Read a motivational quote every morning.

I promise you that it will elevate your motivation and inspire you to reach your fat loss goals.

Here's the first motivational quote you can read tomorrow morning:

"Be loud and proud of the healthy changes you are making in your life. There are many more folks secretly wishing someone will take charge and be a healthy role model for them. It might not happen overnight, but if you continue to lead by healthy example – without preaching or being condescending - you can build an entourage that will help you reach the next level." - Craig Ballantyne

Those are 5 unique tips to help you lose fat.

For more fat burning workouts visit:


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Low Fat High Protein Foods – How To Get Your Lean Protein

by Mike Roussell PhD(c)

All the foods that you eat greatly impact your ability to lose weight. Protein, carbohydrates, and fats each have important roles and specific qualities that make them essential to a fat loss diet. What is interesting this is that the USDA, National Cholesterol Education Program, American Heart Association, and many scientists have previously essentially written off the benefit of protein above the body’s minimal requirement. “15% of calories or 0.8g/kg is all you need” We’ve heard that before.

However, there has been a surge of research and buzz around the importance of increased protein intake for not just weight loss but cardiovascular disease reduction, blood sugar control, and lowering blood pressure.

If you are looking to maximize fat loss then you are going to need to make sure that you get more than ‘adequate’ protein levels. When you increase your protein intake and decrease your carbohydrate intake, from a biochemical perspective you are removing an insulin stimulating nutrient (carbohydrates) and replacing it with a nutrient that has a much lesser effect on insulin (protein). Protein also causes your body to release another hormone called glucogon which counteracts insulin. Control insulin and you control the rate in which you burn fat.

Here are some great tips for choosing and maximizing lean protein consumption for fat loss (surprisingly from the US Government).

Start with a lean choice:
*The leanest beef cuts include round steaks and roasts (round eye, top round, bottom round, round tip), top loin, top sirloin, and chuck shoulder and arm roasts.
*The leanest pork choices include pork loin, tenderloin, center loin, and ham.
*Choose extra lean ground beef. The label should say at least “90% lean”. You may be able to find ground beef that is 93% or 95% lean.
*Buy skinless chicken parts, or take off the skin before cooking.
*Boneless skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets are the leanest poultry choices.
*Choose lean turkey, roast beef, ham, or low-fat luncheon meats for sandwiches instead of luncheon meats with more fat, such as regular bologna or salami.

Keep it lean:
*Trim away all of the visible fat from meats and poultry before cooking.
*Broil, grill, roast, poach, or boil meat, poultry, or fish instead of frying.
*Drain off any fat that appears during cooking.
*Skip or limit the breading on meat, poultry, or fish. Breading adds fat and calories. It will also cause the food to soak up more fat during frying.
*Prepare dry beans and peas without added fats.
*Choose and prepare foods without high fat sauces or gravies.

Use these tips to add high quality, low fat, high protein foods to your diet. The quality of your diet will improve, your weight loss will increase, and you’ll be an all around healthier person.

About the Author/More Info:

Warp Speed Fat Loss is a complete 28 day diet and training system crafted to help you lose 10,15, or 20lbs of body fat in just 28 day. To start losing weight fast visit Mike Roussell is a nutrition doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Mike's writings can be found in magazines such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, and Testosterone Nation. Mike specializes in fat loss nutrition and diets for busy men and women who need to lose weight fast without it interfering with their lives. Warp Speed Fat Loss ( is a complete Done-for-You A-Z Fat Loss Blueprint that gives you exactly everything you need to eat to lose weight in record time.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Triple Add Sets

Triple Add Sets - A Revolutionary New Intensity Technique That Will Work ALL Your Muscle Fibers In One Set!

Normal sets only work a select type and number of muscle fibers. Find out how the Triple Add Set technique can work EVERY muscle fiber you've got in a single set.

By Nick Nilsson

Looking for a new challenge in your workouts? The Triple Add Set is just what you need. It is very a tough intensity technique, but it is extremely effective. The Triple Add Set will strongly work all three of the major muscle fiber types (I, IIa, and IIb) in one extended set, pushing the very limits of your body's strength and endurance. If this sounds good to you, you're going to love this technique!

To fully understand the effectiveness of the Triple Add Set, let's take a look at the muscle fiber types and why it's such a good thing to work all three of the major types at once.

- Type I muscle fibers are endurance-oriented muscle fibers. They primarily work in higher rep ranges and during aerobic exercise.

- Type IIa muscle fibers work when the weight used is moderate-to-heavy. This fiber type is most active in moderate rep range weight training (e.g. 5 to 10 reps per set)

- Type IIb muscle fibers are the explosive muscle fibers. They are called upon when the weight is very heavy and great power or explosiveness is needed.

When you lift a weight, your body recruits a certain number of muscle fibers to get the job done. It recruits a certain percentage of each type of fiber, depending on how heavy the load is. For instance, the lighter the load, the more Type I fibers will be called upon. The heavier the load, the more Type IIa fibers will be called upon. With very heavy loads, Type IIb fibers will be the most heavily recruited.

With regular training, your body learns to become more efficient with this recruitment and tries to get away with firing as few fibers as possible to get the job done. It's the body's natural tendency to conserve energy.

Unfortunately, this also leaves many muscle fibers underworked and not developed to their full potential. We need to find a way to force your body to recruit every available fiber to maximally work the muscle and develop it to it's full potential. That's where the Triple Add Set comes in.

If you're familiar with Triple Drop Sets (where you start with a heavy weight for the first part, then drop to a lighter weight for more reps then drop to a somewhat lighter weight for more reps to finish with) then you're familiar with the basic idea of this style of training.

However, here's the switch: instead of starting with a heavy weight and working down, we're going to start with a light weight and work our way up!

The Triple Add Set technique will first exhaust your Type I muscle fibers with light weights and high reps.

Then it will work on the Type IIa muscle fibers by moving to heavier weights and moderate reps. Since Type I fibers are still being activated at this point, even though the weights are heavier, your body will recruit more and more of those Type I fibers as you keep going.

On the third and final part of the set, very heavy weights will be used. Your Type IIb fibers will now be preferentially activated. But now, because the load is extremely demanding, your Type I fibers and even more of your Type IIa fibers are being recruited to help.

By the time you're done with the Triple Add Set, you've recruited almost every available muscle fiber in the target muscle. Then we do one or two more sets just to be sure they're completely worked!

How To Do It:

- Start with a light weight and do a high-rep set, e.g. 20 to 30 reps. Your muscles will be burning. This will hit the Type I endurance muscle fibers and fill the target muscles with blood.

- Rest 10 seconds to flush out enough of the waste products that have accumulated in your muscles for you to keep going. This is basically the time it takes to switch weights on the machine or grab a new set of dumbells, take a few deep breaths and jump back in.

- Next, you'll move on to a somewhat heavier weight and aim for about 6 to 8 reps. This will hit the Type IIa muscle fibers (the moderate-to-heavy oriented fibers).

- Take 10 seconds rest again.

- After that, you will do your last set with a heavy weight, going for only 1 to 3 reps. This will work on strength and connective tissue while focusing on the Type IIb muscle fibers (the very heavy and explosive fibers).

- Your muscles will feel incredibly hard and pumped up. The effect of this type of training is immediately noticeable and very powerful.

It will take a little practice to figure out what weights you'll be using. It will really depend on how well your body deals with lactic acid build-up. This is a training stimulus your body will most likely NEVER have experienced before.

The first part of the set should use a very light weight. Go for strict form and go for the burn. The first time through you should get at least 20 to 30 reps.

On the second Add Set, your reps will go down significantly as the waste products of the first set will not have been completely cleared.

The second Add Set should use about double what you used on the first set, e.g. start with 25 pound dumbells then do 50 pound dumbells (this increase will vary a lot depending on the exercise - experiment with the weights you use to find out what works for you).

The third and final part of the set is the hardest. Since you've already worked hard on the previous two parts, you will be using a weight that is lighter than what you'd normally use for this rep range in regular sets. When you do the third part, you will feel an extremely strong and deep burning in the muscles. You are tapping muscle fibers that have rarely been worked! The first two Add Sets worked the majority of your muscle fibers - every fiber you've got now has to kick in and fire to move the weight in the third Add Set!

It's extremely hard and extremely effective. You'll either love it or dread it but it works!

These are Triple Add Sets. Pick an exercise and give this technique a try the next chance you get. You will be amazed at the incredible burning and pump that results from this unique training stimulus!

The Triple Add Set is only one of the many innovative exercise techniques you'll find in my new ebook "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss." This book is all about how to lose fat as quickly as possible while keeping and even BUILDING muscle mass.

Click this link now to find out more!


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 15 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 "Specialization Training," all available at He can be contacted at

Friday, January 15, 2010

Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss

Got a treat for you here's an inside look at Nick Nilsson's "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" program. Nick is pulling back the curtain to show you exactly what his program is all about and how it works so you can see if this something that might work for you.

Honestly, the results people have gotten with this program have been nothing short of astonishing...this day-by-day rundown will give you the inside scoop - heck, even if you don't buy the program, you'll learn a LOT about fat loss training and eating so definitely check it out.

You can grab your copy here (and remember, it's on sale for just $19.95 until Friday, Jan 15th at midnight so jump on it fast if you ARE interested!):



Metabolic Surge - Day by Day Rundown
By Nick Nilsson

The program consists of 3 primary phases that lasts a total of 12 days. You then repeat this cycle 3 times for a grand total of 36 days. Then you have a 10 day recovery period where you'll take things easier and regain strength and give your body a bit of a break.

Let's get started:

The Nuts and Bolts of Phase 1:

Phase 1 is based on low-carb eating. Your body will be switching over to serious fat burning in the first day-and-a-half to two days. The training is Fat Loss Circuit Training (which I mentioned previously) and it will hasten the departure of carbs and water due to its demanding nature. It burns a lot of calories and will help get rid of carbs from your system FAST.

Being in a low-carb state is much more efficient for fat loss, though you don't want to stay in it too long (about 5 to 7 days is the most I recommend).

The third day is a complete rest day to help you recover from the first two days. You'll need the rest for the next two days (trust me).

On the fourth day, it's Lactic Acid Training. This type of training is designed to dramatically ramp up lactic acid production in your muscles and keep it there while training that specific bodypart. Why is this good? Well, the reduced pH in your body (more acidic) is an emergency situation and your body secretes G H in response (the full name of which I can't write here or this email will get filtered!). This hormone is not released as much when insulin is present in the blood, therefore we do this training on the 4th and 5th day of the low-carb eating, to be sure you have NO insulin floating around.

This maximizes the hormonal effect of the training. Lactic Acid Training also is not very damaging to the muscles - you start with one high-rep set (30+ reps), rest 20 seconds, then go again and try and hit as many reps as you can. Keep going for the prescribed number of sets.

This is followed by High-Intensity Intervals. The intervals are done on this day so as not to coincide with the thigh training of the next day. Lactic Acid Training for the thighs and interval training don't work as well when done on the same day because most cardio training uses the legs to a large degree. The legs will be too fatigued to push really hard on interval training.

You will be following a very basic supplementation program of multivitamins and protein powder during this phase. You can also include glutamine after workouts. Take NO creatine during this phase so that you save it for the transition to Phase 3 where you'll get the most bang for your buck with it.

The Nuts and Bolts of Phase 2:

Phase 2 uses 2 days of single-nutrient eating to shock your body.

The first day focuses entirely on protein. Since you've been eating low carb and teaching your body to preferentially burn fat for energy, by suddenly depriving it of a fat intake as well, it's forced to seek out the most convenient fat source: bodyfat.

The interval training done on this day will encourage your body to use plenty of bodyfat for energy. It's not going to be easy, working on only protein like this but it's VERY effective. We only do this for one day.

The second day is designed to create a desperate need for protein in your body by starving yourself of it for a day. When you go to Phase 3 and eat plenty of protein, your body will aggressively store protein in the form of muscle.

Since you will be staying away from protein, don't take any glutamine on this day. Glutamine is an amino acid, which is a component of protein. You will be getting plenty of it as you go into Phase 3.

We will not be doing any training on this day as we are looking to only deplete the body of free-circulating protein, not to excessively break down muscle tissue. Just that depletion will create the desperate need in your body for protein, similar to what your body experiences on a carb depletion from low-carb eating and reloading.

An all-fruit day is also very cleansing to the body, which is a perfect switch from a high-protein, high-meat product diet. Eat as much fruit as you want. Your body will just be busy absorbing the carbohydrates from the fruit. Be sure to drink plenty of water as well. This fruit day also tends to flush out much of the excess water from your body.

The Nuts and Bolts of Phase 3:

The first few days of Phase 3 are all about building muscle (what better way to reduce your % bodyfat by increasing your % muscle mass!). When you come directly off a low-carb diet, your body is desperate for carbs and very sensitive to them. Your body will absorb them (as well as other nutrients) very rapidly.

This is also where the zero-protein day comes into play. You have also created a desperate need for protein in your body with it.

By combining these two desperate needs and then feeding them, your body is capable of tremendously fast progress. This is when you will be performing "Muscle Rounds" - one of the most effective muscle-building training techniques I've ever come across.

During these first few days, you will loading up on nutrients such as protein, glutamine and creatine to maximize the effects of the previous two phases.

You will also be keeping your fat intake extremely low to maximize fat burning during this time.

The third day of the phase is a day off weights but has you doing high intensity interval training for your cardio. Doing this type of training on it's own day means you can really put a lot of effort into it.

The fourth day is geared towards higher-volume, higher-rep training using Supersets. This type of training is excellent for forcing a lot of nutrient-laden blood into the muscles. The Supersets will also create plenty of lactic acid, which is excellent for boosting Growth Hormone levels in the body. You will also be doing interval training on this day again.

The final day of this Phase is a complete day off. Your body will need a little rest before you go back into the low-carb diet and training of Phase 1 again. You may be tempted to do a little more work - resist this as your body will need the rest!

On this day, you get a planned "cheat" planning it into your program, you get the mental benefits of breaking the strictness and your metabolism gets a nice shot. This planned cheating is a VERY powerful concept, as is the whole nutrient-rotation found in the Surge program itself.

Then Repeat Two More Times...

This 12 day cycle makes for one round of the program. In the NEXT 2 rounds, you're going to be increasing the number of sets you do, gradually building up the training volume, which forces your body to work harder to keep up. This is a natural metabolism-increaser and it's PLANNED right into the program.

Think of how the engine of a car reacts as you hit the gas to climb a the hill gets steeper, you have to almost floor it just to keep moving. But when you keep it floored and come up and over the top and down the other side, you pick up speed FAST.

This is the core concept of the Surge training program - you ramp things up then back off and let your metabolism ROAR.

Strength/Recovery Phase:

The Strength/Recovery Phase is not for fat loss but to allow the body some time to recuperate from the extreme training volume you've been placing on it. It is the overcompensation phase after ramping up to overtraining on the first 3 Phases, i.e. the car coming over the top of the hill and coming down.

The focus here is on building or re-building strength. You will dramatically reduce your training volume and frequency for a short period and target your training to strength training (lower reps and longer rest periods).

This sudden reduction in volume and frequency, while your body is still cranking and trying to recover from the high volume, will result in another jump in results. If you lost any strength during the first 36 days of training, you will get it all back here (and probably more!)

The Sum of All Parts:

As you can see, the training and nutrition of each Phase builds onto the next one, making the whole greater than the sum of all parts. This synergistic effect of the various nutrient and training regimes will allow you to effectively build muscle and strength even while training to lose fat!

From Phase to Phase, training volume will increase in order to push your body a little further and a little harder. Building up to this higher volume slowly will allow you take advantage of the body's reaction to temporary overtraining, keeping your results moving quickly. You will NEVER hit a plateau with this program.

Your body has no choice but to adapt - it's built into the training program and it's built into the eating program with the rotation between low-carb, low-fat and single-nutrient eating.

And remember, till Friday at midnight, this program is just $19.95 - the price will be going back up to $29.95. And when I put the update out within the next month or so, it'll be going up even MORE, so jump on this now if you think you might be interested.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Fat Loss Transformation Workout Blueprint

I've got insider fat loss information for you today!

Fat loss expert Craig Ballantyne researched his transformation winners and have summarized their exact blueprint workout programs for fat loss that they used to lose 10, 20, and even 34 pounds in just 12 weeks.

Let's start with Catherine, one of the most famous TT transformation superstars, here are the 3 programs she used over the 12 weeks:

1) Turbulence Training for Abs
2) TT Buff Dudes-Hot Chicks
3) TT for Amazing Lower Abs

NOTE: The most popular program used by contest winners was the TT for Buff Dudes & Hot Chicks.

And that program was the basis for the new "TT Transformation" workout that was made available yesterday to all TT Members - and you'll get this new "TT Transformation" workout when you take the 21-day Turbulence Training trial offer today:


Next up, let's look at what Guttorm - the Norwegian contest winner - used to kick-start his life change. You'll notice that he actually followed the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss manual "by the book", in the exact order the programs are listed.

1) Beginner Turbulence Training
2) Intermediate Turbulence Training
3) Original Turbulence Training

There's something to be said for simplicity. Sticking to the basics works.

In fact, that's what Jonny Munro did to win contest #3. He used the same order of TT workouts:

1) Beginner
2) Intermediate
3) Original

Now if you want a little more muscle, here's a cool "Meathead Transformation" system to follow, PROVEN by Mike Gaglione:

1) Reformed Meathead Fat Loss
2) TT Hard-Core
3) TT for Buff Dudes & Hot Chicks (again!)

Now let's take a look at the two folks who lost over 30 pounds in Transformation #3.

First, you shouldn't be surprised by the three workout series used by Robyn - our reigning champ with 34 pounds lost! She used:

1) TT Beginner Level Workout - about 3 weeks
2) TT Intermediate Level Workout - almost 5 weeks
3) TT Buff Dudes, Hot Chicks Workout - about 4 weeks

How cool is that?!

Alright, so knowing what we know now...what "progression" should beginners and advanced folks use?

Its we go.

For beginners, do what Robyn did but with a slight TWIST:

1) TT Beginner Total Torso Training (January 2010 workout)
2) Intermediate Turbulence Training
3) TT for Buff Dudes & Hot Chicks

Spend 4 weeks in each program. You should lose over 20 pounds and you'll look totally freaking AMAZING in 12 weeks from now.

For ADVANCED folks, here is the absolute best 3-program progression that is your blueprint for radically transforming your body:

1) TT Hard-Core (June 2006 workout)
2) TT for Buff Dudes & Hot Chicks (February 2009)
3) TT Transformation (January 2010)

The NEW "TT Transformation" workout is based on TT for Buff Dudes  and Hot Chicks, which is clearly the MOST POPULAR program among our contest winners.

So you know that TT Transformation is going to be an amazing workout.

You'll get this new "TT Transformation" workout when you take the 21-day Turbulence Training trial offer today:


Now that you have a complete blueprint for fat loss success, its just a matter of time before you are lean and fit - and maybe even the winner of the TT transformation contest!

To your success,

Arthur M.

[Note: This posting is intended to make you aware of the availability of this program. It’s not a personal endorsement! As always please note the Compensated Affiliate Disclosure at the sidebar!]

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Institute Family Fitness Time

Everyone needs physical activity in their daily lives. Exercise is not just for people trying to lose weight or get ripped. One way to have together time with family and stay healthy is to institute a family fitness time.

These days, even our kids are busy. They have homework, afterschool activities and friends that they like to hang out with. Our day is slammed as well. When we do get to come together, family time is important. To ensure that you get family time each day, though you are busy, let that time do double duty.

When your schedule is packed, any time that can serve dual purposes is a ray of light. Instead of you trying to find time to exercise alone, get the entire family together to exercises. This way, each person gets activity and you can use the time to bond.

Increase Motivation & Hold Each Other Accountable

One of the hardships of working out alone is that there is no motivation or accountability. Friends may work out with you sometimes but they have families too. With your own family, you have built-in motivators for each other. What was once seen as a chore is now fun family time because you are tackling it together.

Family fitness time has many benefits:

· Everyone participates and gains better fitness

· You can challenge each other

· You are more aware of the importance of eating well

· Your schedules can handle it

You have constant support 24/7. Instead of thirty minutes, you can stretch that time to an hour if you want to. Here are some suggestions for workouts as a family:

· Do a DVD workout

· Go bike riding

· Lift weights together

· Play video games that allow you to get up and move during play.

Each person can pick an exercise they love to do and introduce it to the group. On different days, let someone else lead your workout session. Each person stays involved and everyone benefits from the workout.

Weight training is for young and old alike. You, the kids and your spouse can spot each other and grow strong together. When everyone is involved, you can set up a dedicated area in your home for it. Dumbbells don’t take up much space and are not expensive. Be sure to have a variety of weight amounts in order to have the right weights for each age, but also to allow for growth.

No time to exercise in your busy day? Chances are there are others in your family that need the physical activity but have limited time as well. Decide to exercise together as a family to carve out the time you need to stay healthy. Not only do you benefit by being healthier, but the people you love the most do the same, and you get to spend quality time together to boot.

Fat-Loss Circuit Training

Fat-Loss Circuit Training - Now is the time to try this revolutionary fat-burning, metabolism-boosting training technique!

By Nick Nilsson

Experience a training technique so powerful you can literally FEEL your metabolism firing up and burning fat!

Want to burn off that holiday weight gain as quickly as humanly possible? Fat-Loss Circuit Training is the BEST place to start.

Fat-Loss Circuit Training is a program of my own invention. I developed it for losing fat quickly. It's challenging but very effective!

It's also one of the core components of my extremely powerful "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" program available here:

Fat-Loss Circuit Training is very simple once you get the hang of it, but it can be one of the most demanding (and most extraordinarily effective) styles of training you can do.

If you're familiar with normal circuit training (with timed, light-weight intervals), please put aside any notions you might have of how this program works. You will not only be harnessing the muscle-building and metabolism-stimulating power of intense, full-set weight training (NOT the typical light-weight, timed intervals of normal circuit training), you will also be incorporating the great calorie-burning effects of cardiovascular training.

The proper combination of the two styles (weights and cardio) into one workout is, quite simply, phenomenal for fat burning.

In order to use Fat-Loss Circuit Training, you will need access to both weight equipment and cardio equipment (and/or benches or stairs), preferably located in fairly close proximity to each other.

This type of training is harder to do in a crowded gym as it will involve you moving back and forth quickly between different pieces of equipment. If someone is waiting to use
your cardio machine the moment you step off, it will defeat the purpose of the workout. This technique is best used in a fairly uncrowded gym where you have more freedom to use equipment or, better yet, in a home gym with weights and cardio equipment and no one waiting for anything!

If you do work out in a crowded gym, I will tell you exactly how to get around it.

How The Training Works:

- Essentially, this is combined circuit/interval training.

- You will be going back and forth between your weight training exercises and one cardio exercise for the duration of the workout.

- Your rest period for weights will be your cardio and your rest period for cardio will be your weights.

- You will be doing some sort of activity for your entire workout without any break!

This combination is very effective for a number of reasons:

- It forces your body to burn calories continuously during the workout.

- It utilizes resistance training and cardio training so you get all the benefits of both in one workout. - By forcing your body to work like this, you dramatically increase your metabolism leading to increased fat burning long after the workout (more so than either weights or cardio alone).

- It saves time - you get both your weights and cardio in the same amount of time as your regular workout.

- You will still be able to use heavy weights in your weight training, helping to preserve muscle mass.

How To Do It:

Step 1 - Set Up

For the most efficient workout possible, try to have most or all of your exercises pre-set and ready to go. The less time you spend on preparation during your workout itself, the more effective that workout will be, especially since you want to be continually active throughout the workout. You can use any type of cardio that is convenient and enjoyable to you, be it a machine, stair stepping, or even a skipping rope.

If you are working out in a crowded gym, try to claim an area for yourself and focus on dumbell exercises. You won't have to wait in line to use any weight machines that way.

If you don't have access to convenient cardio machines, you're going to have to go low-tech. You'll need to do stair-stepping (stepping up two stairs then back down works well), bench-stepping (step up onto a flat bench or Step platform then back down) or rope-jumping (be sure you're not close to anyone if you choose this). These approaches work just as well as cardio machines and allow you to perform this training style in a busier setting.

If the stair-stepping method is what you need to use, have a look at the stepping pattern demonstrated on the following page:

Step 2 - Warm-up

Do a few minutes of low-intensity cardio as a warm-up. You may wish to do a few light sets of a few of the exercises you'll be working with before you start into it though. Don't tire yourself out, just get a light sweat going.

Step 3 - Start with 30 - 40 seconds of moderate intensity cardio.

This could be setting a stair machine to a level that is not easy but is not so challenging that you're going to exhaust yourself right away. Watch the timer on your machine and go for approximately 40 seconds (I say approximately because there will generally be a slight lag time when you step on and off). Many cardio machines have a "rest period" feature where you can leave the machine on and it will not erase your program while you have stepped off. Normally, this is about 2 minutes. This should be enough time to complete your weight set.

If you are using a machine such as a treadmill or stair machine that you will leave on with the timer running, just watch the time counter on the machine and keep track of when you get on it to get the designated period. It may require a little mental math! You can also use your own stopwatch or timer on your watch to keep track (this is easier). Start the timer when you start the cardio.

Many machines also have a feature that runs through a series of time periods. I've found on the StairMaster, if you set the length of the session to 20 minutes, this results in a 40 second time period making it perfect for judging your cardio periods.

Step 4 - Do a set of weights.

Go as quickly as you can to your first exercise. Do a set of the first exercise on your program for the day. Do this with no rest, going from the cardio immediately to the weights. Do all your reps until you start to approach muscular failure.

While this is definitely still intense weight training, don't push yourself to muscular failure as you would in your regular training. Due to the high training volume we'll be doing in this program, pushing to failure on every set will compromise muscle recovery.

Also, be very sure to use proper form and tempo when lifting the weights. Don't rush your weight sets - perform them with the same form and speed as you would if you were doing a regular set in your training. Fast, light or sloppy weight sets are NOT what we're looking for here.

Step 5 - Go right back to the cardio.

Get back to the cardio and do another 40 seconds of moderate-intensity cardio.

Step 6 - Repeat the cycle for the duration of the workout.

You will be going back and forth continuously between cardio and your weight training exercises, using the cardio as the rest period between your weight sets. What this means is that over the course of your workout, you'll be burning calories via cardio and weights AND you'll be working your muscles with intense, heavy weight training as well. It's tough training but very effective!


- As you improve your cardio ability, you can choose to increase the intensity of your cardio training between sets. You may wish to start at a lower level and gradually increase the resistance over the course of the workout or start at a higher level and keep it there. It is perfectly acceptable to keep it at a steady, moderate level, however.

- This Fat-Loss Circuit technique can be used with nearly any form of cardio exercise as long as it is convenient to go back and forth with the weights. The real key here is to maintain activity for the entire workout.

- Keep your workouts to no more than 45 minutes at the very most when doing this type of training. Any more than that and you will be breaking yourself down too much. It's an extremely demanding form of training as you'll be working every major energy system in your body. You will also find it will crank your metabolism up pretty seriously!

For a sample workout to follow, taken directly from my "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" ebook, please click on the following link:

You will be able to print this workout and take it to the gym with you to try out.

Want to learn more about the "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" program? Click on the following link right now!

Your new body is waiting for you!


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 15 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 "Specialization Training," all available at (
He can be contacted at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Today is the Day...

The time to change is now.

The time to finally take action on your health and fitness, to lose fat, to boost your energy, and to dramatically increase your confidence is right now - this very second - today.

So what should you do?

First, get started in the Turbulence Training Transformation Contest.

There is no cost to enter.

And remember: A 12 week transformation is only 0.3% of your life. If you focus on learning about your body for 12 weeks it will allow you to be lean forever.

The TT Transformation is the 0.3% solution you've been looking for.

Second, stick to the basics.

Sure it's easy to get caught up in the latest "weight loss craze", but it is essential for you to never stray too far from the basics.

- Keep and review your food journal regularly.
- Use a proven, structured workout program that gets you maximum results in minimum time - you don't even need a gym membership.
- Surround yourself with social support at home, work, and online.

These are the 3 most important factors in your fat loss success.

Third, I want you to put a little urgency into your fat loss program.

IMAGINE: What if you had to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks or you lost your job, could you do it?

Imagine you had to go to jail if you skipped your workout to sit on the couch instead - would you make that workout?

You just need to find compelling motivation to stick to your plan, so spend some time in reflection on that - and find YOUR REASON.


Nobody gets old by surprise.


No one is in a "perfect environment" to transform their body. We all have stress and time limits. That's why you need a proven plan.

So those are the 3 main things you must change today.

f you want the best fat loss program to help you transform your body in the comfort of your own home, I have amazing news for you.

Super-Trainer Craig Ballantyne has released DVD copies of his complete Turbulence Training workout package - plus his bodyweight workout system - to help you lose fat at home.

That's the good news...but the bad news is that there are only 37 copies available and the DVD's are only available on a first come, first serve basis here:


You will get:

- TT for Fat Loss DVDs (includes "lecture" from my kitchen)
- TT 6-Month Bodyweight DVDs
- TT Hotel Room Workouts DVDs
- A signed copy of my "Just Say No to Cardio" book
- A 1-year Platinum TT Membership
- Plus free shipping anywhere in the world

But again, there are only 37 copies left. Please get yours now and start your fat loss transformation today.


To your success,

Arthur M.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Making Time to Exercise

You have already decided that you don’t have time to exercise. Between kids, work, and just being plain tired, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in your day. Wrong! There is time; you just have to make it. So, we are going to find time in your day and tell you how you can spend it.

Time Management

Have you ever considered time management? If you work for a pretty good sized company, at least once they have looked at how they can get the most work done in the least amount of time. They have scrutinized payroll to see where they are wasting resources.

Let’s apply time management skills to your day. How often do we have down time? Maybe you are cooking dinner or waiting for a client to reply to a request. If you think hard enough, there are at least 30 minutes in your day that you don’t do anything.

Why not, make that exercise time? Who says you need hours to get fit? No, those thirty minutes aren’t all together but as long as you know that you have that time, you can schedule some exercise in to fill the slot.

A Workout You Like

Now, think of an exercise that you wouldn’t mind doing. It could be bicycle riding, jumping rope or dancing as just a few examples. It is a fact that when you don’t like the exercise you are doing, you won’t stick with it. Losing steam and quitting is one of the biggest motivational crushers there is. You don’t dare try again because you might quit again.

When you begin by choosing an exercise that you love and can get excited about, even at 5 a.m., you are more apt to stay motivated. Consistency is the key here. You have found thirty minutes in your day but maybe you could find more as you begin to see results. It’s ok to start small. Don’t feel like you must spend two hours, or even one, at the gym or working out at home. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day walking or dancing in your living room to start with, you’re doing more than you were and should be proud of yourself.

Try to find an exercise that you can do anywhere. Let’s take bicycle riding. While your son is at soccer practice, you can ride your bike. Choose a nearby trail or just pedal around the field or parking lot.

If you like to walk, you can walk just about anywhere. Keep a pair of running shoes and light weights in your car so you are ready for a jam session whenever you can fit one in.

The best thing about exercise is that it is cumulative. Thirty minutes here plus another fifteen there all adds up to increasing your fitness level. Don’t let the time factor discourage you. Shorter bursts of more intense exercises often work better for overall fitness. So, even if you only have 10 minutes, give it all you’ve got. Run in place as fast as you can, dance to the most upbeat and fast paced music you can find. Just remember if you’re going for short, intense workouts to give it your all the entire time.

Making time for exercise is not easy but it is necessary. Consider where you can shave some time off your schedule and pen in some exercise time. Once in the mindset, you’ll find more workout opportunities presenting themselves all on their own.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Getting Ready to Exercise: The Proof is in the Planning

What is it about exercise that we just can’t warm up to? Maybe it is the fact that it seems like work or that we have to drop everything to do it. It doesn’t sound like an easy proposition. The trouble with exercise might just be because there is a lack of planning going on.

Think about it: Would you take a vacation on the spur of the moment? If you did, you’d be sleeping in your car or worse, in a flea-bag motel. The same thing is true of other areas of your life, yes, including fitness. Lack of planning or poor planning leads to disastrous results.

We all know that we need exercise in our day. What does exercise do for us? In case you have forgotten, here are just some of the numerous benefits:

· Increased energy (for family and friends)

· Increased mood (staying motivated at work and at home)

· Weight loss (look good in that bikini or those Speedos)

· Longevity (live to see your grandkids grow up)

· Zest for life (anything is possible)

Those sound like great benefits, huh? Of course they are which makes you wonder why it’s so easy to put it exercise and healthy living on the back burner.

One complaint about exercise is that it takes too much time. If you are busy with parenting, career, extracurricular activities and such, there is no perfect place to add in exercise. So, it gets sacrificed for other things. The problem is that exercise is not considered a priority.

Big mistake!

Just look back up at the list above and you’ll see reasons that exercise SHOULD be a priority in your life.

What happens when you lose your energy? You also lose your focus. Those 15 minutes that you spend trying to “get it back together” is just enough time for a short workout session.

So, what if you scheduled exercise just like you do everything else in your day? Add it into your schedule so that it is given a place of importance and not relegated to your “I will do if I have time” list.

Prepare a place to work out so that when it is time, all you have to do is show up and get started. That place could be a corner of your living room, dining room, home office, or garage. Let it be a dedicated spot where you can place your equipment (if needed) off to one side without being intrusive, but still readily accessible when the time comes to workout.

Instead of taking ten minutes to find your dumbbells and move clothes, you can start immediately. That 15 minute workout is just that – only 15 minutes! Once you’ve completed it, you’re free to do the next thing on your list.

When exercise is planned for, it works into our schedules just like ballet recitals and sports practices. You reap the benefits of increased energy and a more productive nature therefore, a longer, happier life too!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Circuit Training: Achieving Two Fitness Goals with One Workout

Exercise is meant to help us achieve a level of fitness that keeps our bodies working properly for a long time. But, the question most of us have is, “What is the best way to do that?” Most of us have busy lives and need an effective workout in as short a time as possible.

Welcome to Circuit Training 101

Circuit training is the combination of aerobics and strength training that works the entire body in half the time of either type of traditional workout alone. It is working smarter and not harder.

Most people are skeptical about anything that says what you are used to doing can take less time than it ever did before. At one time, the professionals said that working out longer increased your fitness level. If you didn’t reach a certain time limit then you were wasting your time.

Day in and day out, fitness experts prove that this is not necessarily the only truth. Your workout can take less time if you do it right and still be very, and in some cases more, effective. That is where circuit training comes in.

Think about it this way: If you were to run from your back door to your front door, you could do it quickly. If you had to run from your back door out the front door and across a field, you’d run a bit slower to pace yourself. The reason for exercising longer is to get your heart rate up and keep it up in the 70 to 80 percentile for your age so that you are working in a fat burning zone.

With circuit training, you are working fast during each interval. Your heart rate gets up and stays up throughout the circuit program. If it is thirty minutes, then for thirty minutes you are working in your target zone. With aerobics alone, you may only achieve that for fifteen of the thirty minutes you work out.

Circuit training alternates a strength training exercise with a cardio minute. You can time yourself during the strength training phase or just perform a certain number of repetitions. During the aerobic phase, you time yourself for 60 seconds. As you get stronger, you can lengthen the aerobic phase.

With this method of exercising, there is little to no rest between exercises. Your cardio minute rests the muscles and the strength training rests your heart. In twenty to thirty minutes, you can have a refreshing workout that works all areas of your body.

If you have a limited amount of time, which many of us do, work on the upper body in circuit training one day and the lower body the next. What you want to be careful to avoid is weight training the same body part two days in a row. The muscle tissue needs time to repair and rebuild in order to reach its peak health and avoid injury.

Circuit training combines aerobics and weights for a better body in less time. For busy people, it is a great workout method that can fit into your lifestyle and get you fit at the same time.

Circuit Training - Unlimited Benefits was the last article on circuit training. However, do a search at the blog and you will find several more articles on the subject.

Curves: Getting Busy Women Back to Fitness

They say that if you have thirty minutes, then they can help. Some may have been skeptical in the beginning but Curves has taken off in a big way. If you’ve got thirty minutes, they may be able to help you.

Whether you are a working mom or a busy stay at home mom, you do what you do to help your family. Sometimes, work and raising kids can be stressful and lead us down a path of bad eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. That adds up to less time to actually enjoy your family.

Fitness in gyms always seemed to be geared towards men. There were a lot of weights to make you huge, but most women aren’t into that. They want to do what they have to do and get moving because their schedules were busy.

Curves has answered that call with the well-known Curves workout. It combines aerobics and weights in a unique thirty minute interval training workout.

Here’s How it Works.

Each weight machine used in the workout is separated by a recovery board in a large circle. You can start on the recovery pad or on a weight machine. Sixty seconds is spent on each piece of equipment. To rest the muscles, the recovery board is provided where you can run, jog or walk in place for one minute. Then, it is on to the next piece of equipment.

The workout utilizes upper and lower body weight machines that use hydraulics to provide effective resistance. Working your cardiovascular system and your muscles in intervals burns more fat in an efficient manner. In thirty minutes, you get a total body workout that you can feel.

Where to Find Curves?

Curves centers are located everywhere so that you can join one nearest to you. If you have to run the carpool one day, stop into Curves for your workout beforehand. While the kids are at practice afterschool, run on over and get your workout in before you have to pick them up. After work, a quick thirty minute workout may give you the energy you need to spend a quality evening with your family.

What about Support?

The professionals at Curves know that your time is precious. They will work to get you in and out. And, while you are there you will have the support you need to keep going and meeting those fitness goals. To that end, they have come up with Curves Smart, a new electronic training program that allows you to see your progress on each machine in the circuit and improve your fitness level.

Do you need a workout that fits your busy life as a woman? Curves is designed especially for women and if you can carve out a half hour, they can help you get started on the way to a healthier, more fit lifestyle.

[Note: This posting is intended to make you aware of the availability of this program. It’s not a personal endorsement! Also, I have no affiliation with Curves!]

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A crazy trick to reach your weight goal!

There are many reasons people give for "why" their fat-burning program "didn't work".

  *  "The diet was too hard."

  *  "I couldn't get to the gym enough."

  *  "My family and friends don't support me."

  *  The list goes on!

But the truth is that "most" fitness programs WILL work if you "work them", right?

So if you want MY opinion...

The #1 reason most people fail in reaching their goals is because they make it "ok" to let themselves down!

Think about it...

If you're the only one who's "watching" to see how well you stick to your program, so what if you fall off the wagon and sneak a few extra cookies or skip a few days (weeks?) at the gym?

Who cares?

Sure, YOU should care.  But if you fail, you fail and if you're the only one who knows about your goal, then there's no embarrassment in not making it this time.

Maybe "next time", right?

Sound familiar?  I'm sure it does to some of you.

Well, yesterday a friend of mine, Jeff Anderson, was telling me about this company that built a website that allows you to literally BET that you'll lose the weight!

What they've done is structured a bank draft off of your account that contributes an amount of money you decide on to a cause that you HATE!

A friend or family member keeps you honest with weekly weigh-ins and if you don't make your goal, then * ZAP *, $20 goes to the George W. Bush Presidential Library (if you're a lefty Democrat)...

...or * WHOOSH *, the Clinton Library sends you a big old "thank you" for your contribution (if you're a conservative Republican)!

Pretty funny, eh?

There are several different arrangements to set up, but the bottom line is this... succeed in your weight loss program, you must make yourself accountable to someone OTHER than yourself!

Make your goal PUBLIC by telling your friends, family, co-workers, dog, cat, many pounds you're trying to strip off. (Be specific!)

Sure, it takes GUTS to put yourself out there like that, but you have to ask yourself...

...are you really SERIOUS about losing the weight this time?


But here's ANOTHER incentive for  
reaching your fitness goals in 2010...


That friend I told you about? Jeff Anderson?

Well, he's also the creator of a best-selling fat-loss program called "Combat The Fat".

Each year he holds a special "Average Joe & Jane 12-Week Transformation Contest" to PERSONALLY coach you to your best body EVER!

This year he's even DOUBLED the amount of prize money he's giving away.

And here's the cool part...

...HE isn't the one doing the judging...YOU ARE!

Because at the end of 12 weeks, he's going to post ALL of the "before & after" pictures up on the web and the WORLD is going to vote for who THEY felt had the best "body transformation".

It doesn't matter if you have 10 lbs to lose or 100 lbs...EVERYONE has the same exact chance of winning because it's NOT about "washboard abs"'s about changing your body...and changing your LIFE.

So what do the winners get?

1st Place Transformation Winner gets up to $1,000  
2nd Place Transformation Winner gets up to $500  
3rd Place Transformation Winner gets up to $250

Plus...there are separate categories for men and women so you have an even better chance of getting picked!

Wait, it get's even better...

Jeff is even personally COACHING all of the contestants for the 12 weeks of the contest so you get someone to walk you every step of the way to your dream body!

Here's a link to where you can find all of the details on what you need to do to join:


Full Entry Details Are At:



Look...even if you DON'T care about winning the money, just setting this kind of a GOAL for yourself is INCREDIBLY MOTIVATING!

It gives you something to really shoot for and hold yourself accountable to.

This ALONE is worth getting involved in the contest!

And I've seen Jeff hold this type of contest before and he really MEANS it when he says it's for the "Average Joe & Jane"!

The contestants are NOT "fitness models" and many are largely overweight.

It doesn't's all about REAL PEOPLE making REAL CHANGES!

So again, go on over and join the program so you can enter the contest, ok?

Here's the link again...


Full Entry Details Are At:



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Monday, January 04, 2010

3 Amazing Fat Burning Interval Training Options

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

If you are looking to cut down on the amount of time you spend in the gym without jeopardizing your fat loss goals, then including interval training alongside your strength training program is the only way to go.

Just imagine spending half the time in the gym - if not more – and getting way better results.  Isn't that what you deserve?

I thought so.

And to make the notion of ditching long, slow, boring cardio even more convincing is the fact that you will be far less susceptible to sustaining an overuse injury with interval training. 

For some of you, however, the thought of giving up your daily cardio machine routine is too much to bear.  But not to worry because you can still use your favorite machine, but we'll just tweak things a bit so that you get more out of your workout in half the time.

1) Interval Training Option #1 - Classic Intervals

For example, try incorporating intervals on the treadmill by running hard for 30 seconds, at an 8 out of 10 intensity level, followed by 60 seconds of light recovery at a 3 out of 10 intensity level. 

That is one interval, and so you will repeat this process up to 6 times, while using a five minute warm-up and a 5 minute cool down.

Each week try to do more squats in the same amount of time.  This may sound easy, but trust me; it can be as difficult as you make it!

2) Interval Option #2 - Short Burst Squats

I personally recommend a Gymboss timer for this type of training, but it isn't essential. 

So, for the bodyweight interval training you will do as many bodyweight squats as you can for 20 seconds and then hold the bottom position for 10 seconds, then repeat your squats for 20 seconds, and then hold at the bottom for 10 etc. Repeat these intervals for 8 rounds.

3) Interval Option #3 - Kettlebell Swings

If you have a kettlebell, you can do swings or kettlebell squats for 30 seconds and then walk for 30 seconds and alternate for 6-10 rounds. That's a great way to finish a fat burning workout.

Alright, so those are just three of the countless ways in which you can include interval training into your workouts that will burn fat faster and help you avoid spending more time than necessary in the gym.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

3 reasons why obesity is... a disease?

I bet you didn't know this ...

Obesity...even being overfat... is a disease.

No, really.

At least that's what several social groups wish you to believe. "Suffers Of Obesity" is just one of those groups. Their entire stance is obesity (which, btw, can be only 30lbs or so over your ideal bodyweight) is an actual disease.

Well, is it?

Yes... and no.

Comedian Ricky Gervais has a hilarious go at this stance... that obesity is a disease. You sometimes have to laugh, you know? ; )

"No... it's not a disease... it's greed. You just love to eat," or so Gervais believes.

Well, in my first newsletter for 2010, a new decade with new ideas, I'm here to share a new idea with you:

     We really need to redefine some words.

One of those words is "disease".

Case-in-point: defines disease...

"In human beings, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories."

Let's think about that.

If you bump your knee against a sharp object, is this a new disease called "bumpuskneeitis?" Er... no. It's an accident. Sure, it may 'cause' a specific set of symptoms that could broadly (as in as broad as the back-side of a barn) be considered a "disease", but ... no. It's an accident with biological consequences.

Social problems?  So, if I decide to read 17 books on why my parents suck as a teenager and develop anti-social behavior, is this a "disease"?  NO!  This is the angst of youth combined, perhaps, with poor parenting!  Sure, it can lead to mental issues that could be classified as "disease", but guess what?

It's totally within your control. No one force-fed the books to the teen. And no one is force-feeding you, or anyone you know.

That decision is yours and yours alone... and anyone, repeat ANYONE on the face of planet earth can change their behaviors and attitudes toward food.

Okay, some more thoughts on disease:

Let me give you a few examples of what is typically thought of as "disease"...

--- Leprosy
--- Cancer
--- Hypothyroidism

We'll just take three... there are thousands as you know.

Now, we can all agree that these three states represent true "disease". The first you could catch by accident; the second is a combination of genetics, environment, and who-knows-what-else, and the third is almost always genetic.

One, cancer, is something you 'may' be able to do something about. For example, lung cancer. 90% of lung cancer patients contract the disease from smoking.

Let's just cover these 90%, shall we?

And folks, I'm asking for an open mind here...

Is lung cancer, in the case of the 90%, REALLY a disease?

     Or is it a biological consequence?

Sure, "cancer" is a disease. But what caused it in this case? Something involuntary? Hardly. Something that could not be stopped?

No way.

The 90% caused it. Period.

Welcome to the real world.

So, I propose this:  We redefine "disease" as an abnormal biological condition that we DO NOT have direct cause or effect over.

Airborne viruses: Disease.  Obesity: NOT a disease.

And yes, lung cancer in chain smokers:  NOT a disease; it's a biological outcome. The end result should be treated as a disease, of course, but come on: Where is the responsibility folks?

Life, if you want to life it fully and without fear, is ALL about taking total responsibility. That's empowerment. Anything less is... well, LESS.

In our example, lung cancer is no more a "disease" than, say, me hitting myself over the head with a hammer every day and causing brain damage is a disease.

Brain damage (not self-induced) = disease.

Brain damage caused by self-inflicted hammer-hitting = biological consequence. In this case of sheer stupidity!

Now, one could (and many will) make the argument that I had a "mental" disease that caused me to WANT to hit myself over the head with a hammer... but... well...

At this point we need to redefine the word "disease" in my opinion. Here's why:

First, if this were the case, I could say that all criminals have a disease.

They all have a mental disease that makes them want to kill, steal... you name it.

This may in fact BE true... we do not know... but do we hold them NOT responsible if it is? No, we do not.

And that brings us back to obesity.

     Obesity and being overfat is not a disease folks...
     ------ >  it's a biological consequence.

And, with the exception of the extremely 'rare' cases of total glandular dysfunction from birth, obesity... your bodyweight... is your responsibility.

Period. End of story.

Sorry, but that's the way the ball bounces.

Am I being mean? No. I was obese. I have a right to speak my mind about it, and trust me:  My depression (a disease... sorta... some genetic, but a lot of it was caused by eating too much sugar) definitely aided in my obesity.

Then how come I'm not obese any more?

I found a better way to eat. I re-trained my body to crave this style of eating (and exercise) over stuffing myself with pizza and burgers every day.

Here's what I use:


It torches bellyfat... and it reprograms the body and mind to use food as fuel... especially if you use Jon's "7 Minute Body" workout system (you can get it at 77% off after you pick up EODD on the page above... ; )

So be brave. Be fearless. And be responsible.

Oh... and be sure not to catch "internetemailitis"... its a disease that causes you to want to check your email more than 10 times a day.

I have it. So be careful... may be contagious. : )

P.S. Author Jon Benson documents his journey from obesity to total leanness in EODD. He had to overcome 'real' diseases, like pituitary failure from a high fever (i.e. viral pneumonia that almost killed him) and clinical depression (partially what he calls "his fault"; partially not... i.e. half disease, half biological consequence.) He KNOWS what you can do once you have a solid plan in place and a determined mind.

Then no "disease" can stop you... at least the ones that do not kill you.

So go for it... be brave, be responsible... and be lean! ------>

Arthur M.

Friday, January 01, 2010

6 Strange Dietary Bedfellows

You know, fitness and nutrition guy Jon Benson has a humorous way of putting things that we all need to hear. I received this email from him today and had to share it with you. It's not only funny, it's true.

Read on...



6 Strange Dietary Bedfellows


What do these six things have in common?

--- McDonalds
--- Renee Zellweger
--- Epileptic children
--- Yours truly
--- Most bodybuilding and fitness competitors
--- Kiefer Sutherland

Give up?

All the above employ the strategies of the low-carb dietplan.

Recently researchers have found that low-carb nutrition plan reduced the number of seizures in epileptic children.

Most of the world's leanest physiques get that way on a regimen, limited or not, of low-carbs and higher protein.

Even McDonalds is getting into the act.

Even Renee Zellweger.

Even Kiefer Sutherland.

Even me.


Read on and I'll explain what I mean...


Why Low-Carb Works


When McDonalds starts counting carb grams in their food, you know someone is either jumping on a trend or finally seeing the light.

In this case, both -- but it is a good thing. Low-carb dietplans. They work.

For the masses, they work because they are the easiest nutrition plan to follow when you're busy.

McDonalds and stars like Kiefer Sutherland figured this out. The busy on-the-go guy or gal doesn't want to make the time to prepare six meals per day and carry them around in Tupperware.

When choosing my own lifestyle nutrition plan, time and convenience played a major role. I looked at role models who were very busy, formerly obese, and very lean.

Most of them rely in some form or fashion on a low-carb strategy.

Low-carb also works, much to the hem and haw of traditional doctors and nutritionists, due to the way the body processes fuel.

For those of us fortunate enough to grow up on whole grains and very low-sugar mealplans, a moderate to higher-carb nutrition plan may work just fine.

But most of us grew up eating junk.

Processed foods, fast foods, and downright junk was the cornerstone of our dietplans. That puts your body on the "carb defense."

After years of abuse the body becomes resistant to carbohydrates. The insulin they produce can cause all sorts of health issues, fat-burning problems, and more.

When carbs are removed, even healthy carbs like whole grains, the body has time to re-adjust.

In some cases, you can go back to a moderate-carb plan with whole grains and fruits after a period of time.

In others, you are a "low-carber" for life.

Guess which one I am?

Finally, low-carb works because you tend to eat less. Fat is very satiating, and most low-carb plans are fairly high in dietaryfat.

So, in recap:

--- Easy and convenient;
--- Metabolically important for carb recovery;
--- Lower in total food volume (eat less)

Do not make light of that first point. Any plan that is not simple is one very few people will stick to. Making your plan simple and tasty is key, even if that plan is not "perfect" by nutritional standards.

Now, by far, the best low-carb dietplan in the world (yes, I'm bias for good reason!) is this: ------>

EODD works so well because your carbs are low for "most" of the time. Not "all" of the time. And the times when your carbs are not low you can enjoy your favorite foods.

Personally I enjoy pizza and burgers on my non-low-carb days. You can enjoy whatever you want if you just keep it reasonable.

You see, there's no need to diet-perfect.

Progress always trumps perfection.


Why Low-Carb Fails


There are two primary reasons for the failure of the low-carb nutrition plans: boredom and media bashing.

One causes irritability. The other, doubt. Unless you're certain that your plan will work, you will eventually go off of it.

This is true of any plan, no matter how ideal it is. Certainty rules.

That's why I believe in having a flexible, tasty plan like EODD.

Then boredom is easily solved.

I share my own unique ideas about "cycling" carbs and fats in the presentation here: ------>

Using my cycle strategy you will rarely if ever become bored. And your body will burn more bodyfat too. It's just a cheap metabolic trick...but boy, it works.

The second reason is media and medical bias. One study after another has proven that low-carb plans, even the Atkins plan, works and is safe to use for most people.

Check with your doctor first, of course.

I've seen researchers get down-right angry when the results come back. In one study, carried out for a full year, the low-carb plan out-performed the so-called "healthy" Dean Ornish plan.

Lower blood fats, more fatloss, and more energy were the results.

My preference always comes back to low-carb nutrition. I just cycle it in a way that allows me to get plenty of veggies, some grains, and ample fiber.

Even a slice of cheesecake here and there... : )

Hey...I said "low-carb", not "low-life!"

P.S. One of these days the mainstream medical community will wake up to the fact that 90% of the population will never eat 15 servings of veggies per day.

While this may be "optimal", it's not at all practical. I'd rather give you down-to- earth practical nutrition advice that you CAN and WILL follow -- and enjoy.

Makes sense, doesn't it? ------>