Craig Ballantyne – 7 Questions and Answers About Turbulence Training

In Part 1 of this Turbulence Training overview, I outlined how Craig came up with this extremely time efficient fat loss workout back in graduate school. I also talked about my misconceptions about how this workout worked, who it was geared toward, etc. Here is the part where I ask Craig some questions. I am very grateful that he took time out his busy schedule to give some detailed answers. I will also give women a link to get his report on “Burning Stubborn Female Fat” & guys a link where they can download a way to “Burn Fat and Retain Muscle” at home with only dumbbells and bodyweight.

bodyweight butt exercises

[In this video above, Craig shows how to do bodyweight butt exercises. He goes from the least advanced to most advanced movements. At the end he explains how to do different variations. Click the video above and you will be taken to a page with quite a few of his instructional videos. Great info!]

Time For the Questions and Answers…

Question 1: Is This Workout Great for Women Who Want the Sleek “Hollywood Look” (Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, etc.)?

I’ve actually worked with a hot, young up and coming actress named Rachel Nichols, and using Turbulence Training we helped her do her first chin-up ever. And she remained sleek and sexy, of course. You’ll see her in the upcoming GI Joe movie.

Question 2: Can Guys get the Ripped “Fight Club Look” With TT?

Ah yes, the Tyler Durden physique…Brad Pitt did an amazing job with that one.

But clearly, this is not your bodybuilder’s type of physique. Nor would a bodybuilder be able to move like Pitt did in that movie.

That type of lean, wiry, low-body fat body and performance is achieved only through athletic type training – using bodyweight exercises and sprint intervals – just like those in Turbulence Training. You’d almost call it a “dangerous” physique. The type than any other alpha-male wannabe would look at when you’re at the beach with your shirt off, and think twice before crossing your path.

Question 3: How Can Someone Get a Complete Workout in That Short of Time?

Most people don’t know it, but you can get a full fat burning workout done in just minutes. The great thing about resistance training and interval training is that they are efficient.

For example, three sets of a resistance training aren’t 3x’s as good as one set. And doing three exercises per bodypart isn’t three times as good as doing just one exercise. You can get a lot of results with just a small amount of volume, provided you work hard and intensely.

Plus, if you use “non-competing” supersets, like the ones in Turbulence Training, you can cut your resistance training session in half. And finally, interval training has been shown to help people lose more belly fat in half the workout time of a regular cardio program.

Question 4: But Wouldn’t Longer Still Be Better?

Before we even get to exercise, we have to make one thing clear, and that is, “Diet is more important for fat loss than exercise”.

That’s why you can have someone with a good fat burning diet who works out just 10 minutes per day get more results than someone who works out 2 hours per day but has a terrible fat burning diet.

As for exercise, you have to remember that the whole point of a workout is to stimulate the body to respond by burning fat, or building muscle, or improving cardiovascular fitness, or all three.

The art of designing workouts is about getting the maximum response with the least amount of exercise.

Most people overdo it. They end up with redundant exercises, doing extra repetitions that aren’t needed because the muscles already have been stimulated enough. So they are just wasting their time.

And what’s worse, is not only does excessive exercise not add to results, but it can lead to overuse injuries. That’s why runners and high-volume bodybuilders are hurt so much. Too much stress on the muscles and joints by doing the same thing over and over and over again.

So while, yes, in some cases doing more will help, at some point you have to draw the line and say enough is enough.

Question 5: Won’t People Lose Muscle Mass With Such a Short Workout?

No. It’s actually a lot harder to lose muscle mass than most people think.

As long as you are training with enough intensity, and not starving yourself, it’s hard to lose muscle mass. You almost have to be bed-ridden, or chronically and severely restricting calories or doing excessive aerobic exercise to lose muscle mass, providing you’re not on the juice to begin with.

Question 6: I’m an Advanced Trainer, Will Such a Basic Workout Work for Me?

Let’s define what “works” means…if you want to lose fat and get lean, it will work for you. If you want to bench press 400 pounds, no it won’t. If you want to step on stage as a fitness competitor, than no, you’ll need something extra as well. But if you want to lose that last 10 pounds and be able to see your six pack, then yes it will work. It depends on your goals.

Question 7: You Are Looking Ripped. What Does Your Workout Look Like These Days?

 My workouts -> I follow my Turbulence Training programs. Some days 3 times per week, some days 4. I don’t do much sprint interval training, just the lifting. More bodyweight circuits as my choice of keeping body fat low.

Craig…thanks for the Answers. I know the readers of my site appreciate it!

Summary:  I have only made my way thorough 1/2 of the Deluxe Edition and I’m picking up quite a few techniques to implement into my training. Things like the bodyweight circuits “look” too simple to be effective. I did this workout in my small apartment earlier this week and it kicked my butt! One of my big dreams is to travel the world with my girlfriend and spend 3-4 weeks in various foreign countries. With the knowledge I’ve learned from Turbulence Training, I know I can get an amazing fat burning workout no matter how Much or how Little equipment I have.

2 Free Reports to Give You an Idea of the Workout Structure

Don’t discount these just because they are free. They will be valuable to you. Craig gives away info that others charge money for. I really respect him for that. He runs a great business…in that he helps masses of people for free and charges a small amount for people who want to get really in depth info. Remember to bookmark his Turbulence Training Video Page as well. It outlines a few different workouts and exercises that you will want to refer back to.

turbulence training for womenHere’s Craig Ballantyne’s free report The 5 Secrets to Burning Stubborn Female Fat and Lose Inches. 

This is a sample Turbulence Training workout that is focused on how women can boost their metabolism.

Instead of wasting another $5 picking up a mainstream fitness magazine…download this for free and implement these techiniques instead.

Turbulence Training Workout for Men

This is a sample Turbulence Training workout for men, called How to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat.

This report outlines a workout that simply uses dumbbells and bodyweight exercises to get lean and maintain or gain muscle.

Even if you have all the time in the world to go to the gym, that may change at some point. and this knowledge will come in handy.

26 thoughts on “Craig Ballantyne – 7 Questions and Answers About Turbulence Training”

  1. I just did my first TT circuit today, and though I was exhausted by the end, I loved it! I have 10 pounds of fat to lose to get to my ideal, and was wondering if I can do it more than 3 times a week until I reach my goal, and then back off once I’m at maintenance. Is doing 5X a week going overboard? (By the way, I’ve also cleaned up my diet, in case that’s a factor.)

  2. Hey Will,

    I think the best thing you can do is clean up your diet. If you are working 10hrs each day it will be hard to get a good workout in. However, if you can get your diet in order you should be able to drop weight easily.

  3. Im a 47 yo, 6ft 210lb truck driver. Im home daily, but work nights. my diet is terrible while driving 10 hours each night. Any tips or recomended sites. thanks

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  5. Hi Rusty, I also would like to know what you think about Gator’s diet question:

    “Rusty…many of your posts relate to exercising on a calorie deficit, whereas the free download of TT says craig likes the 6 small meals per day approach on approx a 2400 calorie diet…can you guys comment on the different approach to eating here? as craig says, 80% is all about having the correct diet so it’s pretty important to get this right! there’s no mention in TT as to not eating several hours prior to working out…cheers”


  6. Rockstar,

    I recommend that most people avoid deadlifts as well as squats. I like bodyweight training for the legs…basically through different forms of HIIT. Craig’s Turbulence Training has several different variations…none of them include supersetting squats with deadlifts. He encourages “non-competing” supersets…a way to get more work done in less time by working exercises that target completely different muscle groups and performing them back to back…it is just a way to save time. A few of his routines recommend alternating things like shoulder presses with dumbbell romanian deadlifts and things like that, but it is the principles that matter more than than the specific exercises. No need to do suqats or deadlifts in the Turbulence Training workout.

    Hope that makes sense,


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