I wanted to post this question and answer from the guy that created the Turbulence Training program, Craig Ballantyne, because I know how many people just run through their cardio without doing it the right way. It is not a pleasant jog or a sprint you are looking for but instead something in between that you should strive for. Read on….
Question About Cardio
Craig, I’ve been told to exercise in my “fat burning zone”. What’s the best cardio method for weight loss.
Cardio is not the only solution.
Clearly it adds to the energy deficit and overall calorie balance that favors fat loss.
BUT it’s not the “be all & end all” of fat loss success – and that is anecdotally supported by the number of over distance runners.
I almost never recommend long, slow cardio…simply because no one I train or consult with has the time for this, and it doesn’t work any better than shorter, less frequent, more intense interval training sessions.
Five or six days of 45-minute cardio sessions in my fat-burning zone? Yeah right, like anyone has time for that.
If I told you that you could get the same results (or better, as recent research suggests) in three 20-minute interval sessions each week as you could from three or five 45-minute slower cardio sessions each week, which would you choose?
Yes, intervals feel about 10x’s harder than regular, slow, boring cardio. And yes, you won’t be able to read your people magazine when doing intervals. And you might breath a little heavy. So if you’re worried about sweating, than maybe fat loss isn’t for you.
But if you don’t mind going against the crowd, intervals are worth every second for the superior results.
Now here’s one reason why Turbulence Training may actually work better for women than men…
More women tend to start Turbulence Training after having spent months or years using slow cardio and light (if any) weights. And selfishly, I could not be any happier – because when these dedicated women start using the shorter, more intense strength and interval sessions they make rapid progress and make me look like a genius.
The accolades come pouring in…I have dozens of testimonials from women thanking me for saving them TIME while helping them finally breakthrough stubborn fat loss plateaus (and eliminating the pain from their overuse injuries that occurred due to high volumes of cardio). Their words make me feel like a million bucks because the Turbulence Training workouts are making these women feel like a million bucks.