It was EPIC. I mean, really really epic. I don’t like to use that word often, but after taking a break from pancakes for the month, the moment finally arrived. Labor Day morning, I had my first stack of pancakes since removing refined sugars and pancakes from my diet for an entire month for 2 reasons…
1) To prove to you that if a stubborn guy like me can do something like this, you can change ANY habit you want to
2) I found myself eating a little TOO many sweets on my cheat meals. In fact, my cravings were starting to remind me of old Mikey, so I wanted to kick the habit in the butt.
The pancakes on Labor Day were so good, it was worthy of a silly YouTube video:
Hey, I’m STILL full. They were pancakes stuffed with pecan chips and smothered with Canadian Maple Syrup so good, I capitalized the first letter of each word on the syrup (you’re double checking that now aren’t you?).
So today, it’s time to get back to it. You probably enjoyed some good food too, huh? After all, a long weekend usually gets people to make questionable decisions. Hey, it happens.
I’m first meeting with my longtime client while drinking a caffeinated drink (no reason… I just think caffeine is awesome). And instead of his scheduled finisher, I’m replacing it with this Bodyweight Gauntlet Ladder finisher below because I’m sure he enjoyed a long weekend, too.
Brace yourself Betty – it’s getting serious. (If your name is Betty, that is pure coincidence and congratulations).
It’s from a new “Bodyweight Finishers Gauntlet” 4-week program I wrote that I haven’t even released yet. It’s the finisher after Workout B…
Bodyweight Gauntlet Ladder Finisher
Do the following circuit resting only when needed. In the first circuit, you’ll perform 8 reps for 3B and 3D. In the next circuit, you’ll perform 7 reps. Continue in this fashion until you complete 1 rep of each of those exercises. For 3A and 3C, you’ll do 5 reps on each side with EVERY circuit.
3A) Lunge Jumps (5/side)
3B) Offset Pushup (8/side, 7/side, etc. down to 1/side)
3C) Lunge Jumps (5/side)
3D) X-Body Mountain Climber with Feet Elevated (8/side, 7/side, etc. down to 1/side)
Lunge Jumps as the “gauntlet”? That’s evil. Awesome… but evil. By the way, if you need a sub for the Lunge Jump, you can just do alternating forward lunges or reverse lunges. Cool?
Now I have a simple question for you…
Would you rather slave away on a treadmill for hours and hours just to break a sweat and maybe burn a couple hundred calories OR …
… put a stimulus on ALL major muscle groups, forcing your body to recover for hours and hours WELL AFTER your workout, which takes MORE calories to recover?
Yeah, pretty simple to answer.
By the way, the readings on the treadmill, elliptical, etc can be as much as 42% off. So if you THINK you burned 800 calories, you more than likely burned around 465 calories and on top of that, your body doesn’t burn calories for hours after pouring sweat.
If you really want to lose fat and keep it off forever then you need to start putting your body to work FOR YOU instead of AGAINST YOU.
What do I mean?
As you know – long, slow, boring cardio is terrible for fat burning. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great way to stay active a couple of times a week, but to use it as a tool for fat burning? It’s like mowing a golf course with a pair of scissors.
There’s a reason I was one of the first 5 CTTs (Certified Turbulence Trainers). I’ve believed in Craig’s system for years now and have used it with 6 clients who placed or won the Turbulence Training Contest.
It works. I could bore with you all the sciency stuff, but I won’t. But there’s research proving that his workouts increase EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption).
Instead, I’ll tell what I find to be the “secret” behind his workouts. It’s not “markety”. It’s not “sexy”. It’s much more simple than that.
It’s based on my own experience with Craig’s workouts myself as well as the feedback I’ve gotten from my clients using the TT principles.
They are wickedly fun.
Don’t misunderstand me now. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t challenging. In fact, they will challenge you not only physically, but mentally, too. When you add this along with the fact that they take 30 minutes (from warm-up to the last rep of the finisher), you’ve got a winning combination.
If you’re having fun with your workouts and can stay consistent by doing these fun workouts just 3 days a week, you’ll lose fat, feel better and have more energy. That’s really the secret of why they work so well. Sure the scientific proof is there of why it works, but quite frankly, that can bore you.
And now with Turbulence Training 2.0, you’ve got follow-along videos. It’s the ultimate accountability partner as you work out with Craig Ballantyne, Shawna Kaminski, Brian Kalakay and yours truly (Craig really pushed me on the last day of filming – he’ll push you, too).
I don’t know about you, but my time is limited with writing new finishers, programs and my coaching. I don’t want to be a slave to the gym for 90 minutes at every workout. That’s why I use TT principles myself. 90 minutes a week?… C’mon, you got that.
That’s why I’m doing this…
Craig’s workouts are awesome, but there will be times when you don’t have any equipment at all, but you don’t want to get off track. That’s why I wrote a NEW program, “Bodyweight Gauntlet Finishers”. It’s a full 4-week program using bodyweight while using the TT principles…
… but with a twist. Every workout uses the gauntlet approach (just like the finisher above). So this will challenge your mentality. But you can do this – the workouts are still short and you won’t need any equipment. So do this…
The stuff works yo’,
Mikey, CTT <== and proud of it