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Why You Shouldn't Read Workout & Diet Books
Craig Ballantyne Interview with Jimmy Lamour, Part 1
Q. Hi Craig. Good to have you hear to do this interview. Could you tell us what made you interested in the fitness industry? What is your background?
******** Craig: Like most folks in the fitness industry, I played a lot of sports when I was younger.
That led to weight training.
From there, I realized I wanted to be a strength coach in the NHL.
I went to school for Kinesiology, which then led to a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. Along the way I studied what made a good NHL Strength Coach (they had Master's Degrees and were Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialists - CSCS).
I also started training athletes, along with men and women for fat loss, and in 1999 I started my first online training newsletter, even though I didn't have a website until 2001. From there, my work with Men's Health and my websites evolved into Turbulence Training as it is today.
Q. Who have been your biggest influences in the fitness industry?
******* Craig: My university professors. Frankly, I had some of the very best exercise and nutrition professors in the world. They gave me the foundation of knowledge for me to be able to identify exercise fads as BS and to pick out what really works.
Q. What types of books should we be reading if we are serious about fat loss?
******* Craig: You really don't need to read any books.
You just need to get 1 good book with a good workout program and follow simple, whole, natural food nutrition.
In fact, I don't think most people should read many diet and workout books.
It only serves to confuse them.
Instead, they should focus on inspirational books to keep them motivated. As well as books that help them make the best use of their time on a daily basis.
Q. Thanks for doing this interview and where can we learn more about you. What projects are you currently working on?
******* Craig: www.TransformationContest.com
Real people making really amazing body transformations.
There are no posed photos here...no off-season bodybuilders dieting down...just men and women losing fat in short workouts, 3 times per week with Turbulence Training.
The 2nd Transformation Contest starts on May 1st. Click HERE for the Transformation Contest RULES
Updated Turbulence Training Transformation Rules
Rules of the 2nd Turbulence Training Transformation Contest
1) The 2nd Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest runs from May 1st to August 23rd, 2008. All transformations must start before May 31st and finish before August 23rd, 2008.
Each entrant has 12 weeks (84 days) to complete their TT Transformation.
2) To enter the contest:
- You must use Turbulence Training workouts for all 12 weeks to achieve your results.
- You must provide "Before and After" photos via email or by posting them in the Transformation Forum of the Turbulence Training Membership Website.
- All final entries must be received before Midnight, EST, August 23rd, 2008.
3) You must take "Before" photos on Day 1 and "After" photos on Day 84. All photos must include your face and a newspaper from the current date in order for your transformation to be entered into the contest. There are NO exceptions.
To view a sample of proper photo documentation, visit this link:
4) Photos can be posted in the Turbulence Training Membership Website Transformation Forum or can be entered by email (see details below).
It is highly recommended - for your success - to post your photos, workouts, and nutrition in a training journal in the Turbulence Training Membership forum.
NOTE: Don't forget, you get at least 3 months free access to the Turbulence Training Membership Website and Forums when you order Turbulence Training.
Recording your photos, workouts, and nutrition will dramatically increase your chances of losing fat and reaching your goals because of the power of social support found on the forums.
5) In addition to providing Before & After photos, each contestant must write a 300 word essay on their before and after success story. This can be posted on the forum or sent by email.
6) The Transformation Contest will be judged by a panel of experts, including but not restricted to: Craig Ballantyne, Brad Pilon, and Holly Rigsby.
By entering this Contest, each winner of a contest prize consents to the use of his/her name, and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by the Contest Sponsor and its advertising and promotional agencies without further notice or compensation.
7) Prizes are as follows:
1st Place Grand Prize - $2000 plus a 3-Year Platinum TT Membership
2nd Place - $1000 plus a 2-Year Platinum TT Membership
3rd Place - $500 plus a 1-Year Platinum TT Membership
Bonus Prize for "Best Video Diary"- $1000 plus a 1-Year Platinum TT Membership
(This bonus prize is for the person who creates the best video of their transformation process. More details to come...)
8) The Contest Sponsor's rulings are final and without appeal in all matters related to this Contest and the awarding of the Prizes. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.
9) Entering by Email
To enter photos by email, send to:
Support (AT) TurbulenceTraining.helpserve.com
Click this link to get Turbulence Training and enter the Transformation Contest:
All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned.
Contest Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, illegible, incomplete, postage-due, garbled or misdirected entries or entries that have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy the Contest Rules or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the contest.
10) The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend this Contest should an external circumstances arise which are beyond the reasonable control of the Contest Sponsor. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.
The Contest Sponsor collects your personal information for the purposes of registration, program evaluation and to keep you informed about The Challenge. The Contest Sponsor may, if consent was given during registration, also contact you from time to time with information about other ways you can lose weight.
By entering this Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor and their respective employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, successors, assigns, advertising and promotional agencies from any liability for any loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person in connection with this Contest or participation in any Contest related activities, including but not limited the taking of a urine test or, if declared a winner, the use or misuse of a prize or any portion of a prize including personal injury, death or property damage.
This Contest will run in accordance with these Contest Rules, subject to amendment by the Contest Sponsor. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, amend, modify or terminate this Contest or the Rules at any time in its sole discretion and without notice.
Entrants must comply with these rules, and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules if they participate in the Contest.
Visit Turbulence Training to get Turbulence Training for Fat Loss and enter the Transformation Contest:
Start Now! Transform Your Body.
How to Start the Turbulence Training Transformation Contest Welcome to the 2nd Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest.
This contest starts on May 1st, and you have until May 31st to enter.
The contest ends on Aug 23rd. (If you start on May 31st, Aug 23rd will be your last day of the 12-weeks.)
Very important... Click HERE to read all of the Transformation Contest Rules
For best results... Use the TT Members forums for social support, and feel free to ask all of your nutrition and workout programs. We are here to help. Start a new thread for your daily workout/nutrition journal where people can check in and encourage you or offer advice. Feel free to post your progress photos in your own thread. It's not mandatory to use the forums, but again, it will give you better results to do this stuff.
And here are some helpful Turbulence Training resources to get you started...
1) For fat loss workouts...(including the Beginner, Intermediate, and TT2K3, TT2K4 and more):
Click HERE to download the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss Manual
2) Fat Loss Nutrition Help:
Click HERE to download the TT Nutrition for Fat Loss Guidelines
3) Advanced Transformation Tips from the Pro's
Click HERE to download "Transformation Secrets"
4) For motivation and inspiration:
Click HERE to listen to or read "Mastering the Fat Loss Mindset"
5) How do you measure your body fat?
We've got a report here that can help you:
Dr. Berardi's "How to Measure Your Body Fat"
Plus, someone posted this site and it worked quite well for me...
Click HERE to find out your body fat
It might not be perfect, but it might do for some folks with no other option.
Let us know if you have any questions,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS Author, Turbulence Training for Fat Loss Head Judge, Turbulence Training Idol
Real Results, Real People, Real Fat Loss
The 2nd Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest starts today for fat loss!
Real Results, Real People, Real Fat Loss
Challange yourself to track your progress.
What are the Bodyweight Challenge Fat Burning Workouts?
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
I went to go meet Bill Phillips - the creator of the Body for Life Transformation Challenge...
And I came back with a set of 100 guidelines for my business and your fat loss program.
Here's the story...
Last November, I traveled to Mesa, Arizona, to hear Bill Phillips speak at a seminar. But at the end of the conference, it wasn't Phillips who I remembered hearing, nor was it Richard Branson, who spoke to us via satellite...but it was a man named Dave Kekich.
Mr. Kekich has written something called, "The Kekich Credo's", a set of 100 success secrets, and I review one secret everyday.
In fact, each morning I have a routine. After walking the dog, eating breakfast, and completing one major task for the day, I then review one of the 100 Kekich Credo's and relate it to my business and to your fat loss goals.
Yesterday, after a 2-hour walk with the dog in the Toronto Beaches (yes, we have beaches in Canada!), it was...
Kekich Credo 4...
"Real regrets only come from not doing your best. All else is out of your control. You're measured by results only. Trade excuses and "trying" for results, and expect half-hearted results from half-hearted efforts. Do more than is expected of you. Life's easy when you live it the hard way...and hard if you try to live it the easy way."
**** And here's my interpretation of how this success secret applies to your fat loss program...
-> Who are the ones on the cardio confessional every Monday? The people who did not do their best on the weekend with their diet.
-> Most people fail to control themselves, and end up only with regrets. They trade minutes of pleasure (i.e. fast food) for days, weeks, months, and years of regret. Do not be like everyone else!
-> Focus on quality workouts, not quantity. Focus on planning ahead to overcome obstacles, rather than trying to "out-cardio" your bad diet. You'll never succeed that way.
-> Always hit a personal best in each workout. This guarantees progress for both fat burning and muscle building.
-> Fat loss is easy once you understand how hard it is...and it's hard if you think it is easy.
That's the Truth About Fat Loss.
If you accept that in order to lose fat, you must...
1) Plan and prepare your nutrition in advance
2) Follow a professionally designed, structured workout routine that is more intense than anything you'd put together for yourself
3) Get social support from others who have gone through the same trials and tribulations that you face
...then you will succeed.
I promise you that,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
PS - I have a powerful video to share with you later this week...
...it's going to show you that no matter who you are, no matter what your situation, that you can start achieving your fat loss goals today.
PPS - The next Turbulence Training Transformation Contest starts this Thursday, May 1st.
(Can you believe it's May already?)
And don't forget to take your photo with a newspaper. All the rules will be emailed to you later this week.
Get the Turbulence Training workouts to transform your body at: => http://www.TurbulenceTraining.com