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Turbulence Training is a popular series of training programs and fat loss systems created by Craig Ballantyne, an expert trainer and regular contributor to Men’s Health and other magazines. The programs aren’t geared specifically to cyclists, but the short, intense workouts do make great additions to our on- and off-season training programs.

(FYI: There was even a sample Turbulence Training routine mentioned in Bicycling before, in case you were wondering.)

These are indeed good workouts and they contain lots of bodyweight work, so they might remind you of Cyclo-Core. But today I want to talk about a very specific portion of the Turbulence Training collection – the totally new Bodyweight 1000 Program.

This is an intense new program for hardcore bodyweight exercise enthusiasts. (If you’re scared of push-ups, pull-ups, and jumping rope, you can go ahead and skip this review!)

Now, I haven’t tested the program yet, but I have a good reason for mentioning it – you can get it for free in the TT Members Area if you order the regular Turbulence Training program before the end of March. (After that, this plan will only be available to TT Deluxe members. And since Deluxe membership is expensive, it might be worth checking it out today.)

My Review / Preview

The actual “program” comes as a PDF manual that is just 32 pages. The first plan is about four pages long, and then there are a few “bodyweight challenge” workouts on the next couple pages, and finally the guides to doing the exercises themselves (written instructions with pictures).

As you could expect, the program is pretty bare bones. It’s not too hard to understand once you check it out, but it doesn’t hold your hand and walk you through what to do on each day of each week.

The good news is those first workouts are traditional TT fat burning workouts, so anyone can use this, not just the hardcore bodyweight types. The six-week Bodyweight 1000 program includes Craig’s regular fat burning system of two total-body workouts, using both bodyweight and dumbbell exercises to blast belly fat fast without the need for long, slow boring cardio.

And it also contains 6 weeks of advanced Bodyweight Challenges to test your fitness and improve your fat loss each week. (That’s the hardcore part!)

So, you can use the program one of two ways:

A) If you are intermediate and just not ready for the bodyweight challenges, just use Workouts A & B as a regular fat burning Turbulence Training program, performing 3 workouts per week, alternating between workout A and workout B.

B) If you are super fit, do workouts A & B once each week, and then finish the week with your bodyweight challenge. Cautiously work your way up to the Bodyweight 1000 workout program over SIX weeks.

It’s probably a good idea to use the other, more basic Turbulence Training workouts before getting into this one. You’ll be better prepared for the work, plus better prepared for the terminology and layout used in the program’s manual.

Unfortunately I’m nursing an injury right now and can’t test out the program and say anything about the results. But on paper, it’s obviously hard. I don’t see myself completing the Bodyweight 1000 challenge until at least 2009!

I could start with the Bodyweight 250 routine and work my way up, but holy crap, just the Bodyweight 501 is scary!

What does that mean?

That the bodyweight challenges are NOT for beginners!! These workouts are also not for those who need motivation – it’s not a DVD you follow along, it’s text. You read it, then do it. (After studying the pictures and guidelines, of course.)

Shouldn’t be a problem, though, because if you’re looking for a hardcore bodyweight routine such as this, you’re probably doing a good job of working out as it is!

A Bodyweight 1000 Video Preview

Craig Ballantyne released a video on YouTube that gives you a good idea of how hard the Bodyweight 1000 Program is. Check it out:

My final verdict is…

If you’ve been thinking about buying the Turbulence Training program, and you’re looking for the hardest bodyweight exercise routines out there, now is the time to buy. If you buy during March you get all the basic programs, plus you get a copy of this Bodyweight 1000 Program for free in the members area. (But if you order after March 31st, you’ll miss out on this unless you upgrade to the Platinum membership.)

Just look at the cost – it’s $39.95 to get all the basic programs, and then you get a 3-month pass to the member’s area, where you can grab the Bodyweight 1000 for free. But if you miss this deal, it will cost you $297 to get the Bodyweight 1000 as part of the Platinum Membership!

So it’s a good deal at the moment. Like I said, I can’t vouch for the results, but since this is sort of a limited time offer, I wanted to let you know about it as soon as I could.

(Or, if you’re short on cash, just watch the video above and write down all the exercises and reps. The video doesn’t give you a good training program, but it shows you how hard the Bodyweight 1000 actually is, in case you are at that level of fitness…)

Website: www.TurbulenceTraining.com

Product Review Details
Company: Turbulence Training
Product: Turbulence Training Bodyweight 1000 Workout Program
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2008-03-13
Obtained Product: Previewed only.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: Yes; paid affiliate.

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