You have to love big, fancy, commercial gyms. On one hand they have cool workout toys, but on the other hand big gyms are full of people wasting their time with useless – and often dangerous – exercises and ineffective workout routines. 

Last week I was in a big gym and watched 5 people make these common weight loss workout mistakes that I don’t want you to make. What are the mistakes? Find out in this little quiz below. (Of course, as a TT reader chances are you’ll ACE this quiz).

1) Which cardio machine overestimates calories burning by 42%?

a) The bike
b) The rower
c) The elliptical
d) The treadmill

2) Which ab exercise requires 22,000 repetitions to help you lose one pound?

a) Side bends
b) Crunches
c) Planks
d) Slam Ball Slams

3) What’s the most important factor for weight loss?

a) Your cardio program
b) Getting 7 hours of sleep
c) Your diet
d) Doing crunches and reading People magazine while using an elliptical machine

4) Which form of exercise has been proven to be better than slow cardio?

a) Short burst interval training
b) Bodyweight exercises done in the 4-minute TT method
c) Dumbbell exercises done at a moderate- to high-intensity
d) All of the above

5) What’s the best program you can do in your own home for weight loss?

a) Richard Simmons Sweating to the Oldies
b) CrossFit
c) Buns of Steel
d) This FREE DVD of my bodyweight exercises

I’ll bet you scored 5/5.

Let me know if you enjoyed this quiz.

Now for your prize…

…I’m giving away a limited number of free workouts today.

Get your free bodyweight exercise DVD here

You’ll get all of my favorite 4-minute workouts that will help you burn fat and get back in shape fast – all without fancy equipment or expensive gym memberships. You’ll do every exercise with me there to guide you on PERFECT form and you’ll get my sneaky tricks for getting faster results. It’s like having me as a person trainer that shows up to your house – every day – for FREE! Doesn’t get better than that.

Time to workout with me,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Tester ? 

PS – Oh yes, the answers!
1-c => If the elliptical machine tells you that you burned 100 calories, the truth is more like 60 calories.

2-b => According to Men’s Health, you’d have to do a backbreaking 22,000 crunches just to burn 3,500 calories (enough to lose 1 pound).

3-c => Diet is the most important factor in weight loss…but the good news is that I’ve made diet so simple it just takes 2 minutes in the morning to kickstart your metabolism for fast loss. Get the instructions here.

4-d => Interval training, NO-equipment bodyweight exercises done in a 4-minute circuit (like on this free DVD), and heavy resistance training are all more effective for fat loss, fitness, strength, and getting a Beach-Ready Body.

5-d => Nothing beats this free DVD of short workout videos for helping you get fast results in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!

PPS – It’s up to You!

You control your life. You can choose to change. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Take Control Now. Take Action Today. Live the life you desire and deserve – starting now. You can do it – I believe in YOU!

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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