Monday, April 21, 2014

60 Second Diet Trick

Here's a 60-second diet trick that will help you lose fat faster, according to the scientific journal "Nutrition & Metabolism".
 
Simply mix 10 grams of low-carb whey protein (I recommend BioTrust.com) with water and drink before two to three meals every day. The May issue of Men's Health magazine reported that you will lose fat faster when you do this.  
 
If you want more diet tricks, including a proven way to finally break free of frustrating sugar cravings, binges, and addiction, read this article:
 
 
Meet the author, 2008 TT Transformation Contest winner and 2013 TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. Catherine was a sugar addict for decades. She once stole cookies from her roommate to feed her addiction.
 
But today, Catherine has crushed the sugar demon. She looks 14 years younger and has dropped 14 pounds of fat now that she is Sugar-Free! And yet if you ever meet her, you'll agree she's sweeter than ever. Catherine rocks, and will be on-stage at the TT Summit in June.
 
50 years old - while looking under 35 - and rocking a two-piece!
 
So if you LOST the sugar battle this weekend...you know, the one where it was You vs. Giant Chocolate Easter Bunny in a sugar-cocoa butter death match (along with his friends, those dreaded marshmallow bunnies, jelly beans, and cream eggs).
 
It's no wonder you fell victim to another sugar binge, so get Catherine's help and FINALLY kick the sugar addiction to the curb forever and ever, Amen. 
 
 
Having Catherine, and her step-by-step sugar-beating blueprint on your side will be like having the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. It will be like having handcuffs removed from your wrists. You'll be free to eat normally and finally lose the fat that sugar held hostage on your body. 
 
Escape the curse of sugar addiction.
 
No more binge eating.
 
No more hiding.
 
Just relief.
 
And a normal life again.
 
 
To your health and to a better life,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Some great life advice to live by this week...
 
"Wherever you are, be there." -Jim Rohn

If you are working out, focus on working out, not checking your phone, reading a magazine, or heaven forbid, watching TV in the "Cardio Theater".
 
Driving? Drive. No Texting!
 
Eating? Eat. Mindfully. Enjoy it, but don't overdo it. Recognize you are full.
 
Parenting? Parent.
 
Leave the phone at home when you take the kiddo to the park. 
 
Be mindful.
 
Mindfulness will be the new happiness.
 
Expect to hear a lot about it in the next year. And for good reason.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

# 1 hip exercise to help you squat and lunge without pain

"This exercise is downright stupid." Yep, that's what top experts, like Mikey Whitfield, Certified Turbulence Trainer, say when I show it to them. But then they use it and realize it is AMAZING.
 
It's called the "SCREACH" - "Spiderman Climb with Reach". It works better than anything else to loosen the hips and help you squat and lunge WITHOUT pain.
 
It's your #1 mobility and warm-up exercise. Here's what it looks like:
 
Here's how you do it: 
  • Brace your abs. Start in the top of the pushup position.
  • Keep your abs braced, pick one foot off the floor, & slowly bring your knee up outside of your shoulder and touch your foot to the ground.
  • As you reach the top of the motion, rotate your upper body to point your arm toward the ceiling.
  • Keep your abs braced and slowly return to the start position.
Mike Whitfield says:
"I like to do 6 reps per side in my warm-up routine. But you can also do this in the middle of the day (especially if you're behind a desk all day). The key is to take these reps SLOW.
 
Here's a sample warm-up Mikey likes to use...
  • Jumping Jacks (15)
  • Prisoner Lunge (6-8/side)
  • SCREACH (6/side)
  • Leg Swings (12/side)
  • Rest 30 seconds and repeat 1 more time
If you want to PERMANENTLY improve your flexibility so you squat and lunge without pain - and get the incredible fat-burning benefits of these exercises, then you need to do more than simple hamstring stretches...
 
My go-to fitness guru for hip mobility, Eric Wong, uses a series of exercises that allow his clients to squat and lunge WITHOUT pain.
  
 
Get ready to move like you did back in the 80's and 90's! Your joints are going to feel 20-30 years younger with these simple moves you can do in minutes at home.
 
Say goodbye to pain while squatting or doing lunges,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - STOP wasting your time...
 
...doing "5-minute warmups on the elliptical machine". 
 
That does NOTHING to help you do REAL workouts.
 
 
Sure, your average trainer at the local big box gym will have NO clue these exercises even exist...but that's okay...because you DO!
 
And now you'll be moving around like someone 20 years younger, feeling great, and finally burning more fat because you can do EVERY exercise.


--
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
www.TurbulenceTrainingFanpage.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

How to beat sugar addiction

If you're having a panic attack this weekend because of all the junk food that is in your house, from sugary hot cross buns to 18-inch chocolate bunny rabbits then I have very, very good news for you.
 
It's called FREEDOM. Finally, you can be free of sugar cravings and addiction. No more tears, frustration, fat bellies, binges, or embarrassment.
 
 
If you're tired of being addicted to sugar, I want you to meet TT Transformation Contest winner and 2013 TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. She knows exactly how that feels. Catherine was a sugar addict for decades. At her lowest point, she was once caught stealing cookies and cereal from her roommate to feed her addiction.
 
But today, Catherine has crushed the sugar demon. She looks 14 years younger and has dropped 14 pounds of fat now that she is Sugar-Free! And yet if you ever meet her, you'll agree she's sweeter than ever. Catherine rocks, and will be on-stage at the TT Summit in June.
 
But back to this weekend...
 
It's a Sugar Battle.
 
You vs. the chocolate, the eggs, the marshmallow bunnies (I love those little, fluffy yellow marshmallow bunnies), the jelly beans, and the desserts.
 
You can either go it alone - and fail, falling victim to another sugar binge - or you can get Catherine's help and FINALLY kick the sugar addiction to the curb forever and ever, Amen. 
 
 
Having Catherine, and her step-by-step sugar-beating blueprint on your side will be like having the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. It will be like having handcuffs removed from your wrists. You'll be free to eat normally and finally lose the fat that sugar held hostage on your body. 
 
Escape the curse of sugar addiction.
 
No more binge eating.
 
No more hiding.
 
Just relief.
 
And a normal life again.
 
 
To your health and to a better life,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Have an amazing Easter weekend.
 
One that is full of family time and free of stress. 
 
Become the person you must be to do the great things that you want to do. Get better everyday. Never give up on what is important to you.
 
Whatever is in your way, you're stronger than it, you're tougher than it, and you're better than it. You're going to beat it.
 
I believe in you.
 
Catherine believes in you.
 
You CAN do it.
 
Stay strong and get stronger.
 
And keep on pushing on!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Squats and bench workouts

Back under the bar now that I'm off the toilet. I needed a couple of days on a non-jello diet, too.

Oh wait, not sure what I'm talking about? Read this:
- http://www.earlytorise.com/my-colonoscopy-and-man-up-challenge-to-you/

Now that everything is back to normal, this week's workouts are:

#1 - Lower Body

Big total body warm-up

1A) Squats
1B) Box Jumps - sets of 2, and it wasn't until about the 4th set that power really kicked in...that's because my nervous system really seemed to need a long warm-up...often does

2A) Front Squat
2B) Good Morning

That was it for the day. 4 sets of each.

#2 - Upper Body - Meathead for Life!!!

Requires a much smaller warm-up, upper body only, and you can do lower stretching between sets

1A) Bench with Pause (#truth bench)
1B) Chin-up with Knee-up

2A) Close-Grip Bench
2B) V-Grip Pulldown

3A) DB Press
3B) BB Row

4) DB CSR 1&1/2 reps - going to experiment to see how this goes

If you like these workouts, you'll love TT Mass at Home 2.0, only available at www.TTMembers.com this month.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Set your moral code and live by it – proudly and consistently, without exceptions or excuses.

and

"Set lofty goals. Proclaim them to the world. And take massive action on achieving the goals you set out to achieve." – Bedros Keuilian

Push on strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
www.TurbulenceTrainingCertification.com







Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meathead Garage Gym Workout

Awesome workout today. It's been a while since I've trained, due to this weekend's surgery and preparation, so I was glad to let it rip on this one. Started off in the basement using the rafters to do pullups...

1A) Pullups
1B) Pushups
1C) Slamball Slams
- 5 rounds

2A) Floor Press
2B) Powerblock Row
2C) 1-Arm KB Overhead Press
- 4 rounds

3A) Powerblock Curl Rest-Pause Set
3B) TRX Triceps Extension
3C) DB Rear Delt Raise

Great times! If you liked that workout, you'll love this:
- http://www.turbulencetraining.com/workouts/2007/april2007ttmass.shtml

That was followed by our BIGGEST fitness FB QnA session ever. Read all the great questions here:
- https://www.facebook.com/TurbulenceTrainingFanpage/posts/10152349333389679

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
There will be days when you struggle to exercise, and that is okay. Just never give up. Realize everyone else goes through this, and not quitting is what separates the successful from the frustrated. Don't give up. Keep on pushing on.

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired... You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going." - General Patton

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Make sure you read this 5-star article that will change your life
- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-simple-mini-habits-can-change-your-life/



Monday, April 14, 2014

Superfoods Smoothie

If you want to build muscle and lose fat at the same time, your post-workout nutrition needs to be perfect to support your goals.
 
That means getting the right nutrients into your body to help you recover, burn calories, and keep you making progress towards to your fitness goals.
 
Here's a delicious and perfect post-workout smoothie that you can try. It's
called "Superfoods Peanut Butter and Jam":
  • 500 ml almond milk
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 dates or 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or protein powder)
Blend all ingredients in a blender. That's a lot, but it delivers two very delicious servings. Just cut the amounts in half if you only want one. It won't be very good to store this overnight because of the seeds.
 
And yes, it really does taste amazing like a PB & J sandwich but obviously without the bread (that can leave you tired & sluggish). Like that?
 
 
Enjoy!
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Foods are just as powerful as drugs...
 
...they really are. That's why you must avoid processed foods, like bread, that cause your body to gain fat and your mind to go sleepy. You must eat whole, natural, one-ingredient foods, in a wide variety to satisfy your body's natural cravings and to help you burn belly fat.
 
Smoothies are the perfect way to get lots of protein and one-ingredient Superfoods delivered to your muscles quickly and easily.
 
Enjoy!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Smoothie Time (but not for Bally)

If you or anyone you know has an aversion to smoothies, then this mouth-watering recipe is guaranteed to blow them away. I think it's amazing, and I got it from my former neighbor in Toronto, world-famous nutritionist and health guru, Yuri Elkaim. We used to live in the same condo building right beside an amazing dog park in Toronto, but Yuri and his wife had little Chihauhaus that didn't go to well with ol' Bally the Dog :).
 
Now to be quite honest...This smoothie is easily the BEST green smoothie I've ever tasted. Even ol' Bally would slurp it right up, if he were allowed - which he is not! But that does not stop him from asking.
 
It really is delicious. Here's the recipe for you to see for yourself... 
 
Tangy Coco Spinach
 
2 big handfuls of spinach 
1 banana 
1⁄2 cup strawberries 
1-2 stalks celery 
Juice of 1-inch piece of ginger 
Juice of 1⁄2 lime 
1 young coconut (water and meat) 
250 ml water
 
Directions: 
Add ingredients to blender, blend, and enjoy.
 
Since trying it for the first time not too longago, it's helped me convert the most skeptical and smoothie-averse people, which now means they can enjoy better health and more energy :)
 
And you will too!
 
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Combine this with fat loss accelerator workouts...
 
...and you'll lose a lot of weight and gain a TON of energy in just a few short days. It's all about the complete program. 
 
But honestly, even without the workouts you'll get amazing results with this type of smoothie every day. It's the perfect solution - fast, easy, and tasty.
 
 
PPS - Many people ask...
 
...these common questions, so Yuri answered them for you.
 
Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?
A: YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.
- See more at: http://www.ultimateenergydiet.com/all-day-energy-smoothies-juices-special#sthash.pYldaXcp.dpuf
Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?
A: YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.
- See more at: http://www.ultimateenergydiet.com/all-day-energy-smoothies-juices-special#sthash.pYldaXcp.dpuf
Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?

Answer:

YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.

Q: Are these smoothie and juices suitable for my kids?

A:

Absolutely. Both my 2.5-year old and 9-month old sons drink these smoothies and juices on a daily basis. It ensures that they get terrific nutrition when they might be pickier with other foods. They love them!

Q: Do I need to buy organic ingredients?

A:
If you can that's great. If not, don't worry about it. You'll still benefit tremendously from the better overall nutrition.