Monday, July 21, 2014

7 weight loss myths exposed

Best-selling diet author JJ Virgin recently made this controversial statement:
"Counting calories doesn't work, and worse, most exercise programs actually lower your metabolism."
It's harsh, but true. She's dead on the money. So many trainers and magazines are giving the wrong advice.
But here's the good news. My good friend - and PERSONAL adviser on my digestive health issues - Dr. Peter Osborne invited over 30 of the top fat loss and fitness experts like JJ, Mike Whitfield, Shawna Kaminski, John Rowley, and Holly Rigsby to expose weight loss myths and exercise mistakes.
Doc Osborne and his health industry leaders will be sharing their "top secrets" on building a lean, healthy, body without any of the "Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil" hype that you see on afternoon television. 
This incredible event is called The Functional Health Summit, and like JJ Virgin, I want all of my readers to check it out (and you can do so ONLINE from the comfort of your own home).

Not only will JJ Virgin, author of the NY Times best selling Virgin Diet, be be speaking, but so will Dr. Cody Sipe (he'll show you how to live an active lifestyle to 100 - and beyond!)

Other experts will be covering...
  • The 7 weight loss myths perpetuated by the food industry
  • 5 Common exercise mistakes that program your body to store fat
  • How hidden food sensitivities can keep you from shedding belly fat
  • How common household chemicals you use can increase fat storage
  • How eliminating chronic inflammation can speed up your metabolism
And you just know Mikey "Pancakes" Whitfield, Master CTT, will be sharing some fun, fat loss finishers for you to try.

This is not an event you want to miss. The live presentations are free, but the event is ending soon, so hurry over to the Summit and get your access.
To your Best Life,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - This event is so important and you cannot miss...
...Kathy Smart celiac disease expert, and master chef will teach how to cook foods that are healthy and taste great,
Dr. John Brimhall sharing 6 steps to living vigorously at any age
Shawna Kaminski, Master CTT, showing you how to get fit and lose fat after the "dreaded" age of 40
My favorite expert? 
PPS - Doctor Osborne. Here's why he is on my speed-dial...
...because he's the one who helped me realize that I was gluten-sensitive and he has been my go-to expert as I work through some digestion issues.
Thanks Doctor Osborne. Don't miss his session.

Weekend workouts and yoga

On Saturday morning I did a short workout before hopping on my bike and heading down to the Savor Stratford food festival in my little hometown on Saturday. I was obviously an early-bird arrival but it was great to see all the booths with organic food.

They even had a booth for "The Barkery", the local doggy treat bakeshop where Bally's Grandma goes to spoil him with treats at Christmas time.

Yesterday I had another Device-Free Sunday. That's where I avoid all electronics. I don't use my cellphone or my computer, and I try not to watch TV (I only watched a little last weekend because it was the World Cup). It makes for a relaxing day filled with friends, family, Bally, and books.

If you haven't tried a Device-Free day since getting your first cellphone way back in the 90′s, I highly recommend that you do! You'll love it…and YES, the world still goes on without you plugged into the Internet all day.
Relax, you'll enjoy it.

Alright, my workouts…

Saturday's 6-Minute Circuit System
Do this workout before breakfast for convenience sake.

Advanced-Equipment Version (with KB-Pushup Gauntlet)
1) Total Body Extension – 30 seconds
2) Kettlebell Swing or KB Goblet Squat – 30 seconds
3) Pushup or Decline Pushup – 30 seconds
4) Prisoner Split Squat or KB Goblet Split Squat – 30 seconds per side
5) Pushup or Decline Pushup – 30 seconds
6) Kettlebell Swing or KB Goblet Squat – 30 seconds
7) Rocking Plank or Cross-Body Mountain Climber – 60 seconds
8) Jumping Jacks or Burpee – 60 seconds
9) Total Body Extension – 30 seconds
- Do not rest between exercises.

Click here for a bodyweight version:

On Sunday morning I did this upper body training:

1) KB Snatch

2A) Handstand Hold
2B) DB Rows
2C) KB Overhead Press

3A) Floor Press
3B) TRX Row

I also had some good British Gentleman progress over the weekend and interactions on dog walks.

And to further calm The Impatience Beast, I've been researching some yoga. I read these two books yesterday as I get back into a 1-2 per week Yoga practice...and maybe figure the perfect combo for a TT Yoga routine.
2 books I read yesterday as I get back into a 1-2 per week Yoga practice...and maybe figure the perfect combo for a TT Yoga routine. Do you Yoga? Are your a Yogi? What's your preferred style? What has it done for you?

Today's Kickbutt Say NO Mindset Tips:
Most people refuse to say "no" to anything. Whether it is too many commitments, putting other people's projects in front of your own priorities, or refusing to block off time for your own work or family, you end up hurting yourself in order to please others. It's OK to say NO. Make the right decision. Never give up on what is important to you.

Overcome your fear/hesitation and ask for the help you need. Get LAZY and do not be afraid to delegate the small stuff. You are a specialized success machine. You can't be bogged down by the trivial tasks. You have BIG victories to achieve. Focus on the few action items that you - and ONLY you - can do. This is where you must spend your time to create BIG results. Invest NOW to save later.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to Eat More Carbs and Lose More Fat

f you've been dieting forever and exercising to lose weight BUT you are struggling with a fat loss plateau, don't worry, because my friend Shaun Hadsall, over-40 nutrition expert, has GREAT news for you today.
He explains why too much dieting and too much cardio can actually cause the following negative side effects:
  • Slower fat burning and weight loss plateaus
  • Increased risk of catching a cold or flu
  • Broken metabolism and adrenal fatigue
  • Decreased testosterone production
  • Muscle loss
  • Broken thyroid output (inefficient conversion of T4 to T3)
  • Leptin resistance (50% LESS fat burning hormone production) 
This is when eating MORE carbs can save the day.

By increasing carb intake the day after hard diet and doing short, burst workouts, you can literally REVERSE every negative side effect from above:
  • Faster fat burning and no more weight loss plateaus
  • Decreased risk of catching a cold or flu
  • Fixed metabolism and healthier adrenal glands
  • Increased testosterone production
  • Gains in lean, calorie-burning muscle
  • Fixed thyroid output (increased conversion of T4 to T3)
  • Better leptin sensitivity (increases fat burning hormones)  
This is exactly what the AWESOME High Carb Day from the new Fastest Fat Loss Week EVER does.

It allows you to indulge in your most intense cravings for carbs, and purposefully abandon your diet to offset the adaptations to short term extreme dieting and exercise methods.

See exactly how to put this powerful combination to work on YOUR body in this brand new article:

==> Have Your Fastest Fat Loss Week EVER

Also, when you use this in conjunction a strategic Pre-Cheat depletion, the results are even more incredible.

Here's how it all works
Have a great week of fast fat burning and carbs,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, July 18, 2014

Back in the Squat Lab and out with the chocolate lab

"When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's. Back to the lab again, yo. This whole rhapsody. He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass." - Eminem

Back to the lab again, indeed.

This was day 1, week 1, of my new program.

1A) Squats
1B) Depth Jumps

2A) Good Morning
2B) Olympic Squat

3A) Split Squat
3B) DB Renegade Row

3rd superset is a bear, as my old man would have said.

Speaking of him, I wrote this for my old man a few years ago

And here's today's wisdom from B the D:

"Positive rituals, routines and habits will deliver you from temptation & vices and make you healthier, happier, more productive & powerful." - Coach Bally the Dog

Today's Kickbutt Mindset tip:

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor E. Frankl

What a fantastic mindset,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS -
"If you lose money, you can make it back. But you can never get today back. So never lose today." – James Altucher

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Basement punisher

Today's basement workout: 5 Rafter Pullups, 10 Pushups, 5 Rafter Pullups, 10 Power Wheel Rollouts, 10 SlamBall Slams, No Sweeping. Max rounds/reps in 20 minutes.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"If you diligently and successfully apply each concept...and you continue to push in a consistent direction...accumulating momentum step by step and turn by turn, you will eventually breakthrough. It might not happen today, or tomorrow, or next week...But it WILL happen." - Jim Collins, Good to Great

Make the RIGHT DECISIONS every day in every thing that you do, from family to health to meals to sleep to wealth. What you do and where you end up is your responsibility. Stay STRONG and never, EVER give up on what is important to YOU.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5 rules for fast fat loss

All the politically correct nutritionists that tell you to ONLY lose a pound per week are dead WRONG. Research proves that you need to lose fat fast to keep fat off and keep losing fat fast.
As much as we'd like to think that "slow and steady" wins the race when it comes to losing fat and achieving our perfect look, it's simply not the case.

In fact, did you know that your current diet may be holding you back and stopping your body from achieving your FASTEST fat loss?

That's because "crash" diets and other severe diets fail to deal with your somewhat broken metabolism. But today you discover how to FIX your slow metabolism and lose fat fast.
This brand new article from my friends Shaun Hadsall and Dan Long (both over 40 & ripped!) shows how to have your FASTEST fat loss week ever:

==> 5 Rules to your FASTEST Fat Loss Week EVER (new article)
Read that now and I'll be back tomorrow with a new 4-minute fat burning circuit that I did in the ol' garage gym. I was pouring sweat and loving every minute of it. You will too.
Kick the fat to the curb fast,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - By the way, I'm really ticked off... what I heard from a dietician the other day on TV. It was bad, Bad, BAD advice and her snack suggestion will HARM your kids. I'll reveal it this week along with 3 Fat Loss Label Lies.

Doggy Intervals

I continue my off week from heavy lifting today. After a dog walk I went straight to a 20minute, 23second conditioning circuit. Sweat was pouring, quads were weakening, and fat was burning. It went like this:

Total Body Extension (30), Box Jump (10), Jump Rope (50), Slam Ball (15), Power Wheel Rollout (15). 5 rounds. 20 min, 23 secs

Then Coach B showed me his workout. Ok, sprints! And then? Rest. OK, great, intervals! I get it. Thanks coach!
Turbulence Training's photo.
Turbulence Training's photo.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger." - Theodore Roosevelt

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Be a good person, say and do good things, and attract good people into your life. Surrounding yourself with good makes you better. It's that simple.

5 foods NOT to buy organic

If you're like me, you're confused about the TRUTH behind organic fruits and veggies. When is it best to pay the extra money? Well, that depends on whether the Big Food companies are involved!


Here's a SHOCKING fact that you probably didn't know:


99% of the organic nutrition companies are now owned by Big Food Industry companies that can't be trusted.


For example, I personally will NEVER buy these 5 organic foods:


- Naked Juice (owned by Pepsi)
- Odwalla (owned by Coca-Cola)
- Morning Star (owned by Kellog's)
- Stonyfield Farm Organic (owned by Dannon)
- Santa Cruz Organic (owned by Smucker's)

In reality, most organic fruits & veggies are NOT better than regular produce, and in many cases they can be complete waste of money.


That's why Nick "the Nutrition Nerd" Pineault and his finance Gen created the Fast Food Solution.


It's the only quick & easy way to cook fat burning meals that are FASTER & CHEAPER than fast food, without wasting time or money.
Nick and Gen are here to save you from the Big Ugly Food Companies and their shady government lobbying that allows the food industry to get away with label sneakiness (like the phrase "Trans Fat Free" that I've discussed in the past). 


Nick and Gen are on a mission to give you healthy meals - that your entire family will love - all in UNDER 15 minutes while fitting your family's food budget, too (these meals are CHEAPER than fast food!).
You'll finally have quick and easy meals that are convenient while SLIMMING your waistline.


Fast Food Solution is NOT a cookbook... it's NOT a Meal Plan... .


It's the world's first and only fat burning cooking system created with your busy life in mind:


  • Cook simple, mouth-watering healthy meals in LESS time than it takes to visit the fast food drive through

  • Discover how to SAVE hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill every month by knowing exactly what healthy foods are really worth it - and what sneaky grocery store scams to avoid

  • Know how to eat the right fat-burning foods every time instead of following ineffective advice from magazines (that are 'bought and paid for' by the Big Food Industry advertisements

  • Turn cooking into something so easy that even Craig Ballantyne, The Kitchen Clutz, could do!

  • Eliminate the frustration, stress and guilt that food can cause so that you can enjoy your favorite meals guilt-free and in "Fat Burning Form"


Don't let greedy corporations stop your weight loss efforts or destroy the health of your family ever again.


=> Get the Fast Food Solution here for CHEAP


It's the only healthy cooking solution you'll ever need.
And just wait till you find out the TRUTH about Gluten-Free foods on their website. It will make you angry at first, until you realize how much money this revelation will save you in the future.
Discover the truth about healthy eating at the Fast Food Solution site.


Keep on pushing on

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - This was Lesson #1 from...
...the TT Advanced Fat Loss Nutrition week.
More shocking info coming soon that will help you lose belly fat when combined with those new workouts you received last week.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Workout The Garden The Mission

It is an off-week, or deload week, for me.

Yesterday I practiced some lower body moves for Bodyweight Bodybuilding #3. Today I played around with more band training. The TT Client of the Year 2014, my best friend J-Roc, is loving the pumps from the bands that he's getting in the latest meathead workout.

My training today was done in a weird order but purpose was to keep it light:

1A) DB-Band chest fly
1B) DB-Band rear-delt raise

2A) DB Incline press

3A) Close-Grip Pushup
3B) DB Shrug

4) DB Row - going back and forth between arms with no rest

The garden is delivering a bounty of spinach for today's blender drink:
- 8oz water
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 scoop paleo protein powder (vanilla)
- Athletic Greens
- fresh spinach
- frozen cherries

Turbulence Training's photo.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Two young men taught me to:
• Accept Life's Challenges.
• To stand up and do what is right.
• To always be learning, growing & improving.
• To BE-come the person I need to BE-come to OVER-come the obstacles in life.
• To stay strong and never, EVER give up on what is important.

I encourage you to apply these lessons to your life as well, and please watch me honor these 2 young men here:

Have a STRONG week!

Craig Ballantyne, MCTT

Saturday, July 12, 2014

3 ab exercises for over 40?

You've never done ab training like this...
...that's why I had to make a video with world-famous TRX guru, the legendary and high-energy Over-40 training expert, Dan Long. I go all the way to Florida each winter just to tap into his TRX-brain to give me hundreds of new exercise ideas, including these ones:
Literally, you have NEVER seen these exercises before. I hadn't, and I've been in the workout game for over 20 years.
This guy does things you will never see anywhere else. 
Time to upgrade your ab workouts,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Cleveland and Metabolic Treasure

For some reason I've been fascinated by NBA free agency. Great suspense. I've paid more attention to it than the world cup (stopped watching 3 weeks ago) and I really love soccer (futbol).

Perhaps it was because I was in Cleveland the other weekend...and that I have a friend from Cleveland who absolutely loves his city more than anyone I have ever met loves their hometown. It's intense.

So Cheers to Cleveland. Good luck on getting your first Championship (in ANY sport) in 50 years.

Next up, someone needs to fix the Cubs. ha!

Today's Mini-Workout:

10-Minute Metabolism Booster
1) Cross-Body Mountain Climbers (or Plank) - 30 seconds
2) Total Body Extensions - 2 x 20 seconds + 10 seconds rest
3) Pushups (or hold Push-up Plank) - 50 seconds + 10 seconds rest
4) Prisoner Squat Jumps or Prisoner Squats - 20 seconds + 10 seconds rest
5) Bear Crawl or Mountain Climbers - 30 seconds
6) Prisoner Reverse Lunges (alternating) - 60 seconds
- Rest 30 seconds and repeat 1 more time
Following the circuit I did a WEIRD interval. 
I blame ol' Bally the Dog (even though it was my fault).
Before doing the 10-Minute Metabolism Booster, Bally and I went for his normal walk. That also meant he went for his normal poop. But I did not bring a bag! We had no choice but to leave a little "treasure" on the ground...
...until after the workout when I sprinted around the block, picked up the "Bally Treasure", and then sprinted down the street with it (waving at all the neighbors out walking their dogs - ha!), dropped off the treasure in the garbage, and sprinted home. Time = 8 minutes. I was whooped. 
Please don't call the poop police on me! I swear I picked it up - eventually.
After the interval I added in a leisurely bike ride around the Avon River in my hometown of Stratford, Ontario, and spent the rest of a beautiful summer Saturday reading, visiting with neighbors, and grilling delicious steak. 
Hope you hadve a great weekend. I know your week will be fantastic because it will be boosted by that workout.

Enjoy that metabolic treasure ;) 

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
One of my favorite harsh reality "cold bucket of water to the face" quotes: "The failure to act is much more often the product of inner, emotional resistance than external resistance. But to move forward you must give up your story, whether it is excuses about your childhood, lack of education, your 'bad luck', your unsupportive family, your low metabolism, where you live, etc, etc. Either say, "no" to achievement OR dig in and get to the bottom of the persistent incongruence between what you say and what you do. It is OK to admit you are not willing to pay the price – and by doing so, that will stop self-sabotage." – Dan Kennedy

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Today's office.
Today's office. What's your plan & your view today?

Start your day with this inspiration

It's called, "What Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb Can Teach You About Hitting Goals".
It was my big speech at the TT Summit a few weeks ago. It was hard-as-heck to stand in front of 150 people and tell this story without choking up...but I did the best I could.
I spent three straight mornings in San Diego, from 4am to 7am, memorizing this entire speech for the TT Summit. 
But I almost failed in the first 90 seconds because this story of sacrifice will choke up even the toughest, hardest man. Somehow I made it through and the story served its purpose, to inspire everyone in the crowd. 
I know that if you watch it first thing in the morning, it will inspire you all day - and all week - long.
Click here to watch the story that almost made me cry
These two young men taught me to:
  • Accept Life's Challenges.
  • To stand up and do what is right.
  • To always be learning, growing & improving.
  • To BE-come the person I need to BE-come to OVER-come the obstacles in life.
  • To stay strong and never, EVER give up on what is important to YOU!
Have a STRONG week!
Stay strong and keep on pushing on just like these 2 young men,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - It will soon be 10-Minute Monday...
...and I'll send you a free 10-Minute Belly Fat Burning Bodyweight Workout that you can do anytime, anywhere. I tried this one in my garage on Saturday morning (under the watchful eye of my trainer, ol' Bally the Dog) and it cranked up my fat burning metabolism for the rest of the day.
You'll get it first thing Monday morning in an email. Watch for it.
Until then, have an amazing day with your family and loved ones!