Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bench Press Transformation Pre Test

Today was a great workout. I'm so busy at work - preparing for tonight's webinar and a private coaching client day on Friday - that I've had to whip through my workouts faster.

I loved this one. Yesterday was physically tougher, but this one was full-on "45 Minute Meathead". :)

Warmup of foam rolling, band pulls, pushups

1A) Bench Press - worked up to 185x8 for estimated "pre-transformation" max of 235
1B) Band Pull

2A) Neutral Grip Pullup - 6x8
2B) DB Press - 60x5x10
2C) Cable Abs - 3x20

Great times.

And now for a little webinar reminder...

Join me for my webinar tonight at 7pm central. Learn how to control your day to enact meaningful growth in your life!

Discover Why EVERY "Time Management" Book and Productivity "Hack" Makes You WORSE at Getting Stuff Done and Harder to Live Your Dream Life

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Success – It all starts with preparation and avoid negative people, the wrong environments, and bad habits & to connect with the right people/environments/habits. Success is simple once you accept how difficult it is.

Push harder and faster when it is time,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

watch this video about Saturday morning

Hey, stop what you’re doing for a few minutes, grab your favorite drink, close the door, and think about this for a second…

What does your Perfect Weekend Morning look like?

Not sure how to answer that?

Then watch this short video I made for you here

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These are important questions. And yes, one of them is kind of odd… but you need to think about this before our coaching session tonight.

It’ll help you understand why I make such a big deal out of the 3 secrets to success that I’ve been teaching thousands of people for the last few years.

So watch that video, and bring that mental image to our call tonight.

Having this picture in your head will help you change your life faster than ever.

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne

PS – Remember…

…we’re starting at 8pm EST tonight – right on the dot.

And since I have a genetic defect that makes it physically impossible for me to be late, I’m going to be on the call about 10 minutes early.

Make sure you stop by and say hi before we get started.

Besides we’re going to jump into the good stuff right away.

So don’t miss out

Be there at 7:50pm tonight.

Here’s the direct access link to tonight’s session

See you soon.

PPS - Did you miss these? Watch these videos now...

Best Productivity Hack

5 Secrets That Saved My Life

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Squat Photoshoot and Bench Press Plan

Things are getting crazy here. It’s crunch time.


We have a HUGE coaching session coming up at on Wednesday night. Over 3000 people are registered to attend. That’s certainly the biggest audience I’ve ever taught at once. It’s going to be incredible.

The energy at ETR is through the roof right now, and I love it.


But before I dial in all the systems for go time, there was lots to do in the gym and for my upcoming Cardio book.


First, a 5am workout. It went like this:


1A) KB Swing

1B) Mobility


2A) Front Squat- new PB of 185x4

2B) Bodyweight Row - 4x15


3) Regular Squat 225lbs for 16 reps


4A) DB Split Squat

4B) Good Morning


And tomorrow is my first bench press workout in my transformation. I’m trying to get 2014 TT Client of the Year, J-Roc, to join me. He has a few injuries to work around, but he loves the program I sent him.


Second, we had a photoshoot for the workout section of my upcoming book, The Great Cardio Myth (pre-orders start next week!). It was easy. I made Missi Holt do all of the hard exercises.

Here are some pics of the behind the scenes photo shoot... and you'll be able to pre-order the book very soon!


Third, I had a Men’s Fitness workout program to write up for my friend, Sean Hyson. Yep, I’m slipping back into Men’s Fitness magazine. Good to work with some old friends there…


Alright, time to get back to work.


Today’s Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

All the planning in the world is no good if you don’t follow through. The great news is that the faster you go, the more momentum you’ll build, and the easier it becomes. So just get started. Right now. Don’t procrastinate a second longer. Take massive action today and Get It Done (GID baby!).


Get moving,


Craig Ballantyne, CTT


PS – Join me in the TT Transformation Contest today…


…I don’t care if you’re a “PRO” and there is no Pro Category this time.


It’s ridiculous that you’d let a contest dictate your decision to improve your life.

Stop procrastinating and rationalizing your indecision.


Let’s get to it.


Step up.

Join me here and Brother Mann here:



It’s time for you and I to play UP a level.

Let’s go!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Funday in my New Playground Gym

I am really loving this new gym in Denver. There are tons of toys and only a few girls and boys, so that means plenty of room to do whatever you want, like use the battling ropes, and no waiting for squat racks.

On Sunday morning I wandered in around 9:30 and did a Sunday funday workout of:

1) KB Snatches

1b) Mobility/Foam Rolling

2) Battling Rope 20-10's

3a) Hang Cleans

3b) DB Neutral Grip Incline Presses

4a) Biceps Curls

4b) Mobility/Foam Rolling

That was fun.

Almost as fun as seeing this picture of a Mikey Whitfield-esque pancake breakfast posted by my virtual training mentor, Bobby Maximus. Check this out... it would stuff me and sedate me for days!

See this Instagram photo by @bobbymaximus • 227 likes


After training I ran some errands to stock my new apartment in Denver (hotel living was getting outrageously expensive) and then I spent a leisurely afternoon thinking and reading. It's going to be a very, very busy week at the Early To Rise office.

We have a HUGE webinar coming up on Wednesday night, and I hope you can make it.

I also have a photoshoot on Tuesday morning for my upcoming book, The Great Cardio Myth.

And on Friday I have a coaching client coming in for a 1-day Perfect Life intensive session.

Finally, on Saturday, I get to exhale.

Oh, and new bench press program starts on Wednesday, after a squat workout on Tuesday.

Monday through Sunday = another fun day.

Always good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

All the planning in the world is no good if you don’t follow through. The great news is that the faster you go, the more momentum you’ll build, and the easier it becomes. So just get started. Right now. Take massive action. Get it done.

Following through is fun,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Don't miss my latest podcast with the legend...

...Mr. Ben Greenfield. It wasn't what I expected...
How To Have The Perfect Day - Here's The Official Formula For A Perfect Day: How To Take Control & Own Your Life.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bench n Dead n Denver

On Wednesday, Aug 27th, I'm going to start a bench press transformation using the basics of a Jim Wendler 5-3-1 program. But today I had one last deadlift-bench workout.

1A) KB Swing
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift
2B) Bench Press

3) Walking Lunge

Pretty good times at my new gym in Denver.

Now for lots of writing and coaching one of my new exec clients.

BTW, here are a couple of articles I wrote this week:




Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Plan ahead. Know your obstacles. Identify at least 2 solutions for each roadblock. For example, for your diet, do your shopping and cooking and meal prep on the weekends, so that during your busy week you have your meals ready…and you avoid vending-machine regret. For your workouts, always have one of my no-equipment short, burst circuits at the ready…for when you can’t get to your normal routine. You can succeed if you plan and prepare. No excuses. Let’s go!

Take action,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT


The Success WHOOOOOSH effect occurs only after you do the work, fight the resistance, and persist through troubled times. Stay strong!

Friday, April 22, 2016

5 Pillars to Embrace the Sacrifice

n January of 2006 I was at the lowest of my lows. I was a struggling personal trainer trying to share my message with the world, while at the same time dealing with crippling anxiety attacks.

Each night I’d wake up at 3am with a tingling sensation running from the top of my head down to my fingertips. My chest was tight and I felt as though I couldn’t catch my breath. I thought I was having a heart attack day-after-day for six weeks straight.

I tried everything, from yoga to Qi Gong to all types of relaxing music. I even bought a dog thinking that petting him would ease my worries, but I quickly found out that a rambunctious Chocolate Lab puppy named Bally only adds to your anxiety. Ha!

Eventually I broke free. I hired Professional Accountability to help me become calm and confident again. That's one of the 5 Pillars of Success that I discovered along the way. 

When you have these 5 Pillars in place, you can achieve every goal that you have in life. You can get what you deserve. Your dreams become possible for you to achieve.

I’m living proof. Today I own the business of my dreams. I help over 255,000 people from all over the world each day as part of my 10 Million Transformation Mission to transform the lives of 10 Million men and women before 2020.

It wasn't easy to get here. There were dips and dark days on my journey, just as you might be struggling with in your life today. But you don't have to struggle on your own.

I’m here to tell you that things can – and WILL – get better.

If you put the 5 Pillars of Success into place, you can achieve great things in your life.

I promise you that.

So let me teach you all about them.

Let me help you build a NEW and IMPROVED life - the one you desire and deserve.

Arrow blue  Join me for a Free Success Coaching session here

Please accept this personal invitation to take control of your future, to achieve your dreams, and to change your life.

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I can’t wait to meet you and go on this Transformation Journey with you.

Taking care of you,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – When the days are dark and the dips are deep…

Embrace the Sacrifice…when your kids keep you up at night…when people bring in donuts while you diet…when your workmates need emergency help at quitting time…when you family makes unreasonable demands…

Embrace the Sacrifice…when your workout asks for one more rep…when a loved one needs a shoulder to cry on…when your dog wants to go out in the rain…when your friends need a designated driver…

Embrace the Sacrifice…when your heart says yes but your head says no…when your alarm goes off and your body wants sleep…when you have a chance to get better but your comfort zone calls…

Embrace the Sacrifice. You can do it. I believe in you. Stay Strong & Push On!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Personal Story About Building a Better Life

Hi, Derek Wahler here…

I’m a Certified Turbulence Trainer from Wisconsin and Craig let me step in today to give you this really important message.

No doubt you've heard about his Perfect Day Formula. It has raving fans from every corner of the globe, such as Ali Fox in Australia, Barry Dunlop in England, Simon Black in South America, and even the Pitbull of Personal Development, Larry Winget, here in America.

Now Craig can tell you how magical his formula is until he’s blue in the face, but I wanted you to get a first hand account from someone who has actually used it.

I met Craig a little over 2 years ago, back when I was stuck in a tiny cubicle working for a giant, soulless corporation.

I was miserable and underpaid (like you might be). Every morning on my drive into work I thought, “Really, 40 more years of this?”

Fast forward to today, I now own an extremely profitable online fitness business, started my own boot camp from scratch, and I get to help thousands of people around the world as part of the team at Turbulence Training and

Thanks to Craig, I’ve automated 90% of my businesses, get to work from home, and my wife was able to quit her job to be a full-time mom for our 1-year old daughter. Now I get to wake up every morning to a huge smile on my wife’s face every morning instead of watching her leave for a job she hated.

And the crazy part is…

I’m not that smart (anyone who knows me will tell you that!)

I don’t have a fancy degree.

And I don’t come from money.

I just followed the simple formula that Craig gave me nearly two years ago to finally get the freedom and success I had been chasing for years…

While following my passion for helping others through health and fitness.

And the good news is…

Craig decided to share all of his best secrets for free during a special live event next Wednesday, April 27th.

Arrow blue Click here to reserve your spot for this special FREE event

You see, it doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight, transform your body, start a business, increase your income, regain your health, have deeper relationships with your family, or become so successful that no one could ever ignore you again…

It all starts with Craig’s dead-simple formula that ANYONE can do to completely change their life.

It’s crazy because so few people know these secrets.

And even fewer actually use them.

But that’s good news for you and me.

Because once you make these simple steps a part of your daily routine, you’ll never have to worry about “competition” ever again.

There’s no way for them to keep up.

It's that simple, which is the main reason why I do it.

Arrow blue  Click here to reserve your spot for this special FREE event

You can use it to get anything you want in life.

But nothing will happen until you start taking action.

So you can sit back feeling helpless as the weeks, months, and years pass you by while nothing changes for you and your family, or…

You can claim your spot for Craig’s live event below and put the future of your family, health, wealth, and happiness back into your own hands.

Arrow blue  Click here to reserve your spot for this special FREE event

The world is yours when you take action,

Derek Wahler, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – Here’s just a tiny bit of what you’ll discover during this free live event…

  • Why most "time management" books and so-called "productivity hacks" actually make you WORSE at managing your time and creating your dream life
  • The #1 sleep habit change you can make to have more all-day energy than you'd get from TWO coffees
  • How to solve your biggest problems - and take action on your greatest opportunities in life - in just 5 minutes in the morning
Derek tt
Here I am living a life of freedom with my daughter - thanks Craig!

New Gym in Denver

Some new stuff for you today. First, I joined a new gym here in Denver. It's the newest location of the Colorado Athletic Club. It's a little shinier than the old place I went, but a lot emptier, too. That makes it easier for do everything I want with no one getting in the way.

It was easy to do that today because I was on an upper body meathead mission. The workout had to be quick because we always have early meetings in the Early to Rise office on Thursday morning.

I was in the gym before 5:05am and out before 5:45am. Here's the session:

WU1) Elevated Pushups
WU2) Band Pulls
WU3) T-Pushups

1A) Military Press
1B) Pullups

2A) Dips
2B) Barbell Rows

BTW, here's some more info on warming up:

Next, a new and sassy podcast for you. I was her "first" (male on the show). Listen to me talk with the "shameless mom".


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“Regardless of what happened in the past, today is a new day. You can open a new chapter or you can write an entire new book. Once you learn to let go of the past then you can truly start living in the moment. Don't trip over what's in front of you because you're too busy looking behind you. Let go of what is weighing you down and build the life you want and deserve.” – Robert MacDonald, @bobbymaximus

And a NEW Nutrition Kick in the Butt!
Get serious about your nutrition. No excuses. You know what works. Make a plan. Follow it. Step-up. Just because you spend time with poor eaters doesn't mean you should eat like them. Be the example you want to be for the people around you.

Set the pace,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Check out this article...

...that was inspired by Nestor.


PPS - This is also worth checking...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

save the date for this coaching session

You’ve never seen this before…

…this is the FIRST time I’ve ever done something like this, and so I wanted to send you this personal invitation to save the date and join me next Wednesday on a special LIVE event from our brand-new studio in Denver.

You’ll discover…

  • Why EVERY "Time Management" Book and Productivity "Hack" Makes You WORSE at Getting Stuff Done and Harder to Live Your Dream Life
  • How to solve your biggest problems - and take action on your greatest opportunities in life - in just 5 minutes in the morning
  • The 3-letter attitude adjustment anyone can make that guarantees success in life

It’ll be like having me sit down at your kitchen table and walk you through how to get more done in life so that you can be more successful in building your wealth, improving your health, and still making it home on time for dinner.

It’s all happening on:

Wednesday, April 27th, at 8pm EST

Plus, when you save-your-seat today, you’re getting access to a brand new FREE report that I’ve created that will help you get a head start on getting more done and achieving more in life.

Plus, you'll have a chance to win a $6000 private coaching program from Craig just for attending.

Save this date on your calendar:

Wednesday, April 27th, at 8pm EST

Arrow blue  Get access to the special event AND your free Perfect Day report here

Taking care of your future,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – Save the Date!

It’s just one week away and happens LIVE for one night only.

Save this date on your calendar:

Wednesday, April 27th, at 8pm EST

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