Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Travel to Denver for Training

Well, if 23 hours of travel could actually go smoothly, that's what happened yesterday. I'm lucky.

Every flight was on time. I got a little sleep. I found some healthy food in Chicago's O'Hare airport (which actually wasn't hard... I even stumbled across a make-your-own salad joint in Terminal 1 near the C gates).

And I watched Batman vs. Superman. It was a little ridiculous, but not as bad as perhaps most people made it out to be.

So I left Vilnius at 12:30pm on Tuesday and got into my apartment in Denver at 1am on Wednesday. There's a 9 hour time difference in there.

But I accumulated three naps of 2.5 hours each along the way, and so I woke up at 5am today and managed a decent workout.

Tomorrow is a big filming day for me, so I needed to get back on track.

Today's Training:

1A) Military Press
1B) Front Squat

2A) Overhead Squat
2B) Chin-up with Knee-Up

Post-Holiday Weight = 171 pounds

I didn't lose as much weight as I expected, as that's usually the case when I miss out on weight training workouts.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." – Thomas Aquinas… Eliminate Stuff. Accumulate Love. Want less. Contribute more. Buy less. Create more. Give away a material object today. Replace it with an experience. Do something fun. Create a memory. Give praise to a friend. Mail a thank you card, call a family member, stretch your bounds of giving. Give so much that you think it will hurt, for it never will. 

True friendship rules,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Here's something worth a listen...

talks how general planning can help you start your day off on right foot.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Deadlifting in Europe before Flying to Denver

Well, Europe, it's been fun. But the journey begins.

To home.

And what a journey it will be...

After visiting London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Switzerland, Denmark (airport), and Vilnius (in Lithuania), now it's time to go:

Vilnius => Frankfurt => Chicago => Denver

It's going to take 23 hours from door to door.

Oh well.

If that's the price you pay for almost 23 days in Europe, then that's fine.

What a time!

And of course, I've planned for all of this travel in advance.

So it's time to suck it up, buttercup.

I'm sure there aren't too many people feeling sorry for me today.

Also had to suck it up for today's workout at the Forum Palace gym in Vilnius.

1A) Hang Clean

1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift

2B) Incline Press

That's it, but there were a lot of deadlifts.

I'm going to switch the order of this around next time.

Stay tuned!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness." - Naomi Wolf

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - As much as I love traveling...

...I miss this ol' guy. looking forward to a big walk on saturday afternoon.

Monday, July 25, 2016

BlackSmith Camp Graduation Workout

Today is an off-day because yesterday we hit Punisher Squats hard, along with a push-up challenge.

I don't have a lot of photos from this year's camp (yet), but there is one below. Great memories!

Yesterday's "Graduation Workout":

1A) Sumo Squat Shuffle
1B) Inchworm
1C) Prisoner Squat
1D) X-Body Mountain Climber

2A) T-Pushup
2B) Jumping Jacks

3) 60-seconds max pushups => I hit 41

4) Punisher Squats

5) Group cheer and sigh of relief!

Here's the one photo I have of me taking the kids through my favorite shoulder mobility exercises at the BlackSmith camp yesterday


And man, I've put out some KILLER content today.

First, there was my ETR article of the day:


Then there was my can't-miss my latest MH workout


This is not the final version that will go in the magazine.

They've already asked me to cut at least 6 exercises and do an A-B split.

So enjoy the uncensored version!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"I salute those who get up early, do the work, overcome one adversity after another, set high goals and expectations for themselves and then show up everyday and do whatever it takes to get it done." – Bedros Keuilian

That is how you do it,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - It's on!

The Orlando fall fitness & personal training seminar is now open for you to grab an early bird spot.

Can't wait to see you in the land of the Happiest Place on Earth.

Daniel is going to be running a TT Certification, too.

Good times!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ladder of Quadriceps Death

Good fun at today's bootcamp bodyweight workout.

By fun I mean pleasure-n-pain.

Because you know, it seemed like a good idea at the time (I'm referring to the final ladder superset).

Workout went like this:

1A) Prisoner Squat
1B) Spiderman Climb

2A) Sphinx Pushup
2B) Prisoner Lunge
2C) Iron Cross

3A) Jumping Jack 10-8-6-4-2
3B) Burpee 2-4-6-8-10


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“You must choose between the various alternatives in order to make the most of the time and energy we do have. We choose constantly in order to bring as much happiness as possible, while using up as little time and energy as possible.” – Harry Browne

Choose wisely,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Friday, July 22, 2016

BlackSmith Camp 2016 Workout A

Alright, alright, alright. Today was the first bootcamp workout from our 7th annual BlackSmith Camp.

After a great day of teaching, including me giving my TT Summit speech about the 5 Pillars & 5 Rules for your life, we did this under the warm Lithuanian sunshine:

Exercise Demo Warmup - a couple of reps of all the exercises using some teaching tricks learned from Chris Lopez at the TT Summit

1A) Prisoner Squat
1B) Pause Pushup
1C) Total Body Extension
1D) Mountain Climber
1E) Reverse Lunges
1F) Iron Cross
1G) Sphinx Pushup
1H) Prisoner Split Squat
1J) Rocking Plank
1K) Punisher Squat - 2 rounds

Repeat 2x's.

This didn't seem like much to me but it rocked most of the kids so we stopped there. Some of them stayed around to do a post-workout workout with my buddy, former military man and West Point cadet, Simon Black.

Good times.

Couple more good workouts coming your way soon.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
All the planning in the world is no good if you don’t follow through. Be a robotic action-taker. Eliminate your excuses about lack of time, distractions, ‘emergencies’, and take action on what really matters in your life. Write that book. Save that marriage. Raise healthy kids. Lose that weight. Reconnect with that special friend. The time is now.

Take advantage of it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Make the right decisions, right now, for your right life.

Know what matters. Eliminate distractions. Concentrate one what counts. Don't let society impose its standards on you. You are the one that sets the bar for your behavior. Think - and act - for yourself.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Deadlift in Vilnius

7th summer in a row visiting Vilnius, Lithuania. Amazing to see how it has changed. Very busy with tourists now. And nice shops & cafes

1 thing that hasn't changed - thank goodness - is the Forum Palace gym. Great space... and ping pong tables, too!

Today's workout at Forum Palace in Vilnius:

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift
2B) Core Training

3A) Military Press
3B) Barbell Row

Everything I can't do with bodyweight-only during the bootcamp workouts I'll be teaching at

Alright, off to the countryside.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Quit living in your old ways. Try something new... Change your workout. Eat octopus. Do Karaoke. Let your guard down. Trust someone. Help a new person in your life. Give freely without any expectation of something in return. Do something different...because what got you here won't get you to the next level in life.

Get it done,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - My biggest pet peeve in the gym => bad form.

Fix your pushup form with Missi's awesome tips here


Monday, July 18, 2016

Lucerne View and Hike

There's been no gym at my hotels in Switzerland, so I've been taking the week off workouts. But we've been walking a lot.

Today was a heck of day.

It started with a ferry ride, than a steep train ride up a 7000 foot mountain, and some hiking up to the highest peak. 

Here's my view from the top, overlooking Lucerne this morning.

Then it was a gondola ride to the bottom and a swim in the lake, followed with a great steak dinner.

Lucerne is 6 hours ahead of EST, so I'm going to crash soon.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Live Life!Get outside. Do Yoga in a park. Run through a forest. Swim in an ocean. Bask in the sunshine. Nap in a hammock. Cruise with windows down. Get fresh air. Then end an amazing day by sitting and talking with family. Be present. Enjoy one another. Connect with one old friend that you have not spoken with in a long time. It is meant to be. They are also thinking of contacting you. Reach out. Have gratitude for those you love and for all you have accomplished this week.

Live it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT