Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Deadlift Workout Powered by Raw Foods?

Today's deadlift workout was awesome, although frankly I'm a little surprised.

While yesterday was an "off-day" from my workouts, we had to schedule a filming session that turned into a surprisingly long 75 minute photoshoot, involving a lot of standing around holding dumbbells. As a result, I thought my grip was going to suffer today. But fortunately, that wasn't the case at all. It was plenty strong.

I'm going to credit the raw foods blender drinks I've been having. I'm only half joking.

You know, I wrote that as a bit of a joke - about the raw foods helping my grip - but I'm also somewhat serious...eating more fruits and vegetables (and by more, I mean over 10 or 15 servings per day) is probably one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Take that from a soon-to-be 36-year old meathead who feels like a teenager (perhaps even better than I felt as a teenager, thanks to the fact I don't have a manual labor job anymore).

A diet with an abundance of fruits and vegetables combined with exercise = The Fountain of Youth.

Don't believe me?

Look at how fit Jack LaLanne was in his later years. And look at Tony Horton. The guy is a neutron star of energy at 55.

Listen, take this little challenge. Double your fruits and vegetable intake over the course of the next 2 weeks. And then double it again over the course of another 2 weeks after that - up to a max range of 15-20 servings per day.

(BTW, do it slowly, adding half a serving or so each day, so that your digestive system doesn't rebel.)

You'll notice a huge difference. You'll lose fat. You'll be less hungry at night. You'll have more mental alertness all day (i.e. more "energy"). You'll need less caffeine. And you'll actually get to see that REAL food can taste good.

Heck, I have these blueberries (grown in Chile) in my fridge right now, and they've got to be violating some human rights or environmental law...they taste so good. And anything that tastes that good can't be legal. But seriously, they are "like, nature's candy". Trust me. Try fruit over skittles (FYI, skittles aren't real fruit, if you didn't already know.)

Taste the real rainbow of blueberries, apples, oranges, raspberries, etc.


Good. Let me know how it goes. Post your comments on my Facebook page at

Now back to today's awesome deadlift workout. It was an 11 on a scale of 1-10.

1A) Power Clean (5x3) for speed
1B) Push Press (3x8) with empty bar - greasing the groove (more info to come on this next week)

2) Rack Pull (2x5 @ 345)

3A) Deadlift (2x12 @ 225)
3B) Ab Wheel with Slow Eccentric (2x12)

Now back to nutrition...with another big tip.

Nutrition SWITCH - If you find yourself in a binge-eating feeding frenzy, find a way to flip the switch off. Break the pattern. Get out of the routine. It could be as simple as brushing your teeth or as extreme as throwing the rest of the food in the garbage. Identify what triggers the binge eating and find ways to end it. Change the environment to help overcome these episodes. Please share your tips.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip
The teacher learns more than the student. When you help others, you help yourself. Not only do you always come away with a better understanding of what you taught, but every time you help someone, you increase your social support. Who can you help today? Helping them will help you.

And today's Independence tip:

List all the problems your prospects face. What are the biggest ones you can solve? Your solution to the biggest problems becomes your product. For all other problems your prospects have but you can't solve, those become joint venture opportunities. Find experts who solve those problems and connect with them to build a mutually beneficial relationship. A win-win-win for everyone.

Thanks for listening.

Get on that diet challenge now,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

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