Sunday, July 24, 2011

Squat Workout and New Project

Great workout today. The gym opens at 8am on Sunday, so I did the foam rolling, bodyweight warmup, etc. at home, then drove 7 minutes to the gym, and got right into my specific warm-up sets, followed by 3 great sets of squats. Continuing to improve, but a long way from top strength. Enjoying the journey.

Probably off to some outdoor eating festival today, and that's no problem for me and you one day per week. But if you want to lose fat, always remember who wins the battle of diet vs. exercise

=> Diet vs Exercise

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip

Cool story that supports writing down your long-term goals and vision...Four years ago, when Tony Bates was an exec at Cisco, he and his wife created long-term goals...Tony's written goal was to be CEO of a major company before age 45...he listed 4 companies, including Skype...and it happened. Today, Tony is the CEO of Skype (at age 44). Make sure you are setting your goals and writing them down.

"When you stay dedicated to your mission, the right opportunities will come to you." - Demetrius Walker

And my new project, "Early to Rise".

I'm now editor of a website called, It's been around for over a decade and has been a tremendous influence on me. I first started contributing to Early to Rise back in 2005, and now I write the main articles for it. It's a big deal for me.

It would be great to have you join me on the ETR Facebook page here:


ETR is about helping your live a richer, fuller life. We are dedicated to growing your income and helping you be more productive so that you can enjoy more time with your family and friends.

And finally, some summer reading (or airplane reading) suggestions:

Excellent articles on Ticketmaster and E-Bay in the July-August issue of Fast Company. And the August issue of Wired magazine has a great article on the Khan Academy (the guy who creates videos teaching math to kids and has received $2 million from Bill Gates).

Great to see so many people out there having a positive impact on the world,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

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