Thursday, December 20, 2012

Finalists for the 15th TT Transformation Contest Announced

Before we get to that questions, please check out the 15th TT Transformation Contest finalists.

You can vote here

Today on a Facebook QnA session, someone asked me a version of the worst training question that I hear on a regular basis.

Phil H. asked at

"Hi Craig. If you could just do one exercise per day for 10-20 minutes, what would it be (this is not a joke question!)"

My answer:
I would never do that. Not a joke answer.

To answer that would be negligent. If you only did one exercise you'd end up with poor results and an overuse injury - just look at runners and all the overuse injuries they get from doing the same thing over and over and over again.

It would be like a lawyer only asking ONE question during a trial. Negligent and incompetent.


I can see why people ask it.

We want things simplified.

Fortunately, you can get a lot of results with just a few moves in a short amount of time, like in these three workouts I put together for Women's Health magazine...but even then, they are still total body workouts.

The 8-Min Do-Anywhere Interval Workout with TWO Moves

The solution using the 20-10 Bodyweight Revolution System:

1) Burpees - 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 4 rounds
2) *Switch Lunges - 20 seconds work for one side, rest 10 seconds, 20
seconds work for the other, 10 seconds rest x 4 rounds
3) Close-Grip Pushups - 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 4 rounds

You can read the other short workouts I created here:

My training today: Bench, pulldowns, db incline, db row, bb row, overhead squat.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Another reader asked, "What is your number one tip for leading a successful life?"

My answer:
It all starts with defining your own version of success and not being pressured by others.

And remember...
Whatever is in your way, you’re stronger than it, you’re tougher than it, and you’re better than it. You’re going to beat it. Things will get better. Don't tell me you can't, because you can.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - LOL - Here's another Christmas gift ...

...laugh at my discomfort - and use this when you are short on time

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