Saturday, March 30, 2013

Are You Training Enough or Too Much?

How do you know if you are training enough?

As time goes on you will get to "know your body" and when you need to push and when to back off.

The truth is this...

Let's say 3 rounds of a circuit gives you 100% results.

With intense exercise, the greatest benefits are from the first round of a superset or circuit.

If you just did 1 round with right intensity, you'd probably get 60% (or more of the benefits).

A 2nd round bumps you up to 80% (or more) of the benefits you get from 3 rounds.

A 4th round might not give you any more results (i.e. in strength or metabolic boost), BUT it does put us at risk of injury. So it should be avoided.

I'm not saying never do 4 rounds. But...

...there is certainly a LAW of diminishing returns with more training, no matter if it is more cardio or more MRT.

Don't be afraid to take a day off.

And never forget how important diet is for fat loss.

Read my Nutrition Manifesto for 5 diet secrets:
- http://www.ttfatloss.com/nutrition-manifesto/

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Try this...

The fastest and easiest way to make your life better is to help make someone else's life better. You cannot out-give the universe. You can try, but you'll always fail. And that's the greatest failure you'll ever experience.

PPS - I'm overwhelmed...here's why:

I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

Twice this week people contacted the ETR support team to say that our articles and contest contributed (albeit in a minor way) to their decision to get out of a bad situation and to not commit suicide. I don't even know what to say. I never imagined that our content and contest would have such an impact.

I think the big lesson in this:

Live by Example.

Do great things. Show the world that there are indeed POSITIVE people out there...that you care...that SOMEONE cares...that there is hope...that if you persist and never give up on what is important to you, that you CAN make progress...that there will be better days...that after the darkness there comes a dawn. If you do all of this, and open your heart and care for others and even support perfect strangers, your world will open up to enormous opportunity and gratitude.

You can't change all that is wrong in this great big world, but YOU can have an impact, even if it is just a tiny, positive impact on a stranger that receives a smile from you on the street today. There's so much we can do for others, and in the end, what we do for others ends up benefiting us 10-fold. So let's do this. Let's make our little worlds amazing today.

Who knows what impact you might have! Imagine the possibilities, for they are enormous!

Have an amazing day. - Craig

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Actual Workout

Today's workout changed as there is no TRX set up. It ended up being this Metabolic workout in Joel Marions garage.

Rd1 (3 rounds of 30 seconds each):
Elvtd pushups, kb swings, mb slams, db csr;

Rd2 (3 round of 30 seconds each): db press, goblet squat, mntn clmbr, db rdr;

Rd3 (3 rounds of 20 seconds each): db row, goblet lunge, med ball chest pass...

Finished with one more superset of db incline and pullups


Craig

PS - TT for C-B-S Abs is now available as the April 2013 Workout 






at www.TTmembers.com


It's all about "SCS - Stretch Contract Stability" for ripped abs and a strong core.

Monster Metabolic Workout

I'm off to do a Metabolic Workout with some Mikey Whitfield Finishers.

I'll be doing this workout with Joel Marion in his garage gym, and all we are using are powerblocks, a TRX, and a medicine "slam" ball. It will go like this:

1A) PB (PowerBlock) Chest Press - 40 seconds
1B) TRX Row - 40 seconds
1C) Med Ball Slam - 40 seconds
- Do four rounds with no rest between exercises or circuits

Rest 1-2 minutes before the next circuit.

2A) TRX Pushup - 40 seconds
2B) PB Row - 40 seconds per side
2C) Total Body Extension - 40 seconds
- Do three rounds with no rest between exercises or circuits

Rest 1-2 minutes before the next circuit.

3) 5 minutes of TRX core training (using pikes, mountain climbers, etc.)

4) Mikey Whitfield Finisher #1

And then because Joel likes to take things to extremes...

5) Mikey Whitfield Finisher #2

This workout is my birthday gift to Joel. Ha!

That could hit almost 1,000 calories for me. For Joel, it might be 1,200 or more. Then we'll take the Jet Skis out on the Gulf of Mexico for a bit to cool-down.

Get 51 Finishers as a gift for for yourself here
- www.workoutfinishers.com

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Do everything you can to help make other people more successful. Massive generosity is your mission. The more you help others, the more you will succeed. You cannot out-give the universe.

3 powerful questions for choosing the best possible life
- http://www.earlytorise.com/choosing-the-best-possible-life/

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Squat Workout and Videos

Today we are going to focus on the core basics for getting stronger and the core values at TT.

My workout: Squats, box jumps, lunges, pullups, leg curls.

Don't forget, there plenty of great videos on my youtube channel here

http://www.Youtube.com/cbathletics

347 videos for you!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Focus on replacing your bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns. One step at a time, done over time, leads to powerful changes in your life.

It's been a while since I've listed all of our core values.  Here they are again:

There are six Turbulence Training core values.

1) Change people's lives.

Help them get better and to help them reach their peak potential. Our number one priority is to help people improve their lives.

2) Science Based Innovation

We don't follow fads. We help people with what works - as proven by science and experience.

3) Customer Service, Customer Service, Customer Service

This is our team's mission. Every communication focuses on improving the customer experience. We have always had great customer service and always will because it helps people implement our proven products and they get more results. And that is why it’s so important, is because it ends up impacting so many more people and moving us towards the TEN million mission.

4) Always be Learning and Improving

You’re not just satisfied with what you know now. You’re always improving.

5) Politically Incorrect, No B.S. Information

We deliver the truth, even if it’s politically incorrect. We don’t care about the latest fads.  All that we care about are the results of our clients.

6) Never, ever, ever, EVER give up.

Never give up on getting better, and never give up on helping our clients. Everybody’s going to have some struggles, but we’re going to be there helping them.

Those are our six core values that are going to lead us to our 10 Million Transformation Mission.

Thanks to living these core values, each week we are getting more and more amazing success stories. And soon we'll have results of the 16th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest. Here's this week's coolest feedback:

"I'm not even sure how I stumbled across you're name or turbulence training, but I'm glad I did. Between all the emails I receive on personal development ect, and the workouts I have purchased and started implementing I have gained some good steps towards my fitness goals. I've been working out consistently for a little over two months, and I love the new style the switch ups I'm learning correct form, focusing on quality over quantity. My understanding of my over all health has improved. So more or less turbulence training is what I will be doing for a long time to come! I love what you have done with it and I can't wait for more!" – Jack Rohbuck

Till next week,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - What's Bally the Dog up to?

Ol' Bally the Dog is happy to be out on the farm with Grandma. He'll be hanging around out there a lot due to my travel schedule.

Fortunately, he loves it there.

But Grandma doesn't like him tracking in all of the mud...too bad for her, because it's only going to get worse.

Will he stay out of trouble? We shall see...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Why I bought a bootcamp

Last month I bought a Fit Body Bootcamp location for here
in Toronto. I'm stoked. I'll be partnering up with Ray Ortiz,
a Certified Turbulence Trainer. We plan on having multiple 
locations in just a few years
 
Why would I do this?
 
Why would "Mr. Fitness Internet" get back into bootcamps?
 
Easy.
 
Because you can never have enough freedom, lifestyle, and passion.

And that's what Fit Body Bootcamp delivers.
 
Fit Body Bootcamp ensures another revenue stream, and also helps me
get a GIANT step closer to transforming the lives of 10 Million people.
 
I'm going ALL IN with FBBC.
 
If you're interested in more freedom, a better lifestyle, and changing
the world with passion, then watch this video.

Watch this video to build a real fitness business and get more freedom


It answers all of the questions you might have about building a REAL
fitness business...
 
...one that changes your life, improves your community, and truly 
helps make the world a better place - without running you into the
ground because you're working day and night.
 
Listen, I'm involved in a lot of projects, from Turbulence Training to
Early to Rise to the Mastermind I run with Bedros and of course, the
Turbulence Training Certification...
 
...but there's something special about being involved with FBBC. It's
the opportunity to change my community, to have a "3rd place" (aside
from home and work) where my efforts can make a difference.
 
That's why I'm so excited about it, and I know you will be too.
 
Watch the entire video here <= Exact steps to build a great lifestyle business
Fit Body Bootcamp is changing my life,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Training
 
PS - This is time sensitive...
 
...so don't miss out. Not everyone can be involved with FBBC. It's
only for fast action takers.
 
 
Hope to see you at an FBBC event someday soon.

Interval Training is Dead

Is it true that you don't need to do interval training anymore?

Here's one rogue trainer's thoughts on the "Death of Intervals"
- http://www.ttfatloss.com/workout-finishers/

Alwyn Cosgrove agrees with him. 

Cosgrove once said, "What we have found is so great about this approach is that you burn more calories, lose more weight, while putting a lot less stress on your joints. Here’s how I like to think about it. Let’s look at traditional interval training which uses running.

"Depending on stride length – walking a mile takes about 2000 repetitions and running takes 1000-1500 and will burn on average 100 calories or so. So if we use an interval training model of running and walking – we’re looking at around 1500 reps to burn 100 calories.

"If we take traditional models of caloric burn – this means we’d need to do 35 miles to lose one pound of fat from our interval training efforts discounting the metabolic afterburn for now). So we have a problem. It’s a very poor “rate of return” on our “rep investment”.

"Additionally – running applies a vertical force of 2x bodyweight on the joints of the lower body. So now we have a dilemma. Let’s choose a 180lb deconditioned overweight client.

1500 reps x 360lbs = 540,000lbs of force to burn 100 calories. (The 360lbs is 2x 180lbs)

"That’s a lot of stress on the joints. Now no one was getting injured, but it seemed like there had to be a better way. So — we started to think of how we could use different interval training methods other than running to get the same metabolic effect without stressing the joints so much.

"At this point we started using metabolic training with weight training implements/kettlebells and bodyweight in the same interval format. So a circuit of five exercises, performed three times round (15 total sets) would actually burn more calories than the same time spent doing traditional cardio. That was a plus. But we could also do sets of 10-15 reps. So we’re looking at 225 total reps (with a force LESS than your bodyweight) as opposed to 1500+ reps at double bodyweight.

"We gave it a try. Clients loved it (which was a plus), and actually started to get better results than we were getting with intervals. We get more fat loss, less stress on the body, and happier clients. It is a win-win-win. Currently we don’t program traditional interval training our regular fat loss clients anymore.

"So, yeah…it is the death of traditional intervals."

For more replacement workouts, visit:

www.WorkoutFinishers.com


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Keep on pushing, start your day with one positive success step. Don't do anything else until you make progress on something that is important to you!

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Training

PS - Need help starting a business? 

Here's good advice from Bob Bly

- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-to-start-your-own-business/

242 Calorie Afterburn

I can't remember the last time I ate a Mars chocolate bar (I'd rather have peanut M&Ms), but I can tell you this. Each Mars bar contains 242 calories.
 
Amazingly, that's exactly how many calories your body burns in the 24-hours following a high-intensity interval training workout (Afterburn!).

(According to a study from Colorado State University, and reported in the latest Men's Health magazine.)
 
Once again, the power of intense training is proven by science. 
 
But...according to Mikey "Finishers" Whitfield, there's still one more way to improve your workout...a way to get faster fat burning results than traditional interval training. 
 
It involves "Finishers 2.0". A new and improved way of doing short, burst Workout Finishers at the end of a regular workout to boost fat burning. He calls this unique system, "Metabolic Stacking" because adds calorie burn upon calorie burn to top out your maximal fat burning response.
 
Nothing works better than this system.
 
And Mikey has 51 new Metabolic Stacking workouts waiting for you here:
 
 
In addition to the 51 NEW Workout Finishers, Mikey is also giving you a new 4-week workout program called "Metabolic Chaos".
 
And for TODAY ONLY, you'll also get his new Total Body Express Workout System 100% FREE as a fast action takers bonus.
 
But if you wait till tomorrow to start stacking your results, you'll miss out on his bonus workout program. Don't make that mistake.
 
Get 51 new metabolic workouts here <= stack your metabolic burn 
 
This new system - and the incredible caloric afterburn that you get from intense training - is really incredible stuff.
 
But you know what's not impressive? This stat about marathon running. According to the most recent Oxygen magazine (yep, I buy and read them all!), running a marathon ONLY burns 2200 calories.
 
Yikes! All that pain (4 hours plus) for NO gain.
 
Sure you burn a lot of calories during the race, but slow cardio gives you little in the way of afterburn, and most people spend days and days (if not weeks) icing their knees and low back after a marathon, missing out on productive workouts.
 
You're much better off with this approach:
 
Metabolic Resistance Training (20 minutes) = 300-400 calories burned
Workout Finishers (with new Metabolic Stacking) = 100-150 calories burned
Afterburn = 242 calories
 
Total = 642 to 792 calories with a 30 minute workout and 24 hour Afterburn
 
Do that 3-4 times per week, and you're burning more calories than a marathon...and looking leaner and sexier too, without the overuse injuries.
 
That's what it's all about, and why Mikey Whitfield is giving you 51 workouts that are 100x's better than cardio.
 
 
Stack your metabolic burn today,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - But hurry, your bonus workout expires tonight!
 
Get everything at:
 
 
Now I'm off to read the latest Men's Fitness to find more great workout tips for you...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Minimalist Workout and Shake

It was a minimalist meathead Monday today. After yesterday’s beatdown by deadlifts and presses, today I’m just doing an easy bodyweight circuit for mobility.

By the way, if you’re really into the barefoot running stuff, here’s a study for you to check out:

"Minimalist shoe" running not the same as barefoot running
- http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/6/387.abstract?etoc

And finally, two shakes today. One was Minimalist. The other, MONSTROUS. Guess which one I preferred?

Shake
Today's SuperGreener blender drink to start the day:
- 8oz water
- Athletic Greens
- BioTrust vanilla cream protein
- 2 handfuls frozen spinach
- 1/2 cup broccoli

Followed by the chocolate peanut butter monster after training:
- 8oz water
- BioTrust milk chocolate protein
- 1 banana
- 1 giant scoop of peanut butter

Today’s Kickbutt
Share your goals with the RIGHT people - the ones who will encourage you, 
motivate you, and connect you with others who will move you forward towards 
your goals and dreams. And constantly take action - one step (baby or giant, doesn't matter) every day closer to your goals and dreams.

And finally, I wasn't "Minimalist" when I was on Amazon yesterday. Amazon wins again, 6-0. Books ordered today: Triumphs of Experience, Wherever You Go There You Are, Power of Habit, Found Money, The Wisdom of No Escape, and Comfortable with Uncertainty.

What are YOU reading?

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "While we are postponing, life speeds by." - Seneca

..... do not let your opportunities escape you. Take action today.

Good people are out there

Take charge this week.

Live and lead by example. Attract the right people into your life, both in the ‘real-world’ and on the Internet. Take full responsibility for your social network.

Craig Ballantyne's Ultimate Guide to Finding Good People in Your Life

Step 1) Identify what you value in people.

Step 2) Identify where this type of person spends time.

Step 3) Go there.

Read more about how to attract GOOD people into your life
- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-to-find-good-people-3/

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Personal Training Video

Ok, do not watch this video if you have a full bladder or if you
are drinking a glass of milk. It will shoot out of your nose.
 
Hilarity ensues.
 
My best Armenian buddy, Bedros Keuilian, just sent me this video
where he teaches you five brilliant ways to get new clients. But again,
because it's so funny, you'll need to watch it twice to get all the info.

Here's the link to the new video (watch it before Monday
)


You'll also get a tour of Bedros' private office, and that's where things
take a Hangover-style turn for the worse...and get super funny.
 
But more important, you'll learn those 5 magic methods for getting
more clients into your fitness business.
 
Watch the entire video here (<== He's taking it down on Monday)
Bedros is one funny dude,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Training
 
PS - Seriously...
 
...the video disappears on Monday.
 
 
But go take a pee first, lest you ruin your Sunday best by peeing your
pants as you watch the hilarity ensue.

Deadlifting and Earning It

My 3rd favorite movie quote of all time (and great business/life advice) is from the epic, Saving Private Ryan.

You'll remember the end of the movie, as Captain John Miller (played by Tom Hanks) says to Private Ryan (played by Matt Damon) a short, simple line that epitomizes the action we have to take in life. It's only fair, considering the sacrifice that was made for us.

"Earn it", were the words spoken by Miller.

Are you Earning It today?

Forget yesterday (but learn from it)...today is another day...another chance to make changes and big improvements. let's go.

Make your plan. Stick to it. Don't let others guilt you into a bad decision. Stay strong, and never, ever, ever give up on what is important to you.

My training today will be:
Hang Cleans
Deadlifts
Good Mornings
Bulgarian Split Squats
Pullups

Earned.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Avoid negative people at all costs. They are the greatest destroyers of self confidence and self-esteem." - Brian Tracy

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fast Success Can Be Yours

You've proven you can succeed in life, whether it is in your career, health, relationships, or wisdom. Success in every other area of life is no different.

Just get the Four Pillars of Success in place:

- Social Support
- Accountability
- An incentive
- Deadlines

Your success is within reach.

Let's go!

Here's a fantastic quick workout for you that will energize you in just a few minutes so that you can get on with your busy day. It's another classic 12-minute workout for you using the www.HomeWorkoutRevolution.com System.

You have 2 minutes to do 35 bodyweight squats + 20 pushups

... and then you get to rest for the remainder of 2 minutes (should take about 75 seconds).

Do 6 rounds.

To make it easier, give yourself 3 minute rounds or do kneeling pushups.

BONUS Add-ons after the 12-minute workout:
a) 3 minutes of pullups or TRX rows
and
b) 4 rounds of KB swings supersetted with Power Wheel Rollouts.

Do your mobility before and stretching after as needed. Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“At all times and under all circumstances, we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.” – Werner Erhard

Make your plan. Stick to it. Don't let others guilt you into a bad decision. Stay strong, and never, ever, ever give up on what is important to you.

“heavy TV viewers report lower life satisfaction...Long TV hours also linked to anxiety." - Journal of Economic Psychology.....So LIVE life, don't just watch!

“Whatever you reinforce or reward, you get more of.” – Kekich Credo #15

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone." - Kekich Credo #1

There is no try, young Skywalker. Do or do not do. Start NOW.

"Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right." - Henry Ford

Friday, March 22, 2013

Get Ripped Diet

The other week I had an exercise video shoot and  I wanted to "carve up" my abs a little more. So to drop 1-2% belly fat in the fastest time possible, I switched to this meal plan. This shows you EXACTLY what to eat for rapid fat loss, meal-by-meal:

==> The Entire ONE Day Diet (here's exactly what to eat)
It's the PERFECT way to start your week. 
 
This is Politically Incorrect (because no 'dietician' likes FAST results), but research shows that when subjects lose fat fast they tend to stick with the program longer - because they actually see results! (Pretty obvious, right?)
 
That's why this plan works so well.
 
In this ultra-simple ONE Day Diet meal plan, you'll learn exactly what
inexpensive flat-belly foods to eat, meal-by-meal, to get you the fast,
sustainable, visually amazing results that you deserve...

And best of all, you'll get the full step-by-step, meal-by-meal, details at this link, right now, 100% FREE:

==> The Entire ONE Day Diet (full meal plan revealed here for free)
 
It works for me and it will work for you too,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Can't wait to tell you about a CRAZY conversation I heard...
 
...at the gym last week. It made me shake my head.
 
And gave me an idea for a big Exercise Substitution list I'll be sending you later this week. Stay tuned.
 
Lots of great info to get you ripped on the way.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Your Next Year as a Trainer

This is one of my favorite quotes because it is the
cold, hard TRUTH:
 
"You are responsible for exactly who, what, and where you are in
life. That will be just as true this time next year. Situations
aren’t important. How you react to them is
." - Kekich Credo #58
 
Where will you be in your personal training business next year?
 
What will you accomplish in the next 365 days?
 
Will it be the same old, same old, daily grind, more frustration and
less free time?
 
Or will it be a year of abundance?
 
If you are happy with the way things are, AWESOME. Keep it up.
 
But if you want things to change, let the experts show you how.
 
Here's what you'll learn from Gurus of Fitness Business Success:
  • Bedros Keuilian - How to get you more clients quickly and easily
  • Martin Rooney - Ultra-effective training techniques for rapid results
  • Mike Whitfield - How he went from $0 to $100,000 in under a year
  • Adam Bornstein - The fastest way to become your town's Famous Fitness Expert
And you might even get a few tips from ol' CB on how to transform your life,
create better workouts, run better bootcamps, and live the life of your dreams!

 
That's what you'll get at the Turbulence Training Summit this June (21-22) 
in beautiful San Diego. 
 
 
By registering as an Early Bird (Before Friday), you'll get the lower Summit
investment and you'll be added to our VIP list for the Friday night reception.
 
And then we'll show you how to have your best year ever!
 
Here's what Catherine Gordon, one of our 2012 attendees was able to do
by acting on just a FRACTION of what she learned last year:

 "This time last year, I was teaching 3 small classes a week. This week we're
doubling our floor space to accommodate the rush of new students we're
getting. I think I've followed a tenth of the marketing advice I've learned
at the summit, but what a difference. If there's any way you can be there,
don't miss it." - Catherine Gordon, Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
Catherine was also the winner of my 2nd TT Transformation Contest back
in 2008. So TT first helped change her health and fitness, and now it's
helping her make more money and change more lives. Incredible!

 
I can't wait to hear what this life-changing weekend does for you.

See you soon in San Diego,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

You are invited

Everyone loves San Diego. It's classy. It's America's Perfect Weather City.

That's why we're having our 3rd Turbulence Training Summit there in
June (the 21-22, 2013).

And YOU are invited. Our Turbulence Training team arranging for an
amazing, life-changing weekend for over 100 ELITE Trainers (you are
an Elite Trainer, right?
).

On Day 1, Bedros, Brian Kalakay, and I will be talking business.
There will be bootcamp workouts on the rooftop of the hotel in
the morning and a special guest reception with all the presenters
and free food in the evening.
 
And YES, you can earn CEU's for attending this event!

Oh, and Adam Bornstein will be there to show you how to become
"Famous in Fitness". Adam is the former editor of Livestrong.com,
and a guy I just hired for $10,000 as a consultant for my ETR
business. He's super sharp and knows how to drive a ton of traffic
to your website...and get you into the big magazines and on the big
websites as a world-famous fitness expert
.
After the reception, you'll want to get some rest, because then it's...
 
Day 2, where high-energy trainer Martin Rooney (Training For Warriors)
will be our guest speaker and bootcamp leader.

Should be a blast...and Mikey Whitfield will be there to defend his
"Trainer of the Year" award. Who will win this year???

If you want to attend, please reserve your seat IMMEDIATELY.
 
Each ticket TRIPLES in price at midnight on Friday - and even though
that would still be an incredible deal for what you get, you might as
well save yourself big bucks by reserving your spot now.
 
I don't use the phrase "Life-Changing" lightly. Here's what one attendee,
Catherine Gordon, posted on the TT Forum the other day:
 
"Can't wait for the summit. I know this one will be the best
ever.  Plus, you can't beat the neighborhood for restaurants,
fun, and shopping, literally right outside the hotel door.

But more important...This time last year, I was teaching 3 small
classes a week.

This week we're doubling our floor space to accommodate the
rush of new students we're getting. I think I've followed a tenth
of the advice I've learned at last year's summit, but what a
difference it has made. If there's any way you can be there,
don't miss it.
" - Catherine Gordon, Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
(I'm doing my best to persuade Catherine to join us on stage and to
share some of her success tips.)
 
Just another reason to join us...
 
Once you have your spot reserved, you'll receive hotel information and
notification on where to show up for the bootcamp workouts.
 
If you've been to Fitness Business Summit, then picture the Turbulence
Training Summit as a much more intimate version where you'll get more
time with the Big Name speakers and a chance to meet more of your
fellow attendees...plus, you'll do a few TT workouts too!
 
 
See you in Classy San Diego,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Training

20 Home Workout Programs just added

Big Announcement.

20 new workouts have been added to the NO-equipment Home Workout Revolution video program. Check out the 4-Minute Miracles and 6-Minute Six-Packers today

==> www.HomeWorkoutRevolution.com

If you're already a member at HWR.com, just log in to view them immediately. Let us know what you think of the metabolic-packed mini workouts.

Yesterday was bodyweight training for me, but today it was a big squat workout.

1) Squat - worked up to 315

2A) Lunges
2B) Pullups

3A) Leg Curls
3B) Side Planks

Good times.

Then went home for a blender drink.

I've found a good combo for the egg white protein shakes, but they still taste really salty. Must be the erythritol?

Today's blender drink:
- 8oz water
- Jay Robb Strawberry Egg White protein powder
- 1/3 avocado
- 2 handfuls spinach
- frozen strawberries

Had this with 1oz almonds and an apple.

I'm also enjoying the Banana Nut Muffin flavored Quest protein bar.

Dinners have been beef with lots of vegetables...too many, I can't eat all of them. One night it was zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms, and onions.

Workouts have been good.

Fingers are doing great.

Eyes are doing great - slowly improving...eyesight is getting closer to 20-20.

Off to the farm for the weekend and then back to Tampa for Easter Weekend.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
One of my favorite quotes...

"Before you are a leader, success is all about yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." - Jack Welch

This helped me get my mind right at the start of 2013.

It's all about creating value as others see it.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Home Workout Videos

20 brand NEW workouts have just been added to the Home Workout Revolution follow-along video program. You'll use bodyweight exercises at home - in just a few minutes per session - to burn fat and get lean.
 

If you are looking to boost your metabolism and lose fat fast, you'll do so better than ever with the Home Workout Revolution exercise secrets.
 
As a FREE bonus, you'll also receive the brand NEW 4-Minute Miracles and 6-Minute 6-packer videos.

So say goodbye to boring cardio. Give up the gym membership. And get ripped with the Home Workout Revolution bodyweight exercises today.


All of the workouts are fast and simple to do.

But hurry...summer is coming fast and you'll want to be lean well in advance of your first backyard pool party. That will be easy to accomplish if you start with the new Home Workout Revolution system today.
 
So much better than machines,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Because you'll do every workout "follow-along" style...
 
...you don't have to worry about using bad form. You'll get corrected with every single rep.
 
PPS - I "lied".
 
It's not 51 workout videos anymore. It's now 71 follow along workout videos that you can use anytime, anywhere, to get amazing results.
 
 
Say goodbye to equipment and long workouts, and hello to fast results thanks to short, fun workouts.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bad Form at the Gym

omgomgomgomgomg...
 
That's what I was saying to myself on Saturday morning at the gym as I watched a 35-year old women use the worst deadlift form I'd ever witnessed.
 
It was a complete rounding of every notch in her spine, from the top of her hips right up to her neck. 
 
And for whatever reason, her terrible form was contagious (must have been some type of weird March Break "bad form virus" or something).
 
Just a few feet away from her was another 30-something woman doing lunges and twisting her neck on every rep to check her form in the mirror. That's a near-guaranteed way to get injured. 
 
Over in the machine section, an overweight 50-year old guy with a big belly was wasting his life - and risking his low back - on the rotary torso machine.
 
On and on it went...
 
Too many people have terrible form in the gym. And that's why people get hurt and quit their workout programs...and end up in worse shape then before. Do NOT let this happen to YOU!
 
RANT OVER. Here's the good news...
 
You don't need equipment. You don't need machines. You don't need a gym membership at all.
 
You can burn fat with a fast-paced bodyweight conditioning system at home.

You might not become a world champion in MMA like Georges St. Pierre or Egan Inoue, but you can get their ripped abs.
 
 You're about to discover an ancient Hawaiian secret on how to use bodyweight exercises to burn fat and build muscle.

But first, you have to forget everything you were taught about losing weight. Dispense with the baloney about having to do long, slow cardio.

Egan Inoue, 7-time world champion in mixed martial arts, is going to give you the exact bodyweight conditioning workouts you need to get ripped like an MMA fighter. As everyone knows, there are no athletes more ripped than those that step into the ring (or octagon).

And you'll be able to do this without weights, without spending hours watching infomercial workouts, or using any fancy, expensive equipment.

Egan's going to teach you the fastest way ever discovered to lose belly fat and get ripped without requiring you to leave your home and join a class. And you don't need to be an athlete to enjoy the fast fat-burning results from this system.

Your results? They will be incredible...and noticeable within days, even hours.

If you are looking to boost your metabolism and lose fat fast, you'll do so better than ever with Egan's training secrets. After all, if these worked to help him become a ripped, world-class athlete in not one, but two sports (martial arts and racquetball), then his workouts will work for you too.

In fact, these workouts will work even BETTER for you if you're stuck with your weight loss progress.
 
By switching to a new form of fighter training, you'll shock your body into making massive changes and giving you rapid results. So if the scale hasn't been moving for you, get ready for that to change.

No matter what type of exercise you've been doing in the past, and no matter how bad your diet, Egan's unique exercises and workout routines will give you the results you desire - and deserve - in record time.
 
After all, as a pro athlete that had to train several hours per day just on his skills, Egan didn't have time to waste going to a gym. That's why he developed his no-equipment workouts that could be done anytime, anywhere.

You'll lose belly fat, get six-pack abs, chisel your chest and sculpt your arms, all while dramatically improving your fitness and conditioning.

The coolest thing about Egan's workouts is that you'll be looking forward to each one because you'll be doing something totally different. Now you can say "goodbye" forever to the cardio machines.

Egan's perfected his system over decades in the world of MMA conditioning, where his name is legendary. If you've ever wanted a fighter on your side in the battle against belly fat, Egan's your man.

Don't waste any more time. Get started with his bodyweight MMA fat burning workouts and ultimate conditioning system today. As a FREE bonus, you'll also receive his legendary "21-Day Cut-the-Fat Fighter's Diet" system that promises you rapid results in just a few short weeks - all by making a few simple, quick-and-easy changes to your daily meals.

Thanks to the secrets that Egan is about to release from the MMA world to all of us looking to lose a little more belly fat, you're going to get your fastest results ever.

So say goodbye to boring cardio. Give up the gym membership. And get Fighter Ripped with a Championship winning program today.


All of the workouts are fast and simple to do. Egan's decades of experience building his own body, and in running bootcamp workouts for thousands of clients on the beautiful islands of Hawaii, are now available for you to use to lose fat fast.

Imagine for a moment how amazing you'll look with a fighter's washboard abs, sculpted biceps and triceps, and chiseled chest. Plus, you'll also have dramatic increases in all day energy thanks to the fighter conditioning system.

If that's what you'd like, then let Egan show you how to accomplish all of this from the comfort of your own home quickly and easily with his proven system.

I've trained over 97,000 people with my Turbulence Training system, and I've read hundreds of books and attended dozens of seminars, but if I had to give you the ultimate MMA-Style bodyweight conditioning workout that gets you fighter ripped and fit, this is the one and only program I know that does all of that at once.

That's how valuable it is. Get it at:
 
 
He's pretty darn ripped for 47 years old, don't you think?
 
So much better than machines,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Bally and Deadlifting Weekend Report

Picked up Bally the Dog from the sitters last night, and that kicked off a great weekend (so far). I've even spent some time in the kitchen cooking.

You see, last weekend, on the Sunday morning before my flight from Orange County to Denver, I enjoyed one of the best omelets of my life. It was nothing fancy, just a spinach and mushroom omelet, made with 4 real eggs (not that "instant eggs" mix used by most hotels), spinach, and mushrooms.

It was light and fluffy.

And so I've spent the past week trying to recreate that omelet at home.

One trick I learned from a fancy chef was to blend the eggs. I use the old blender-drink blender and give it 3 pulses. It's the lazy man's way to beat eggs.

After adding a healthy dose of coconut oil to my cast-iron skillet, I added the eggs to a low heat, and then added the toppings as the eggs solidified. Everything was going as planned...but then I tried to simply fold the omelet over, and that's where I butchered it.

The presentation ended up being a poor mess, but the eating was good!

Had that along with steamed broccoli and lots of tomato sauce, plus an apple, an orange Zevia (stevia sweetened, no-calorie soda) in place of orange juice, and a decaf Green Tea.

That was enjoyed while reading the Saturday Globe and Mail and getting some ETR essay ideas, and while watching/listening to the Manchester United game on TV.

Perfect after-workout at-home Saturday brunch with Bally the Dog. He had his regular meal. Dog food. He can't get enough. I also gave him a breath-freshening greenie treat.

Before my workout I tried a new flavor of Quest protein bar. It's Banana Nut Muffin, and is sucralose-free. If you get a fresh box, you'll be impressed. Had that along with Athletic Greens, sencha Green Tea, and 1oz almonds.

Then went and deadlifted. Good session.

Hang Clean - 3x3
Deadlift - 5x5
Military Press - 5x5
Good Morning - 4x10
Bulgarian Split Squat - 2x15
Pullup - 3x4

Great day all round. Hope yours was too.

BTW, for pullups, check out www.challengeworkouts.com for the blueprint to get more pullups!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“Living each day as it if were our last, rather than converting us into hedonists, will make us appreciate how wonderful it is that we are alive and have the opportunity to fill this day with activity. This in turn will make us less likely to squander our days. As we think about and plan for tomorrow, remember to appreciate today.” - William B. Irvine

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Congratulations to Rick Gannon, our newest Certified Turbulence Trainer.

Hope to see Rick, and all of the TT Trainers at the 3rd TT Summit in San Diego, June 21-22nd.
==> www.TTSummit.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Free bodyweight workout video

Give me 12 minutes and I'll give you an amazing workout.
 
Click on the image or link below to get a FREE sample
workout from the Home Workout Revolution program.
 
 
 
Betcha can't do just one. You'll be hooked on doing these
NO-Equipment follow-along workouts.
 
Come train with me,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Denver Nuggets and Meathead Training

Great dinner last night with Isabel De Los Rios, Mat Smith, Jeff Siegel (Isabel's business partner), and Adam Bornstein. We went to Tag restaurant in Denver. Isabel and I had the scallops. They were really great, and I had a big salad, too.

Afterward Matt and I went to the Denver Nuggets - NY Knicks basketball game. Good times. I had a bag of peanuts and a water. It was a blow-out, and the Nuggest are just such a great, young team. The Knicks, however, had two guys that were around 40 years old, and Carmelo Anthony played a stinker.

In a few hours I'll be heading home to Toronto. But first I'll do one more workout. It will be an upper body meathead training session of DB chest press, DB row, pullups or pulldowns, pushups, and arms. I'll be back to heavy lifting on Saturday.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“The best way to get started is to get started. Life rewards action…not reaction. Wait for nothing. Attack life. Don’t plan to death or ask for permission…but act now…and apologize later.” – Kekich #81

Working this way right now
- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-i-get-so-much-done-personal-info/

And it goes well with this:
"If you want a great job, you need to build up valuable skills to offer in return. Adopt the craftsmen mindset first and then the passion follows...Turn your focus toward getting so good they can't ignore you...Regardless of what you do for a living, approach your work like a true performer." – Cal Newport

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill



By the way, here's how Eddie Murphy proved Napoleon right...
- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-eddie-murphy-proved-napoleon-hill-right/

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "Getting things done is not enough. You must get the right things done." - Eric Barker

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Free Workout Video with Craig

Give me 12 minutes and I'll give you an amazing workout.
 
Click on the image or link below to get a FREE sample
workout from the Home Workout Revolution program.
 
 
 
Betcha can't do just one. You'll be hooked on doing these
NO-Equipment follow-along workouts.
 
Come train with me,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

$10000 Workout Invitation

Yesterday was a life-changing day for my business. I invested $10,000
to bring in Adam Bornstein, former online editor of MensHealth.com and
LiveStrong.com, to improve my websites and get my articles distributed
to some of the biggest websites in the world.
 
It was worth every penny. Today, he and I are going to sit down and
work on a book proposal, too.
 
Why am I telling you this?
 
Because you'll get his advice virtually for FREE at the TT Summit. I'm
bringing in Adam to show personal trainers how to become famous and
make more money.
 
Adam's insider secrets from years spent behind the scenes at the biggest
fitness websites in the world will help boost your business. His tips on
writing the perfect content for your blogs  (or creating the perfect videos
for Youtube) will make you the GO-TO trainer in your area.
 
It will change your business.
 
But that's not all you'll get at the TT Summit this year. 
 
You'll also join me and world-famous personal trainer, Martin Rooney, 
for unforgettable and intense morning bootcamp workouts.
 
Martin promises a "Bodyweight Battle" of epic proportions. You're
going to learn so much and be able to take home dozens of new exercises
and  workout ideas to get your clients faster results.
 
Again, this will make you the GO-TO trainer in your city.
 
But wait, there's more...
 
Bedros Keuilian, the fitness marketing legend, has promised to bring you
brand new strategies to help you get more clients.
 
His systems are so good that I just went out and bought a Fit Body Bootcamp
and have partnered with Ray Ortiz, a Certified Turbulence Trainer, to grow
and dominate the bootcamp scene back home in Toronto.
 
So I'm not only a friend of Bedros, I'm also a client myself!
 
After all, he's the BEST at what he does - teaching trainers how to make
more money, work fewer hours, and live the life they desire and deserve.
 
Here's the full schedule of events...it'll be a life-changing two days for
you and your personal training career, accelerating your success and
helping you change the lives of so many more people.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Heck, I'd pay $10,000 learn from Bedros, Martin, Adam, and Mikey W.

But you don't have to pay even 1% of that.

The TT Summit is just $97 for the first 50 fast-action takers.

Reserve your spot at the 3rd TT Summit with me

See you there,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TT Summit in June Invitation

You're invited to the BEST workout of your life. It's going to be even better than the Home Workout Revolution workouts, because you'll be training in-person with me.
 
High above the skyline of San Diego on the rooftop of one of the coolest hotels in the city, you'll have the chance to do the ultimate bodyweight bootcamp workout with two of your favorite trainers, my friend Martin Rooney and myself. It will be a true bodyweight battle as Martin and I go back and forth to give you the best workout of your life.
 
But you'll only be able to experience this at the 3rd Turbulence Training Summit in San Diego this June.
 
Now if you don't know Martin, just listen to (or read) this FREE interview where I grill him about his "Manly" workout challenges, his favorite bodyweight exercises and circuits, and what makes a workout truly great.
 
 
But he won't be the only fitness celebrity at this event. You'll get to hang out with Mikey Whitfield, Catherine Gordon, Brian Kalakay, Scott Rawcliffe, Bedros Keuilian, and dozens of other fitness pros from around the world.
 
Last year we had attendees from as far away as Japan, Australia, and the UK.
 
But this year is going to be even bigger and better. We're moving to a new hotel that allows us to have amazing outdoor morning bootcamps on the hotel roof right beside the pool. It's going to be legendary.
 
Most important, of course, will be the workout itself. Between Mikey, Martin, Brian, Scott, and myself, you'll boost your metabolism and add over a dozen of new exercise ideas to your fat burning workouts.
 
I'll let Martin tease you a bit with some of his intense ideas. You're going to love this FREE interview. Read it or listen to it here:
 
 
Then book your ticket and pack your bags for another life-changing weekend with Martin, Bedros, Mikey Whitfield, and me. 
 
See you in San Diego,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Save $200 on Early Bird Registration here:
 
And reserve your spot in Martin's bootcamp (space is limited) here:
 
 
We've got a few big surprises in store for you...can't wait to see you there.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pump up with Arnold

The next four days will be busy ones here in Denver. Lots of meetings at Early To Rise Headquarters. Our ETR business helps people with their personal development and success habits.

You can learn more about it at www.EarlyToRise.com

Today I'll do a short workout of upper body resistance training and interval training.

If you want something more to get you pumped up, check out this short video of Arnold's first bodybuilding competition and how he spent time in a "military prison" afterwards.

- http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8424161/the-first-short-new-30-30-documentary-series

“Here’s the goal. And whatever it takes to get there, I will do it.” – Arnold

And for our lady friends: Try this FREE fat burning workout for women
- http://www.turbulencetraining.com/freeworkoutforwomen

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Knowing what to do is worthless without the commitment to taking action on this knowledge. Worse is procrastinating on action by chasing more knowledge. Don’t get caught in that trap. Get what you need to know and then start taking little tests.

"Many people hang back from living their dreams, hindered by negative people that squelch their ambition. What would you be doing if you were living at your full-out best? If you knew you could not fail, what would you be doing differently?" - Dr. Gay Hendricks

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Healthy Eating While Traveling

Started the day with a really great omelet at the Westin hotel in Costa Mesa, CA.

I remembered to order REAL eggs, so that they didn't use that filler-filled egg mixture.

It came with spinach and mushrooms. Four eggs makes a nice sized meal. Had that with an apple and oz of raw almonds.

Then, after the creepiest pat down ever by a TSA agent (I never go through the full body scanner), I boarded my five hour flight from Orange County to Denver, via San Fran.

On the plane I had 3oz of raw almonds, 1 Renegade Protein bar from youbars.com, and an apple.

For dinner, my business partner Matt Smith and I ate at the Four Seasons Edge restaurant in Denver. I had the tuna steak and grilled asparagus.

As much as I wanted to order the bone-in ribeye, I have a new commitment to eating light when eating late.

Tomorrow I'm filming some ETR videos and have important meetings on some new projects. Here for a few days, and that will include a dinner with Isabel De Los Rios and hopefully the Nuggets-Knicks game on Wednesday night.

Craig

PS - Happy Birthday Mom!

PPS - Yes, I did call her.

Success Talk

Yikes. My abs are wicked sore from Power Wheel Rollouts done the other day at Iron Gym in Santa Monica. The stretch and contract combo always hits them hard.

And yesterday I visited a local 24-Hour Fitness facility here in Costa Mesa for a great Meathead Upper body workout. It's been a long time since I've done Incline Bench Press, so I worked my way up to just 185 pounds. Also did pull-ups, Hammer Strength chest presses, Hammer Strength rows, triceps, and biceps. It was fun.

And then last night I went on stage at 8:35pm (11:35pm EST!) to deliver my annual Success talk to over 300 personal trainers at www.FitnessBusinessSummit.com. Met a lot of great folks that are going to change the world. Cracked a few Cookie Monster jokes. Bought everyone a beer - and 3 vodka redbulls for Jason Ferruggia. Ha. Good times.

Today I'm heading over to Denver, but my morning flight has been cancelled due to a snowstorm. That means I have to fly on Southwest airlines for the first time ever, and we'll be going through San Francisco on the way to Big D. Eventually I'll get there. A little nap, some almonds and apples, and maybe a protein bar or two should help the flight go smooth.

Then we'll have a few days of Big Idea planning out at www.EarlytoRise.com headquarters. It was really cool to meet so many ETR readers at FBS last night. Many folks told me that our productivity articles made a huge difference in their lives, and that means a lot to me. You don't always hear from readers, and you certainly don't meet a lot in person, so that's why speaking at live events is so great.

Plus, I had the chance to meet several Certified Turbulence Trainers in the audience. We're all getting fired up for the annual TT Summit in San Diego this June - www.TTSummit.com <= Details on 2013 coming soon.
Alright, time for my daily readings.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
There is so much potential in you…but my biggest worry is that you do not see what you are capable of doing. That you are going to let little limitations & negative self-talk get in the way of your big self. Don’t let YOU stop you from doing what you can do.

Just do it. It’s less painful to do it than it is to sit around and think about it or feel guilty that you haven’t started yet. Once you get started, things will get done.

Success comes in spurts. You’ll do all this work and feel like you’re getting nothing and nowhere…nothing, nothing, nothing…and then suddenly, WHOOOOOSH. Success. It comes in spurts. Never give up on what is important to you.

Stay strong and get stronger,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, March 08, 2013

Back on Track Ballantyne

Boy, do I need this advice today.

"Today's another day, so get back on track on move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it. Don't let yesterday or last week put you off track. You are not the mistakes of your past. You are what you can become."

The night went downhill as soon as I agreed to reservations for 8pm. That was already too late, having just arrived on the West Coast while trying to stick to my Eastern Time Zone living.

And then the feast began. Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind eating a big steak and lots of sides, and even having a glass of great wine (or two).

But I went way off track and turned my back on my gluten-free diet with half of the chocolate cake slice and half of chocolate chip cookie and scoop of ice cream delivered to our table as a gift from the manager at Boa Steakhouse in Santa Monica.

It was truly appreciated, and even more delicious, but not the right decision for my short-term or long-term health.

Of course, Yes, you must live. You must enjoy incredible nights with friends, family, and people you love. You are only here once, and you mustn’t live like a monk (unless you are a monk).

But.

Neither should you bow and bend to every opportunity. That’s what gets us into trouble in the first place.

That said, when you drive the performance car of “you” well off the track, there’s just one thing that you can do. Get back on track as soon as possible.

A night like that must strengthen your resolve.

It gives you great insight into what is important in life.

Today's another day, so get back on track on move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it. Don't let yesterday or last week put you off track. You are not the mistakes of your past. You are what you can become.

By divine coincidence, my daily reading from "Art of Living" included this today:

“Unless we give ourselves over to our endeavors, we are hollow, superficial people and we never develop our natural gifts. A half-hearted spirit has no power. Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes…If you wish to become proficient in the art of wisdom, do you think that you can eat and drink to excess? Do you think you can continue to succumb to anger and your usual habits of frustration and unhappiness? No. If true wisdom is your object and you are sincere, you will have work to do on yourself.” – Epictetus

We all have work to do. We all have a life to live.

Make the right decisions, celebrate when you should, but celebrate in a way that is wise.

And then when it comes time to do the work on yourself, commit to it, whole-heartedly.

That's what I plan to do today. To get fully commit to getting back on track.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
To get something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

You begin by beginning. There is no other way to get started. So stop starting, and BEGIN!

“Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." - Nido Qubein

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." - Brian Tracy

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Second Santa Monica Workout

Then ended up going to a good gym in Santa Monica called "Iron". Jay and I did some Meathead back exercises. Tobey McGuire was training beside us. I was disappointed that he was not doing spiderman pullups, spiderman pushups, or spiderman climbs. Not a one!

Tried a new protein bar today - needed some easy to carry snacks on the airplane because you can't trust the food.

Not the tastiest, but then again, look at the ingredients.

NOTE: It was hard to find the ingredient list on the wrapper because the list is so short:

Called "Elevate Me - the simplest protein & fruit energy bar", the ingredient list was: whey protein isolate, dates, organic raisins, apples, bananas, almonds

Now heading to a restaurant in Santa Monica called Boa for a steak.

Today’s Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price. It is always our choice whether or not we wish to pay the price for life’s rewards.” – Epictetus

“Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." - Nido Qubein

The keys to your future are your daily habits today. Start implementing new positive behaviors today. Make them a habit. Create a better future today.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Intervals and Sight Seeing in Santa Monica

Spent all afternoon driving up the Pacific coast highway with Jay Ferruggia, checking out Santa Monica and Malibu. 

 But did this 2-minute interval workout this morning back in Toronto
- http://www.ttfatloss.com/2-minute-interval-training-2/

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Deadlift Beatdown

My workout today was a beast. It beat me down halfway through.

That's what happens when you start with 5 sets of 5 for deadlift and military press. And I might have gone too heavy with the deadlift weight.

Also did hang cleans, leg curls, pull-ups, and stability ball planks.

If you are looking for a monster of a workout, try this:
- http://www.turbulencetraining.com/workouts/2013/Feb2013-TTMM.shtml

And if you want a shorter workout that still burns belly fat fast, try the most popular - and possibly most effective TT workout ever here:
- www.turbulencetraining.com/buffandhot

Oh, and want to know how I get so much done? Check out this:
- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-i-get-so-much-done-personal-info/

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Heard this quote in a car commercial, and it's great:

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching."

Help others. In the end, it will actually help you more than them. You can try to out-give the Universe, but you will find that you cannot. When you teach and help and improve others, you remain the one with the most to gain. That's just the way it works, in ALL areas of life, from fitness to faith to finances. Helps others = you getting better. Do it!

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

Never compare yourself to others! That is the biggest source of unhappiness in modern life. Focus on you and your changes - making yourself better day by day. Stay strong and get stronger - for your own improvement and personal development. Keep on pushing!

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Need to get better?

“To get better at any task, you must set specific goals, put in the time to practice, and practice well. I believe that there is almost nothing you can't accomplish as long as you are willing to follow those three simple rules.” – Mark Ford

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

How Poor Nutrition Killed My Old Man

My father had stomach issues all his life. Worse, colon cancer ended up killing him in September, 2008. It was, unfortunately, his fault. His poor diet, alcoholism, and refusal to go to the doctor for the past 25 years led to his premature death at age 69. No Canadian should die before 70. But he did.
 
I'm determined not to make the same mistake. I gave up binge drinking years ago. I eat as healthy as possible. I walk - and pet - the dog every morning and night. I meditate.  I try and become a better person every day - just like you do. That's why I was so interested in this information:
 
 
This information will surprise you, and show you just how well you are doing (or how poorly) with your diet. Take the quick quiz. It could save your life.
 
Those nutrition facts - and those 10 foods - will help you and I live a longer life. I plan to live a vigorous life until I'm 105 years old. It's one of my goals. (Heaven help the poor old ladies in the same nursing home as me.) 
 
You'll also uncover an odd secret about the connection between your belly and your immune system. I'll bet you didn't know about this.
 
 
Listen, you don't have to be sick. You don't have to be overweight. You don't have to throw away your energy and vitality like my father did. You can eat delicious foods and have a flat, healthy belly, once and for all.
 
Your family is counting on you to make the right choices. I sure wish my father did. And now you have all the information you need.
 
 
Stay healthy and get healthier.
 
Alright, time for another dog walk with ol' Bally the Dog. It's that time of year when the sun is staying out longer and longer. Gotta love it. Take care.
 
Sincerely,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Tomorrow...
 
...an interesting scientific finding about how our bodies lose EIGHT percent of a vital health component every decade.
 
And the workout that you can do to overcome this health decline.

Today vs Yesterday

Just remember that no matter how yesterday went, today you get a fresh start. Attack the day, come back stronger than ever, and get one major item done before you get sucked into email, phone calls, etc. Make progress NOW.

So much can be accomplished with a long-term vision and resilience to short term setbacks. Not every problem is conquered overnight, but if you persist and never give up on what is IMPORTANT to you, then you will succeed. Keep on pushing!

And this is tough, but true:

Success is simple, once you accept how hard it is. The secrets to success are not complex. They are right there for all of us to see. Dedication, commitment, discipline, hard work, adding value, and connecting with others – those are things you must have and what you must do.

Simple, but not easy.

But something you can do and achieve.

I believe in you,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Now it's time to go through...

This Success Habit
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JSeJU3gL6U

Join me?

It helped me Design my Life. More about that here:
- http://www.earlytorise.com/have-the-life-you-want-now/

Monday, March 04, 2013

Number One Rule to Live Right

Big week coming up. First, we had the TT Awards over the weekend, giving out "The Bally's".

Learn who won "TT Client of the Year" and read his #1 rule for success here:

- http://www.ttfatloss.com/number-one-rule/

Later today I'll kick off the work week with a Meathead Monday session of bench press, pullups, db incline, db row, and a Hammer Strength machine row.

Then on Thursday I fly to LA to hang out with Jason Ferruggia and Adam Bornstein. On Friday, we are driving down to Costa Mesa to attend www.fitnessbusinesssummit.com. I'll be speaking late on Saturday, around 9pm, to an audience of 500 trainers. It's going to be great.

Yesterday I went shopping at the legendary "Big Carrot" organic grocery store here in Toronto. Grabbed some snacks, including some chocolate covered macadamia nuts. After that, I walked Bally the Dog with an easy walk harness...should have bought one of those 7 years ago. Good times. And he went swimming in frigid Lake Ontario. He loves icy cold water. Almost time for another walk...

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“Cling to what you know in your heart is best. Then, if you are steadfast, the very people who ridiculed you will come to admire you. If you allow the mean-spirited opinions of others to make you waver in your purpose, you incur a double shame.” – Epictetus

List all the things that will get in the way of your goal, and then avoid them. Then list all the things that will help you reach your goal and DO them. Never quit. If you stumble, get back up. Get social support to help you make it through the dip. Then DO more of what works and less of what doesn’t.

Despite what the mainstream media implies, the TRUTH is that you have a LOT more control over your life than most people think. You can choose to change your situation. Your happiness, satisfaction, and success is up to you – and you alone. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Take control. Live the life you desire and deserve.

Be a lucky man like me, and have the life you want - now
- http://www.earlytorise.com/have-the-life-you-want-now/

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Workout and Nutrition Treats

Ha, did some old school meathead leg training today.

Speed Squats - 8 sets of 3 with 155

Regular Squats - worked up to 315 for 3 sets of 3

Leg Press and Leg Curls - 4 sets of 10 each

Pullups - 12 reps (I'm doing at least 12 reps per day for a month to test Pavel Tsatsouline's "Grease the Groove" theory)

Hanging Leg Raise Supersetted with Ab Wheel

Fun workout. After that I hit a local market and stocked up on produce and some treats, including a small bag of "beer nut glazed" almonds and another small bag of chocolate covered macadamia nuts. I'm a sucker for snacks.

Start your week right with nutrition planning using these free meal plans - www.turbulencetraining.com/freemealplans

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips
Everyday take baby steps to improvement. Be a little better than yesterday. And tackle one important task early in the morning before “life” gets in your way. Always be improving.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

“Hold on to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.” – Epictetus

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Life Without Limits

Recently I stumbled across an article on an extraordinary young man from Australia.

Nick Vujicic was born without limbs. But that hasn't stopped him from getting married, playing sports, and even surfing.

Today, Nick is a popular speaker, and author of the book, "Life Without Limits". Here are some quotes to kick you in the butt when you're feeling down.

"If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?” ― Nick Vujicic

“Sometimes you may feel like you are just about to realize your goal only to fall short. That is no reason to quit. Defeat happens only to those who refuse to try again.” ― Nick Vujicic <== This is one inspiring guy! Read his story about "Life Without Limits"

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Life is a wonderful thing. With the exception of a few extraordinary circumstances, no matter what happened yesterday, you get a fresh start today.

- http://www.earlytorise.com/how-to-get-your-mojo-back-and-do-big-things-today/

Make today the day you finally leave a bad habit behind. Tell the habit 'it's me, not you' and kick it to the curb for good.

"The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore." - Dale Carnegie

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - If you need career advice...

I'm currently reading a great book by Cal Newport called, "So Good They Can't Ignore You". Check it out.