Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Metabolic Finisher Gauntlet Definition

My training today: Hang Clean, Deadlift, Front Squat, Glute Ham Raise, Power Wheel Rollout.

Before, during, and after training, I take Vitamin C. About 6g total per day. I also take a few nutrients to help reduce soreness and recovery, but I'm not sure if they work. When I'm sure they do, I'll let you know.

The latest TT workout, TT Metabolic Madness - Criminally Insane Fat Loss, is now available at

I've also created a new workout for called, Metabolic Finishers Gauntlets. What does that mean?

Let's start with a definition.

The Gauntlet - a form of punishment, chiefly military, in which the offender was made to run between two rows of men who struck at him with switches or weapons as he passed.

In the TT world, a Gauntlet program uses this system based on the definition:

Exercise A
Exercise B
Exercise A

For example, a metabolic finisher gauntlet would be:

Burpee - 8 reps
Kettlebell Swing - 15 reps
Burpee - 8 reps

More workouts using this system on the way...but there is a free bodyweight one available on

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips
It is easier for people to get behind you and help you succeed when they know where you want to go. Share your goals with positive people. They'll help you achieve them faster. Good people want to help.

"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
The Certification With a Mission

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Certified TT Trainer is Making an Impact on the World

"What if?".  That question can move you and scare you.  

For Mike, the question is scary.

What if he didn't get certified?

Where would he be?

Find out here and discover the IMPACT he is making now

You'll discover how he more than doubled the size of his bootcamp program and is starting to have a GLOBAL impact in the fitness industry, with his programs now sold in over a dozen countries.

That's serious.

He's even helped three clients win $3500 of my money in the TT Transformation Contests.

You think his clients are showing him a little love after that?

You think?

Just imagine how many lives would have missed OUT on this impact if he didn't get Certified.

But he did, and now he's on a Mission.

Learn more about real IMPACT here

Next week will be the next opportunity for new trainers to get TT Certified and to be part of the 1 Million Mission.

But it will only be available for the first 5 trainers to take action.

It all starts Monday, March 5th.

Don't be left asking, "What If".

Looking forward to seeing you in the Club,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Creator, Turbulence Training Certification

PS - Only TT Trainers receive free admission to the TT Trainer Summit in San Diego this June.

If you hesitate and wait to join, the price of admission alone to the TT Trainer Summit will be $197.

Stay tuned for Monday's TT Certification opening announcement.

Truth About Travel Workouts

Getting ready for a 5-day trip to Washington, D.C., to attend an Internet business seminar. It's going to be a lot of fun, a busy weekend, and a great chance to meet some smart folks.

But I won't be going off track from my training and nutrition. I don't mind if someone PLANS to go off-track, but I don't like it when someone uses travel as an excuse and complains about getting off-track.

Big difference between the two mindsets.

If you don't want to get off-track, there's no reason to do so. Plan ahead. It should be easier for most people to stay on track with training when they are at a hotel...all they need to do is take an elevator down a few floors to the gym. It's that easy.

Don't be lazy. Don't fall out of your routine and good habits.

You know what happens on trips. You know the obstacles they throw in your way.

So plan. Come up with two solutions to every obstacle.

It's that simple.

That's how you succeed.

I'll be doing my workouts in Washington, and loving it, while having some good meals but staying lean.

Today I biked some hills, and tomorrow I deadlift.

Good times.

Then followed up with a Facebook QnA.

Q: Currently doing MRT may 2011. 6 weeks to go for big wedding. Is this the best fat shredding program? Lost 4" off waist and now can loosely wear lrg shirts. Still have belly though.

Justin - That is a great program, but you should change every 4 weeks. Try Oct 2011 TT Metabolic Finishers next.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." - Steve Jobs

My suggestion on how to live your life

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur." - Vince Lombardi

Be thankful for what you have and what you have accomplished. A positive attitude goes further in fat loss - and in life - than a negative attitude.

Here's one TT Trainer who I am grateful to have working with my business. Today, he writes, "What if he didn't get certified?" (It's a good thing he did)

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Photo of Bally the Dog giving a speech over here:


Monday, February 27, 2012

Meathead Monday with Good People in Your Life

My #Meathead Monday training: DB Press, Pullups, BB Row, triceps, face pulls, curls.

And here's a simple, simple Meathead leg workout finisher: 3 sets of 15 reps for narrow-stance barbell squats using 1/3 of your normal 8 rep weight. Whoo, daddy...that's a good time for your quads.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Identify what you want to change. Start working on it today. No excuses...If there is something you've been meaning to do, or someone you've been meaning to talk to, make today the day.

"Whatever your dreams are, start taking them very, very seriously." - Barbara Sher

How to find GOOD people in your life

Why you should live rich for even one day

Finally, here's how to overcome your time management problem

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Eat This Way Today

Eat slowly today. Chew your food, don't wolf it down. Enjoy it. Eat things ONE at a time (almonds, nuts, cheat day M&M's). Notice the difference it makes.

Reflect on your relationship with eating...Why do you eat the way you do? Do you live to eat? Why? Are there other activities you can use to replace - if necessary - the emotions you associate with eating?

Things to think about.

Make some will help you with your long-term lifestyle nutrition changes.

Oh, and drink slowly, too, or even less.

Truth about alcohol and fat loss (and CB's favorite drinks)
- Alcohol and Fat Loss

Your eating and drinking should actually have rules. Speaking of which, I've been thinking a lot about these lately, and I'm going to write a TT article about them this week...and a different way you might want to approach creating your own


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right." – Henry Ford

"You're successful when you like who and what you are. Success includes achievement...while choosing and directing your own activities. It means enjoying intimate relationships and loving what you do in life." - Kekich Credo #7

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Alcohol and your fat loss

Chances are you're reading this on Sunday morning...hopefully you didn't have too much to drink last night.

Let's talk about a real politically incorrect topic in the  fitness world - booze.

So many readers ask, "Can I still drink while on a fat loss program?" And well, the answer is yes, you can do anything you want on a fat loss just have to accept the consequences of your actions.

And what are the consequences of drinking?
Read the full TRUTH about alcohol and fat loss here

And then after a serious discussion, I let you in on...
My favorite beer
My favorite wine
My favorite cocktail
Now you know the deal with booze and your belly fat,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - I gave up booze to dedicate myself to this mission.

Why you must do this

You must track your results, workouts, and diet. The more you know about yourself, and more you use this knowledge, the better your results. That will allow you to succeed faster than ever.

My training today: Squat, squat jumps, split squat, glute ham raise, hanging leg raise.

Classic TT Workouts to check out:

For women

For abs:

New TT Training info:

Accelerated results with workout finishers

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Figure out what you want. Focus on it. Find people who have achieved what you want and find out how they think and act, and then follow their lead." – Bill

"Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got." - Jim Rohn

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, February 24, 2012

Post-Workout Ice Pellets to the Face

My Meathead training today: Pullups, pushups, db press, db row, triceps extensions, hammer curls.

Today's workout finisher was a 15-minute bike ride directly into ice pellets whipping into my face, combined with rain, uphill. Followed by a 40-minute dog walk in the rain, supersetted with more ice pellets to the face. Got one right in the eye at one point and started laughing and thinking, "if only TT readers could see me now"...

My workout also included these shoulder savers - been doing these exercises consistently again with great results

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Never quit. If you stumble, get back up. What happened yesterday no longer matters. Today's another day, so get back on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it.

Do fewer things well rather than a lot of things half-heartedly. Eliminate the demand on your already strained systems, and give more focus and attention to the priority projects in your life that will make the biggest difference.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - As Tony Montana once said, ""On the Internet, you gotta create the right offer first. Then when you get the right offer, you get the traffic. Then when you get the traffic, then you get the sales."

More sage wisdom like that in my Unpopular Business Advice column here:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Total Body Extension Video

My training today: Hang clean, trap bar deadlift, front squat, glute ham raise. Dog walk x 4. It's nice and sunny here in Toronto, but snow is on the way. Best to get some good beach time in with the dog while we can.

A common question I get is, "What is the total body extension" exercise. Fortunately, Mike Whitfield, CTT, created this total body extension exercise

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Do your best with everything you have control over. (And work to improve the amount of control you have over all aspects of your life…control = freedom). Most people fail to control themselves, and end up only with regrets. They trade minutes of pleasure (i.e. fast food) for days, weeks, months, and years of regret. You must plan ahead to overcome obstacles, rather than trying to "out-cardio" your bad diet. You'll never succeed that way.

Failure isn't bad. Failure isn't final. You can SURVIVE almost anything and come back better and stronger than ever before. Don't let the fear of failure stop you from achieving the success you deserve.

Real regrets only come from not doing your best. All else is out of your control. You're measured by results only. Trade excuses and "trying" for results, and expect half-hearted results from half-hearted efforts. Do more than is expected of you. Life's easy when you live it the hard way…and hard if you try to live it the easy way. – Kekich Credo #4

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Muscle Hangover Wisdom

Having muscle soreness is like being hungover. People say there's things you can do, but really, it's all about prevention. Cut back. What I'm saying is, don't let your biceps do a dozen tequila shots in one workout. Ease into your training (drinking). Don't try to keep up with the big boys (Australians/Polish women). Forget about impressing the ladies with your curling (chugging) ability. And always drink lots of water.

Book recommendation:
Most people will never read this book, partly because of the horrendous title, but it is THE book that could change your life if you are struggling with your mindset. I highly recommend reading, "Psycho-Cybernetics" as soon as possible.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Just start. 5 minutes today. Whatever it is you are trying to improve, give it 5 minutes each day this week. Next week,10 minutes. You can do it. Here's an interesting site that can help you:

"The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with
coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distractions and detours." - David Deida

My interview with the most successful Internet entrepreneur who has ever been part of my Mastermind groups. We cover everything on this call…how she started
from scratch in 2008 to becoming the BIGGEST selling e-book on Clickbank (ALL categories) in 2011.

"Work is a chance to give your gifts." - David Deida

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Easy Week

This is an easy week of lifting. I start back up with a real heavy workout on Saturday. Doing lots of dog walks until then, and some upper back and mobility work.

My easy week doesn't really line up with today's quote, but sometimes you just have to back off.

"We don't rise to the level of our expectations – we fall to the level of our training" - Archilochus, Greek Soldier

Again, in case you missed it...

I recorded an MRT audio for how I set up MRT workouts, MCT circuits, finishers, and get a sample MRT workout using my favorite exercise


And we have this "Nutrition for a Tough Mudder Training" article for you

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Success begins and ends with your personal responsibility and self-reliance. It lives and dies with YOU and your ability to TAKE ACTION.

And more of my thoughts on self-reliance and personal responsibility

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ab workout finishers vs crunches

I'm embarrassed for what passes as "ab workouts" from today's fitness magazines. Still with the crunches after all these years.
Here's something much better:In this article you'll get an intense circuit called, "The Spider Abs Finisher". It's no joke. And you can do it at home but without the dishonor of lying on your back and crunching away until you get a pain in the neck.

Abs Workout Finisher - Sample Workout <= get the circuit here

Maybe in 10 years time the fitness magazines will have caught up and will publish something like this.

Try it out,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

New MRT Audio Program for you (free)

It's an easy training week for me. I just did a light lower body and mobility workout. Light training means more time to create content for you.

Recorded an MRT audio for how I set up MRT workouts, MCT circuits, finishers, and get a sample MRT workout using my favorite exercise

How to improve your workout and get faster results

Today's Nutrition Debate:
I've never had a cup of coffee in my life. Now there's nothing wrong with a little caffeine or coffee, but be careful...a Grande Starbucks coffee has 330 mg of caffeine - equal to more than 4 red bulls.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"People will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones. If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone. Strive to increase order and discipline in your life." - Kekich Credo #1.....Change your mindset. You are a person who can and will succeed. Truly believe. Start today.

The mistakes of your past are not who you are now. No matter what you've done in your life you have a second chance that starts today. It is your time to choose who you will be and who you will become, for the rest of your life. You are certainly not too old, too young, or too broke to add value to the world, to give, create or inspire. If you need to, let the past go and start fresh, right here, right now.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Gimme gimme gimme. I'm greedy.

This is what I want from you

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Super Nutrition Sunday

When it comes to your nutrition you have to Plan, Prepare, and most importantly, Commit. Be a robotic action taker. Create your meal plan. Do your shopping. Set aside time to prepare your food. This is what separates the winners from the frustrated. Time to get serious.

Protein bar problem (and solution)

A good article on weight watchers from wired magazine...important lessons on what makes a weight loss program work

Awesome some energy for this one: Lunge Jumps (20 seconds), Pushups (30 seconds) Total Body Extensions (40 seconds), Mountain Climbers (50 seconds), Jumping Jacks (60 seconds). Rest 1 minute, repeat up to 2 more times.

Abs workout finishers for your six pack blueprint

Another abs finisher article (sample workout)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Where there is no vision the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18. You must, absolutely must, have a vision for your life/biz. Start here with this powerful exercise

Might be time to update my Top 10 books...what are your suggestions

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Your Metabolic Rate

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

What is your metabolic rate?

Also added a few new photos of my Nicaragua trip over here

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Stand up to a challenge today. Face a fear square on. Attack an attitude that is holding you back. Make today your day. "You can get through anything one day at a time." - Bob Parsons

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. - Marcus Aurelius

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, February 17, 2012

CB Workout in Details Magazine

Free workout from ol' CB in the April issue of Details magazine. Yep, Details. Surprizes. Someone just told me they've read the issue, so it must be out now. Make sure you get APRIL. Don't get March and then yell at me. Like I did. I bought March b/c I thought it was going to be in there.

Also, I have a tip in the David Beckham issue of Men's Health. More magazine announcements soon...

Today's Workout:
Cleans, deadlifts, front squat, glute ham raises.

Today's Training Resource...another old man's old-man warm-up:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Admit to – and learn from – your mistakes. Mistakes are actually great things that happen to all of us…because with the knowledge you gain from them, you are able to achieve the best things in your life. Without the lows in life, the highs would never really seem that high.

"Stop hoping for a completion of anything in life... Do what you love to do, what you are waiting to do, what you've been born to do, now." – David Deida

Spend less money on yourself and more money on other people - you will be happier. - Michael Norton

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - I'm booked for this epic Maverick Business Adventure trip

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Leaving Nicaragua with Kickbutt Mindset Tips

No workout today. Starting my journey back to Toronto. Will get home tonight and then journey back to the farm to walk the dog. Looking forward to it.

Posted some photos from Nicaragua on my Facebook page here:


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips
"Men who have lived significant lives are men who never waited: not for money, security, ease or women." – David Deida

"Make big plans, that's the way to make big things happen. Write down your plans. Share them with trusted colleagues & accomplices" - Seth Godin

"Choice of attention—to pay attention to this and ignore that—is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences." – W.H. Auden

"The best investment you will ever make is your steady increase of knowledge. Invest in yourself. Thirty minutes of study per day eventually makes you an expert in any subject – but only if you apply that knowledge. Study alone is no substitute for experience." – Kekich Credo 93

How to use the fiverr for backlinks (Nicky Parsons on the run update)

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Common Fitness Question and Easiest Solution

Here's a common question I get:

Q: At a standstill. I train 6/7times per week, 5 weights, 1 long cardio and 2/3 intervals included. I have been training muscle groups (3 sets. 8reps) but I'm not seeing any gains now and getting a bit stale. Any suggestions to mix it up?

What do you mean gains? What are your goals? What training program are you using? If you want to gain muscle, use one of the TT Meatheads programs. If you want advanced fat loss then start with TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks or TT Metabolic Resistance Training.

But please, stop trying to design your own if you aren't an expert.

You can ALL of the workouts I've ever created for just $97 here:


PLUS, you get EVERY workout I'm going to create for the next 12 months.

That's less than 77 cents per workout.

Why would you waste all of your time and energy trying to figure this out on your own when I've spent over 17 years, including 2 of them getting a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology, to create the world's best workouts.

Isn't your body worth 77 cents - instead of another wasted 6 weeks while you try and figure this out yourself?

Get the workouts here:


And another common question:
Hey CB, hope all is going great this year. While traveling what do you suggest as far as travel food? Do you just bring protein powders, nuts, etc?

Yes, and then go to the grocery store as soon as you land. I covered this recently on my blog at


If all else fails, remember the 7-word diet to follow: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." - Michael Pollan, "Food Rules"

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"You don't have to live your life the way others expect you to. You can do good things for yourself and make the world a better place at the same time." – Chris Guillebeau

Help others. "Make a difference. Live a life that matters." – Frank McKinney

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Writing you from here beside the Pacific Ocean in Nicaragua


Had dinner with Rich Schefren last night here in Nicaragua...funny guy, lots of wisdom. Here's one of his previous articles

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How to measure body fat

One of the most common problems in the TT Transformation Contest is that folks don't know how to measure body fat.

So we wrote an article for you here:

How to measure body fat

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
People want to hang around winners. They want leaders – so lead them. Have the courage to take the criticism.

My suggestion to you is to learn to be comfortable in your own skin. Be true to yourself and your message. People respect people who truly believe in what they are doing and who are comfortable in their own skin. Don't be embarrassed by what makes you unique, be proud of it instead.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Happy Ballantyne's Day TT Workout special for you

"Thanks for this hook up! anyone who doesnt take advantage is a darn fool!" - Craig Oc, TT Facebook page member

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ballantyne's Day Celebration

It comes but once per year...

...Ballantyne's Day.

The day that St. Ballantyne drove out all the belly fat from his native Scotanada (a mythical country combining the best of both Scotland and Canada...i.e. where they wear beaver pelt kilts and play a hybrid sport of curling-hockey with legend Wayne MacGretzky).

Ballantyne's Day is a time for great celebration.

And this year, St. Ballantyne's great-great-awesome-great grandson, Craig Ballantyne, is celebrating by giving you every single TT workout for just 77 cents each.

Go here to take advantage of the greatest deal in TT history

You'll get EVERY TT MRT program, every TT Meathead workout, ALL of the TT Abs and Nutrition bonuses, access to every TT bodyweight program and bootcamp manual, PLUS first access to all TT programs released in the next 12 months.

Get EVERY TT Workout here for pennies

All of this for literally 77 cents per workout...or even better, 33 cents per fat burning day between now and next Ballantyne's Day.

You can't afford to miss out on this amazing deal.

This is the best holiday of the year,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Ballantyne's Day is clearly the most...

...important holiday in the fitness season.

Where else can you get 121 PROVEN workouts for MUCH less than $1 each?

Get the best Turbulence Training deal EVER <== Limited availability

Plus you get all of the upcoming TT workouts and diet programs for the next 12 months, including:

1. TT Adventure Race Training
2. TT Metabolic Bootcamps - 21 New Bootcamp Workouts
3. 51 Interval Training Workouts
4. TT Bodyweight Cardio 5
5. The AWESOME Diet

As a TT Platinum Member, you'll get first access to these programs when they are released in 2012.

Reserve your priority access here

Wishing you your best Ballantyne's Day ever.

Take Action

You know that thing you're scared of doing...are you going to let it stop you today too? No. Make this the day that you finally overcome the obstacles in your way. You've got nothing to lose but your excuses.

The mistakes of your past are not who you are now. No matter what you've done in your life you have a second chance that starts today. It is your time to choose who you will be and who you will become, for the rest of your life. You are certainly not too old, too young, or too broke to add value to the world, to give, create or inspire. If you need to, let the past go and start fresh, right here, right now.

Cool photos from Nicaragua on my Facebook pages here: (training photo) (helicopter ride photos)

Some interesting articles from the CB Files:

Tough Mudder Workout Plan

The real goal of my life

And do NOT miss this:

Uncensored and unprecedented Turbulence Training Workout Report Card (which one got the only A+ and which one was most disappointing with a C?) Find out here

Happy Ballantyne's Day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Brutally Honest Assessment of TT Workouts

What kind of dumb trainer writes a report card on his own workouts and gives two of them a C?

(And only one of them an A+)

I do. Me that dumb.

You can read the Ballantyne's Day TT Workout Report Card here

Each year I write one program that becomes LEGEND.

Each year has one workout that is an incredibly pleasant surprise.

And each year one program fails to meet my expectations. Ooops.
So in the spirit of the February Awards season, find out which program "won" for each of those categories.

Read the uncensored 2011 TT Workout Report Card here

I'll give you one spoiler...the April 2011 Workout won for best workout designed by two awesome and handsome bros.
Hope you are getting ready for an amazing Ballantyne's Day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - I'm down in Nicaragua at...

...a writer's conference. So tomorrow's email will be short, but powerful. Don't miss it.

In the meantime, enjoy today's unprecedented TT Workout Report Card. You won't see any other trainer in the fitness industry with big enough Ball-antyne's to give their own workouts such an honest and brutal appraisal.

Read the full TT Workout Report Card here

PPS - So far this year... 2012, I'm five-for-five with ALL of the workouts I've created so far earning at least an A, and a couple of A+'s. Look for more great TT programs coming very, very soon.

CB in Nicaragua

Had a smooth trip from Toronto to Miami to Nicaragua on Saturday. Two medium flights s of 3 hours each, and only a small delay getting out of Toronto due to the winter weather.

Today the journey continues. I'm going here and will post real photos soon

Until then, I have a few great nutrition and fitness articles to kick off Ballantyne's Day week. That's right, Ballantyne's Day WEEK. Take that, St. Valentine.

1) Best nutrition tip of 2012 (from Dr. John Berardi)

It also includes 7 foods and nutrition strategies I'm using these days.

2) Why some folks have a fast metabolism

3) Awesome article about Workout Finishers from Certified TT Trainer, Mike Whitfield:


And of course you get today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Fill your life with positive expectations. Demand the best. Attitude and desire contribute to 90% of your achievement." – Kekich Credo #86…

...Drop the negatives. Hang around positive people. And most importantly, believe in – and expect more of – yourself.

Find out what truly makes you happy but does not cost a lot of money. You shouldn't be surprised to find that it's the people, and the little things in life, that bring you the greatest joy.

I'm going to enjoy my time with really great and interesting people down here in Nicaragua, but I'd be just as happy in my backyard with ol' Bally the Dog doing some dog wrestling.

Always look on the bright side and be happy where you are.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, February 11, 2012

CB's Guide to Finding Good People

Earlier this week we had a discussion on my over on Facebook about whether or not it was difficult to find good, positive, supportive people in your life.

Frankly, I don't believe it is hard if you are willing to stand up for what you believe in, act in a way that is congruent with your beliefs, and put some effort into looking.

So in more detail, here is:

CB's Guide to Finding Good People

Step 1) Identify what you value in people.

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

Step 3) Go there. Whether it is a church, gym, beach, dance lessons, bootcamp fitness class, Chamber of Commerce meeting, local lectures, weekend seminars, or weekly group meetings. You don't meet good people by watching TV…but good people ARE out there. Go forth and find them.

"When you take action, particularly bold action, the boundaries of what you believe to be possible (your belief system) expand. Which, in turn, gives you the capacity to consider new ideas, new possibilities, and new concepts that you previously thought to be impossible." - Robert Ringer

"If you take a layer off a roll of paper towels, you won't see the difference. Even if you take 3 layers off, you won't see much of a difference. But if you keep taking off layers, all of a sudden the roll WILL look smaller. Your fat loss journey is the same. Stay the course. Keep working hard." - Mike Whitfield, Certified Turbulence Trainer

Check out Mike's high-energy, fun, Facebook page filled with cool tips and his trademarked humor:


Mike's a good of the high-energy, positive, supportive people in my life who found Turbulence Training and became a TT Trainer.

He found TT because I put my mission out there. I was proud of it, and I don't care who disagrees with me. All that matters are the good people who are attracted to the mission of helping others.

Learn more about my 1 Million Mission here:


Stay strong and act strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, February 10, 2012

How to Speed Metabolism

If it truly is possible to speed up your metabolism, here's what you need to do:


You also need to discover Male vs Female Fat Loss Differences:

My Meathead Friday workout included db chest presses, db row, pulldowns, cable lateral raises, and some meathead arms.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Celebrate your existence. There's over 1 billion people out there living on $2 per day who would trade places with you in a heartbeat…no matter how tough you think things are right now. Stay strong. Look on the bright side every time.

The full "law of attraction" story about how my opportunity to work with ETR came about


Don't hesitate to tell the (right) people - and the 'universe' - about what you want to accomplish. Helpful people can dramatically speed up the process. You can't do it all on your own

In all walks of life, you'll find that passionate men and women are more purposeful. - Alex Green

Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. Make it your goal to be better every day, in some small way. - Bob Parsons

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Worst Diet in the World

Politically incorrect Craig is back. Look out.
And here's the politically incorrect #truth.

The worst diet in the world is the one you are on.

The one that is NOT giving you results while you work so bloody hard.

Worst. Diet. Evah. (Say it in your Alicia Silverstone 'Clueless' voice.)

The solution?
Move on. Say goodbye to the worst and switch to one that works.
So say hello to my lil' friend, Roman, and his new nutrition program, the one he lives and breathes to look like a ripped cover model all year round.
Not only is it better than your current diet, but you'll also get three free TT workouts when you try it out through this link.
Bet your current diet isn't giving you any free workouts, is it?
Didn't think so. Stoopit diet. 
You need to dump that old diet and hook-up with this new one,you know what I'm saying?
After is even more important than exercise for fat loss.

So get Roman's Diet at $50 OFF + 3 TT Workouts for free <= LAST day

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Outside Workout in January

Today's outside workout included sprints, kettlebell swings, and goblet squats. And dog wrestling. It was so warm here in Canada that I did my workout outside while wearing shorts and a sweatshirt.

Sure was good to hang out with the dog again...even though we only have a couple of walks together before I take off again on Friday.

Here's a picture of him with his new bandana stylingz:


Just hit the subscribe button to check it out.

For TT Members...BIG news:

My new program, "Turbulence Rises", a bonus workout from Roman and CB is now available for Platinum TT Members.

BTW, John Romaniello is going to be a fitness superstar - someday as popular as Jillian Michaels. You heard it here first. Unless you've heard him say it before me...because he probably has.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

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

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Home and Away

Finally. Going home after 11 days on the road to see ol' Bally the Dog. Apparently he is now sporting a kerchief. We shall see how this looks. But then I'm off to the southwest coast of Nicaragua on Saturday for 5 days.

Today's workout: Box jumps, squat, split squat, glute-ham raises. Not metabolic, but still good times.

But not as good of times as the stoopit photo of Roman and I that I posted on my personal Facebook here (hit the subscribe button to see the photo):


Speaking of Roman:
Cool sprint intervals for fat loss article from Roman

Today's Unpopular Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Lasting goal achievement requires lots of time, hard work, sacrifice & dedication to a process that is maintained over years." - Marshall Goldsmith

Avoiding your problems will not make the situation better. Take action and attack them head-on instead.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Give without remembering. Receive without forgetting. - William Barclay

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Kickbutt Mindset Tips for the Day

Back in Toronto after a 10-day trip to Texas and Tampa, I'm going to take a recovery day and then do a squat workout on Wednesday.

The trip was fantastic. I rarely get recognized in gyms, let alone in airports, but yesterday I was recognized at both the Tampa and Toronto airports by other passengers. Cool to meet y'all.

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

Do not procrastinate. Take action. Just do it.

Set deadlines for your goals. Get out of your comfort zone and put some pressure on yourself. Live up to – and exceed – the highest standards you have set for yourself.

How to beat Internet Addiction

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, February 06, 2012

21 Day Energy Challenge

21-Day Energy Challenge for you: Go to bed and get up at the same time for the next 21 days. I promise it will do more for your all-day energy levels than anything else you can do.

Weekend Weight Gain #Truth - I know a few TT'ers will wake up a few pounds heavier today, and you might too.'s the #truth. As one reader mentioned to me on Sunday, she ate an entire box of pizza and gained 3 pounds.
At most, the pizza contained 1200 calories. And as you know, 1200 calories will not show up on the scale as 3 pounds of fat. Remember, there's about 3500 calories per pound of fat…so in reality, she would have had to consume NINE full pizzas OVER her calorie needs in order to gain 3 pounds of fat on the weekend. Or 19.44 extra Big Macs over her calorie needs to gain 3 pounds of pure fat (with a Big Mac coming in at around 540 calories).

So why the weight gain?

Well, it's from another common element of food…one that you can see on the ingredient list. Sodium. In this pizza, I checked the online ingredients and found it to contain 640mg per serving, and with at least 3 servings per box, our dear reader consumed almost 2 grams of sodium at one sitting. Now that's a recipe for water retention and overnight weight gain.

Workout Solution:
Just added "Turbulence Forever" to the download area for all Platinum folks at And "Turbulence Rises" comes out later this week. Good times. Let's make the fat go WHOOOSH.

If you need some exercise substitutions or BW workouts for today, check out all of my free youtube videos here:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The best thing you can do for yourself is to make everyone else around you better.

Identify what you really want to accomplish and what you need to do to get there. Schedule your work day ruthlessly. Focus on your unique ability. Take action. Implement. Get stuff done.

There is only one time that is important-NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power. – Leo Tolstoy

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Training with Roman today

Last night we hit the Blue Fugu Hibachi steakhouse in St. Pete's for a big group dinner. John "Roman" Romaniello and I discussed some prettttty, pretttty cool projects that he has coming out in 2012. It's going to be a huge year for him.

And today will be a huge day for me because he and I will be working out in Tampa. I'm deadlifting. Not sure what he'll be doing. But we are working on a new program for you called, "Turbulence Forever". It will be out on Tuesday.

We even worked on a little article for you about the Fat Loss WHOOSH effect. Check it out...somewhat controversial - here:


Here's a tip for you today:

Take time to review your food intake and continue to do so for the next 5-7 days. You'll learn SO much about your body and how it reacts to certain foods, plus you'll identify *hidden* calories in your diet that might be sabotaging your results. What are YOUR favorite fitness/nutrition apps and websites to monitor your diet?

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. – Epictetus

Attitude and desire contribute the most to achievement. Check yours. Are they right for what you want in your life? Believe in yourself and never give up.

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – Japanese Proverb

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - On a random note...'s what the Google knows about you...and how you can change it


Friday, February 03, 2012

Go to Jail or do this instead

Day off of hard training today. Looking forward to a record setting deadlift workout on Saturday morning at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa.

Now here's an interesting motivational mindset for you.

Imagine you had to go to jail if you skipped your workout to sit on the couch instead. How many workouts do you think you'd miss?

More critical fat loss motivation for the next 72 hours

And here's your SuperBowl Sunday Workout Plan: SuperBowl Sunday Workout reminder (what to do)

Great Q: I and several others have never gotten a clear answer to this question.... if you worked your muscles really hard for example on Monday, and you are really sore on Tuesday and still sore on Wednesday, do you have to wait until the soreness is completely gone before you can work that same group of muscles?

Answer from me:
Maureen - There is not a clear answer to is an individual situation. First, adjust your program to do less volume so you aren't sore for 3 days. Second, ask yourself this, "Is there something else I can do instead?" If not, then it is a judgement call depending on goals, etc. But at the end of the day, be conservative. No need to risk it.

One man's discovery at the Turbulence Training Summit (powerful article from him and terrible hairdo on me)

Kickbutt Mindset Tips of the Day
"The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do."-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Be true to yourself and your message…people respect people who truly believe in what they are doing…who are comfortable in their own skin…don't be embarrassed by what makes you unique…be proud of it instead.

"Criticism: It has only the power you, the target, give it. It has none of its own." - Dan Kennedy

Stay strong and get stronger,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, February 02, 2012

If you are struggling

If you are struggling with motivation today and are thinking of skipping your workout, then just do me one tiny little favor? Just go to your workout space and do your warm-up. Just 5 minutes, that's all you need. And once you get through the warm-up, promise me you'll do just one set, okay? Oh, and do me one last favor, just do a couple of intervals for me, pretty please? If you do that, I promise you'll end up doing the whole workout, and probably having an amazing session too.

Recruit a new member into your social support, such as a new workout partner or healthy-eating partner. This will add strength to your commitment.

LOL...I'm continuing my Mexican Food Across America challenge. Last night was Chipotle again, with the night before homecooked chili at the Marionz. Good times...and another workout planned for Powerhouse Gym in Tampa on Saturday.

BTW, a new Braigz CallEntyne program is up at

How to exercise with sore knees

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Nobody gets old by surprise." – Kekich Credo #84…Identify one big thing you want to do this year…and make it happen.

"You don't have to live your life the way others expect you to. You can do good things for yourself and make the world a better place at the same time." – Chris Guillebaeu

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

"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

Just ordered a copy of the famous Holstee poster

Craig Ballantyne

PS - "It's perfectly okay to want to quit - as long as you don't." - Fran Tarkenton