Saturday, March 31, 2012

Win TT DVD's

No, this is NOT an April Fool's joke.

I want to send you a copy of my Turbulence Training for Fat Loss and Bodyweight Workout DVDs.

Nothing beats training with me in person, but the next best thing is having me show you how to do Turbulence Training exercises on video so that you can watch in the comfort of your own home (or hotel room, as you'll see in a minute).

And the great news is that today is your one and only chance to win one of 3 free copies of the Turbulence Training Complete DVD Package.

You'll get the TT for Fat Loss DVD's and Manual, the 6-Month Bodyweight Workout and Manual, AND the Turbulence Training
Hotel Room Workout DVD's.

Whew. That's one big package that is going to show up on your doorstep if you win.

You just need to answer one quick question on my blog here

(This is WAAAY better than that silly little $540 million mega lottery prize that someone won last week.)

Oh, and the three lucky winners will also get a FREE 1-Year Turbulence Training Membership too, so that you get access to every workout I've ever created PLUS every monthly workout I'll design for the next 12 months.

So how do you win?


All you have to do is answer this one question...

"How would having the Turbulence Training Complete Package help you finally achieve your fitness and fat loss goals?"

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But hurry, you only have 36 hours to enter...the contest ends Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 6pm EST. Winners will be announced by email on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012.

There will be three grand prizes awarded, and each includes:

1) 1-Year Platinum TT Membership

2) A copy of the Turbulence Training Complete Package

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or if you are an experienced Turbulence Training user, everyone has an equal shot of winning the Complete Package.

I want to hear your story. I've heard so many powerful transformation stories in the last year, and I want to hear what getting the Turbulence Training Complete Package would mean to you.

Each "Complete Package" includes...

1) The Turbulence Training Fat Loss Workout DVD's & Manual
- Retail Value = $197

2) The Turbulence Training Complete Bodyweight Fat Burning Package
- Retail Value = $247

3) The Turbulence Training Hotel Room Workouts
- Retail Value = $197

4) A FREE 1-Year Platinum Turbulence Training Membership
- Retail Value = $197


Let me know your story here

Looking forward to your feedback,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
Creator, The Turbulence Training Complete Package

PS - Hurry...

You only have 36 hours to enter your comments below...the contest ends Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 6pm EST.

Winners will be announced by email on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Answer this question in the comments section:

"How would having the Turbulence Training Complete Package help you finally achieve your fitness and fat loss goals?"

Either train or don't train but don't complain

If you don't want to workout, that's fine. Just don't complain about being weak, fat, and tired.

Either train or don't train, but don't complain.

"The world does not reward average people well so you must be extraordinary." – Ted Nicholas

Win your copy of the Ultimate TT DVD package here (way better than a mega-millions lottery win):

More muscle QnA...this one involves Thor's upper body workout

If you need more kickbutt mindset tips:
"Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention." - Jim Rohn...As Jim says, "Wherever you are, be there."

Today's Tip:
"A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, crafts person, performer, animator, designer, video maker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living." – Kevin Kelly

And I will be speaking at this event in July, and trust me, I'm not going for the food (sorry, Lithuania):


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tough Mudder Training in Denver

Did some incline sprints on the treadmill here in Denver today, a little tougher because of the altitude. But still a good training session and all part of my preparations for the Tough Mudder race I'm doing in June.

BTW, for all Tough Mudder trainees, the TT Adventure Race Training program is now available for all member levels at It's like the hunger games, but with less hunger and more workout challenges.

Yesterday I included kettlebell swings supersetted with KB get-ups as part of my workout. More MRT workout ideas here:

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Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Don't be satisfied with the norm. It's okay to want to achieve special results. The world needs folks who dream and achieve big things.

You should be more concerned with leaving your mark on the world than watching someone else (on TV) leave their mark on the world. Spend your time wisely. "To waste time is to waste your life. The most important choices you'll ever make are how you use your time." – Kekich Credo #2

Build more structure into your workday by taking time and energy management seriously, and you'll have more freedom for the rest of your life. Find your Magic Time, where you get three times as much work done as any other time in the day and guard your magic time from distractions. Protect it ruthlessly and you will prosper.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Great article from Internet Independence reader, Ryan Murdoch, a true wordsmith:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

19,000 miles and running

My journey of 19,000 miles starts with a single squat workout. Then it gets a little trickier for the next 14 days, going: Toronto-Denver-Seattle-Vancouver-Hong Kong-Bangkok-Pattaya-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong-Toronto.

What am I doing? Long story, and frankly, I don't even know for the most part...but will keep you updated. (Alas, Seattle and VC are connections only.)

My training today:
My workout: Squats, Box Jumps, Glute Ham Raise, KB Swings.

By the way, someone asked me for my favorite's a formula I would start with...It would include narrow stance goblet squats, swings, and some type of pushup.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"The failure to act is much more often the product of inner, emotional resistance than external resistance. To move forward you must give up your story, whether it is excuses about your childhood, lack of education, your "bad luck", your unsupportive family, your low metabolism, where you live, etc." - Dan Kennedy...

...Tough love. Harsh words. But helpful words, to those that heed them and really think about why we act the way we do when we want to achieve something.

Being average is worse that below-average. At least those below-average have something to fight for. Average just encourages sedated living.

You can't go your whole life blaming everyone else for the life you've gotten yourself into. You control your reactions. You control your life...

..."Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor E. Frankl

Fight the urge to remain average,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Meathead Wednesday

My training: Big shoulder warmup, Pushups, Pulldowns, DB Shoulder Press, DB chest supported row, triceps ext, shrugs, cable curls. Totally meathead.

Big squat workout tomorrow and then I begin a rather long and strange voyage. More about that tomorrow.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
You know what the negative people are going to say about your positive habits…so why are you not preparing for them? As for any area in your life, ALWAYS have TWO solutions for every obstacle. Be prepared to overcome the negatives that people throw in your way.

And one from yesterday because it was quite good:
If you fall "off the wagon" - in any area of life - cut your losses, don't stress about it, and get right back on track. Immediately. It's minor damage that can be dealt with...and there's nothing you can do about the past anyways. Focus on what you can do now and in the future.

How to live

Is your business built around your core values? Get some help building yours by checking out the ETR core values here

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Truth About Stress

Ran some treadmill 'hill' sprints today. 9mph at 6% for 1 minute with 1 minute off. 6 intervals was tough. That's called stressing your cardiovascular system, in a good way. Unlike drinking 7 red bulls in a night (which I've done). That is BAD stress.

Big lesson. There are good and bad types of stress. That's the focus of today's post. Keep that in mind as we go along.

Next, we'll agree that hard MRT workouts are great...but train smart.

Don't throw in lunge jumps if you - or your client - can't do them safely or effectively. That turns good metabolic stress into bad joint stress.

Stress is a fine line between good and bad.

Stress can make you grow (literally and figuratively), and stress can damage and destroy you. Literally.

In that situation where you physically can't handle the stress, you need to substitute a more appropriate alternative (low box jumps, total body extensions, close-stance bodyweight squats).

Or heck, just use stationary bike interval training. It WORKS. That's the method used in most fat loss interval studies.

Bottom line: Have a good reason for everything you do. Have a good reason for bearing specific stressors so that your body can cope, accommodate, and adapt.

Physical adaptation (i.e. training improvements) are what happens when we apply good stress during a workout.

Physical deterioration (i.e. overuse and and overtraining detriments) are what happens when we apply either a bad stress or too much of a good stress during a workout.

Again, it's a fine line between good stress and bad stress.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips carry on with our stress message: "Stress (can) kill. No matter how painful in the short-term, remove all chronically (negative) stressful situations, environment, and people from your life…Search out positive people and experiences." – Kekich Credo #35

Now when I posted this on my Facebook page, I was dismayed to see so many people offering excuses as to why they couldn't follow Kekich's advice. There was a lot of 'moaning and groaning' as my mom used to describe my childish excuses when I was asked to take out the garbage back when I was 10 years old. Moaning and groaning is expected of a child, but not as an adult. At least not one that is taking personal responsibility for their actions, as one should.

Listen, you can't go your whole life blaming everyone else for the life you've gotten yourself into. That's right, you got yourself here. Only you can get yourself out of whatever negative situation you are in. And only you determine how the stress is going to affect you mentally. You control your reactions. You control your life.

For this outlook in life, we have Viktor Frankl to thank for best explaining it. As a prisoner of war in a Auschwitz, the most infamous of all German concentration camps, Frankl suffered and toiled for several years, and was one of the few to survive the atrocities.

In 1946, Frankl published the first version of what eventually became his book, "Man's Search for Meaning". This book has been the most influential of my adult life. In his book, Frankl chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate based on his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living.

Two of my favorite quotes from Frankl are:

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor E. Frankl

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. - Viktor E. Frankl

Unfortunately, most people do not, and will not ever understand this. They will choose only to complain and will not look for a way to change their circumstances.

You, on the other hand, are different. You can change. And as Ghandi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Start today. After all, as Dan Sullivan, one of my coaches, once said, "You can either create or you can complain."

If there is stress & trouble in your life what steps are you taking to change that right now? Are you creating a better life or just complaining? Seek those who will support your change. Good people are out there...they do exist. They want to help.

If it is physical changes you want to make, Turbulence Training is here to help.

If it is financial, heed this thought from another one of my mentors, Dan Kennedy, who says, "Show me the people you hang out with, the library in your house, and the material you read day-to-day, and I can predict your bank balance. Association matters."

Make the right choices, starting today. And forget about past mistakes. Take only the lessons, and not the regrets, from the past.

If you fall "off the wagon" - in any area of life - cut your losses, don't stress about it, and get right back on track. Immediately. It's minor damage that can be dealt with...and there's nothing you can do about the past anyways. Focus on what you can do now and in the future.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - That was heavy, yet positive stress.

Time for a lighter, silly, positive stressor.


Just a pic of my dog eating peanut butter from an ice cream scoop that was the commemorative gift at Joel Marion's wedding. Nothing to see here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Morning Unmotivation

If you need motivation to go to the gym to lose body fat and improve your health, I can't really help you. You need to find THE reason. But here's an odd idea. Read a history book. Discover how terrible everyone's living environments were in the past. See how easy we have it. The thought of being looked at as a weak, lazy sloth by those who have come before us might be the motivation you need. Or not. Who knows.

But don't go balls hard when you return to the gym after a layoff. If you haven't trained in 6 months, don't get mad at me for telling you to do just 1 easy set. That's still better than what you did for 6 months. Be conservative.

Get started here:

Just remember: Everything you do should have a good reason for you doing it.

"You don't have to train maximally to get strong. You just have to train optimally. This is the greatest lesson I learned from Louie Simmons." – Jim Wendler, author of 5-3-1

Get 5-3-1 here:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Happy March 26th. You could just as easily change your life today as you can on New Year's Day…"New opportunity is matter of choice not calendar." – Dan Kennedy

Whatever is in your way, you're stronger than it, you're tougher than it, and you're better than it. You're going to beat it.

Today's Tip:
"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation." – Aristotle

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Metabolic Resistance Training Tip of the Day

Metabolic Resistance Training Tip of the Day.

If you're doing metabolic resistance training, you need to involve large muscle groups, such as the quads. Here are 5 ways, using 5 different 'implements/techniques' to stimulate a ton of work by this big muscle group:

1) Explosive - Low box jumps
2) Continuous explosive - hill sprint
3) Barbell - Narrow-stance barbell squat
4) DB - Narrow-stance db goblet squat
5) Bodyweight - Total body extensions

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My training today was Meathead Sunday: Big shoulder and upper back warm-up, DB Press, Pulldown, Bench, T-bar Row, Ez-bar triceps, face pull, curls. Great times.

Truth about yoga for fat loss

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Fat loss is simple once you accept how difficult it is. Only then will you be mentally prepared to make the necessary changes.

Don't think you have to wait until the 'time is right'. It will never be. Start now. As the old saying goes, "The best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is now." Get started. Take action. "You are what you do when it counts." – John Steakley

Whatever is in your way, you're stronger than it, you're tougher than it, and you're better than it. You're going to beat it.

"Trust is something to be built up, protected, valued, cherished, and carefully preserved. It is the one thing that changes everything." Alexander Green, in 'Beyond Wealth'

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tough Mudder Training

Today I did tough mudder run training. Ran 4 miles in 29 minutes. I have a complete Tough Mudder Training program coming out on April 1st. I'm doing the race in Beaver Creek in June.

Couple of random points for the weekend...

For some reason, I think a dog wearing a kerchief is one of the most hilarious things in the world. And so I posted a photo of my dog wearing one here:

And for car enthusiasts, I rented a Chrysler 300 this car to drive. Pleasant surprise.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips
It is tempting for us - myself included - to remain in our comfort zones. But that is not where we grow, improve, and make the changes necessary to dramatically move ahead. So my challenge to you to do the opposite. Look at what you are doing to stay in your comfort zone and think, "What is the opposite action of my instinct? And would this opposite action be the better solution?"

Every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. When you say yes to more work, you say no to more time with family. You must think about the right choice. How you spend your time is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Remember this: "Money < Time < Reputation < Family < Love"

Today's Tip:
"Almost every successful person will tell you is that your level of success is largely dependent upon two factors: 1. The thoughts that occupy your mind. 2. The people you surround yourself with." – Bedros Keuilian

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Afternoon Fitness and Mindset Tips

I woke up at 3am today. Partly because the dog was sitting beside me. So I decided to get up. That left me a little tired, but that was okay, because this is a light week of training started for me today.

Today's workout included: Squats, jumps, glute ham raise, KB Swings, and KB Get-ups. Light weights too.

This site has reminded me to do more kettlebell training

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit." – M. Scott Peck…Take action this weekend on a big task that is standing in your way. Knock it out of the park and get on with your growth.

"You can make your life anything you want it to be." – Ted Nicholas…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.

Today's Tip:
Stop. Why are you doing business the way you are doing? Are you just following? Or are you thinking – critically – about the methods you are using to get customers, keep customers, and communicate with customers? You must continually question "the facts" about how to build a good business.

Finish strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bootcamp Goes Boom

"Boom goes the fat burning dynamite" is Mike Whitfield's end-of-workout phrase to all his clients.
Not only is it hilarious, but it's true.
And tonight, in 7, 6, 5, or 4 hours or less, depending on when you are reading this, the TT MRT Bootcamps discount also goes BOOM.
At midnight tonight the price increases by $30 as our book release sale comes to an end. So far over 271 TT readers have started using the TT MRT Bootcamps programs at home on their own - or with their clients in bootcamp class settings. 
You'll get the 31 Advanced bootcamp workouts I showed you yesterday, plus 10 Beginner bootcamp sessions for folks who are new to exercise.
PLUS, you'll get these 20 MRT Bootcamp Challenge Workouts

(My favorite is #20 - To the Max)

1.     Quad Domination

2.     MRT Cone Drills Part 1

3.     MRT Cone Drills Part 2

4.     MRT Cone Drills Part 3

5.     Leg Sandwich

6.     Full Body Countdown

7.     The 150 Finisher

8.     MRT Intervals

9.     Conditioning Chaos 2K12

10.   Full Body Lift-Off

11.   MRT Bodyweight Challenge

12.   Burpee Countdown

13.   1-Minute Supersets Challenge 2K12

14.   Spiderman 2K12

15.   300-Rep Challenge

16.   Strap Challenge 2K12

17.   Straps for Abs 2K12

18.   TT Ladders Bootcamp

19.   Countdown Addiction

20.   To the Max

And don't forget, you'll get the TT Client Attraction Bootcamp Blueprint as a free bonus when you get the TT MRT Bootcamps here.

Get the Complete TT MRT Bootcamp System <= $30 sale EXPIRES tonight
Boom goes TT MRT Bootcamp fat burning dynamite,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

P.S. - There is absolutely NO RISK at all for you to try the TT Done-For-You Bootcamp MRT Bootcamp Workout programs.

Your results are guaranteed by my Gold-Medal, Canadian-Strength, 100% money back promise. If you aren't completely satisfied with your results from the program, just let us know within 60-days and you'll be refunded your entire investment.
Get the Complete TT MRT Bootcamp System <= $30 sale EXPIRES tonight
Bootcamp Goes Boom at Midnight.

This Week's Workout Challenge for You

This week's Challenge Workout from Mike Whitfield, Certified Turbulence Trainer. It's called the "5 to Go" Finisher.

Do the following circuit as many times as possible in 5 minutes.

1) Burpees (10)
2) Decline Pushups (10)
3) Narrow Stance Goblet Squat (15)

Record your total number of reps accomplished.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Social support is a key to success. However, just as important as getting positive support is removing the negative influences in your life. This may be painful. You might not want to give up hanging out with lazy friends that eat junk all the time, but if it is killing you and making you broke, unhealthy, and unhappy, it MUST stop.

Same with work friends. If all they do is sit round and complain, then you must remove yourself from that environment whenever possible. Stay strong if you want to make this a lifelong change.

If you're going to dream, why not dream big? Why make little plans?

My most popular non-fitness article ever (My 12 Rules)

"Wherever you are, be there. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well." - Jim Rohn

"Recognize your highest calling as early as possible in life". - Frank McKinney

…Spend time creating a clarity of purpose…a Mission for your business...and plan a path to achieving your vision. Take time to create your vision using these 3 simple steps:


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bootcamp workout for you

My workout today: Trap Bar Deadlift, Front Squat, Glute Ham Raise, Power Wheel. Plus lots of dog walks in the amazing weather.

Tough TT MRT bootcamp for you to try out -

And some congrats to share:

Congrats to Certified Turbulence Trainer, Mike Whitfield, who will have one of his workout finishers featured in the Men's Health Big Book of Abs -

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
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 in, you will succeed.

"I cannot fail. I can only get results." – Ted Nicholas....So don't be afraid to try something new...I'm doing this almost every day. You'll win some, you'll lose some, but you'll always learn a LOT.

Some good folks just paid back my Kiva loan, so I lent it back out to another hard worker. If you've never checked out this site, please do.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bootcamp and Challenge Workouts

Beat bootcamp workout boredom with more than 31 new TT MRT Bootcamp workouts from Craig Ballantyne and Certified TT Trainer Mike Whitfield. Get the best done-for-you workouts at

Also, posted a couple of weekend workout challenges over here (1 is a bit of a joke)


And in case you missed this article, find out how to avoid a cold

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." -Jim Rohn….Today is the perfect time to take an hour or two and think about where you are, where you want to go, and what you need to do to get there…and then make an action plan to start this week.

Time Management tips from the Shawshank Redemption:

"If you are not making someone else's life better, then you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people's lives better." - Will Smith

"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 Credo #81...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 it will get done.

And today's tip:
"Develop and build our business's personality that stands out. People want to buy from people." - Yanik Silver, Maverick Business Rule #26......Be remarkable. People want to do business with people they know, like, and trust. Be cool. Pretty simple.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beat bootcamp boredom

The first time someone put peanut butter on a banana, I bet someone rolled their eyes.

But how AMAZING is it, right?

Totally. That's how amazing it is.

And some folks might give you the same look when you tell them that you're combining Metabolic Resistance Training with bootcamp workouts.

This combination is also totally amazing.

That's why we (I'll tell you about 'we' in a second) have created over 31 TT Metabolic Resistance Training Workouts for you to beat bootcamp boredom and get great fat burning results - for yourself or for your clients.

Here's what we've got for you:

- 10 beginner MRT bootcamp workouts
- 31 advanced MRT bootcamp workouts
- 20 challenge MRT bootcamp workouts

Beat bootcamp boredom with these TT MRT Bootcamp Workouts

(PLUS, if you're a trainer trying to grow your bootcamps, you'll also get complete bootcamp build-up blueprints from the legends like Steve Hochman and Bedros Keuilian, as well as from new bootcamp experts like Cara Eckerman and Justin Blum. Those blueprints are in a free bonus you get with the TT MRT Bootcamp package.)

You'll beat bootcamp boredom with dozens of new workouts filled with cool exercises (bodyweight, dumbbell, kettlebell, TRX, hybrids, etc.), and EVERYONE wins.

You'll get more results.

Your clients - if you have them - will get faster fat loss.

And word of mouth will spread about your awesome camps and you'll get more clients (plus, you'll put your client attraction on hyper-drive with the secrets from those four trainers I mentioned earlier).

So here's what I want you to do.

Go over to this bootcamp workout website

Then get your 31 TT MRT Bootcamp Workouts while they are on sale during our program release party this week only.

Then just select your workout, hit print, and you'll TRIPLE your productivity because you won't have to create three, five, or more new bootcamp workouts this week.

You can then use that time to implement all of the client attraction strategies from Bedros, Cara, Steve, and Justin.

Everything is DONE-for-YOU.


You'll love those workouts that we - Certified TT Trainer Mike Whitfield and myself - have done for you.

This will make your life a lot easier,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Burn fat, have fun, HELP others, get paid.

That's the best life there is...all thanks to these DONE-for-YOU TT MRT Bootcamp workouts. Enjoy.

Beat bootcamp boredom and save $30 on the program release sale

But hurry, price almost doubles on Thursday. :(

Start your week right

Diet is more important than exercise, and so you have to start your week off right with good nutrition.

Start your week right with these free fat loss meal plans

Some new TT MRT Bootcamp workouts

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
TODAY is the first day of the rest of your life. So don't dwell on past mistakes because that will get you nowhere. Instead, focus on what you can and WILL do today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life, and all of the great things that will happen because of your actions. Don't wait for the 'time to be right' (i.e. until it's too late) to take action on your goals. If there's something you really want to do - if there is a dream body you want to achieve or a change in life you need - then find a way to do it now.

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

Another way to start your week right is with proper goal setting.

From Phil Squires: "Just grabbed your 'How To Set Goals" from Amazon'. Perfect for planning with success in mind. Essential Stuff - Thanks Craig.

Today's Tip:
"People want to follow passionate people." – Perry Belcher. Choose that one aspect of your personality and super-size it in your emails, videos, or presentations. It will help you make a deeper connection with your audience.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Leprachaun workout

My training today: Chasing leprachauns and lifting pots of gold. And double rainbows. 4 sets of 6 of double rainbows.

This week's TT Workout Challenge from Mike Whitfield…Use the MW-350 Finisher at the end of your workout.

1) Total Body Extensions – 30 reps
2) Bodyweight Rows – 30 reps
3) Pushups – 30 reps
4) KB/DB Swings – 30 reps
5) Spiderman Climb – 30 reps (15/side)
6) Jumping Jacks – 100 reps

For those who just need to get started with basic nutrition advice

And you should "like" this:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
There will be days when you struggle and it seems like nothing is going to go right, but that is okay. Just never give up. Realize everyone else goes through this, and not quitting is what separates the winners from the losers. Never, ever, EVER give up.

"Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." – M. Scott Peck….. Too many people underestimate their ability to change and design their lives and make them better.

And a wonderment:
I saw Peter Diamandis speak back in 2009…here's a video of his latest talk…and check out his book, Abundance.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, March 16, 2012

Picture of me speaking in California last weekend

I posted a photo of me hitting the stage last Saturday night at the Fitness Business Summit in California.

You can see the photo at

It was way past my bedtime but I still did an okay job AND Bedros and I bought 200 beers (one for everyone in the room), so maybe that's why they said they liked my talk.

Trying to start a new habit of "Finisher Friday". Each week Mike Whitifield, Certified Turbulence Trainer, and I will design a finisher to do after your/our workout.

I changed the finisher for me, so I'm not an official MW-350 man yet.

My left forearm felt strained from deadlifts, so in my best interests I switched out the rows for stability ball leg curls. Much easier than rows.

The ORIGINAL finisher was:

1) Total Body Extensions - 30 reps
2) Bodyweight Rows - 30 reps
3) Pushups - 30 reps
4) KB/DB Swings - 30 reps
5) Spiderman Climb - 30 reps (15/side)
6) Jumping Jacks - 100 reps

But my version was:

1) Total Body Extensions - 30 reps
2) Stability Ball Leg Curls - 30 reps
3) Pushups - 30 reps
4) KB/DB Swings - 30 reps
5) Spiderman Climb - 30 reps (15/side)
6) Jumping Jacks - 100 reps

Time: 6:09

This was performed after:

1A) Squats 3x5
1B) Low Box Jumps - 3x12

2A) Forward Lunges - 3x10
2B) Good Mornings - 3x12

Enjoy that finisher.

Cool Resource for you:

I use 4 exercises to train the 4 metabolic hot zones of the body - get my Hot Zone system here for free:


And part 3 of the Tough Mudder obstacle training series:

Training for tough mudder obstacles

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Each day make your life a little (or a lot) more awesome. Eliminate the toxic, negative, and harmful influences and circumstances from your life. And add in small positive rituals each day that bring you a little more joy and happiness. Small changes + better routines x good people = BIG results over time.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson….. To me, it means that it's how we react to circumstances that matters, not the circumstances. Everyone has obstacles in their life, but not everyone chooses to overcome them. So make the right choice and never, ever, EVER give up.

"How many books do you read? One a week? One a month? One a year? You should spend an hour each day studying, reading or learning something to keep yourself and your business on the cutting edge." - Alwyn Cosgrove

How I met The World's Most Interesting Man (in Internet Marketing)

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meathead Workout and Transformation Program

My meathead training today: Pushups, Pulldowns, DB Shoulder Press, DB Row, DB Triceps Extensions, DB Curls, Face Pulls.

Last day to get the TT Transformation Program set for just $7 (includes most popular TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks)

More tips from Mike Whitfield on dealing with the Tough Mudder obstacles

7 exercise and workout tips from the latest Men's Health magazine issues

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Think BIG. Hang around others who think big. Expand your peer group. Don't be satisfied with the norm if you want more. It's okay to want to achieve special results. The world needs folks who dream and achieve big things.

"Life is not a dress rehearsal." ... so if you want something, get up and get after it now. Time is running out for all of us.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My 2 new Amazon Kindle Books

Please share these Amazon Kindle e-book links with everyone you know. The content is worth well over forty bucks, but each e-book is only 99 cents. Yep, 99 cents. Pass the links along, your friends will thank you for it.

My new kindle ebook on "how to set goals"

TT MRT on kindle

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
You can't be afraid to try new things and possibly fail. Only by "Failing Forward", will we breakthrough and learn new things about ourselves that allow us to reach new levels. Failure isn't bad. Failure isn't final. No matter how BIG of a failure you have to deal with, you can always RISE up and overcome it - and even become STRONGER because of it. So never, ever, EVER give up.

"Look ...if you're struggling, I've been there...and I can tell you first hand that it'll get better if you keep on trying. I believe in you. Go for it." - Frank Kern (and Craig Ballantyne)

It's easy to get down on yourself. Far, far easier than keeping your head up and staying motivated on another day when you might be struggling, or feel like you are 'spinning your wheels'. But looking long-term (both into the future and into the past), we can see that things could be a lot worse and the situation will get a lot better if we stay strong and committed to our vision. Believe in yourself and never give up.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dogsitting Misadventures

We are dogsitting this week. 2 dogs is good times. But there have been some misadventures. We thought one of the dogs ran away. Just found her.

Check out a photo of the 2 doggies here:

My training today: Pullups, DB Press, BB Wide-Grip Row, Pushups, Face Pull, DB Shrug, and then a dog walk.

Today's fitness QnA: Do more intervals? Brace your abs? When to do your first chin-up? TT QnA here

If you live in the Charleston, SC, area, check out this gym, owned by TT Certified Trainer, Daniel Woodrum

Today's KickButt Mindset Tips:
TODAY is the first day of the rest of your life. So don't dwell on past mistakes because that will get you nowhere. Instead, focus on what you can and WILL do today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life, and all of the great things that will happen because of your actions. Don't wait for the 'time to be right' (i.e. until it's too late) to take action on your goals. If there's something you really want to do - if there is a dream body you want to achieve or a change in life you need - then find a way to do it now.

You must truly believe in yourself. You must end the "I'll give this a try" mindset, and switch to a "I'm going to succeed" belief....."Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Today's Tip:
"Don't trade time for dollars. Leverage your business with systems to make money even while you're on vacation. If you don't have a website that can be found on search engines - get one. Get multiple income streams to give you the freedom and life you want." - Bedros Keuilian

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, March 12, 2012

Deadlifts and Chest Training

If there is something you've been waiting to do, take at least one small step in that direction today. And since I want a better deadlift, here are the steps I took today to get closer to that goal.

My training today: Hang Clean, Trap Bar Deadlift, Front Squat, Glute-Ham Raise. Good times.

My best chest workout and tips to build muscle

Doing a tough mudder? Check out some ideas for training for the obstacles:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips - and article:
"Don't prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation. The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready." – Steven Pressfield, "Do The Work"

How to find good people in life to support your goals

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." – Michaelangelo

Today's Tip:
"What is the culture in your business and if you don't have your own business yet, what will the culture be? Have you thought about your own personal core values? What about the core values you want to build the culture of your business on? How will you create a WOW experience for your customers?" - Alwyn Cosgrove and Rachel Cosgrove

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, March 11, 2012

10x10x15 sprint interval workout

Thanks to TT reader Kerry Z. for the inspiration, today I did 10 sprints of 15 seconds at a 10% incline on the treadmill. The last one was stretched to 20 seconds and was tough. Good challenge. Will build up to 30 seconds each. Now off for a full day of travel from Orange County to Toronto.

While I'm gone, check out the Best diet news you've heard in a while

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"First thing to do every morning is read or listen to something positive. Your mind is like a garden - whatever you plant grows. Plant good stuff." - Alwyn Cosgrove Two-time Stage IV Cancer survivor

If you fall "off the wagon", cut your losses, don't worry about it, and get right back on track - Immediately. It's minor damage that can be dealt with. Doesn't matter what area of life, just re-focus on the positive starting now.

And what I was working on last slides from my latest Internet Independence presentation at the Fitness Business Summit

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you CAN do." - Coach John Wooden

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kettlebell Exercises

Kettlebell Exercises: How To Chose The Best One

By Chris Lopez

Being in the fitness game for 13 years, I often get asked the question, "What are the best kettlebell exercises?".

My answer is always the same whether I am choosing kettlebell exercises or exercises that involve dumbbells, barbells or even just bodyweight.

The best kettlebell exercises incorporate every muscle of the body.  

Unlike any other exercise tool, kettlebell exercises are meant to use the body as a complete unit.  A network of muscles, joints, bones and nerves that work together to train the body

When it comes to choosing the best kettlebell exercises, there are few that compare to the most foundational kettlebell exercise, The Swing.

The Swing is the kettlebell exercise that ALL ballistic kettlebell exercises are derived from.  Dissecting the swing, you will notice two very distinct elements...

First, is the hip hinge.  The hinge is often the most misunderstood element of this simple, but not easy, kettlebell exercise.  If you look at novices perform the swing for the first time, you'll notice - more often than not - a deep knee bend and the exerciser turning the swing into a sumo squat type of kettlebell exercise.

This is not the proper way to execute the kettlebell swing.  Instead of the deep knee bend, the exerciser should be flexing at the hip - with only a slight knee bend - and keeping their back arched.  The essence of this incredible kettlebell exercise comes from the exerciser's ability to recruit and load their glutes and hamstrings.  This can only be acheived by through the over-emphasized hip hinge.

The second important element in the most foundational of kettlebell exercises is the rooting.  The rooting or the finishing stance of the swing is where the exerciser's abdominal stability and ability to fire the glutes come into play.

A proper rooting stance is where the exerciser is able to both maintain tension and be relaxed at the same time.

That means that when performing the swing, or any ballistic kettlebell exercises for that matter, the exerciser must be able to squeeze and fire their glutes, maintain tension in their core and at the same time keep their shoulders relaxed.   It's a difficult task to master as, more often than not, people who attempt this kettlebell exercise "the right way" will mistaken rooting for leaning back and excessively extend their spine by leaning back.
This is natural as you start to learn how to recruit your glutes properly, but something that should be consciously avoided as you start to practice this essential kettlebell exercise.

After understanding the elements of the kettlebell swing, it will be much easier to familiarize yourself with the other ballistic kettlebell exercises like the snatch, clean and high pull which all involve the hip hinge and the rooting stance.

This is why, when starting out with ANY kettlebell exercises, it's important to be under the watchful eye of a qualified kettlebell exercise instructor.

With proper guidance and instruction from an instructor who is qualified to teach kettlebell exercises - like an RKC - you'll accelerate your ability to become competent in swinging a kettlebell. Learn more about kettlebell exercises here.

Weekend Weight Loss Challenges

My workout today was at the 24-hour fitness in Costa Mesa. It's a huge gym (great place to workout), and strangely busy at 6am on a Saturday. It just seems a little too much off the beaten path for it to have been that busy. Great area though. Heck of a shopping mall across the street.

I'm down here for and will be speaking tonight.

So it's the weekend...the time when everyone who is struggling to lose fat falls off their nutrition here's something to consider: If there is junk food in your house, you ARE going to eat it. So if you don't want to eat it, get it out of your house. Otherwise, ACCEPT the fact you're going to eat it, eventually. That's just the way it is, and that's how good diets go bad.

It's like putting water on a gremlin after midnight. And if your family brings it in, then you need to MOVE IT into a place that is extremely difficult for you to access. A high cupboard, somewhere out of sight, out of mind. Research shows the HARDER it is to access, the LESS you eat. Stay strong. I know you can do it.

Losing fat is a game between you and the outside world. Everyone, from family to friends to co-workers to restaurant owners to TV advertisers are conspiring against you to make you eat more and exercise less. Like it or not, it's true.

They might not be doing it on purpose, or with bad intentions, but they are happier when you are fed, full, and flat out on the couch. You must always know your options. You must have Plans A, B, C, D, and E.

You must be prepared to counter-attack. When they say take-out, you say, "I've already prepared my lunch". When they say, "Happy Hour", you say, "Workout first."

And surround yourself with people who are fitter and healthier than you. The power of social support and POSITIVE peer pressure will help you take your health and fitness to the next level.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you." - Brian Tracy......So if there is something you've been wanting to do, take at least one small step in that direction today.

Saturday is a great day for this lil' task: Do this 5-minute task: Create your 5% list. Write down everything that you do that ONLY you can do in your business...and ONLY tasks that make you money. That is your 5%. Write down everything else and start delegating it and designing your life to free up more time to work on your 5%.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." – Lou Holtz.....Remember this in all you do. Bring the right attitude. Stay strong. Focus on your 5% - what you do best and WHEN you do it best (your MAGIC TIME).

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, March 09, 2012

California Fitness Summits

Whoa, nelly. My quads are STILL super sore from squats and lunges plus the narrow-stance bb squat meathead finisher. And I mean SUPER sore. That was over 72 hours ago. I shared that technique with the experts in the Fit Body Bootcamp World Summit on Thursday afternoon here in Southern California, and I'll be taking folks through the finisher at the 2nd TT Summit in June (also in California, San Diego to be exact).

Quick Facebook Survey
What's the one food you can't have in the house...for me, it's chocolate covered almonds. If they somehow sneak in, I punish them, and make sure they are gone. You? Is it cookies? Chips? Ice cream? None of those interest me that much. It's those little CCA's that get me.

Find out the answers here: and have your say.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"No dream is too big. It takes almost the same amount of time and energy to manage tiny projects or businesses as it does to manage massive ones...and the massive ones carry with them - proportional rewards." – Kekich Credo #40. My thoughts: Your long term goals must include massive dreams. After all, the same steps will be taken to lose 50 pounds as will be for 5 pounds. So stay strong, do the right things, and never give up.

You may get humbled at first, but there is ALWAYS a solution to your problem. The key is to never give up so that you will in fact find that solution. Stay strong. Keep going.

It's not the load that breaks you, it's how you carry it." - Lena Horne. Start by not carrying it all yourself. Get social support, online and in the "real world". There are people out there willing to support you, never give up on looking. And NOW more than ever, the world needs good positive people like YOU to be out there helping others. Stay strong. Give support. You'll get it back.

Today's Tip:
"Use leverage with ideas (the ability to generalize is the key to intellectual leverage), work, money, time and people. To maximize profits, replicate yourself. Earning potentials become geometric rather than linear." - Kekich Credo #19.....When you can do this, through affiliates, licensees, franchises, publishing partners, etc., then BOOM. Your business revenues will increase exponentially. Always keep this in mind - IF your goal is a big business.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

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

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Truth About the "6 Small Meals Diet" (makes you sick and fat?)

According to fitness expert, Jason Ferruggia, the 6 small meals per day plan doesn't work.

You might already have found that out the hard way.

Jay said, "Like everyone, I did the standard six meals a day forever. I got started on all this back in the 80's and that was the way to go. Eat every two hours, high carbs and low fat. Of course that didn't really work out too well for lean gains. I got bigger but always gained an equal amount of fat.

"Plus, I was just getting sick and tired of having to eat all day, getting some kind of cold or infection every few months, having pretty bad digestive issues and a lack of energy."

This is Jay's proven solution to eating 6 meals per day

"The Renegade Diet is by far and away the easiest and most effective eating plan I've ever tried.  It gives you complete freedom and actually allows you get and remain in great shape while still having a social life. It's the only way I'll ever eat for the
rest of my life."-Alyson Iannacone

Jay switched his eating to fewer meals, which is a LOT more convenient for many people.

Here's why, as Jay explains, "When my step-dad, Ed, got sick I started reading everything I could about nutrition for improved health. Before that I was only interested in performance, but because I wanted to save or at least extend Ed's life I started looking at nutrition in a whole new light.

"I read all about the health benefits of eating fewer meals per day and discovered that the very act of eating and digesting is stressful to the body.

"I became obsessed with digestive health and came to realize how important it is and that it really controls everything. If your digestive health isn't optimal you will never feel that great or perform at the highest level. That means your training will suffer and your fat loss or muscle gains will always be slower than they could be.

"And surprisingly, 6 meals per day is not the answer.

"So, if right now you are eating six meals per day try just going to four meals per day with an extra hour between them.

"Then cut that to three meals with 5-6 hours between each. But still keep total calories the same at the end of the day. This optimizes leptin levels and improves your digestion.

"Studies have shown very little difference in the effectiveness of six meals per day over three."

That last point is the key TRUTH about the 6 meals per day eating plan.

Listen, if it is inconvenient for you to eat 6 times per day, or if you do NOT believe 6 meals per day is working for you, then Jay has good news.

He has a better plan for you.  

"Eventually you'd want to start pushing your breakfast back a couple of hours in the morning. This gives you less time each day in the fed state. That's a good thing because it allows your body to replenish it's natural enzyme pool and lets your immune system work at full power, uninterrupted by the stress of digesting food," Jay clarified in a recent interview.

That's a better way of eating. A more convenient way of eating.

Get fat loss results with less eating stress here

"In just my first eight weeks on The Renegade Diet I was able to simultaneously lose fat while also building muscle and getting stronger. All in all I dropped fourteen pounds of fat(but look much bigger). This is the easiest diet plan I have ever followed." - Logan Peck

"While I work out hard, I truly began to see results I've never seen before after I started following the diet. After just a few months I lost 16 pounds which is ALOT of weight when you are 5 ft2 in.  I can't believe people actually call me ripped!! - Amanda Temple ---- See her results at this site.

Stop eating 6 meals per day and start losing fat with this diet

Jay has always been my #1 go to guy for heavy lifting info, and now he's becoming a great source of fat loss nutrition advice for TT users.

Let me know about your success with his plan,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Of course, for those who love heavy lifting, Jay is NOT letting us down.

He's adding a special bonus workout to go with everyone who gets his new nutrition plan before the end of the weekend.

Lose fat and gain muscle with Jay's simple diet

And get hooked up with his training bonus this weekend only.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Super Tough Bodyweight Interval Workout

A reader named Jay wrote in with a question about my infamous 20-10 bodyweight squat and pushups 'finisher' from TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks.

Jay said, "I'm not exactly sure how to perform the bodyweight squat series, can you explain?"

Here's the answer, and here's where you can see me do

The Bodyweight Squat Timed Intervals

The workout is written like this:

1) Bodyweight Squats
a. (20 second squats + 10 second hold in bottom position x 8 rounds)

2) Pushups
a. (20 seconds pushups + 10 second hold in top position x 4 rounds)

3) Plank + Side Plank
a. (20 second plank + 10 second side plank alternating sides x 8 rounds)

4) Touchdown Lunges + T-Pushups
a. (20 seconds lunges + 10 seconds T-pushups x 4 rounds)

As Rachel, a TT Member explained on the forum...

"In exercise one, you do repetitive squats for 20 seconds.

When your interval timer beeps (or when you see the clock hit the 20 second mark), you lower to the bottom part of the squat and hold for 10 seconds. Once ten seconds passes, you in total you will be squatting for 4 minutes without a break.

It's tough. Really tough.

In exercise 2, you do 20 seconds worth of pushups, then you hold in the top position for 10 seconds and you do this for 4 rounds (so its essentially 2 minutes of continual pushups, the only break being the 10 sec hold at the top).

For the plank and side plank- you do a 20 second plank, then rotate and hold a 10 second right side plank, then back to a regular plank, then to a 10 second left side all in all you're doing 4 minutes of plank...mostly in regular plank but with the side planks as well.

Use the same protocol with the last exercise.

All in all it takes 12 minutes, but it's a super-tough 12-minute challenge.
Now while this full workout isn't available on video, you CAN watch ALL of my presentations and follow-along bootcamp workouts from the TT Summit here.
But hurry, there are only 24 hours left before the price doubles.

See you in the bootcamp workouts my friend,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - You want another tough workout...

The 2nd morning bootcamp workout we did was a super TOUGH training session. Good times.

Get your TT Summit bootcamp videos here

And make sure to save the dates of the next TT Summit when they are announced to the public soon (hint: June)

Leg Training and Metabolic Madness

My training today: Squats, Box Jumps, Lunges, Good Mornings. Good times.

More metabolic madness from Mike Whitfield

More info, science, and guidelines on interval training

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who'll decide where to go." ~Dr. Seuss

You don't find time for the important things in life, you must MAKE time. Stop trying to find time, and sit down and make time for what really matters. That's the only way you're going to get focused time on what counts.

Who can you network with today? Take 5 minutes and write down a list of everyone you need to contact (online and offline). Find a way that you can help each one of those people. Then contact at least one new person every day, Monday through Friday, every week, as long as you're in business.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - No one has time these days for you to be anything less than extraordinary.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Countdown Training

Tons of amazing content from the 1st ever TT Summit (including bootcamp workouts) now available in online video format for you here.


My training today: Pullups, Pushups, Rack Lockout, SnatchGrip Barbell Row, Triceps Extensions, Fat Grip Barbell Curls.

A countdown ladder for you. Start at 15 reps per exercise and work your way down to 1 rep, resting as little as possible between exercises. Kettlebell Swings + Pushups (use decline pushups to make it harder). Follow with a quick running warm-up, and then three running intervals of 30 seconds separated by 60 seconds of rest, and then if possible, three 45-second intervals on the bike with 45 seconds of rest. Your shirt will be soaked by then.

Today's Kick Butt Tip:
Success is simple once you realize how difficult it is. Then you know how much effort, honesty, responsibility, long-range planning, creativity, intensity, discipline, thought and control the process is going to take. It is not easy. It is not going to happen overnight. Only once you accept that will you succeed.

"Motivation gets you started; habit keeps you going." - Jim Ryun. If you miss a day of good habits, get back on track as quickly as possible. The more frequently you do something, the better the chance you will stick with it. Stick to your good habits while traveling, when you're busy, and during tough imes...eventually they will become strong habits and easier and easier for you to follow.

"Never give up, for that is just the place & time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

People want to follow and learn from passionate people. So become the most passionate, enthusiastic person in your area of expertise, let it show, and people will come to you.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Monday, March 05, 2012

The Success Principle of Perseverance

Been playing around with hill sprints on the treadmill...worked up to three sprints of 30 seconds at 10mph at 10% incline today. Goal is 10. Legs were a little tired for it today. I still have some work to do.

"Perseverance, the willingness to keep going know matter how bad things may seem, is a cornerstone of every success story. "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Most people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napolean never, ever, EVER give up.

One of the best success tips you don't want to hear is this: "Get up 30 minutes earlier every day, M-F. Spend this 30 minutes taking MASSIVE ACTION on one MAJOR task before moving on to anything else."......It was this simple strategy that helped me go from working for someone else in 2004 to being in complete control of my life by 2006. And you'll be able to make that transition even faster in 2012.

You can't do $10 an hour tasks if you want to make $100K each year...identify those time/energy wasting tasks (like sending FedEx packages, running errands, mowing your lawn, etc.) and outsource/delegate them immediately. At $100K per year on a 40 hour workweek, your time is worth at LEAST $50/hour, and more like $150/hour. Do not ignore that. Respect your time.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Let me tell you something about YOU

"Let me tell you something about YOU. YOU can do anything you want. YOU are in control. YOU can achieve as much success as you want to. YOU can and will pick yourself up when life knocks you down. I BELIEVE IN YOU. That's all I wanted to say." - Frank Kern

That's awesome.

So is this:

You must make an effort to hang around others who share your goals to lose weight (or get stronger/ripped/more muscular), and so that you can leverage their knowledge, commitment, support, and success. It's a research proven fact that if you hang around people who are successful at achieving a similar goal to yours, that you will have greater success.

‎"You are exactly what you believe and think about all day long. Constantly monitor your thoughts." - Kekich Credo #95....Believe in yourself. Get rid of the negative. Stay focused on your vision.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "Persevere toward your spiritual fulfillment, happiness, dream, or goal." – Frank McKinney

Saturday, March 03, 2012

TT Certification

It's the best advanced fat loss certification. Hands down.
Not trying to be boastful, but I truly believe the Turbulence
Training Certification is the absolute best when it comes to
Fat Loss-Specific Personal Training Certifications. shows you how to building your business, get AND
keep more clients, and be part of the 1 Million Mission,
dedicated to helping men and women all over the world
transform their lives.

And it's finally available again...the TT Certification is OPEN
for the next 5 trainers to join the Founder's Club.
I can't wait to work with you on bringing our 1 Million Mission
to the world and transforming the lives of one million people.
But remember, we're only accepting only 5 new trainers at this
time. No more. We only take on small groups into each "class".

And yes, you can do this from anywhere on the world because your
content is delivered online - and you'll also receive a special shipment
direct to your doorstep featuring all of the content and the special
monthly training and client attraction secrets.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Creator, TT Certification
NOTE: This email is going out to over 1108 trainers who have expressed
serious interest in being one of the next five Certified TT Trainers.
Don't miss your chance to join the most passionate transformation mission
in the fitness world today.

My Free Productivity Presentation for You

On Friday morning I gave my Time/Energy Management and Productivity presentation at an exclusive business seminar.

We've put the presentation online for you to review here:


One of my final slides was about diet, exercise, and my #1 sleep habit tip for optimal energy.

Without a doubt, the most comprehensive nutrition program that gets my strongest recommendation to is that of my friend, Isabel De Los Rios.

Isabel is actually an executive coaching client of mine, where I help her plan her business, sort out the vision for her life and family, and increase her productivity.

A lot of what I covered in the presentation on Friday is what I go over with her on our phone calls.

She's my favorite client ever, and her nutrition program will probably be your favorite fat loss diet ever.

Get your copy of Isabel's Healthy Fat Loss Diet here


Have a productive week,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Big news on the 2012 Turbulence Training Summit coming later this week.

Big, big news.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Lost a Pushup Contest

Just finished my Productivity presentation at Underground and then lost a pushup contest to Yanik Silver. I failed at 48 decline pushups and he did over 50. But we raised over $1500 for charity. Good times.

So today's workout - 48 decline pushups. That's it.

Slides from my morning presentation at the Underground Online Seminar

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Build others UP because it will only make you more successful. If you don't have social support, take charge as the leader. Be confident in your choices. People will respect your decisions, even if it seems at first that they don't. Eventually, a lot of people will come to you for advice and support. You are the one making the right decision. Never forget that.

If you fall "off the wagon" or off-track from your vision, just cut your losses, don't worry about it, and get right back on track. Immediately. It's minor damage that can be dealt with.' One mistake, two mistakes, three mistakes...this doesn't ruin everything. Just make the right decision next time and keep moving forward towards your goal.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price." - Vince Lombardi

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Workout in Washington Hotel Gym

Down in Washington, D.C. (well, Alexandria, Virginia to be precise) at a seminar. I'll be speaking on the Right Habits of Success tomorrow morning. It really is a summation of my life's work on becoming more productive.

Today, a productive Hotel Gym Workout to kick things off.

Started with a warmup including the WYLIT upper back series (see my videos on and T-pushups, followed by the real workout of Pulldowns, Pushups, Cable Row, 1-arm shoulder press, DB Triceps, DB Hammer Curls. Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Success is not just a number on a scale or clothing label. It is the achievement of living with maximum energy and having built the habits that make good, healthy choices seem natural to you. When you choose to eat healthy and you choose to exercise instead of watching TV, that is achievement. This will help you love life and the people around you more. The process is often just as important as the physical progress. A body transformation cannot happen without a mental transformation as well.

"To whom much is given, much is expected." - And the truth is, everyone reading this has been given so much...much more than any other generation in history. Use your talents. Share your gifts with the world. Avoid the temptations to waste your time and talents on insignificant matters. There are too many people to help, too much good to do. Don't let anyone, any negativity, or criticism, stop you from living the gifts you've been given.

Consistently and constantly force yourself to focus on the critically few proactive activities that produce exponential results. Don't get caught up in the minor details and clutter your mind. Focus on the BIG ideas, values, and relationships in your life. What good is spending another 5 minutes on the Internet reading about the details of some stranger's life when it takes 5 minutes away from spending with the people who matter in real life?

Identify what really matters,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Just posted a photo of my recovery tools on

The PVC pipe is my favorite, with the small blue Acuball a close second. And don't worry, I don't show this set-up to girls on a first date.