Wednesday, October 31, 2012

20-10 workout

Congratulations to Christine Wilborn and Chris Henning - the two newest Certified Turbulence Trainers. Awesome to have you as part of the 1 Million Transformation Mission (that will be kicked into high gear in 2013 with the ETR $100,000 Transformation Contest). Congrats again to Christine and Chris.

Today's workout for me:
Hang Clean, Deadlifts, KB Swings, 1-leg bodyweight deadlifts.

And for you: New workout boosters (Halloween Edition with the evil Dr. Ballystein the Dog)

It included this 20-10 revolution workout:

1) Total Body Extensions – 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 8 rounds
2) *Elevated Push-ups – 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 4 rounds
3) Burpees + Chin-ups
– 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 8 rounds
4) Spiderman Climbs – 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 4 rounds

Awesome fat burning power right there.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Who you associate with is more important than you could ever imagine. Do not accept anything less than the best – otherwise you are cheating yourself. We should also stop hanging around people who do nothing but criticize others. And do not let those that criticize you stop you from doing what you believe in and know is right.

No matter how dark the night, the sun always rises again. Stay strong now, lean on others for support where you can, stick to your vision and beliefs, and comeback stronger than ever.

How to be a better, more productive person

"We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." - Unknown

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Great biz presentation for trainers:

Rick Kaselj at our ETR event

Monday, October 29, 2012

All Mindset Monday

Hurricane Schmurricane. No matter where you are, here's your Monday Mindset Motivation tips to make it a great day.


No matter what you are going through in life, just remember to keep pushing, to stay strong, to lean on your social support, and to look to the future.

The tough times will all be over soon.

And never forget these magic words…

"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit." – Napolean Hill

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

"You could just as easily change your life today as any other day. You don't need to wait for January first." – Dan Kennedy

"What we get when we turn pro is, we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and to live out." – Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro

Don't tell me you can't, because you CAN.

Turn Pro and Do it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "If you want to change somebody, don't preach to him. Set an example and shut up." – Jack LaLanne

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tough Leg Workout on the Near Vomit Comet

If you are advanced, take a ride on the (near) Vomit Comet with this circuit.

A) Narrow-Stance Barbell Squat x 15 reps
B) Rest 15 seconds while decreasing the weight by 20-25% and do 12 more reps
C) Rest 15 seconds and move to KB Swings x 35 reps
Rest 1 minute and repeat 2 more times.

My training today: Squats, Kettlebell Swings, Leg Curls, Stability Ball Plank. And yes, I used the (near) Vomit Comet system. Hence the name. But it was "near". Not a full ride. And it shouldn't be for you either. Puking is not the name of the game. Results are. Sometimes it is good to push it to the max of your performance.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Find out what truly brings you joy 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 make the biggest difference. Realize this, and find a way to get them in your life more often.

Surround yourself with good, positive people in your training environment and at meals…and make sure to include some folks that are more successful than you
(in all areas of life), as you define it. These people will bring out the best in you…helping you "play up a level". And always help others, the more they benefit, the more you will benefit in return.

No matter how much it feels like you are hitting a dead end or running into a brick wall, never lose the love, passion and desire for what you do. Be positive. If you add value and are not rewarded, the easy way out is to get angry or jealous, but the right way out is to add more value. When the world says "no", you say "let's try it again". Never give up on what you believe in.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - To find a mentor:

Figure out what you want to achieve, find someone who has done that already, study them to make sure they fit your values, and then do something good for them. Spread their word. Then contact them and tell them how they have helped you. Then invest in whatever mentoring opportunity they have.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Training With Injuries

People with injuries love to ask me questions like, "How can I train around the injury?" or, "What exercise can I do to replace the exercise causing me pain?.

Those are the wrong questions.

That's like saying, "My car only has 3 tires, how can I still drive it on the highway?"

The answer, in both cases, is obvious.

Get the problem FIXED.

And when you do get back to training, remember this:

Every exercise, set, and rep in your program must have a purpose. And "killing time" in the hour with a trainer is a NOT a purpose.

Random photos: How they train in the Ukraine (anyone ever been here?)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
All the good you are doing & value you are adding might feel like it's going unnoticed. But it's not. Keep going. The world needs you

"Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?" – Anthony Robbins

Who lives a life that makes the greatest impact? The answer is those that live on their own terms, adding value in ways they believe are right. Those that are renegades. Those that are often at first mocked and scorned, but that stay true to their beliefs through the tough times. If you are doing what you believe is right, keep going no matter what. The world will catch up with you in time.

This week's top article: Action beats anxiety

You must truly believe in yourself. You must end the "I'll give this a try" mindset, and switch to an, "I'm going to succeed" belief. Change your mindset, change your life for the better. Now is the time, you can do it.

Surround yourself with good, positive people…and some that are more successful than you, as you define it. These people will bring out the best in you…helping you "play up a level". And always help others, the more they benefit, the more you will benefit in return. The world needs all the love and help it can get right now.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bally's update

Woof! Woof! 
Ol' Bally the Dog here with today's update...I'm going in for surgery
on my poor lil' infected paw (yes, it does hurt to type this) today, and
so I wanted to send you some good news before Mr. FeedsMe
takes me to the vet.
Here it is...
If you like carbs...

...then you and I have something in common.
But we also want to get lean and stay lean (after all, I want to keep
my 6-pack doggy abs, but I'm not giving up my morning banana).
So here's how you can...

Have your carbs and lose fat, too

You see, I'll be tucking into some extra carbs and treats after my
surgery on Friday while I sit around and try not to lick my paw (I
sure hope I don't have to wear a CONE! Please, no cone!)

Fortunately, I'm a smart ol' poochy pooch and I know a doggy trick
about how to eat lots of carbs and still stay lean.

So now you need to join me...go here and find out a Human-trick
on how to have your carbs and eat them, too (while losing fat).

Get lean with YUMMY carbs

Some humans like pancakes, others love cereal, biscuits, or cinnamon
french toast. Everyone has their favorite breakfast carbs. It's up to you
to enjoy them and to get lean. 
Frankly, I'm happy stealing any carbs I can get my paws on. But usually
I just get fruit in addition to my Orijen wheat-free dog food. Woof, woof.
That's why I'm one of the few chocolate labs that still has 6-pack abs,
even though I'm almost 7 years old (over 47 in dog years!).
But sometimes, when I pretend to be good and I fool Mr. FeedsMe, he
gives me some wheat-free doggy treats from The Stratford Barkery.
Bark bark! *wags tail*
And so I'll be working my puppy-dog-eyes super hard on Friday,
pretending that my life is so hard as I recover from surgery, that I'm
sure to be given extra cookies. 
But no matter what I get, we'll both know how to stay lean, as long as 
you use this Carb Solution System.
Woof Woof,
Bally the Dog
Certified Dog, Level 5
PS - Say a lil' puppy-prayer for me and my surgery.
Woof woof *lick* wag-wag-wag.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beginner and Advanced Workouts

Today was a good Meatheadish lift. And I have two additional workouts for you.

My training went like this: 30 minutes of "Old Man" Mobility & Foam Rolling, followed by a heavy lifting sessions of Hang Cleans, Deadlifts, Good Mornings.

Now here are two additional programming ideas.

Advanced: How to lose lower ab fat with hard TT workouts and a proven - and relatively easy - diet plan

Beginner: - Here's the program you need

And remember, diet is more important for the fat loss component. Speaking of diet, here's an excellent resource. It's your Gluten-free holiday eating plan (part 1 of 4)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." - Jim Rohn

Choose wisely, TTers, I know you will. Stay STRONG.

Don't you waste your time worrying! Spend it taking action instead.

"It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized." - Wayne Dyer

And finally, one of my famous QnA sessions has been put on video...whoa!

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Workout to Boost Your Metabolism

The latest Men's Health magazine contained a shocking research study stat. According to the article, you can boost your sleeping metabolic rate by 8 percent more than normal IF you workout with heavier weights.

That adds up to over 5 pounds per year…and it's why I'm a big fan of creating intense Turbulence Training workouts for BOTH men and women for rapid fat loss.

Here's a workout to boost your metabolism:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Don't get too down for too long. If something didn't work, learn from it, adjust course, and try something better. Keep pushing. Take action. Fail forward faster to bring swift success. Never, ever, ever give up.

Always remember:

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." - Dale Carnegie

"Abandoning who people think you are and becoming who you really are is a simple concept, but sometimes it is very hard to do. It isn't easy to give up others' ideas of who you are. Yet the key to success is to discover your uniqueness and to exploit it. Your authentic persona, either personal or corporate, is the key to your prosperity." – Larry Winget

Resist it. Fight it. Overcome it.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, October 22, 2012

Be bold this week

First day of a new week. Do something bold.

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.

"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. Discipline usually means doing the opposite of what you feel like doing. The easy roads to discipline are setting deadlines, discovering and doing what you do best and what's important and enjoyable to you, and focusing on habits by replacing your bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns." - Kekich Credo #1

#Meathead Monday for me: Bench, chins, db incline, db row. The end.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
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.

How to beat procrastination:

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - On life...

"Every single person on the planet is rewarded for one thing and one thing only, and that is for serving other people. The more you serve others, the higher your reward." - Larry Winget

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today and this week

Travel day today from Denver to Toronto to the old farm to pick up Bally the Dog. He has "paw surgery" later this week. And here's what he thinks of that.

On the flight home I read a great article from Adam Bornstein @bornfitness in the new Men's Health about getting 6-pack abs (the one with Tyler Perry on the cover).

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
There will never be a better time to start than now. And there's no better way to start than to just start. Stop getting ready, start being ready. Start doing. Take ACTION towards your goals today. It might not be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Stay strong and stay true to what you believe in...and if you ever need help, just ask.

"There is no such thing as the "perfect time to start". There will always be gatherings, events, obstacles and more. Instead of avoiding them, face them head on." - Mike Whitfield, Certified Turbulence Trainer

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - I challenge you to be as healthy as possible this week.

To avoid all man-made foods. To do a great workout or at least stay active for 30 minutes. And to avoid as much negativity while being as positive and optimistic as possible. How could that approach possibly hurt? Let me know how it goes.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Big Day

About to head over to the hotel for today's Early to Rise Traffic and Conversion Summit with over 65 high-energy folks from our Pro Mastermind and Virtual Mastermind groups.

Here's the schedule for more info on the event:

One thing I'll be teaching:

As Dave Kekich says in Credo #18, "Find what works and then do more of it. Focus on first doing the right things, and then on doing things right by mastering the details. A few basic moves produce most results and income."

But first, I did a workout at the hotel gym. Some Meathead training as I was limited by the equipment. Saving up a big bench press workout for Monday.

Today's workout: Narrow Grip Pulldown, Stability Ball Leg Curls, Lunges, Shrugs, Cable Curls, Cable Pressdowns, DB Rear Delt Raises, and Cable Woodchops.

Now for some gifts:

FREE Turbulence Training for Men sample workout and meal plan

... and FREE TT for Women sample workout to burn stubborn fat

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"The important thing in life is to have great aim and to possess the aptitude and the perseverance to attain it." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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.

"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly." - Stephen R. Covey

And never forget...

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Planning ahead is a key for success.

Take a little extra time this weekend, read this, and breakthrough the obstacles in your life

Friday, October 19, 2012

Work day but no workout

No workout today, and legs still aren't sore from yesterday's squat session.

Big work day today, though.

ETR Mastermind meeting just finished. Great day. Big breakthroughs for everyone in the group. Tomorrow: Teaching the ETR Traffic and Conversion summit. Going to be super high energy and a rocking good time.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
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 teacher always 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.

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

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Great advice from Mark Ford

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5-Minute Density Workout

What can you really get done in 5 minutes?

The answer is a LOT. In fact, I could crush you in 5 minutes
with the right exercises, reps, and minimal rest time.

But that's a workout for another day. Today, you're going to
get fat burning 5-minute Density superset that is part of
Workout from "Clash of the Titans III: Romanz Revenge"

You can do this on its own (when you are pressed for time),
or as part of the full workout listed below.
To get Workouts B and C, and two more 4-week programs for just $7 go here.

Now onto the Density...

Clash of the Titans III: Workout A

  • Start with the general bodyweight warm-up circuit
  • Specific Warm-up Sets
    o Do one set of 1A with 75% of the chosen weight and do 6 reps.
    o Do one set of 1B with 75% of the chosen weight and do 6 reps.

    5-Minute Density Superset
    1A) Squats - 6 reps (2-0-1)
    1B) Push Press - 6 reps (2-0-1)
  • For each exercise, select a weight that you can lift roughly 10-12 times.
  • The goal is to perform as many reps as possible in 5 minutes.  
  • DO NOT lift the weight for 12 reps on your first set.
  • Instead, perform about 6 reps of squats, then 6 reps of push presses.  
  • Alternate back & forth for the entire 5 minute period, resting minimally.  
  • At end of superset, record the TOTAL reps you were able to
    perform on each exercise.

    (Try to beat that rep number next workout.)

    2A) Romanian Deadlift - 8 reps (3-0-1)
  • Rest 30 seconds.
    2B) Rocking Plank - As many as possible in 60 seconds
  • Rest 1 minute and repeat 2 more times.

    3A) 3-Way Lunge (hold DB goblet style) - 6 reps (2-0-1)
  • No rest.
    3B) Side-to-Side Inverted Row - 6 reps per side (1-0-1)
  • Rest 1 minute and repeat 2 more times.

    Static Stretching for tight muscle groups to finish off.

    To get the full 4-week "Titans III" workout and two more
    4-week programs from Roman and myself, grab this never-seen-
    before $7 Clash of the Titans workout package here.

    Get the Ultimate Roman and Craig Fat Burning Workout Pack

    And then get all density up on your fat burning,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer 
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Fat Loss is Simple

    Heading off to Denver in a couple of hours for the weekend seminar. It's going to be great to hang out with Mike Whitfield and all of the other attendees.

    At the event, I'll tell them something about success in business that is similar to what I'm going to share with you about fat loss:

    "Fat loss is simple once you realize how hard it is." Simple does NOT mean easy. But...once you accept how difficult it will be, then you can follow proven success steps. 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 from any magic pill. Only once you accept that will you succeed.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    Be good, be passionate, and add value to the world. There are amazing opportunities out there for you because the world is full of problems that need solving. Be a value adder, not a value extractor. Focus on the process and it will keep you moving to the outcome you desire.

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

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Here's a brilliant new essay on what is still possible in life

    Chest-Back-Shoulders Workout

    The year was 1993. Grunge was in and my Friday night beer-drinking
    jeans were ripped and torn. Sometimes I even wore a flannel jacket
    to bush parties.

    At the local weight room, a Pearl Jam CD was played loud and
    excessively during my meathead workouts. I had just "graduated"
    from training in my parent's basement with a Universal weight set
    (while listening over-and-over to a tape of Nirvana's Nevermind).

    By the time I was ready for college in 1994, I was able to bench
    225lbs for 2 reps. Notta too bad, but no world record either.

    Unfortunately, two years of "bodybuilding bench pressing" and a
    hockey-related injury had left me with chronic pain in my shoulder
    . For the next four years it would come-and-go during my
    college career.

    Like most kids, I went through "phases" in college. While other
    kids experimented with "funny stuff", I experimented with different
    workout methods. My shoulder would get better when going through a
    bodyweight and intervals phase, but would get worse when I returned
    to my bodybuilding roots.

    Finally, just after graduating (6 years later!) with a Masters Degree
    in Exercise Physiology, my shoulder had had enough of heavy
    bench pressing.

    And so I did something radical.

    I stopped benching.

    For 3 months I did no pressing movements. Instead, I doubled up on
    wide-grip rows, DB rows, rear-delt raises, regular seated rows, and
    all of the meatheadish upper back exercises I could think of.

    It worked. Now that still wasn't the best approach for fixing a
    shoulder injury. If you need help, go here:

    Fix Your Shoulder Pain Fast

    That said, it was the start of incredible 6-year run that helped me
    build my bench press up to the following personal bests in 2006 (at
    a bodyweight of a lean 190 pounds):

    a)    I was able to do 275 pounds for 3 reps
    b)    My best 1-rep max ever was 310 pounds

    And I'm about to give you the best program I ever used for
    accomplishing this. Hold tight

    Unfortunately, my training partner and I could no longer lift at
    the same time, and I've lost some of that strength over the years.
    In 2008, I had some pectoral muscle strains (since fixed) and then
    last December my shoulder got injured again while competing in...get
    this...a silly push-up contest. Ridiculous.

    Fortunately, the shoulder is 90% back to normal thanks to
    professional help. However, my bench press is pathetic. My 1RM
    is less than 255 pounds.
    But I have a plan to get strong again. It's the workout that I used
    back in the day to get strong in the first place.
    And if you want to get strong - or if you need to fix your shoulder
    pain - then here's what you need to do:

    Step #1 - Get this program to Fix Your Shoulder Pain

    Step #2 - Email your receipt to
    and we'll send you a FREE copy of my TT for Meatheads Bench Press
    program. This contains the best training plan that I used to build
    my bench press (and get strong in other lifts).

    It's that easy to get safe and strong with that 1-2 punch.

    Looking forward to hearing about your success with the weights.

    Start here by getting the Shoulder Pain Solution program

    My friend, and rehab exercise guru, Rick Kaselj, will give you a 
    proven plan for fixing your shoulder. He's great, and is dedicated
    to helping you have pain-free daily activities - no matter how you
    train or what you do. Get fixed today.
    Train hard but safe but hard,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - You'll also get the...
    ...Bench Press Explosion bonus when you get this deal today.
    But hurry, the 50% off sale ends soon.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Your shoulder pain

    It doesn't matter who you are, you've had this problem.

    If you're a mom with a newborn baby, or a mom with a
    goofball 37-year old fitness expert son, or if you're a
    pretty single lady that loves to haul heavy shopping bags
    around town...

    If you're a golfer, a weekend warrior, a former college
    athlete, or even an old Meathead like myself...

    You've had shoulder pain.

    Fix your shoulder pain forever here

    We all get shoulder pain. We get it from holding the baby
    in awkward positions all day. We get it from our poor
    posture at work and in the car. We get it from overhead
    lifting, overuse injuries, and poor technique.

    We get shoulder pain and it practically cripples us.

    That's why this could be the most important email I send
    you all year. After all, if you have shoulder pain, you can't
    workout. And if you can't exercise, you can't burn fat fast.
    Never let shoulder pain stop you from picking up your kids, 
    playing sports and having fun, getting a good night's sleep,
    carrying your groceries, walking the dog, or having an 
    amazing workout - or even bench pressing.

    Life is too short for shoulder pain.
    Start living a full life again,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    Never been a better time than right now

    Early morning flight from Regina to Toronto today, and I only had time for a quick 20 minute bodyweight circuit using the 20-10 system. Good times.

    After getting home, I followed that up with a big walk with ol' Bally the Dog.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    "There is no such thing as the "perfect time to start". There will always be gatherings, events, obstacles and more. Instead of avoiding them, face them head on." - Mike Whitfield

    He's right. There will never be a better time to start than now. And there's no better way to start than to just start. Stop getting ready, start being ready. Start doing. Take ACTION towards your goals today.

    It might not be easy. Nothing worthwhile is. But it DOES get easier if you're clear about your purpose and you embrace it with passion. When you're driven by that purpose, when every action you take is aligned to it, it's simple to stay on track and nail the goals you set for yourself. Stay strong and stay true to what you believe in.

    Yes, achieving your goals and making progress is hard, but what else are you going to do? Quit? Give up your self-reliance and depend on others? No, you're not going to do that. You're going to persevere and overcome the obstacles that are in your way until you achieve the success you deserve.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

    Craig vs. Roman

    Today I'm speaking at the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
    meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan, along with Alwyn Cosgrove 
    and Dr. John Berardi.
    But my most infamous collaboration in the past has been with 
    New York City's hottest personal trainer, John Romaniello. In
    2010 we began creating the advanced fat burning workout series,
    TT Clash of the Titans.

    These workouts combine the best of Romaniello's fat burning methods
    PLUS all the classic - and research proven - workout techniques
    you've come to expect from Turbulence Training. Simply put, these
    advanced workouts are guaranteed fat burners.

    But as the word "exclusive" suggests, not everyone has been
    fortunate enough to get these..


    That's because these unique programs - that build muscle and burn
    fat at the SAME time - have only ever been made available,
    individually, as bonuses accompanying other programs.

    Not anymore...

    Now you can take advantage of a NO-BRAINER DEAL and get the first
    THREE TT Clash of the Titans workouts for just 7 dollars

    (Previously these three workouts would have cost you over $201. And
    frankly, I think this deal is worth it just for the workout artwork alone.)
    Think about it... you essentially get 3 full months of workouts from
    two awesome trainers - sorry, not feeling humble today ;) - and you
    pay just a 7 measly dollars for all of this, including:

    TT Clash of the Titans I

    The main reason "Clash of the Titans" even started was because good
    my friends, and fat loss experts, John Romaniello and Joel Marion
    created a workout program that I thought could be made even better...

    ... and so that's what I set out to do with the original TT Clash workout.
    It was "lil' ol' me" vs. "The Titans, Joel Marion & John Romaniello".

    You'll use a 25-day program with an intense 5-day cycle, including a
    metabolic circuit day, a bodyweight-intervals day, a strength day,
    another metabolic circuit day, and then a bodyweight-intervals circuit day.

    Clash of the Titans 2: Ballantyne Strikes Back

    After the smashing success of the original advanced "Titans"
    workout, Romaniello and I paired up once again in Ballantyne
    Strikes Back
    . Sure Romanz gets the first - and second - laugh in
    this workout program, but I get the devastating final one.

    Workout A: Enter the Roman

    Romaniello kick-starts the battle with an exhausting workout that
    features three density challenges, not to mention a tough upper
    body superset sandwiched in the middle to give you an extra fat
    burning kick in the butt.  

    Workout B: Attack of the Roman

    This time Romaniello throws down the fat burning gauntlet and
    challenges you to a new style of metabolic resistance training that
    includes circuits, trisets, and timed challenges.

    Workout C: Ballantyne Strikes Back

    Finally, I get a chance to punish you with a total body workout,
    featuring the Big 6, the Big 3, and the Beach-Body Triset, all
    using a taste of Romanz' own medicine.

    Clash of the Titans: World War III

    The third round of the fat burning fight features The Romanz
    exacting his revenge and enjoying what he thinks is the last laugh
    on all of us.

    The good news is that despite cursing The Romanz throughout these
    workouts, you're going to burn a LOT of stubborn body fat from
    specific body parts. Here's a peak of the program...

    Workout A: Romanz puts you through a Density superset, followed by
    a twist on lunges and rows you won't soon forget.

    Workout B: Upper Body Annihilation... with squeeze presses and
    rolling triceps.

    Workout C: Total body metabolic carnage.

    Workout D: Pure, unadulterated evil with a barbell.

    Simply put, all three "Clash of the Titans" workouts are advanced
    for a reason - they'll shred unwanted body fat and build lean, sexy
    muscle fast.

    Going, Going, Gone

    Like I said before, these workouts are NOT available anywhere, and
    even if they were, you'd have to pay at least $29.95 per workout. But by
    taking action right now, you'll get all three workouts (from two of
    the top fat loss experts in the world), for just $7, saving you over
    90% off the regular price in the process.
    Get these lean sexy body workouts for $7 here
    Then get lean and sexy with the Titans of Fat Loss,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Research Conference and New TT Trainer

    Off to Regina, Saskatchewan today to speak at the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology meeting.

    This special session was organized by Dr. John Berardi...and Alwyn Cosgrove will be there too.

    Here's a little profile John's site did about me years eating is too different from that today

    Congratulations to Jenna McKenzie, the newest Certified Turbulence Trainer. Welcome to the 1 Million Transformation Mission, Jenna. Really enjoyed your Cert essay submission.

    Today's kickbutt mindset tips:
    "Accepting responsibility for your life means understanding that YOU are responsible for creating the life you want to live. If you don't do it, who else will? This is a tremendously empowering realization, or at least it was for me. When I realized I was responsible for myself, I stopped making excuses and I stopped waiting for others to help me. Instead, I started changing my life. I'll say it again: YOU can decide what you want your life to be about." – Ryan Murdock

    Help others.

    "You cannot brighten another's path without lighting your own." – Frank McKinney

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    The Harsh Truth

    Hey Team Turbulence. Here's the truth.

    There will be days when you struggle to exercise and stick to your diet, and that is okay. Just never give up. Realize everyone else goes through this, and not quitting is what separates the success stories from the giver-uppers.

    And more truth (a repeat from yesterday, but important):

    Worst advice ever (because no one wants to hear this): Wake up earlier. Almost every problem can be solved by getting up earlier. Avoid checking email for as long as possible. Be ruthless with your time and block your time for uninterrupted work. Set deadlines. Work hard and hit those deadlines. Oh, and yes, expect this to suck. It won't be easy. But nothing worthwhile ever is.

    Yes, achieving your goals and making progress is hard, but what else are you going to do? Quit? Give up your self-reliance and depend on others? No, you're not going to do that. You're going to persevere and overcome the obstacles that are in your way until you achieve the success you deserve.

    So let's end this on a positive note: To get out of a rut and finish 2012 STRONG, read this:


    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Surround yourself with successful people.

    Your Diet Needs This

    In order to burn maximum fat you have to tailor your
    workouts to match the hormonal effects of your diet.

    If you don't do this, you're missing out on serious results.

    Now it might sound complicated, and that's not your fault.

    Fortunately, matching the right workout to your fat-burning
    diet is a fairly simple thing to do.

    When your insulin levels are up, fat loss grinds to a halt. :(

    So ideally, when you want to lose fat, you want to keep your
    insulin low, and that means using this specific plan.

    Get the Metabolic Surge Diet and Workout System

    It will boost your fat burning hormones - while sparing
    calorie-burning muscle - by using the LAT technique.

    This system literally FORCES your body to get lean and
    ripped, fast.

    Don't be surprised if you lose 2-3 inches from your waist
    in just a few days.

    It's the perfect plan.

    Burn fat and build muscle at the same time <= proven perfect plan
    Go metabolic on your belly fat,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Nick is both a...
    ...mad scientist and a BEAST in the gym.

    Losing fat and getting ripped starts with his EASY nutrient-rotation strategy
    that  prevents metabolic slowdown so you NEVER hit a fat-loss plateau.

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    Training and Rest Days

    Great workout today and here's a question on my rest and recovery schedule.

    My #meathead training today (moved up a day because of weekend travel): Bench, chins, db incline, db row, bb row, db rear delt raise.

    Q from How many "rest" days do you take per week? Do you plan them or listen to your body?


    I am on a 9 day training cycle. Day 1 - Squat, Day 2 - bodyweight training, Day 3 - extra mobility work and dog walk, Day 4 - Bench, Day 5 = Day 2, Day 6 = Day 3, Day 7 = Deadlift, Day 8 = Day 2, Day 9 = Day 3.

    And another question on rest for muscle building:  I am trying build muscle, what do you recommend for rest periods between sets?


    You can use supersets with minimal rest between exercises and 60-90 seconds between supersets. If you want one heavy superset at the start, double the rest. Muscle building doesn't need long rests. Only strength, power, speed, and skill training need rest.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    "Be authentic. Don't try to be someone you aren't. You'll hate yourself for it & the effort to maintain the facade will exhaust you. BE REAL! Many won't like the real you but that's better than having people adore the person that isn't you at all." - Larry Winget

    "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." — Bruce Lee

    To have more focus, plan your day better. Here's how

    And I filmed this video for you on the Truth about luck and success

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS  - If you want advanced results, be prepared to take advanced measures.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Straight Talk About Training and Getting More Done

    Today's training was inspired by the following quote.

    "One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again." – Abraham Maslow

    Get out of your comfort zone.

    My workout: Squats, depth jumps, switch lunges, kb swings, leg curls.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    You are tougher than anything in your way.

    "Here's what it all comes down to in the end: Choice. Your choice, and not someone else's choice for you. You can choose to adopt beliefs that empower you rather than simply inherit or accept beliefs that entrap you." – Ryan Murdock

    "These days, the pace is such that it's nearly impossible to have a fully balance life. Rather than talking about balance, we should focus on achieving integrity in our lives – meaning the capacity to be the same person at home and at work – in your personal life, in your family, and in your community. If you can maintain that sense of integrity, you can nurture each element of your life. Then it becomes about how you take care of yourself – mind, body and spirit – and what you do to nurture yourself as well as making sure that you're taking care of the people in your life who are important to you." – Bill George

    And some advice on how to beat an old nemesis

    BTW, people always ask me how to get more done. Here's the answer:

    Wake up early. Almost every problem can be solved by getting up earlier. And avoid checking email as much as possible. Block your time. Set deadlines. Work hard. Get ruthless. Oh, and expect this to suck.

    You really didn't think it was going to be easy, did you?


    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Great quote here...

    "Leadership is about serving other people. It's not about other people serving you. The irony is that the more power one accumulates, the less it should be used" – Bill George

    Tuesday, October 09, 2012

    Fix Your Shoulders and Avoid these Exercises

    What a great (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend. The weather
    was perfect for walking ol' Bally the Dog and my family whipped
    up another amazing meal.
    My mom and my sister are the type that watch 2 hours of the Food
    Network every day, and somehow they managed to make beets and
    turnips taste fantastic. I was even looking forward to leftovers.
    But that wasn't all that made it a great weekend. On Sunday morning
    I hit the local gym for a Meathead workout including my favorite
    superset, Deadlifts and Military Presses.
    But while I was there it was like being in a world where 
    everyone was purposely using bad form.
    99% of the people in the gym were doing their exercises WRONG.
    They did bodybuilder bench presses, narrow-grip upright rows (with
    a Smith Machine - talk about MURDER on your shoulders), bench 
    dips (another rotator cuff KILLER), and wide-grip behind-the-neck
    lat pulldowns.
    And you know what's really embarrassing?
    I made all the same mistakes as a teenager. That's why I've had over
    a decade of shoulder problems. (Made worse by sports injuries, too.)

    Check out the quiz on that page and find out how you can protect
    your shoulder joint and be injury-free. If you can't pick-up your
    young children or put dishes into the overhead cupboard, you 
    need a solution to your shoulder pain, and you'll get it here.
    Don't make the same mistakes I made.
    Train safe,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Tomorrow, the 16-minute metabolic workout that I promised you.
    Until then, take this 30-second survey to save your shoulders from injury.
    Rick Kaselj is "Mr. Injury Rehabilitation"and I guarantee you
    he has the fix for what ails your joints.

    Overcoming Obstacles

    No matter how tough your workout today (or your day in general), remember: Whatever obstacles are 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. You will overcome those obstacles and emerge victorious.

    Don't take the easy way out. We can, will, and must do better. Believe in yourself. You can do it.

    There are times when I want to quit. There will be times when YOU want to quit. That's fine, normal, and natural, but if you are truly committed to success then you will persevere. I want you to commit to doing at least one hour of focused work on a big project first thing in the morning. Hold off on email and phone messages as long as you can. Block your time, work hard, set deadlines, hit them, persevere, and you will succeed.

    And today's training resource: Avoid BAD exercises and save your shoulders here

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS – "The best way to achieve a higher sense of well-being and life satisfaction is to cultivate a sense of gratitude." – Dr. Joel Wade

    Monday, October 08, 2012

    Shoulder injury in high school

    Back in high-school (when I was a young, naive, Meathead wanna-be bodybuilder) I did all sorts of exercises that hurt my shoulder.

    These included "bodybuilding bench presses", behind-the-neck barbell presses, and behind-the-neck pulldowns. Stupid stuff.

    I needed years of rehab and training to fix the injuries. And because the shoulder is the #1 injured area in people that lift weights, you need to see this right now.

    Are Your Workouts Leading To Shoulder Pain? ---- <= Get the answer

    My friend and fellow Canadian, Rick Kaselj, has put together this fun little quiz to test your knowledge about BAD shoulder exercises. You'll learn that exercise #3 is done wrong all the time.

    Check out the quiz on that page, there just might be a SWEET prize for you at the end. Rick has some important lessons for you to help you train hard while protecting your precious shoulder joint.

    Save your shoulders with this free quiz <= Discover the 5 worst exercises

    BTW, what's a "bodybuilder bench press"?, you might be asking.

    That's where your elbows are out-to-the-sides and in a dangerous externally rotated position. You'll hurt yourself, guaranteed.

    Take Rick's quick 4 question quiz to avoid shoulder injury.

    And then for your bench pressing...

    ...either switch to db chest presses, or start tucking your elbows closer to the side of your body when you bench press.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    Stand up for what you believe in. Stand up for YOU. This is your turn to succeed. No one is going to bring you down or stop you this time. You have all the tools – and more importantly, the support – that you need to succeed.

    "Action is the key, but action won't happen until you decide that you – and no one else – are responsible for your success. Get off to a good start today by retelling yourself the following truths: "My parents owe me nothing." "My children owe me nothing." "My friends owe me nothing." "The world owes me nothing." If you are already beyond that then the next step is to take some definite action. Some significant positive step that will get you going, even if you are not now sure exactly where you want to go." – Mark Ford

    "If you speak up online and your ideas have currency, people are going to show up and want to connect with you. What we need more of are people with the guts and emotional labour to do this. The greatest shortage in today's society is an instinct to produce." – Seth Godin

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - How to write amazing articles:


    Sunday, October 07, 2012

    86 days left

    86 days left in 2012. You can still achieve amazing results. You can still make dramatic improvements. You can still do SOMETHING. Start today. Let me know what you plan to do or if you need help getting started.

    Don't wait to change. Don't wait until tomorrow. Just do it. It's less painful to do it than it is to sit around and think about it or feel guilty that you haven't started yet. Once you get started, things will get done and BIG results will come your way.

    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.

    Today's workout for me: Hang Cleans, Deadlifts, Good Mornings, Shrugs.

    Last week's workout: Driving on the Porsche test track in Leipzig, Germany. Apparently this makes me very, very angry.

    Check out the photo that goes along with that last comment at You'll see my doctor friend Chris taking the photo, he's a real-life Doogie Howser. Looks 14, but is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips and another photo:
    Giving my vision speech while teenagers surf the river in Munich, Germany today (yes, they really surf in Munich...crazy). You can see the photo at

    You can watch my Vision speech on video at

    Live well, add value, and make an impact. Make no apologies for how you live your life, as long as you live life right.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Make yourself happier today by picking up a small, meaningful, surprise gift for someone that matters to you.

    Give a gift every day if you can (from a handwritten note, a surprise text, a book, a small treat, a hug, something, anything) that shows you care. It's the little things in life that matter. You know someone that needs love right now, so give it freely. It will all come back to you when you need it most.

    Saturday, October 06, 2012

    Heading home

    Just finished a great trip to Germany. It was my first time here, and there are many, many reasons to come back. Great country, better people. (And awesome cars, too.)

    When I get back to Toronto it will be time to hang out with Bally the Dog and catch up on all the foodz that he has been stealing and all of the animals that he has been barking at. I've been told he's been quite busy with both.

    And Sunday morning brings a deadlift workout. Looking forward to it.

    But now it is off to the airport and my flight home, where I'll be reading a few books, including "10X" and "The Advantage".

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    Live well, add value, and make an impact. Make no apologies for how you live your life, as long as you live life right.

    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.

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

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Friday, October 05, 2012

    Meathead Munich and Castle

    Did my last Meathead Munich workout with chest presses, db rows, wide-grip pulldowns, and some meathead arm exercises. Great times. Now to wander around a bit more. Going home tomorrow.

    For today's fitness QnA, check out:

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    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 are up to you – and you alone. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise. Take control. Live the life you desire and deserve.

    You have the power to change at any time, at any age, in any circumstances. It's up to you.

    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.

    Recognize that fear, frustration, and angst are only there to help you change course. They're there to help you see that your mental picture is off-target. Put the right mental image back onto the screen of your mind and watch how the Universe lines things up in your favor. – Matt Furey

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

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Thursday, October 04, 2012

    Transformation Contest and Oktoberfest Update

    Just finished a planning meeting for our $100,000 ETR Transformation Contest coming in January. Good times ahead.

    Today's hotel gym workout:
    DB Split Squats, KB Swings, Bulgarian Split Squats, 1-Leg Romanian Deadlifts. 4 sets each. Great times.

    Heading back to Oktoberfest tonight. Had dinner at Rusticana, a legendary steak and rib joint in Munich last night. And yesterday we drove a bunch of BMW's on their test track. Got an M5 up to 270km per hour. What a great car. There's a photo of me driving a 640 on my FB page here:

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    There aren't going to be too many easy days, but you should enjoy the challenges. Work hard, work honestly, maintain your integrity, and work to help others and you will succeed. Now, more than ever, the world needs good people like you.

    Head up! It's easy to get down on yourself, but don't let a bad day or mean person get you down. Keep your head up and stay motivated by looking long-term.

    12 rules I live by (now with VIDEO)

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    21 days to bigger arms (free workout)

    This past weekend my good friend Ben Pakulski lived his dream
    and competed against the 19 biggest and baddest bodybuilders in
    the world.
    Ben and I used to train at the same gym in Toronto and I am 
    really proud of him. He's one of the nicest, most focused guys
    you will ever meet...always willing to go out of his way to 
    help men and women improve their bodies by giving advice.

    Ben placed an impressive 11th place in his Olympia debut in
    Vegas last Saturday. I grew up paying attention to that contest
    and it's so cool to know someone personally that competed.
    Ben is a bodybuilder I respect. They ain't so bad after all. ;)
    And to celebrate, Ben is giving you ANOTHER full blown
    program, "The REAL Arm Blaster Workout: 21 Days To Bigger
    Arms" when you grab his proven MI-40 plan this week.

    Arnold brought you the original Arm Blaster, now Ben gives you
    the 2012 edition based on updated muscle-building research.

    This is the workout that Ben used to gain 2 inches on his arms in 3
    weeks leading up to the Arnold Classic last March.
    So if you want bigger arms or to gain muscle anywhere on your
    body, I highly recommend Ben's program and arm training

    MI40 System + Bigger Arms *FREE* <-------- today only though

    Understand this - these are hardcore arm workouts and are super-short
    (20-25 minutes). Plus, they only require a bench and set of dumbbells. 

    After tomorrow, however, Ben has informed that the Arm Blaster
    workout will never be made available again, even to buy. The ONLY
    way you can own it is by picking up the MI40 muscle system during
    this special Mr. Olympia Debut Sale.

    Get it here:

    Get Bigger Arms Guaranteed <-------- today only though

    You're going to LOVE this.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    P.S. If you ordered MI40 yesterday, don't worry.
    Ben's going to include this for everyone
    who ordered on the first day too.

    Wednesday, October 03, 2012

    Short Workouts and Motivation

    People always look to others for motivation. But here's the truth.

    Motivation comes from within. You must find a reason to achieve. What is important to you? Identify it and harness that energy to drive you to take action. You're here for a reason, don't let your potential slip away.

    Today, I'm in Germany. It's a busy day, and yesterday we had quite a celebration at Oktoberfest. But there's still a need for some exercise and stretching. My motivation comes from within. And my knowledge to get a great, short burst workout comes from this:

    3 ways to cut your workout time

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    12 rules I live by (now with VIDEO)

    Make an impact. Leave a mark on the world. Live a life that matters. Get fired up. Know what you want to do and do it so well that your legacy lives on for a long, long, long time. Let's do something big. Don't stop, and never, ever, ever give up.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Tuesday, October 02, 2012

    Munich Meathead Hotel DB Workout

    Being a meathead in Munich today.

    Today's workout in the hotel gym with 70lbs dumbbells. Good times.

    DB Press, Pulldowns, DB Incline, DB Row, pushups, db rear delt raises, Oktoberfest (<= OK, that comes later).

    Great photo on my FB page here:

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips
    2X your life

    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.

    Set aside all your excuses and raise yourself up. You can do it. After all, someone just like you, starting from worse circumstances already has. Do your best today. There's no one stopping you but you.

    "Instead of putting others down, try improving yourself instead. The only person you have a right to compete with is YOU. In the meantime, treat others how you'd like to be treated. One trait that some of the best (communicators) share is EMPATHY. A couple of kind words can not only make a person's day, but earn you a friend and supporter for life. For the rest of the week, whenever you see someone you want to judge negatively, pay them a compliment instead. See what happens." - Neil Strauss

    "Reject fear, greed, and doubt." - Bedros Keuilian

    Reject the wrong,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - If you are struggling in business (an open letter to you)