Friday, February 28, 2014

70K fans on the TT Fanpage

Wow, 70,000 fans at

Thank you!

I am so grateful to you and anyone that has ever used one of my workout programs, youtube videos, or daily tips to make a change in their life.

Here's something for you that will make your life better and help you get more done:


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Supercharged Circuit Workout

Wow, this workout today was supercharged.

It was a simple 6 exercise circuit that smoked my legs as I experimented a few new TT workouts on myself. This is an off-week from heavy lifting for me. I'll be back under the bar on Sunday.

Today's SmokeShow SuperCharged 606 Circuit

1) Goblet Squat
2) KB Swing
3) Med Ball Slam
4) Bulgarian Split Squat
5) Power Shrug
6) Diagonal Ab Wheel Rollout

30 minutes. Tons of fun. Although my quads might not agree. We shall certainly see tomorrow when I'm running through the Tampa airport trying to catch my flight to Miami for the weekend.

I followed that up with a TT FB QnA, and was asked what supplements I take. I currently use a bunch, mostly for health.These include:

Athletic Greens
BioTrust fish oil
BioTrust Probiotic (ProX 10)
BioTrust digestive enzymes (Absorbmax)
Creatine (plain, cheap powder)
Paleo Protein Powder.

My full daily diet is here

If you are struggling with fat loss, the answer is likely to be in your diet. If you want Advanced Results, you must take Advanced measures. That means no more mindless eating (handfuls of stuff here and there, etc.).

If you need more help, please check out these 3 sneaky fat loss nutrition tips:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
You have to be tough on yourself. It is not easy to succeed. Demand more of yourself. Pay the price. Earn the rewards. That’s how it works in the real world.

Have a supercharged day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Proof - Lose fat fast

Enough of that politically correct baloney that you should only lose 1 pound per week. Here's proof that you MUST lose fat fast, rather than slowly. 
According to a study in the Journal Of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found that dieters who saw the least amount of results at the start of a weight loss program dropped out the fastest...
...but those that got fast results stuck around longer, and that meant getting BETTER results. That's why you must accelerate your fat loss right now.
Now you might think that losing weight fast requires a LOT of cardio and starvation, but nothing could be further from the truth. You need to just say NO to cardio, and avoid the #1 problem with fat burning exercise.
In today's article, Master Certified Turbulence Trainer, Kate Vidulich, explains how to choose the right fat loss workouts for fast fat loss - so that you avoid the #1 fat burning mistake.
#1 Problem with Fat Burning Advice - By Kate Vidulich, Master CTT

Most trainers teach their clients that losing 1 to 2 pounds each week leads to steady weight loss, and more permanent results over time.

But be careful with this advice. While 1-2 pounds/week can be effective, there's a better and more promising way to shed your unwanted body fat.
I recently discovered a research study that shows us how to get 4 times the fat burning from just a single workout - and faster permanent results.

In this study, published in the Journal of Sports Science, my style of Fat Loss Accelerator workouts boosted your #1 fat burning hormone by as much as 450%. This "super-fat burning hormone"is the key to burning fat and getting sexy results all year round.

Another secret of my Fat Loss Accelerator workouts is something known as, "The Afterburn Effect". The Afterburn is an increase in your post-exercise calorie burning that lasts for 24 to 48 hours after one of my workouts. 

On the other hand, traditional cardio has almost NO Afterburn - so you don't get a fat burning boost from it. That's another reason you must just say NO to long, slow, boring cardio.

Here's just a sample of a Metabolic Fat Loss Accelerator Finisher that will boost your Afterburn. This is just part of a workout I taught at my New York City bootcamp today.

A) 20s Burpees + 10s rest x 4 rounds
B) 20s Jump Squats + 10s rest x 4 rounds
C) 20s Jumping Jacks + 10s rest x 4 rounds

That final 6 minutes alone will help you burn fat fast and give you quick results no matter how busy you are. 
Get 18 more Fat Loss Accelerator Workouts here <= includes videos

To your fastest fat loss ever,

Kate Vidulich, MCTT
Master Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thanks Kate!

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, February 24, 2014

Free nutrition secrets

I couldn"t wait to share this with you...


My friend for over 15 years (since we met at a conference back in '99), Dr. John Berardi, world-renowned nutrition guru and coach to professional athletes and personal trainers everywhere, is finally giving up 7 of his nutrition secrets for you to use with your clients.

The best part? 
You can download these 7 nutrition tools right now. For free.

==> Click here for instant access to Dr. B's secret nutrition weapons


If you already familiar with Dr. Berardi (or JB as I call him) - and his team at Precision Nutrition - then you know that they're THE world leader in nutrition coaching and education. 
(PN inspires me every single day to make the TT Certification better.)
That reputation alone makes this offer pure gold.
And if you haven't yet heard of JB, today's your lucky day.


Dr. Berardi's team has coached over 30,000 clients and they've certified over 10,000 fitness professionals, trainers, and coaches. Seriously, you couldn't pick a better guy to learn nutrition from anywhere in the world.


Which brings me back to the free stuff.


Dr. Berardi's tools will teach you:

=> What nutrition advice you can actually give.

=> How to get your clients to actually follow that advice.

=> How to exactly assess your client's nutrition needs.

=> How to devise a nutrition strategy based on that assessment.

=> What stats to measure and exactly how to measure them.

=> How to optimize a nutrition plan based on those stats. 

These tools will help your clients start reaching their goals right away. And help you look like a rock star coach.
Again, you get this stuff entirely free right here, right now.


==> Click here for instant access to Dr. B's secret nutrition weapons

It's where I send ALL of my CTT trainers to learn more about nutrition.
Use Dr. B's secret weapons to get your clients more results, AND to get YOU more clients.
Keep on learning and improving,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Seriously, don't miss this. 
Others have paid as much as $199 for these tools.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sea Bass Good But Other Fish Bad

This is embarrassing. Recently I've been trying to eat more fish - after all, the guru's tell us that fish is one of the healthiest food choices around, right?
I love Chilean Sea Bass, but it's not available at a lot of I've had to settle for other common ones you see on most menus...which I thought were healthy until I learned that I should...
There are four specific fish to never eat. One is my favorite replacement for sea bass :( while the other is the most common fish that you've been told is healthy.
This is really bad news, and an embarrassing dining-out mistake I've been making. But these four fish should literally NEVER be consumed due to incredibly high levels of contamination that WILL hammer  your body with toxic inflammation...

This toxic inflammation contributes to achy joints, premature aging of the skin (as well as your heart, kidneys, and liver), difficulty losing weight, forgetfulness, feeling blue and moody, and so much more...

Take it from our colleague and top medical doctor, Dr. Phil Spiess; avoid these 4 types of fish like the plague:

Be careful at restaurants and in the grocery store,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Powerhouse Deadlift Session

Trained at my favorite gym in the world today. Love it even more than the home garage gym.

I did a great deadlift workout with Vince Del Monte and Ben Pakulski at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa today. Love training there. I'd go every day if I could.

After a long warm-up, I hit KB Swings, Deadlifts, Military Press, Cable Lateral Raises, and Shrugs. Very meatheadish.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Focus on Forward Progress. Always be improving. Baby steps and little bets every day. Keep on pushing on, no matter how dark the days.

“Life’s problems wouldn’t be called hurdles if there wasn’t a way to get over them.” – Source unknown ..... Stay strong and keep on pushing on. Prepare for weekend obstacles by having TWO solutions for dealing with each one. You CAN do it!

Be inspired by Wayne Dyer:


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fast Interval Workout

Today's workout was a short one for me because I have a busy day of meeting with top fitness and nutrition pro's, John Rowley and Joel Marion, as we help John find ways to help America lose 52 Million Pounds in 2014. 
Fortunately, I discovered a research study that shows us how to get the fitness benefits of interval training in just 2 minutes. It's another Excuse-Busting Exclusive that you'll only hear about from Turbulence Training.
Now I know it sounds easier just to go for a jog than to do intervals, and you probably think you'll burn a lot of calories when jogging, but realize this: 
"Overestimating calorie burn is the Big Daddy of runners' weight-loss mistakes," says Lisa Ellis, M.S., R.D., a nutritionist in New York.

The average man burns just 124 calories per mile and the average woman burns 105, which means jogging a mile-and-a-half in 20 minutes doesn't even burn 200 calories. And most folks drink over 200 calories per day in soda, juice, or flavored coffees. That's why jogging doesn't get you results.
As you also know, intervals are superior to slow cardio for fat loss, and are even better at increasing your fitness levels (as are bodyweight workouts).
"Research has shown that high-intensity interval training can burn 15 to 20 percent more calories than a moderate, steady workout of the same duration," says Cedric Bryant, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.
That's why we get more results in less time with intervals.
And researchers at the Universities of Leeds, Glasgow, and Cambridge, now show us a faster way to get fit. Here's what they studied:
  • Group A: 4 intervals of 30 seconds with 4.5 minutes rest between each
  • Group B: 1 interval of 2-minutes straight, no rest
Group B tried to maintain the intensity of the short intervals for 2 minutes. Eventually they got tired and slowed down, but they kept going.
Results showed the SAME health benefits from doing the single interval.
(Ref: Whytea, L.J., et al. Effects of single bout of high-intensity exercise on metabolic health in overweight sedentary men. Metabolism: 62: 212, 2013.) 
That saves a lot of time.
So here's what I did this morning:
Bodyweight Warm-up Circuit of Squats, Mountain Climbers, & Planks.
Then 2 minutes straight of SlamBall Slams. I have a 20 pound slamball here at Joel Marion's house in Florida (where I'm on a "working holiday"), and I picked it up overhead, and using my entire body, I threw it with both hands as hard as I could into the ground. Then I squatted down, picked it up, and repeated. Over and over.
It's so much fun and so hard. I was exhausted by the end.
You could also do your 2-minutes on a bike, pedaling as hard as you can, or running a hill as fast as possible, or doing kettlebell swings, or even bodyweight squats or advanced jump rope.
That 2-minutes will keep you fit on super-busy days.
If you want maximum fat loss, researchers suggest 16-minutes of interval training done 3 times per week (but NOT NOT exercise too much).
Now I'm ready for lots of meetings.
Tomorrow or Saturday I'll hit the weights again at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa with pro bodybuilder, Ben Pakulski and hopefully my good friend, Vince Del Monte (and even his wife Flavia!)
More details on that workout next week,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - The intervals sale ends... just a few hours. 
Grab all those interval methods for faster fitness here:
Have a great weekend!
PPS - Read this yesterday, it's fantastic...

"It's mid-February now, the time when diets crash and gym memberships fade away. It gets easy, amid the snow and cold, to lose focus and start asking those questions that Resistance loves to hear rattling around in our heads. Hang in there. I will if you will. You might not realize it, but you're getting better. Trust me. I know." - Steven Pressfield
Brilliant words.
Start Strong. Stay Strong. Finish STRONGER!  


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Big News for Personal Trainers


Our next TT Certification is in April in Orange County,
California. Details here:

And even if you can't make the event because you live halfway
across the world, the great news is that you can still become
TT Certified using our online video course.

Thanks for being part of the TT 10 Million Transformation
Mission and changing lives all over the world!


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Don't forget about all the free business advice I give
over on my Internet Business Advice website:


Make sure to download your $100K-in-12-Months blueprint.

Monday, February 17, 2014

How to Get More Done and Think Big

No time for lifting today. I'm off to Florida for a couple of weeks instead. Just a quick update, because I need to get to my gate.

But here's a free week's worth of workouts for you

And here's one more bodyweight interval session:

Now let's help you get more done in 5 steps or less:

1) Find your magic time. Ruthlessly foster and protect it.
2) Script your day.
3) Eliminate obstacles and distractions.
4) Keep improving every day.
5) No excuses. Focus only on 1-4.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Feb 17, 2014 - There will be only one. Make the most of it and every day in your life. One day. One life. One chance. Live it well. Always.

"The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now." - Leo Babauta

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Little Improvement on a Big Lift

Added an extra day of recovery this weekend before my latest deadlift workout, and it seemed to have helped. This allowed me to get an extra rep on my final set. The workout went like this.

Big warmup with extra attention for injured calf (hurt doing too many sprints the other week in Florida)

1A) Deadlift
1B) Military Press

2A) Lateral Raise
2B) Leg Curl
2C) Shrug

Yeah, Meatheadish. Good times.

Then we had a wicked Fitness FB QnA session at with our 60,000 fans, where I corrected many people on their 'too-much-training' programs.

Q: I'm still stuck in the old school mindset that I learned in high school that your heart rate has to be elevated for 20 mins before body starts burning fat, so to lose weight doing anything less than 20 mins of cardio is a waste of time. What mechanism with HIIT training causes fat burn in such a short time? - Lisa Torres

Hi Lisa!

Good news: You are burning fat every single minute of every day. You NEVER stop.

BUT: That old school thinking people tried to teach you is if 19:57 minutes of exercise doesn't cause fat stopped 3 seconds fat burning for you! haha.

Here's what really train hard. You burn calories. You then burn even more calories during recovery. Please read this free report I created to clear things up:

Q: I have been doing interval training 5-6 days a week- I feel good, but is that too much? I've heard you shouldn't do it more than 4x a week. - Joni Keiner

Hey Joni!

There's no reason for you to be doing intervals 6d/week. You're going to get an overuse injury. Even pro athletes don't train that hard, that often. You won't lose any fitness and you won't get fat. Cut back, stay active with mobility/stretching or weak spot training, or meditate or walk a dog or play with kids or do something else with that time instead. Heck, take a nap! Thanks!

Q: Craig--I've been training regularly for many months--since July actually. I TT three days a week, HIIT/run three days a week, yoga twice a week, and hour long Zumba toning with weights three times a week. I keep my calories between 1400-1700 and while I am getting smaller, the scale isn't budging and stubborn baby weight/ belly fat remains. Advice? By the way, I've lost 76 pounds thanks to TT. So thank you! - Misty Cone

Misty - Congrats on your success with TT!

But you are now exercising too much. You don't need to do I'm giving you the same advice I gave to Joni with some specifics at the end for you... You're going to get an overuse injury. Even pro athletes don't train that hard, that often.

Cut back, stay active with mobility/stretching or weak spot training, or meditate or walk a dog or play with kids or do something else with that time instead. Heck, take a nap! You won't lose any fitness and you won't get fat.

SPECIFICS for you, Misty:
You will do 3 TT workouts per week, 1 interval session, and 1 (MAX, preferably ZERO) Zumba sessions (<= these are pointless compared to TT). Yoga is fine. Ignore the scale. Focus on body fat. Thank you!!!

***I concluded...

Alright, GREAT session. Really glad y'all brought up those training questions and gave me a chance to fix your schedule and free up more time for you. More exercise is not always the answer, because really, at what point do you stop on that slippery slope?

TT trains you like an athlete, WITH built-in recovery. Please do NOT add workouts on top of TT. Yoga and recovery training is fine, but not 3 days of this and that.

Thank you - thank you - thank you.

Stay strong, and bring quality training to every session...not QUANTITY training to every week.

Train with purpose in your quality sessions.

Train til the sweat pours off you. Forget all your problems. Unleash it. Then go home renewed for the day/week.

That's the way to train. Enjoy your extra time off with TT. Life's about more than another Zumba class. Thank you!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Always be prepared. Always have options. Always have a plan. Always have resources. Always have connections. Be alert. Be aware. Be agile.

Alright, time to go for lunch...then off to the airport...and Florida for a couple of weeks...and then

It will be a fun three weeks on the road,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - This new CTT LIVE! event will be delivered by our very own Master CTT's, Dani Woodrum & Kate Vidulich.

If you want to step up another level, visit this page to reserve your spot:


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Do NOT destroy Sunday Dinner

I'm a little disappointed that my Ballantyne's Day weekend is going to end this way...but I have to hit the road. I have an early flight out of Toronto, and so I have to miss Sunday dinner while spending the night in an airport hotel.
Oh least I can save YOUR Sunday dinner from being a health nightmare. Eating the wrong foods, from EVIL cooking oils to breakfast desserts to the wrong kinds of peanut butter or fish, or even foods that come in these TWO types of packaging will cause deadly toxic inflammation.
(You'll even learn about the Sledgehammer test to prove just how terrible these foods are for your insides. YIKES!)
Toxic inflammation might sound like some type of villain from a super-hero movie, but it happens inside us everyday when we eat the wrong foods.
Inflammation contributes to achy joints, premature aging of the skin (and our insides!), difficulty losing weight, cognitive decline, forgetfulness, feeling blue and moody, and so much more...Sound familiar?

So take it from my friend down in Tampa, top medical doctor, Dr. Phil Spiess, M.D., and avoid these inflammation foods like the plague:

==> NEVER eat these foods for dinner

Eat right for your health and family,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer 
PS - Fortunately, you can fix inflammation in about 5 seconds.
Watch to the end of Dr. Spiess's urgent health warning to find out how.
Click here to see the video

Friday, February 14, 2014

Forgot something about Isabel!

LOL, that last blog post title didn't make much sense.


I forgot this:

Isabel was “in the air” on Ballantyne’s Day for some strange reason…She and I make a great 1-2 punch in fitness. Today we received the following two success stories…

“Craig, I just wanted you to know a couple of things; this morning I reached a new low in my inspiring business but was lifted up after reading yesterday's ETR "How to Find Good People in Your Life" along with the inspiration in your writing. Secondly,we have something in common...Isabel DE Los Rios - a woman whom I also respect with my entire life. I'm one of her 208,000 followers who by her guidance allowed me to lose over 87 pounds within 18 months. I thank you for your inspirational writing!” – Les Wallack

“We started Isabel's Beyond Diet & your Turbulence Training beginner level 1&2 at the start of 2014 & we both have lost 10 lbs & are feeling better.” – Paul Duma 

Whew, now I feel better for clearing that up.

Have a great weekend!

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Isabel is in the Air

Today was a people day, a connecting day, not so much a training day. That said, I did put a guinea pig client through a quick 20 minute bodyweight-KB-slamball circuit. It went like this:

1) 300 bodyweight squats in sets of 30-40 with 20 seconds rest between each.
2A) 10 kettlebell swings
2B) 10 slam ball slams (sub any ab exercise in place if you have no slam ball)

For the squats, we rotated though narrow stance, Prisoner, and medium stance squats. The KB-SB supserset was done every 90 if it took 50 seconds to do the superset, you'd get 40 seconds rest before you had to start again...very similar to "Every minute on the Minute".

Now...If you're stuck with NO-equipment, you - with intermediate to above average fitness - could do this:
- 300 Squats
- 100 Pushups
- 200 Jumping jacks
- 200 Rocking Planks

800 reps.

Break that down into TEN sets of 30, 10, 20, 20 per exercise respectively. Zip through it. Minimal rest. The point is not to fatigue, but to use hybrid bodyweight training for fat loss and fitness.

So that was my in-person people connection for the morning...and I followed that up with FB connecting QnA session. Here's what I said to one reader after he thanked me for telling him that a glass of wine is not a big deal on a fat loss program:

"Happy to help Eric, doing the FB QnA is one of the best parts of my day, sitting in a coffee shop, after my training, people watching, chatting with the locals, and having a snack. I appreciate all of our nearly 60,000 fans and want to share a little love. Have a great weekend!"

So today, being Ballantyne's Day, is all about the people.

Show your friends and family some love today. Live by example, showing them that you CAN be fit and still have fun, enjoying simple and great pleasures in life.

And most important, CHOOSE to spend your time with the BEST people.

There ARE great people out there, as I wrote in an article today.

You can attract them into your life, and you have to look for them too...and don't settle. Never give up on what is important to you. And good people should be important!

"Posting this on Valentine's Day is not ironic. As important work gets ever more personal, so does hiring... "Who's available?" is not a good selection driver for work or for life." - Seth Godin

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"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

And today's Kickbutt Dog Wisdom?
"Dog Wisdom: Live in the moment. Play hard. Give kisses."

Have a great Ballantyne's Day.

And keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Ballantyne's Day Special!

Not everyone likes me. I get cursed out - a LOT...but that's mostly by people doing one of my classic Turbulence Training exercise combos or HWR challenges that leave them huffing, puffing, & sweating - in a good way.
But some folks literally hate something about me...and here's what it is:
"What I hate about you, Craig Ballantyne, is that you have TOO many workouts. I don't know which one to choose next!"
Ooops, sorry! But that's why I created this:
It's the perfect solution to "What workout should I do today?"
Other TT readers might not "hate" me, but they are skeptical. After all, some of the TT and Home Workout Revolution results are so amazing that even I have a hard believing them. So some folks ask this...
You better believe it!
Just visit ... although you could be there a loooooooooong time...because we have over 60 men and women from our 18 Transformation Contests, some of whom have lost 20 pounds, 33 pounds, and even over 51 pounds in just 12 weeks. And all of those are real people - I know because their prize winning checks have all been cashed! ;)
Listen, I understand your skepticism, after all, I'm one of the most skeptical guys in the world...because in my job as a trainer evaluating new programs and diets all the time, I have to be skeptical.
But all I ask you to do is try Turbulence Training or the Home Workout Revolution, because then this will happen...You'll admit I'm right - :) - just like Angie Mitchell did. Read her success story:
Yep, you'll discover first hand why cardio is a WASTE of time and why my short, burst workouts rock. You'll want to do TT and HWR for LIFE. And you can. So why wait any longer? Why keep doing the same thing over and over again (the definition of Insanity) if you're not getting results?
Make the Switch.
Go TT for Life.
I'm blessed that so many TT readers have decided to stick with me "for life" through the TT Lifetime Partnership.
When you become a Lifetime TT Partner, you'll receive...

1) Every TT workout I've ever created
2) Every TT workout I ever will create
3) All TT workout videos for life (including some amazing new follow-along fat burning workout videos coming in 2014)
4) The TT Forum (for LIFE, where you'll maximize your new positive people support group)
5) And a very cool "goodie bag" sent to you in the mail (featuring some sweet Turbulence Training swag and a special life-changing book)

But hurry, you only have until the end of today, Ballantyne's Day, to "Lock me up" on this special deal.

Lock up your Lifetime Access to Craig and all TT Workouts here

Off to create some more workouts for your Lifetime Membership,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Success is simple once you accept how difficult it will be...only then will you have the right mindset to take action & achieve. With this attitude, you will be willing to persevere through the dark days, to push through the dips, and never give up on what is important to you.

PPS - I'm really looking forward to meeting you... one of our live TT events in the future. You'll get free access to all the TT Summits as part of your TT Lifetime Partnership. I hope to do at least
2 big meet-ups per year, and some small ones during my business travels to other seminars. The big one is the TT Summit on June 6-7th. Don't miss it.

"Knowing that I have an open invitation to every TT Summit from now on, how could I NOT enter into this lifetime commitment. This solidifies my commitment to MYSELF. To continue to make strides in my physical well being, and also my mental well being. Being able to share with my fellow forum members makes all the difference. Thanks Craig, and thanks to all who contribute. You make this work. Next goal-save money for a ticket to San Diego!" - Concetta, new TT Lifetime Partner
Lock Up Lifetime Access to the TT Summit and all TT Workouts here
Looking forward to sending you a very cool book in the mail (plus some other sweet Turbulence Training goodies).
PPPS - Happy Ballantyne's Day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Meathead for Life Because It Feels So Good

Garage gym workout time.

I used longer rest periods today.

I also used a slower lifting tempo for the split squats. I went with a 3-second eccentric (lowering) phase as my legs were a little sore and tight from Tuesday's squat session.

Started with a big warm-up, including 100 bodyweight squats (5 sets of 20).

The main workout was done in Jim Wendler's "Boring But Big" fashion.

1A) Powerblock Split Squat - 5 sets of 10 per side
1B) KB 1-Arm Overhead Press - 4 sets of 6 per side
1C) Powerblock Chest Supported Row - 5 sets of 10

2) KB Swings - 10x10 (every minute on the minute, as the cool kids are doing these days)

3A) Powerblock Curls - 4 sets of just because I love it
3B) Powerblock Triceps - 4 sets of it feels so good to get a muscle pump

TT Meathead for Life!

By the way, I reviewed all the TT Meathead and 2013 roster of workouts here:

Today's Kickbutt Dog Wisdom and Mindset Tips:
"Make Messes. Forgive. Take Naps."

Having gratitude > Wallowing in self-pity.

"To live an extraordinary life you must resist an ordinary approach." – Frank McKinney

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan

Make it happen,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Squat and Rock Circuit

Another great day getting back under the bar for a heavy lifting session. Three plates per side on squats. Wasn't as strong as I hoped to be, but still a good set.

Workout went like this:

1A) Squat
1B) Cable Abs

2A) Good Morning
2B) Front Squat

Started with a big warm-up, ended with a protein shake and Facebook QnA down at the local coffee shop. Great times. I love this routine that keeps me pumped up even though it is has been one heck of a winter here in Canadia.

Not interested in heavy barbell workouts, don't worry, I've got you covered.

BE the ROCK in someone's life ... and do this Rock Circuit

Kickbutt Dog Wisdom of the Day:
Wag more, whine less.

And I want to share this wonderful feedback from an ETR Gratitude Journal user...

"I just gave your ETR gratitude journal to a friend in the hospital tonight. He is doing well for the moment, but the doctors weren't sure if he was going to make it through the last couple days. He has been struggling with staying positive and I thought he could use some help. I know that nothing helps me keep things in perspective like gratitude. That virtue has helped me so many times. I hope it can help him too and give him something to work on while he recovers. If he can turn his attitude he can find joy even in the midst of struggle."

Learn more about the 5 minutes that will change your life

Off to do some waggin,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, February 10, 2014

10 fat loss tips from my 22 year career

Today you'll discover the Top 10 Fat Loss Secrets I've learned (the hard way) in my first 22 years as a Personal Trainer. I've done all the research and spent thousands of hours in the gym with my clients getting this information so that you can get FAST results. Enjoy!
Drum roll please...
#10 - You can never, ever, ever have enough exercise substitutions.
No matter what workout I create, there are always hundreds of my 150,000 Turbulence Training clients that will need an exercise substitution.
Many can't do squats or lunges, so we need to use 1-leg hip extensions, or deadlifts, or even wall squat holds (held in the "high" position). Other folks don't have a barbell, so they need dumbbell exercises, while many people have no equipment at all, and need my funky bodyweight exercises, like Spiderman Climb Push-ups or Total Body Extensions.
The good thing is that ol' CB always has a substitute for you in one of my 135 workouts for you.
"I want to share this. Total body Extensions are awesome! As a warmup and a finisher. My hamstrings, quads, Lats , Calves and Delts were sore. Thanks for this exercise Craig." - Jym Johal, TT client
#9 - Every diet works
We've had TT Transformation Contest winners use Eat-Stop-Eat, Xtreme Fat Loss Diet, Isabel De Los Rios' diet, Carb-Cycling, the TT Simple Nutrition program, 6 meals a day, 3 meals a day, and even Weight Watchers, I think...
...that just goes to show you that every diet works. Here's the SECRET:
You must try them all (for 3-4 weeks) until you find the diet the best suits your personality, your schedule, and your physiology. Never give up. You WILL find the right diet for you, trust me.
#8 - Seek the Minimum Effective Dose in your workouts
You don't need to bomb and blitz one bodypart per day, six days per week, with 20 sets per muscle. That's overkill. It will ruin your joints and waste your time.
Instead, stick to 1 to 3 sets per muscle group, doing 3 total body workouts per week. The best program for fat loss that uses this system? The NEW and IMPROVED Turbulence Training. It's based on the latest science, tens of thousands of happy users, and dozens of TT Transformation Contest results.
#7 - Bodyweight exercises get you lean and fit faster than cardio
Last September, while I was staying at the Biltmore Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, I was reading my Sunday scientific research round-up when I discovered a game-changing study. 
Researchers had subjects do 4 minutes of fast-paced bodyweight training and found that they gained just as much fitness - and much more muscle endurance - than subjects that did 30 minutes of slow cardio.
That's why you can dramatically reduce your workout time (getting a Minimum Effective Dose) with convenient bodyweight workouts (like our new Home Workout Revolution system).
The NEW Turbulence Training and the Home Workout Revolution were two follow-along video programs I released in 2013. You can get both workouts, plus every NEW workout I create for LIFE, and FREE admission to the TT Summit for Life, when you become a TT Lifetime Partner. It's easily the best deal going in fitness. It's literally every workout you need for life.
#6 - Every lifter still loves a classic Meatheads Pump 
It started out as a bit of a was 2008 and one of my "guinea pig" clients here in Toronto wanted a hybrid TT-bodybuilding workout. Thus, TT Meathead training was born. 
We are now on TT Meatheads #11, and these workouts just keep getting better and better. This year we've seen Meatheads Pump, Spring Training, and 5x5. I'm already working on the next one. And yes, Lifetime Members get access to every Meathead workout I've created and ever will create...can't wait to do some follow-along Meathead videos in 2014, too.
#5 - Intervals vs. Finishers
My beloved interval training has been effectively replaced by metabolic finishers. Now wait...the truth is that intervals still work. They are awesome.
But...It's really tough for all of the awesome TT readers from Wisconsin, Winnipeg, Ohio, Ontario, Lithuania, London, Regina, and Reykjavik, to do intervals in their basement with no equipment in the middle of January. (And it's too hot to do them outside in Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong, or Hades <= Always too hot there.)
It's much easier to use finishers (with little or NO equipment). And metabolic finishers save you time. That's why the new TT uses them - so that we keep all of the workouts under 30 minutes. 
Keep doing old-school intervals if you love them, but if you want to cut 10 minutes from your training - or if you have no way to do intervals - then use workout finishers and push yourself a little harder.
Need proof? Come to next year's TT Summit in San Diego and I'll personally put you through a Finisher that you'll never forget! 
#4 - Workout Challenges are addicting
Back in 2007 Men's Health magazine asked me to film the exercises for something called "The 300 Workout". Note: I didn't design this program (it's from a trainer named Mark Twight), but the 300 Workout video I created has been viewed almost 2 million times.
Thanks to that video, I've been called every name in the book by Youtube viewers...oh well, Bally still likes me. ;)  (As long as I feed him dinner!)
Ever since the 300 workout went viral, I've been creating all types of Challenge workouts because they are fun and addictive. You get to compete against yourself, and others. That's why Crossfit is so popular, and that's why I call workout challenges, "Workout Golf".
I was playing around with some garage gym workouts on the week, and here's a bodyweight challenge workout for you. Give it a try. Do these tough exercises to the max and record your score.
The Bodyweight Max Challenge
- Start with a full-body warm-up.
- Do not rest between exercises.
- Do the max number of reps or time for each exercise with proper form.
1) Chin-ups or Bodyweight Rows - Max Reps
2) Bulgarian Split Squats - Max Reps Per Side
3) Close-Grip Push-up ­ - Max Reps
4) X-Body Mountain Climber ­- Max Reps Per Side
5) Total Body Extensions - Max Reps in 1 Minute (only 1 minute!)
Let me know your scores on the TT Forum.
#3 - ANYONE can get amazing results
No matter what situation you are in, here's the harsh truth: Someone, somewhere, under worse circumstances than you are facing right now, decided to make big changes and was able to transform their body and their life. Period.
If they can do it, so can you.
There are too many success stories from all walks of life - from TV's "The Biggest Loser" to the Turbulence Training Transformation Contests - for anyone to say that it can't be done.
Everyone - and anyone - can get the results they want and deserve as long as they have the 5 Pillars of Transformation going for them, and you'll get all of them with Turbulence Training for Life. Those 5 Pillars are:
a) Better planning & preparation
b) Professional accountability
c) Social support (online works just as well as 'real world')
d) An incentive
e) The Deadline
Get those into your life right now!
#2 - Women want to train as hard - or HARDER - than men
I want to formally apologize to every woman in the world for not recognizing this earlier in my career. It wasn't until about 2008, after women starting winning all of my Transformation Contests, that I finally realized how hard women loved to train.
It was awesome, like finding out that your girlfriend loves football, action movies, and baking cookies. Or better, if she loves that you are watching football and action movies while she makes cookies. ;)
Every day I continue to be impressed by how much the ladies of the TT world love the TT Meatheads programs, and by how one of my female Certified Turbulence Trainers, Shawna Kaminski, can do 25 pull-ups at the age of 50 (while sporting 6-pack abs). We've even had 70 year old women use TT to get lean and enter the TT Transformation Contests.
TT hears our women roar. Keep rocking ladies, we love all the effort you are giving to put curves in all of the right places. You inspire me every day.
#1 - If there was just ONE change that I could make... would have been to create follow-along TT workout videos for you a LOT sooner than 2013.
The technology just wasn't within my reach. However, we've now done two mega-video projects (TT and HWR) and our videos get better every time. 
So just imagine the workout videos we can create for 2014. Stay tuned, and reserve your spot to be first in line for EVERY workout I ever create:
Hope you enjoyed those 10 lessons.
And there's a NEW big lesson that I just realized this weekend...
...I'll share with you tomorrow.
Plus, coming later this week, the highly anticipated...
The 2013 TT Workout Report Card!
I've been really harsh on myself this stay tuned to see what grade your favorite workout gets.
So many more great programs and videos to come,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - So what's this TT "event" all about?
"Let me start out by saying that this is an amazing deal that you do not want to pass up on.

I can honestly say that TT has changed my life. I've been following Craig and Turbulence Training for about 5 years now and it's by far had the biggest impact on me in terms of fitness, business and most importantly personal growth.

You get access to every single workout that Craig and the Turbulence Training team creates - that in itself is worth thousands of dollars.

Not to mention you get all the support you get in here from the Turbulence Training members and Craig. I have built some amazing relationships over the past couple of years through TT.

Mike Whitfield, Brent, Derek, Timmy, Catherine, Peter are people I all consider friends even though I haven't met a few of them. You get to watch their personal and physical growth and become a small part of their life. It's really something special.

And then there's the TT Summit. Each year it keeps getting better and better. This past year I got to meet John Romaniello, Adam Bornstein and Martin Rooney (who happens to be the best speaker I've ever seen).

The information and networking from the weekend is priceless. You get the chance to work out with Craig and watch how he takes a group through a training session. It's really the best weekend of the year for me each year. And you get an awesome excuse to go to San Diego!

The TT Lifetime Partnership is a GREAT deal from Craig and one that is a no brainer if you ask me
- Dani Woodrum, Certified Turbulence Trainer
Become a TT Partner for Life <= Price increases $200 this week

Bizarro Workout World at the Gym

Ladies, ladies! Etiquette at the gym please! One gal coughed all over my water bottle & another had worse B.O. than all the guys combined!

It was bizarro world at the gym today, I guess.

There was even a woman using the one and only squat rack for non-squat exercises, so I decided to squat tomorrow and go with a super classic Meathead Monday upper body pump workout.

Big warmup, including WYLIT and Band pulls for the upper back, and a few sets of pushups plus many bench press warm-up sets for the chest, triceps, and shoulders.

1A) Bench Press with 1-second pause at bottom - 3x5, 2xAMRAP (triceps fatigued first!)
1B) Chest-Supported Wide Grip Row - 4x10, 1xAMRAP

2A) Pulldowns
2B) DB Incline Press

3A) Face Pulls
3B) Triceps

Classic triceps pump at the end of this one. The paused bench weak point - for me, anyways - was triceps. Better bring the strength up there with some close-grip barbell presses and neutral grip db presses.

Great times, great meathead training. Just like the old days.

Tomorrow I will squat.

After training everything was back to normal, with some ladies asking some great questions.

Q: What is the best workout to lose that stubborn 4% fat that likes to linger around? I'm a indoor cycle coach just cant seem to lose it! Thanks.

The 4-week "Turbulence Training for Buff Dudes-Hot Chicks" workout that is part of the Advanced TT workouts here

(Weird names, I know, but amazing workouts!)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Today matters, not yesterday's mistakes. Forgive, learn, apply, forget the guilt, & move on. Stay strong and keep on pushing on.

Someone, somewhere, under worse circumstances than you are facing right now, decided to make big changes & was able to transform their life.

So you can too...Never give up on what is important to you. Stay strong and keep on pushing on.


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Wisdom:

"The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is." - Tao Te Ching

Saturday, February 08, 2014

5 foods

Bad news. Your diet is too high in the wrong type of fat and too LOW
in the right type of fat (Omega-3's). The result is TOXIC inflammation
overload that destroys your health, and makes it nearly impossible for
you to lose weight, no matter how hard you work.
Fortunately, world-renowned medical doctor, Dr. Phil Spiess, M.D., is giving
away a step-by-step blueprint showing you the top 5 yummiest foods that
not only fight toxic inflammation, but will also help you overcome every
stubborn fat loss plateau.
Grab your free copy of Dr. Phil's 5 fat-fighting foods here <= Free for a limited time
You'll also learn about the #1 WORST oil to cook with, and one
particular type of fish that you should literally NEVER eat if you
care about your health and your heart...
Download your complimentary copy at the below page right now:
==> 5 Foods That Fight TOXIC Internal Inflammation
Learn the medically-approved foods to lose unhealthy belly fat,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Free Guide to a Perfect Day

You're busy. Stressed. Struggling to get everything done.
Here's the solution. I'm giving you a FREE copy of my life-changing Perfect Day Productivity System ... as my Ballantyne's Day Gift to you. :)
Please share this with anyone that you think it will help. 

This unique system has helped me have the Perfect Work Day (and off-day weekends) over and over again, allowing me to design the Lifestyle of my Dreams that has brought me amazing friends, financial freedom, and the ability to work from anywhere in the world.

It is my sincere hope that it helps you have the perfect, most productive days possible. Again, please share it with your friends.

Download the free audio and report here
Listen to it again and again, or print out the report if you prefer to learn by reading, as I do.

Personal productivity, success, and "getting stuff done" are important to me and it is our goal to help you with this through the advice we deliver through our daily tips at If there's anything I can help you with in this respect, let me know.

Hope you are having a perfectly awesome and productive day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Know what I'm doing today?
Absolutely NOTHING online or with my phone.
I'm taking what I call a "Device Free Day" today.
That means no Internet, no computer, and no cell phone. 
It's liberating.
It will be all family time, fitness, and fun time. And since I'll be with my family, no one will need to call my cell phone in an "emergency". That's why I won't need to check it. 
Everything else can wait.
See if you can organize a day like this.
No cell phone. No Internet. No Computer.
Just you, the people you love, and your unstressed mind.
Treat yourself to a Device Free Day.
Treat yourself to a better life.
It all starts with putting more Structure into your life so that you have more Freedom. Sounds weird, right? Let me explain in my proven system here:
Let me know what you think!
PPS - Happy Ballantyne's Day Week!
Wait, you weren't calling Valentine's Day all this time, were you? ;)

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Crushed a Guinea Pig in the Garage

Yes! Another Guinea Pig crushed.

All thanks to another awesome workout creation.

Today in the Ballantyne Gym Lab I put a client (i.e. Guinea pig) through a "Big Five Finisher". I might bring this out as the March Turbulence Training Workout of the Month. It was really tough, and a perfect total body workout for fat burning, a little muscle-building, and great conditioning. My "guinea pig" was sweating up a storm in the cold garage gym.

Remember that my big 5 goes like this:
1) Squat
2) Push
3) Pull
4) Single-Leg
5) Total Body Ab

This format can be used for any goal - from strength to fat loss to conditioning.

And this workout actually hit them ALL!

Stay tuned for March.

After that, I had a good discussion about healing a rotator cuff injury on my Turbulence Training FB QnA (where we also just hit 55,000 fans, by the way).

Scott said: I want a chest workout to do while I have a partial tear in my rotator cuff. I don't need (or want) surgery, but it doesn't heal. Very frustrating.

My Reply:
No chest workout for you. The cuff will heal if you stop doing chest for 3 months and train your upper back twice a week. Man up and take the time off. You can do it. i've done have many big and strong guys...the time will fly by...your shoulder will get healthy, and then you can build the chest.

Also, have you watched this video on my #1 fat burning tip? Go here:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Be The Rock in someones life-The consistent, always there, always showing up, always on the level, source of support for someone. It matters.

We all need rocks in our life. Things we can count on every day. Be that rock for someone else.

So that friend, family member, long-neglected acquaintance, that one you know is wanting/waiting to hear from you, reach out to them today.

Here's a little rock in my Favorite FB page. Thank goodness this young man was delusional -

Sometimes it is right to chase your dreams,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Quick biz recommendations:

 Y'all need to be reading and "Ready Fire Aim" by Michael Masterson.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, February 07, 2014

6 bad exercises

Back behind the bar today at the YMCA where I witnessed a lot of silly exercises.

Among the 6 bad ideas I witnessed were:
- Rounded Back Deadlifts
- Broomstick twists while wobbling on a Bosu ball
- Bench dips (terrible for the shoulder)
- Slow cardio (of course!)
- Upright rows standing on a Bosu ball (what is it with these things?)
- Incline Bench Press with the bar lowered to touch his chin. His chin!!!


Most dangerous is the rounded back move or the incline to chin (he must not like his teeth), but the ugliest was the broomstick twists. So sad to watch a grown man do that.

My workout:

Old-Man Warm-up (extra long because I shoveled a lot of snow this morning and felt tight)

1A) Deadlift (5-3-1)
1B) Military Press (5-3-1)

2A) Deadlifts (4x10)
2B) Cable Lateral Raise (4x10) <= subbed in for presses b/c shoulder was tight

3) Shrug Pyramid Set with little rest (40-50 reps)

Good times. I love the basic Deadlift + Press superset.

After training I immediately have a shake, All you need for fat loss is 20 grams of protein. That's it. I use (whey protein) or Paleo Protein powder (non-whey). Those two are great. If you want to gain muscle, eat a regular meal right after your shake. It's simple. Don't get fooled by complex advice.

For short, burst workouts 3-4 times per week for fat loss, you don't need to force carbohydrates into your diet (i.e. sugary post-workout or during workout drinks).

If you want to build muscle, you might want to add more calories to your drinks, but there is nothing's all about total calories for the day and week.

FB Qna: Hi Craig. Id like to improve really my conditioning by summer. I take kung fu classes 3-4 times a week and sometimes also ride stationary bike for around 30 mins almost every day. Id like to start doing some thing like t25 or tutbulence training. How should I go about integrating it, should I alternate days doing that and kung fu or isIit more beneficial to do several consecutive days, or do it nearly every day and continue my kung fu schedule as normal. Also whats the most I should work out in a single week? Thanks so much!!

Answer from ol' CB:

Stop the stationary bike. It's useless.
Use my program 4x's per week after Kung Fu Training. Have 3 days per week where all you do is stretching/mobility and walking or light biking.

Check this success story posted on FB:
  • Angie Mitchell been running forever and recently came across your workouts. Added them to my routine and have seen more results in the last 3 weeks than in months. Just wanted to say thanks!!!!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

“Cherish time, your most valuable resource. You can never make up the time you lose. The most important choices you’ll ever make are how you use your time.” – Dave Kekich

Time to go out for more snow with Bally,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - People are still skeptical about TT.

That's why we have the Transformation Contests. Reminded me I need to share this more, here's a video of our first transformation winners! -

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Avoid Subway and go to Chipotle

Have you heard about the shocking admission that the Subway sandwich company has been forced to make this week?
A food blogger discovered that Subway's bread contained an ingredient used in the production of foamed plastics such as yoga mats. According to the LA Times, "Azodicarbonamide causes asthma in humans and the ingredient is already banned in Europe and Australia."
Ugh, how would you like your steak and cheese rolled up in a yoga matt? LOL. Want that heated up? Double LOL.
Just another reason to skip that junk...that's right, junk. Where else can you get a loaf of bread being passed off as "weight loss food"? What a joke. The truth is that eating at Subway just leaves you tired, lethargic, and on your way to GAINING belly fat.
And that smell...ugh...spending 2 minutes in Subway stinks you up all day.
That's just one of the so-called healthy foods out there that you MUST avoid this weekend, even if you are having a cheat day. 
Probably the WORST thing you could order at Subway is a tuna sandwich on a massive loaf of bread combined with a bag of potato chips. Mmmm...cancer in a bag! Might as well wash that down with some Diet Coke, right? What an epic failure of a so-called healthy lunch.
If you don't believe me, you need to listen to world-renowned cancer specialist, Dr. Phil Spiess, when he says:
Dr. Spiess, who I met this weekend down in Tampa while delivering my Turbulence Training Certification seminar, is a leading expert on health, fat loss, and avoiding cancer. 
He can also help you lose weight fast and protect your heart from these nasty so-called health foods that big companies are tricking you into eating.
Dr. Spiess recently put together a brand new free report entitled The 15 Foods That DAMAGE Your Heart to inform you of the worst foods you MUST steer clear of if you care about your health and longevity (unfortunately, most people eat these foods every day).
Even better, you can download the entire free report in just a few seconds by visiting this page right now.
You can't out-exercise a bad diet for fat loss OR heart health. What you eat is the most important factor in how you look and feel. If you want to live a long life, then throw these foods out now!
==> 15 Foods that DAMAGE Your Heart (throw them out)
Please don't make these common mistakes.
Skip Subway restaurant this weekend and forever,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - What's better than Subway for healthy fast food?
...Chipotle, by a long shot.
Get the burrito bowl, no rice or flour tortilla, and load up on beans, meat (carnitas is my favorite), and vegetables. You can even have a side of heart-HEALTHY guacamole for under 600 calories.
That's the Chipotle "Ballantyne" bowl. You'll love it!
Have a great weekend, and I'll be back on Monday with an amazing free gift to improve your life! 
It's all part of our upcoming Ballantyne's Day celebration.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Throw this food out now

Every year millions of 'healthy exercisers' die from heart disease. Why? Because they are eating the wrong foods in their diet.
Did you know that your diet is more important than cardio for fat loss? And did you know that many "common" everyday foods, such as cooking oils, condiments, and even certain types of fish can cause massive DAMAGE to the precious tissues of your heart?
If not, you need to listen to world-renowned cancer specialist, Dr. Phil Spiess, when he says:
Dr. Spiess recently put together a brand new free report entitled The 15 Foods That DAMAGE Your Heart to inform you of the worst foods you MUST steer clear of if you care about your health and longevity (unfortunately, most people eat these foods every day).
Even better, you can download the entire free report in just a few seconds by visiting this page right now.
You can't out-exercise a bad diet for fat loss OR heart health. What you eat is the most important factor in how you look and feel. If you want to live a long life, then throw these foods out now!
==> 15 Foods that DAMAGE Your Heart (throw them out)
Please don't make these common mistakes.
Junky 'health' foods belong in the garbage,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Also revealed... the link above, you'll get Dr. Spiess' 4 strategies to eliminate deadly inflammation, including the easiest, most effective strategy that you can put to use in seconds. These quick tips work equally well for men and women and are used by thousands of his patients and clients across the the world. Be sure to watch until the end, as he saves the best for last!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

#1 cooking ingredient killing you

My mother thought I was lying. But I knew I was right. You see, we were in her kitchen at Christmas, and she was using a nasty cooking oil. "Mom," I said, "that stuff will kill you." She didn't believe me. All the articles she read said it was "heart healthy". Well, here's the this:
Fortunately, mom listened to me (instead of her hero, Rachel Ray). But you probably didn't know that most common cooking oils are creating a TOXIC environment in your body, making it much more difficult for you to lose fat and hurting your heart health.
Even worse, there is one "nightmare" oil that is proven to expand your waist and even DAMAGE your heart... and it's in almost EVERY packaged food at the grocery store.

To save your belly and your heart, you need to listen to this doctor =>
Dr. Phil Spiess, M.D., as he reveals the #1 ingredient killing you at every meal, and which cooking oils you MUST avoid, along with those that are both safe and beneficial to consume, in his brand new free report, The 5 Worst Cooking Oils for a Flat Stomach.

Download your complimentary copy by visiting this page right now while the report is still being offered for free.
Eat right for fat loss and health, 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Watch out for sneaky food industry tricks.
All they care about are profits...and that means cheap, deadly ingredients.
Dr. Phil Spiess, M.D., reveals the #1 ingredient killing you at every meal, and which cooking oils you MUST avoid, along with those that are both safe and beneficial to consume, in that brand new free report.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Vinny D and PowerHouse

What a great day down here in Tampa, Florida. It started with an early wake-up, and then hours dedicated to writing the Certified TT Trainer newsletter. That was followed by meditation, and then a snack of cacao balls (seriously!) and a BioTrust protein shake.

What the heck is a cacao ball? It's a snack made from cacao nibs that was brought to me by Gustavo Rosello, a Certified Turbulence Trainer from the Dominican Republic. He attended our Live TT Certification on the weekend, and is a big time Go-Giver. He bought a box for all of our Master TT Trainers at the event. What a Go-Giver of a guy! Thank you Gustavo!

There's some caffeine in the cacao nibs, and they give me a lot of mental energy. After that I picked up my good buddy from Canadia, Vince Del Monte. Vinny D is such a good guy. He's a go-giver, value adder, and muscle building expert for the skinny guy.

We train quite differently, so once we arrived at Powerhouse gym in Tampa, we each went our separate ways. My workout was a little out of order because all the squat racks were taken, but eventually I got everything done.

1A) Bench Press
1B) Pullups

2A) Barbell Squats
2B) DB Incline Press

That was it. I do a lot of sets for each. I stick to the basics, focusing on building strength. After training, I grabbed a shake of chocolate protein and a banana, waited a few minutes for Vinny, and then drove back to my friend Joel Marion's house.

Not interested in meathead training?

Try this great conditioning circuit instead:

Tomorrow I return home to Canadia, where I'll spend the next week out on the farm with Bally the Dog. Then it's back down to Florida for 2 weeks on February 17th, and then a week in California at If you are a trainer, you MUST be at this event!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip comes from virtual mentors...

Gary Vaynerchuk & James Altucher on this podcast:

James: Gary, so tell me how you’re involved in so many things, how do you find the time to spend with your kids?  Talk a little bit about your family.

I’ve won in 2013, this is by the far the year of my most happiness with how I’ve done it, and I’ve done it through extremities.  Let me explain.
I was half pregnant before.  I’d be working, and then I’d be, wait a minute, I need to spend more time with my family and I would just leave and cancel some meetings and get home at 5:30 and bathe Misha and spend some time with Lizzy. 

But there was no system.  It was very helter-skelter.  It was just a philosophy of like, wait a minute, when I can remember, or how do I fight for it.  I need to fight for it.  It didn’t work.
What I did was I went extreme.  I went to my strengths. 

I now work 8:00 a.m. to midnight.  And I mean I walk into my apartment at midnight, not I get home at 8:00 and I work on the computer.  I work 8:00 to midnight Monday through Friday, James.  I really do.  I mean it’s the truth.  I’m a workaholic.  There is no confusion by that.
On the flipside, my weekends, I’m completely all in on my family now.  No looking at the phone and answering e-mail.  Maybe a little bit of these last two out of five weekends because of the book, but I would say 50 of the 52 weekends, 48 of the 52 weekends this year, I will be 100 percent all in.
On top of that, instead of the two and half to three weeks of vacation that I’ve taken every other year of my life, at least the last ten years, I took 7 weeks this year, a lot more time with Lizzy and the kids.  I’ve been able to get a lot more quality time with my family and get a lot of quality work in, which is something that I’m passionate about.
James: I see.  So you sort of like pack it in. you kind of turn off the phone on Friday night and pick it up again Monday morning, or something like that.
It’s been a hundred and zero to the best of my ability.  The vacation time has been ridiculously incredible.  It’s very easy for me to tune out.  And on the weekends, I was really like let me get an hour in.  Let me do this.  In five minutes, I’d look at my phone 15 times when I was at the park with my daughter. I’ve been able to cut that out and be really focused on family.
And so do I spend as much hours as somebody listening right now is saying, “Wait a minute.  Eight to twelve?  I mean he is out all of Monday through Friday.  You have the weekend.”  So am I around as somebody who gets home at 6:00 and spends time?  I’m not.  But for the hours that I am, I’m dramatically more tuned in.

Life is not about traditional balance.

It's about making life work for you.

Do what's right for you.

Do it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer