Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gain muscle and lose fat at the same time

The #1 mistake I've made when creating my workout programs has been NOT making them hard enough for you. I underestimated your commitment. But you've told me you want to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, and you want my BEST fat burning, sexy-body-building workouts. 
So that's what you'll get. I've teamed up with John Romaniello to bring you Clash of the Titans V - my most advanced workout that will help you gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. And you will get it as a FREE bonus when you get Roman's NEW program that will also help you gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Grab it during his birthday sale here:
When you get Roman's program, just send an email to Lesa and she'll send you the advanced workout bonuses that I created for hard-core calorie burning and building a lean, sexy, movie star body.
Email your receipt to Lesa here and she'll email you the bonus programs:
Research from Purdue University, published back in 2007, proved that men and women of all ages can lose fat and gain lean muscle at the same time.
In that study, men and women with an average age of 62 years old did three circuit workouts per week for 12 weeks. They lost 4 pounds of fat and gained 4 pounds of lean mass. And that was with a 'crappy' workout that didn't change, and the subjects did NOT change their diet. So just imagine what a program from fitness superstar John Romaniello can do for you.
And if that's not enough, I'm actually giving you THREE bonus workouts that also help you build muscle and lose fat at the same time. 
When you send Lesa your receipt for Roman's workout, she'll send you a special download link that gives you access to:
1) TT Clash of the Titans II
2) TT Clash of the Titans III
3) TT Clash of the Titans V: Grudge Match <= brand new!
Train hard and get amazing results,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS -Here are the amazing results...
...for one of Roman's clients...sexy, super-hero results. So his program, and my special bonus workout - Clash of the Titans V - work for BOTH men and women to get amazing bodies. 
PPS - Tomorrow...Scarlett Johanssen's diet and workouts revealed!
Tomorrow I have a surprising look at two famous superhero workouts...that is, the workout programs performed by the human actors that had superhero physiques for the movies. I'll show you exactly what they did and how you can achieve the same results to get superhero sexy for summer.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Red Rocks Hike and Denver Deadlift

Saturday was a nice hike through the Red Rocks area just outside of Denver, and this morning was a deadlift workout. Not my best, unfortunately.

1) Hang Clean

2A) Deadlift
2B) Military Press

3A) DB Shoulder Press
3B) KB Swing

4B) DB Lateral Raise

And here are some great 10-Minute workouts that I sent the TT list:

You're in for a special TREAT today because I've teamed up with my bud, world-famous, NY Times best selling author, John "Roman" Romaniello to bring you TWO 10-Minute Bodyweight Cardio Workouts to blast belly fat.

Roman is a SuperHero in the fitness industry. He helps men and women get super-hero-sexy bodies. He's also the creator of several big-name fitness programs, and you've probably read his magazine columns or seen him on TV. He's a big shot in the fitness world that splits his time between NYC and LA with his lovely wife, Neghar Fonooni.

But Roman and I go way back to 2009...and that's why he has time to help us create awesome workouts for YOU.
You see, Roman and I have worked out all over North America at various fitness conferences, and each time we train it's an epic workout grudge-match battle to come up with our best circuits to top one another.

And every time that Roman and I create a workout together, it is known as a "Clash of the Titans". And in fact we've recently put together "Clash V: Grudge Match", which I'll be releasing to the world tomorrow - stay tuned for details on how to get that incredible workout.

But for now, you'll get a Beginner-Intermediate 10-Minute Bodyweight Cardio Workout and...
...then an Advanced "Clash of the Titans Grudge Match 10-Minute Bodyweight Fat Burner!"
Let's start off with:

The Beginner-Intermediate 10-Minute Bodyweight Cardio Workout

1A) Total Body Extension - 20 seconds + 10 second rest x 2 rounds
1B) Spiderman Climb - 20 seconds + 10 second rest x 2 rounds
1C) Prisoner Squat - 20 seconds + 10 second rest x 2 rounds
1D) Cross-Body Mountain Climber - 20 seconds + 10 second rest x 2 rounds
  •     Rest one minute before repeating one more time.

    And now for your Advanced workout that fit folks could STACK on top of the first circuit for a 20-minute Grudge Match against your belly fat...

    The Clash of the Titans Grudge Match 10-Minute Bodyweight Fat Burner!

    2A) Burpees - 20 seconds + 10 second rest x 2 rounds
    2B) Punisher Squats - 20 seconds + 10 second hold x 2 rounds
    2C) Spiderman Pushup (alternate sides) - 20 sec + 10 sec rest x 2 rounds
    2D) Sprint-in-Place (high knees!) - 20 seconds + 10 seconds rest x 2 rounds
  •     Rest one minute before repeating one more time.

    The Clash is On!
    Release the Kraken!
    Or as I say, "Release the Craiggen!"


    See you tomorrow with more amazing SuperHero fat loss advice,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Here's another challenge for you...

    Pick a flaw, any flaw, that you want to improve over next 12 weeks.

    Use this 3-step plan and take robotic action on it every day.

    Step #1 - Punish yourself every time you engage in the flaw. For example, when I quit swearing a couple of years ago, I put $10 in a swear jar. It worked! I 'cured' myself of cursing in just 6 days.

    Step #2 - Have an easy replacement for the flaw. To quit swearing, I started using other silly phrases, like "Sugar Shack" to replace my cursing.
    Step #3 - Get accountability. I told the world. I told my friends. They supported me, and it really helped.
    So share your flaw, goal, punishment, and plan with POSITIVE people, like on the TT Facebook page
    And then remember this...
    12-weeks is only 0.3% of your life.
    You can commit to ANYTHING for 0.3% of your life. It's easy!

    After all, the secret to your future is your daily habits.

    Take one small bad habit and replace it with some small good habit. Start easy. Keep working every day to develop good habits.
    Stay strong and get stronger.

    PPS - And here's the best NON-fitness advice you'll get this week...

    Do a "brain dump" at the end of the day to separate work from non-work. Set a hard "quitting time" for your workday. When that time comes, stop work, grab some paper, scribble out all related work thoughts, and put them away until tomorrow. Now go live your life for the rest of the day.

    PPPS - The last word: => Dedicate...

    ...yourself to getting better every day. Test what works for you. This is a lifelong project. Keep going. Keep learning. Keep connecting with other good people that support you. The breakthroughs will come. Stay strong.

    Talk soon, stay strong!

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    #1 food ingredient to stop eating now

    Back in 2000, while attending a small science conference at the Holiday Inn in Barrie, Ontario, I discovered one ingredient NEVER to eat. Literally, you should NEVER eat this.
    And yet it is one of the most common artificial ingredients, and you've probably had a couple of grams today (possibly in the peanut butter that you thought was healthy).
    According to Dr. Bruce Holub, a food science researcher: "There is NO safe level of this ingredient and food producers should cease and desist the industrial production of it."
    WOW. Eating just a tiny amount of this nasty ingredient can increase your risk of heart disease and make you store more and more visceral fat <= belly fat that's almost impossible to get rid of.
    That's why I created my Simple Nutrition program (and 31 Blender Drink Recipes) that eliminate this toxic ingredient while helping you lose fat AND taking the confusion out of nutrition.

    Believe it or not, MANY of the "health" food labels that show zero amounts of this toxic ingredient actually contain significant amounts, but food companies get to LIE about it.
    Seriously, thank the government lobbyists for another scam.

    The ingredient is "Trans-fats", and the government allows food companies to to call foods "Trans-fat free" if they have less than 0.5 grams per serving...
    ...BUT no one eats just one serving of these foods, and so you end up eating significant amounts of health-destroying trans-fats even when you eat so-called "trans-fat-free foods". What a scam.
    I'll show you how to get rid of trans-fats and eat for Simple fat loss:
    Please get rid of it immediately for your family's safety.

    Eat healthy and lose fat instead,
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Here are some of the foods you'll find it in...
    - pizza and pie crust
    - granola bars
    - many nut butters <= watch out, read the label!
    - almost anything from a bag or a box
    - almost every cheat food
    - fast food milkshakes
    - cookies
    - donuts (sorry Homer!)
    - some frappincino style coffees
    - and worse, so many of your children's foods!
    Please beware this TOXIC AVENGER

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    TT Certification in Toronto

    Hey, I want to thank you for watching my Turbulence Training 10 Million Mission video, and for joining me on our TT Trainer teleseminar back in November of last year, or for using one of my TT Bootcamp programs. 
    Here's a quick update on your next TT Certification opportunities - and the most common reason I was fired as a trainer :).
    For the first time EVER, there will be a TT Certification in Canadia! It's coming up in Toronto on May 9-10th with Master Certified Turbulence Trainers, Brian Kalakay and Chris Lopez (who is also a Strong First Kettlebell instructor and will be happy to spend extra time helping you with your form on advanced kettlebell exercises).
    Chris and Brian are exceptional trainers and know how to bring the energy while being 'politely assertive' when it comes to correcting form.
    As you know, at Turbulence Training, we are sticklers for excellent exercise technique. In fact, back in my full-time training days, I was repeatedly fired by a few of my ultra-wealthy clients for insisting they stop talking, focus, and do exercise according to my rules.
    These multi-millionaires just weren't used to being told what to do...and I guess it bruised their ego that they couldn't handle me. But oh well, training people right matters more than appeasing rich people.
    That's why we spend so much time on correct exercise technique and fat loss program design at the TT Certification. Day One is devoted entirely to creating great workouts and hands-on exercise technique teaching.
    Chris and Brian will cover everything from beginner core training to advanced bodyweight training all the way through to all the Kettlebell exercises you desire to learn.
    I'm proud to have Chris and Brian, Master CTT's, on the TT Team. If you're interested in joining them at the Toronto event, please go here:
    The Next TT Certification in Toronto

    Otherwise, hope you can make it out to San Diego for the TT Summit in JUNE...6th and 7th, with the Cosgroves! (And Brad Pilon!)
    Chris and Brian will also be teaching Certification sessions at the Summit, along with myself, Kate Vidulich, and Dani Woodrum. Plus, you'll get to attend bootcamp sessions with fitness industry legends, Alwyn Cosgrove and Rachel Cosgrove.
    After the morning workouts you'll also hear from the Cosgroves about how they have built one of the most profitable gyms in America - while delivering such amazing results to their clients that they are consistently chosen by Men's Health magazine as one of the top gyms in America.
    If you are serious about growing your personal training business, and about becoming the best trainer you can be, then you need to be at the TT Summit.
    It's not a HUGE seminar, so you'll get a chance to actually talk to all of the presenters and ask them questions that apply to your specific business. Plus, you can still attend the VIP reception on the Friday evening if you take action today. 

    See you soon,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    60 Second Diet Trick

    Here's a 60-second diet trick that will help you lose fat faster, according to the scientific journal "Nutrition & Metabolism".
    Simply mix 10 grams of low-carb whey protein (I recommend BioTrust.com) with water and drink before two to three meals every day. The May issue of Men's Health magazine reported that you will lose fat faster when you do this.  
    If you want more diet tricks, including a proven way to finally break free of frustrating sugar cravings, binges, and addiction, read this article:
    Meet the author, 2008 TT Transformation Contest winner and 2013 TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. Catherine was a sugar addict for decades. She once stole cookies from her roommate to feed her addiction.
    But today, Catherine has crushed the sugar demon. She looks 14 years younger and has dropped 14 pounds of fat now that she is Sugar-Free! And yet if you ever meet her, you'll agree she's sweeter than ever. Catherine rocks, and will be on-stage at the TT Summit in June.
    50 years old - while looking under 35 - and rocking a two-piece!
    So if you LOST the sugar battle this weekend...you know, the one where it was You vs. Giant Chocolate Easter Bunny in a sugar-cocoa butter death match (along with his friends, those dreaded marshmallow bunnies, jelly beans, and cream eggs).
    It's no wonder you fell victim to another sugar binge, so get Catherine's help and FINALLY kick the sugar addiction to the curb forever and ever, Amen. 
    Having Catherine, and her step-by-step sugar-beating blueprint on your side will be like having the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. It will be like having handcuffs removed from your wrists. You'll be free to eat normally and finally lose the fat that sugar held hostage on your body. 
    Escape the curse of sugar addiction.
    No more binge eating.
    No more hiding.
    Just relief.
    And a normal life again.
    To your health and to a better life,
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Some great life advice to live by this week...
    "Wherever you are, be there." -Jim Rohn

    If you are working out, focus on working out, not checking your phone, reading a magazine, or heaven forbid, watching TV in the "Cardio Theater".
    Driving? Drive. No Texting!
    Eating? Eat. Mindfully. Enjoy it, but don't overdo it. Recognize you are full.
    Parenting? Parent.
    Leave the phone at home when you take the kiddo to the park. 
    Be mindful.
    Mindfulness will be the new happiness.
    Expect to hear a lot about it in the next year. And for good reason.

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    # 1 hip exercise to help you squat and lunge without pain

    "This exercise is downright stupid." Yep, that's what top experts, like Mikey Whitfield, Certified Turbulence Trainer, say when I show it to them. But then they use it and realize it is AMAZING.
    It's called the "SCREACH" - "Spiderman Climb with Reach". It works better than anything else to loosen the hips and help you squat and lunge WITHOUT pain.
    It's your #1 mobility and warm-up exercise. Here's what it looks like:
    Here's how you do it: 
    • Brace your abs. Start in the top of the pushup position.
    • Keep your abs braced, pick one foot off the floor, & slowly bring your knee up outside of your shoulder and touch your foot to the ground.
    • As you reach the top of the motion, rotate your upper body to point your arm toward the ceiling.
    • Keep your abs braced and slowly return to the start position.
    Mike Whitfield says:
    "I like to do 6 reps per side in my warm-up routine. But you can also do this in the middle of the day (especially if you're behind a desk all day). The key is to take these reps SLOW.
    Here's a sample warm-up Mikey likes to use...
    • Jumping Jacks (15)
    • Prisoner Lunge (6-8/side)
    • SCREACH (6/side)
    • Leg Swings (12/side)
    • Rest 30 seconds and repeat 1 more time
    If you want to PERMANENTLY improve your flexibility so you squat and lunge without pain - and get the incredible fat-burning benefits of these exercises, then you need to do more than simple hamstring stretches...
    My go-to fitness guru for hip mobility, Eric Wong, uses a series of exercises that allow his clients to squat and lunge WITHOUT pain.
    Get ready to move like you did back in the 80's and 90's! Your joints are going to feel 20-30 years younger with these simple moves you can do in minutes at home.
    Say goodbye to pain while squatting or doing lunges,
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - STOP wasting your time...
    ...doing "5-minute warmups on the elliptical machine". 
    That does NOTHING to help you do REAL workouts.
    Sure, your average trainer at the local big box gym will have NO clue these exercises even exist...but that's okay...because you DO!
    And now you'll be moving around like someone 20 years younger, feeling great, and finally burning more fat because you can do EVERY exercise.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    How to beat sugar addiction

    If you're having a panic attack this weekend because of all the junk food that is in your house, from sugary hot cross buns to 18-inch chocolate bunny rabbits then I have very, very good news for you.
    It's called FREEDOM. Finally, you can be free of sugar cravings and addiction. No more tears, frustration, fat bellies, binges, or embarrassment.
    If you're tired of being addicted to sugar, I want you to meet TT Transformation Contest winner and 2013 TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. She knows exactly how that feels. Catherine was a sugar addict for decades. At her lowest point, she was once caught stealing cookies and cereal from her roommate to feed her addiction.
    But today, Catherine has crushed the sugar demon. She looks 14 years younger and has dropped 14 pounds of fat now that she is Sugar-Free! And yet if you ever meet her, you'll agree she's sweeter than ever. Catherine rocks, and will be on-stage at the TT Summit in June.
    But back to this weekend...
    It's a Sugar Battle.
    You vs. the chocolate, the eggs, the marshmallow bunnies (I love those little, fluffy yellow marshmallow bunnies), the jelly beans, and the desserts.
    You can either go it alone - and fail, falling victim to another sugar binge - or you can get Catherine's help and FINALLY kick the sugar addiction to the curb forever and ever, Amen. 
    Having Catherine, and her step-by-step sugar-beating blueprint on your side will be like having the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. It will be like having handcuffs removed from your wrists. You'll be free to eat normally and finally lose the fat that sugar held hostage on your body. 
    Escape the curse of sugar addiction.
    No more binge eating.
    No more hiding.
    Just relief.
    And a normal life again.
    To your health and to a better life,
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Have an amazing Easter weekend.
    One that is full of family time and free of stress. 
    Become the person you must be to do the great things that you want to do. Get better everyday. Never give up on what is important to you.
    Whatever is in your way, you're stronger than it, you're tougher than it, and you're better than it. You're going to beat it.
    I believe in you.
    Catherine believes in you.
    You CAN do it.
    Stay strong and get stronger.
    And keep on pushing on!

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Squats and bench workouts

    Back under the bar now that I'm off the toilet. I needed a couple of days on a non-jello diet, too.

    Oh wait, not sure what I'm talking about? Read this:
    - http://www.earlytorise.com/my-colonoscopy-and-man-up-challenge-to-you/

    Now that everything is back to normal, this week's workouts are:

    #1 - Lower Body

    Big total body warm-up

    1A) Squats
    1B) Box Jumps - sets of 2, and it wasn't until about the 4th set that power really kicked in...that's because my nervous system really seemed to need a long warm-up...often does

    2A) Front Squat
    2B) Good Morning

    That was it for the day. 4 sets of each.

    #2 - Upper Body - Meathead for Life!!!

    Requires a much smaller warm-up, upper body only, and you can do lower stretching between sets

    1A) Bench with Pause (#truth bench)
    1B) Chin-up with Knee-up

    2A) Close-Grip Bench
    2B) V-Grip Pulldown

    3A) DB Press
    3B) BB Row

    4) DB CSR 1&1/2 reps - going to experiment to see how this goes

    If you like these workouts, you'll love TT Mass at Home 2.0, only available at www.TTMembers.com this month.

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    Set your moral code and live by it – proudly and consistently, without exceptions or excuses.


    "Set lofty goals. Proclaim them to the world. And take massive action on achieving the goals you set out to achieve." – Bedros Keuilian

    Push on strong,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Meathead Garage Gym Workout

    Awesome workout today. It's been a while since I've trained, due to this weekend's surgery and preparation, so I was glad to let it rip on this one. Started off in the basement using the rafters to do pullups...

    1A) Pullups
    1B) Pushups
    1C) Slamball Slams
    - 5 rounds

    2A) Floor Press
    2B) Powerblock Row
    2C) 1-Arm KB Overhead Press
    - 4 rounds

    3A) Powerblock Curl Rest-Pause Set
    3B) TRX Triceps Extension
    3C) DB Rear Delt Raise

    Great times! If you liked that workout, you'll love this:
    - http://www.turbulencetraining.com/workouts/2007/april2007ttmass.shtml

    That was followed by our BIGGEST fitness FB QnA session ever. Read all the great questions here:
    - https://www.facebook.com/TurbulenceTrainingFanpage/posts/10152349333389679

    Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
    There will be days when you struggle to exercise, and that is okay. Just never give up. Realize everyone else goes through this, and not quitting is what separates the successful from the frustrated. Don't give up. Keep on pushing on.

    "Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired... You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going." - General Patton

    Push on,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    PS - Make sure you read this 5-star article that will change your life
    - http://www.earlytorise.com/how-simple-mini-habits-can-change-your-life/

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Superfoods Smoothie

    If you want to build muscle and lose fat at the same time, your post-workout nutrition needs to be perfect to support your goals.
    That means getting the right nutrients into your body to help you recover, burn calories, and keep you making progress towards to your fitness goals.
    Here's a delicious and perfect post-workout smoothie that you can try. It's
    called "Superfoods Peanut Butter and Jam":
    • 500 ml almond milk
    • 1 frozen ripe banana
    • 1 cup of strawberries
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 dates or 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or protein powder)
    Blend all ingredients in a blender. That's a lot, but it delivers two very delicious servings. Just cut the amounts in half if you only want one. It won't be very good to store this overnight because of the seeds.
    And yes, it really does taste amazing like a PB & J sandwich but obviously without the bread (that can leave you tired & sluggish). Like that?
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Foods are just as powerful as drugs...
    ...they really are. That's why you must avoid processed foods, like bread, that cause your body to gain fat and your mind to go sleepy. You must eat whole, natural, one-ingredient foods, in a wide variety to satisfy your body's natural cravings and to help you burn belly fat.
    Smoothies are the perfect way to get lots of protein and one-ingredient Superfoods delivered to your muscles quickly and easily.

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Smoothie Time (but not for Bally)

    If you or anyone you know has an aversion to smoothies, then this mouth-watering recipe is guaranteed to blow them away. I think it's amazing, and I got it from my former neighbor in Toronto, world-famous nutritionist and health guru, Yuri Elkaim. We used to live in the same condo building right beside an amazing dog park in Toronto, but Yuri and his wife had little Chihauhaus that didn't go to well with ol' Bally the Dog :).
    Now to be quite honest...This smoothie is easily the BEST green smoothie I've ever tasted. Even ol' Bally would slurp it right up, if he were allowed - which he is not! But that does not stop him from asking.
    It really is delicious. Here's the recipe for you to see for yourself... 
    Tangy Coco Spinach
    2 big handfuls of spinach 
    1 banana 
    1⁄2 cup strawberries 
    1-2 stalks celery 
    Juice of 1-inch piece of ginger 
    Juice of 1⁄2 lime 
    1 young coconut (water and meat) 
    250 ml water
    Add ingredients to blender, blend, and enjoy.
    Since trying it for the first time not too longago, it's helped me convert the most skeptical and smoothie-averse people, which now means they can enjoy better health and more energy :)
    And you will too!
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Combine this with fat loss accelerator workouts...
    ...and you'll lose a lot of weight and gain a TON of energy in just a few short days. It's all about the complete program. 
    But honestly, even without the workouts you'll get amazing results with this type of smoothie every day. It's the perfect solution - fast, easy, and tasty.
    PPS - Many people ask...
    ...these common questions, so Yuri answered them for you.
    Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?
    A: YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.
    - See more at: http://www.ultimateenergydiet.com/all-day-energy-smoothies-juices-special#sthash.pYldaXcp.dpuf
    Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?
    A: YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.
    - See more at: http://www.ultimateenergydiet.com/all-day-energy-smoothies-juices-special#sthash.pYldaXcp.dpuf
    Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?


    YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.

    Q: Are these smoothie and juices suitable for my kids?


    Absolutely. Both my 2.5-year old and 9-month old sons drink these smoothies and juices on a daily basis. It ensures that they get terrific nutrition when they might be pickier with other foods. They love them!

    Q: Do I need to buy organic ingredients?

    If you can that's great. If not, don't worry about it. You'll still benefit tremendously from the better overall nutrition.

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Personal Trainer Urgent Notice

    Imagine this...being given the EXACT blueprint to getting more clients, making more money, having more fun, and getting to hang out with positive people that want to help you succeed. All while doing so in beautiful, sunny, San Diego, California, right on the beach.
    That's what's going to happen at the 2014 Turbulence Training Summit. The dates are set for June 6-7 in San Diego, California and my amazing team of Amy, Lesa, Heather, and Jeff have pulled out all the stops for you, but  your Early Bird savings of $300 on your ticket ends TONIGHT.

    Over the incredible weekend in the California sunshine, you'll get to meet, network with, and learn from the best in the industry, including...

    - My top, hand-picked Turbulence Training Trainers, such as Mikey "Pancakes" Whitfield, Kate "Dominating New York City" Vidulich, Bri "The High Energy Guy" Kalaky, and last year's TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. Plus, you'll get to do TWO Turbulence Training bootcamps with me and my special guests each morning on the beautiful beaches of San Diego.
    - Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove, fitness business GURUS and go-to experts for the world's BIGGEST health and fitness publications, including Men's Health & Women's Health magazines. Plus, their gym, Results Fitness, is also one of the most profitable gyms per square foot, and they'll show you how to make MORE money with your fitness business.

    What you learn from Alwyn and Rachel will instantly build your fitness career by improving your skills as a trainer or coach and by making your business even more profitable.  

    - Brad Pilon, author of the best-selling book, Eat Stop Eat. Brad NEVER, ever speaks at events, but I managed to lure him out of his Canadian Cave to help you show your clients how to quickly and easily lose fat and gain lean muscle at the SAME time.

    - The ONE and ONLY, Bedros Keuilian.. he'll be teaching and moderating the "Trainer Battle Royal". It's going to be CRAZY fun!

    Plus, Bedros and I will be doing a "Fitness Shark Tank" where we'll give three personal trainer the chance to win personal coaching from B & me on growing their fitness business, all while showing everyone how to improve any fitness business, while helping more people, and making YOU more money while working less. 

    But time is running out and the early bird registration for the TT Summit ends tonight.
    Go Here for the BIGGEST Savings on Your TT Summit Seat

    See you in San Diego,

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - If you have any questions...
    ...about the TT Summit, just let me know. Reply to this email, contact us at TurbulenceTrainingHelp@gmail.com, or post your question on our TT FB fanpage where we have over 109,000 fans from all over the world!

    Farm TRX Workout

    Back out on the farm and it's time to hit the TRX.

    So glad you loved yesterday's killer core training circuit. Using a suspension trainer can get addicting and so I added an ab blasting superset.
    You're going to love this one, too. It all starts with my NEW favorite #1 ab exercise, the Suspension X-Body Mountain Climber...
    ...now I know it sounds so simple, but if you do them wrong, you won't get amazing results. Suspension Trainer Dan Long knows exactly how to get the most out of every rep and he'll show you in his NEW follow-along videos.
    He knows all of the Suspension Trainer secrets that other coaches don't even know exist. Wait until you try this new exercise paired with my previous #1 Suspension Ab move, the Ab Fallout.
    It's a brilliant combo. The first exercise forces stabilization and contraction from the bottom up, while the second demands incredible core strength and then hits you with contraction from the top down. It's the ultimate ab superset, and practically impossible to replicate without a suspension trainer.
    Add this Ab Superset to the end of your next workout:
    A) TRX Mountain Climber - 30 seconds
    B) TRX Ab Fallout (kneeling) - 60 seconds
    - Rest 30 seconds and repeat two more times.
    Then consider your abs, "Officially Blasted". But don't get me wrong, suspension trainers like the TRX or Jungle Gym straps (you can use either for the superset) are not just core training devices.
    In fact, there are literally 191 exercises that you can do to get ripped and even build muscle, practically anytime, anywhere. And celebrity trainer and TRX authority Dan Long shows you how here:
    As part of the Suspension Revolution, Dan is leading cutting edge trainers and clients (including his SuperBowl champion clients and members of the New York Yankees) through all of the best workouts that you can do with these simple straps.
    It truly is a revolution in the fitness industry, and Dan is the leader.
    Discover the aweseome workout videos of the Suspension Revolution here:
    Whether you train at the gym, in the park, or even in your garage, people will be amazed at the strength and shape of your body as you do these moves...
    ... when done CORRECTLY. Most people get suspension exercises all wrong. But you won't do that with Dan. He'll be there every rep of the way, giving you his cuing secrets on getting the most out of every reps...
    ... TRIPLING your results. 
    Dan's Suspension Trainer Secrets + Energy = Awesome
    But hurry:
    This special 2.0 revolution follow-along video launch sale ends soon, and the price of these 191 exercises 20 weeks of high-energy workouts will double faster than you can say, "Viva La Revolution!"
    Get ripped with the Revolution.
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Dan is 41, yet RIPPED and has the most insane energy...

    It's off the charts. And you'll discover this addicting energy in every NEW follow-along Suspension Revolution 2.0 workout video. A big part of Dan's energy and low belly fat levels is his workouts with Suspension training.
    You'll be amazed at what he can show you in just a few seconds.

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    Nutrition Plan for Abs

    Did you know that the years of eating processed foods, lack of exercise, and normal eating patters have literally PROGRAMMED your body to burn NOTHING but calories and sugars from the foods you consume everyday...
    ...INSTEAD of burning off your ugly body fat? 
    In fact, today's exercise programs take way too much time and use old-school methods that cause you to crave more food and calories - especially calories from sugar - FORCING your body to burn sugars and waste away nothing but stored energy. 
    This means that EVERY time you eat and exercise your body is busy fighting a losing battle. BUT...
    What if there was a way to RESET your body's fat burning switch so that your body burns fat FIRST every time you move and exercise?
    Well there IS. It's a super simple 3-step metabolic primer from my good friend and Stubborn Fat Expert, Shaun Hadsall, that TURNS OFF your body's "addiction" to burning sugars, while making your most stubborn fat your "go to" energy source in ONLY 3 or 4 days. 
    STEP #1: Try to consume zero starches or fruits for 3 or 4 days in a row during the week. 
    This will help accelerate depletion of glycogen (your stored energy) and get your body burning fat again. This should equate to a total of 25 to 50 impact carbs for the day. Consume protein in every meal to help increase satiety and keep your body in "fat burning mode". 
    You'll program your body to burn a ton more belly fat by using this approach a just a few days of the week. 
    STEP #2: Increase your fats and double your servings of green cruciferous veggies on deplete days. 
    When you lower carbs for a few days you'll automatically need energy from other sources. Friendly fats and cruciferous veggies should be your go to macronutrients to help provide this needed energy. 
    Some good examples to use are extra fish or krill oil, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter and small amounts of raw nuts for fats -- spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, arugula, green beans, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are great choices for extra veggies.
    This will help provide all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals necessary to maximize fat-loss during a lower carb phase. 
    It will also DECREASE your cravings in a big way.
    STEP #3: Double your daily water intake when you deplete carbs. 
    Remember, for EVERY gram of carbs you eat over the weekend (or any other time) your body holds nearly 3 grams of water. 
    So if you had a few slices of pizza, some bread and a bowl of ice cream we're talking an extra 700 to 1000 grams of water sitting under your belly skin. 
    Consuming extra water is the fastest way to UNDO the damage of over-eating, getting rid of excess water retention, and facilitating other metabolic processes that burn fat. 
    A good rule of thumb is to consume at least 50-60% of your total body weight in ounces of water a few days after overeating. 
    After 3 or 4 days of using this strategy, your body and hormones will be PRIMED to burn PURE fat when you exercise. 
    You just have to make sure you're using the RIGHT TYPE of exercise or all this could be nothing but a waste of your time and energy. 
    That's why Shaun created the 7 Day Ab Targeted Solution. 
    It's specifically designed to release fat-burning adrenaline, while quickly targeting stubborn fat from your WORST trouble stops.
    And it's proven to DOUBLE the fat burning effect of 3 step nutrition approach above in ONLY 12 short minutes per day:  
    If you'd like to SEE your lower belly get flatter WITHOUT gaining it back or damaging your metabolism, just click the link above and you'll discover exactly how you can make it happen in just 7 short days. 
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Monday, April 07, 2014

    7 day plan for ripped abs

    As a fat loss expert, it's not very often that I come across a legitimate, science based method that can quickly "target" lower belly and abdomen fat.
    That's why I wanted to make sure you saw this brand new approach, which takes only 12 minutes, that deals specifically with this very topic.
    In the short article below, my colleagues and America's "Most-Fit" Health & Fitness Pros, Shaun and Karen Hadsall do a tremendous job of breaking down the simple "science" of QUICKLY targeting lower abdomen and belly fat into an easy-to-use 7 day protocol that removes stubborn fat faster...  
    Yes, you heard it right. In only SEVEN short days you can lose significant amounts of lower belly-fat with Shaun and Karen's powerful techniques. And it focuses on specifically targeting what's been termed "stubborn fat".
    Best of all, ANY person of ANY age can apply these techniques!
    Start now,
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Sunday, April 06, 2014

    Weekend workouts

    Trained upper body push and pull at a 24-Hour Fitness yesterday after Day 1 of the TT Certification.

    Bench, Pullups, DB press, chest supported row, and V-grip pulldowns.

    This morning, a quick garage gym at Bedros Keuilian's (I'll take a photo of his sweet set-up), and then I have a flight to Denver.

    Last night, Bedros and his wife cooked for Dani, Kate, myself, and Cara Eckerman, CTT. It was a feast of wagyu beef (from Debragga.com), vegetables, and Di's famous cookies.

    This morning B will make me some eggs before I hit the airport. He's a good cook too, but dinner was all about Diana's work last night. She was in the kitchen all day. Crazy!

    The best breakfast that I ever did have was in Panama City. I was staying at the Hotel RIU and they brought me the biggest omelet and a giant bowl of the freshest fruit. It was a meal fit for a King.
    And that's what I'm going to teach you today: How to eat like a King (or Queen, of course!) and still lose belly fat, get lean, and tone your arms & abs.
    It can be done. You just need to know the nutritional truth, particularly the truth about a certain type of food.
    If you eat the WRONG foods, you're in trouble. If you eat the right foods, like I did in this breakfast at the Westin Hotel in Costa Mesa, California, last Thursday morning, then you'll be well on your way to losing weight - and maybe even getting abs like me and ol' Bally the Dog.
    I love the Westin brand of hotels for their extra effort on healthy traveling, such as their great gyms and "superfoodz" menu. This breakfast was 4 scrambled eggs (real eggs, not that 'egg mix' that hotels will try to serve you), extra olive oil, a double serving of steamed spinach, and Green Tea.
    It was a little too much food, but I man'd up and ate it all before my big leg workout at the local 24-Hour Fitness (of squats, low-box jumps, good mornings, and front squats).
    So enough of training like a workhorse (we'll focus on that tomorrow in our Monday Morning 10-Minute Miracle Workout series).

    Burn fat faster with the right foods in your fat burning kitchen,
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - Really excited to show you some...
    ...unique 10-minute density workouts tomorrow. Some of them are even advanced hard-core workouts. So put your big-kid pants and come ready to train on Monday! It's going to be off the charts.
    Have an awesome Sunday. 
    I'm going to be up early out here in California and then it's off to the airport for my flight to Denver. I have meetings out there for a couple of days and then I get back to Toronto on Tuesday night. Wednesday and Thursday are busy with appointments in the big city, and then finally I get to head back out to the farm for a nice relaxing weekend with ol' Bally the Dog. Spring will be in the air and that means he'll be super-excited to chase 'varmints' down by the old river that runs through our property. It also means he's going to be a wet and stinky dog, so he and I will be spending lots of time in the garage working on more fun, fast, and effective fat burning workouts.
    Stay tuned for tons of exciting workout and nutrition updates this week.

    Saturday, April 05, 2014


    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Diet Mistake

    Last night I made a big diet mistake. I had dinner at the awesome Hamamori Sushi restaurant in the fancy-schmancy South Coast Plaza here in Costa Mesa. Here's what I ate. Can you spot the problem? Look carefully...
    Turbulence Training's photo.
    So many chemicals in the fish, I'm sure!
    Who knows how much Fukushima fallout was in the tuna, how much mercury was in the salmon, and in the octopus and shrimp?
    I was probably a chemical nightmare walking away from that delicious Ocean Salad. :)
    The trouble is that we all have chemicals inside of us. In fact, in 2005, a study by the American Red Cross found a shocking 287 chemicals inside our bodies, which included dioxins, phthalates, pesticides, Teflon byproducts, flame retardants and many others.
    There's no escaping this toxic burden.
    It's ALL inside your body right now and it's harming your cells, causing severe inflammation, clogging up your liver, stopping your body from getting rid of unwanted belly fat - and it's aging your body at an accelerated rate.
    Fortunately, there are few simple "tweaks" you can make to your diet, starting today, that can help your body eliminate this toxic burden and get your fat loss moving again, while helping you look and feel younger.
    Just add these 4 foods to your diet and your body will instantly begin to "let go" of your trapped fat cells
    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS - I'm going to make ANOTHER diet mistake tonight. Sorry!
    But I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer

    Thursday, April 03, 2014

    Another 20 minute garage circuit

    there are almost zero reasons I would ever have someone use a machine over a bodyweight or dumbbell alternative. Here are a few 7-minute circuit workouts you should use instead (do each repetition with a slow and controlled pace):
    1) Lying Hip Extension – 30 seconds
    2) Plank – 30 seconds
    3) Beginner Bodyweight Row – 30 seconds
    4) 1-Leg Lying Hip Extension or Stability Ball Leg Curl – 30 seconds
    5) Kneeling or Regular Pushups – 30 seconds
    6) Bodyweight Wall Squats or Bodyweight Squats – 30 seconds
    7) Jumping Jacks or Run-in-Place – 30 seconds
    - Repeat the circuit 2 times for a total of 7-minute. If you have even more time, do up to 4 circuits with 1 minute of rest between each.
    - Take as much extra rest as you need to…or do 20 seconds of each exercise and rest for 10 seconds before the next move.
    • Prisoner Squat – 30 seconds
    • Rocking Plank – 30 seconds
    • Total Body Extension or Med Ball Slam – 30 seconds
    • Stability Ball or Ab Wheel Rollout or TRX Fallout or Inchworm – 30 sec
    • X-Body Mountain Climber (alternating) – 30 seconds
    • Burpees – 20 seconds with 10 seconds rest
    • Side Plank- 15 seconds per side
    • - Repeat the circuit 2 times for a total of 7-minute. If you have even more time, do up to 4 circuits with 1 minute of rest between each.
    • - Take as much extra rest as you need to…or do 20 seconds of each exercise and rest for 10 seconds before the next move.
    • Prefer follow along videos with perfect exercise demonstrations and encouragement from me?
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    And here's one more workout…I know this is a good one because I did it in the Marion family garage this morning before leaving Joel's place in Florida for a seminar in Los Angeles (I'm writing this to you from seat 4D on Delta Flight 1158…but I'd rather be at home!)
    Craig's Garage Gym Workout – 20 minutes, NOT 7
    1) Prisoner Squat – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    2) Pull-up – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    3) Close-Grip Pushups  – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    4) Med Ball Slam – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    5) Narrow-Stance Bodyweight Squat – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    - 30 second rest
    6) Prisoner Squat  – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    7) Plank – 60 seconds
    8) Bodyweight Row – 40 seconds, 20 seconds rest
    9) Burpee – 15 seconds seconds, 15 seconds rest
    10) Med Ball Slam – 30 seconds
    - Whew.
    - Rest 30 seconds, repeat one more time for about 20 minutes of heart-pounding action. Tough, but good, times.
    Forget the machines. Pick your level. Pound your workout.
    "Try, fail, learn, keep going, keep pushing, stay strong, get stronger, fall down, rise up, adjust course, & success will be yours."
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    Keep on pushing on,
    Craig "The Punisher" Ballantyne, CTT
    Certified Turbulence Trainer
    PS – Are you stuck?
    …Take this advice:
    "Figure out what you want. Focus on it. Find people who have achieved what you want and find out how they think and act, and then follow their lead." – Bill Harris