Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Coldplay and Deadlifting

It's been a fun week with Joel Marion in town. On Monday we went to the Coldplay show here in Denver.

This was my favorite part.

Last night we had a great dinner with Chef Gui Alinat, who is also in town to film some new cooking courses.

I've had the last two days off from the gym and didn't get a lot of sleep earlier this week, but after a good night of rest I did this workout today:

1A) Deadlift
1B) Mobility

2A) Front Squat
2B) Hang Clean

Now for a busy day...

...and my first Facebook Livestream.

Today is a practice, and tomorrow is the "big show".

Stay tuned for details.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Never, ever, EVER give up on what is important to you.

When faced with hard times, we have a choice: We can keep going or we can quit. But all tough times come to an end. If we quit, we only make it worse and learn nothing. If we keep going, things might get worse at first, but you WILL be making progress. Things WILL get better. The future WILL become brighter. It may be slow, but it WILL be sure. Never give up on what's important to you.

Make sure to use this mindset to enter the 27th TT Transformation Contest:

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Monday, August 29, 2016

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Creator, Turbulence Training & 6-Minutes to Skinny
Founder, ETR University

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Certified Turbulence Trainer

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2) Lower Abs

-Mountain Climbers
-Stability Ball Pike
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-Side Plank

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Ha… that's what I call an "evil Canadian grin"
Have fun!

Crazy Monday Motivation

This morning's kickbutt mindset tip will kick your butt. Literally.

Ok, not literally, but it's awesome...

...and it's from my training mentor, Bobby Maximus.

And this is pretty cool, too. It's a Monday Motivation interview I did on San Francisco radio last week.


The host, Brian Copeland, is a big fan of The Perfect Day Formula, and so he invited me to spend half an hour on his show.

Fun times, and hoping it leads to more of these.

Now to our workouts...

Last night I flew to Denver and got in late. Plus, since I squatted yesterday and did a Meathead Workout on Saturday morning in Toronto, that meant today was an off-day.

But yesterday I hit my old haunt, the Stratford YMCA, to get under the bar.

Training session went like this...

1a) Power Clean

1b) Mobility

2a) Squat

2b) Mobility

3a) Good Morning

3b) Overhead Squat

3c) DB reverse lunge

Then it was time for a dog walk on a beautiful August day.

I wish I had more time on the farm, but I have a busy week back in the ETR offices as we launch and my good friend ol' Joel Marion is coming into town for a Coldplay concert tonight. Should be good times and busy times. I'll send some good updates this week.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"I will defeat the person I was yesterday. The person I compete with the most is the old me. Today I will train harder than that person, eat better and pay more attention to recovery than that person. I will better myself physically in every way I know how. I will also be kinder to people and show people in my life more love. I will become a better person than the person I was yesterday. I will read and educate myself and become smarter than I was yesterday. I am always capable of defeating the man I was yesterday. I know his strengths and I know his weaknesses. I know him all too well. He is the old me and there is nothing he can do to stop me from getting better." - Bobby Maximus

Amazing motivation,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - It's open!

You can access my life's work today at...
The #1 Small Business Success System.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

TT Trainer Catherine Gordon is Famous!

ongratulations to Certified TT Trainer Catherine Gordon for having her amazing photos and TT Transformation shared in "First for Women" magazine this month! It all started when she entered back in 2008.

Training in Toronto and Real Media for the Perfect Day

Faced with the dilemma of squatting with a Smith Machine or waiting until Sunday morning to squat (and thus messing up my weekly schedule), I took the easy way out.

The Smith Machine got the pass, and I did an upper body Meathead workout instead. Fortunately, I tied a personal best for chest presses, and had a good session for the upper back. Today I head home from Toronto, so I'll slip into the YMCA tomorrow morning for a squat workout before driving back to the Toronto Airport for my late flight to Denver.

The Saturday morning session went like this:

1a) DB Chest Press - 70x16

1b) Cable Row

2a) Military Press

2b) Bodyweight Row

3a) Machine Row

3b) Shrug

Good times, even though it was a bit of a cop-out.

On the bright side, away from the gym, my Perfect Day Formula and success systems are getting a lot of real media these days.

That's the power of persistence in plugging your book on 80 podcasts (the radio show host heard me on the 8-Minute Millionaire show) and joining Mastermind Groups (where I met Garrett).

So keep pushing and get connected.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you’ll grow too. Teach as many and as much as you can, for the teacher always learns more than the student. Help the people in your life become the best they can be.” – Craig’s Codes #42

Keep at it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Contest and The Bench Press

It's time to head back to Toronto for a quick weekend visit. I had hoped to stay on the farm longer, but I need to be back at ETR University next week.


This is a major project and it's going to be a very exciting week.

I also had a quick bench press workout this morning before heading to the airport. It was good, and went like this:

1A) Bench

2A) DB Incline Press
2B) Pullup with Knee up

Alright, time for me to transform cities, and for you to transform you.


1. The 27th Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest officially starts on August 28th, 2016, but you can join starting September 11th and/or join at any time during these 12 weeks. The final day to submit entries is Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at midnight EST.

2. If you start on August 28th you finish on November 20th. You then take your final photos and can submit your entry between November 20th and December 4th.

Read the link above for all of the details.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
When faced with hard times, we have a choice...we can keep going or we can quit. But all tough times come to an end. If we quit, we only make it worse and learn nothing. If we keep going, things might get worse at first, but you WILL be making progress. Things WILL get better. The future WILL become brighter. It may be slow, but it WILL be sure. Stay strong. Push on. Never give up on what is important to you. You WILL achieve your goals. You will win.

Get winning,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Big Transformation Contest News

Your next chance to win $1000 starts this Sunday, August 28th.

Check out the rules and how to WIN here

Yes, it’s time once again for you to dominate one of our 5 transformation categories:
  • Women Under 40
  • Women Over 40
  • Men Under 40
  • Men Over 40
  • Pro Category => For past winners to win again! (Back by popular demand!)
Here’s what you need to know…

1. The 27th Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest runs from August 28th through December 4th, 2016, but you can join at any time during these 12 weeks.

2. If you start on August 28th you finish on November 20th. You then take your final photos and can submit your entry between November 20th and December 4th 2016.

3. If you start on September 11th you’ll finish on December 4th 2016. The final day to submit entries is Sunday, December 4th, 2016 before midnight EST.

Join the FREE contest for your chance to win $1000

If you have any questions, please reply to this email or post your question on our Fitness Facebook page here.

By the way, if you’ve never heard the dramatic story of how I personally transformed my life with the 5 pillars of success, please listen to this incredible free show here. It’s the best interview I’ve EVER done.

Listen to my best interview about my life-changing transformation

Looking forward to seeing your amazing success story.

This contest is WHY we do what we do here at TT and Early To Rise.

Nothing makes us prouder or happier than reading your stories of transformation.

So let’s get ready to start strong on Sunday

Go time,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hair Transformation and Deadlifting in Denver

Hmmm, I'm trying to decide what I should transform for contest #27.

It certainly won't be my hair, which is looking awesome these days.


So I'll think about it this weekend...

In the meantime, today's workout was fun.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Jump

2A) Front Squat
2B) Shrug

Had lots of interviews and phone calls again today. Tomorrow I head back to Toronto for the weekend, and then I jump back to Denver on Sunday night. Joel Marion is coming into town for a week, and we have some post-Olympic adventures planned.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you’ll grow too. Teach as much and as many as you can, for the teacher always learns more than the student. Get out of your comfort zone and connect with one new person every day. Take action and attract good people into your life and put more effort into making the people in your life better. You'll be better off in the end!

To your success,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - As you become more successful...

As you become more successful, you will receive more criticism. There’s no way around it. And so you must either build immunity to criticism or fold your tent and go home now. If you believe in what you are doing – and you better – then you should not worry what other people say. In fact, you should welcome criticism because when other people start taking aim at you it means that you are making an impact.


Don’t stop doing what is right. Don’t stop being successful. Don’t let anyone stop you from being you or promoting your products and services as hard as possible. After all, if what you are selling is good – and I know it is, because ETR readers are the best of the best – then you’ll have more customers than critics.


Besides, over 90% of the criticism you’ll receive will be from anonymous cowards who would never, ever say the same thing to your face. Their criticism is simply jealousy, and you need to let that slide like water off a duck’s back. Stay strong and focused on what really matters – helping other people by adding value to the world.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday Crush

Well I was feeling pretty crushed on Sunday morning after my third workout back here in Denver.

I felt strong during the workout, so the time out of the gym seemed to have helped.

It's also led to a little more soreness than usual, but I'll take that trade-off.

Sunday AM session went like this...

1a) Power Clean

1b) Mobility

2a) Squat

2b) Mobility

3a) Good Morning

3b) OH Squat

Part of my fatigue comes from my inability to sleep well in Denver over the last few nights.

I'm not sure if it's the altitude or something in my apartment, but I'm doing everything right to get to sleep each night. No caffeine for over 12 hours before bed... no electronics for 90 minutes before bed... no heavy meals for hours before bed... no alcohol at all.

Fortunately Sunday night was better.

Today was a yoga circuit for recovery, and then I had a lot of early morning interviews to promote The Perfect Day Formula.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"Satisfaction is the end of the line. It will kill any desire you have left within you. It will stagnate your growth and evolution. Once you become satisfied you'll stop improving and if your not growing, you're dying. Words and thoughts like: "I'm good enough", "I've done enough", "I'm successful enough" will lead you straight to the land of the mediocre. Never let your fight end. Never let your journey end. Don't just lay down, roll over, and decide that you've had enough. Always strive to do more and to be more. Always push the limit and live life to the fullest. Never rest. Never be satisfied." - Bobby Maximus

Stay hungry,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Meathead Morning Measureables

Meathead Morning!

After a couple of hours of writing, organizing, connecting, and coaching, it was time to hit the gym for Measured Meathead performance.

Testing the bench press...

1A) Bench Press - Worked up to 195x7
1B) Chest-Supported Row

2A) DB Incline - lacking stamina in this superset
2B) Pullups

Probably a little weaker due to travel, lack of sleep during the trip, time zone shifts, bad night's sleep in Denver, etc.

But not bad, not bad at all.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:

The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you’ll grow too. Teach as many and as much as you can, for the teacher always learns more than the student.

Help the people in your life become the best they can be.

Give more time, love, money, and energy. Increase sacrifice. Decrease selfishness. 

Live more like your BIGGEST self today than you did yesterday.

Become the person you need to be to achieve what you need to achieve in life.

Time is running out. Act now.
Get going,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Back Deadlifting in Denver

Tchau, Brasil!

So after a very smooth day of traveling from Rio to Atlanta to Denver, I was able to get back in the gym on Friday afternoon. I slept 7.5 hours on the flight from Brazil to America, so I was well rested.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Hang Clean
2B) Front Squat

Today I'll be back in the gym for bench pressing.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“Once you have determined the spiritual principles you wish to exemplify, abide by these rules as if they were laws” — Epictetus

Abide like the dude,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Push like the President with Persistence.

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." — Calvin Coolidge

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Brazil Finals

Today is our last day in Brazil. We have lunch, then a few low-key hours before heading to the airport for an overnight flight back to America.

The basketball game was interesting... there were many ticket problems, and the Argentinian fans were chaotic. But Joel got to sit beside Floyd Mayweather, which was cool. However, when one of my friends asked Zac Efron for a picture, he brushed them off. LOL.

Today's workout will be some pullups and rowing at the local gym. I'm just finishing breakfast now and will head over soon. My legs are a little sore, as planned, from yesterday's bodyweight session.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
This quote changed my life. I hope it helps you too.

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' – Maya Angelou

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - If you haven't listened to this yet...

Check out this w/ on how to own the day & control your life.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Easy Days and Hard Mornings in Brazil

Yesterday was a low-key day. I actually did a lot of work because we have some big ETR projects on the go.

Around mid-afternoon we went down to Ipanema beach to visit USA House and the insanely overpriced USA Olympic Store.
Here is last night's sunset view at Ipanema beach with my local Brazilian tour guides, Bruno and Tai.

Then we went to the famous Copacabana Palace Hotel. It might be the nicest hotel I've ever visited. I'd like to stay there one day. We had a great fancy dinner with the Marion family and called it an early night.

Today is also a relaxing-work day, and then tonight it's our final Olympic event, the USA men's quarterfinal basketball game. Will there be an upset?

Kickstarting my morning, though, of course, was a bodyweight workout:

1) Pushups
2) Lunges
3) Iron Cross
4) Bodyweight Squats

Total of 501 reps (Iron Cross not included in the count)

I did a max pushup set of 55 to start to the workout. Good to see my numbers didn't drop off despite the months I spent on a 4-day per week barbell and heavy lifting program.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Relax, let go, and allow those who can help you to help you. You don’t always need to go it on your own. You don’t need be a hero, a martyr, or sacrificial lamb. It’s okay to show a weakness, to address it, to fix it. It’s okay to let someone put bandages on your wounds. The world is not full of sharks out for your blood. Instead, you are surrounded with people that care and want to help you as much as you want to help them. So let them.

Make the right decisions today and always,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Streaking and Snoozing in Brazil

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Today is going to be a relaxing day in Rio. We don't have any events planned, and after yesterday's snoozefest (diving), I'm going to take the chance to catch up on some work in anticipation of a big September.

We're releasing ETR University, having a big Mastermind, and I'm speaking at several events... plus taking on new coaching clients. Good times ahead!

Today's Workout at the local gym:

1A) Seated Row
1B) Mobility

2A) Barbell Row
2B) Face Pull

3A) Shrug
3B) Abs

And in other interesting news...

My streak is over.

I finally drank out of a plastic water bottle again... 350 days after starting this transformation.

I made it through multiple trips around America, and even a 3-week journey to Europe this summer, but I wasn't able to overcome the travel hassles to Brazil this week.

But when I return to North America, it's back to boxed water.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
We often go through long periods of doing the work with minimal results...and then we experience the WHOOOOOSH effect when a big breakthrough occurs leading to incredible results in a short amount of time. But this happens when you do the work, when you fight the resistance, and when you persist.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rio Update and Bodyweight Circuit

Last night was interesting.

We were very lucky to see this man in action last night... he had such incredible confidence in his qualifying heat, his warm-ups, and even down to the last second before the gun went off in the final.

There was NO doubt in his mind.

He was a superman amongst men.

Today we're off to diving. Yesterday we also did a great hike. Wednesday night is basketball quarterfinals. And then we get home on Friday morning.

The hike was tough, but short, and it seemed to have sped my recovery from Saturday's tough bodyweight leg circuit.

Today I did a bodyweight session today in my hotel room.

- 300 squats
- 225 pushups
- 75 split squats

Good times. About 25 minutes, not including warm-ups.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Most people attain their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napolean Hill... so never, ever give up on what matters to YOU.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Read this!

Awesome update.


Steal those ideas!

PPS - Read this

It's powerful.


Take it to heart

PPPS - Another great view from Rio today after a fun hike. Now off to dinner and then the 100 meter finals...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tennis and Training in Rio

Joel and I stumbled into an odd gym on Thursday morning. It had normal equipment, maybe a little old, but it was packed into a tiny space. Imagine having gym equipment in the rooms of your house, all packed close together.

That's kind of what it was. We did a variety of things.

Gymnastics on Thursday was fantastic. Tennis on Friday was hilarious. The Brazilians don't care much for tennis etiquette. The official match "shusher" was exasperated, repeatedly asking for "Silencio".

The Brazilians were singing and drinking and whooping and hollering because they had a local guy in a match against Nadal. Nadal played the villain and came back to win after getting crushed in the first set.

Brazilian tennis fans + beer + Rafa Nadal comeback = very entertaining afternoon at the Olympics

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Is the life you're living worth what you are giving up to have it? You are not going to be a billionaire…so…how will you measure your life? How much money do you need? How much work do you need to do? What part of your life is suffering from your chase? Where are the holes in your life that you need to completely repair, not just patch over? Those matter more than money.

Off for a big adventure now,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Make sure to vote!

Vote for the winners of the 26th TT Transformation Contest here


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Swimming and Pushing in Rio

Last night we had a chance to see Phelps, Lochte, Ledecky, and rising star Penny Oleksiak at Rio 2016.

My favorite part was watching 40 swimmers warmup in the pool at the same time... and somehow avoid getting kicked in the face, despite there being 6 to a lane at some points.

BTW, the swimming didn't start till 10pm local time... and some races finished just before midnight. Not my preferred training schedule, that's sure!

But the swimmers motivated me to push hard today in a bodyweight hotel room workout here in Brazil.

7 rounds of...

1A) Bodyweight Squat - 50 reps
1B) Pushups - 20 reps (+ 10 more)
1C) Iron Cross Hold

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Get out of your comfort zone and connect with one new person every day. Take action and attract good people into your life. Get the social support and professional accountability you need.

Get inspired,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Off to gymnastics today...

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Hotel Meathead

Treated myself to a hotel gym Meathead workout today.

1A) DB Incline Press - 4x15
1B) Seated Row - 4x20

2A) Curls
2B) Triceps

Lots of walking through airports today.

And I imagine this will be the last real lifting session for a long time.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Tighten it up. Be a little stricter. Add more structure to your routine. Push a little harder today. Earn your rewards. You can do this.

Get going,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Craig vs Lunges

Back in 2007 I created a very controversial video about a common exercise that you are doing WRONG.

It got me a lot of hate mail.

My fault.

Back then I didn't know how to argue politely.

I was kinda like Trump. ;-)

Fortunately, my friend Missi Holt, CTT, is much better at 'splainin things.

I'll let her teach you an important exercise lesson today.

Thanks Missi! - Craig



Missi here, and yes, Craig can be a little blunt sometimes.

However, we both have an important message for you today about...


The lunge is an excellent exercise for lower body strengthening, coordination, and balance. Though it may appear to be an isolated lower body exercise, it requires the participation of the entire body to be performed properly.

Here are my 5 Expert Tips to help you master your perfect lunge:
Missi lunge infographic


  1. Bend Your Back Knee
  2. Lean Forward Slightly
  3. Lengthen from the Waist
  4. Drive Up Through the Front Heel
  5. Don’t Tightrope Your Stance

Click here for more secrets on how to do the PERFECT lunge safely and effectively

Enjoy! - Missi


Thanks Missi, you're the best!


Your coach,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Okay, here's the controversial video I created...

Let me know what you think on my FB here.

Was I too harsh?

Watch my Lunges video here

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Deadlift and Travel Day

Lots of prepping and errands to do today. Now it's time to bust out of here.

Managed to do a Deadlift session before I left town...

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Hang Clean
2B) Leg Curl

Now off to Toronto.

Will do a hotel gym workout of incline dumbbell press, split squat, rear delt raise, and torso training at 6am tomorrow before heading to the airport.

Then it's two weeks of here, there, and everywhere, before getting back to Toronto on August 25th.

And all this while taking care of bizneth.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Before you are a leader, success is all about yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." – Jack Welch

Keep growing everyone and everywhere,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Note to self...

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Meathead Saturday

A perfect Meathead Saturday session at the gym today.

1A) Bench Press
1B) Face Pull

2A) DB Incline Press
2B) Seated Row

3A) Overhead Squat
3B) Mobility

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"The 3 C’s of life: choices, chances and changes. You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE or your life will never CHANGE" -

Get choosing,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Good recipe for you...

Hit the grill!

Summer is the perfect time for grilling! Check out this healthy barbecued steak salad; you'll be glad you did! Delicious really can be good for you.|By Missi Holt

Friday, August 05, 2016

Attention Personal Trainers

Dear Personal Trainer,

Your voice has been heard.

It's finally happening!

You're finally getting an East Coast Fitness Event... and it's going to be awesome!

As you know, I speak at several fitness events in California each year.

The biggest, Fitness Business Summit (being held next March 24-26th in San Diego), attracts over 700 trainers each year.

But many people on the East Coast and from Europe can't make the trip.

If that's you, then here's the GREAT news.

On October 21st and 22nd, my friends are having an incredible fitness seminar in Orlando, Florida, right near the Happiest Place on Earth. :)

At this incredible event, we'll show you how to be a better trainer, get your clients faster results, attract more personal training clients, and grow your business...

...all while having more freedom in your life and still getting you home on time for dinner.

You can see me speak both days, and you can even get TT Certified on Sunday, October 23rd with dozens of other trainers that want to join our 10 Million Transformation Mission.

Over the weekend you'll learn from...
Fitness Marketing Expert, Bedros Keuilian, who will show you how to get more clients using referral strategies and Facebook ads
StephanieThe "Unstoppable Alpha Female", Stephanie Flynn, CTT, who has overcome major obstacles and addictions in her life through nutrition and exercise... and today she runs four Fit Body Bootcamp locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She turned her struggles into passion to help others transform their bodies and their lives.

  • KatyPrecision Nutrition coach, Kate Solovieva, a world traveler and adrenaline junkie, and nutrition guru. With her Master's in Psychology, Kate helps men and women overcome their nutrition obsessions and failures so her  clients can lose weight, get back in shape, and break their food addictions.
  • Nisan Trotter, otherwise known as the Fitness Preacher! Voted the 2015 FBS Personal Trainer of the Year, this award-winning speaker will motivate, inspire, and lift you up all while showing you how to grow a successful personal training studio.
  • Amy martinAmy Martin, a nutrition coach, world-renowned trainer, and cookbook, will show you how to succeed in the fitness industry. A 5-year veteran of the military, Amy has gone on to open multiple gyms, compete in figure competitions, and build amazing teams focused on helping clients transform their bodies.
You'll also meet and hear from...
  • Dan Ritchie, who will show you how to specialize in the baby boomer market and deliver personal training sessions customized to men and women over the age of 55... allowing you to stand out from all the intense and intimidating gyms that most boomers don't want to join!
  • Brittney Woodrum, CTT, the most caring personal trainer in America who will show you how to build a community of raving fans that bring you clients for FREE!
  • Mike Bledsoe, the hard-core gym business-building guru, for trainers that want to build the most popular Cross-Fit gym in their area
  • Daniel Woodrum, Master CTT, who will teach you advanced bodyweight training techniques to get your clients results faster than ever
  • Josh Carter, the secret weapon for personal trainers who are building their business with Facebook ads while saving them big bucks!
  • Matt Wilbur, owner of the most successful boot camp locations in America... who will show you his secrets to getting clients even if you live in a small town

But that's not all ... there are even more superstars that will be there to help you get more clients, help more people change their lives, make you more money, and still get you home on time for dinner.

However, today is your FINAL chance to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. The price increases by $100 at midnight tonight.

So if you're a personal trainer and want to get more clients, you can't miss this Fitness Event happening in Orlando, Florida on October 21st and 22nd.

Reserve your seat here and save $100 (ends at midnight)

It's going to be amazing!

See you soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Action Takers Rule The World

"The best way to get started is to get started. Life rewards action…not reaction. Wait for nothing. Act now." - Kekich Credo #81

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Gold Medal Squats

Dang, I haven't been this excited about a trip since I went to Italy several years ago. Next Tuesday I head to Rio for the Olympics. Every day Joel Marion is sending me texts and pumping me up about about Brazil.

Joel's taking about 12 members of his family and we're going to see...
- Men's tennis
- Swimming final
- USA Men's B-ball Quarterfinal
- And... the 100 meter finals

Plus we'll do the Sugarloaf Mountain hike to see the Christ the Redeemer statue (this might be the highlight for me), and I'll be posting lots of pics and lessons along the way.

So today was my last squat workout before the trip, and I'll still get one more deadlift session in next Monday morning. This was a good one.

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Squat
2B) Military Press

3A) Good Morning
3B) Overhead Squat

I'll do a bench press session on Saturday.

And when I get back from the Olympics it's into work mode, with speaking engagements and meetings in San Diego, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and eventually Orlando at ...
The Orlando Personal Training Seminar

Early bird pricing ends Friday night!

Daniel is going to be running a TT Certification there, too.

Grab your spot to see me, Bedros, Daniel, Brittney, and Stephanie Flynn...


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Know what matters and what doesn't. Be clear about what you will and won't do for success. Create a clear and concise vision for your future and be mindful of this at all times. Use it to set boundaries and make the right decisions for your right life – right now.


Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Don't forget!!!

5 pillars of success... work for everything.


10 tips from Missi

Hey, it's Craig here, and I'm packing for my next trip.

On Tuesday I leave for the Rio Olympics with my friend Joel Marion from BioTrust Nutrition.

I'll send you lots of cool bodyweight workouts, Olympic fat burning tips, and sexy South American nutrition updates while I'm there.

But it's going to be a busy final few days getting ready to go, so I'm handing over today's email to Missi Holt for an important message.

She explains why I mysteriously lose weight every time I travel (like when I went to Switzerland last month and lost almost 5 pounds).

You can use this good news to lose weight and get back in shape. Check it out!


10 Easy Ways to Burn More Calories

By Missi Holt

Have you ever been visiting a city for the first time, and though you’re indulging in all of the local fare, noticed that you’re feeling lighter due to all the walking you’re doing as you explore an exciting new place?

I have — in Seattle. I think I actually lost weight because we walked everywhere all day even though we were eating like kings at every meal!

One of the simplest ways to have a BIG impact on your health and fitness is to move more — not exercise more — but rather add more movement into your daily life.

The human body isn’t designed to sit scrunched up in a chair all day, day after day — it’s designed to move.

Adding some simple shifts to your routine can add up to make a major impact on your health and fitness over time. This is great news if you struggle to follow a structured exercise program. Here are some of the many benefits of moving more throughout the day:

  • Manage your weight with less effort
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Combat disease and increase longevity
  • Improve your sleep
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce stress
  • Improved brain function

Here are my top 10 Simple Changes that can make a big impact on your life:

  1. Take the stairs
  2. Park farther away
  3. Take a walk
  4. At work
  5. Use TV
  6. Stand up
  7. Dance
  8. Go on ‘active’ dates
  9. Maximize
  10. Volunteer

The human body is designed to move – and once we get going, it feels better to be active.

Many of us are so overwhelmed by having to get in an intense bout of exercise several times per week that we’ve forgotten how beneficial it is to our health, fitness, and happiness to simply move more throughout the day.

You can improve your health and fitness by becoming more active, not just exercising or playing sports, but also adding more movement to your everyday life.

Click here for a more detailed list in my full article.

In Love & Gratitude,

Missi Holt, CTT
Master Fitness & Nutrition Therapist
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Here's another great lesson that Missi and I love...

Review your 10 closest relationships. Have you been in contact with them enough? Do they need you right now? What can you do to help, encourage, and support one connection today, and every day? Make a new habit to connect with someone different each day.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Dang that Deadlift

Darn, it was a disappointing deadlift day in the gym.

Something was sore in my left shoulder. I'm guessing, but I think it's teres major or long head triceps origin on the scap.

So I had to shut it down.

And that's a message that works well in all

Its OK to say NO. Make the right decisions for you. Doing more doesn't always mean doing better. Doing better doesn’t always mean doing more

Still managed a decent total body workout.

1A) Deadlift - shut down 1/2 way through 3rd set
1B) Did 1 set of shrugs to failure to finish

2A) BB Incline Press
2B) Hang Clean

3A) Leg Curl
3B) BB Row

Did lots of stretching and some foam rolling at the end. There are a few things that seem to speed my recovery, and so I used everything in my bag of tricks. I'll be off from upper body for a few days, and hope to get one more good deadlift session in before heading to Rio next Tuesday.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Relax, let go, and allow those who can help you to help you. You don’t need be a hero, a martyr, or sacrificial lamb. You don’t always need to go it on your own. It’s okay to show a weakness, to address it, to fix it. It’s okay to wear bandages on your wounds. Your world is not full of sharks out for blood. Instead, you are surrounded by people that care and want to help you as much as you want to help others. So let them.

Let it go my friend,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - 75!

That’s how many podcast interviews I’ve now done this year.

Some of them have been lame, most have been ‘good enough’, and then some of them have been awesome, like this one.

The young man who interviewed me is determined to make millions with his podcast, and he put an extraordinary amount of work into being prepared for the call and turning it into not only a iTunes download, but also a great YouTube video.

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Here’s a summary of the show…and don’t miss the part where I call him out for making a BIG mistake in his personal life.


Monday, August 01, 2016

Benching Back in the City of Ballantyne

Ah yes, good to be home.

Alas, Saturday was another one of those days at the airport.

And I knew it was starting off too good to be true.

The drive from downtown Denver to the airport was only 25 minutes. It's normally closer to 40.

I was through security in minutes, and even got to go through an old school metal detector, not a scatter scanner.

We boarded on time and were out on the runway when...

...that dreaded announcement came.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we need to go back to the jet bridge and have maintenance come on board."


Not the first time this has happened to me...surely won't be the last.

And so we deplaned.

I think that's the third time I've had to deplane in my "travel career".

Fortunately, the flight eventually was able to go, and we were just 3 hours late.

And after a 90-minute drive in my rental car, I was back at the farm, safe and sound.

Grateful, too.

I mean really, I traveled thousands of miles in just hours.

While watching Zootopia.

(Or at least part of it, I wasn't that entertained so I didn't finish it.)

What a time to be alive!

So let's get to the health and training portion of this update...

I didn't sleep as well as expected last night, but still managed 7 hours.

I'm almost over my jetlag.

Sunday morning I hit the local YMCA. It was good to be back and under the bar.

Workout went like this:

1a) Bench - worked up to 195x7

1b) Pullups

2a) DB Low-Incline Press

2b) Bodyweight Row

Tomorrow is a day off and then I'm back in for deadlifts on Tuesday.

After the workout I hung in the downtown area of my little city. It was full of tourists in town to stroll down by the river and attend the local Shakespearean Festival. There was a busload of Japanese tourists. And it was funny to see them all go to Subway for lunch.

Humans sure are a creature of habit... almost always opting for safety instead of adventure.

I've done it too...once went to a TGIF's while in Norway.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Failure isn't bad. Failure isn't final. If there is one thing I know after having observed this crazy world for 41 years, it's that you can SURVIVE almost anything and come back better and stronger than ever before. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from achieving the success you deserve. Failure only hurts when you’ve quit on something important to you. So don’t. Keep at it. The more you move in the right direction towards success, the better you’ll feel. Every day you must work on making new positive habits second nature automatic. Make little bets and take big steps forward every day. Stay strong. Never quit. You can do it.

So go and do it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Gotta love these comments on my kickbutt quote on FB...

Lisa Dean This is the best thing I follow on FB. Thanks for the inspirational messages.

Allan Millard
Allan Millard Yes, needed this. Fitness testing this week and I seem to only see my failures. I won't stop though until I get where I want to be

Lourdes Nacif Very true!! Love all the wonderful messages.