Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Deadlift Perfect Day

Crazy busy week in Denver so far, but I still managed to have an awesome workout this morning. Plus, I skipped the debate last night so I had some decent sleep instead. I'm not one for the circus. LOL.

Today's 5:20am training session:

1A) Deadlift
1B) High Box Jump (24 inches)

2A) Front Squat
2B) Hang Clean

I'll try and get a couple more workouts in before heading to San Diego on Friday for a big speech (but no debate, ha!).

Then on Saturday it's the 7-Figure Mastermind "Hot Body" Beach Party (uh-oh!) with Bedros and the gang, and then Sunday it's over to Phoenix with Isabel, Diana, and Bedros for the Joe Polish Genius Network annual event ... with celebrities like Tony Robbins, etc.

I'll get photos for sure. I'm about to step-up my Instragram game. Seriously.

Old-school goes new school.

In the meantime...

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Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Every problem starts – and ends – with you...how you perceive it, how you respond to it, how you communicate it, and how long you leave it unresolved. You can fix it, starting now. You have the resources and the skills to make progress. If you want to solve it, then get after it.

Go get it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Good ol' Zig. The world sure could use him these days...

Monday, September 26, 2016

#1 book quiz

Fun quiz for you today...

Guess which book gives you the best system to achieve EXACTLY what you want in life?

Click your answer below:

=> The Secret
=> 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
=> The Perfect Day Formula
=> Awaken the Giant Within

Take a guess above and see if you're right.

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=> Get more done
=> Make more money
=> Still get home on time for dinner
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Craig Ballantyne

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PS – Do this today!
Invest in yourself for the sake of others.

Take care of your health and energy so you can deliver maximum love, life, laughter, and living to those that matter.

Place a high value on your time. Don't let others steal it away!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Old Man Meathead Strength and Warmup and Dad Advice

Meathead strength session in the garage today. It was combined with a long old-man warm-up. These warm-ups seem to be getting longer and longer, but my injuries are also fewer and far between.

It's been almost a year since I had to go to the chiropractor. Five years ago I felt like I was going every week... and I wasn't any stronger back then, but I was younger. So all the prep is paying off.

BTW, all I do for my old man warmups now is simply do everything twice. This is kind of what it looks like, but I'll update it again soon.


Today's Workout (with ol' Bally the Personal Trainer Dog lying in the grass outside and keeping one eye slightly on my form)

1A) DB Chest Press
1B) DB Chest Supported Row

2A) Pushups
2B) DB Rear Delt Raise

That's it. Yep, that's all.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Paradox of Structure = The more structure and discipline you have in your life, the more freedom you will earn and enjoy.

Fail forward. Learn your lessons. Move on. Never stop. Keep growing. Act in the face of fear to build extreme self-confidence.

Build it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - I thought this was interesting enough to share...

...it's from my friends Joe, Dean, and Dean.


In this Episode, you’ll discover that what makes a great dad also makes a great marketer with his top 10 list, with Dean Graziosi. 

So what’s so special about Dean’s Top 10 List?–It turns out, the 10 things that make Dean a great dad, are the exact same 10 things that make him one of the world’s most successful marketers.

Dean Graziosi is one of the top success trainers of our generation. He’s a multiple New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and expert trainer on LIVE TV and on stage, influencing millions of people with his success habits and education in real estate and personal development.

  • The ten things that make a great dad [03:04]
    • “It’s all about them and how you make them feel.” – Dean Graziosi [03.17]
    • Enter your child’s world and finish sentences in their heads. [03:41]
    • Talk to the point and say what you mean. [04:18]
    • Be authentic [04:41]
    • Tell them fun stories with empowering messages wrapped in [05:30]
    • Reward good behavior unexpectedly [07:35]
    • They know when you care and they know when you fake it [08:04]
    • When problems arise, find the root cause [08:45]
    • Be the person you want them to be [10:10]
    • Be honest and transparent [10:41]
  • Kids get it…don’t complicate the message, just tell it like it is [04:33]

Friday, September 23, 2016

Deadlifts and Deadlines for Changing

On October 1st I'm going to step-up my challenge and go 21-days without protein bars or protein shakes. It'll be whole food only.

Today I had an extra serving of Green Tea prior to my deadlift workout rather than a Coke Zero. At one point I only drank Coke Zero once a week - and that was only before deadlifting. Then I started sliding down the slippery slope... allowing myself one before squats. Then bench press. Then before any workout. Then Saturday mornings.

So it had to stop. And stop it will. Forever.

Thanks to you... thanks to Bedros... and thanks to all of the past winners of the TT Contest for inspiring me to change.

And thanks to Deadlines for being a powerful force for inspiring people to overcome the initial inertia in the process of habit change.

Here's how today's workout went in a very busy gym overpopulated with high school students learning how to use the weight machines.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Snatch Grip Deadlift
2B) Front Squat

That was it.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

I twittered this yesterday and had 27 retweets and 45 likes. That's a lot...

Success is simple once you accept how hard it is. Only then will you be mentally prepared to do the work and make the sacrifices.


Accept it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bad Workout But Back on Track

Yesterday's travel set me up for a disappointing workout today.

I flew from Vegas to Toronto, and it was smooth, but after driving home I didn't get to bed until 10pm... and I woke up bewildered, not knowing where I was or what day it was.

There are also a lot of deadlines to hit today, and that threw me off, so I didn't get to the YMCA for barbell squats. Instead, I hit the garage gym for:

1A) DB KB Front Squat

2A) KB Bulgarian Split Squat
2B) Ab Wheel Rollout

Good enough.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Think for yourself. Open your mind. Do what others will not do. Question everything, learn everyday, read every night, travel everywhere, and meet everyone.

Back on track,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - A classic from Zig...

The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you'll grow too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Vegas Meathead Of Course

Yesterday was a great day in Vegas. I met up with some old friends in the financial newsletter world at the Stansberry Research conference.

Then at 4:30pm I hit the stage and gave my 5 Rules presentation. I should have some photos, and maybe even some video footage, soon.

For dinner we went to Bardot Brasserie in the Aria hotel. It's good. I rewarded myself with 2 duck wings (yes, duck wings instead of chicken wings) and some prosciutto. But the rest of my meal was on point => beet salad and grilled sea bass with potatoes.

However I have had a couple of tiny transformation slip-ups on this trip.

1) I've been trying to go no artificial sweeteners, but on my flight yesterday I needed to chew some gum...

...fortunately I've just found a couple of packs of Pur gum that are aspartame free... it uses xylitol instead.

2) I've also been drinking water from plastic bottles. The vegas tap water is not good, and I don't have a water bottle with built-in filter.

HOWEVER, I haven't used these mistakes as a reason to abandon the no-Coke Zero plan.

Back on 100% track tomorrow when I'm on the farm.

Didn't get a lot of sleep (6 hours) last night, but I manged 9 on Sunday night. And that was after a 30 minute nap on the plan. Today I fly home and I'm sure I'll get a nap on that flight too.

Today's meathead absolutely basics basic workout:

1A) DB 1-Arm Standing Shoulder Press
1B) DB 1-Arm Row

2A) DB Curl
2B) DB Triceps Extension

Lately I've been sticking to 3x6 for almost every exercise. Going to try this for a couple of months to see if the strength goes up and up. Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“It's amazing what you can accomplish if you simply refuse to quit.” – Porter Stansberry ...

No matter what is in your way, do NOT quit now. If you stop, you'll always wonder, "What if?" So keep on going. You're almost there. Push and persist.

... “The pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the pain of regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn


Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday Meathead Vegas Meathead

Sunday was a stressful travel day. It was off to Vegas from Denver for a speech on Monday afternoon at the Stansberry Research Investor's seminar. It's no Fitness Business Summit, that's for sure, but I'm amp'd to speak today.

And yes, I just used the word, "amp'd".

Even though it's not a word.

Before heading to the airport I hit the Denver gym for a Meathead Monday workout done on Sunday.

1a) Bench Press

1b) BB Row

2a) DB Close-Grip Incline

2b) Pull-up with Knee-up

That was it.

And today there was just yoga and a walk... down the Las Vegas strip at 6am to see all the people on their walk of shame home from the clubs. Yikes.

But wait, there's more training info...

Over the weekend I stumbled across this oldie but a goodie. Here's a KB and BW workout that's perfect for training outside this fall while the weather is still nice (or this spring, as the weather gets nice down under)

=> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QzvWEaX63w


Today's Kickbutt Mindset:

If you fall off the wagon, cut your losses, don’t worry about it, get right back on track. Immediately. It’s minor damage you can deal with.

Now that's a classic.

Always great to start the week.

Stay strong and push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Another great one...

"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways  you can. In all the places you can. To all the people you can." – John  Wesley