Sunday, February 01, 2015

Do not do these bad idea workouts

Did you know that the world's most popular exercise  methods like Yoga, P90X and Crossfit do very little to transform your stubborn body parts?

In fact, there is pretty clear evidence these 3 popular methods may be making you look thicker - NOT better.

And they can cause your body more harm than good. CrossFit can cause "exertional rhabdomyolsis", which leads to kidney failure and even death.

I know it may sound a tad bit crazy, but inside today's brand new article from my great friend, Bruce Krahn (Trouble Spot Training Expert), you'll see it's 100% true:
=> Warning: This Popular Workout Could Be KILLING You (avoid)

BTW... I met Bruce last year in Miami last year, and as a guy that is not easily impressed...well, I have to say, he WAS impressive.
He's 45. He's ripped. He walks the walk. When this guy talked training and dieting, I listened very carefully.
Read his article. I know you'll agree that Bruce knows what he's talking about. He'll make sure you're not misled by any of these "trendy" workouts.


And don't forget to check out his before and after pics.
Time to fix your trouble spots, 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - All of your struggles will end soon...
Everything ends at some point. Good times AND bad. Persevere through the hard times knowing they will be over soon and you will get through them, and be present and enjoy the good times with as much gratitude as possible.
"We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them." - Epictetus
Control what you can, cope with what you can't, and concentrate on what really counts in your life. Know what matters and never give up on it.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Streaking and Deadlifting

Yesterday I trained at the Senior's Center in Seminole, Florida. It was actually an LA Fitness, but 80% of the people in the gym were over 55. It was kind of cute, slightly funny, and very inspiring. There were some great mature folks working hard. One gentleman banged out 15 chinups. I was impressed. It's great to see folks taking up exercise at every age.

The facilities were dirty, and I certainly wouldn't get a membership there, but I was able to have a good deadlift workout.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Long Jump

2B) Overhead Squat

3A) Hang Clean
3B) Leg Curl

Good times.

We're up in Clearwater Beach for the rest of the weekend at the BioTrust Superbowl party. The hotel, The Sandpearl, is fantastic. I stay at dozens of hotels every year, and the room layout of mine is one of the best. It has both a mini-bar, for emergencies, and an empty fridge, as well as a big bathroom and large desk. It faces north, so I can see the beach and the sunrise. I even have a little balcony.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Everything is easier when you remove temptations, interruptions, and distractions from your life. Make the path smooth, you'll go faster. Identify and remove two big obstacles from your fat loss success today!

Streaking Update

I dropped a streak last night in celebration, but it was harmless. On the bright side, some great force took over my fingers this morning and I smashed out 2250 words in an essay about email addiction, all in less than 90 minutes between 4am and 5:25.

1) Write 3000 words per day

I cultivated my habit. I woke up and went right to work. I skipped going online. I avoided looking at my to do list. I started typing and boom, the words spilled onto the page as well as they ever have. What a great start to the morning, and I still have another 2000 words to get through as I finish up the CTT newsletter of the month. That's why I like to work on Saturdays. It's one of my secrets to how I get ahead of everyone else.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Dinner was a big disappointment last night. It's the downside of large group events. We had over 60 people in the restaurant, and food didn't get to our table until nearly 9pm (even though we sat down at 7:15pm). So I skipped it, left the event a little early, walked Joel's wife back to the hotel, read a little, and went to bed. That certainly solved the post-dinner binge issue.

I have a big breakfast planned with Kevin Harrington.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

Here's the one that got broken...seems to be the toughest one. We had a couple of celebratory drinks pre-dinner. But I stopped at 6:30pm. That allowed me to have 3 hours between alcohol and bed time, part of my 3-2-1 Goodnight Formula:

If you want to sleep better and live healthier, here's a simple 3-2-1 formula to use for bedtime. It helps you avoid interrupted sleep, heartburn, and insomnia.

First, stop drinking all alcohol three hours before bed. Alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, but it impairs your natural sleep cycle and interrupts valuable deep sleep.

Second, finish all eating at least 2 hours (and preferably more) before bed. I'll admit, that's the toughest one for me, especially when traveling for work and trying to stick to my early bedtime. However, the New York Times recently reported that eating close to bedtime increases your risk of heartburn.

Finally, turn off all electronics one hour before bed. The blue light emitted from screens makes it difficult to fall asleep. Spend the final hour reading books, talking with your spouse, meditating, taking a bath, or enjoying 'other' activities in the privacy of your bedroom - but don't be reading your iPhone or Tablets just before bed, unless you want to stare at the ceiling for another hour. Use that simple 3-2-1 rule and you'll be better rested to control your morning and win your day tomorrow.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Great night of conversation plus two excellent work meetings. Everyone was in great spirits, and we are surrounded by dear friends. Makes it very easy to be a good boy.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Yesterday was nearly perfect eating. I had a Coke Zero in the morning, but no caffeine today. I need to get a nap instead.

Time for breakfast.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Friday, January 30, 2015

11-Minute Workout Burns Fat While You Sleep

According to researchers from Southern Illinois University, you CAN burn fat while you sleep. And it only takes an "11 minute workout done three times per week".

Today, you'll get a super-fast, super-effective TT workout to help you burn fat all day long - while getting your results in FIVE times less than the average cardio session or bootcamp class.

The TT 11-Minute "Burn Fat While You Sleep" Workout

1A) Dumbbell (DB) Goblet Squat - 40 seconds, rest 20 seconds 
1B) Decline Pushup or Regular or Kneeling Pushup - 40 seconds, rest 20
1C) DB Chest-Supported Row or Bodyweight Row - 40 seconds, rest 20
1D) Total Body Extension or 2-Leg Hip Bridging - 30 seconds
- Repeat 2 more times.

That gives you a total body workout in under 11 minutes and you'll be amazed at what you can get done in such a short time.

Of course, if you have more time, you'll get even better results, sculpt your sexy body, build muscle, carve your curves, and even get flat, sexy abs. So if you have 30 or 40 minutes, three to four times per week, you'll want to use all of my Trademarked Turbulence Training workouts, such as:

1. January 2015 - TT 2015 Fat Loss Challenge System
2. February 2015 - TT Go Hard-Get Lean (4 day per week program)
3. March 2015 - TT 10x10 System (coming soon!)
4. December 2014 - TT High-Frequency Bodyweight Workout
5. November 2014 - TT Muscle Mash Metabolic Workout
6. October 2014 - The TT Bodyweight 5K Challenge (love this one!)
7. September 2014 - TT Xtreme Fat Loss  
You'll get ALL of those - and over 135 more workouts - as a TT Platinum Member. Your membership gives you 1-year of FULL access to every workout and follow-along video I've ever created (and will create over the next 12 months). It's the best deal in fitness:

Become a TT Platinum Member and Get ALL of my TT Workouts
And as a sneak peek into what's coming next, here are just five of the NEW programs you'll be getting over the next 12 months:

1. 40 New Follow-Along Bodyweight Workout Videos
2. TT Bodyweight Rep Max Magic
3. TT for Meatheads: Muscle Shockers
4. TT Bodyweight Cardio 6.0: Metabolic Effect Maximizers
5. The TT Diet Depletion Fat Burning Challenge Nutrition Program

Plus, you get ALL of these classic TT workouts, too...

1. TT Clash of the Super Villains
2. TT Xtreme Depletion
3. 24-7 Fat Loss Workouts
4. Turbulence Forever (created with John Romaniello)
5. Turbulence Rises (created with John Romaniello)
6. TT Xtreme Deeper Depletion 2K12
7. TT Bootcamps 3.0 - Metabolic Resistance Training Bootcamps
8. TT Meatheads: Off-Season Muscle Building
9. Plus 7 MORE TT Meathead Muscle Building workouts

Get 12 months of FULL access to all of my workouts here
And burn fat while you sleep for the next 12 months,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Do not forget this harsh #truth about other people...

Losing fat is a game between you and the outside world. Everyone - from family to friends to co-workers to restaurant owners to TV advertisers - is conspiring against you to make you eat more and exercise less.

Like it or not, it's true. They might not be doing it on purpose, or with bad intentions, but they are happier when you are fed, full, and flat on the couch.
To fight back, you must always know your options. You must have Plans A, B, & C. You must be prepared to counter-attack. When they say take-out, you say, "I've already prepared my lunch". When they say, "Happy Hour", you say, "Workout first."

You must also surround yourself with people who are fitter and healthier than you. The power of social support and POSITIVE peer pressure will help you take your health and fitness to the next level.

That's a BIG benefit of the TT Platinum Membership. You get 12 months access to the TT Forum where positive people are there to support you, and where you can ask me all of your personal workout and nutrition questions.

Get 12 months of support and personal coaching here

Social support is the key to reaching your goals.

PPS - One more thing... a Platinum TT Member, you'll also get instant access to these...

TT Nutrition Bonuses:

1. TT Simple Nutrition
2. 31 Blender Drink Recipes
3. Dr. Chris Mohr's Fat Loss Nutrition Bonus
4. Isabel De Los Rios' Advanced Abdominal Nutrition Guidelines
5. The TT Diet Depletion Fat Burning Challenge Nutrition Program <= coming soon!

Get your 1-Year Platinum Membership and access to all of my workouts and nutrition programs here:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10 foods never to eat

If you want to lose weight from your thighs, hips, love handles, or belly fat, you MUST avoid these foods.
You see, 13 years ago, while attending a small science conference at the Holiday Inn in Barrie, Ontario (where I ran last summer's Toronto Tough Mudder), I discovered one ingredient NEVER to eat.
Literally, NEVER. (Even though it's in 10 common foods - see below!) It is one of the most common artificial ingredients, and you've likely eaten it already today (perhaps in the peanut butter that you were told was healthy?).
According to Dr. Bruce Holub, from the University of Guelph: "There is NO safe level of this ingredient and food producers should cease and desist the industrial production of it."
WOW. Could he be any clearer? In fact, 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...a dangerous kind of belly fat that's almost impossible to get rid of.

But at the link below, my good friend and Food Investigator, Nick Pineault (aka - the "Nutrtion Nerd") reveals EXACTLY how to rid this TOXIC food from your life forever:

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.
But due to Nick's relentless investigation of fat-burning Foods, you can now avoid this fat-storing nightmare:

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 10 common foods NEVER to eat...
- pizza and pie crust
- granola bars
- nut butters
- 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!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Best Way to Lose Weight According to Famous New York Doctor

Here's the BEST way to lose weight, according to a famous doctor from New York City: "If someone is going to lose weight, they need to take it off as quickly as possible", says Dr. Sue Decotiis, a board-certified doctor based in New York City with a specialty in medical weight loss and hormone replacement therapy.

That's why I've always disliked the advice that you should slowly lose 1-2 pounds per week. This is what so-called experts are taught in school, and that makes logical sense to them. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

The TRUTH is that you should follow a proven program that helps you lose fat as fast as possible.
Do NOT hold back.
My friend, Dr. Kareem Samhouri, or Dr. K, as we call him, has spent over 10,000 hours with clients in his clinic, and he said that while going 'slow-and-steady' (losing 1 pound per week) is okay, he actually discovered a better and more promising way to lose weight.
He uses a series of "weight loss sprints and recoveries" to help his clients get faster and more LONG-TERM weight loss.
Weight loss becomes sustainable when we don't have to diet or exercise intensely for months and months at a time.

Dr. K's 14-day weight loss sprint system is all laid out for you in this article:

14 Days to Looking 10 POUNDS Lighter <--- Step-by-Step Plan

Speed up and lose fat faster,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Believe in yourself...
...You have no excuse for not taking action. It's time to step up and leave your comfort zone. Quit hiding. The world needs the BIG you.
If you want to lose fat and improve your health, start with this:
Never give up on what is important to you.
Keep on pushing on!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Maximus

Today's a travel day from the farm to Toronto. I'll stay overnight there and then catch a morning a flight to Tampa.

After a trip to Whole Foods and the mall (to get some new trainers), I'll head to the Gulf Coast for some Joel Marion-family hospitality. There will be a huge group of us fitness experts getting together this weekend for Joel's annual Superbowl party. Vinny D, Flavia, Mike Geary, Shaun & Karen Hadsall, Roman (hopefully), and many others will be there. Always great times with the fitness crew, letting loose.

Yesterday I had a great squat workout at the local YMCA.

1A) Squat
1B) Prisoner Squat Jump

2A) Good Mornings
2B) Barbell Lunges

Then a 1-minute stationary bike interval "Calorie Maximus" challenge. In one minute at Level 19 the machine reported that I burned 26 calories. I have no idea how accurate that is...but it gives me a benchmark. Legs were tired yesterday, and are sore today. I know the worst is yet to come.


Today was a TT Meathead upper body garage gym workout.

1A) DB (Powerblocks) Press
1B) DB Rear-Delt Raise
1C) DB Shrug

2A) DB Incline Press
2B) DB Chest-Supported Row

3A) DB Lateral Raise
3B) DB Farmer Walk

Yoga stretches to finish.

Now it's time to hit the the car...but not for cardio...because...

Cardio sucks! Find out why and then give these free, short burst fat burners a try instead:

And to keep making amazing progress on your 2015 diet goals, make sure to get your FREE meal plans here

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
It's okay if yesterday wasn't perfect. You did not fail. You learned valuable lessons. You had small victories. It wasn't nearly as bad as you think. So get over it. Move on. Realize there is nothing you can do to change the past, only the present and the future.

Identify ways to do what is right in tough circumstances and similar situations that caused you trouble yesterday. Have multiple solutions for every obstacle in life and you will find your way over or around them, you will hold strong under temptation, and you will stay strong and do what is right even when going wrong is the easy way out.

You are better today because of what happened yesterday, and you'll be better tomorrow and closer to your big goals and dreams because of the new plans and preparations you put in place today.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on, getting better every day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS -
From my favorite FB page...

...please consider helping...this situation should not exist in America...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to lose 0.71 pounds per day

I've got an amazing insider tip for you today about how to work with your body when it comes to weight loss, fat burning, and healthy living. When you with (and not against) your body, it's much easier to get fast & long-lasting results. But you must read every word that my friend Dr. K shares below to get his insider secrets on how to change your body in days.  

Success is simple,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

How To Melt 0.71 Pounds Per Day

by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri, aka Dr. K!

Fat loss isn't complicated -- the methods behind fat loss and weight loss can be -- instead of focusing on 'which' method is the most important or most reliable, think about your health logically.  Weight loss (or gain) is all about peaks and valleys, and there's a physiological reason for this:  homeostasis.  

Homeostasis is a fancy term for describing when your body is efficient, or in a state of equilibrium.  

When your body reaches a new weight and stays there for a little while, it becomes incredibly good at protecting this 'zone' of weight.  The reason being that every fluctuation in your body results in a multi-system approach to adapt to new demands -- your heart requires a different strength per beat to get blood to your toes and fingers, your lung capacity changes depending upon the size of your belly, and your digestive tract gets re-positioned slightly depending upon the distribution of fat on your body.  

When your body finally adapts to its new position and its new demands, it gets very efficient -- the goal of your body is to use the least amount of energy for any given process -- this way, you never run out of energy and end up passing out.  This state of 'body balance' is referred to as 'homeostasis' and is well understood in all scientific research to be how our bodies work.

Naturally, we need to disrupt 'homeostasis' for weight loss to take place; otherwise, your body will actually seek to put the weight back on, as every time it has to adjust, it becomes inefficient all over again.  The time period for 'body adaptation' to take place is 6 weeks, during which time 'plasticity' takes place.  Plasticity refers to a permanent neurological change in your body that allows your body to recognize something new as its own.  Here's a common example of plasticity that you probably already know, but without the fancy terminology:

Muscle memory -- "It's like riding a bike." -- Despite many years without riding a bike, we seem to be able to re-learn this skill within a couple of minutes.  This is a result of our brains recognizing that we're attempting to ride a bike and choosing nerve tracts to carry out the movement that are highly efficient and were used in the past.

Riding a bike is easy for life once you learn it properly.  

Now, what happens when we apply 'plasticity' and 'homeostasis' to weight loss?

  1. First, your bodies adapt to a new demand (diet and exercise program), which causes you to lose weight.
  2. Second, we sustain your new weight for 6 weeks, helping your body recognize this new bodyweight as 'normal.'  Your body responds by creating 'homeostasis,' or a balanced state where it becomes efficient at this weight. 
  3. Third, we disrupt the balance of your body all over again and start on a new weight loss or body image goal.
By using peaks and valleys in your weight loss approach, we are nearly eliminating any chance of rebound weight gain.  Plus, you'll be able to lose a lot of weight quickly, which feels good -- losing weight quickly, balancing out, and then doing it again allows you to see a result in the mirror, stay motivated, and continue to progress.  

Weight loss also becomes easy for life once you learn how to communicate with your body and sustain any results you get.  

From now on, let's 'Interval Train Weight Loss' -- use peaks and valleys to communicate with your body that it's time for change, how to cope with the change, and then how to produce some more.  Let your body learn over time that when you want to lose weight, you mean it, and you're going to get results you can handle. 
Then your body will stop fighting with you when you allow it enough time to balance out your hormones, movement planning, digestive issues, respiration, and circulation.  This all starts with something I've termed 'Body Self-Communication' -- learning how to tell your body when you're ready for change, and how to listen when it responds.

Losing 0.71 pounds per day and keeping it off is as simple as developing a short-term plan, holding onto your results for 6 weeks, and then repeating the plan.  During your peak periods, losing up to a pound per day should be very doable with the right plan -- and, most importantly, you'll be able to hold onto your results by cycling in valleys along the way.  

PS - Stay strong this week.
Live every day with purpose. Live every day according to your mission and your plan. Have a vision for what you want to accomplish, and act in congruence with it. Start here with this plan:
And then...You must look at what could be, not what is. You CAN change. Things can - and WILL - be different. It's up to you.
It's your future. It's your choice. You must be willing to go after it.
You must be willing to do the work and follow in the footsteps of those that have led before you on the path to success. The trail is there. The steps are simple. Your future is in your hands. So Take Action!
So much can be accomplished with a long-term vision and resilience to short-term setbacks. Stay strong and keep on pushing on.
I believe in YOU. Your time is now.