Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Shoulders and Sun Day Breakthrough

Saturday night finally provided a full night's sleep after a busy week of Masterminding and traveling between Toronto, LA, Phoenix, and Denver.

That allowed me to have a good Sunday morning shoulder session at the gym.

Workout went like this...

1a) Military Press

1b) Pull-up with Knee-Up

2a) Good Morning

2b) Chest-Supported Row

3a) Rocking Plank

3b) Barbell Curls

Good times. Perhaps I'll be able to win my next pose down with Bill Phillips.

Yeah, right.

Bucket list complete. Posedown with Bill Phillips. Done.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Big Idea Tip of the Day:

Exercise + Caffeine + a walk outside = BIG idea thinking & "A-ha!" moments. Get away from your desk for the big breakthroughs you need.

After my workout I went for a walk in downtown Denver and a very valuable idea came to mind.

I now have a killer speech idea for four events this fall. First, at the Orland Fitness East convention (Oct 21st weekend). Second, at the GKIC Info Summit (November 3rd, San Antonio). Third, our annual Info Summit (Nov. 11th, Orange County). And fourth, my next 25K group meeting with Joe Polish and the Genius Network. I'm sure I'll bring a new and improved version of it to Fitness Business Summit in March of 2017, too. That one is in San Diego on March 24-26th. Good times will be had by all. And yes, I mean everyone. Mandatory good times. LOL.

Alright, let's pump you up...

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Sometimes hope is everything. So give it to others when needed. And keep some of it for yourself when you're going through tough times.

And from my virtual mentor, Mr. Maximus:

"What goes around comes back around. Always be aware of how you treat other people.

"The things you do to other people are the things that will be done to you eventually. Don't engage in any kind of behavior that you wouldn't want other people engaging in. Don't say unkind things that you wouldn't want said about you. Don't do to a person something that you wouldn't want done to you.

"Treat people with respect, kindness, and love. Hold yourself to a high standard. Most importantly when you engage in any action whether it be personal, romantic, or professional, ask yourself "how would it feel if I was on the other end of this?".

"If it wouldn't feel good then don't do it because if you do you'll have nothing to complain about when it's done right back to you." - Bobby Maximus

Push to the maximus with love and value,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - And don't miss out on Thursday's very valuable free presentation... from Delray Beach, Florida.

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Good Fats vs Bad Fats with referee Chef Gui

Do you remember back to the low-fat days of the 1990’s?

When everything with even a gram of fat was off-limits…

…and when every big food corporation started packing their products with sugar…

It made it so hard for you to lose weight… and you were never full.

That’s because GOOD fats actually help you lose weight and feel satisfied.

While bad fats and sugar leave you addicted and craving more and more.

Today, our friend Chef Gui Alinat has put together a special free video and report.

You’ll see exactly which fats to eat, and what bad fats to avoid.

Discover the truth about margarine, olive oil, and more here.

***Chef signoff
Good fats vs. Bad fats (Avoid!)
By Chef Gui Alinat

I've been a chef for 16 years, and good fat vs. bad fats is still among the most misunderstood and confusing concepts among my clients, students, and readers.

Can I cook with olive oil?

Is coconut oil good for me?

Which olive oil should I choose?

What about butter?

What should I have in my kitchen, and more importantly, what shouldn’t I have?

I get asked these types of questions about good fats and bad fats almost every single day.

It’s difficult. So many “diet gurus” talk about all kinds of irrelevant, untrue, and sometimes dangerous information.

For instance, did you know that margarine is actually toxic? “I can’t believe it’s not butter?”…I can! (Avoid!)

Did you know that “pure” or “light” olive oil is the lowest grade of all olive oils? In my video, I make you promise to never, ever buy these! (Avoid!)

Likewise, not many of you know that “first cold pressed” is almost irrelevant, and that “extra-virgin olive oil” is the only one you should buy. (Good!)

So I decided to set the record straight. Here is a great video I put together so that everyone knows everything there is to know about good fats and bad fats. Use my years of experience to your advantage.

Good fat bad fat screenshot

It will help you create a fat-burning kitchen, just like mine. Speaking of fat-burning kitchens… if you haven’t downloaded my Fat-Burning Kitchen Checklist, Click Here to get it now.

To Your Success,

Chef Gui

Thanks Chef!

Use his secrets to stay full, get healthy, and lose weight this week.

Your friend and coach,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – But wait, there’s one more person that wants to help you!

It’s my friend Missi Holt, CTT, and she has a delicious Sunday steak recipe for you.

Try her healthy steak salad recipe for your cookout today

Steak salad

Missi is the best at combining healthy (and delicious) eating with simple weight loss exercises to get you slim fast.

Check out the amazing results from one of her coaching clients:

“I’m 63 years old and I started this program in March. It was rough for me to get into the swing of it, but I am happy to report that I have now lost 22lbs.” – Vicki R.

More details about Missi’s secrets coming soon…

PPS – Make sure to follow Missi’s gratitude calendar…

…to ease your stress and love life.

Check it out here.
Grat calendar


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bill Phillips Motivated Me to Train Harder

Got home late last night into Denver, at around 10:30pm. Didn't sleep well, so I had an early start to the day at the ETR office catching up. Went to the gym around 10:30 and did this.

1A) Power Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift
2B) Dips

Had some Paleo Protein bars from

They aren't as good as Quest bars, but not surprisingly, have fewer junk ingredients (like corn) in them.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
There are days I feel like a badly beaten punch drunk fighter in the 10th round but I have never lost the certainty that I will win the fight.

Giving in to your ego and natural tendencies toward defiance and procrastination do not serve you. Be open to constructive criticism.

Never forget...

“You are responsible for exactly who, what, and where you are in life. That will be just as true this time next year.” – Dave Kekich

Inspired from hanging around the legend, Bill Phillips. His commitment to helping others is a powerful motivator

Get motivated and inspired,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Holiday Travel Workout

How much do you love this time of year?

The kids are out of school.

Holidays are coming soon.

But that means travel.

I know the feeling.

On Tuesday I flew from Ontario, Canada to … Ontario, California. Whoa!

Then on Wednesday I flew to Phoenix for another meeting.

Tomorrow I fly back to Denver.

On Tuesday I fly to Florida.

Boy, will my arms be tired. Haha… groaner!

Fortunately, while I was out at the airport, my training partner, Missi Holt, was back in her “lab” creating the PERFECT travel workout.

You don’t need a fancy gym.

You do NOT need equipment.

It isn’t cardio.

And it’s FUN.

Give this a try on your next trip.

It’s PERFECT for vacations, work travel, and days when you just want to exercise in the comfort of your pajamas at home. ☺

Perform 2-3 rounds of the circuit using the following interval guides:

Beginner – perform 30 seconds of work to 30 seconds of rest (30:30)

Intermediate – perform 40 seconds of work to 20 seconds of rest (40:20)

Advanced – perform 50 seconds of work to 10 seconds of rest (50:10)

Modifications in parenthesis; Total Time 1 x through: 12 minutes

Travel Workout Sequence:

1. Prisoner Squat

2. Lateral Stepping Pushup (kneeling OR hands on a stable coffee table or dresser)

3. Single-leg Hip Lift

4. Rolling Pin Planks

5. Split Squats (Reverse lunges)

6. Bridge to Pike Pull-through (on a chair or coffee table)

7. Single-leg Romanian Dead Lift  (Use target set on the floor to appropriate height)

8. 90% Military Pushup  (Kneeling)

9. Lateral Squats (Sumo Squats)

Just because you’re on the road and your hotel offers little in the way of fitness equipment doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout right in your own hotel room.
Take time to enjoy your workout and the strength of your body… then go enjoy the day!

Wait… not sure how to do some of these exercises?

Follow-along with Missi in this free videoMissi travel workout

She’ll rock your world!


Alright, off to a meeting… and then my 2nd home, The Airport!

Have a great Friday,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – To live a better life…

“To improve you must surround yourselves with those who make you a better person. You must surround yourself with those who hold themselves to a high standard and hold you to that same standard. You must surround yourself with those who love you and care about even more than you may care about yourself. When you surround yourself with great people the path to your own greatness becomes immediately clear.” – Bobby Maximus

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ontario California Workout and Coaching

Yesterday was a big travel day from Toronto to LA and then over to Ontario, California. So yes, I went from Ontario, Canada, to Ontario, California.

Thanks to the time zone change I was early to bed last night and slept great.

Did a short meathead workout this morning, and now it's off to meet with Bedros for some personal coaching on growing the TT world.

Tonight we both head out to Phoenix. We have a $25K Mastermind Meeting with Joe Polish and his Genius Network on Thursday and Friday. Plus, Bedros and I have the obligatory big steak dinner on Thursday evening. We'll be going out with Mike Parella from

I first met Mike at Fitness Business Summit, and Bedros has just released the dates for 2017. Keep these blocked off. If you're a trainer, you absolutely need to be there. Bedros is somehow managing to make this one even 10X better than last year's legendary event.

=> March 24-26, 2017, in San Diego (new host city next year!)

Today's workout:
1A) Chin-up with Knee-Up
1B) DB Chest Press

2A) Face Pull
2B) Triceps Extensions

Next two days are off and then it's back to deadlifting on Saturday morning in Denver. I have a lot of travel next week, too, so it will be a challenge to get under the bar for a squat workout... but hopefully it'll happen on Wednesday AM in Delray Beach, Florida.

Until then, check out these well timed travel training tips from Missi Holt:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Are you #winning?

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 scheming 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 out on the couch.

You must always know your options. You must have Plans A, B, C, D, and E. You must be prepared to counter-attack.

When they say pizza, you say sushi. When they say take-out, you say, “I’ve already prepared my lunch”. When they say, “Happy Hour”, you say, “Workout first.”

Surround yourself with people who are fitter and healthier than you.

Always play up a level,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mix n Match Sunday Morning Workout Crushed Me

LOL. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way.

I decided to add my 5x5 bench press workout to my regular squat workout. It wasn't a 'big mistake', and there were no injuries, but dang, I was whooped with this one.

However, it was worth it because it means I didn't have to go to the gym this morning, and I could do everything in the garage. It's another busy week with three flights in 4 days, 3 coaching days, 3 cities, and every minute matters.

So Sunday morning's workout at the YMCA went like this:

1a) Squat
1b) Box Jump

2a) RDL
2b) Bench Press - 5x5 at 185

And Monday's garage gym workout went like this:

1a) DB Goblet Squat (light, high reps, to help reduce Sunday's soreness!)
1b) DB Incline Press
1c) DB CSR

2a) Ab wheel
2b) DB RDR

Good times.

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day.

And Mikey Whitfield, I hope you and kids were taking notes on this!


And everyone else, I hope you watched this for Father's Day...


Today's Kickbutt Kickstart Quote for the Day:

“Talk minus action equals zero. You can say whatever you want, post whatever you want on social media, but unless you're actually living what you preach it means nothing. It's easy to say the right thing but doing the right thing is another story. If you're not willing to back up the words then best to say nothing at all. Always let your actions speak louder than your words.” – Robert MacDonald, Gym Jones

Take action now,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Happy belated Father's Day...

...hope it was a great one!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Best Steak Ever for Father's Day

Don’t cook another steak until you’ve watched this video.

Best. Steak. Ever. (#1 super protein)

It’s your #1 super protein to fight belly fat on Father’s Day.

Stick to real food like this and stay away from the chips, cake, & cookies.

Taking care of you on the big day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – If you want more…

…recipes and tips like this, get Chef Gui’s:

Fat burning checklist here

Father's Day Message that Every Minute Matters

Sorry about today's message ...

...but we're taking a small break from fat burning workouts.

I wanted to share with you this lil' poem I wrote for my dad.

He passed away in 2008, but I think about him every day.

Sure miss him!

Hope this message reminds you to keep what matters in your heart and mind today.

Happy Father's Day to all the TT dads!


The Chair
by Craig Ballantyne

The chair is where my father sat,
On sunny summer days,
Beer in hand, shirt undone,
The paper had his gaze.

The grass was never greener,
Than in my memory,
The shade was always coolest,
On the days he sat with me.

The Willow tree kept him in comfort,
It wept in gentle breeze,
We’d sit there without speaking,
Happy in each other’s company.

The tree has grown in time,
And the years had taken toll,
The chair has been replaced,
My father had grown old.

The chair

He no longer gets to sit there,
He lies at rest instead,
But place a chair under that tree,
And it’s like he’s there again.

A chair, a tree, a father,
You have these in your life too,
Though they may not be the same things,
They matter much to you.

When it comes time to count your blessings,
Remember this in life’s race,
The things that really matter,
Exist in plain view of your face.


Would love to hear your favorite memory about your dad here


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Make it an amazing day.

And remember that every minute matters.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Total Body Training in the Fancy Hotel

One of the upsides of spending days and days and days on the road is that you accumulate a lot of hotel points. I've built up enough to get a free night at a fancy hotel, The Shangri-La, in Toronto. It's Four Seasons quality but for 2/3 the price (regularly). And today it's 100% off!

So today's workout was done in the hotel gym, which is actually quite nice, and big. That's because it's a hotel-condo, and I've found that hotels with residences almost always have great gyms (although that is not the case with the Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta... boo).

Today's total body training went like this...

1a) Military Press and/or DB Press (sometimes I had to sub in dumbbells due to weight restriction on barbells)

1b) Chin-up with Knee-Up

2a) Goblet Squat

2b) Shrug

Good times. Now lots of meetings in the big city. Had a great meet-up with J-Roc, CTT, yesterday too. We had the biggest pots of tea ever. There must have been two Starbuck's ventis in each. No wonder I was waking up in the middle of the night...interrupting my really weird but cool dream about fighting evil alongside a robotic Batman. Seriously.

On Sunday, it's back under the bar at the Stratford YMCA for squats.

Until then, don't miss this incredible steak recipe and video from Chef Gui!


Don't you wish he was stopping by for Father's day?

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

You can - and will - develop more control and discipline. But you can’t expect it to come all at once. That’s okay. We are all imperfect…but we are also capable of making BIG changes. It takes time to establish new and improved habits, but we can do it. So NEVER, ever quit on what is important to you.

Push on to your vision,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT