Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday Shangri-La Hotel Workout

I've spent the last couple of nights at my favorite hotel in the world, The Shangri-La in Toronto. Yesterday there were some fun meetings with Sol Orwell of and UJ Ramdas, co-author of The 5-Minute Journal. The night before that was a big dinner out and I ate a giant octopus. Seriously.

Heading home in a bit, but there was time for a morning meathead session today.

Today's workout:

1a) DB Chest Press

1b) Face Pull

2a) Pullup

2b) 1-Arm Standing Overhead Press

Tomorrow we deadlift!

Sad news for cardio folks...

On page 52 of the December, 2008 issue, Men's Health warns, "Never trust elliptical machines".

The magazine quotes a study that found elliptical machines over-estimated the number of calories burned in a workout by 31%. YIKES! No wonder elliptical machine cardio workouts don't work for fat loss.

Here's something better used by over 1,000,000 people!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
You can do it. Here’s why. So many others, starting in worst circumstances than you are today, were able to overcome massive obstacles and achieve their dreams. If they can, you can. Your time is now. The path has been laid out for you. You just have to do the work. You must commit and never quit. Accept that simple premise, and you will succeed.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - A great post from Daniel Woodrum on the TT FB page yesterday...

It's time for some self love. It's time to start thinking more of yourself and letting the world know you are a special person.

What is one positive word that describes you?

Share that one positive word below, and I want you to constantly repeat that word over and over today.

We will pick one lucky person who comments below and send you a free digital copy of my The Perfect Day Formula book.

All you have to do is comment below on the one word that best describes you and share this post.

Words of affirmation are so powerful!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Carb Diet

According a recent survey, 79% of people at the gym think you have to do these 3 things to lose weight:

  1. Cut back on calories until you're starving
  2. Do hours of cardio
  3. NEVER eat carbs again

That's all wrong.

But those beliefs are why most people... and maybe YOU ... struggle to lose weight.

You see, according to my friend and nutrition expert, Matt Stirling, the problem with low carb diets is that they leave you tired, weak, and grumpy.

Low-carb diets even give you "brain fog" that stops you from getting anything done and totally zaps your energy for exercise.

And if you're feeling weak and tired, you'll NEVER be able to lose stubborn belly fat.

Simply put, your body NEEDS carbs.  End of story.

That's why Matt is excited to introduce to you...

The Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, and Carbs Diet.

Despite what you've been told, carbs are not the "fat" enemy.

In fact, when you eat carbs the right way, they are actually your fat burning friend.

You can actually burn fat faster without giving up any of your favorite foods.

Matt's Carb Diet secret?

It's all part of a SIMPLE 3-Phase nutrition system that CUSTOMIZES your carb intake to overcome stubborn weight loss plateaus and help you FINALLY start losing fat again and cranking up your metabolic fat-burning fire (as if you were a teenager again).

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Matt has worked very hard and has "cracked the carbohydrate code"  to get the fastest results possible with Customized Carb Cycling Solution.


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Because you are a friend of mine, Matt has a very special bonus for my action takers that will not be available anywhere else.

It's a collection of exclusive recipes for your low carb days, high carb days, pre-workout meals to fuel you through your workouts, post workout shakes and much, more.Cook book cover

It's called the Carb-Cycle Bible. This recipe collection is the "secret sauce" to getting the most out of the CCCS program.

To claim this special, exclusive bonus, email Matt your Clickbank receipt to and he will send you this exclusive bonus.
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PPS - You cannot have self doubt. NONE of it!

16002882 10202709074524119 4202237092342389375 n"Controlling your time, dominating your day, and overcoming the mental clutter holding you back are the keys to losing, weight, getting rich, and finding the love of your life. You cannot have self-doubt. You must feel deserving of extraordinary results. This belief is essential to getting those rewards. This is politically incorrect, but true."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meathead Condo Gym Workout

I went full meathead today at the gym in my condo.

The original plan was to go to the gym and do close-grip bench press, but I was late (since I got caught up in a writing project). My tardiness prompted me to save the 10 minute walk and skip the bench and sub in pushups.

Here's how the awesome workout went down...

1A) Pushups - Pause pushups and close-grip pushups
1B) Band Pulls

2A) Face Pull
2B) Chin-ups
2C) Cable Abs
2D) Triceps Extensions

Tomorrow is an off-day and I'm flying back to Toronto.

But Monday was an ON-day ... because I recorded the 2017 Operation Domination Webinar and now you can watch the replay to totally dominate your days and achieve your BIG goals and dreams this year. Enjoy!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

This is good ... and kinda bad... depending on where you are in life. But the end quote from Epictetus is what matters most. Everything ends. Good times AND bad. So persevere through the hard times knowing you will get through them soon, and be present and enjoy the good times with as much gratitude as possible before they end too ... "We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them." – Epictetus "Do your best. Do it with love, honor, integrity, passion, and commitment. Do it without recognition. Do it for the right reasons. Do it for the legacy you will leave in life." - Craig Ballantyne


Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Squats and Meetings

Good start to the day. I did a fast leg workout and then rushed on to a lot of meetings. Very productive. Moved ahead with our big corporate training program and had a call with my mentor, Mark Ford.

Today's Workout:

1A) Squat
1B) Mobility

2A) Front Squat
2B) Good Morning

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

You cannot have self doubt. NONE of it!

"Controlling your time, dominating your day, and overcoming the mental clutter holding you back are the keys to losing, weight, getting rich, and finding the love of your life. You cannot have self-doubt. You must feel deserving of extraordinary results. This belief is essential to getting those rewards. This is politically incorrect, but true." - Craig Ballantyne

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Fun Day for Experiences and People Over Stuff

Today was a great day in Denver. It started with some big thinking and reading, then a good breakfast followed with a Meathead Sunday Fun Day.

1A) Pushups
1B) Band Pull

2A) Bench Press
2B) Pullup

3A) Military Press
3B) Bodyweight Row

Alright... now for a nutrition message...


Football parties. Business dinners. Tempting fast food. Alcohol. Chocolate. More alcohol. More chocolate!

Worse, there are so many high-calorie health foods now that are so tasty and delicious that you can easily overeat.

And our portion sizes are spinning out of control!

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It's stressful. It's overwhelming.

And add to that the fact that you're so busy, busy, busy that you run out of time to take care of yourself, right?

Well, here's the good news.

I have this little 3-step system for fat loss…

This system first came to me back when I was 16 years old and reading my first bodybuilding magazines. I can still remember sitting around the old farmhouse and opening up a MuscleMag with Arnold on the cover.
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Can you spot the 16-year old CB in this soccer team photo?

In that issue was a list of common foods and the number of calories in each. For example, an orange, apple, and banana were about 100 calories, a piece of bread was about 75 calories (back then), and a cup of milk was 100 calories (with 8 grams of protein).

I memorized that list and have spent the rest of my life "eyeballing" my calorie intake. I know how much food is enough at each meal and for each day.

But most people don't have all those numbers in their head.

Let me show you how to use my diet formula to lose fat...

Step #1 – Figure out how many calories you are eating.

Back in the "old" days of the Internet version 1.0, I would tell clients to use a site like to enter in their food intake and find out how many calories they were eating.

Today you can use one of the hundreds of apps that are out there.

If you do this for at least a week of regular eating, you'll essentially get a "college degree" in meal planning and calorie counting.

You'll know what foods are off limits if you want to stay under 2000 calories, and you'll know which foods you can enjoy in larger quantities without worry.

Once you know your average daily intake, then you can move to the next step.

Step #2 – If you want to lose fat, improve the quality of your diet.

Notice how I'm NOT asking you to eat less. Instead, I want you to eat better.

Substitute your 6-inch Subway chicken breast sandwich (about 500 calories with cheese and sauce) for a big spinach salad with chicken breast, lots of vegetables, and olive oil.

Replace your daily bowl of cereal or bagel with two eggs and an apple.

And cut out all liquid calories. Orange juice is just as bad as soda when it comes to STOPPING fat loss, so kick it to the curb and replace it with water or Green Tea. (By the way, 1-2 cups of coffee per day are fine. You don't have to give that up.)

These switcheroo's naturally cut your calorie intake while helping you stay full longer.

As a result, you'll lose weight naturally, without resorting to diet pills or potions, or starving yourself.

You might be able to stop there, but if you're struggling, we'll take one more action...

Step #3 – If you're not losing fat, decrease your calorie intake by 10%.

Don't dramatically cut your calories. Start with a decrease of 10%.

Of course, this will require you to use with your new diet (after you've improved the quality of food you are eating).

Those 3 steps are simple, and not only help you lose lots of fat safely and naturally, but also teach you the lifelong lifestyle secrets of men and women that keep off the weight effortlessly.

So channel your inner "16-year old Craig" and give yourself a free college-level education in meal planning.

Your flat belly forever will thank you.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Life is about the people you spend time with and the experiences you have. It's not about more "money" or "stuff".
I will value the friendships made in high-school with my soccer buddies more than any car, watch, or fancy item I ever own...

Stay young,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Craig Ballantyne
Founder, ETR University
Creator, Turbulence Training

2017 Goal Achievement Masterclass Soon!

Hey, I've got some exciting news for you.
On Monday night I'm hosting a FREE "Goal Achievement Video Masterclass" online.

You're going to get the secrets I teach my clients to achieve extraordinary results in every area of your life in 2017.

Please mark your calendars for Monday, January 16th at 9pm EST.

During this live online video presentation, you'll discover...
•    The #1 cause of pain and frustration in your life... and what you can do about it right now
•    3 simple strategies for overcoming the mental clutter that comes from having too many opportunities in life
•    A quick and easy way to develop mental clarity & achieve your most important goals
•    3 success tools to help structure your day for faster results
•    A 2-step solution for overcoming all the obstacles in your way so you get more done

Click this link to reserve your spot on the free video presentation

You'll be able to watch the presentation from your computer or mobile phone from anywhere in the world.

Please click the link above to get the full details on how to attend.

I'm looking forward to helping you and I will also be available to take questions during and after the presentation.

Click this link to reserve your spot on the free video presentation

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne
Creator, The Perfect Day Formula

Craig Ballantyne
Founder, ETR University
Creator, Turbulence Training

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Crunches vs Deadlifts vs The Airport

I didn't get a lot of sleep last night (more about that below), but today's workout was still a lot of fun and I hit my numbers. For some reason I ripped my hands up more than normal, though. Oh well. I ain't no hand model.

1A) Deadlift - 310x3x6

1B) Box Jump

2A) DB Reverse Lunge

2B) Shrug

That was it.

One thing I noticed was lots of folks wasting time with crunches. Maybe it was just the January crowd, but it seemed worse than usual.

So here's a tip:

Never do crunches again.

They are a waste of your precious time. What have they ever done for you in the past? If you never, ever did another crunch down on the dirty floor again, do you think it would matter? Of course not.

It's such a useless exercise and a shame the exercise industry has promoted it. Crunches do not give you the "core strength" that you need. Kick them to the curb.

Focus on nutrition, interval training, and basic strength exercises to get the body and performance you desire

Now for a funny story. Well, kinda funny.

Last night I got back from New Orleans around 9pm... My friend Joel Marion, from BioTrust, was flying out of Denver at midnight, so we agree to meet at the airport (that's when you know you travel too much... when you can only see your friends in airports!).

We sat around talking till almost midnight. It was so great to see him again, and we were able to tell each other work war stories and even allowed ourselves to complain a little to each other...

Often only other entrepreneurs can understand what it's like to have financial pressures, concerns about caring for and helping your employees get through personal and professional issues, etc., all while dealing with lawyers, the IRS, and all that fun stuff.

We both left energized and even though I had an AMAZING time in New Orleans... the highlight of my trip was the 2 hour hangout at Elway's in Terminal B of DIA. Ha!

And so that brings me to...

Today's Kick-Butt Mindset Tip:

Positive Social Support is often the HARDEST, but also most important Pillar of Success to put in place.

If the people you hang around with are negative and want to hold you back, find new friends (online and offline). If the people you go to eat with at work want to sabotage your diet, find new lunch buddies. There is no shortage of folks out there who are happy to help you reach your goal. I believe in the POWER of POSITIVE PEOPLE. Go out and get GOOD people on your side.

They ARE out there. And they want to HELP you!

Please believe me no matter what struggles you are going through right now... We are here for you. Keep searching for more caring connections, and most importantly, be the change you want to see in the world.

Be strong and good,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New workout videos reminder from Bally

Woof, woof!

Ol' Bally the Dog here, and I have some bad news. And some good news. And then more bad news. :(

I'm getting old.

Yep, I turned 11 in human years at Christmas, and my puppy sprints aren't what they used to be.

But I'm still in good shape because of them and my puppyweight exercises.

Now here's some good news for you.

My friend, Craig Ballantyne, the world-famous personal trainer, just filmed some new exercise videos for you.

And he's giving them to you for FREE when you order a copy of his new book, The Great Cardio Myth.

But more bad news...

Today is the FINAL reminder we're sending you about getting the bonus videos.

If you want to get immediate access to them, here's what you need to do...

If you want even more videos that are...

  • High-energy
  • Follow-along (where you do every repetition with me)
  • Focused on form (so you do every movement perfectly)
  • Fat-burning in 4 minutes
  • 10 times better than slow boring cardio...

Then here's the DEAL of the Day.

You can now get my NEW videos as a FREE gift when you order my new book, The Great Cardio Myth. Order your copy from any one of these fine retailers.

Cardio myth

When you order the book, you'll get four NEW workout videos as a bonus gift. 

Order the book from one of the links below, and then send your receipt to to get access to the videos.

BUT this is the ONLY way to get access to these brand new videos. They will not be sold anywhere else. You have to get the book to get the gift. Thanks!

These brand NEW videos will be just like having me take you through a fat-scorching bodyweight workout in person.

It'll be just like the photo below, where I'm training (on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Hotel) in San Diego with my top Turbulence Trainers.

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Gettin' low with high-energy, fat-burning squats!

But even better, I'll be doing all of the exercises WITH you... and you'll get to see me sweat and struggle too.

Good times!

So order your copy of my new book and the new videos will be ready for you very, very soon.

Once you order, just send your receipt to to get access to the videos TODAY!

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Stay strong and Push on!

It's always darkest before the dawn. We all make mistakes. There will be days when you struggle. But successful people shake it off, rebound rapidly, and get back on track. Pull yourself out of the negative spiral, get support, and hop right back on the path to success by making the right decisions. Learn your lessons. Stay positive. Move on.

PPS - Final Reminder: Get Your Free Videos Today...

... when you order my book from one of these sites.

Once you order, just send your receipt to to get access to the videos.

The Great Cardio Myth is OUT!

My new book, The Great Cardio Myth, is now out =>

Craig Ballantyne
Founder, ETR University
Creator, Turbulence Training

Squats and off to NOLA

Alright, off to NOLA today for a Mastermind.

Great workout to start the day.

1A) Squat
1B) Prisoner Squat Jump

2B) Abs

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Invest in yourself for the sake of others. Take care of your health so you can deliver maximum love, life, & laughter to those that matter. Place a high value on your time. Don’t let others steal it away. Remember…every moment wasted in meetings, surfing the web, gossip, etc. steals it from your children, spouse, & well being. Be ruthless with your time and energy for the sake of your legacy. You can – and WILL – succeed when you take care of yourself and bring your best self and high energy to all areas of life! ... => Put your oxygen mask on first!

Alright, gotta rush.

Back with a big update tomorrow!


Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - One more update...

Well, I officially screwed up... twice. Use the "A" word twice, and now I have to pay out $200 in fines... I'll do that when I'm back in Denver on the weekend. I was describing someone as a Hard-A**. What other word could I have used? I was stuck. Oh well.

The liquids have been great though, and I'm now easily getting 4 liters. I just have to get the first two liters down fast.

I'm not sure if this is doing me any good, but I'll finish through the contest.

Also, no plastic bottles so far.

Tomorrow I go to New Orleans for 3 days, and that will make for a good test.

Will I be able to find time to get to a store with boxed water?

Duh, duh, duh duh....... (Suspense music)