Friday, April 18, 2014

How to beat sugar addiction

If you're having a panic attack this weekend because of all the junk food that is in your house, from sugary hot cross buns to 18-inch chocolate bunny rabbits then I have very, very good news for you.
It's called FREEDOM. Finally, you can be free of sugar cravings and addiction. No more tears, frustration, fat bellies, binges, or embarrassment.
If you're tired of being addicted to sugar, I want you to meet TT Transformation Contest winner and 2013 TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. She knows exactly how that feels. Catherine was a sugar addict for decades. At her lowest point, she was once caught stealing cookies and cereal from her roommate to feed her addiction.
But today, Catherine has crushed the sugar demon. She looks 14 years younger and has dropped 14 pounds of fat now that she is Sugar-Free! And yet if you ever meet her, you'll agree she's sweeter than ever. Catherine rocks, and will be on-stage at the TT Summit in June.
But back to this weekend...
It's a Sugar Battle.
You vs. the chocolate, the eggs, the marshmallow bunnies (I love those little, fluffy yellow marshmallow bunnies), the jelly beans, and the desserts.
You can either go it alone - and fail, falling victim to another sugar binge - or you can get Catherine's help and FINALLY kick the sugar addiction to the curb forever and ever, Amen. 
Having Catherine, and her step-by-step sugar-beating blueprint on your side will be like having the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. It will be like having handcuffs removed from your wrists. You'll be free to eat normally and finally lose the fat that sugar held hostage on your body. 
Escape the curse of sugar addiction.
No more binge eating.
No more hiding.
Just relief.
And a normal life again.
To your health and to a better life,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Have an amazing Easter weekend.
One that is full of family time and free of stress. 
Become the person you must be to do the great things that you want to do. Get better everyday. Never give up on what is important to you.
Whatever is in your way, you're stronger than it, you're tougher than it, and you're better than it. You're going to beat it.
I believe in you.
Catherine believes in you.
You CAN do it.
Stay strong and get stronger.
And keep on pushing on!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Squats and bench workouts

Back under the bar now that I'm off the toilet. I needed a couple of days on a non-jello diet, too.

Oh wait, not sure what I'm talking about? Read this:

Now that everything is back to normal, this week's workouts are:

#1 - Lower Body

Big total body warm-up

1A) Squats
1B) Box Jumps - sets of 2, and it wasn't until about the 4th set that power really kicked in...that's because my nervous system really seemed to need a long warm-up...often does

2A) Front Squat
2B) Good Morning

That was it for the day. 4 sets of each.

#2 - Upper Body - Meathead for Life!!!

Requires a much smaller warm-up, upper body only, and you can do lower stretching between sets

1A) Bench with Pause (#truth bench)
1B) Chin-up with Knee-up

2A) Close-Grip Bench
2B) V-Grip Pulldown

3A) DB Press
3B) BB Row

4) DB CSR 1&1/2 reps - going to experiment to see how this goes

If you like these workouts, you'll love TT Mass at Home 2.0, only available at this month.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Set your moral code and live by it – proudly and consistently, without exceptions or excuses.


"Set lofty goals. Proclaim them to the world. And take massive action on achieving the goals you set out to achieve." – Bedros Keuilian

Push on strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meathead Garage Gym Workout

Awesome workout today. It's been a while since I've trained, due to this weekend's surgery and preparation, so I was glad to let it rip on this one. Started off in the basement using the rafters to do pullups...

1A) Pullups
1B) Pushups
1C) Slamball Slams
- 5 rounds

2A) Floor Press
2B) Powerblock Row
2C) 1-Arm KB Overhead Press
- 4 rounds

3A) Powerblock Curl Rest-Pause Set
3B) TRX Triceps Extension
3C) DB Rear Delt Raise

Great times! If you liked that workout, you'll love this:

That was followed by our BIGGEST fitness FB QnA session ever. Read all the great questions here:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
There will be days when you struggle to exercise, and that is okay. Just never give up. Realize everyone else goes through this, and not quitting is what separates the successful from the frustrated. Don't give up. Keep on pushing on.

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired... You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going." - General Patton

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Make sure you read this 5-star article that will change your life

Monday, April 14, 2014

Superfoods Smoothie

If you want to build muscle and lose fat at the same time, your post-workout nutrition needs to be perfect to support your goals.
That means getting the right nutrients into your body to help you recover, burn calories, and keep you making progress towards to your fitness goals.
Here's a delicious and perfect post-workout smoothie that you can try. It's
called "Superfoods Peanut Butter and Jam":
  • 500 ml almond milk
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 dates or 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or protein powder)
Blend all ingredients in a blender. That's a lot, but it delivers two very delicious servings. Just cut the amounts in half if you only want one. It won't be very good to store this overnight because of the seeds.
And yes, it really does taste amazing like a PB & J sandwich but obviously without the bread (that can leave you tired & sluggish). Like that?
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Foods are just as powerful as drugs...
...they really are. That's why you must avoid processed foods, like bread, that cause your body to gain fat and your mind to go sleepy. You must eat whole, natural, one-ingredient foods, in a wide variety to satisfy your body's natural cravings and to help you burn belly fat.
Smoothies are the perfect way to get lots of protein and one-ingredient Superfoods delivered to your muscles quickly and easily.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Smoothie Time (but not for Bally)

If you or anyone you know has an aversion to smoothies, then this mouth-watering recipe is guaranteed to blow them away. I think it's amazing, and I got it from my former neighbor in Toronto, world-famous nutritionist and health guru, Yuri Elkaim. We used to live in the same condo building right beside an amazing dog park in Toronto, but Yuri and his wife had little Chihauhaus that didn't go to well with ol' Bally the Dog :).
Now to be quite honest...This smoothie is easily the BEST green smoothie I've ever tasted. Even ol' Bally would slurp it right up, if he were allowed - which he is not! But that does not stop him from asking.
It really is delicious. Here's the recipe for you to see for yourself... 
Tangy Coco Spinach
2 big handfuls of spinach 
1 banana 
1⁄2 cup strawberries 
1-2 stalks celery 
Juice of 1-inch piece of ginger 
Juice of 1⁄2 lime 
1 young coconut (water and meat) 
250 ml water
Add ingredients to blender, blend, and enjoy.
Since trying it for the first time not too longago, it's helped me convert the most skeptical and smoothie-averse people, which now means they can enjoy better health and more energy :)
And you will too!
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Combine this with fat loss accelerator workouts...
...and you'll lose a lot of weight and gain a TON of energy in just a few short days. It's all about the complete program. 
But honestly, even without the workouts you'll get amazing results with this type of smoothie every day. It's the perfect solution - fast, easy, and tasty.
PPS - Many people ask...
...these common questions, so Yuri answered them for you.
Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?
A: YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.
- See more at:
Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?
A: YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.
- See more at:
Q: Will I get enough protein from these smoothies and juices?


YES! You'll get more than enough protein, especially if you make any of the "protein powerhouse" smoothies.

Q: Are these smoothie and juices suitable for my kids?


Absolutely. Both my 2.5-year old and 9-month old sons drink these smoothies and juices on a daily basis. It ensures that they get terrific nutrition when they might be pickier with other foods. They love them!

Q: Do I need to buy organic ingredients?

If you can that's great. If not, don't worry about it. You'll still benefit tremendously from the better overall nutrition.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Personal Trainer Urgent Notice

Imagine this...being given the EXACT blueprint to getting more clients, making more money, having more fun, and getting to hang out with positive people that want to help you succeed. All while doing so in beautiful, sunny, San Diego, California, right on the beach.
That's what's going to happen at the 2014 Turbulence Training Summit. The dates are set for June 6-7 in San Diego, California and my amazing team of Amy, Lesa, Heather, and Jeff have pulled out all the stops for you, but  your Early Bird savings of $300 on your ticket ends TONIGHT.

Over the incredible weekend in the California sunshine, you'll get to meet, network with, and learn from the best in the industry, including...

- My top, hand-picked Turbulence Training Trainers, such as Mikey "Pancakes" Whitfield, Kate "Dominating New York City" Vidulich, Bri "The High Energy Guy" Kalaky, and last year's TT Trainer of the Year, Catherine Gordon. Plus, you'll get to do TWO Turbulence Training bootcamps with me and my special guests each morning on the beautiful beaches of San Diego.
- Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove, fitness business GURUS and go-to experts for the world's BIGGEST health and fitness publications, including Men's Health & Women's Health magazines. Plus, their gym, Results Fitness, is also one of the most profitable gyms per square foot, and they'll show you how to make MORE money with your fitness business.

What you learn from Alwyn and Rachel will instantly build your fitness career by improving your skills as a trainer or coach and by making your business even more profitable.  

- Brad Pilon, author of the best-selling book, Eat Stop Eat. Brad NEVER, ever speaks at events, but I managed to lure him out of his Canadian Cave to help you show your clients how to quickly and easily lose fat and gain lean muscle at the SAME time.

- The ONE and ONLY, Bedros Keuilian.. he'll be teaching and moderating the "Trainer Battle Royal". It's going to be CRAZY fun!

Plus, Bedros and I will be doing a "Fitness Shark Tank" where we'll give three personal trainer the chance to win personal coaching from B & me on growing their fitness business, all while showing everyone how to improve any fitness business, while helping more people, and making YOU more money while working less. 

But time is running out and the early bird registration for the TT Summit ends tonight.
Go Here for the BIGGEST Savings on Your TT Summit Seat

See you in San Diego,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - If you have any questions...
...about the TT Summit, just let me know. Reply to this email, contact us at, or post your question on our TT FB fanpage where we have over 109,000 fans from all over the world!

Farm TRX Workout

Back out on the farm and it's time to hit the TRX.

So glad you loved yesterday's killer core training circuit. Using a suspension trainer can get addicting and so I added an ab blasting superset.
You're going to love this one, too. It all starts with my NEW favorite #1 ab exercise, the Suspension X-Body Mountain Climber... I know it sounds so simple, but if you do them wrong, you won't get amazing results. Suspension Trainer Dan Long knows exactly how to get the most out of every rep and he'll show you in his NEW follow-along videos.
He knows all of the Suspension Trainer secrets that other coaches don't even know exist. Wait until you try this new exercise paired with my previous #1 Suspension Ab move, the Ab Fallout.
It's a brilliant combo. The first exercise forces stabilization and contraction from the bottom up, while the second demands incredible core strength and then hits you with contraction from the top down. It's the ultimate ab superset, and practically impossible to replicate without a suspension trainer.
Add this Ab Superset to the end of your next workout:
A) TRX Mountain Climber - 30 seconds
B) TRX Ab Fallout (kneeling) - 60 seconds
- Rest 30 seconds and repeat two more times.
Then consider your abs, "Officially Blasted". But don't get me wrong, suspension trainers like the TRX or Jungle Gym straps (you can use either for the superset) are not just core training devices.
In fact, there are literally 191 exercises that you can do to get ripped and even build muscle, practically anytime, anywhere. And celebrity trainer and TRX authority Dan Long shows you how here:
As part of the Suspension Revolution, Dan is leading cutting edge trainers and clients (including his SuperBowl champion clients and members of the New York Yankees) through all of the best workouts that you can do with these simple straps.
It truly is a revolution in the fitness industry, and Dan is the leader.
Discover the aweseome workout videos of the Suspension Revolution here:
Whether you train at the gym, in the park, or even in your garage, people will be amazed at the strength and shape of your body as you do these moves...
... when done CORRECTLY. Most people get suspension exercises all wrong. But you won't do that with Dan. He'll be there every rep of the way, giving you his cuing secrets on getting the most out of every reps...
... TRIPLING your results. 
Dan's Suspension Trainer Secrets + Energy = Awesome
But hurry:
This special 2.0 revolution follow-along video launch sale ends soon, and the price of these 191 exercises 20 weeks of high-energy workouts will double faster than you can say, "Viva La Revolution!"
Get ripped with the Revolution.
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Dan is 41, yet RIPPED and has the most insane energy...

It's off the charts. And you'll discover this addicting energy in every NEW follow-along Suspension Revolution 2.0 workout video. A big part of Dan's energy and low belly fat levels is his workouts with Suspension training.
You'll be amazed at what he can show you in just a few seconds.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Nutrition Plan for Abs

Did you know that the years of eating processed foods, lack of exercise, and normal eating patters have literally PROGRAMMED your body to burn NOTHING but calories and sugars from the foods you consume everyday...
...INSTEAD of burning off your ugly body fat? 
In fact, today's exercise programs take way too much time and use old-school methods that cause you to crave more food and calories - especially calories from sugar - FORCING your body to burn sugars and waste away nothing but stored energy. 
This means that EVERY time you eat and exercise your body is busy fighting a losing battle. BUT...
What if there was a way to RESET your body's fat burning switch so that your body burns fat FIRST every time you move and exercise?
Well there IS. It's a super simple 3-step metabolic primer from my good friend and Stubborn Fat Expert, Shaun Hadsall, that TURNS OFF your body's "addiction" to burning sugars, while making your most stubborn fat your "go to" energy source in ONLY 3 or 4 days. 
STEP #1: Try to consume zero starches or fruits for 3 or 4 days in a row during the week. 
This will help accelerate depletion of glycogen (your stored energy) and get your body burning fat again. This should equate to a total of 25 to 50 impact carbs for the day. Consume protein in every meal to help increase satiety and keep your body in "fat burning mode". 
You'll program your body to burn a ton more belly fat by using this approach a just a few days of the week. 
STEP #2: Increase your fats and double your servings of green cruciferous veggies on deplete days. 
When you lower carbs for a few days you'll automatically need energy from other sources. Friendly fats and cruciferous veggies should be your go to macronutrients to help provide this needed energy. 
Some good examples to use are extra fish or krill oil, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter and small amounts of raw nuts for fats -- spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, arugula, green beans, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are great choices for extra veggies.
This will help provide all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals necessary to maximize fat-loss during a lower carb phase. 
It will also DECREASE your cravings in a big way.
STEP #3: Double your daily water intake when you deplete carbs. 
Remember, for EVERY gram of carbs you eat over the weekend (or any other time) your body holds nearly 3 grams of water. 
So if you had a few slices of pizza, some bread and a bowl of ice cream we're talking an extra 700 to 1000 grams of water sitting under your belly skin. 
Consuming extra water is the fastest way to UNDO the damage of over-eating, getting rid of excess water retention, and facilitating other metabolic processes that burn fat. 
A good rule of thumb is to consume at least 50-60% of your total body weight in ounces of water a few days after overeating. 
After 3 or 4 days of using this strategy, your body and hormones will be PRIMED to burn PURE fat when you exercise. 
You just have to make sure you're using the RIGHT TYPE of exercise or all this could be nothing but a waste of your time and energy. 
That's why Shaun created the 7 Day Ab Targeted Solution. 
It's specifically designed to release fat-burning adrenaline, while quickly targeting stubborn fat from your WORST trouble stops.
And it's proven to DOUBLE the fat burning effect of 3 step nutrition approach above in ONLY 12 short minutes per day:  
If you'd like to SEE your lower belly get flatter WITHOUT gaining it back or damaging your metabolism, just click the link above and you'll discover exactly how you can make it happen in just 7 short days. 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer