Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Contest and The Bench Press

It's time to head back to Toronto for a quick weekend visit. I had hoped to stay on the farm longer, but I need to be back at ETR University next week.


This is a major project and it's going to be a very exciting week.

I also had a quick bench press workout this morning before heading to the airport. It was good, and went like this:

1A) Bench

2A) DB Incline Press
2B) Pullup with Knee up

Alright, time for me to transform cities, and for you to transform you.


1. The 27th Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest officially starts on August 28th, 2016, but you can join starting September 11th and/or join at any time during these 12 weeks. The final day to submit entries is Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at midnight EST.

2. If you start on August 28th you finish on November 20th. You then take your final photos and can submit your entry between November 20th and December 4th.

Read the link above for all of the details.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
When faced with hard times, we have a choice...we can keep going or we can quit. But all tough times come to an end. If we quit, we only make it worse and learn nothing. If we keep going, things might get worse at first, but you WILL be making progress. Things WILL get better. The future WILL become brighter. It may be slow, but it WILL be sure. Stay strong. Push on. Never give up on what is important to you. You WILL achieve your goals. You will win.

Get winning,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Big Transformation Contest News

Your next chance to win $1000 starts this Sunday, August 28th.

Check out the rules and how to WIN here

Yes, it’s time once again for you to dominate one of our 5 transformation categories:
  • Women Under 40
  • Women Over 40
  • Men Under 40
  • Men Over 40
  • Pro Category => For past winners to win again! (Back by popular demand!)
Here’s what you need to know…

1. The 27th Turbulence Training 12-Week Transformation Contest runs from August 28th through December 4th, 2016, but you can join at any time during these 12 weeks.

2. If you start on August 28th you finish on November 20th. You then take your final photos and can submit your entry between November 20th and December 4th 2016.

3. If you start on September 11th you’ll finish on December 4th 2016. The final day to submit entries is Sunday, December 4th, 2016 before midnight EST.

Join the FREE contest for your chance to win $1000

If you have any questions, please reply to this email or post your question on our Fitness Facebook page here.

By the way, if you’ve never heard the dramatic story of how I personally transformed my life with the 5 pillars of success, please listen to this incredible free show here. It’s the best interview I’ve EVER done.

Listen to my best interview about my life-changing transformation

Looking forward to seeing your amazing success story.

This contest is WHY we do what we do here at TT and Early To Rise.

Nothing makes us prouder or happier than reading your stories of transformation.

So let’s get ready to start strong on Sunday

Go time,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hair Transformation and Deadlifting in Denver

Hmmm, I'm trying to decide what I should transform for contest #27.

It certainly won't be my hair, which is looking awesome these days.


So I'll think about it this weekend...

In the meantime, today's workout was fun.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Jump

2A) Front Squat
2B) Shrug

Had lots of interviews and phone calls again today. Tomorrow I head back to Toronto for the weekend, and then I jump back to Denver on Sunday night. Joel Marion is coming into town for a week, and we have some post-Olympic adventures planned.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you’ll grow too. Teach as much and as many as you can, for the teacher always learns more than the student. Get out of your comfort zone and connect with one new person every day. Take action and attract good people into your life and put more effort into making the people in your life better. You'll be better off in the end!

To your success,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - As you become more successful...

As you become more successful, you will receive more criticism. There’s no way around it. And so you must either build immunity to criticism or fold your tent and go home now. If you believe in what you are doing – and you better – then you should not worry what other people say. In fact, you should welcome criticism because when other people start taking aim at you it means that you are making an impact.


Don’t stop doing what is right. Don’t stop being successful. Don’t let anyone stop you from being you or promoting your products and services as hard as possible. After all, if what you are selling is good – and I know it is, because ETR readers are the best of the best – then you’ll have more customers than critics.


Besides, over 90% of the criticism you’ll receive will be from anonymous cowards who would never, ever say the same thing to your face. Their criticism is simply jealousy, and you need to let that slide like water off a duck’s back. Stay strong and focused on what really matters – helping other people by adding value to the world.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday Crush

Well I was feeling pretty crushed on Sunday morning after my third workout back here in Denver.

I felt strong during the workout, so the time out of the gym seemed to have helped.

It's also led to a little more soreness than usual, but I'll take that trade-off.

Sunday AM session went like this...

1a) Power Clean

1b) Mobility

2a) Squat

2b) Mobility

3a) Good Morning

3b) OH Squat

Part of my fatigue comes from my inability to sleep well in Denver over the last few nights.

I'm not sure if it's the altitude or something in my apartment, but I'm doing everything right to get to sleep each night. No caffeine for over 12 hours before bed... no electronics for 90 minutes before bed... no heavy meals for hours before bed... no alcohol at all.

Fortunately Sunday night was better.

Today was a yoga circuit for recovery, and then I had a lot of early morning interviews to promote The Perfect Day Formula.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"Satisfaction is the end of the line. It will kill any desire you have left within you. It will stagnate your growth and evolution. Once you become satisfied you'll stop improving and if your not growing, you're dying. Words and thoughts like: "I'm good enough", "I've done enough", "I'm successful enough" will lead you straight to the land of the mediocre. Never let your fight end. Never let your journey end. Don't just lay down, roll over, and decide that you've had enough. Always strive to do more and to be more. Always push the limit and live life to the fullest. Never rest. Never be satisfied." - Bobby Maximus

Stay hungry,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Meathead Morning Measureables

Meathead Morning!

After a couple of hours of writing, organizing, connecting, and coaching, it was time to hit the gym for Measured Meathead performance.

Testing the bench press...

1A) Bench Press - Worked up to 195x7
1B) Chest-Supported Row

2A) DB Incline - lacking stamina in this superset
2B) Pullups

Probably a little weaker due to travel, lack of sleep during the trip, time zone shifts, bad night's sleep in Denver, etc.

But not bad, not bad at all.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:

The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you’ll grow too. Teach as many and as much as you can, for the teacher always learns more than the student.

Help the people in your life become the best they can be.

Give more time, love, money, and energy. Increase sacrifice. Decrease selfishness. 

Live more like your BIGGEST self today than you did yesterday.

Become the person you need to be to achieve what you need to achieve in life.

Time is running out. Act now.
Get going,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Back Deadlifting in Denver

Tchau, Brasil!

So after a very smooth day of traveling from Rio to Atlanta to Denver, I was able to get back in the gym on Friday afternoon. I slept 7.5 hours on the flight from Brazil to America, so I was well rested.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Hang Clean
2B) Front Squat

Today I'll be back in the gym for bench pressing.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“Once you have determined the spiritual principles you wish to exemplify, abide by these rules as if they were laws” — Epictetus

Abide like the dude,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Push like the President with Persistence.

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." — Calvin Coolidge

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Brazil Finals

Today is our last day in Brazil. We have lunch, then a few low-key hours before heading to the airport for an overnight flight back to America.

The basketball game was interesting... there were many ticket problems, and the Argentinian fans were chaotic. But Joel got to sit beside Floyd Mayweather, which was cool. However, when one of my friends asked Zac Efron for a picture, he brushed them off. LOL.

Today's workout will be some pullups and rowing at the local gym. I'm just finishing breakfast now and will head over soon. My legs are a little sore, as planned, from yesterday's bodyweight session.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
This quote changed my life. I hope it helps you too.

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' – Maya Angelou

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - If you haven't listened to this yet...

Check out this w/ on how to own the day & control your life.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Easy Days and Hard Mornings in Brazil

Yesterday was a low-key day. I actually did a lot of work because we have some big ETR projects on the go.

Around mid-afternoon we went down to Ipanema beach to visit USA House and the insanely overpriced USA Olympic Store.
Here is last night's sunset view at Ipanema beach with my local Brazilian tour guides, Bruno and Tai.

Then we went to the famous Copacabana Palace Hotel. It might be the nicest hotel I've ever visited. I'd like to stay there one day. We had a great fancy dinner with the Marion family and called it an early night.

Today is also a relaxing-work day, and then tonight it's our final Olympic event, the USA men's quarterfinal basketball game. Will there be an upset?

Kickstarting my morning, though, of course, was a bodyweight workout:

1) Pushups
2) Lunges
3) Iron Cross
4) Bodyweight Squats

Total of 501 reps (Iron Cross not included in the count)

I did a max pushup set of 55 to start to the workout. Good to see my numbers didn't drop off despite the months I spent on a 4-day per week barbell and heavy lifting program.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Relax, let go, and allow those who can help you to help you. You don’t always need to go it on your own. You don’t need be a hero, a martyr, or sacrificial lamb. It’s okay to show a weakness, to address it, to fix it. It’s okay to let someone put bandages on your wounds. The world is not full of sharks out for your blood. Instead, you are surrounded with people that care and want to help you as much as you want to help them. So let them.

Make the right decisions today and always,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Streaking and Snoozing in Brazil

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More details on the next contest coming soon...

Today is going to be a relaxing day in Rio. We don't have any events planned, and after yesterday's snoozefest (diving), I'm going to take the chance to catch up on some work in anticipation of a big September.

We're releasing ETR University, having a big Mastermind, and I'm speaking at several events... plus taking on new coaching clients. Good times ahead!

Today's Workout at the local gym:

1A) Seated Row
1B) Mobility

2A) Barbell Row
2B) Face Pull

3A) Shrug
3B) Abs

And in other interesting news...

My streak is over.

I finally drank out of a plastic water bottle again... 350 days after starting this transformation.

I made it through multiple trips around America, and even a 3-week journey to Europe this summer, but I wasn't able to overcome the travel hassles to Brazil this week.

But when I return to North America, it's back to boxed water.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
We often go through long periods of doing the work with minimal results...and then we experience the WHOOOOOSH effect when a big breakthrough occurs leading to incredible results in a short amount of time. But this happens when you do the work, when you fight the resistance, and when you persist.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT