Friday, February 05, 2016

Deadlifting after Denver

This is the big news in my world today.

Here's the link to my 4th time being on the Jason Ferruggia show


It includes 3 things I learned from owning a dog...and I explain my Perfect Day Formula and goal setting methods.

There is also another podcast...below. My goal is 100 of them this year, and I'll post each good one.

Today's Workout

Back to the gym in lil' ol' Stratford after a Deload week in Denver and a smooth journey home yesterday...

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift
2B) Mobility

3A) Bench Press
3B) Goblet Bulgarian Split Squat

Now a weekend to relax, read, and write. For the past 5 years I've spent Superbowl weekend with my friend Joel Marion and 50 of our friends and fitness colleagues down in Florida. But not this year. Instead, I'm hibernating and hiding out up on the farm.

And I'm really, really going to enjoy it.

The weather's fine, the dog is funny, and the weekend will be great.

Hope you enjoy yours wherever you are.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Build others UP because it will only make you more successful. If you don't have social support, take charge as the leader. Be confident in your choices. People will respect your decisions, even if it seems at first that they don't. Eventually, a lot of people will come to you for advice and support. You are the one making the right decision. Never forget that. And never give up on what really matters to you and your family. Take care of yourself first so that you have the energy and strength for others. You can do it.

Have an amazing weekend,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Here's the 2nd podcast...

How Does Your Perfect Day Look? Learn How to Create Your Dream Day with

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Off Day in Denver

Off-day in Denver. Traveling home today as well.

Deadlifting tomorrow.

CASS-Free Day today.

Using this as motivation:
To create new habits, you must internalize the benefits of your actions. Don’t meditate because it is good for you. Meditate because it feels good. Don’t have difficult discussions out of obligation. Do so because you enjoy how the challenge makes you grow. Don’t exercise for health. Do so because it makes you feel great and gives you energy. Do your work because of how it makes you feel AND what it helps you become.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - If you want to lose weight...

...but are worried about the weekend:

Walk through the weekend in your mind. Pick your poison (1 treat), prepare your plan, and survive the Superbowl.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

To relieve pain

If you're worried that you have to pound your joints on the treadmill with hard exercise in order to lower your cholesterol and lose weight, then today's new research update is going to leave you smiling.

You see, according to an article in Forbes magazine, 60-year old men and women, like Sharon Gutterman of Connecticut, have been able to decrease their bad cholesterol and even lower their blood pressure using a pain-free, gentle form of exercise.

It also eliminates back problems, reduces neck pain, strengthens your knees and hips, and can dramatically reduce anxiety.

83% of female users also reported dramatic decreases in their menopause symptoms!

Dr. Timothy McCall, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, says it’s the best preventative medicine for almost everything, referring to one study that found a 23% decrease in cholesterol when this exercise was used.

And the best part is that you can do this exercise in the comfort of your own home without any equipment.

Even better, you’ll never have to pay for expensive chiropractor visits, pain medication, or pricey massages ever again.

Gentle ‘Miracle Movement’ Releases Pain From Your Body For Good

This breakthrough discovery is a game changer in fast and easy pain relief.

Taking care of you,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer


PS – Most pain treatment simply masks the problem and never resolves the issue at the source, however…

You can eliminate your pain and force it out of your body for good with this…

Gentle ‘Miracle Movement’ Releases Pain From Your Body For Good

PPS - 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. Things will get better

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Denver Deload and SuperBally Weekend Plans

Final weight workouts of my deload week in Denver. We got a little snow last night but nothing crazy, just a few inches.

Yesterday was upper body with a lot of high rep work...pullups, pushups, face pulls, dumbbell presses.

Today was lower body.

1A) Goblet Squat

2A) 1-Leg Hip Bridge
2B) Ball Leg Curl
2C) Ball Plank

3A) DB Split Squat
3B) Short Sprints

Moderate intensity. Didn't push any limits or set any records.

I have a couple more days in Denver, and will do some extended morning old-man warm-ups.

On Thursday I head home for a SuperBallyBowl weekend, and a real deadlift sessions on Saturday morning.

And instead of watching the Superbowl, I plan on watching SPECTRE.

Bond > Newton + Manning + Beyonce

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Remember that the word “leadership” comes from a verb: to lead. Leadership is an ACTION. Leadership is a CHOICE. Each and every one of us can be leaders IF WE CHOOSE TO BE.

In other words, the path to becoming a true leader is not really about who you are, it’s about what you do.

Leadership is when you charge toward your true purpose and inspire others to help you through discipline, focus, and generosity." - Bedros

Lead on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Deadlifts and Whole Foods

Deload week deadlift workout in Denver.

1A) Deadlift
1B) DB Press

2A) DB Row - couldn't help going after a PB of 100x9
2B) Leg Curl

3A) Pulldowns
3B) Meathead Arms

Good times. Then a long walk with my business partner around Washington Park in Denver, and lunch at Whole Foods (pulled pork, collard greens, kale, and broccoli).

It's always amazing how much junk is in the vegetables in the Whole Foods buffet. The ingredient list for vegetables shouldn't be 15 ingredients long. At least the steamed broccoli was just "Broccoli".

And here's a really cool post someone added to my FB page...

Just got my Perfect Day Formula kit from Turbulence Training creator Craig Ballantyne ....if you are looking to make a successful life plan, you need this!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Proper Preparation Prevents Problems. Plan ahead to overcome obstacles. Plan ahead to eliminate temptations and destroy distractions.

Plan on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Great squat workout

Strange workout today, in a great way.

Yesterday I did a great warm-up and then two sets into my pullups I thought I destroyed my shoulders. It was a really weird, painful feeling over the origin of my teres minor muscle and the belly of my rear delts. I expected a lot of soreness today, but nothing. Very strange.

Today, I did a very good warm-up and had a fantastic workout, so I just don't know what went wrong yesterday.

It was like night and day. Hopefully yesterday was an aberration.

Today's Workout:

1A) Squat
1B) KB Swing

2A) DB Step-Up
2B) Leg Curl

Good times. PB of 135x28 reps for the squat. Tough, but good.

Expecting some DOMS tomorrow.

sporting my swag at - thanks

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Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Upper body hotel gym training in Denver

Hotel gym workout today for upper body.

Also had pre-workout caffeine. Pretty wound up right now!

The Workout:

1A) Pullups
1B) DB 1-Arm Shoulder Press

2A) Decline Pushups

3) Meathead Arms (curls and extensions)

Rear delts are very tight. I warmed up adequately (I thought)...but it looks like it's back to the old drawing board to better prepare myself for pullups.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"The greatest trap in life is not success or power, but self-rejection.” – H.J.M. Nouwen … Do not compare your bank account, your job, your car, or your body against others. There is only you NOW and you then. Focus on progress from Point A and Point B. Change is a matter of choice, not calendar. You could just as easily change your life today as you could on New Year's Day.

Believe in yourself,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Knowledge is power.

Never stop learning, improving, and living. Be prepared to stumble before you succeed, but never give up on going after what is important to you. You CAN do it.