Monday, April 27, 2015

Squats and Paleo Times in Texas

On Sunday morning I did a squat workout before heading to the Austin airport to get back to Denver.

I had forgotten how awesome of a city Austin, Texas is...great times here while at Paleo FX. I hung out with my buddy AJ Roberts...got a chance to meet the pioneer of Primal, Mark Sisson, and found some new sponsors for the TTSummit.com in June...and had a great meeting with Jesse Cannone from www.LoseTheBackPain.com

Also had an amazing hotel experience at the JW Marriott...biggest hotel gym ever...with a real squat rack, too.

Today's kickbutt mindset tip:
The only one that stops you is YOU. You are the one that gets your butt out of bed...or lies there...you are the one that eats right...or puts the junk in your mouth...You are the one that holds in your dreams, squishing them into nothing...or you are the one that shares them with positive people and opens your world up to attracting opportunity. you. You. YOU! I know what you are capable of...I know you have won in the past...and I know you will win again...I know the obstacles in your way stand NO chance against YOU...because I know that you know what matters...and we know that you know you will never give up on going for it...You will stay strong...You will push on...Your time is now...this chance for CHANGE belongs to YOU.

Do not stop.




And don't miss this short burst workout, too:
=> http://www.earlytorise.com/5-minute-extreme-fat-loss-bodyweight-workout/

No stopping you,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Some great TT Feedback...

"Thank you for your inspiration! I have lost 15 pounds since February!" – Daisy Joynt

 

"I am a swim coach and always looking for 'dryland' work we can do that doesn't require equipment or take much time. Your routines are fabulous! The swimmers are outstanding athletes and your routines bring them to their knees." – LeAnn Nana Johnson Carr

 

"I have been doing TT workouts for about 12-18 months now. I have had great results thus far losing 30+ lbs, dropping of 4" on my waistline, and making noticeable differences in the mirror/muscle definition. I am very pleased with the results and more importantly, I have the ultimate confidence in these programs, so thank you Craig!" – Ron Jack, TT Member



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Too Much Workout

Dang. Sunday was the "Too Much Workout" day. I ate too much before, I had too much caffeine, and I did too much squats. (Apologies for the terrible grammar. It's all too much!) The caffeine made me feel weird and the food-squat combo made me feel like vomiting, but I made it through the TM Workout and ended up having a great day.

Workout at the Colorado Athletic Club:

1A) Squat
1B) High Box Jump

2A) Front Squat
2B) Good Morning

My big breakfast was my High-Fat Cereal. It has to be 1,000 calories, and it kept me full for 9 hours. Seriously. I was done eating by 6:30am, in the gym at 8, and didn't eat again until 3pm. My High-Fat Cereal recipe goes like this:

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2-4 ounces of walnuts or pecans (I've never measured)
1-2 tablespoons of almond butter (or other nut butter)
1 banana

Sometimes I sprinkle Paleo Protein Powder on top because it's so sweet. And sometimes I sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of cacao nibs on it.

It's a giant bowl of nut cereal. Good times. Except when you are squatting less than 3 hours later. I need to leave more time between High-Fat breakfast and the workout.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Identify exactly what it is that you want. This takes a lot of thought. Then don't let anything stand in your way of getting it." – Kekich Credo #56 …..I do this. I take this seriously. I set goals. I write them down. I review them regularly. I've created a Vision Board. I plan my days. I set a priority to-do list each night to work on starting first thing the next morning. I have recruited social support. I have professional accountability from a coach. I have accepted the difficulty and the simplicity of the road ahead. I know the steps will be hard, but they have been taken before. There is a path, a rough one, over rocks and around great obstacles, and up a steep success mountain, but I am committed to taking it and reaching the top. I will stumble, but when I do, the helping hand of a mentor will reach out to guide me, and a push from my support will propel me back onto my feet. This is how it's going to be. Accept it and Take Action. I am there for you. You are here for me. You will get there. We will get there. Together. And when we do, no reward will be greater than the internal satisfaction knowing we have accomplished our goals. I look forward to celebrating with you. Until then, stay strong and keep on pushing on. I believe in US.

We can do it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Cardio Lesson

On a sunny and humid Saturday morning in South Beach last weekend, I walked out to the edge of the Atlantic ocean a few minutes before 7am and sat down, cross-legged, for my morning meditation session. I take great pleasure in timing my meditation with the sunrise. There were dozens of other tourists out on the beach, many with cameras, trying to capture the memory in their own way. It was a magical moment. 

Twenty minutes later, stress-free and relaxed, I ran 6 intervals on the beach (after a warm-up, of course). Then I did a long walk under the hot sun all the way down to the legendary Fontainebleau hotel (featured in the classic James Bond film, Goldfinger) and back to 5th Street before finally getting back to The Raleigh Hotel around 9am. 

While I was on my walk I passed dozens of 'joggers' - or 'yoggers', as Ron Burgandy might say ;) 

It seems there are two types of jogger-bodies. One is skinny and scrawny, and almost a little scary. The other is overweight and beat up, and those folks do more 'shuffling' than jogging. Neither body looked good compared to the beautiful bodies of the men and women doing pull-ups, pushups, and lunges at the outdoor bodyweight gym area at the corner of 8th and Collins. I think that tells us something VERY important!

But here's the frustrating thing to me...hopping on a treadmill to do 45 minutes of cardio is STILL the go-to workout for most people trying to lose weight.

Seems like a good idea, right? 

Not exactly…

The problem is this: there is a right way to do cardio (done right, you can literally burn double the calories in half the time) and there's a wrong way to do cardio, which causes you to plateau, leaving you soft, flabby and injury-prone. 

I speak from experience.  
I tried doing lots of cardio back in the day (2nd year of college, 1995 to be exact). I had the "more is better" attitude and thought the longer I go, the more endurance I'd build and more calories I'd burn, which means I'd get more lean and fit.

Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.  About the only significant results I got were chronic injuries and mental burn out.

So if you've been hittin' treadmill in hopes of getting lean and fit, we want to spare you the injuries and disappointments.  Instead, we want to share with you what I learned from my mistakes and show you what REALLY works…

===> Men, click here

===> Women, click here


Stay Strong and Keep Pushing On,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS -  Once you start doing cardio the RIGHT way, you'll finally start seeing the pounds melt away (and it'll make you instantly realize how wrong you were doing it before!)  You will literally FEEL the difference...it'll actually be fun, it will give you more energy (instead of sucking it away), and it will take you less than half the time as your old cardio routine.
Discover what REALLY works…

===> Men, click here

===> Women, click here

PPS - More harsh #truth...


People choose cardio because it is mentally EASY. Just hop on a machine and go slow and pray to the cardio confessional that the overestimated number of calories it says you are burning will help you lose weight.

But the harsh #truth is that cardio will not help at all.

"Running causes a flattening of your bottom," said fat loss expert, Hollie Grant in Saturday's issue of the British paper, The Telegraph, "and running just doesn't trigger fat loss at all. Don't expect it to change your body shape."

I agree. So STOP doing cardio. Click on the links above to find out what REALLY works.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chocolate for Breakfast

If you've ever talked to a politically-correct, mainstream nutritionist or dietician, it can be really frustrating. Eat lots of whole-wheat bread, never lose more than half-a-pound a week, and "make sure to eat lots of soy, grains, corn, and dairy," they'll say.

But that is BAD advice. 

The TRUTH is that you have to break a LOT of nutrition rules if you want to lose weight.

For example…

#1 Rule to Break: Never eat the foods you <= False!

#2 Rule to Break: You must count calories <= My clients NEVER do this!

#3 Rule to Break: Eat six small meals per day <= No! That just leaves you unsatisfied.

The TRUTH is that you can eat hearty meals of the foods you love without having to count calories IF you follow the insider-advice of a experts that have helped tens of thousands of people change their bodies. 

These experts, like *ahem* myself, and nutrition & cooking gurus like Flavia Del Monte, will show you how to get more results in less time and without having to make big sacrifices in your life or your diet. Just combine my short workouts with Flavia's incredible meals and rule-breaking diet secrets.
  
If you don't know Flavia, let me tell you about her. She's a Registered Pediatric Nurse, a female fitness expert and a busy new mom (and expecting her 2nd soon!)
 
In other words...she's Super Woman!
 
Take a look at how just recently she achieved these amazing transformation results after she had her baby. . .

 Flavbeforeandafter2
 
Wondering how she did it? Here's Flavia's…

3-Step Fast-Fat-Loss Solution:

1. Eat Flavilicious recipes when you are hungry.
2. Eat Flavilicious recipes until she was satisfied – but not stuffed.
3. Eat real food – always!

A big part of her secret was that for the past 2 years she's been working alongside a professional chef and "arming" herself with easy-to-make, allergy-friendly, fat-burning recipes that are DELICIOUS.
 
Her goal is to teach women how to lose weight just like she did; without starving, without tasteless food, and without counting a single calorie...EVER...not even one!
 
I'm super excited to share one of my favorite recipes from Flavia's cookbook, Flavilicious
Cooking
, which Flavia has discount at 60% off to celebrate the release of the hard copy for the next two days:
 
Chocolate-coffee-treats
 
You can make a few days worth of this on a Sunday, freeze any that you won't be eating for the next few days, and toss the rest in the refrigerator for your busy week. These are balanced with proteins, carbs and fats to keep you fully energized for hours. 
 
Flavia's recipes also use specific ingredients to BALANCE your hormones, which is the #1 KEY to keeping your body in "fat burning mode" so you can eat until you're full and love your body along the way :)
 
If you're looking for some brand new recipes to accommodate your crazy schedule, then pick up a copy of Flavia's brand new Flavilicious Cooking cookbook. Her book teaches you how to Eat More to Lose More!
 
Remember, when you grab it today, you'll be getting a 60% discount because she's celebrating the release of the hard copy version of the book.
 
==> 60% Off Flavilicious Cooking + Amazing Bonuses
 
And one more thing...
 
Anyone who orders today will also grab a very special bonus video called "How to Cook 15 Meals in 50 Minutes!"
 
This video was created alongside Professional Chef, Amy Stoddart, who unpacks her 10 years of culinary skills into a 50-minute step-by-step 'batch cooking' video. This information is PRICELESS and the biggest time saving cooking video I've ever seen!
 
(This one bonus will give you back hours of your life, so you can do the activities you really enjoy, all while feeling great and loving your body!)
 
This bonus video cannot be found anywhere else!
 
==> How To Cook 15 Meals in 50 Minutes  

Lose fat faster than ever with my workouts and her meals,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – It's up to you!

Personal growth and change are up to us. 

"If it is to be," the saying goes, "it's up to me." 

Our life. Our choices. Our challenges. Our decision. 

Put plans into place to support your growth, to take action, and to do it all with a sense of adventure.

And remember…

To Get Something You've Never Had, You Must Do Something You've Never Done.

Onward!

Truth About Getting Abs with Ab Exercises

Here's how I got my million-dollar 6-pack abs that you see in my photos. It wasn't from back-breaking sit-ups or crunches. It wasn't from doing dumbbell side-bends (that's a surefire way to ADD inches to your waistline!). And it wasn't from using dangerous ab machines (those machines are scientifically proven to increase your risk of injury).



What I did to get 6-pack abs was a combination of metabolic training, classic interval training, and total body ab exercises using just my bodyweight (but again, these are NOT ineffective crunches or situps).


In fact, you should not use 'ab exercises'. 

In today's new article, "abs" expert Shin Ohtake is going to reveal why "ab-targeted" exercises don't work (no matter how many reps you do!) — plus, he'll show you how tightening up your mid-section is MUCH easier than you might think, once you know what (and what not) to do…

==> 3 Killer Techniques That Get Rid of Stubborn "Ab Flab" (NEW ARTICLE)

If you actually take this advice, you'll be shocked at how quickly your belly fat will seem to melt away, finally revealing those washboard abs that have been hiding underneath for all these years.

Stay Strong and Keep Pushing On,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Don't skip tip #3 — it's insanely effective!
PPS - It's all YOU! 

Personal growth and change are up to us. "If it is to be," the saying goes, "it's up to me." Our life. Our choices. Our challenges. Our decision. Make the right ones today

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Deadlifts and Gobbly Squats in South Beach

Final day in Miami before I head home to Toronto for a few very busy days of appointments and errands. On Saturday I have to get back to Denver. Today I dropped by Crunch Fitness on Alton Road for some deadlifting and a personal best with Goblet Squats.

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Box Jumps

2A) Deadlift
2B) KB 1-Arm OH Press (standing)

3A) Overhead Squat
3B) Leg Curl

And then I stumbled across an 80lb kettlebell and decided to go for a personal best in the Goblet Squat. My past record was 70x17, done at the end of a leg workout. Today I smoked 21 reps with the 80...probably because I had some caffeine before this workout. Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Failure isn't bad. Failure isn't final. If there is one thing I know after having observed this crazy world for 39 years, it's that you can SURVIVE almost anything and come back better and stronger than ever before.

Don't let the fear of failure stop you from achieving the success you deserve. Failure only hurts when it means you've quit on something important to you. So don't. Keep at it.

The more you move in the right direction towards success, the better you'll feel. Every day work on making new positive habits second nature automatic. Do your best to make little bets and mini-steps ahead each day.

Stay strong. Never quit. I believe in you. You can do it.

So do it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - 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. Stay strong my friend.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday weird South Beach workout

Sunday was a weird one. Today was an off day. Here's what happened.

Down at 7th street and Collins Ave here in South Beach, there is an outdoor gym in the sand that works great for a meathead upper body session. I did a circuit of:

  1. Pullups
  2. Pike Pushups or Decline Pushups
  3. Bodyweight Squats
  4. Bodyweight Rows
I did this at 8am on Sunday morning, and it was surprisingly busy on the boardwalk. Workers were setting up for the South Beach Gay Pride parade, other folks were doing pullups, and one street-person was using a metal detector to search for coins in the sand.

Now let this be clear, I'm not making light of this street person, but it was clear he was not mentally well. As we exercised, he began insulting everyone, asking two folks, "Where are you creepy people from?"

Then he basically stood over me while I did pushups and said, "Look at all you a-holes with jobs working out. You're losers."

I just ignored him. Eventually he went away.

Sad. Weird. But also made me crank out a few extra reps in frustration.

Today is a big workday, lots of phone calls and Google Hangouts, and tomorrow is a deadlift day and flight back to Toronto day. Oh, and a late drive back to the farm, too. Won't be home until 9pm.

Wednesday starts a deload week, and then I travel to Denver on Saturday for 2 weeks in the ETR office and workouts at the Colorado Athletic Center. It's a great gym. 

Here's some interval training info for you, too:
=> http://www.earlytorise.com/3-best-ways-to-do-interval-training/

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Give 100 percent effort and attention to building a new positive habit today.

"Begin at once a program of self-mastery," says Epictetus. "Stick with your purpose. Do not seek external approval. Do not worry about anything outside of your control. The only things you command are your thoughts and actions. We choose our response. Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self: for that does fall within your control."

Keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Morning Sprints in South Beach Miami

On a sunny and humid Saturday morning in South Beach, I walked out to the edge of the Atlantic ocean a few minutes before 7am and sat down, cross-legged, for my morning meditation session. I take great pleasure in timing my meditation with the sunrise. There were dozens of other tourists out on the beach, many with cameras, trying to capture the memory in their own way. It was a magical moment.

Twenty minutes later, stress-free and relaxed, I ran 6 intervals on the beach (after a warm-up, of course). Then I did a long walk under the hot sun all the way down to the legendary Fontainebleau hotel (featured in the classic James Bond film, Goldfinger) and back to 5th Street before finally getting back to The Raleigh Hotel around 9am.

While I was on my walk I passed dozens of 'joggers' - or 'yoggers', as Ron Burgandy might say ;)

It seems there are two types of jogger-bodies. One is skinny and scrawny, and almost a little scary. The other is overweight and beat up, and those folks do more 'shuffling' than jogging. Neither body looked good compared to the beautiful bodies of the men and women doing pull-ups, pushups, and lunges at the outdoor bodyweight gym area at the corner of 8th and Collins. I think that tells us something VERY important!

Cardio sucks.

People often ask me how I got my million-dollar 6-pack abs that you see in my photos. It wasn't from boring cardio or back-breaking sit-ups or crunches. It wasn't from doing dumbbell side-bends (that's a surefire way to ADD inches to your waistline!). And it wasn't from using dangerous ab machines (those machines are scientifically proven to increase your risk of injury). So stop wasting your time on cardio and crunches.

What I did to get 6-pack abs was a combination of metabolic training, classic interval training, and total body ab exercises using just my bodyweight (but again, these are NOT ineffective crunches or situps).

Essentially I used www.TurbulenceTraining.com - not surprisingly!

And so did my friend Sean. He transformed from 225 pounds of 'softness' to a nearly ripped 210 pounds. And this was the last guy I thought would ever change because he loves to eat and drink. But he "manned up" and did the work and changed his habits...I was really impressed. If he can do it, anyone can.

Tonight at 6pm he'll be walking down the aisle on the beach behind the Raleigh Hotel. He's getting married to my friend Alison, and it's going to be a great big party. I'm very proud of Sean, and very proud of you for all the action that both of you are taking to get better in every way.

Alright, time to enjoy the South Beach Scene.

Back next week with some heavy liftin'.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Personal growth and change are up to us. "If it is to be," the saying goes, "it's up to me." Our life. Our choices. Our challenges. Our decision. Make the right ones today!

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Harsh #truth...

People choose cardio because it is mentally EASY. Just hop on a machine and go slow and pray to the cardio confessional that the overestimated number of calories it says you are burning will help you lose weight.

But the harsh #truth is that cardio will not help at all.

"Running causes a flattening of your bottom," said fat loss expert, Hollie Grant in Saturday's issue of the British paper, The Telegraph, "and running just doesn't trigger fat loss at all. Don't expect it to change your body shape."







#1 Metabolism boosting tip

Today's video lesson shows you a brand new, powerful metabolism boosting tip designed specifically to help women lose weight fast where they need to most.

Powerful Metabolism Boosting Tip For Women Only <--- video lesson

And get this:

Research shows when Women use this science-proven tip to boost their metabolism  they burn fat faster and easier than men instead of the other way around for once!

Use this flat belly tip to flip on your female fat burning switch today: 

Breakthrough Metabolism Boosting Tip For Women Only <--- video lesson

Enjoy,

Craig Ballantyne,CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - The sheer number of real, everyday Women with shocking transformations in this video that have used this flat belly tip will absolutely amaze you. It really is pretty crazy stuff!

==> Breakthrough Flat Belly Tip For Women Only


PPS - Win the Game!

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. 

To win the fat loss game, 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." And seek to surround yourself with people who are fitter and healthier than you. 

Stay strong my friend...because I believe in you. You can - and WILL - do it. Your time is NOW!