Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunday Deadlifting in South Carolina

Here's a funny story. I totally screwed up on my travel plans from Orlando to Charleston.

As you might know, getting a direct flight to Charleston, South Carolina, is difficult. There just aren't a lot of options. I was surprised I couldn't get one from Orlando (that suited my departure time). I ended up booking a late afternoon flight to Charlotte and a connection to Charleston.

Total time spent in airports and airplanes worked out to over 7 hours.


It's just a 4-hour drive.


As you can imagine, I hate wasting time... so this bothered me. Plus, I HATE airports... and I hate really tight connections... and I hate crowded airport gates full of stressed out travelers...

...and then a really annoying alarm started going off in the waiting area (because a security door was open), and then all the kids leaving Disney World started screaming, and then two guys almost got in a fight because one A-hole started giving a stressed out father a hard time about the amount of carry-on luggage... and then some lady with really bad spicy-sausage breath started talking to me up-close and personal about my old Blackberry phone (it's SIX years old, LOL!)...

...but I managed to keep my calm through it all.

And everything worked out.

Because I remembered one of my RULES for Living is:

It will all be OVER soon.

The bad times will end and you'll survive them.

And the good times will be over before you know it.


Embrace the moment. Love this minute. Learn from it. And improve yourself in every environment.

I was able to practice my patience and train my empathy muscle.

I knew that we all wanted to get home safely... we all wanted for the plane to leave on time. Everyone was doing the best they could, and no one was trying to hurt anyone.

We all just needed to breath, cope, relax, and be good to one another.

And it all worked out.

Our pilot made it up "in the air", as they often seem to do, and all connections were made.

Before I knew it I was in a comfortable taxi driving from the Charleston airport on a beautiful October evening.

We drove down King Street just as the sun was setting and hundreds of people were strolling the sidewalks and going into the bustling - and highly recommended - restaurants in this charming city.

Thirty minutes later I was in a local grocery store, getting prepped for the next few days of meetings and travel.

And eventually I was in a very comfortable bed in the lovely Restoration Hotel and having a great night's sleep.

That allowed me to wake-up Sunday morning, have a great writing session, and then a killer deadlift workout at ECO Fitness, where I even ran into my old friend, Adam Witty. It was totally random. He didn't know I was going to be in town, and I was just about to leave when he showed up... so we hung out for a bit, caught up, and then I went for a walk around the College of Charleston area.

The deadlift workout went like this:

1a) Deadlift

1b) Box Jump

2a) Barbell Split Squat

2b) Cable Abs

Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

You need to make the right decisions for your relationships. Spend time with people of the highest moral quality, with those you seek to emulate, and with those that provide only the best example for your children. Leverage their knowledge, support, commitment, and success.

Make it right,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - No matter what happened on the weekend...

...don't beat yourself up about it.


I had to keep telling myself that in the airport security line-up on Saturday as I thought to myself...

"Argh, why didn't I think of driving. This sucks. I'm so stupid."


Remember this...

Learn your lessons and move on from your past mistakes.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

diet horror story

Let's talk about an embarrassing mistake we all make. This happened to me once a few years back, and because of that fateful day, I made a vow to never, ever let it happen again, and today I'll show you how to avoid it.

Picture yourself on a crisp fall weekend afternoon.

You’ve had your coffee, read the paper, made a light lunch, and now it’s time to do a short, burst exercise session and then go to the grocery store to prepare your meals for the week.

But first, why not sit down and “just see what’s on TV for a second.”

Two hours later, you’re watching the end of When Harry met Sally (for the 7th time). While watching, you ate a banana. It was your “pre-exercise healthy snack.” During the next commercial break you went out for a cup of yogurt but returned with a bowl of ice cream, and now you’ve got your hand in the cookie jar.

Your missed workout and “healthy snack” has now turned into 1000 calories!

“It happens,” to paraphrase Forest Gump.

How do you avoid the 1000 Calorie Healthy Snack Mistake?

You need to have rituals and rules in place to avoid these mistakes and to help you make the right decisions for your life – without relying on willpower every moment of the day.

You must also truly change your belief in yourself… you must no longer think of yourself as someone “trying to eat healthy,” but as someone who ALWAYS does eat healthy, unless it is a planned reward meal.

And when it’s time for you to do your short, burst exercises, you never procrastinate because you have rituals in place that automatically set you up for success.

For example, if you want to exercise first thing in the morning, you either sleep in your (clean!) workout clothes, or you lay them out beside your bed so you can put them on first thing in the morning and get started with my workouts immediately.

(Side note… don’t miss tomorrow’s new Monday morning metabolic workout... watch for it first thing on Monday)

Once you've your short burst workout, then you can go watch your movie - guilt-free!

So let me sum up my Sunday Sermon to you…

You MUST take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

You must LOVE yourself first before you give the maximum love to others that your family needs from you.

You can't reach your full potential if you are not healthy.

If you've struggled with this in the past, and if you want to change but just haven't been able to make things stick, it's NOT your fault. Let me explain why.

You’ve never had the Perfect plan available before.

Sure you’ve read plenty of articles about “change.”

Maybe you’ve watched a few Dr. Phil episodes.

Perhaps Dr. Oz got you inspired… for a day or two.

And then life comes back to kick you in the butt.

You get busy. You lose motivation.

It happens to ALL of us. Even me. Even Bally the Dog. Especially Bally the Dog!

But you CAN change.

It can be different.

In fact, not only CAN you change, you WILL change…

…You just need the Perfect Plan.

And now it’s here.

The Perfect Plan gives you personal coaching from me to improve your entire life, from your health to your wealth to your family life… it even makes your days at work better and fixes your busy schedule.

You’ll get everything you need to change your life, get more done each day, and have more free time for your family, fitness, and faith.

Get your copy of The Perfect Plan here

Make sure you watch the video on that page right now.

Helping you create the success rituals you need for life,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Get your copy of The Perfect Plan here

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Personal Trainer Product Launch

Dear Personal Trainer,

I'm writing to you from a hotel room in Orlando where I just spoke in front of 100 of the best personal trainers in Florida.

They were such an amazing group... and they all so badly want to help the people in their communities.

But the thing is, they can only help 20-50 people per week in their gym.

So they are a little frustrated...

Just like you...

After all, you are limited by the number of hours you have and training sessions you can do.

However, there is a BETTER way to help more people ... and build the business of your dreams.

Over 15 years ago, I stumbled across this new personal trainer business while I was writing for Men's Health magazine.

And so last week I made a video that teaches you all about it.

The video is free.

Click here to watch the free training video on how to launch a fitness product to the world

This is how you can help thousands of people, make more money, work from home, and have time for your family.


To your success,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
Editor, Early to Rise
Founder, ETR University

PS - Please watch this video now.

If you miss it, then you won't get access to the next special set of videos on Monday.

Click here to watch your FREE training video

Talk soon

Friday, October 21, 2016

Orlando Bodyweight Blast

Fun, fast, bodyweight workout today in my hotel room in Orlando.

1A) Pushups - 4 rounds, max reps
1B) TBX - 4x50

Lots of yoga and mobility before the bodyweight circuit.

Now off to pump up the crowd and speak at the East Coast Fitness Summit.

It's going to be fun... and Daniel and Brittney are going to rock the mic right this weekend.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Success is simple once you accept how hard it is. Only then will you dig deep and have the discipline to make the sacrifices required.

Get after it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Winter Park Florida Walk and Workout

Yesterday I flew from Denver to Orlando. Everything went smoothly. I even had time to walk to a local Whole Foods in the muggy, late afternoon Florida heat. Of course, because it's America, the hotel staff thought I was crazy for wanting to walk one whole mile.

"Are you sure you want to walk?"

Yes. It's daylight. It's a nice charming little town. It's safe. And my legs work just fine, thanks.

Unless there was an alligator pit along the way she was worried about me falling into...

Anyways, good walk, and got stocked up on snacks and boxed water for the weekend in Orlando and Charleston... and then off to San Fran on Tuesday.

Today's workout was done at a charming hotel, The Alfond Inn, located in a nice town called Winter Park, Florida.

1A) DB Reverse Lunges
1B) Overhead Press

2A) Cable Pull-Through (very similar to RDL)
2B) Seated Row

Glutes should be sore tomorrow when I'm speaking on stage at the Fitness Conference with Daniel and Nisan. It's going to be great. I'll do a bodyweight workout, focusing on pushups, in my room first.

Now it's off to the studios to film for...


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Identify what went wrong this week & what went right. What did you learn? Remove the wrong so that you make the right decisions easier.

Make it easy to do the right thing by eliminating temptations, triggers, and distractions, and building better habits and automatic routines.

Make it easy to be right,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - “The 10 most dangerous words...

...'What will other people think? What will other people say?'” -

FitBit Guy

No training today, just a long flight and a long walk to Whole Foods here in muggy Orlando. Got one of these little toys to track my sleep.

But now I'm turning into "that guy" that checks his step count every 2 minutes. haha. Oh well, good to see that I was "burning fat" in line at the grocery store. LOL.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 ab exercises and arm workout to Orlando

Hey, it's Craig here, and I'm flying from Denver to Orlando today (and boy will my arms be tired, haha!).

On Friday morning I'll be speaking at a big fitness seminar... and tomorrow I'll be on live video creating YOUR Perfect Day. Watch for details on how to join me soon.

But for now, I have another video to share with you that features some of my favorite ab exercises.

Screen shot 2016 10 11 at 6.16.57 pm

Click here to watch the ab exercise video

So if you want to tighten your tummy and get rid of that last bit of lower belly pooch, then you'll love this circuit

1) We'll start with:

Stability Ball Rollouts or Modified Ball Rollouts for Beginners

That's one of the best moves for getting your abs to "pop" and show up when you get low body fat levels.)

2) Then it's on to the:

Side Plank

We'll do that for 15, 20, or even 30 seconds per side…

3) And then finish off with my favorite move that works your six pack abs and your obliques (this gives you those famous "ab lines" that run from your obliques into your waistband):

The Cross-Body Mountain Climber

You're going to have a blast with these new workouts that you can watch in your home gym, or in your living room, or in a hotel room, or while on vacation, or anywhere you choose to do your TT workouts.

Your coach,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Pick a poison to eliminate from your life today.

Kick cigarettes, alcohol, diet soda, gossip, scarcity, selfishness, and negativity to the curb.

Go the rest of the week, month, year, or life without.

Last month I gave up Coke Zero for life.

What can you do?

Make the right decisions for your right life.

And get accountability to get better every day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sol vs. CB vs. Bench Pressingz

Great workout today.

1A) Bench Press
1B) DB Rear Delt Raise

2A) Chin-Up Knee Up
2B) Pushups

So simple.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Schedule your time ruthlessly and see things through. Don’t let great ideas sit around. Finish them. You only get paid for done.

And remember...

Everyone's looking for a leader. Be the one. Build others up. Share your success. Show them what you’ve overcome. Give them hope & opportunity.

You can do it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - You can change any habit.

That's my challenge to you!

And to my friend, Sol.

Sol's gotta give up the Coke Zero! I'm going to challenge him to do it next time I see him. I quit CZ's last month.