Thursday, August 29, 2013

Burn fat and build muscle with TT 2.0 Intermediate Workout C

Up early for a great workout at the Denver Athletic Club. It was another TT Aggressive S&M (Strength & Metabolic) workout.

Squats, db presses, snatch-grip deadlifts, and chin-ups.

If you're not into max deadlifts and just want to burn fat and build muscle, I have a FREE TT 2.0 workout video for you to try here:


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Even if you're struggling with a slow climb up the success mountain, just KNOW that you're going to make it and it will ALL be worth it. And you can always take pride in knowing that you'll always be better off than those who chose to never climb at all.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Conditioning in Colorado is Tricky

Ha, I forgot how difficult the first conditioning workouts are when I visit Denver. The mile high factor kicks my butt until I remember to knock back the intensity by 10%.

Did a little conditioning circuit yesterday of sprints, rowing machine, and kettlebell swings. Today was an off-day, and tomorrow it is back to the Denver Athletic Club to hit another TT Aggressive S&M workout (Strength and Metabolic). Squats, bench, and snatch-grip deadlifts are on the docket.

Details tomorrow.

Until then, here's your chance to win a copy of my brand new TT 2.0 program.

Oh, and yesterday I had a wild "Paleo Cereal" bowl. It was amazing.

- 1 ripe banana (sliced)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 oz pecans
- 1-2 tablespoons shredded, no sugar added coconut
- mixed that up and then poured in: 2 scoops "ancient cacao" flavor Paleo Protein Powder (from True Nutrition) in 10 oz water

Try'll be surprised!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
No matter what you were told as a child, no matter what your background, your nature (genetics) or nurture (upbringing), what really matters is what you want to accomplish, what actions you take, and what opportunities you seek out.

Don't let 'fake' mental walls you've built up in your mind block you from achieving your goals. You put them up, so you must knock them down.

We reside in our comfort zones because we let our little limitations & laziness block our BIG SELF from shining through. Find the reason inside of you that makes you really want to change. The only motivation that works is internal motivation. What’s stopping you? Don’t let it be your excuses. Dedicate yourself to change. Dedicate yourself to success. Dedicate yourself to action.

Start knocking,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, August 26, 2013

Diet Mistake and Morning Workout

Someday you will screw up. That's life. What matters is what you learn from it, how you make yourself better, & what you learn from mistakes.

It’s easy to get down on yourself. Far, far easier than keeping your head up and staying motivated on another day of hard work and tough deadlines. But looking long-term (both into the future and into the past), we can see that things could be a lot harder and things will be a lot better. Stay strong and keep on pushing on.

Life is pretty simple. Don't make it so hard on yourself with silly choices #notetoself

So yeah, I had a big, late, unnecessary meal last night and I felt terrible this morning. I still do. Plus, with the time change and staying up late, I feel a little off track this morning.

But oh well, just need to push hard to get back in the regular routine. We have lots of work to do to finish up everything for the Turbulence Training 2.0 release on Tuesday, Sept 3rd! Exciting stuff.

Today's workout at the Denver Athletic Club done mostly as supersets or 3-exercise circuits:
KB Swings
KB Overhead press
Box Jump
KB Front Squat - loving these
Close-Grip Pushups with hands on KB handles - Good times

Tomorrow is an off-day, but we have lots of filming planned, so that will kick my butt.

Alright, off to work.

If you want to feel better and have more energy, it all starts with what you eat. Avoid processed carbs and liquid calories. Don’t trade seconds of pleasure of lunch for hours of “suck” this afternoon.

AKA - Don't make the same mistake I did last night!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Identify the one BIG task you have to finish today. Make it your #1 priority. Don't let anything get in your way of finishing it.

Be crystal clear on what you want to accomplish this week. Write it out. Plan your days. Outline your work. Attack the week.

Get a mentor. Build your network. Be coachable. Help others. Add value. Stay strong. Keep pushing. Never quit.


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Squat Bench and Deadlift workout

Up early and hit another hard workout. I have an afternoon flight to Denver and I'll be there working at the offices for the next 10 days.

Today's Training was about as simple as you can get.


3x3-5 reps for each.


Big warm-up, first, of course.

I'm getting strong, and I hope you're getting better too.

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." – Goethe

... Plan for a GREAT week today. Be clear about your goals. And then identify EVERY obstacle in your way ... and plan TWO solutions for each. Be BOLD. And keep on pushing on! What is your BIG dream?

Need meal plans? Get 6-weeks FREE here:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“Willpower is contagious.” – Dr. Catherine Shea, Psychological Science

So hang around others who want to lose weight to leverage their knowledge, commitment, support, and success.

Off to hang around some amazing people at ETR,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Craig Interviews Alwyn on his Fitness Business

This could be arriving at your doorstep each month...
As part of the TT Certification continuing education, we deliver two brand
new, cutting-edge interviews each month. You'll get a report and audio of:
A) Advanced Fitness Business Tips from legends like Alwyn Cosgrove,
     Rachel Cosgrove, Bedros Keuilian, and many others.
B) Insider Training Secrets from world-famous fitness experts like Todd Durkin,
    Dr. John Berardi, The Cosgroves, and the TOP TT Trainers themselves.
Here's a sample...listen to this AWESOME call I did with Alwyn recently where
he shares the full story of how he and Rachel created America's most profitable
gym (per sq foot). In 10 years they went from 600 sq feet to over 7,000 sq feet. 
It's systematized and automated so that he rarely even has to step foot 
in the facility. His office is across the road. And he can travel the world
while the gym makes money.
Use these secrets to transform your fitness business.
Use these tips to help more people.
Let's change lives.
Let's bring more professionalism to the fitness industry.
Let's do this together.
See you next year at the TT Summit - if not sooner.
To changing the fitness industry,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Training
PS - Here are 10 NEW opportunities for you... support our TT 10 Million Transformation and change the industry.

1.    Create Amazing YouTube videos with our TT YouTube secrets
2.    Help produce the Turbulence Training newsletter content & research
3.    Host the NEW and IMPROVED TT Podcast
4.    Create 6-Figure Fitness Info products - Like Shawna, Mikey, Kate, & Dani W.
5.    Grow your own TT-Fit Body Bootcamp location
6.    Get your clients in the 18th TT Transformation Contest: <= Starts Sunday, September 1st
7.    Write nutrition articles, videos, & info products for
8.    Manual creation (help us make TT products look even more stunning)
9.    Copywriting - Learn a valuable skill and grow the TT World!
10.  Join the TT Member's site Experts like Dani Woodrum & Mikey Whitfield
Once you get started on the journey to becoming a Certified Turbulence Trainer,
just email Lesa, our TT Certification Co-Ordinator, to find out how you can
immediately become part of the TT Team and help us reach 10,000,000
Transformations for men and women all over the world.
Looking forward to you being a BIGGER part of the TT Family. 
Talk soon!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Use this program to do more pushups

This girl amazed me.
There I was, at the TT Summit, leading our annual Male & Female Pushup contests. Our male winner was the awesome Travis Stoetzel, and our female group was getting ready to go next.
I put my money Shawna Kaminski, the 50-year old Certified Turbulence Trainer that can do over 20 pull-ups. There were a few other lean girls in the group, but I knew that Shawna was a fitness champ.
But then we were all treated to a BIG surprise from a tiny little girl named Brittney, aka the Energizer Bunny, because she kept going and going and going all the way to 55 REAL pushups. That's more than ol' CB can do (I'm topping out at 51 these days).

And get this, Brittney didn't even train for it!

But...She is one of Daniel Woodrum's clients in his hybrid metabolic density training (MDT)-kickboxing workouts that he delivers all over South Carolina (he can train you on the beautiful beaches, in the historic parks, or even in a hotel room with his NO-equipment workouts).

That's one of the hidden secret benefits of kickboxing workouts...they get you in shape superfast because of his SuperCharged exercises.  Plus, you'll perform better in and out of the gym (like pushups, carrying groceries, playing with your kids, and - ahem - keeping "up" with your spouse).
Make sure you get Dani's Home Kickboxing Revolution program at a DEEP discount before midnight tonight:

16-Week Home Kickboxing Revolution <= 50% off sale ends TONIGHT
And here are THREE more reasons you need his program (as if getting back in shape, burning the fat, and boosting your pushups wasn't enough)...

3. Every workout is a NEW challenge
You won't find boring 3 sets of 10 in this program. Instead, you'll be performing "rounds" and with every round, you're going to aim to get MORE reps each time and beat that every workout. BOOM goes the Challenge Dynamite.

2. The Fat Burning Power of Metabolic Density Training (MDT)
MDT, combined with Dani's unique hybrid kickboxing-bodyweight exercises, delivers a NEW metabolism-boosting stimulus that your body has never experienced before. Trust me, these workouts are unlike anything you've ever done, which is why these workouts will help you break through your stubborn fat loss plateau.

1. You Need NO Equipment
 There are no weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, or even TRX straps needed for these workouts.
That makes it so easy for you to get ripped at home, in the park, or while traveling with Dani's Metabolic Density Training + Kickboxing moves.
Dani has eliminated all of the obstacles that prevent you from exercising. This is an amazing workout program for all fitness levels. You will see your transformation through the different phases, leading to an entirely different person once you complete the 16 week program.
Build your confidence, boost your pushups and muscle endurance, burn belly fat, and get back in shape fast with Dani's no-equipment workouts.
Perfect workouts for the weekend,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - Dani is a Certified Turbulence Trainer, which means...
...he has studied my methods, passed my rigorous exam (he had to have a training program approved by me), written 5 essays on the Turbulence Training System, and even 'starred' in some of my HWR and new TT 2.0 workout videos.
Heck, Dani was even one of the three finalists for TT Trainer of the Year. And he's one of our most popular contributors to the TT Member's forum. Oh, and he's one of the nicest, most positive people you will ever meet. Dani rocks! (And so do his high-protein "Fro-Pro" desserts that he shares every day in the TT Forums, too.)
I'm proud of him, and highly recommend you grab his program while it is on sale - but it ends tonight. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Aggressive Program Got More Aggressive

I had a day trip planned for this morning to a large Farmer's Market, so I woke up extra early and trained at 5:30am. It was an aggressive workout of Jumps, Clean and Presses, Squats, Rows, and Close-Grip Bench Presses.

It's all part of my TT Aggressive S&M (Strength and Metabolic) program...that I will probably never release to the general public because it is too aggressive.

But you can still use Meathead Workouts to lose fat. Check out the 2nd place, under 40 men winner. Our 17th TT Transformation Contest Winners have been announced! Congrats to everyone ... and the 18th Contest starts on Sunday, September 1st! See them all here

And if you have missed any of my TT Meatheads is the latest and best

I also snuck in a Facebook session:

Q from Brandi Roberts How do YOU handle stress?

Brandi - meditation, exercise, and healthy eating, and no caffeine.

Q from Michael Clanton: What is the number one habit you consider important for starting you day off in a successful way?

Michael - Getting up early. Do NOT hit the snooze button.

Q from Josh Medici: Goals are so elusive for me. How do you plan for success however different your definition of it is.

Josh - Start with your vision. Create it with my help from this FREE video

I was also asked a lot of questions in this recent interview, so I added it as a new TT Podcast

And no questions here, just a [video] Extreme 4-minute miracle fat burning bodyweight finisher for you on YouTube

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Find an opportunity to play at a higher level. Get out of your comfort zone. Seek to be pushed to the potential you are capable of achieving.

We reside in our comfort zones because we let our little limitations & laziness block our BIG SELF from shining through. Find the reason inside of you that makes you really want to change. The only motivation that works is internal motivation.

What’s stopping you?

Don’t let it be your excuses. Dedicate yourself to change. Dedicate yourself to success. Dedicate yourself to action.

Take action today,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aggressive Workouts and Advanced Bodyweight Tips

Today I head back to the gym for another aggressive TT S&M workout. That stands for Strength and Metabolic training, silly.

My session will include squats, presses, and deadlifts.

It's aggressive because I'm using the big lifts three times per week. It might be a little too much for my shoulder to handle, that's why I'm keeping the exact workout a secret. I don't want you to try anything that will hurt your shoulders.

But am I getting strong.

More details soon...I hope.

Until then, SuperCharge your workout with these 3 advanced bodyweight exercise tips from Certified Turbulence Trainer, Dani Woodrum, of Charleston, South Carolina:

Of course, 1 exercise you can do for better results that won't make you sweat is to track your workouts and your diet. The more you know about yourself, and the more you respond to this knowledge, the better your results will be. Start immediately. Record everything.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“This world is very practical. You do more work, you get rewarded more; you do less work, you lose your rewards.” – Bruce Lee

"Before you are a leader, success is all about yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." – Jack Welch

Craig Ballantyne

PS - The winners will soon be announced...

...of the 17th TT Transformation Contest here:

“It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that's where transformation happens. That's how change occurs.” - Jilian Michaels

Monday, August 19, 2013

Kettlebells and TRX training in the backyard

Today's backyard workout was awesome, using my TRX and KBs. I have a 44lb, 2x53lbs, and a 70lb kettlebell.

I did KB Swings, KB Overhead Press, TRX Row, Broad Jumps, KB Front Squat, KB close-grip pushup, TRX Rear-Fly, Power Wheel Rollout.

Then time for a little FB QnA:

Q: You only have 15-30 minutes to work out but have access to a gym with most of the key "tools" (oly bars + plates, dumbbells, pullup bar, etc.). What do you do?

Turbulence Training for fat loss or muscle building. Watch for the new TT 2.0 coming out in September with follow-along workout videos and deluxe package of "Bodypart Blitz" workouts! All the new TT workouts are MRT only, no intervals, and under 30 minutes, yet incredibly challenging and effective.

 Folks that purchased the original Turbulence Training program from will receive the new manual for free, and a special super-discount on the videos. Everyone else will receive a limited time discount on the new product from Sept. 3-5.

Q: When training specifically for fat loss and doing metabolic conditioning how many days a week do you suggest to train?

3-4 days is enough. Overuse injuries occur with more training. Remember the key for fat loss is diet!

Similar Q: Have been doing hard interval runs 3 times/week. Too much? Should I add a couple of bodyweight sessions?

Depends on the volume of training you are doing. There's nothing wrong with a bike session in there too, depending on the purpose of your interval training.

Q: What are your favorite meals?

Steak, burgers (no bun), and lots of fish these days, and I always eat 3 servings of vegetables at each meal.
For dessert, try this:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"You sacrifice to achieve your goals or you sacrifice your goals." - Dan Kennedy

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Sunday, August 18, 2013

High Protein Cookie Dough

Here's another amazing recipe.

Certified Turbulence Trainer, Mikey "Pancakes" Whitfield, shows you:

How to eat cookie dough and not gain fat

Try this, it will rock your world...

2 scoops of BioTrust Vanilla Low Carb
1 BioTrust Chocolate Chip Cookie

With a spoon, mix the 2 scoops of protein with just enough milk to create a "dough-like" texture (it doesn't take much milk at all) in a bowl.

Once you've got the "dough", crumble the cookie into the mixture and continue mixing with a spoon.

Boom. That's how you eat cookie dough and not gain fat. - MPW


Now don't forget to VOTE: Have your say in who wins my money in the latest Turbulence Training Transformation Contest - some amazing stories here (men under 40 category is SUPER competitive!)

Before you check out our participants, I should warn you that this year's transformations were SHOCKING, to say the least...with contestants losing up to 38 lbs in just 12 weeks!! AMAZING! We want YOUR help to decide who should win the 2013 TT Transformation Contest #17.

CLICK on the link and cast your VOTE NOW!!!

And the success stories continue to roll in. Here's one from Facebook yesterday:

" I have finished the TT HWR 12 week program. I am 55 yrs old. Lost 14 lbs of fat with the HWR program. What was gained was much more strength and definition." - Larry Campbell

Join Larry and over 6000 others that have used this NO-equipment workout:

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

What has happened cannot be changed. But you can control your actions today, tomorrow, and every day forward. You can create your future. Make the right decisions, right now, with the right mindset, to get you on the right path to the right goals.

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Do me a favor and then do this circuit workout

Hey, happy weekend! Can I ask you to do me one quick favor before I give you an awesome tip to cut your workout time?

Thanks so much (in advance)!

Here’s the deal…the 17th TT Transformation Contest just wrapped up and now it’s your chance to choose who wins my $$$. Please vote for the hard working men and women right here: 

These are amazing and incredibly inspiring stories, PLUS the men under 40 category is SUPER competitive. Voting will be open until

Tuesday night. Make sure you go through and vote for ALL four categories, too. Thanks so much.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Will there be another Transformation Contest this year?”

YES, there will be a NEW Transformation Contest starting on Sunday, September 1st. The timing is perfect because the NEW Turbulence

Training 2.0 (with follow-along workout videos) will be released on Tuesday, September 3rd. Just wait until you see these workouts. Sixteen weeks of thirty minute thermogenic fat blasters.

And now…drum roll please, let’s talk about the #1 Weekend Workout Tip.

Maximize your time in the gym by using combo exercises. For example, here’s a 3 exercise workout that is really 6 exercises. But using them in combo format allows you to get more work done in less time.

    1A) Clean & Press (use barbell or dumbbell) or DB Squat-Press
    1B) Stability Ball or TRX Jackknife + Pushup
    1C) Pull-up or Chin-up with Knee-Up
        Do 6-12 reps per exercise.
        Rest as little as possible between exercises.
        Rest 1 minute at the end of the circuit.
        Repeat the circuit 2 times.

Using combo exercises cuts down on rest time and increases your conditioning. These exercises and workouts aren’t easy, but they get you in and out of the gym in less time so that you can enjoy more time in super-fun weekend activities.

And here's another...

FAT BLASTER VIDEO: Busy weekend coming up? Do this tough 4-min workout and you'll burn fat ALL weekend

Facebook QnA
Q: What is the ideal work to rest ratio for fat burning when doing intervals on a stationary bike ? I pedal for about 13 minutes with a 2 minute warm up and 2 minute cool down. Thanks.

There is no best interval length for fat loss. 30-30 is good, 60-60 is good, 45-45 is good too. Anything shorter than 30 is tough to do with the changes in resistance. Make sure to use interval training plus metabolic resistance training

Get your free MRT guide here

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
If you fall “off the wagon”, cut your losses, don’t worry about it, and get right back on track. Immediately. It’s minor damage that can be dealt with.

Guest author, Anik Singal, shares an exercise that requires very little effort and that can completely change your life

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Friday, August 16, 2013

1 weird trick to deal with carbs

How would you like to ENSURE your body uses the carbs you eat for energy, instead of storing them around your waistline?

On Wednesday, as Joel and I ate a healthy dinner or protein and vegetables at "E11even" steakhouse here in Toronto, he told me about a brand new report that details 1 weird trick to help lower your blood sugar.
There are actually FOUR unique and easy-to-use strategies in this blood-sugar blueprint that will also increase insulin sensitivity, therefore boosting your health and energy, and ultimately will STOP you from storing carbs as fat.

In fact, by putting these 4 simple strategies to use today, you'll immediately begin burning more fat and storing less fat (yes, even while eating carbs).

Get the report 100% free today right here:

==> 4 Tricks to Lower Your Blood Sugar (and BOOST your health)
NOTE: These are all clinically proven strategies endorsed by top nutritionists and food scientists from around the world. 
Add them to your diet plan today.

Here's to your health, wealth, energy, and vitality.


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, August 15, 2013

S&M Workout and DD Nutrition

I just finished up workout #4 from the new (and as of yet unreleased) TT Aggressive S&M workout.

S stands for strength, M stands for metabolic.

And here's the #truth: It's unlikely this workout will ever be released. It's just too aggressive. I'm quite beat up after a week of it.


We'll see. With a few more guinea pigs, some modifications to the program, and a little less volume, we could be on to something here.

I haven't experimented like this in a long time, and let me tell you, it's been a blast so far!

Tough getting out of bed, though...

Until then, here's another tough, tough, tough, tough, (but free) tough workout

Or try this: A new 6 exercise abs circuit to train your abs and core:

By the way, this is the 3rd week of the August Diet Depletion …stay strong

What can you avoid for the rest of the month? For just 2 weeks? Can you give up booze? Cigarettes? Swearing? Chocolate? Bread? Candy? Caffeine?

Just pick ONE thing, and then WIN. This victory will set off a cascade of bigger wins, triumphs, and permanent changes in your life that will bring you closer to what really matters to you – your ultimate goals. Stay strong and keep on pushing until Sept. 1st!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
From “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath:

Step 1 in changing behaviour – Clearly identify and communicate what you want the new behaviour to be.

Step 2 in changing behaviour – Reinforce/reward the desired behaviour. PS – This also works on pets and spouses. Use this for good only.

Step 3 in changing behaviour – Make it easy to perform the desired behaviour. So make the necessary changes in your environment that foster the performance of positive behaviours. For example, research shows that people eat more vegetables when vegetables are stored in the fridge at eye level. The more you make healthier options available, the more people will choose them.

This daily practice is for ALL the people who are stuck or frustrated or scared or anxious or filled with regret

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - "Religiously nourish your body with proper nutrition, exercise, recreation, sleep and relaxation techniques.” – Kekich Credo #26

… Avoid making stressful situations worse by consuming excess caffeine, processed foods or alcohol.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Weird Dog Workout


Ol' Bally the Dog here again, as Bally the Human was out late last
night with his people buddy, Joel Marionz. He's got a really funny
photo to share with you in tomorrow's diet update email. But for
today, you're going to get a fat burning doggy workout from me!

*wags tail*

Yep, today we're going to go over my favorite interval training workout.

You see, when it comes to exercise, dogs love to do intervals.

You know, sometimes I see other dogs jogging with their humans, but
you probably didn't know that dogs HATE jogging and slow cardio.

We were made to sprint. Sprints are why us doggies are so lean,
unless you feed us too much bacon or ice cream, like Craig's Mom
did one summer when I stayed with her while he traveled.
I ended up gaining 8 pounds from licking too many ice cream bowls!
But once my ol' man got home from his trip, we got right back on 
this workout program and I returned to having 6-pack doggy abs.
(True story: A vet once said I had six-pack abs! And I still do.)
So here's my favorite doggy interval session I used to lose the
summer fat I put on while staying with Bally the Human's mom.

(She's also easier to trick into giving me treats I don't need.)

After a warmup, including some downward dogs and a few loud barks
to get motivated, I do:

1) 20 seconds of jumping up on people
2) 20 second shuttle sprint chasing a ball or small, yappy dog
3) 30 seconds dog wrestling (I like wrestling those uppity Labradoodles)
4) 30 second shuttle sprint chasing small dog or stupid catz (I hatez catz!!!)

After the circuit, I take a minute to roll around on my back. I love
doing this. You should rub my belly when I do this. Woof!

Then I repeat the circuit 3-6 more times, depending on my energy
levels and how much time I have before Bally the Human takes me home.

Translated into your weird human exercises, it goes like this:

1) 20 seconds repeated vertical jumps
2) 20 second shuttle sprint
3) 30 seconds pushups
4) 30 second shuttle sprint

After the circuit, take one minute rest to pet your dog and tell your
dog "how good they are". Then repeat 3-6 more times. Then go home
and get your dog a treat. Like some bacon.

Also, and don't tell Bally the Human, but while he was out I set
up a sweet TT interval training workout deal for you here:

=> Fast fat burning workouts on sale for you <= 7 times better than cardio
I figured I'd put these workouts on sale so I could earn a little
human money to go buy a bag of peanut butter biscuits. And maybe
some bacon too. Mmmmm, bacon. *drools*

Interval training is the key to losing the fat you've put on from
eating too many summer treats. I bet Bally the Human is doing some
intervals down in Mexico on the beach.

So join us in using the best fat burning interval workouts, and in
saying "goodbye to boring cardio" forever. Get your intervals here:


Woof-woof, bark-bark, wag-tail-wag,

Bally the Dog
Guard Dog, Turbulence Training
Certified Dog

PS - Those 31 human interval training workouts are ONLY...

...available at 50% off this week only. It's a sweet deal
- almost as good as bacon...and gives you dozens of
workouts for just pennies per fat burning program.

=> Use these "Better-than-Cardio" Intervals workouts today
(Plus, you get TT Bodyweight Cardio 3 for free.)

If you like that, now would be a good time to *virtually pat me on
the head*.

Thank you. *licks your hand*

Woof-woof, bye-bye.

Monday, August 12, 2013

How to Succeed This Week

Here's some simple yet successful advice to start the week.

Show up. Do the work. Get better. Stay positive. Do good. Keep pushing everyday. You'll be amazed at where that gets you in life.

And do ONE thing first thing in the morning that takes care of YOU – meditate, exercise, pray, or study. Do this to make the rest of your day better for you and everyone around you.


Here's one of the most important motivational quotes you'll ever hear. It's from American author and poet, Maya Angelou, who said...

"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."


That's powerful.

And it's true.

Don't you think this is worth remembering when you work with your clients?

What they want is to be recognized and appreciated, because most people don't get that at home or at work.

But if they get it from you, they'll stay with you forever.

Now I've got another one for you...

"You cannot brighten another's path without lighting your own." - Frank McKinney

There's a big lesson here for you...

...if you want to improve yourself, then you MUST become a teacher and mentor to MORE people.

The teacher always learns as much, if not more, than the student.

And the more you learn, the more you can help others, and the positive cycle continues, making you better and better at what you do, and allowing you to help more and more people.

Changing someone else's life will change yours for the better, too.

Take 10 minutes and list all the people you can help this week. Then take action and do something about it!

Be a Go-Giver,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Still frustrated?

Ready to quit?

Perhaps it's even been a few days - or weeks - since your last workout?

Well, time for some tough love.

What are you going to do, quit because it’s hard?

Quit because success didn’t come overnight? Quit because someone said you couldn’t do it? NO. You’re better than that. You’re going to keep on pushing, learning, and growing, and never, ever give up on what is important to you.

Read this if you ever feel like giving up

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Squat and Deadlift Super Combo

You gotta love that first sleep back in Toronto after being on a European time zone for 10 days.

It was such a good, deep sleep (because I was so tired so early) and it was so easy to get up early.

Now I'm ready for squat & deadlift workout (trying out a new program).

I'm going on a 3-4 day per week program that will be a little less structured than usual. It's an experiment...

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
When it’s all said and done, and you look back upon your life, what do you want your legacy to be? Think of this in terms of your family, fitness, & finances. Then make the right decisions now to leave the best legacy later.

Don’t say, “Oh I can’t do that.” You might not be able to do it perfectly, but you can get better at it…you can get better at everything. Shrug off your natural inclination to dismiss your ability. Sure, you might never be a pro fitness model, but you can always improve your habits. So show up. Do the work. Get better. Stay positive. Keep on pushing everyday.

You will be amazed at where that gets you in life,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Follow this advice this week!

“Religiously nourish your body with proper nutrition, exercise, recreation, sleep and relaxation techniques.” – Kekich Credo #26

… Avoid making stressful situations worse by consuming excess caffeine, processed foods or alcohol.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Fitness Myths and Meathead Training in Croatia

What a gorgeous morning in Croatia. The sun is up over Split, and the beaches are starting to fill up at 8am. Men are swimming laps, women are sunning themselves, and children are running around. It's a worth the travel to enjoy a traditional Euro holiday.

Of course, I'm not interested in spending a full day at the beach. An hour or so in the water and in the sun is good for me.

Today I head back inland, to Frankfurt. I'll walk around that town as well, adding it to my checklist of cities "walked".

Quick workout today that gave me some ideas for the upcoming TT GrindhouseX:
1) 20-10 pushups
2A) Pulldowns
2B) Chest press
3B) Shoulder press

Then down to the beach for a walk and swim.

Short workouts are great though, of course, for getting lean and fit. Most folks think you need long, slow cardio for fat loss, but you don't.

There's no other industry that has as many half-truths and falsehoods as the fitness industry. Here are the TOP 5

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Those who BELIEVE they will succeed, come heck or high water, are the ones who do succeed.

Create your vision and stick to it.

Time to hit the road,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Slow down.

Take 3 deep breaths right now. In through your nose and into your belly, then slowly out through your mouth. Chill. Calm down. Focus on those breaths. Now pick back up with your work.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Yesterday we hit the beach in Makarska, then climbed a big hill for cool photos (coming soon), and went back for another 45 minute swim in the Adriatic Sea.

Awesome day.

Today I travel again...taking the bus to Split, Croatia.

Before I go I'll do a lower body workout in the villa's gym. There are many swords on the wall's kind of odd. I posted a photo on my FB page here:

You can see more photos from my trip here:

Here's another one of my 4-minute fat burning miracles that requires absolutely NO-equipment...

Kick-Butt Mindset Tip:
This came to me in the shower yesterday:

When people try to sabotage you or embarrass you for your decisions, it is because they are weak where you are strong. They envious of your control and success. Do not let their failings impede your progress. Stay true to yourself and never give up on what is important to you.

Personal growth is possible, no matter how much you are struggling right now. Take this challenge

Stop the excuses. Just stop. Put that energy into action instead.

Stay strong. Keep pushing. Make little bets. Win minor victories. That gives momentum. That is how you change your life, one win at a time.

Go time,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Chest and Back Workout on Holiday

Fantastic morning so far in Makarska, Croatia.

Last night was just as great. I got what I wanted, a seaside, authentic Croatian dinner of anchovies, shrimp, octopus salad, grilled calamari and grilled vegetables. It was the exact experience I was looking for. Fresh seafood beside the sea.

When I woke up it was cool and nice (although it's almost 100 degrees Farenheit now at noon). After some writing, reading, and meditation, it was time for a workout in the excellent home gym we have here in the rented villa. It's almost unbelievable...full of Techno-Gym equipment (which I generally dislike, but was fine to play around with today).

But for a better chest and back workout, watch this free video. In fact, it's the PERFECT chest-and-back dumbbell workout for building muscle: 

Still no equipment?

Try this workout instead - NO equipment needed:

Get a dozen bodyweight workout videos here

They're fast, fun and effective. You won't believe how awesome a simple 4-minute workout can be.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
When people try to sabotage you or embarrass you for your decisions, it is because they are weak where you are strong. They envious of your control and success. Do not let their failings impede your progress. Stay true to yourself and never give up on what is important to you.

You must look at what can be, not what is and is going to be if you don’t change. You can change and things can be different. It’s up to you.

Your success is up to YOU and you alone. Take action and control your future.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Monday, August 05, 2013

My Rooster Trainer and Sunrise Sprints in Lithuania

Today's workout will stay in my memory.

I woke up early, as per usual, did some reading, writing, and big thinking, and then left my cabin (remember, I'm in the countryside of Lithuania) and went down to the recreation area for sprints.

As I did, a rooster from a nearby farm crowed several times and the sun rose just over the horizon.

It was peaceful.

Except for the annoying flies and the demanding sprints!

Good times.

Today we say our goodbyes to the 50 new friends that we made over the weekend. They will all begin their journeys back home, some close (Latvia) while others at the end of the world (Zimbabwe, Australia, Taiwan, and more).

I'll be traveling with a group to Split, Croatia, but tonight we have an overnight stay in Helsinki on the way. There won't be time to explore as our flight arrives late and leaves early tomorrow for Dubrovnik. From there, we rent a car and explore the big D for the day, and then take the relatively short (230km) drive up to Split on the Dalmatian Coast. We have a big house rented with a gym and a cook for the week. I'll spend three nights there, then I'll start my own journey towards home.

Make your day memorable.

(More updates to come later.)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Clarity is 95 percent of success." – Brian Tracy

"Don't join an easy crowd; you won't grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high." – Jim Rohn

Whether you want to stop smoking or swearing, whether you want to get in the habit of stretching or walking every day, whether, like me, you want to start meditating every day, it all starts with practice.

"Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it." - Epictetus

Want to be a better husband? - Practice.

Want to be a great salesman? - Practice.

Want to have great abs? - Practice the habits of those that have great abs.

Want to give up a vice? - Do NOT practice it.

Practice makes virtue,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - In case you missed 6-pack Sundays...

...If your abs need help, try this circuit


Sunday, August 04, 2013

More Four Minute Miracle Workouts

Here's what people hate...
...going to the gym in the summer.
I can't blame you.
Fortunately, there is a solution - the 4-Minute Miracle Workout System. And it takes just a few minutes so that you don't have to miss out on all the excitement and fun of summer going on around you. And if you want to pair a couple of them together, that's really easy too.
Here's the super fast, super effective bodyweight workout we did on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon here at the camp.

Warm-Up Circuit
1-leg Hip Extension
Towel Rows

4-Minute Workout #1
Off-set Pushups
Walking Lunge
Ab Walkout
Rock and Roll Plank
4-Minute Workout #2
Pull-ups - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest
Dips - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest
Repeat 3 more times
4-Minute Workout #3
"Punisher-X" - Use the Total Body Extension in Punisher-style
You'll notice it was quick, and very effective. I was dripping in sweat even before we hit the Punisher X.
Then someone asked, "Should we do some crunches next?"
I laughed. 
No way. That is one of the WORST exercises you can do.

Train smarter,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - We won't be giving away the 4-minute workouts... such a low investment for much longer. This deal will end today.
Get over a dozen 4-minute workouts here

Another Euro Workout

It's a little weird being 7 hours ahead of my normal East Coast Standard Time, but I feel like I'm living in the future. It's already mid-morning here in Lituania, and I know some friends that are still out at the bars right now back in Toronto. Funny stuff.

And yesterday, while they were sleeping, we were doing this Bodyweight Bootcamp Workout. You'll need a towel and a partner to do the exact same version as us. But you can use a TRX if you are by yourself.

Jumping Jacks
Hip Hurdle
Grasshopper Pushup
Towel Row

Towel Upper Body Strength Circuit
1-Arm Overhead Press
1-Arm Row

Conditioning & Total Body Circuit
Jumping Jacks
Decline Pushup or Plank
Punisher x2
X-Body MC
3/4 Close-Grip Pushup
- repeat 3 times

More details on this workout coming soon.

By the way, if you struggled with your diet this weekend, I recommend you follow Brad Pilon's advice here - get the scoop on Intermittent Fasting here

And do your weekend shopping to prep for these free meal plans

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"Don't join an easy crowd; you won't grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high." – Jim Rohn

Wherever you are today, be present. Enjoy the people you are with, the food you are eating, the work you are doing, the weather you have, and the opportunities that exist.

Stay strong and present,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Posted pics from the TT Summit 2013!
Can you find yourself, if so, tag the photo, thx!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

10 huge opportunities in the fitness industry

If you are a pioneer when it comes to training, if you are the fitness leader
in your town, and if you are ready to take the next step in your career, 
then you need to know about a radically different, entirely new, infinitely
superior approach to succeeding in the fitness and fat loss industry.
(If you're not interested in making a big impact in the fitness world - or even
in your community, then this is NOT for you.)
Listen, times are a-changing. This isn't 2004 any more, when simply doing
one-on-one training for an hour session was acceptable. Clients don't want 
this, it's not changing the world, and science proves our workouts don't need
to be that long to get incredible results.
So what should you do?
The truth is that nothing short of re-invention will carry you to your loftiest goal
in life. And what Turbulence Training has for you is easier, simpler, faster, and
more profitable than any other system in the world.
You'll get full control of your life, being able to do what you want, when you
want, so that you have the time off that you want (and deserve).
If you're ready for more clients, better training techniques, and more results,
here's the great news.
Never before has there been so many opportunities in the Turbulence Training
World for you to contribute to our 10 Million Mission. In the last month,
Certified Turbulence Trainers have achieved the following:
  • Pete Cataldo has built out the Turbulence Training Pinterest page here:
  • Kate Vidulich and Shawna Kaminski ran product launches getting over two thousand new customers
  • Brian Kalakay and I filmed over 30 videos at his gym in Lapeer, Michigan
    (and then Kate and Shawna went there to film again this past weekend)
  • Ray Ortiz has been taking massive action on the first ever TT-FBBC bootcamp
  • Dennis Heenan (CTT candidate) joined Amy Dodd's team of TT Apprentices
    and has been doing an amazing job
  • Catherine Gordon, CTT of the Year, has been selling out her TT workouts
    at her studio
  • Rob King (TTC candidate) has been taking massive ACTION on his quest
    to be crowned the TT Trainer of the Year in 2014
  • And Alwyn & Rachel Cosgrove have been OFFICIALLY signed on as our
    two guest speakers for the 2014 TT Summit event.
(PLEASE NOTE: The dates have changed for the 2014 TT Summit. It will be held
at a NEW hotel on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th, in sunny San Diego.
Details to come, and the TT Summit is FREE for all Certified TT Trainers.)

And yet despite all of these amazing success stories, there are so many opportunities
still remaining in our TT 10 Million Transformation. Here are the Top 10 ways that you
can help grow the Turbulence Training World.

1.    YouTube videos - Join Brian Kalakay and myself to make great videos
2.    Turbulence Training newsletter creation & research
3.    Hosting the NEW and IMPROVED TT Podcast
4.    Creating 6-Figure Fitness Info products - Like Shawna, Mikey, Kate, & Dani W.
5.    Growing your own TT-FBBC
6.    Getting your clients in the 18th TT Transformation Contest: <= Starts Sunday, September 1st
7.    Creating nutrition articles, videos, & info products
8.    Manual creation (help us make TT products look even more stunning)
9.    Copywriting - Learn a valuable skill and grow the TT World!
10.  TT Member's site Experts - Be like Dani Woodrum & Mikey Whitfield
Once you get started on the journey to becoming a Certified Turbulence Trainer,
just email Lesa, our TT Certification Co-Ordinator, to find out how you can
immediately become part of the TT Team and help us reach 10,000,000
Transformations for men and women all over the world.
Let's change lives.
Let's bring more professionalism to the fitness industry.
Let's do this together.
See you next year if not sooner,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Training
PS - There are still 3 spots left in our "First Fifty" Founder's Circle...
...and each of the first 50 CTT's will receive Lifetime upgrades to any new
benefits we offer, along with FIRST-ACCESS to any new and amazing
opportunities that I can pass along.
You are the Insiders.

You are the Leaders.
You are the Elite.
Looking forward to you being a BIGGER part of the TT Family. 
Talk soon!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Bodyweight Bootcamp Awesomeness!

I'm back in Lithuania for my annual summer trip teaching college students about building their business and going after their dreams in life.

(You can learn more at

Here's the bodyweight workout we did today.

Pris Sqt
Close-grip PU

Pris Lunge

Narrow Sqt
Sqt Jump
Side Plank reach Under
Rocking Plank

Bodyweight Squat
Sqt Thrust

I'll get sets and reps up soon.

After that I did a few more sets of pullups and decline pushups.

Until then, add this 3-minute Density Workout Finisher to the end of your workout for even more fat burning. But what's a Density Finisher? Find out here from Mr. Finisher himself, along with 1 mistake to avoid when doing them

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Make the changes you need to make. No more waiting. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be. ‪#‎FactOfLife‬

Share your goals with the RIGHT people - the ones who will encourage you, motivate you, and connect you with others who will move you forward towards your goals and dreams. And constantly take action - one step (baby or giant, doesn't matter) every day closer to your goals and dreams.

And make sure you read this. Struggling to separate work and family life? Here's a simple 5-minute solution

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Turbulence Training Pinterest Page

I love this motivational quote...
"To get something you've never had, you have to do something you've NEVER done!"
My goal is to help 10 Million Men and Women - just like YOU - to transform their bodies and their lives. So I need to spread the word. That's why we just created a really cool Pinterest page
I recently challenged the fitness world to encourage healthier foods for our kids. We need what I referred to as an "Anti Rachael Ray" - someone who can turn chicken fingers from fat to fit - and make it look easy so parents will actually want to cook it. 
Ol' Craig the kitchen clutz may not really know how to properly boil water ... and I burn myself when I try ... but, I'm okay with that. 
What I do know is that I can spot an awesome, TT-approved, kid-friendly and delicious meal when I see one. 
So, I'm asking YOU to help. 
Check out some of our new recipe pins and suggestions and join the conversation. You'll also notice some really awesome TT content throughout the page. 
We can tackle childhood obesity one delicious (and nutritious) french toast recipe at a time. Let's change the world and take care of our kids - and our own health, too.
Stay in touch with me there,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS - My favorite part of this new site is...
...where you can find all of my motivation quotes and images here:
Stay strong!