Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekend Warrior and UBER King

Alright, alright.

Coming at you from Orlando, Florida.

Flew from LA to Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday. Off day on Wednesday, upper body day in Miami on Thursday, off day on Friday, and then two real workouts at Equinox in Miami on Saturday and Sunday.


1A) Bench Press
1B) Mobility

2A) Dips
2B) TRX row

3A) 1-Arm DB press
3B) Triceps Extensions

Then we did a workshop, ate well, and came back on Sunday for...

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Good Morning
2B) Shrug

Then a couple of long Uber rides. First, from Miami to West Palm Beach, where I met my high-school buddy who is now the chef on a private yacht. He had some cool stories about riding in a submarine and watching NHL hockey games in his cabin on the yacht in the middle of the ocean.

What a world we live in today!

Then it was an Uber ride up to Orlando. I'm filming some videos on Monday.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I must warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your lives." – Abraham Maslow

Talk soon,


When is your deadline?

What are the consequences for missing it?

Thx to @before5am for this great reminder to focus on our big goals each week and to kickstart our days for success.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LA to Miami

Twelve sets of 25 reps of close-grip pushups in the hotel today.

Now to fly from LAX to Fort Lauderdale, stay overnight, then head to Miami tomorrow. Speaking there on Thursday. Then up to Delray on Friday. Then back to Miami for a workshop on Friday.

Lots of stories here!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
You must create the desire within yourself to make you TAKE ACTION to satisfy your needs and wants. Motivation and inspiration can truly only come from within.

Also, new podcast here:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Morning and Every Morning

Over to my favorite gym, Fit Athletic, in San Diego for a morning session:

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Bench Press
2B) Rows

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip is an amazing video... watch it here!

You and me.

Every morning.

Do this sing-along before you start.

You are great.

You are a leader.

You can sell.

You MUST sell.

You got this.

You GOT this!

Let's go!

You and me.

Every morning.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

San Diego Stairs and Food and Fun

Alright, sorry for the late update. Thursday was a total body session, and then a long work day of coaching and a late sushi dinner at Sushi 10 in Chino Hills. That place is so good. Love the Eel Good roll!

Then it was an Uber ride to San Diego. I snored the whole way. Ha!

Friday morning I went to one of my favorite gyms in America, Fit Athletic.

1A) Squat
1B) Box Jump

2A) Lunges
2B) Leg Curl

Then it was a full day of coaching my new Work-Life Mastery mastermind.

So much fun!

Last night we had dinner at Lou & Mickey's. It's one of my favorite joints in San Diego. My friend Zander Fryer ate a lot of Mac n Cheese, ha!

I had sea bass, a baked potato, and spinach. This is my "uniform meal" for business dinners. Under 1000 calories, and filling.

This morning I went down to the San Diego stairs and did 6 rounds of walking lunges up the stairs. Pretty good times!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Never Peak. Your best should always be yet to come. The message behind this is simple. There will always be someone better than you at everything. Instead of responding with disappointment, jealousy, or discouragement, get over your pride and learn from those more successful than you. Always be growing and keep learning from the best." – Bedros Keuilian


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pushups and Groin Sadness

Yesterday was a pushup day (200 reps in a bunch of sets, with 43 strict in the first set).

Today was going to be a leg day but my groin is irritated, so I did:

1A) 1-Arm KB Press
1B) KB Swing

2A) Pullups
2B) Ab Wheel (since lunges didn't feel great)

3A) 1-Leg Hip Extension
3B) TRX Triceps Extension

Tomorrow I'll try some lower body, hamstring-dominant moves at Fit Athletic in San Diego. I'm going down there to coach my new Work-Life Mastery program (advanced version of my Perfect Life Workshop system). It's the next evolution in my new business. Lots of fun, great people.

Hope to see you at one of my events this year!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
You're the CEO of your life, so fire and replace anyone who is not a good fit. Take full control over your headspace and limit the people who you allow to influence you. Distance yourself from people who are downers, damaging, and downright bad for you. Eliminate all known sources of stress, anxiety, and depression." – Bedros Keuilian

Work through the dips. Celebrate the success. Never quit. Do you agree?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Training and Taking Action Like a Pro

Yesterday was a lot of walking around the Toronto airport (pre-flight) and Santa Monica (post-flight).

Hung out with Jason Ferruggia and then motored down to Chino Hills to catch up with Bedros Keuilian.

Today was a long 65 minute workout at 24-hour fitness. Tomorrow will be yoga to recover from:

1A) Military Press
1B) Box Jump

2A) Squat
2B) Dips

3B) Mobility

Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Fear of failure is one of the biggest factors holding you back from success .

But listen, you can't fail.

You only get results.

It's not win-or-lose.

It's win-or-learn.👊

If you shoot for the stars and land on the moon, that's not a failure. So get out there and take action.

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." – Michaelangelo

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Noga and Lifting Before LAX

Haha, another workout. Not a lot of yoga.

And today's was even in a hotel gym. Double haha!

Too much caffeine this morning, and got to my destination earlier than planned, and knowing that training will be "sparse / with inadequate barbell action" for the next 2 weeks drove me to do this...

1A) Lunges
1B) Ball Rollouts

2A) DB Triceps Extensions
2B) DB Rear Delt Raises

Intervals - This was fun... just built up to top speed a couple of times.

Tomorrow a flight to LAX and brunch with Jason Ferruggia.

Then an Uber ride out to Chino Hills for a week with Bedros Keuilian, Vince DelMonte, Jason Phillips (nutrition guru), Ben Pakuslki, Steve Weatherford (former NY Giants punter and 2007 Superbowl Champ!), among others.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Compare what you SAY you want vs. what you do. Where are you spending your time and energy? Do your daily habits match your dreams? If not, time to change, time to get aligned, and time to figure out what really matters and then put in place a plan to achieve it.

Rock on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Here's something cool to do today...

This will make them feel better and will make YOU feel better too.

Whenever a friend of mine is struggling, they get sent a copy of "The Art of Living" by Sharon Lebell

Selfishly, it makes me feel amazing knowing that the wisdom of that book will see them through troubled times.