Saturday, September 24, 2016

Old Man Meathead Strength and Warmup and Dad Advice

Meathead strength session in the garage today. It was combined with a long old-man warm-up. These warm-ups seem to be getting longer and longer, but my injuries are also fewer and far between.

It's been almost a year since I had to go to the chiropractor. Five years ago I felt like I was going every week... and I wasn't any stronger back then, but I was younger. So all the prep is paying off.

BTW, all I do for my old man warmups now is simply do everything twice. This is kind of what it looks like, but I'll update it again soon.

Today's Workout (with ol' Bally the Personal Trainer Dog lying in the grass outside and keeping one eye slightly on my form)

1A) DB Chest Press
1B) DB Chest Supported Row

2A) Pushups
2B) DB Rear Delt Raise

That's it. Yep, that's all.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Paradox of Structure = The more structure and discipline you have in your life, the more freedom you will earn and enjoy.

Fail forward. Learn your lessons. Move on. Never stop. Keep growing. Act in the face of fear to build extreme self-confidence.

Build it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - I thought this was interesting enough to share...'s from my friends Joe, Dean, and Dean.

In this Episode, you’ll discover that what makes a great dad also makes a great marketer with his top 10 list, with Dean Graziosi. 

So what’s so special about Dean’s Top 10 List?–It turns out, the 10 things that make Dean a great dad, are the exact same 10 things that make him one of the world’s most successful marketers.

Dean Graziosi is one of the top success trainers of our generation. He’s a multiple New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and expert trainer on LIVE TV and on stage, influencing millions of people with his success habits and education in real estate and personal development.

  • The ten things that make a great dad [03:04]
    • “It’s all about them and how you make them feel.” – Dean Graziosi [03.17]
    • Enter your child’s world and finish sentences in their heads. [03:41]
    • Talk to the point and say what you mean. [04:18]
    • Be authentic [04:41]
    • Tell them fun stories with empowering messages wrapped in [05:30]
    • Reward good behavior unexpectedly [07:35]
    • They know when you care and they know when you fake it [08:04]
    • When problems arise, find the root cause [08:45]
    • Be the person you want them to be [10:10]
    • Be honest and transparent [10:41]
  • Kids get it…don’t complicate the message, just tell it like it is [04:33]

Friday, September 23, 2016

Deadlifts and Deadlines for Changing

On October 1st I'm going to step-up my challenge and go 21-days without protein bars or protein shakes. It'll be whole food only.

Today I had an extra serving of Green Tea prior to my deadlift workout rather than a Coke Zero. At one point I only drank Coke Zero once a week - and that was only before deadlifting. Then I started sliding down the slippery slope... allowing myself one before squats. Then bench press. Then before any workout. Then Saturday mornings.

So it had to stop. And stop it will. Forever.

Thanks to you... thanks to Bedros... and thanks to all of the past winners of the TT Contest for inspiring me to change.

And thanks to Deadlines for being a powerful force for inspiring people to overcome the initial inertia in the process of habit change.

Here's how today's workout went in a very busy gym overpopulated with high school students learning how to use the weight machines.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Snatch Grip Deadlift
2B) Front Squat

That was it.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

I twittered this yesterday and had 27 retweets and 45 likes. That's a lot...

Success is simple once you accept how hard it is. Only then will you be mentally prepared to do the work and make the sacrifices.


Accept it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bad Workout But Back on Track

Yesterday's travel set me up for a disappointing workout today.

I flew from Vegas to Toronto, and it was smooth, but after driving home I didn't get to bed until 10pm... and I woke up bewildered, not knowing where I was or what day it was.

There are also a lot of deadlines to hit today, and that threw me off, so I didn't get to the YMCA for barbell squats. Instead, I hit the garage gym for:

1A) DB KB Front Squat

2A) KB Bulgarian Split Squat
2B) Ab Wheel Rollout

Good enough.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Think for yourself. Open your mind. Do what others will not do. Question everything, learn everyday, read every night, travel everywhere, and meet everyone.

Back on track,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - A classic from Zig...

The best thing you can do is to make everyone else around you better. Grow them, and you'll grow too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Vegas Meathead Of Course

Yesterday was a great day in Vegas. I met up with some old friends in the financial newsletter world at the Stansberry Research conference.

Then at 4:30pm I hit the stage and gave my 5 Rules presentation. I should have some photos, and maybe even some video footage, soon.

For dinner we went to Bardot Brasserie in the Aria hotel. It's good. I rewarded myself with 2 duck wings (yes, duck wings instead of chicken wings) and some prosciutto. But the rest of my meal was on point => beet salad and grilled sea bass with potatoes.

However I have had a couple of tiny transformation slip-ups on this trip.

1) I've been trying to go no artificial sweeteners, but on my flight yesterday I needed to chew some gum...

...fortunately I've just found a couple of packs of Pur gum that are aspartame free... it uses xylitol instead.

2) I've also been drinking water from plastic bottles. The vegas tap water is not good, and I don't have a water bottle with built-in filter.

HOWEVER, I haven't used these mistakes as a reason to abandon the no-Coke Zero plan.

Back on 100% track tomorrow when I'm on the farm.

Didn't get a lot of sleep (6 hours) last night, but I manged 9 on Sunday night. And that was after a 30 minute nap on the plan. Today I fly home and I'm sure I'll get a nap on that flight too.

Today's meathead absolutely basics basic workout:

1A) DB 1-Arm Standing Shoulder Press
1B) DB 1-Arm Row

2A) DB Curl
2B) DB Triceps Extension

Lately I've been sticking to 3x6 for almost every exercise. Going to try this for a couple of months to see if the strength goes up and up. Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
“It's amazing what you can accomplish if you simply refuse to quit.” – Porter Stansberry ...

No matter what is in your way, do NOT quit now. If you stop, you'll always wonder, "What if?" So keep on going. You're almost there. Push and persist.

... “The pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the pain of regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn


Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday Meathead Vegas Meathead

Sunday was a stressful travel day. It was off to Vegas from Denver for a speech on Monday afternoon at the Stansberry Research Investor's seminar. It's no Fitness Business Summit, that's for sure, but I'm amp'd to speak today.

And yes, I just used the word, "amp'd".

Even though it's not a word.

Before heading to the airport I hit the Denver gym for a Meathead Monday workout done on Sunday.

1a) Bench Press

1b) BB Row

2a) DB Close-Grip Incline

2b) Pull-up with Knee-up

That was it.

And today there was just yoga and a walk... down the Las Vegas strip at 6am to see all the people on their walk of shame home from the clubs. Yikes.

But wait, there's more training info...

Over the weekend I stumbled across this oldie but a goodie. Here's a KB and BW workout that's perfect for training outside this fall while the weather is still nice (or this spring, as the weather gets nice down under)



Today's Kickbutt Mindset:

If you fall off the wagon, cut your losses, don’t worry about it, get right back on track. Immediately. It’s minor damage you can deal with.

Now that's a classic.

Always great to start the week.

Stay strong and push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Another great one...

"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways  you can. In all the places you can. To all the people you can." – John  Wesley  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My weird diet


What do you think of Bulletproof Coffee?” my friend Andrea asked over breakfast.

“Well, I’ve never had a coffee in my life,” I said, “I’m not old enough yet!”

After she finished rolling her eyes at me, I explained that I was serious.

“I get anxious when I drink Green Tea, so the day I have that first coffee I’m going to be running through walls, shaking, and totally freaking out.”

She laughed. And she’s probably looking forward to that day so she can take plenty of embarrassing photos of me.

“But what about Bulletproof Coffee? Does it really work?”

The answer is yes, it does.

As I told you the other week, coconut oil is great for fat loss.

And so Bulletproof Coffee, which is essentially coffee and coconut oil, will probably help lots of people have more energy and not feel hungry for hours and hours.

In fact, it inspired me to create my “Bulletproof Cereal.”

You see, I grew up eating cereal, often two bowls in the morning and two bowls after school. But then I found out I’m gluten sensitive and that wheat is no bueno for my digestive system.

So how could I replace my morning “crunch”?

After months of experimentation, I discovered my NEW breakfast. It’s high fat and high-calorie, but holy coconut-oily, does it keep me full for hours (usually 5-6 hours, from 7am to lunchtime).

Craig’s Bulletproof Cereal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 3 oz walnuts
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (crunchy, of course!)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

I don’t snack between meals anymore. I might have a Peppermint Tea mid-morning, but other than that, I’m too busy to feel hungry.

At lunch I have a giant salad. When I’m in Denver, I go to Mad Greens or Green Fine Salads and build a large custom salad. My favorite ingredients are spinach, sweet potatos, olives, portabella mushrooms, and roasted broccoli. Then I add a little olive oil and an Epic protein bar (it’s like beef jerky, and you can get them at Whole Foods).

If I’m still hungry, I’ll have a big apple after lunch or mid-afternoon.

Dinner is meat and potatoes. When I’m at home, I love the Ronald Reagan special:

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

(That was one of President Reagan’s favorite meals, along with Mac & Cheese).

Of course, my meatloaf is gluten-free, and I try to avoid using dairy in my potatoes because I’m not sure if dairy is great for the digestive system.

I also have a big serving of vegetables on the side (Brussels sprouts with bacon is a big favorite of mine).

For dessert, I eat as much fruit as I want. It’s a guilt-free way to satisfy my sweet tooth.

A big bowl of grapes or pineapple is much better than eating one cookie that turns into two cookies and a bowl of ice cream. Even a giant apple or orange will do.

And yes, I share a little of my scraps with ol’ Bally the Dog.


And when I’m out for dinner, like I was like last week in Denver at The Edge Steakhouse, I had the Craig Ballantyne special:

Steak, Baked Potato, Spinach or Asparagus, Olive Oil

There’s no room for dessert after this feast. (FYI: I drizzle the olive oil over the potato and vegetables.)

After dinner I stop eating for 12 hours.

Research shows that restricting food intake to just 12 hours per day limits body fat.

It’s a pretty simple trick to staying lean.

So that’s my diet.

It’s NOT strict paleo or low-carb, but it is gluten-free.

Hope that helps you put together the right diet for your bulletproof body.

Taking care of your diet and energy levels,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – Success is not just about food…

Communication is critical, including communication with yourself.

Be clear about your goals, your rules, and the consequences of not following your rules. Be clear about the sacrifices you are willing to make (and NOT make) and what you are willing to do to succeed.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dominating Denver Deadlift Day

Crushing good workout in Denver today after two days off.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Snatch-Grip Deadlift
2B) Front Squat

3A) Hang Clean
3B) Mobility/Foam Roll

Tomorrow I'll do an early bench press workout before grabbing a flight to Las Vegas. I'm speaking at a big investment seminar on Monday afternoon to an audience of 600+ live and hundreds more on video at home. It's going to be a blast.

Then on Tuesday I finally get to go back to Canadia for a short spell (of 5 days) before turning around and coming back to Denver, San Diego, and Phoenix for 10 days.

After that, I go home for Canadian Thanksgiving, and then I return to Denver on October 12th for a speaking engagement, then off to Orlando for more speaking and some private coaching.

And then there's more after that... but I'll stop there and give you a chance to rest.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Get 1 big task done first thing in the morning before the rest of the world starts stealing your time, energy, and attention. That way you always have one victory the world can’t take away.

Know your biggest obstacles and temptations. Write them all down, and then write down at least TWO solutions for each obstacle. This will help you avoid breakdowns. Plan ahead and you’ll succeed. Be PRO-active, not re-active.

Go Pro,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT