Saturday, December 16, 2017

Friday and Saturday Update

Yesterday was an off-day from training, although it was a great day in terms of coaching, beard trimming :) and self-reflection.

Today was a great day. I wrote for over 5 hours in the morning, finishing up some major projects and getting a head start on a few others. This is going to be a busy week because we give our ETR team the entire week off over the Christmas break... and we have lots going on starting January 2nd.

After writing I slipped over to Bang Fitness for a good session:

1A) Front Squat
1B) Jumps

2A) Squat
2B) Glute-Ham Raise

Also, make sure to read this article on things not to do in the morning.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Action beats anxiety.🙏

"Motion beats meditation."

If you're feeling frustrated that things aren't moving fast enough, don't waste time or energy on worrying.😡

Instead, identify one thing you can do right NOW to do for others, to move you ahead, and get you out of this funk.

Get a small win today and keep building on that momentum.

When you pour love❤️ and energy into your community, it comes back to you 10-fold.

That's not the only reason you should help others, of course, but when you give, you grow.

Do something right now to make things better for someone today.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cali to Toronto Snow and Deadlifts

Back in snowy Toronto and ready to head to the gym soon.

Yesterday I finished my trip to California with some intervals in Santa Monica, and then flew back to Canadia.

Today I'll be doing:

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Glute-Ham Raise
2B) Shrug
2C) Ab Wheel Rollout

Had an amazing trip but I'm very happy to be home!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"Success is simple once you accept how hard it is."

Once you accept how much effort, honesty, responsibility, long-range planning, creativity, intensity, discipline, thought and control the process is going to take, it becomes simple.

You just do the work and follow the path laid out by your mentors and other trailblazers.

It is not easy... but it is SIMPLE.

Only once you accept this will you succeed.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Santa Monica Gratitude and Rings

Yesterday was a walking day, with an hour in Chino Hills and probably another 90 minutes (spread out over 3 walks) in Santa Monica.

I stopped in at Cafe Gratitude for some great vegan food and a catch up with Zander Fryer. Then I met up with Jay Ferruggia to watch our friend fight on UFC Fight Night, but he lost. :(

Today's workout was down at the Santa Monica Rings.

Four rounds:

1A) Ring Pullup
1B) Dips
1C) L-Sit
1D) Decline Pushups

Now it's time for brunch with Jay & Jen.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"No matter what happens, it is within my power to turn it to my advantage." - Epictetus

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Make sure to send a Thank You card today!

I do this every day and it's been a game-changer for me.

Chelsea at Fit Body Boot Camp is going to love this surprise thank you card 🙏🙏

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Tyler Durden and Squats

My life, coach, Tyler Durden, has a very important message for us today.

But first, my excellent workout after a long walk to the 24-Hour Fitness gym.

1A) Front Squat
1B) Box Jump

2A) Squat
2B) Hamstring Curl

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Kekich Credo #4 - Real regrets only come from not doing your best. All else is out of your control. You're measured by results only. Trade excuses and "trying" for results, and expect half-hearted results from half-hearted efforts. Do MORE than is expected of you. Life's easy when you live it the hard way…and hard if you try to live it the easy way.

Because some days you just need a punch in the gut from your life coach, Tyler Durden😜

"This is your life, and its ending one minute at a time."💥

"You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet."🙏

"...the things you used to own, now they own you."

"Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing."

Embrace your life and focus on what really matters!
#fightclub #entrepreneurmindset #bettereveryday #resilience

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Podcasts and Training

Quick workout today down in the Bedros Keuilian garage gym. I'm out in Chino Hills and we had a lot of filming to do today (6 podcast episodes!).

Today's Workout

1A) Pullups
1B) 1-Arm KB Overhead Press

2A) Ab Wheel
2B) TRX Triceps Extension

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you…fitter than you…kinder than you…and that make you play up a level in life.

Speaking of podcast episodes, this one was so much fun.

GGW Ep.231: Joy, Claire, and Craig Ballantyne

This week we welcome Craig Ballantyne to the podcast, and immediately dive in like old friends! Craig is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life and The Great Cardio Myth. We learn a little bit about Craig's background as a trainer and fitness nerd, and how his commitment to efficiency has made him into a successful business coach, as well as an advocate for ditching the low-and-slow cardio mindset. Craig explains how to get started with "Owning Your Day," even if you're a working mom with a toddler who feels like there is no hope (cough cough), and gives us some insider info that might convince you once and for all to never step on an elliptical again.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

220 pushups

When I woke up this morning it felt like my body had been hit by a truck.

And it had.

The Deadlift Truck.

After shaking off the cobwebs, doing some work, and finishing with meditation, it was time for a hotel room workout.

1A) Pushups (50, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 20) = 220 reps
1B) Iron Cross

Decent times.

One more half day here in Denver then off to SoCal.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Do one that scares you every day" – ...

Stop procrastinating & take care of business on those boring tasks that have piled up. Phone a colleague & clear something up.

Lead your team and mentor a junior member.

=> Read this leadership article

Give the help that you would have appreciated 10 years ago.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne

Monday, December 04, 2017

Deadlift Day in Denver Before Going Away

Monday is my 2nd last day in Denver. Tomorrow I head to SoCal.

Today was a great deadlift workout.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Rack Pull
2B) Core Training

Also, make time for your life with Time Blocking.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Life's a b!*@# and then... WHOOOOSH. Success. Everything you've worked so hard for will finally pay off... At work, in life, in love. Success comes in spurts. A big WHOOOOSH is coming your way.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne