Thursday, October 19, 2017

Handstanding and Getting Out There

It's an amazing day in Toronto with the weather sunny and near 70 degrees. After a few hours of work I jumped over to Bang Fitness for an upper body workout and an old-school exercise.

1A) Military Press
1B) Pullups

2A) Handstand Pushups
2B) Shrugs
2C) Ab Wheel

Good times!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Who you associate with is more important than most people imagine.🤔

Step outside your comfort zone and connect with good people - they ARE out there and want to help! 💯

Don't isolate yourself.

That's the worst thing you can do if...

- you are an #entrepreneur 
- you are an #introvert 
- you have #anxiety

Get out of your head, get out of your bubble, and get connected

If I can do it, so can YOU.

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Take that chance today.💯

Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

77 Days Left

What an awesome, yet busy day.

Started with early AM writing, then created a Thank You card and filmed an Instagram story on my morning walk.

After that made a TON of connections for my Perfect Life Retreat, had some good meetings, and then rushed to a workout.

It went like this:

Warm-up => Had a trainer teach me some clubbell movements.

1A) Squat
1B) Box Jump

2A) Front Squat
2B) Glute Ham Raise

Tomorrow will either be a walk or mobility work.

After that I had a call with Marcus Sheridan, a very interesting guy, and connection from my friend, Carrie Wilkerson.

Then it was more meetings.

Good thing I got a lot done because my team reminded me of this today...

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Deadlifts Speeches and Pizza

What a fun day it's been.

I got up early, did some writing, and then practiced my main presentation for the Perfect Life Retreat. Actually, this part of the day was not fun at all. Ha!

But when all of my work was done, I rewarded myself with a trip to a really cool gym here in Toronto called Bang Fitness. They have great trainers, and nearly a 1-to-1 person-to-squat-rack-ratio. Crazy, huh?

My sessions:

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) Halt Deadlifts (1/4 of the way up)
2B) Overhead Squat

Man, it's been a long time since I did overhead squats. Just using the bar will probably leave me sore tomorrow.

Alright, off to see J-Roc and have some pizza.

I guess NOW the day is getting fun!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

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Rock on,


PS - I get this question all the time:

"Should I get up at the same time on weekends?"🤔

The truth is that YES you should get up at the same time everyday. 

If you do, you'll have teenager-levels of all day energy every day, all day.

Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Friday, October 13, 2017

Slingshot Friday

This was a fun week in the big city of Toronto. On Wednesday, I was out late for a dinner and then watching the Yankees game. It was awesome to see Brett Gardner's epic 12-pitch battle that resulted in a 2-run single in the 9th.

I always cheer for the older guys in the league. :)

Thursday was an off day because I only had 4 hours sleep. The problem is that it doesn't bother me to sleep that little. And as much as I love sleep, I wish I could go without it.

Anyways, I caught up with 8 hours last night and then had another really great day today. Because of a lunch meeting, I didn't train until 2:30, which is really, really late for me.

But it was awesome, and I tried this cool powerlifting tool called "The Slingshot". It's for your bench press, and replicates training with a stretchy bench press shirt. Fun times!

1A) Bench Press
1B) Face Pull

2A) Slingshot Bench
2B) Mobility

3A) KB Overhead Press
3B) Face Pull

Tomorrow I deadlift again... in the afternoon!

Then I'll meet up with CTT, J-Roc, for some pizza and catching up on old times! On Sunday I drive home to hang with Bally the Dog.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Place a higher value on your time. Don't let others steal it away.

Remember…Every moment wasted in meetings, traffic, gossip, etc. steals minutes from your family, health, and impact.

Be ruthless with your time for the sake of your legacy.

Rock on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Challenge! 💪

Make one NEW connection EVERY day for the REST of your life. (And twice on Sundays.) 😜

That's 400 new friends anyway, 2000 new connections every 5 years, and a powerful lifelong network that will bring you everything you want in life. 🙏

So go out there... ADD value... be generous... be cool 😎... and get to know good people - online and offline.💯

Because if an #introverted, socially awkward, dorky farm boy like I can do it, then you can too! #noexcuses


PPS - I love you. 😊

Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sleeping and Squatting

Had a great sleep last night but for some reason I didn't want to get out of bed... The only reason I didn't hit snooze and got my butt out of bed is because of ACCOUNTABILITY to YOU.

And because I did, I had an incredibly productive 90-minutes of Magic Time this morning. Thank YOU!

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The good news is that I was also well rested for when I went to the gym today for a squat workout. I focused on form and speed, rather than the heaviest weight, because it had only been two days since deadlifting. But I need to take tomorrow off & wanted to do this workout before the weekend.

Fun times.

1A) Squat
1B) Box Jump

2A) Front Squat
2B) Glute-Ham Raise

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Most people choose to sit around & feel bad, but high performers like you choose to move ahead, take action & attract opportunity into life.

Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Benching at Bang

Hello from the land of overpriced food! (Toronto)

In my first week back in the big city I have paid comical amounts of money for bread, salad, burritos, etc.

My best meal (leg of lamb) was free over at family's. But you can't get that kind of deal every day. :)

Oh well, now that I've made a few mistakes I know where to spend my money wisely.

On the bright side I've been lucky enough to get a great deal on an awesome gym and training environment at Bang Fitness.

Today's Workout:
1A) Pushup
1B) Face Pull (light)

2A) Bench Press
2B) Pullup

3A) DB Incline
3B) Face Pull (heavy)
3C) Alligator Crawl

Followed with superexpensive homemade almond butter sandwiches on gluten-free bread. LOL. A fool and his money are soon parted! :)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
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Craig Ballantyne
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Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Monday, October 09, 2017

Bally at the Lake and Craiggy at the Gym

Sunday was an off day and a nap day. I did a lot of work in preparation for my Perfect Life Retreat that is coming up next month.

Also was very fortunate that the gym was open today - Canadian Thanksgiving - (yes, it exists!). I went in and did some deadlifts, and even posted my deadlift on Instagram.

My workout:

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift
2B) Box Jump

3A) Glute-Ham Raise
3B) Pullup

Tomorrow we bench!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy

Also, here's my latest podcast:

PS - My sister posted some Thanksgiving photos on FB...

...note: I'm not there with them. I stayed in the city. They are up at the lake.

First Thanksgiving at the cottage. Boating, swimming (for Bally), stair climbing and looking at the fall colours.

— with Marc Doucet and Marlene Ballantyne at Lake of Bays.