Sunday, April 30, 2017

Happy New Month EVE!

Happy New Month Eve!

Tomorrow is Monday, May 1st, and it's the PERFECT Day to make a BIG, positive habit change.

Get rid of a bad habit. Add a new good one. Stay strong for 21 days. You'll discover so many alternatives to your old rituals and soon you won't miss that destructive behavior.

Push on my friend, you can do it!

I made a video about it on Instagram here:

After I made the video, I skipped the coke zero (obviously!) and went to the gym for a deadlift session. It was good.

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift - worked up to 330x5
2B) Mobility

3B) Abs

Good times.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

What do you have to lose? Nothing. Nothing that matters, anyway. The harsh reality is that people already talk behind your back... negative people want to bring you down... So what? Are you going to let them stop you? No. Never. Go out and be your BIG self. Say what you need to say. Do what you need to do. Live your life the right way. Right now.

Make it a great day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Fun and Filming

Today I did some filming, walking, rowing, pressing, and chilling.

It was a very good Friday indeed.

And it all started off right because I followed this formula:

Do the #1 thing 1st thing in the morning for SUCCESS

For example, if you want to workout but "lack the time", do it first thing!

My morning goes like this:

- write

- meditation

- dog walk

- breakfast

- work

- workout

- work

- lunch

In the afternoon I did my filming.

And this morning's workout looked like this:

1A) 1-Arm KB Overhead Press

1B) 1-Arm DB Row


2B) Pushup

I did more overhead presses than normal, so we could have some soreness tomorrow. I also hit a 2017 PR of 90x16 reps for the row.

Saturday morning is an off day (long walk) and Sunday is deadlifts. Yay!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Bally the Dog says: Get up and focus on your #1 priority first thing in the morning. That's how you get more done before 9am than most people do all day long. #dogwisdom #perfectdayformula #farmboywisdom

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Stay strong and get stronger,

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne
Founder, ETR University


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lower Body Post Uber

Yesterday was a smooth travel day from Tampa to Toronto to the farm, and it was an off-day from training.

(I know I'm a little late to the party, but I just started using Uber and I find it incredibly entertaining on many levels. Although I will say, yesterday I sat in a Nissan Rogue and there was no headroom for me in the backseat to have a nap... and I'm only 5'9!)

Unfortunately I had a poor night's sleep, and that affected today's lower body workout. I stuck to higher reps with kettlebells at home instead of trying to get under the bar with heavier reps at the YMCA.

1A) Double Kettlebell Front Squat
1B) KB Swing

2A) DB Lunge
2B) Power Wheel Rollout

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

When you get up, focus every free minute on your #1 priority. Get it done before you do any other work task. No procrastination allowed. Yes, of course, you're allowed to feed the kids and get them to school, but no checking Facebook or answering email until you make progress on what matters. More advice here =>

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Meathead Video and Motivation

Made another short video for you today.


Please excuse the "humidity hair". Haha.

The video shows you the 1 word holding you back from success... But don't worry... you've had this 1 word in your life before...

he answer SYSTEMS... Systems = SUCCESS

So if you're struggling, add SYSTEMS to your goals to achieve Success.

Before I filmed that workout, I hit another garage gym workout at Joel's. As you can tell from the shaky video, it was a Meathead Upper Body Workout!

1A) DB Chest Press
1B) Pullup

2A) Chinups
2B) Dips

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"We are engineered to set and achieve meaningful goals" - Earl Nightengale........CB says, "Set your goals. Both short term and long term. Then put together a plan that will help you reach them. Then review your goals, your plan, and your progress at regular intervals. Adjust your plan as necessary. And hang around others who will push you to improve." It's that simple. = Achieving Your Goals!

Monday, April 24, 2017

To Do and Deadlift

What a weekend. First we had a Perfect Life Workshop in Toronto, and then another one in Tampa. There were BIG breakthroughs for everyone as we got them dialed in for domination.

Sunday was an off day but today it was deadlifts in Joel's garage gym. The barbell was a little thicker today, so I had to settle for a 5-10% decrease in weights due to grip fatigue.

1A) Deadlifts
1B) Box Jump

2A) More deadlifts
2B) Abs

After my workout I made a video while I had really bad hair (Thanks to the Floridian humidity!)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Failing to plan is planning to fail. But so is improper planning. Change how you do your #todolist today. If you're doing your to-do list in the morning you're already too LATE. Do your To Do List tonite for tomorrow! #perfectdayformula

Watch this =>

Get to it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Another Perfect Life Workshop with 10X high performers...

I love these events. My life's work ... so blessed to have found my calling

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Perfect Life Workshops and Perfect Meathead Workoutz

I've had a couple of good mini-workouts, a great Perfect Life Workshop, and then a frustrating travel delay in the past 48 hours. But I'm finally in Tampa (from Toronto) and ready for another Perfect Life Workshop tomorrow.

Friday Morning's Hotel Room training...

1) Prisoner Squat
2) Pushup
3) Iron Cross
4) Plank

I did 4 rounds, and in the first round I hit a new 2017 PB of 56 pushups!

Today's Meathead training at Joel Marion's home garage gym (sponsored by BioTrust, of course!)...

1A) Military Press
1B) Neutral Grip Chins

2A) TRX Triceps Extension
2B) EZ Bar Curls

3A) Shrugz
3B) Cable Abz

Lotz of z's in that lazt zet. LOL.

Here's a pic from my Perfect start to the weekend with a Workshop!!!🔥🔥🔥

But I have NO photos of my 3 hour delay at the airport this morning. :)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

The world is mine in the morning.

Do the most important things first thing in the morning before anyone interrupts and success will be yours. Success builds momentum, momentum builds optimism, and optimism encourages more action. And so the virtuous cycle goes. Take that first step in the right direction right now. It doesn't have to be big, but it has to be done. 🔥🔥🔥#perfectdayformula #sunrisesession #dominateyourday

Make it a perfect day,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bedros and Swings

2017 = 30% complete.

Time to review goals, be honest with your progress, & adjust course.

I'm getting stronger in some basic lifts.

However I'm still skipping the squat rack too much.

Today I didn't prepare well enough and I had to do a home workout in the garage gym instead of stepping under the bar.

But it was still a record breaking session (on KB swings)

1A) Double KB Front Squat - 53x4x10
1B) KB swing - 70x40,20,15

2) DB Reverse Lunge

That was it. I'm keeping them shorter than ever these days.

Also filmed a couple of videos for you...

About morning rituals getting out of control =>

And one with silly Bedros =>


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

If you want things to change, change them. You're a fighter, not a quitter. Motion beats meditation. Action beats analysis. Identify what matters & never give up on getting it. Become the person you need to become in order to achieve the big goals you want to achieve. Get out of your comfort zone. Resist complacency. Never stop learning. Never settle. Improve everyday. Kaizen till your last breath.

Push on always,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TT Fitness Show #3

Ooops. I made a mistake on Easter weekend.

You see, I filmed a brand new episode of the TT Facebook Live Fitness show, and the first 5 seconds are messed up… because I had the camera turned the wrong way. Ha!

So do NOT watch this video if you're going to give me a hard time about it.

But DO watch this video if you want to…

  • Discover the ONE thing you need to do every day this week (your challenge!)
  • The ONE exercise NEVER, EVER, EVER to do (dangerous!)
  • My big 5 exercise circuit workout that you can do at home

Watch the TT fitness show and get your workout here

You'll also see…

  • Two of my favorite ab exercises
  • The BEST way to do dumbbell rows
  • And the crazy dog food bowl I had to buy for my dog so he wouldn't puke!

True story. Enjoy.

Watch the TT fitness show and get your workout here

And send in your questions for future episodes!

By the way, if you like this video and you want to learn more about personal training, make sure to join me at our TT Fitness event in Denver on June 2-3rd here.

See you soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - Get going!!!

Over 101 days are gone in 2017.

It's time to get serious about your Big Goals and Dreams.

You have to take action and personal responsibility today... otherwise in 12 months from now you will be in the same spot... and a year older. #TimeIsTicking

PPS – Hit reply and…

… send in your questions for future episodes!

By the way, if you like this video and you want to learn more about personal training, make sure to join me at our TT Fitness event in Denver on June 2-3rd here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Deadlifts and Meathead monday

Easter was great. The workout was the best part, and while the dinner experiment went a little off kilter, it was still a wonderful weekend (and we had killer weather).

Sunday Funday Deadlifts

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Heavy Deadlift
2B) Mobility

3A) Lighter Deadlift
3B) Abs

Then for dinner...Well...

Nothing says Ballantyne family Easter like lamb leg, good wine, and a giant bag of octopus 🐙. Fun Fact: Only 500 calories per bag'o'octopus.😉👏🇨🇦

It turned out rubbery, unfortunately (although the lamb was good).

And at least Bally the 🐶 liked it. 😁

Monday was a meathead pressing movement workout in the garage gym.

1A) DB Chest Press

2A) DB Close-Grip Incline Press
2B) Band Pull

3A) Triceps Extensions
3B) Upper Back rolling

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"Where can I get better?"... Ask and you shall receive wisdom. Contact someone that knows you very well, that loves you, and that you deeply respect, and ask them this question. Then you're going to stand there, take the feedback, and say "thank you" with all your heart and take action with all your will. - Craig Ballantyne

Good times,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Webinar tomorrow!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Reading and Living TT life

Today was an off-day and tomorrow is an Easter Sunday Deadlift day.

Should be good times.

However, I did do my 3rd TT Fitness TV Show. Just ignore the first few seconds of technical difficulty, and then join me for the big lessons on the show, including one move NEVER to do!


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Whatever you have planned for today is probably too normal. Get a little weird. Do something different. Focus on FUN.

Rainy weekend reading ... depending on the mood... and you? 💵📔📚🔥🔥🔥
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PS - Get going!!!

101+ days gone in 2017. Time to get serious about your Big Goals and Dreams, right. You have to take action and personal responsibility today... otherwise in 12 months from now you will be in the same spot... and a year older. #timeisticking 🔥🔥🔥

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Craig Ballantyne
Founder, ETR University