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.


Friday, January 05, 2018

Snow and Snatches

Another brilliant workout today. And yes, that's two days in a row. The yoga schedule is getting thrown off, but I'm still doing more of a warm-up and more post-workout stretching.

Also, believe it or not, been enjoying some really nice dog walks... they are short, but the crisp, cold air and moonlight, and today's sunshine, have been fantastic with the pooch. Great to see him barking and running like old times... but I have noticed he's been having a little trouble in deep snow. :)

Today's Session:

1A) Barbell Snatch
1B) Overhead Squat

2A) Front Squat
2B) BB Row

3A) Military Press
3B) 1-Leg Hip Extension

Fun times.

Wasn't using heavy weights.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Structure = Freedom. The more structure you have in your work days, the more freedom you have in your personal life.
"The line between failure and success is so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many times has a man thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success? Just a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn into glorious success." – Elbert Hubbard

Success is simple once you accept how difficult it will be. 🤔

I'm not saying it's easy, but it is simple. 💯