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Old 06-29-2016, 11:09 AM
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After two days off and some travel, I've settled into hot and humid South Florida for a few days. Last night I visited my mentor, Mark Ford, at his secret hideout.










Mark kept me out late last night, showing me around his 'swamp house', where he'll soon have the world's largest private palm tree botanical gardens. Yep, that's a thing. He has 50 acres with over 300 species of palm trees. (There are 3,000 species in the world!)


This morning I did a short workout in the hotel gym:


1) DB Split Squat - 5x10


2a) DB RDL - 3x20
2b) Cable Abs - 3x20


Then I walked to the grocery store. It was hot and sunny at 8am, so it was sweaty and sticky, too.


Speaking of Florida, here's big news.



Personal trainers & CTT's => Save the Date

Daniel Woodrum and I are speaking at a NEW fitness training event on October 21-22, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

Finally there is something on the EAST Coast for trainers, and not out in fitness la-la-land.


Bedros is speaking on the 21st, I'll be speaking both days, and I'll send you more details as I get them.

Hope to see you there.

After all, going one year - or more - without seeing so many CTT's in one place is too long.

We needed this event.

And hopefully this brings some of our European CTT's out of the woodwork.

Talk soon,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Tomorrow I must force myself to the gym for bench press.

Only two more workouts left in the challenge!
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:40 AM
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Travel time is over, for a few days.



I celebrated Canadia on Air Canada.


Fitting, I suppose.



I landed around 4pm in Toronto, and made my way downtown to my favorite hotel, The Shangri-La.



The Toronto Blue Jays were just wrapping up the 9th inning of their game against the Cleveland Indians.



After checking in, I answered some emails, had dinner, walked around the city, and came back to finish my Big Thinking exercise for the day.


Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were still playing.



They went a full 19 innings, over 2 full games, against the Indians...and the Jays lost.



My friend, famous fitness researcher and epic tweeter, Dr. Stuart Phillips, live-tweeted the game here.


=> https://twitter.com/mackinprof


Stuart Phillips, PhD ‏@mackinprof 16h16 hours ago
Bottom of 14th... Jays threaten #Canadaday




















He's worth following if you like the science of training and nutrition and Canadiana.


Anyways, I crashed early... (I think the game was over by then, but perhaps not!)


Got a full 8 hours sleep for the first time in a few days, and then I wrote some articles and hit the gym at the hotel.


1a) DB Chest Press - worked up to a new 2016 PB of 70x16 reps
1b) Face Pull



2) Running Intervals



Felt good to do a few rounds of 9 miles per hour at a 4% incline. Did 1 minute intervals with 1 minute rest.



Tomorrow is my final deadlift day before my annual trip to Europe.



On Wednesday evening I'm off to London, Scotland (several cities & Loch Ness), Dublin, Zurich, Lucerne, and Vilnius. It's in Lithuania that I'll finish my epic summer journey with the 7th annual BlackSmithCamp.com. Again, we have over 50 ambitious attendees from dozens of countries joining us for a life-changing weekend.



Plus, they'll get a few fun bootcamp workouts with ol' CB.



Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

We’ve just passed the halfway mark of the year.

So let’s use today as our 2nd New Year’s Day.

It’s another chance for you to begin again.

You can choose to make big changes in your life starting right now.

No matter what happened yesterday, or on the weekend, you can get back on track to your big goals and dreams today!

And every step forward takes you farther away from the mistakes of yesterday.

So don’t waste energy on regrets…

…instead learn the lessons, move on, and get better today and tomorrow.

Get back on track for the rest of 2016 this week,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS – If you’re struggling or hurting, remember this…

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Everyone goes through dark days and dips, but not quitting is what separates success from failure.

There will be days when you struggle. That’s okay. Just never give up on what is important to you…

…Because whatever is in your way, you’re stronger than it, you’re tougher than it, and you’re going to beat it.

But you must truly believe in yourself.

You must end the “I’ll give this a try” mindset, and switch to an, “I’m going to succeed” belief.

When you have that in place, all things are possible through faith in yourself.

Stay strong and get stronger,


Craig Ballantyne, CTT


PPS – And when you feel stressed…

…when work deadlines collide with family fights, traffic troubles, or chaotic kiddos...

… just remember one of my favorite quotes…

“Enjoy life. Treat it as an adventure. Care passionately about the outcome, but keep it in perspective. Things are seldom as bleak as they seem when they are going wrong – or as good as they seem when they are going well. Lighten up. You’ll live longer.” – Kekich Credo #55
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:33 AM
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Wow! I hope it's a great trip. Please post pictures of Scotland and Ireland!
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:38 AM
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It was a super Sunday on the farm, sunny, no chance of rain, and 100% chance of deadlifts.



I like those odds.


So after a great morning of writing, meditation, dog walking and breakfast, it was off to the local YMCA for good times to be had by all.


The gym was empty, no surprise considering the holiday weekend.

Here in Canadia we celebrate Canada on July 1st, similar to the Independence Day celebrated in America on the 4th.


I'm not sure why North American nations tended to be birthed in July. Perhaps it's founding fathers had nothing to do in the dark nights of November, 9 months earlier.



Yeah, reproductive nation joke. Yeah, a groaner.


So what.


Alright, back to deadlifting.



Solid session.


1a) Power Clean
1b) Mobility


2a) Deadlift
2b) Mobility


3a) Chin-up with Knee-up
3b) Leg Curl


That was all.


A sunny afternoon of dog walks, pear cider, and Euro football followed.



Today's kickbutt mindset tip:
Do the work. Pay the price. Earn the reward. Repeat.


There will be days when you struggle. That’s okay. Just never give up on what is important to you…Because whatever is in your way, you’re stronger than it, you’re tougher than it, and you’re going to beat it.

Don’t be satisfied with the norm if you want more. It’s okay to want to achieve special results.

The world needs folks who dream and achieve big things.

You should be that one,


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:55 AM
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My left lat and teres major is sore from Sunday's Deadlift session.

However, I was still able to have a Personal Best bench press workout to end my transformation contest.

Today's workout:

1) Bench Press - 200x6

2A) Bench
2B) Chest-Supported Row

3A) Triceps
3B) Shrugs

12-Week Transformation Results

My starting weight was 170.
My weight today was 175.6.

My starting bench press was 185x8 for an estimated 235 max.
My bench today was 200x7 for an estimated 245 max.

Tomorrow I'll do a lower body workout on the farm before I split to Toronto for some errands and a late night flight to London.

If Britain leaving is Brexit, then what do you call where you go into Britain?

A Brenter?

Because that's what I'm doing this week. Brentering Britain.

Whoa, that sounds weird.

Anyways...

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The world will try to sabotage your day, your diet, your deals, and your determination. Do not let this happen. Identify all the obstacles in your way and have two solutions for each. Keep in mind your Rules for Living and your Priorities in Life when temptations come a calling. Remember what really matters and stick to it.

Sticking to it,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:56 AM
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12-Week Transformation Results
My starting body weight was 170.
My body weight today was 175.6.

My starting bench press was 185x8 for an estimated 235 max.
My bench today was 200x7 for an estimated 245 max.

THE END
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