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Old 11-12-2014, 01:45 PM
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I'm not going to make it. I just won't get all of my pullups and chinups done. This was a result of poor planning. I dropped the ball on the 1st of the 5 pillars of Transformation. They are:

1) Better Planning & Preparation => Silly mistake to miss this one!
2) Accountability => Did this, had you!
3) Social Support => Did this, had you - thanks!
4) Incentive => To better myself...and I did...learned a lot
5) Deadline => Tomorrow.

I'm a few hundred short. I did my best, pushed my limits, and came as close as I could without injuring myself. I'll do another 100-150 tomorrow on my final day of the 33,333 challenge.

Over the past week I did lots of bodyweight workouts and my regular lifting too, accumulating:

1500 squats
1000 pushups, at least
316 chinups

And today, I added another 100 pullups during this workout:

1A) Barbell Squats
1B) Pullups
1C) Box Jumps
1D) Pushups
1E) Pullups

2A) Pullups
2B) Leg Curls
2C) Pullups

After a few days rest I will test my max reps for bodyweight squats (in 4 minutes), pushups, pullups, chinups, and handstand pushups. I've been most impressed by my progress with pushups (and subsequently, my bench press), but I was disappointed by my inability to get above 5 reps per best set in the handstand pushup. We'll see if I just need a couple of days rest.

I'll do the testing on Saturday AM.

Until important RESEARCH UPDATE: Interesting NY Times article on why people get fatter with cardio


A great reminder for why you shouldn’t get hung up on your scale weight. Please share. Stay strong!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

“Set lofty goals. Proclaim them to the world. And take massive action on achieving the goals you set out to achieve. It's as simple as that. And even if you don't reach 100% of your goals, you've still failed forward and your life and business are in a better place because of it.” – Bedros Keuilian

Do not let peer pressure interfere with your path to success. Do not let random, unimportant people stop you from achieving your big goals and dreams. You must know who and what really matters.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

12 week cumulative total:

15,000 Bodyweight Squats
  • 15,000+ => Crushed.
10,000 Pushups - DONE
  • 10,000+ => Easy.
3,000 Bodyweight Rows - DONE
  • 3000+ <= Set the bar too low.
2,000 Pullups
  • 1262 => Poor planning.
1,500 Burpees - DONE
  • 1500+ <= Accomplished ... fun ... learned a lot.
1,500 Chinups
  • 1206 => Failed by a faulty pillar.
333 Handstand Pushups - DONE
  • 333 Goal <= Accomplished
= 31,968/33,333 reps
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:49 PM
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First day of testing...two victories. I had to bail on the max pushups. Will try those on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Lots of highs and lows to report today.

Success => It all starts with preparation and planning … to avoid wrong people/environments/habits and to connect with the right people/environments/habits.

Success is simple once you accept how difficult it is.

Today's workout for me:

5-minute bodyweight squat test = 217 reps (beat old record of 201)

Handstand pushup max - 6 reps (new record, beating my old record of 4)

Started on my "5,000 KB Swings Quest" to finish off 2014. Did 100 reps with 53lb kettlebell.

Tomorrow: Heavy Deadlift workout and pullup max rep test

Oh, and today's workout was followed by some bacon!

Now for some serious news...

A reader posted on Facebook...

Q: Craig, does anybody know how Dr. Kareem is doing since his near death experience and emergency surgery? He has a donation web site set up for him and his family as well. Since October 24 his med bills are way over the million dollar mark. He is a great person devoted family man and just like you a forefather in many facets of the fitness industry that truly cares about helping others. - Chris S.


For those that don't know, Kareem was inexplicably stricken with a near-fatal intestinal infection. He was literally hours from losing the battle...

Unfortunately, I do NOT know any of the details of the illness, but I received an email update from him yesterday.

Dr. Kareem is still on a LONG road to recovery. It will be months, perhaps even a year, before he'll be back to even near his old self. He cannot work at all. Fortunately, he built up a team before his illness.

Everyone is rallying around him, and he is one of the most positive people I know, so he has lots of support...

...that said, he got hit hard. He's down, but not out, and I will be sure to visit him early in the New Year. Right now he is fatigued and trying to get better. Thank you so much for asking.

On a related note... what Mikey wrote here...

This is timely and worth thinking about

Three of my legacies will be the TT Summit, the BlackSmith Liberty and Entrepreneurship camp, and the Info Summit.

Here are a couple of photos from last week's Info Summit...on-stage, fired up(!), and then at the VIP reception with many of my friends that I have met at the BlackSmith Liberty and Entrepreneurship camp. My old suit is holding up's now 6 years old! It's still got it. (From L-R: Jay Massey, Julian, Deven, Ben, ol' CB, and Gary)

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
You need to know your nutrition obstacles. Write them all down and then write down at least 2 solutions for each obstacle. This will help you avoid nutrition breakdowns. Plan ahead. Do your shopping and cooking and meal prep on the weekends, so that during your busy week you have your meals ready…and you avoid vending-machine regret.

Plan, shop, and prepare for success today.

Push on and remember what matters,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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