How Does Craig Ballantyne Stay Fit and Keep His Men's Health Physique
How Does Craig Ballantyne Stay Fit and Keep His Men's Health Physique
By: Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Here's an interview between no-nonsense personal trainer and fitness model
Vince DelMonte and Craig Ballantyne, Men's Health expert trainer and
exercise video model.

This interview discusses how Craig eats and trains to stay fit, while
gaining muscle and losing fat to keep his Men's Health physique.

Vince DelMonte: How do you personally maintain your "Mens Health" physique?

I train very similar to my Turbulence Training Fusion Fat Loss and Hard-core
TT programs, using a lot of classic barbell exercises, some olympic lifts,
and then single-leg exercises and bodyweight exercises to finish it off.

I train 3 days per week, but sometimes I go in for a 4th day just because,
hey, I find training to be fun. But I have to hold back otherwise my joints
get overworked from lifting and some other sports combined.

Nutrition wise, I don't think I eat anything from a bag or a box, with the
exception of the chocolate milk I drink after training. I eat a lot of
fruits, vegetables, dry roasted almonds, pecans, walnuts, eggs, steak,
chicken, sweet potatoes, and cheese. Even a couple of beers per week. But I
try to eliminate all sugar - again, with the exception of the chocolate milk
after training.

Not only do I stay magazine-lean with this approach, but I don't get tired
or mentally fatigued during my day of work. If I eat a lot of carbohydrates,
such as pasta or oatmeal, I find I get sleepy.

Vince DelMonte: Tell me about your own personal weight training program?

This is my 3-day routine right now.

Total body workouts, with a different main exercise each day, and then the
rest of the exercises are superset's.

Workout A
Squat (3x3, 1x15)
BB Incline (3x5)
Lunge (2x8)
Snatch-grip BB Row (2x12)
Cable Rot'l Ch Press (2x12)

Workout B
GM (3x6)
Deadlift (3x6)
DB Shoulder Press (2x8)
Pullup (2x8)
OH Squat (1x5)
Ab Work

Workout C
Bench (3x5)
Row (3x5)
Leg Press (3x12)
1-Arm DB Press (3x8)
EZ-Bar Tri Extension (1x8)
Chinup (2x15)

This is working out well.

It changes every 4 weeks. My deadlift is about as strong as ever, but squat
and bench are a little low...focus is on boosting my squat for the next
8 weeks.

About the Author

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit

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