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Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Patty Hart

Patty is a busy mom who made a commitment to herself when she came to us to get in the best shape of her life. Like most people who set an ambitious fitness goal, at first she would at times question her ability to reach her goal, but with the help of the team here at TGTN, she gradually proved to herself what a strong, capable woman she is and that she can accomplish any goal she puts her mind to.

Patty is an amazing addition to the fitness family here and we are so proud of her dedication to herself and the amazing transformation she has seen. Not just on the outside, but the inside too, particularly with her ability to hold herself accountable to her nutrition and her belief in herself! Continue Reading Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Patty Hart »

Top 3 Things You Need to Lose Body Fat Now

Look, I get it. Getting motivated to stick to a weight loss plan is hard, and staying motivated as the weeks grind on is even harder.

Going down that path–fighting your body every step of the way as you push yourself further into  unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory–can seem so insurmountable that you find yourself thinking of reasons you shouldn’t do it before you’ve even begun the process.

In today’s post I am going to break this process down into components that are easier to wrap your head around, which will help you attain–and retain–the drive to keep pushing towards your goals, so you can get on the road to weight loss and finally reach the goal physique you’re looking for. Continue Reading Top 3 Things You Need to Lose Body Fat Now »

4 Reasons #TGTNFamily Kicks Serious Ass

When I first opened the doors to Training Ground TransformationNATION here in Palos Hills, I had no idea what to expect. After all, I had just moved from Southern California–where the weather never gets below 50 degrees, and the people are essentially the polar opposite of the typical “Mid-Westerner”–so I wasn’t really sure if I would click with the people who came in our doors as well as I had in Orange County.

It became apparent pretty quickly though… there was nothing to worry about because the people who have come to train with us here are–straight up–my JAM.

Don’t get me wrong… I will always have love for my TGOC family, and many of my athletes in California were with me since the days when I was training people in the pitch black of night–on the beach with no lights, getting kicked out in the middle of the workout by the park rangers–because I had no facility nor a proper place to rent space from.

There was even a period of time I had to train people for about two weeks in the parking lot of a busy movie theater because I had nowhere else to go with short notice… definitely rougher times. I met some of my favorite folks in the entire world through my training business in Orange County (who I still keep in contact with to this day), but it’s clear to me that Chicagoland is where I was meant to be, and where Training Ground was meant to be.

In addition to just being cool-ass people though, there are a few key reasons that TGTN athletes kick so much ass, and I want to touch on 4 of those today with you. Who knows; maybe you will vibe with the stuff I’m talking about and want to come check one of our programs out for yourself. Continue Reading 4 Reasons #TGTNFamily Kicks Serious Ass »

Fitness and Weight Loss Facility in Palos Hills Raises Money for Local Resident in Need

Palos Hills, CA – October 4, 2014 – Training Ground TransformationNATION, a brand-new Palos Hills-based fitness facility dedicated to body transformations, weight loss and muscle gain, hosted the fundraising event “FitCAMP for a CAUSE” last weekend to raise money for A Walk for Wes, a local charitable foundation dedicated to raising money for the rehabilitation of Wesley Bobek, a young Polish-American immigrant without family in the US who was tragically paralyzed in an accident in 2012.

“Training Ground is dedicated to helping improve the lives of those in our community on a daily basis, and helping to raise money for a great cause that is close to home like this is is directly in line with our mission,” owner Ben Ballinger said. “I want to personally thank the incredible generosity of the folks who participated in our event, as well as the local businesses who donated time, money, products and services to this event that allowed us to raise over $1,000 for our cause.”

Training Ground TransformationNATION hosted the event, which involved an hour-long, intense circuit-style workout with weights, body weight exercises and a variety of athletic training equipment at their Palos Hills-based facility off of 103rd St and 87th Ave, last Saturday morning and had almost 40 people participate.

As a local business owner, Ben “Coach B” Ballinger and the team at Training Ground TransformationNATION are heavily involved in the community and frequently host fundraising events for local and national charities and causes. In 2013, they hosted several charity events, including a fundraiser for the Boston Marathon bombing incident as well as a 2-week charity fitness camp to help raise thousands of dollars worth of food, clothing and money for Colette’s Children’s Home of Huntington Beach to help support the women and children the charity served during the holiday season.

For more information, media inquiries or to make suggestions for future charitable events, please contact Ben Ballinger at 708-581-5173 or visit http://www.traininggroundtn.com.

What Makes Training Ground TransformationNATION Different?

I am getting really pumped up for the opening of my new and improved training facility, and I wanted to take some time to explain why exactly Training Ground TransformationNATION will be like no other gym or training experience in Chicagoland.

Note: Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a limited time offer for membership rates!

Most importantly, all we will do are Transformations–we won’t cater to any other goals at this facility. This allows us to stick to what we do best and continue to hone our ability. This means we help overweight people get SHREDDED, and help skinny dudes get JACKED. That’s it.

TGTN is not going to be your typical gym with rows and rows of elliptical machines, treadmills and selectorized resistance training machines. Nor are we going to be anything like your average personal training studio with a bunch of prissy, useless equipment like bosu balls and 3lb pink dumbbells. Continue Reading What Makes Training Ground TransformationNATION Different? »

Why I’m Opening the TransformationNATION Facility

I have an exciting announcement to make over the next two weeks about something that has been in the works for quite some time now, but before I get into the nitty-gritty of it all, I want to give a brief background of how I got to this point.

As many of you know, until November of last year, I owned a strength and conditioning gym in Orange County, California known as Training Ground OC. In September 2013, the lease on my facility was about to be up and I was considering moving into a much larger spot, but after discussing plans about our future, my fiancee and I decided to make the hard decision to pick up and move my entire business to Chicago, IL. Continue Reading Why I’m Opening the TransformationNATION Facility »

The Power of a Smile

One thing I notice each year as winter approaches is a general souring of moods amongst people—not within our facility in particular, but just in general.

This might be due to any number of things—seasonal affective disorder, economic concerns as the expensive holiday seasons begin to approach, the increasing rate of weight gain many people experience as summer ends and busy seasons and school season are back upon us… there are any number of reasons that we can feel a little down.

It’s understandable too. Life is stressful and there’s always something to worry about. However, the way we deal with the stress is what makes the difference between those of us who are governed by our stress, and those who choose to determine their own emotions and types of responses to various situations. Continue Reading The Power of a Smile »

Featured Athlete: From Party Girl to Bikini Bombshell

So, you decided to make a change and bail out on your social group and weekend festivities for a more fit and healthy life, huh? Welcome to the evil side (as I like to call it) because once you’re here-you’re here for good.  (Well for most of us that is).

When I was in college, like most college students, we partied til the morning sun, ate like crap, smoked, drank, and some even passed the line and did some drugs here or there (not me thankfully).  But for the most of us, those days are behind us and we have grown out of that lifestyle—but some of us are still raging all day every day.

When I made my switch over to the “dark side” I got a lot of shit from my “friends”. They went as far as calling me anorexic and seeing my new healthy and fit lifestyle as an obsessive eating and bodily disorder and wanted so badly to “save” me. They even set up an intervention type meeting! Continue Reading Featured Athlete: From Party Girl to Bikini Bombshell »

Want to Be More Successful? Take a Proactive Stance!

If you’re achieving all your health and fitness goals currently, then this article isn’t going to apply to you. However, it might apply to someone you know, so read on anyway and maybe forward it to that person if you think it’s relevant.

In case you haven’t learned by now, I am a complete bookworm and try to read a new book each week if not two per week. I truly believe that the more books you read, the better and more enriching your life will be.

The book I am currently reading goes into detail about the difference between people with a PROactive attitude towards life, and those who have a REactive attitude towards their lives. One of the main subjects discussed in the book is the concept of paradigms, how they shape our perspectives in life, and how they can be changed, thereby allowing us to change our perspective regarding the things that happen to and around us. Continue Reading Want to Be More Successful? Take a Proactive Stance! »

How to Build a Social Support Network

For those of you that don’t know, the other weekend I asked my girlfriend (and fellow Newport Beach fitness coach here at TGOC) Kasia to marry me. Thanks to my DASHING good looks and AMAZING personality, it was basically a rhetorical question… at least, that’s what my mom said so it must be true 😉

I’m very excited to make our relationship official, because Kasia is an amazing girl and has helped me in so many ways that I have lost count.

One of the things that I like most about us as a team is our ability to be there for one another when it comes to our goals and to provide a system of support to help the other stay on track.

It got me thinking about support systems and how critical they are when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Continue Reading How to Build a Social Support Network »