Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thoughts on the Strength Matters Swing Test

I've had many inquiries about different kettlebell certifications and testing protocols. Through out the years the certification standards have changed. Sometimes the changes are minor such as adding a high bridge to the Turkish Get Up and then deciding to do away with it.  Other changes have been a bit more drastic such as testing a specific rep range of snatches the first day, without a time limit, a one hand switch rule versus testing the last day of the grueling 3 day weekend, with a requirement of getting 100 snatches in under 5 minutes. Preparing people for both RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) and SFG (StrongFirst) certifications for the last 10 years has been rewarding and I will continue to help people do this. Training program development continues to adjust accordingly to the ever evolving changes with each certification.

RKC and SFG certifications are generally known for the snatch test. The new Kettlebell certification being created by Strength Matters has decided to have a different type of test. Instead of testing 100 snatches in under 5 minutes, the test will be 200 swings with a set pace in 10 minutes. As a versatile coach it's my duty to not only test this out myself but see if I can pass the standard test.

My first reaction to learning about Strength Matters requiring a 10 minute swing test was an intrigued and unsure feeling. The structure of my classes, privates, and my own training hardly required long cycles of any one movement. In fact we would practice 8-10 reps of fairly heavy swings or 10 swings per arm within shorter time frames. Nevertheless, it was time I put myself to the test to see what I needed to do to prepare. The new Strength Matters certification standards needed to be tested.

On Sunday morning I decided to give Strength Matters swing test a solid run through. I haven't formally trained for this at all. I set my gym boss to beep every 30 seconds for 20 rounds. 10 swings to sternum height using 1 arm per 30 seconds of work is the requirement for a counted rep.

Throughout the test I ended up completing 10 swings in just under 20 seconds with 10 seconds to spare. During this "break" I set the bell down and was forced to relax as much as possible. Unintentionally this test ended up being similar to the popular Tabata protocol, 20 seconds of work 10 seconds of rest, which is used very much in my training.

To be completely honest, the first 6 minutes of the test felt relatively easy. As the time passed around minute 7 I noticed my deep  Transverse Abdominus muscles and lower back beginning to fatigue. The bell was still achieving the height desired and my form was still crisp, yet this was the first time I felt this deep fatigue feeling, which may have been lessened if I wasn't restricted from swinging bells for  the last several months.  By the 19th and 20th round of 10 swings I was happy for it to be over and felt accomplished.

My final thoughts regarding the swing test. The Strength Matters swing test was a very doable test. This test requires more endurance, patience, and stamina than other tests I've taken in the past. My hands felt great afterwards with no rips, tears, or bumps. More people are able to perform swings, which makes this test much more accessible, however with high reps using the same repetitive movement it needs building up to. It does require more mental stamina, full body endurance, usage of relaxation drills, and strong functioning ab muscles, and back muscles to get use to the final duration. My only critique would be to allow the kettlebell to be set down after 10 successful swings with 2 hands, especially when working in a fatigued state. Like any test, you need to train for this.

Would love to hear your thoughts.








Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Six Years ago today

Six years ago I was blessed with my second baby girl.  She didn't make her way in to this world easily, despite how great my pregnancy was. (Birth story here) My life has not been the same since, as most parents can imagine. I truly didn't realized after being head over heels in love with my first child, that feeling the same about my second was possible. She has definitely proved me wrong. The connection I have with both of my girls are so different, yet very strong on many levels. The individuality of character they both portray astounds me.


       


Happy 6th Birthday to my precious Chloe. Chloe has learned to read this year in her Kindergarten class and is very motivated to read every book she has to me.  She has learned to use her scooter this year, earned her yellow belt in karate, and enjoys performing with singing and dancing routines with her sisters.












Chloe 6 weeks old with
her 2  yr old sister
Chloe is a witty, sweet, funny, curious, and has a way with animals equivalent to the dog whisperer. She loves her sisters more than anyone could measure and enjoys acting crazy with them. When I pick her up from school she literally jumps up and down several times, while telling me what a great day she had. She is always smiling and laughing.  I love you so much Chloe bear. You are the light of my life.










Chloe's sisters adore her. Playing the bath is just not the same without her. 

Chloe being silly with her sisters


Chloe has been exercising using kettlebells since before she was born. She is an official Baby Bell.  :) She likes to surprise me by showing me what she can do.  She know very well this is how her mom got back in shape quickly after the C-sections. "Look mommy, am I doing it?" she asked. 







Look at me mommy
 Every day is a gift with these kids. I never take a single moment I have with them for granted.  It truly takes a village to help nourish and encourage the inner gifts each child has. The support system of family, friends, and teachers are phenomenal. It's not about WHAT you have in life, it's about WHO you have surrounding you. 




















Monday, February 16, 2015

Rushing Results Leads to Failure

Several years ago someone told me about the show the Biggest Loser.  Reluctantly I turned on the TV, since I don't really watch TV, and began watching the show in the middle of the season. The name of the show bothered me right away, but like most of America, I became intrigued.  The title of the show bothered me tremendously.  I interpreted "The Biggest Loser" as them referring to the contestants as big losers. 

Tuning in to the middle of the season, the show would consist of displaying videos/ photos of how they looked at their heaviest, side by side with how they currently looked from all their "hard" work.  There would be long winded workouts with yelling, screaming, passing out, and emotional breakdowns. The inspiring weight loss images along with the confidence level was displayed very well.  I was pleased to see how happy these contestants looked. They showed them crying for joy on how they're getting their life back with all the hard work and "healthy" eating.  They seemed extremely proud.  For a quick moment I felt inspired and could see how America was eating this up alive.

My Honest Take after the moment wore off - The workout methods and intensity levels were so over the top I eventually had to turn the show off. Even the form and technique was hard to see, especially when they began to introduce some of my favorite kettlebell exercises. This training style and intensity was clearly done for Hollywood only.  To a trained person you can tell it was dangerous and only done to get high ratings for the show. The doctors on this show truly should be ashamed of themselves for backing up this type of physical and mental torture. No human can sustain this type of intense starvation and excessive dangerous way of training over time. Even the winners would eventually gain most of the weight back. What is this show accomplishing? It's portraying an unrealistic over the top way to lose weight and get "healthy". The truth is none of them actually were healthy.  It's showing the ALL or NOTHING approach. An approach that is very bipolar.

Check out what some of the contestants from the Biggest Loser have finally had the courage to reveal about the show.

The brutal secrets behind ‘The Biggest Loser’



My point for sharing these extreme examples is to drive home that there is a high price to pay for rushing results.  If it looks or sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Calorie restriction, rigid eating structures, obsessive amounts of exercise can only take one so far.  I don't deny that one can lose tons of weight with any type of restrictive eating. Isn't the point to find a lifestyle change that people can stick to for the rest of your life? Short term solutions never work. It baffles me how people can keep falling for the dangling carrot trick. It's easy in todays fitness industry with many personal trainers creating this gimmick products promising fat loss and incredible amounts of gains in just a short amount of time. Long term real results that actually stick only happen when habits are changed over time. It's not easy to sell long term longevity training to a society craving results the next day. Hopefully more and more people will understand the value of training for longevity.

The art of patience and practice are very important to learn or improve upon. If people don't have either they will have a very rough time getting to their goal, nor be able to remain on track. Training and nutrition lifestyle changes take time. Depending on where one is starting from, small changes will always be their best bet.  My final point - Build up slowly. Get the "no pain no gain" myth out of your head.  Welcome the new lifestyle, yet be kind to yourself. Enjoy life and you will see the results happen over time. 




Monday, February 2, 2015

Strength and Fat Loss Kettlebell Workshop - Beginner Focused: All Levels Welcomed!


Beginning STRENGTH and Fat Loss WORKSHOP with KETTLEBELLS and more...

Beginner focused: All levels are welcomed.

AUSTIN, TEXAS
at the
Onnit Academy



Move better and Feel Better learning how to use your body weight and kettlebells to achieve the strong and lean body you've always strived for. Quick and efficient workouts will get you there without the long drawn out boring cardio sessions that run your muscle off and cause overuse injuries. Be ready to change your life!

Instructed by Lauren Brooks 

Feb 7th Saturday Time:
12-4 p.m.

Details below!



ONLY $149




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Who will benefit from these Fat loss and Strength workshops:

- Busy people who struggle to find the time to work out; such as moms, dads, and all working professionals who still want to feel and look amazing!

- People who despise exercise and need something that is fun and motivating.

- Beginning exercisers that want to learn a fun and efficient way to strengthen their entire body while burning fat at the same time.


Personal Trainers and Group Fitness coaches that want to safely add proper progressions to implement kettlebells to their clients regimen. 


- Athletes who want to take their training to a new level. Such as snowboarders, wakeboarders, surfers, runners, yogi's, and martial artists.

- People who are tired of spending hours in the gym and only seeing mediocre results (IF ANY)

- The at home exerciser who wants to make sure they are using kettlebells correctly in addition to  wanting to feel refreshed with new ideas. 

- Beginners are welcomed and do not need to have any previous kettlebell training experience. 


All levels can will benefit from this type of training.











SOME THOUGHTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTENDED LAUREN'S WORKSHOPS:

Lauren's workshop was specific, efficient and perfectly designed with appropriate progressions. Specific needs were easily addressed. Individuals each received cues plus suggestions constantly throughout the entire session. Lauren demonstrates and presents excellent real life examples of each kettlebell exercise, as well as providing a specific accurate workbook. SENSATIONAL!
Robin E., Encinitas Ca



I had a great time! Lauren is an excellent teacher she covers everything. She is definitely educated on the human body and knows what she teaches. Loved the class!
M. Roybal, San Diego Ca



"Outstanding workshop. I learned so many new things and I felt challenged throughout. The instructor was very thorough, with great examples. Great pace, I never felt burnt out, but it was never too easy. Excellent motivation as well. The class far exceeded my expectations."
Eric G. - Carlsbad, Ca

" I really enjoyed your laid back style. You are thorough yet you let us get our own feel for it. I will continue to learn from you."
Carrie M. - San Diego, Ca

" I really liked this workshop. You are clear and easy to take direction from. I would recommend this to anyone. I thought this workshop would be good, but it was great. Thanks for sharing!
Tracey B. - Encinitas, Ca

Being a beginner to kettlebells, I thought this workshop was awesome!! Lauren did an excellent job of explaining the different kettlebell moves and also kept me safe from hurting myself. (Which could easily happen being so new to kettlebells) I would love to, and look forward to, taking more classes/workshops in the future. Great job, Lauren!!"
Sarah R. - Newport Beach, Ca

"Loved the workshop. It was great to see if I was actually using Kettlebells correctly. The towel kettlebell swing was my light bulb moment. I love the manual and can't wait to go home and start a new workout!
Karyn R. - Marysville, Ca

 Well Organized
- Comprehensive
- Understandable
- Applicable

And very FUN in a non-intimidating environment.

Well worth the drive! 
Tammy C,  Santa Cruz, California

"Really informative and not intimidating. Wish you lived in Los Angeles."

Amanda L,  Los Angeles, California

"I was very impressed with Lauren's ability to patiently explain each move focusing on each step as it should be executed.  I went in with no knowledge of what a kettlebell workout should look like and feel as though, with some work, I will be able to apply the exercises I learned. Thank you!!"

Honey D, Carlsbad, California

"This was wonderful.  I attended hoping to learn something different & fun, & learn it safely.  You totally delivered.  I look forward to integrating kettlebells into my workout!

Leah. W. , Ca

Dreams DO come true!
I've dreamed of taking a class with Lauren Brooks since I first discovered her DVD workouts about 2 years ago. I live in the UK whilst Lauren lives in the US so I thought my dream would remain just that. Well sometimes dreams do come true as I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Lauren on her recent trip to London and what an experience it was! I was very nervous before attending thinking it would be filled with super fit, amazingly honed athletes and I would be left standing in their dust. Not so. There was a great cross section of kettlebellers from out of shape beginners to some RKC's and Lauren taught us all with huge encouragement, intuition and passion. Lauren's love for what she does is evident in every move and sentence. Lauren is warm, encouraging and totally non-intimidating. Her form tips are excellent. For instance in order to stop some manic swings that were being performed she told us all to think "float" at the top of the swing and it worked like a charm - no more bionic swinging! She wants everybody to progress, safely, to be their best selves and to have fun with their kettlbell practice and not view it as a chore.

If you ever get the chance to work with Lauren, please, please take it. I gained so much from my workshop experience - vastly improved form from when I walked in (even the RKC's participating in the workshop had some tweaks made to their form) and increased confidence that I was actually on the right path and pretty darn good at some moves (swings).

If ever Lauren comes to the UK again for a workshop she can count on at least one class member for sure - me!

Thank you Lauren for everything.
Charmaine, UK






I have been a fan for a long time. I love Lauren's instruction style, it's thorough, clear and it keeps me safe. The Kettlebell Body is proof that Lauren is dedicated to forever learning because she managed to make the best even better with new techniques and even more energy. I think these workout sequences are the best yet, uncomplicated to follow but they make you sweat!!! Lauren's teaching got me hooked on kettlebells. I got serious about my workouts about eight months ago and used Lauren's workouts and the new Kettlebell Body routines to stay focused. In that time I have lost about 37lbs from a combo of exercise and nutrition changes. Most important to me are the SIX inches (I just measured) that melted off my middle-belly all while I was having fun and getting stronger with kettlebells. You can so do this! I LOVE this DVD and highly recommend it. Lauren, your work keeps getting better and better. Thank you for helping me to get it in gear and to finally start transforming my coach potato body. You are an inspiration.  --- Chante`

DON'T LET FEAR OF FAILURE GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR DREAMS

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” - Paulo Coelho

It’s a bloody shame that in today’s world so many dreams stay just that - a dream. Ideas and hopes are born in a person’s mind, yet don’t have the chance to actually live. How will you know if you can ever accomplish something if you don’t take a risk and put yourself out there? 

What Gets in the Way of Our Dreams?

So what is it that stops people from taking the risk and pursuing their dreams? Is it the fear of failure? The fear of being judged? The negative self-talk telling you to just settle and keep your aspirations as a distant unrealistic thought?

Keep reading on the Breaking Muscle site here











Thursday, January 1, 2015

My Discovery While Recovering From a Car Accident

Several months ago I was in a car accident. I've kept it quiet because the line of work I'm in requires a healthy and strong able body. It's time to come out and share that I was rear ended by an SUV while accelerating in my little sports car.  With over $11,000 worth of damage to my vehicle, my body was left full of injuries. Luckily, it's the first car accident I've experienced. I came home shaking explaining to everyone what happened.  Like the tough girl I think I am at times, I thought I was just fine. Other than being a bit shaky I felt fine at the time. Those who saw my car warned me that I may not feel the after effects right away.  I didn't want to believe it. I knew I was hit with enough force to cause my body harm. I reminded myself how strong I am, so chances are I won't feel it. 

The next morning after the car accident my entire body was very sore. I was more angry than focused on being in pain. I knew that I had no business lifting or performing any sort of training with my body, especially feeling completely out of whack.  From the base of my skull down to my lower back the pain throbbed. I knew it was time to go see a Chiropractor immediately.

I've never been a person who goes to a Chiropractor regularly since I never felt the need.  When it comes to strength training I've always played it very safe and kept it balanced. Pain wasn't something my body was use to.  After visiting Dr. Sage's office I was diagnosed with a strained neck, mid back and low back. Had subluxation in both my neck and back.  I thought I was totally fine at first from the accident, yet it truly left a number on me. In fact, my chiropractor told me no exercising for at least one month.  You should've seen the look on my face. Not only did I feel sorry for myself but I felt sorry for those who had to be around me for the next month.  

After a month of on going treatment I began to feel better, so I slowly began to move again. I proceeded with great caution. However, my body immediately told me it wasn't ready when I began to suffer from major occipital head pain. This pain was so disruptive that it would wake me up in my sleep. At one point I thought maybe I had some type of brain tumor it hurt so much! I had to lay off anything that engaged my neck.  There went another month of almost no training. I felt my body getting weaker and my energy levels dropping.  My students were so supportive during this time and racked all their own weights in addition grabbing all their own kettlebells. They knew I was in pain! 

It was challenging not to feel discouraged and frustrated. Just when I thought I was ready to hit the weights again my body would tell me "oh no you don't".   By the 3rd month of taking time off I started with light body weight exercises.  Unfortunately the pain I felt began to move around in my body. Next it moved to my left leg, which pulled on my lower back. Tons of pain in the sitting or laying down position. I was beginning to feel like I was 90 years old. I lost sleep over it, I was so uncomfortable.  With continuous Chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massages, and giving in to just resting my body, I was healing. By the 4th month I could not go another day without doing some sort of hip hinge exercise. It was time to work around the pain and activate my hamstrings and glutes.  I began to play around. Kettlebell swings were out and so were squats! If I did something slightly off or cause too much activation on my quadricep, the pain in my quad and back would haunt me for days. If I stayed away in a perfect manner by only activating my glutes and hamstrings, with a very light weight, then I would feel fine. 

Luckily this injury led me to my new favorite exercise. Not only is it one of my favorite but also many of my students are loving it as well. I'm still not 100% healed, but I'm getting darn near close. I have lost a significant amount of strength and muscle. Luckily I had a very strong base of muscle prior to the accident so I still have some left. :)  In the mean time, for those who truly enjoy honing in on their glute muscles without needing a whole lot of balance or stabilization, I highly recommend this exercise. It's knee, hip and back friendly!  Let me know what you think. Wishing you all an injury free and healthy 2015!

Modified Single Leg Deadlift 
or 
Single Leg  Deadlift with a Kickstand
(not to be confused with a Kickstand Deadlift)















Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Why It's Time to Make Workouts Fun! (If you're not already doing so)

Let's just be honest with ourselves right here and now! How will this year be any different from all the previous years? We all know that this is the time of year we start to think, plan and begin striving toward being more fit, healthy and simply happier in our lives. So then ask yourself the question, how will this year be any different? Whatever you decide that looks like, if you aren't having any fun, then you are missing the whole point. It could very well be the main reason why you have a tough time sticking to your goals. The same goes if you are stuck in a routine that leaves you feeling drained and unsatisfied. My guess is, you've probably made endless promises to yourself for years now, we all have, especially around this time of year. But this time will be different. You're going to hit the pavement hard running a million miles per minute and now you have more willpower than you've ever had in the past. You won't fail yourself this time because this year is your year! For some reason you're feeling much more motivated, right?

WRONG!!!!  Your hopes and dreams are rarely brought to fruition!

Why would this year be any different? 

Quick note: If you feel like you're on the perfect fitness program and you're at a top notch place in your life, then stop reading this article now. This is not for you. 



Try Something New and Fun!

Have you thought about trying something new? Or are you going back to the same old routine you failed previously with? What makes you think if you try the same recipe it will taste better this time? I'm surely not here to rain on your parade, but I'm here to give you the truth. You will fail miserably if you continue to do the same training program that you gave up on last time.  My point for being a realist is not to be a Debbie downer. I'm merely trying be the friend that tells you what you need to hear. Someone needs to give you a wake up call so you realize it's time to find something that you look forward to. Something that you may consider FUN! Yes FUN!!!   


You may be thinking, delusional thoughts such as "how can I actually have fun or enjoyment while achieving a healthier, stronger, and leaner body? There is no such thing! I've never heard of being able to enjoy getting in shape.  You have to work hard and it's painful and boring. Besides I don't like to starve myself."  WRONG ALL WRONG!



Set Realistic Goals

What if there was a way for you to do something every day that literally took less than 12 minutes of your time?  What if that 12 minutes actually became pleasurable and fun to you, to the point that you were disappointed that it was over?  If you fall in the category of not having enough time and/or just wanting to vomit at the thought of working out, this may be what you need.  It's time to take the pressure off of yourself thinking you need these long drawn out workout sessions.  If your first goal is beginning with a 10-12 minute workout program this would be much more attainable. 




Choosing The Right Workout

The first goal I'd recommend starting with is find something that is sustainable.  A realistic way of moving that you can actually stick to. Find a way of training that enhances your life. It doesn't have to be the end all be all. If it is sucking the life out of you and leaving you with no energy throughout the day, you have chosen the wrong workout. The right workout is the one that leaves you feeling like you want more. The one that makes you feel more energized. The one that enhances your brain activity. After all, if the body stops moving the brain activity begins to decrease.  




Create Distance With Your Enablers

We all have enablers in our lives. Some of them are our dear friends that we meet with for dinner or drinks. Or our own family members that encourage us to skip our planned workout session and eat some unhealthy food together. It's absolutely okay to do this from time to time. But you need to be very upfront with your enablers and let them know your goals and make sure they are on board with you. If they can not support you then it's time to make room for people in your life that do.


Accountability and Success

It's proven that people will be much more accountable when they have small victories to celebrate along the way. Create a reward program for yourself. For example... "I will show up for my 12 minute session 5 times this week and at the end of that week I will reward myself with a pedicure." 
Even better, find a workout partner that can also be accountable with you. The more accountable you can be to other people, the more successful you will become.  It can be too easy to have the internal dialogue and let yourself down. If you need more motivation than the above just read my article   Shut Up and Train - 13 Ways To Eradicate Excuses


Make A Choice

 If you choose to do nothing then you are actually choosing to be weak and unhealthy. If you choose 12 minutes of a well thought out, approachable, efficient, and fun workout session, then you may very well surprise yourself.  If you don't know how or where to start, I can help you with that! 

Where Do I Start?

The internet can be quite overwhelming and filled with more ways to train than you can imagine. Most of it is garbage to be perfectly honest with you. The best way to start is with a very intelligent and motivating personal trainer, with a good track record, that has helped many people achieve their goals. You may need to do a little research. If you don't have the time or money to commit to a trainer or group classes, then the next best thing is working out from home. I've been blessed to be able to create solid information, that has actually helped thousands of people learn how to get in shape and stay in shape all from the comfort of their living room. The coolest part about it, is they didn't hate it! In fact many loved it so much they flew out to see me and shared with me what they learned. I was very impressed how well people were able to learn proper technique and create healthy habits through my videos! I put some on the bottom of this post.




Go Get Em!

In conclusion, whatever path you choose, enjoy the journey! Life is filled with so many beautiful moments. You might as well be as healthy and strong as you possibly can. Not just for yourself but for your loved ones. 

Happy New Year everyone!

xoxo,












Live Workshops



I'm excited to announce that I'm locking down dates and locations for some upcoming workshops in 2015. If you would like to spend several hours or a day learning simple and fun techniques which will help you move better, lose fat, become much stronger and leaner, make sure to sign up for one of the workshops.


FAT LOSS AND STRENGTH WORKSHOP 
For Beginners

Move better and Feel Better learning how to use your body weight and kettlebells to achieve the strong and lean body you've always strived for. Quick and efficient workouts will get you there without the long drawn out boring cardio sessions that run your muscle off and cause overuse injuries. Be ready to change your life!

Instructed by Lauren Brooks and the amazing Paul Daniels

Where: North San Diego County (Encinitas).

January 24th Saturday 10:30 - 1:30 

Fitness Level: Beginner or All Level

Cost: $97 Early Bird Special

Goes up to $127 after 1/5/15

Space is very limited!

Grab your spot here

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Beginning FAT LOSS AND STRENGTH WORKSHOP

AUSTIN, TEXAS
at the Onnit Academy

Move better and Feel Better learning how to use your body weight and kettlebells to achieve the strong and lean body you've always strived for. Quick and efficient workouts will get you there without the long drawn out boring cardio sessions that run your muscle off and cause overuse injuries. Be ready to change your life!

Instructed by Lauren Brooks 

Feb 7th Saturday 
Time:
12-4 p.m.

.

Registration opens now. Early bird special

$119



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SOME THOUGHTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTENDED LAUREN'S WORKSHOPS:

Lauren's workshop was specific, efficient and perfectly designed with appropriate progressions. Specific needs were easily addressed. Individuals each received cues plus suggestions constantly throughout the entire session. Lauren demonstrates and presents excellent real life examples of each kettlebell exercise, as well as providing a specific accurate workbook. SENSATIONAL!
Robin E., Encinitas Ca



I had a great time! Lauren is an excellent teacher she covers everything. She is definitely educated on the human body and knows what she teaches. Loved the class!
M. Roybal, San Diego Ca



"Outstanding workshop. I learned so many new things and I felt challenged throughout. The instructor was very thorough, with great examples. Great pace, I never felt burnt out, but it was never too easy. Excellent motivation as well. The class far exceeded my expectations."
Eric G. - Carlsbad, Ca

" I really enjoyed your laid back style. You are thorough yet you let us get our own feel for it. I will continue to learn from you."
Carrie M. - San Diego, Ca

" I really liked this workshop. You are clear and easy to take direction from. I would recommend this to anyone. I thought this workshop would be good, but it was great. Thanks for sharing!
Tracey B. - Encinitas, Ca

Being a beginner to kettlebells, I thought this workshop was awesome!! Lauren did an excellent job of explaining the different kettlebell moves and also kept me safe from hurting myself. (Which could easily happen being so new to kettlebells) I would love to, and look forward to, taking more classes/workshops in the future. Great job, Lauren!!"
Sarah R. - Newport Beach, Ca

"Loved the workshop. It was great to see if I was actually using Kettlebells correctly. The towel kettlebell swing was my light bulb moment. I love the manual and can't wait to go home and start a new workout!
Karyn R. - Marysville, Ca

 Well Organized
- Comprehensive
- Understandable
- Applicable

And very FUN in a non-intimidating environment.

Well worth the drive! 
Tammy C,  Santa Cruz, California

"Really informative and not intimidating. Wish you lived in Los Angeles."

Amanda L,  Los Angeles, California

"I was very impressed with Lauren's ability to patiently explain each move focusing on each step as it should be executed.  I went in with no knowledge of what a kettlebell workout should look like and feel as though, with some work, I will be able to apply the exercises I learned. Thank you!!"

Honey D, Carlsbad, California

"This was wonderful.  I attended hoping to learn something different & fun, & learn it safely.  You totally delivered.  I look forward to integrating kettlebells into my workout!

Leah. W. , Ca

Dreams DO come true!
I've dreamed of taking a class with Lauren Brooks since I first discovered her DVD workouts about 2 years ago. I live in the UK whilst Lauren lives in the US so I thought my dream would remain just that. Well sometimes dreams do come true as I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Lauren on her recent trip to London and what an experience it was! I was very nervous before attending thinking it would be filled with super fit, amazingly honed athletes and I would be left standing in their dust. Not so. There was a great cross section of kettlebellers from out of shape beginners to some RKC's and Lauren taught us all with huge encouragement, intuition and passion. Lauren's love for what she does is evident in every move and sentence. Lauren is warm, encouraging and totally non-intimidating. Her form tips are excellent. For instance in order to stop some manic swings that were being performed she told us all to think "float" at the top of the swing and it worked like a charm - no more bionic swinging! She wants everybody to progress, safely, to be their best selves and to have fun with their kettlbell practice and not view it as a chore.

If you ever get the chance to work with Lauren, please, please take it. I gained so much from my workshop experience - vastly improved form from when I walked in (even the RKC's participating in the workshop had some tweaks made to their form) and increased confidence that I was actually on the right path and pretty darn good at some moves (swings).

If ever Lauren comes to the UK again for a workshop she can count on at least one class member for sure - me!

Thank you Lauren for everything.
Charmaine, UK




I have been a fan for a long time. I love Lauren's instruction style, it's thorough, clear and it keeps me safe. The Kettlebell Body is proof that Lauren is dedicated to forever learning because she managed to make the best even better with new techniques and even more energy. I think these workout sequences are the best yet, uncomplicated to follow but they make you sweat!!! Lauren's teaching got me hooked on kettlebells. I got serious about my workouts about eight months ago and used Lauren's workouts and the new Kettlebell Body routines to stay focused. In that time I have lost about 37lbs from a combo of exercise and nutrition changes. Most important to me are the SIX inches (I just measured) that melted off my middle-belly all while I was having fun and getting stronger with kettlebells. You can so do this! I LOVE this DVD and highly recommend it. Lauren, your work keeps getting better and better. Thank you for helping me to get it in gear and to finally start transforming my coach potato body. You are an inspiration.  --- Chante`


SOME OPTIONS ON HOW TO GET STARTED


Brand new to exercise or any sort of kettlebell type training  Start Here or Sign Up for a Distant Coaching/Nutrition Session 

  I'd be honored to help you!

If you are very confused please email me here so we can make sure you are starting on the right foot. 

You deserve the best path for yourself! You only get one life!

Small group classes and private sessions in the North County San Diego area (Encinitas) visit the class website here at www.mykettlebellgroup.blogspot.com

 FOR THOSE NOT in the area I offer online training and nutrition plans for people all over the world. Email me at kbellqueen@me.com to set up an appointment.













SOME OPTIONS ON HOW TO GET STARTED


Brand new to exercise or any sort of kettlebell type training  Start Here or Sign Up for a Distant Coaching/Nutrition Session 

  I'd be honored to help you!

If you are very confused please email me here so we can make sure you are starting on the right foot. 

You deserve the best path for yourself! You only get one life!


I have been a fan for a long time. I love Lauren's instruction style, it's thorough, clear and it keeps me safe. The Kettlebell Body is proof that Lauren is dedicated to forever learning because she managed to make the best even better with new techniques and even more energy. I think these workout sequences are the best yet, uncomplicated to follow but they make you sweat!!! Lauren's teaching got me hooked on kettlebells. I got serious about my workouts about eight months ago and used Lauren's workouts and the new Kettlebell Body routines to stay focused. In that time I have lost about 37lbs from a combo of exercise and nutrition changes. Most important to me are the SIX inches (I just measured) that melted off my middle-belly all while I was having fun and getting stronger with kettlebells. You can so do this! I LOVE this DVD and highly recommend it. Lauren, your work keeps getting better and better. Thank you for helping me to get it in gear and to finally start transforming my coach potato body. You are an inspiration.  --- Chante`