Wednesday

Holiday Hustle Kettlebell Workout Program




COMING TO LAUREN'S PLAYGROUND 
DECEMBER 1st

(will only be available for the month of December)


HOLIDAY HUSTLE FOLLOW ALONG
KETTLEBELL WORKOUT PROGRAM

Warm Up - 5 minutes
4 Strength & Release Workouts - Under 15 minutes
4 Power Blast Workouts - Under 8 minutes
Mix & Match Workout Program Schedule




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When you're a member you receive access to the Lauren's Playground private Facebook group and access to every single program Lauren has ever released in Lauren's Playground online gym. You will also receive 15% off any product or  service while you're a member and extra savings on events, Kettlebell bootcamps and Winner Circles. 

Monday

Why I Keep Going Back To The Kettlebell








My first foray into working out was inside a traditional gym. There were machines and resistance equipment. I was fascinated with learning how to set up each strength machine perfectly while designing just the right program to achieve the physique I was striving for.

I always felt good with the conventional programs. I had scheduled days such as Chest/Triceps, Back/Biceps, Legs/abs along with cardio. Old school, like 25 years ago! As long as I stuck to my program I felt good. I was actually scared to deviate.

I thought I was strong until I discovered Kettlebell training. I was humbled learning how disconnected my body really was.

The first time I did a Get Up 15 years ago, I could barely get off the ground with 8lbs in my hand. Pull ups and real squats were a joke. I was under the illusion that I was in amazing shape, until discovering the Kettlebell philosophy. It was a downer realizing my body didn’t know how to work together as one unit after all the time I put in to the gym. 

I was fantastic at bicep curls and I even had the biceps to show for it! 😂 My leg press was strong and my legs looked good (at least that’s what I thought). I could leg press with 3 huge plates per side. But the carry over wasn’t there! 

Clearly my body didn’t know how to use itself. 

In this last year I’ve stepped away from using Kettlebells consistently. Afterall it’s been 15 years on and off (mostly on) and I felt it was time to change my focus. The last few months I’ve been playing with mostly ring training and hardly even lifted bells except to film a workout for Lauren’s Playground. 

This morning I felt real guilty about not purposely swinging or snatching a bell in more months than I can admit. As if I abandoned the very thing that got me the strength I have today. The very thing that allowed me to once do Get Ups with 62lbs and gave me the body armor to pull up with 52lbs worth of Kettlebells hanging from my feet. My body learned how to work together in a balanced way because of the Kettlebell training I did. I owe my structural integrity to the philosophy behind Kettlebell training.

This morning, since it had been a while, I thought I’d swing and snatch a Kettlebell that was actually impossible for me when I first started.

The snatches with the 35lb bell felt amazing, even though I hardly snatch anymore. The 26lb that once was heavy to me, felt like air. Is this from having the skill embedded in my body? Must be.... 

The point is I will never forget what gave me the foundation I now have to allow me to try things I could never do in my 20’s and even in my early 30’s. 

I am so grateful for all that the Kettlebell has taught me along with the coaches and colleagues I’ve had the honor of working with and learning from along the way. When I’m not learning I feel like I’m dying. 

Here’s to honoring where you started from and appreciating what got you on your path to greatness. Never forget your roots!



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Friday

Metabolic Conditioning KETTLEBELL Workout - 10 Minutes





Try this awesome fat burning and METABOLIC CONDITIONING Kettlebell workout. All you need is 10 minutes and a kettlebell. This workout is directly taken from the "Kettlebell Conditioning" section in Lauren's Playground.


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Thursday

Whole Made Meal Ideas

First off I'd like to thank Paige Reagan, (soon to be) a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, for contributing these incredible, simple, tasty and HEALTHY "whole-male meals" to the world. These are her descriptions. To read more about Paige and our exclusive Nutritional Therapy section, please visit here

These meals are PALEO Friendly, Gluten Free, WholeFood30 friendly, unprocessed and 100% approved by me! If you want to feel healthier, lose a couple of pounds along the way and get your digestive system under control, try some of these out!




Whole-Made Meal #1

"Whole-made meal" using these amazing organic, seasonal ingredients. Free-range chicken, Brussels sprouts and white sweet potatoes roasted in virgin coconut oil, with sauteed purple cabbage. A few minutes of prep work, a pinch of sea salt, and you're done!




Whole-Made Meal # 2


A simple "whole-made" meal in under 30 minutes. Wild-caught salmon on top of organic zucchini noodles that were lightly sauteed in avocado oil and tossed with a homemade, dairy-free, orange-basil pesto made with pistachios instead of the usual pine nuts! A few organic grape tomatoes, a spoonful of pesto, and a pinch of arugula microgreens finish the dish. Simple to make and loaded with protein, healthful Omega-3s, and fresh, colorful carbs!






Whole-Made Meal # 3

"This dish captures fall on a plate! Roasted organic delicata squash, drizzled with a homemade lemon tahini sauce, and topped with antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds. 

Have you ever had delicata squash? If not, give it a try! It takes only 20 minutes to roast with alittle avocado oil and you can even eat the skin! 

Do what you can to eat seasonally and locally. Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonal produce is picked when its fresh and this is when it has the highest nutrient content. When you eat locally your food spends less time in transit and it also helps to support all of those awesome local farmers!"



Whole-Made Meal # 4


A bowl of comfort food on a cool fall night filled with homemade turkey chili, spaghetti squash, a quick pico de gallo made with tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, lime, and a pinch of sea salt, and of course avocado!

Spaghetti squash is so easy make and the perfect low-carb replacement in dishes that call for pasta and grains. It is low in calories and packs a nutritional punch with lots of vitamins C and B6 and healthful minerals, especially potassium, which is important for muscle performance.




Whole-Made Meal #5

Taking advantage of the fall root vegetables to make this amazing "mash" with parsnips, cauliflower, garlic, sea salt, and a splash of chicken bone broth. A quick and easy nutrient-dense version of mashed potatoes just in time for the holiday season. Topped it with a stir fry of grass-fed organic beef, red peppers, onions, and broccoli that was sauteed in a homemade sauce made with ginger and coconut aminos.  Had dinner on the table in 20 minutes!






Whole-Made Meal #6

Love rice but not the high carbs? Then give cauliflower rice a try.  It is simple to make with just a few quick pulses of a food processor. Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable that is low in calories and filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has a mild taste that blends well with other flavors. Saute it in a bit of olive oil with finely chopped lacinato kale, red onion, zucchini, and a homemade tomato basil sauce made with organic diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Top it with a few wild-caught shrimp or the protein of your choice for a quick and easy wholemade meal!


Wednesday

The Damage of Telling a Kid to "MAN UP"

To The Adults Who Tell Their Boys To “MAN UP!”

“Man Up!” she said to her son. Her son has been showing signs of anxiety come Monday morning when it was time to go to school. What she doesn’t know is that her son has been a victim of bullying for the last year. Due to the “man up” mentality, her son hasn’t felt comfortable sharing his experiences with his mom or anyone. 

Dear Parents or any adult who cares for kids, 

At some point someone may have told you to “man up”, or “stop acting like a girl". Maybe it was because you fell really hard on the playground or you cried because you lost a game. Maybe it was because you were made fun of by a group of kids and felt like an outcast, so you cried. Whatever it may have been, the unforeseen consequences of telling someone to "man up", can cause a negative residual effect, that can last a lifetime. 

If you want your boys to grow up in a world where he can’t express his feelings, instead learn to suppress his feelings, just tell him to “MAN UP!”. 

If you want your boys to grow up feeling completely disconnected from his emotions, instead learn to lack empathy, just tell him to “MAN UP!” 

If you want your boys to withdraw from real conversation because he feels like what he has to say may not be good enough, just tell him to “MAN UP!”

When your boys are told to “MAN UP” you’re telling him his feelings are not valid. Instead this escalates in to feelings of shame and insecurity, while questioning himself.  



This can turn into anxiety, anger, feelings of isolation and depression. 

By telling your boys those two words, when he finally has the courage to tell you about an event at school that may be bothering him, you shut him down. 

Too many school aged kids are taking their own lives because they don’t have a safe place to express themselves and feel validated. 

More young male teens, who turn in to young men, are abusing drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse is on the rise as a coping mechanism for repressed emotions. This can very well be directly correlated with learning to keep their feelings in, otherwise according to their own support system, they wouldn’t be viewed as a "man". 

We all want our kids to be able to defend themselves and fight their own battles. Without a loving environment, support system that facilitates healthy conversation, we will continue to feed the problem. 

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY!

Many times the kids who are abusive to others are actually holding a tremendous amount of anger inside. These are the very same kids that may have been told to “MAN UP!” at some point in their life. 

When I say the two most destructive words you can say to your boys or girls are “MAN UP” I mean it. 

Respectfully from one parent to another,




Lauren Brooks
Mother and Step Mother
3 girls and 1 boy

Monday

Do This Kettlebell Challenge for 7 Days

JOIN ME FOR A FUN 7 DAY KETTLEBELL CHALLENGE! Starts TODAY! Fun for all Fitness Levels. Get access to a New Kettlebell Challenge every day this week. 


The Challenge Videos and written portion you receive access to are taken from our super popular 21 Day Kettlebell Challenge found in Lauren's Playground. If you love the challenge and want to keep going you can check out the Playground. 



To make sure you don't miss the boat on joining our 7 Day Kettlebell Challenge, sign in to our FEATURED WORKOUT section today. Use code: loyalsubcriber so you don't pay a thing. GO through the link to see the written portion that goes along with the challenge. 



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The video presented is showing what the first day looks like. To get the written portion please sign in. 



HAPPY MONDAY! Now Let's do this! What are you waiting for?





 DAY 1
OVERHEAD PRESS or Floor Press  5 es  4es  3 es  2 es 1 es
GOBLET SQUAT                               10     8      6       4      2 
KETTLEBELL SWINGS                     10     10    10    10    10 




Free Kettlebell Workout - Under 5 minutes

Try this quick FREE Intermediate Kettlebell Workout on for size. 
Grab 3 size kettlebells. I used an 8kg, 12kg and a 16kg from Kettlebell Kings
The workout
1 Arm Swing 5 per side - Heavier
1 Arm Snatch 5 per side - Medium
Bottoms Up Clean to press to Squat 3 per side - Lightest
Go through this 2-3 times without stopping. Form first as always.
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Are You Setting Yourself Up For Success?



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I believe in order to be successful you must emphasize setting yourself up to be. Most times success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s something that takes focus, hard work, planning and sacrifice. # I put a lot of energy and time in to setting up for each movement such as the Kettlebell Swing. I take set up very seriously! If I just hike the bell back without spending time on rooting my feet to the floor, driving my hips back to where they need to be, and so forth, the success output on this exercise will be low and chances of failing or injury are higher. If you set yourself up correctly and plan accordingly, chances of being rewarded are high. # Today’s mantra: Believe you can do it and then set yourself up for optimal success. #mondaymotivation #goals #success #kettlebell #kettlebellswings #kettlebellkings #kettlebellworkout #laurensplayground #laurenbrooksfitness Photo by @mellenpatch Kettlebell from @kettlebellkings
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I believe in order to be successful you must emphasize setting yourself up to be. Most times success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s something that takes focus, hard work, planning and sacrifice.


I put a lot of energy and time in to setting up for each movement such as the Kettlebell Swing. I take set up very seriously! If I just hike the bell back without spending time on rooting my feet to the floor, driving my hips back to where they need to be, and so forth, the success output on this exercise will be low and chances of failing or injury are higher. 
If you set yourself up correctly and plan accordingly, chances of being rewarded are high.



Today’s mantra: Believe you can do it and then set yourself up for optimal success. 

Friday

How Squats and training bring Republicans and Democrats together



Our country may be extremely divided, but something I get to witness daily are Democrats and Republicans Squatting together. Yep and they don’t even fight. They squat together with love and respect. Some for 10+ years and then they go have coffee together afterwards. Maybe more people just need to train together so we can bridge this HUGE gap of divisiveness!


Can we all agree on something? Squatting is amazing and helps with mobility, strength and improves the quality of life. Personally, I find that hanging out in the bottom of the squat position feels like heaven. Please don’t stop squatting or choose not to learn due age or some theory that squats are bad. The only squats that are bad are bad squats or the ones you’re not doing! 







Our country may be extremely divided, but something I get to witness daily are Democrats and Republicans Squatting together. Yep and they don’t even fight. They squat together with love and respect. Some for 10+ years and then they go have coffee together afterwards. Maybe more people just need to train together so we can bridge this HUGE gap of divisiveness! # Can we all agree on something? Squatting is amazing and helps with mobility, strength and improves the quality of life. Personally, I find that hanging out in the bottom of the squat position feels like heaven. Please don’t stop squatting or choose not to learn due age or some theory that squats are bad. The only squats that are bad are bad squats or the ones you’re not doing! # Kettlebell in Photo @kettlebellkings 📷 taken @mellenpatch Hair by @roxyshairchair #lovewins #gobletsquats #kettlebell #laurenbrooksfitness #laurensplayground #leadwithlove #lovethyneighbor
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Kettlebell Fitness & Nutrition Bootcamp - Starts January 21st




The kick in the rear you just might need to get in gear for the new year! The kettlebell fitness and nutrition bootcamp you can do from your home or local gym. The bootcamp where you'll have people cheering for you and expecting you to show up. The bootcamp where you'll also receive some one on one time with Lauren Brooks to put you on the right path!

A few questions for you before you skip to the fun stuff. Do you have a hard time getting motivated or sticking to your workouts? Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut and getting no where? Or do you simply just want to be told what to do and be EXPECTED to do it or else? Or maybe you just don't know how to get started or what to do to reach your dream goals? Maybe you're looking for a challenge with other people that you can interact with? Are you READY to make a change once and for all?

If you have answered YES to any of the questions above this will be just the recipe for what you need. Whether you're brand new to the concept of kettlebell training or have been using them for quite some time, this 6 week bootcamp will take all of the guess work away from you.
Over the last 12 years I've filmed hundreds of workout videos and created numerous programs that have been tested by people from all walks of life, all fitness levels and have down right worked! I've also tested out certain orders of the programs and workouts I've developed with a mix and match method on hundreds of people. Depending on their level, I hand select just the right workouts for them in a very SPECIFIC order. This has taken things to the next level and beyond. Rather than re-inventing the wheel I will be HAND SELECTING a workout video (follow along style) that I've already tested out numerous times, whether it be from one of my results driven DVDs, workouts from the playground or from my private collection.

Here's the kicker. I will be giving you a workout on Monday morning or late Sunday night depending on your time zone. Then within 48 hours it will disappear. You will be expected to complete the workout I give you (which will be appropriate for YOUR level). You'll have 2 days to complete it. If it's slightly on the longer side for example 45 minutes, you can do half one day and half the next day. Or half in the morning and the other half in the evening. Every other day you will receive another workout to do on the platform. You'll be able to access it from any device - phone, computer, iPad, stream it to a large screen. We are in the age of technology.

If you've been following me for many years and own most of my videos and you're in Lauren's Playground, chances are you may come across a video or two you've done in the past. So how will it be different for you, you ask? Each day that I provide you a hand selected workout, I will also be posting a video in the private Bootcamp group of what I'd like you to be focusing and honing in on. Next, you will have never done the hand selected workouts in the order that I'll be giving you. There is a method to the madness. Also, you'll have to complete the workout within 48 hours or it disappears and you fall behind. For example Monday's workout will be gone by Wednesday. Wednesday's workout will be gone by Friday and so forth. The group will be expecting you to check in once you're finished with the completed workout.

Each week there will be a NUTRITION CHALLENGE. You simply can't expect to make significant changes if you're not willing to change your nutrition habits. Each week the nutrition challenge will be a very REASONABLE request. I will not be asking you to lower your caloric intake to dangerous levels or do some weird extreme cleanse. If you're in to that, cool, but as a Clinical Nutritionist who has helped hundreds of people get their nutrition habits in check, these will be lifestyle changes.

Here's an example of what Week One's challenge may look like. Week 1 - Cut out Added Sugar - This means sugary drinks (includes juice), sweetened milks, even plant based milks, sugary bars and cereals. Good news is if you have a sugar craving reaching for dark cherries, strawberries, blueberries, pears and scoop of peanut butter will take that away. Here is a recipe that you can make that literally will take your sugar craving away from you. This will be inside the Bootcamp group of course!
6 Week Kettlebell Fitness & Nutrition Bootcamp
BEGINS JANUARY 21ST

GRAB YOUR SPOT here. LAST ONE SOLD OUT FAST!
PLAN AHEAD OR FAIL TO PLAN!
coaching calls will be scheduled for the week before 

Why join the Bootcamp? What will you receive? Who is this for?
Expectations and FAQ's

1. You will receive a private twenty minute coaching call to discuss your short and long term goals, injuries, challenges and limitations. This will also be how we will place you in the specific Bootcamp workout level.

2. You will have access to 3 video workouts per week and 1 Bonus workout for YOUR FITNESS LEVEL. You will be expected to complete 3 workouts per week and you will have 48 hours to complete each one until it disappears. 24 workouts total!

3. You will have the opportunity to receive form and technique help with a video submission. This will be either in a group setting or can be sent privately to my email box.

4. You will be highly encouraged to participate in the private Bootcamp Facebook group by checking in when you complete a workout, sharing when you conquered a nutrition challenge, and being a support system for others. We know you have a busy life, so this will not be required but highly encouraged and will keep you more accountable to your 6 week commitment.

5. If you have travel plans throughout this 6 week time frame, I will make sure you have access to travel workouts during this time. Traveling will not be an excuse for not completing your scheduled workouts.

6. Each week there will be a Nutrition Challenge to work on changing one habit at a time.

7. Documenting your goals. If you have physique goals you will need to take a photo of yourself and measurements. If you have a strength goal you'll need to test yourself in that specific strength element and then retest after the 6 weeks is over.

8. Each person will have a Questionnaire to fill out and email back to me. If you sign up after the Bootcamp is full, I will give you a full refund and give you the option to be on the 2019 Bootcamp waiting list.

9. I will be posting live and pre-recorded videos to discuss the focus of each workout. This way you have an intention and you understand the WHY as to why I've chosen the specific workout for your level.

10. You will be expected to work hard and have FUN! There will be prizes for people towards the end based on participation and workout completion!

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT for your fitness level

KETTLEBELL FITNESS BEGINNERS 1 - new to fitness and feel weak.  - Minimum 1 Kettlebell 4kg (10lb), 6kg (14lb) or/and 8kg (18lb)
KETTLEBELL FITNESS BEGINNERS 2 - Not new to fitness and have some strength - Minimum 1 Kettlebell 6kg (14lb), 8kg (18lb) 10kg (22lb) and/or 12kg (26lb)
KETTLEBELL FITNESS INTERMEDIATE 1 - By now you may have the smaller bells. Such as 8kg(18lb) and 12 kg (26lb). You may want to invest in a 16kg (35lb) and a 20kg (44lb) if you don't already have these sizes. You will also want to think about another 12kg for a double workout.
KETTLEBELL FITNESS INTERMEDIATE 2 - The beginner bells plus some heavier sizes such as a 24kg and another 12kg for a double workout.
KETTLEBELL FITNESS ADVANCE STUDENT - An array of heavier bells and/or double bells depending on your size



OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT that will be helpful but NOT required!
- Suspension Trainer such as a Jungle Gym or TRX
Intermediate/Advanced - If you plan on traveling the workout backpack EmPack - 10% off code: EMPOWER

NOW IF YOU'RE READY TO JOIN THE 6 WEEK KETTLEBELL FITNESS & NUTRITION BOOTCAMP

EARLY BIRDS RECEIVE $75 OFF - USE Code: Bootcamp
EARLY BIRD MEMBERS OF LAUREN'S PLAYGROUND RECEIVE AN EXTRA $50 OFF FOR A TOTAL OF $125 OFF - Members email me for your discount code. Your discount code will also be shown inside the Playground group. You must be a current member to use this discount.

SPACE IS LIMITED DUE TO THE PERSONAL ATTENTION WITH COACHING CALLS AND VIDEO SUBMISSIONS/FEEDBACK.

  6 Week Bootcamp. Price will go up.

Grab your spot here