Friday, January 6, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Stick To Your Goals

I wanted to quickly share with you some very important tips on how to actually stick to your goals. I've been able to take the most unmotivated lazy person that has never been able stick to anything in their entire life and turn them in to success stories. It really is very simple. Here is a typical quote that gets sent to me quite often.
"Lauren, I've never looked forward to actually working out before. This is the first time in my entire life I can actually say I love working out. I've tried so many different things. It's a miracle."
This makes up most of my clientele both in person and around the world.
Forcing someone to be motivated isn't the answer to getting people to stick to their goals. The answer is very simple. 




3 Easy Ways

1. Create the smallest most simple goal that is just too easy not to do. -  This can be something as simple as Swing a kettlebell 10 or 20 times each day. Do them every day and the gratification of feeling better will come immediately. You will feel successful since you hit your goal. This is one of the reasons why the Squat Challenge I host is so successful. It can take 1 - 5 minutes at the most to complete this challenge each day. This may be all they do for the day. However, people begin to feel stronger, more confident and surprisingly more motivated to begin to add other things voluntarily. They make the choice on their own to add something to their training goal. The confidence sets in and the winner mentality takes over quickly. 

2. Share your goal out loud with the world. - Your pride of being a man or woman of your word will be more powerful than showing the world you can't follow through with something. Sharing how you're hitting your goals, maybe even taking a video, photo, or just documenting your progress publicly will light that fire under your butt! We all need a fire lit at times. You will also find that by sharing this with others YOU will turn in to an inspiration to others. Nothing better than helping others increase the quality of life.

3. Don't over commit yourself. -   Some people tend to rebel when they're told what to do or decide to follow a program that is unreachable. Espeically if that task feels so monstrous they can barely get through it feeling like a failure and just plain miserable. I don't know about you, but even the most motivated person would have very hard time returning to a task that is unattainable. Who wants to leave feeling like a complete failure? Not many people can push theirselves through horrible pain and misery.  I'm not telling you to run as soon as something gets difficult. Pushing through a challenge and being able to complete it with hard work and sweat is different than actually not being able to do something safe on your body.

There you have it. Your checklist to success! One of the simplest programs I've created, other than the fitness challenges, is Rock Solid Kettlebell Program. It's not impossible to complete. It's simple, attainable and down right effective.  This is also why Lauren's Playground has been successful for people. With access to Lauren's Playground private group, it creates accountability among one another. BTW, a new Live (pre-recorded) class was just added yesterday. Member log in here

Here's an email I received yesterday from a member of Lauren's Playgound:


I just wanted to tell you thank you for adding another live class! I am about to do it now. I absolutely loved the first one. I love, love, love the Playground. I was able to take it with me on vacation last week, get a workout in each day during the holidays, and I am never bored. I wasn’t certain I’d love the Rock Solid program, but I was wrong, it may be one of my favorites. 
I have always loved your DVD’s (and own most of them, as well as your book and BeSLAM), but the Playground takes it all to the next level. I literally sit down and watch the videos as soon as you post them and then I determine my workouts for the entire week :). I have canceled all other workout programs (I had subscribed to DailyBurn and Beachbody, but never found anything I love like your videos and instruction). I’ve done Crossfit, bodybuilding, and spent a couple years as a BodyPump instructor and I’ve given it all up for kettle bells (mostly…I still love my barbell!). I look forward to every single workout. Thank you!!  
THANK YOU!!
Abby Jamison

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Looking Back - Unleashing Your Purpose

This morning I sat in silence reflecting on the entire year of 2016. Looking back this may have been the biggest year of accomplishments and events I've ever had, other than giving birth to my babies. I wasn't aware of this until now. For a moment I thought 2016 wasn't such a great year. However, this doesn't seem to be the case.
I have so much gratitude right now I can't even express it properly. I've now seen what I'm capable of and I'm proud of 2016 and the help I've offered to so many! 
This was also a year of many deep emotions and tears more than most years. 
Here is a list of accomplishments and events that ran through my mind. The coolest part, none of it has to do with my weight, measurements, or physique. 






2016 Accomplishments and Big Events 

- Filmed and released Kettlebell Incinerator video and DVD.
- After 6-7 years of discussing, dissecting and over complicating, Lauren's Playground on demand classes and community was BORN with hours and hours of new content each month!
- Hosted 7 free fitness challenges which were a huge hit! Which we will be doing again starting today with #21daysofsquats
- Released an ebook video guide The Simple Pull Up Guide For Women to show all women that they can accomplish a pull up in an easy to follow format. 
- Continue to write articles for my blog, various fitness sites such as Bodybuilding.com along with designing workouts for Men's Fitness magazine
- Featured in PFP Magazine PFP magazine
- Pushed myself out of my comfort zone and took up adult hip hop dance for several months.
- Filmed 2 more DVDs "Sexy Strong™" & "Luscious & Lean™" which will be released in a few months. 
- Braided my entire head. Something I wanted to do for years but wasn't brave enough to just go for it!
- Created WINNER CIRCLE - a private coaching group that focuses on each individuals goals, lifestyle, training, nutrition support, while setting up accountability check ins with live coaching calls. Launching Winner Circle 3 January 16, 2017! 
- Lost my grandfather to a heart attack and my 15 month old puppy to cancer. 
- Rock Solid Kettlebell 6 Week program ebook and video guide was released.
- My blended family of 4 kids took their relationship with one another to the next level.   They truly love one another and want to be together!
- My husband Todd by my side every step of the way.

May 2017 bring you love, joy, individuality, and bring your purpose to fruition. Love you all Happy New Year my friends! You can do this! It's time to go for it. Stop holding yourself back!



Love,



p.s. Don't forget about our up to 50% off sale on our DVD's and streaming programs. Free signed copy of my book, Kettlebells For Women, when you commit to a yearly subscription of Lauren's Playground. Also $10 off on the newest Rock Solid Program code: rocksolid
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Monday, December 26, 2016

ROCK SOLID Kettlebell Program

Designed to create a Rock Solid Body structure that you deserve.
 - PERFECT for BEGINNERS,  but  STRONG enough for our most ADVANCED students.
 - 4 FOLLOW ALONG WORKOUT VIDEOS
 - DOWNLOADABLE 6 WEEK PROGRAM GUIDE
 + Warm-up/Cool Down Video included
- Printable Worksheets for easy tracking
 This program is available to all in Lauren's Playground or snag your copy here.
 $10 off for a limited time! Code: rocksolid 
CAN A BEGINNER DO THIS PROGRAM? WHAT LEVEL PROGRAM IS THIS SUITED FOR?
The videos in this program are taught to the beginner audience, yet this program is effective for ALL LEVELS! This is the perfect program to do if you're a newbie looking to practice your basic skills to work on becoming ROCK SOLID! The advanced students will benefit from SLOWING down each movement pattern as shown in the video, which can take your training to the next level. 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Minimally you will need to have one kettlebell. However, a pair of kettlebells would be the most ideal since I do encourage suitcase deadlifts with 2 bells. I do offer modifications if you only have one bell available to do one side at a time.
Extra equipment recommended but not required: WOSS attack suspension trainer. You could also use a theraband instead if you don't have one. But the Woss trainers are a very low price! I highly recommend you snag one!
 WANT ACCESS TO THIS PROGRAM FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE? IF YOU JOIN LAUREN'S PLAYGROUND YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THIS PROGRAM
YES,  If you decide to join Lauren's Playground, you will have access to this program for the next couple months for no extra charge among hundreds of hours of many other programs. If you sign up for our yearly subscription option, you will also receive a free signed copy of Lauren's top selling book, Kettlebells for Women. This program will be available for a limited time!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Why You Don't Need To Fear Kettlebell Training

Happy Thursday! I can't tell you how many times I've met someone that has never tried using kettlebells the right way, but tells me how dangerous they think kettlebell training is. Some shared how they tried it once and it hurt their back. Or it looked way too scary and they're absolutely convinced that they'll hurt themselves. Others just tell me that they're not in their 20's or 30's anymore and they need to stick to more gentle exercises like yoga, barre and running.


I'm not a confrontational person at all. In fact, I despise arguing with people. I use to have slight panic attacks with mild shaking, increased heart palpitation and brain fog when my philosophy was being challenged. I think it's because I'm so passionate about teaching people the RIGHT way to use their body, many times without a kettlebell first, that I know adding some form of movement pattern training with the right amount of load, will do wonders for their body. Therefore, I become so emotional and frustrated that they won't try it and reap the life-changing benefits!



The fact that people have come to me with their body destroyed from life. Their bodies so weak that they couldn't pick up their own babies without hurting themselves or suffered from back spasms. Teaching people how to hinge properly, squat properly, plank properly (without a kettlebell in sight) gave them their confidence, strength, and body back. Some of these people ended up using extremely heavy loads and going on to even do pull-ups and beautiful push-ups with practice and dedication. Yes, women too!


My point is, you don't have to fear the kettlebell. You should be very fearful with the type of instruction you get. Do your research! If you're going to learn how to use your body using kettlebells, it's best to track down someone who specializes in all body types with this type of training. Always move SLOWLY and carefully with no load or a very light load at first. See how your body responds.


Last story... This past weekend we shot 2 DVD's! Yeah, not 1, but 2. The production team we hired feared the idea of even picking up a kettlebell. They had seen them in the gym and it looked entirely too dangerous when they saw people use them.




Then he spent the weekend filming our DVD's.  The ladies,  I had in my DVD range from 40's to early 50's.  One has had 4 kids and one is a Chiropractor and now uses many of these exercises with her patients. The first one we filmed "Sexy Strong" dedicated to moving slowly and carefully using appropriate loads and focusing on pure beautiful strength with mobility. Designed for the beginner but strong enough for our most advanced students to improve and become better. Funny enough, my strongest students were in Sexy Strong, we all used kettlebells half as heavy as we normally use and with the slowed down the pace, extra instruction during the workouts, we were all surprisingly sore and activated! In a good way!







The second one "Luscious & Lean" dedicated to lighter loads incorporating balance, moving deep within each movement pattern, conditioning, and control.


So AFTER the weekend was over I asked the owner of the production company if he still feared the idea of kettlebell training. He said he didn't realize how much is dedicated to safety, form and moving with control! He is now a believer and is willing to put his fear aside to have a lesson!  Yay!


Those who practice the right way, you know what I'm talking about. It's LIFE CHANGING! YOU KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT! It's about keeping it simple! It doesn't have to be fancy. You don't have to move quickly and lose control. It's about building a strong base so that you can be resilient, healthy, strong and the rest is up to you!


If you are just beginning and ready to take the journey it's important for you to start in the right place. My advice is to begin learning how to hinge at your hips, deadlift, squat and then finally once those feel awesome, you can look into learning how to swing a kettlebell.  If you don't have access to an incredible instructor in person, I have created lessons that have helped thousands of people learn all over the world with simple programs to follow.  You can find them in the beginning video shopping guide here. My recommendation is to check out Lauren's Playground and hang in the demonstrations or basics section for a few weeks. Or spend some time doing The Kettlebell Body. Even if you're not a beginner it's important to go back to the fundamentals and make sure you haven't become lazy or too confident.


Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to take advantage of our storewide holiday sale of up to 50% off!






Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holiday Sale - Gift Shopping Guide - Up to 50% off




Gift buying made easy! 

Take 50% off on all of our workouts DVD's including downloads, streaming, Be SLAM'S and our Pull-up Guide

Take 40% off training tanks. 

We're also offering 25% off on all of our high end nutrition products. No code needed except for the Digital purchases such as ebooks and downloadable workout DVD's.  Code for streaming videos and ebook programs is "holiday50"







BEGINNER GUIDE 

50% off all DVD's and Digital Downloads. Code: holiday

This is the place to start. These videos include the foundation exercises and instruction that can be used for years on end. Although beginners fall in love with these videos, the advanced people still go back to these to keep their foundation strong. The book on the right is your step to step guide on how to do every kettlebell exercise plus a 12 week workout program. All of these DVD's or Digital streaming videos comes with a free rotation plan. 

Learn how to use kettlebells, move properly, and become strong and lean like never before from all of our programs. 




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Kettlebells for Women: Workouts for Your Strong, Sculpted & Sexy Body (Paperback)

PURCHASE A YEAR PLAYGROUND MEMBERSHIP FOR YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE. 

FREE KETTLEBELLS FOR WOMEN BOOK,  IF YOU JOIN LAUREN'S PLAYGROUND FOR A YEAR!



eBOOK AND WRITTEN PROGRAMS for level just after beginner

Be SLAM 1 

Take 50% off here with code: holiday50

The 12-week plan that will get you lean and strong in under 30 minutes a day.




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Kettlebell size recommendations for beginners



INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED BUYING GUIDE


50% off all DVD's and Digital Downloads. Code: holiday50

In addition to all of the programs above in the beginning section our intermediate and advanced students love and continue to use, here is the next step up. Free rotation plans come with all of these videos




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PREGNANCY FITNESS GUIDE

50% off all DVD's and Digital Downloads

Here are two workout videos that are designed to do during pregnancy. First Baby Bells is available in both download and hard copy DVD format. Baby Bells 2 is available in digital only. 





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Baby Bells 2 Digital here use code: holiday50




eBOOK AND WRITTEN PROGRAMS for level just after beginner

Be SLAM 1 

Take 50% off here with code: holiday50

The 12-week plan that will get you lean and strong in under 30 minutes a day.



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Be SLAM (Strong Like A Mother)12 Week ebook program that will get you stronger than ever. 



Be SLAM 2 - 12 WEEK EBOOK PROGRAM

Take 50% off here with code: holiday50

The most user friendly 12 week program that will take you to the next level and change your life. - view preview video here.


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Be SLAM 2 (Strong Like A Mother)
Next step after Be SLAM 1 - 12 Week ebook program that will continue to increase your strength in various ways. 



WOMEN CAN DO PULL-UPS! 


 This simple guide is designed to show you exactly how to achieve one. Take 50% off here with code: holiday50







NUTRITION GUIDE FOR EVERYONE
Optimal immune protection, muscle density and fat loss. 


40% off 

FIT 365® Year-Round Grass-Fed Native Whey Protein


Available in Gourmet Chocolate and Vanilla Bean


Nucleo Immune, Premier Research Labs, (60 Capsules)

Nucleo Immune by Premier Research Labs is a natural immune system and rejuvenation supplement that promotes rapid cellular regeneration, increased vitality, and repair and wound healing. It is the first nano-protein delivery system devised to promote instantaneous immune boost and increased vitality. 







APPAREL FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN

Workout in style with these various tank tops. We also have purple as well!









Wednesday, November 23, 2016

HOLIDAY FITNESS SALE GIFT BUYING GUIDE




Gift buying made easy! 

Take 50% off on all of our workouts DVD's including downloads, streaming, Be SLAM'S and our Pull-up Guide

Take 40% off training tanks. 

We're also offering 25% off on all of our high end nutrition products. No code needed except for the Digital purchases such as ebooks and downloadable workout DVD's.  Code for streaming videos and ebook programs is "holiday50"







BEGINNER GUIDE 

50% off all DVD's and Digital Downloads. Code: holiday

This is the place to start. These videos include the foundation exercises and instruction that can be used for years on end. Although beginners fall in love with these videos, the advanced people still go back to these to keep their foundation strong. The book on the right is your step to step guide on how to do every kettlebell exercise plus a 12 week workout program. All of these DVD's or Digital streaming videos comes with a free rotation plan. 

Learn how to use kettlebells, move properly, and become strong and lean like never before from all of our programs. 




Course ImageCourse ImageCourse Image

Kettlebells for Women: Workouts for Your Strong, Sculpted & Sexy Body (Paperback)

PURCHASE A YEAR PLAYGROUND MEMBERSHIP FOR YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE. 

FREE KETTLEBELLS FOR WOMEN BOOK,  IF YOU JOIN LAUREN'S PLAYGROUND FOR A YEAR!



eBOOK AND WRITTEN PROGRAMS for level just after beginner

Be SLAM 1 

Take 50% off here with code: holiday50

The 12-week plan that will get you lean and strong in under 30 minutes a day.




Course Image







Kettlebell size recommendations for beginners



INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED BUYING GUIDE


50% off all DVD's and Digital Downloads. Code: holiday50

In addition to all of the programs above in the beginning section our intermediate and advanced students love and continue to use, here is the next step up. Free rotation plans come with all of these videos




Course ImageCourse ImageCourse ImageCourse ImageCourse Image


PREGNANCY FITNESS GUIDE

50% off all DVD's and Digital Downloads

Here are two workout videos that are designed to do during pregnancy. First Baby Bells is available in both download and hard copy DVD format. Baby Bells 2 is available in digital only. 





Course Image
Baby Bells 2 Digital here use code: holiday50




eBOOK AND WRITTEN PROGRAMS for level just after beginner

Be SLAM 1 

Take 50% off here with code: holiday50

The 12-week plan that will get you lean and strong in under 30 minutes a day.



Course Image
Be SLAM (Strong Like A Mother)12 Week ebook program that will get you stronger than ever. 



Be SLAM 2 - 12 WEEK EBOOK PROGRAM

Take 50% off here with code: holiday50

The most user friendly 12 week program that will take you to the next level and change your life. - view preview video here.


Course Image
Be SLAM 2 (Strong Like A Mother)
Next step after Be SLAM 1 - 12 Week ebook program that will continue to increase your strength in various ways. 



WOMEN CAN DO PULL-UPS! 


 This simple guide is designed to show you exactly how to achieve one. Take 50% off here with code: holiday50







NUTRITION GUIDE FOR EVERYONE
Optimal immune protection, muscle density and fat loss. 


40% off 

FIT 365® Year-Round Grass-Fed Native Whey Protein


Available in Gourmet Chocolate and Vanilla Bean


Nucleo Immune, Premier Research Labs, (60 Capsules)

Nucleo Immune by Premier Research Labs is a natural immune system and rejuvenation supplement that promotes rapid cellular regeneration, increased vitality, and repair and wound healing. It is the first nano-protein delivery system devised to promote instantaneous immune boost and increased vitality. 







APPAREL FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN

Workout in style with these various tank tops. We also have purple as well!