Saturday

Never Too Old To Start Strength Training

Did you realize that all of the excuses of being too old to lift and get strong is really a bunch of bull crap? When I hear from people that they're too old to learn how to do a pull-up or lift a heavy weight, I cringe inside. I just want to shake them up a bit and find out where they got this hogwash information from. Why do people tell themselves these false stories? Being too old to get strong is the furthest from the truth.

If you're one of those science geeks that needs a study for everything, here you go! Below is a study showing you that even 90 year olds have shown major benefits from strength training. The interesting part is I hear women who are going in to their 40's tell me how hard it is to get strong.

Please don't confuse this post with not having sympathy for women going through major hormonal changes. When women are pre-menopausal or going through menopause, I understand this can be a very brutal time in a woman's life. Dealing with hormone changes does change the game, but don't stop strength training! As men age their T levels can drop significantly, all the more reason to add STRENGTH in to your life. In fact you need it more than ever!


If you're younger than 90 you have ZERO excuses. I don't want to hear that you're too old for strength training and you're better off just stretching. Although stretching and staying mobile is the bomb for all people, don't forget that if you DON'T strength train, you're basically okay with losing muscle mass every year.  Why would you want allow that to happen? Just why?


Study on 90-year-olds reveals the benefits of strength training

This 12 week specific training study was published in the journal of Age of the American Aging Association and which was led by Mikel Izquierdo-RedΓ­n, Professor of Physiotherapy at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre.

24 people between the ages of 91 and 96 participated in this study for 12 weeks. Half were in the control group and the other half were in the experimental group. The experimental group trained for 2 days per week with strength training and balance improving exercises. 

Here's the cool part. Not only did they increase their balance, muscle power and muscle mass, from a neuromuscular stand point their functional capacity increased and their risk of falling decreased. Can we say strength training is a winner for all ages? Amen!


Increased Muscle Mass using mainly Kettlebell type training 

Here's a testimony from a distant kettlebell student of mine.

I just got a call from my radiologist that my resent mammogram looks nothing like the one from almost 4 years ago. They asked if I had much weight loss between dates.  I noticed that I have lost maybe 10lbs and maintained since. But I said the biggest difference is the lifting and kettlebells!  Its the body composition change!   More push ups and presses!  And eating healthier too!    We shall see of the doc agrees.   Lots of factors of change in a good way!

Now over 40 they say I have more muscle then at 37 in my chest!

Thanks for all the workouts I love to follow!   Kettlebells change a lot of things, not just body but energy and love of a healthy life!

A. Mahar

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Get your butt in gear and start training. Baby steps! For questions on how to get started email me here


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By the way, come 2018 and the price for Lauren's Playground will be going up. It's only fair with the extra programs and workouts we have added over the last 15 months!


Thursday

Double The Fun Kettlebell Workout




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Monday

The Essentials Workshop - Kettlebell Training, Body weight training and MELT Method.



"My experience was nothing short of amazing! I’ve been following you for several years and worked with you in distant sessions, so there was NO WAY I was going to miss the opportunity to meet and learn from you in person.

I am constantly amazed and impressed at how genuine you are and the amount of knowledge and experience you are so willing to share. Even though it was a long, packed day, I came away energized and with so many immediately applicable tips, cues, corrections and information. I even had a few “a-ha” moments with my own technique. There is nothing like having the eyes of a master on you to raise the level of your own skill.

You have been hugely instrumental in my growth as a kettlebell enthusiast all the way through now to being a Kettlebell coach. It was an honor and dream for me to get to share space with you. Denice and Beth can attest to that as I didn’t stop talking about it all weekend :-)


All in all, that honestly was one of the highlights of my entire life. I look forward to the day I get to work with you again.

With many thanks and all my respect and admiration,"


~Eileen




WHAT WILL YOU LEARN AT THE UPCOMING ALL LEVEL WORKSHOPS?



Lauren will teach you how to take care of your body with the key foundation kettlebell and body weight exercises she personally uses, for herself and students, of all ages/fitness levels.

Spend a day, in a safe and welcoming environment, learning the ins and outs of the most efficient and effective, no fluff, kettlebell and bodyweight exercises.

Learn the most cutting edge and results driven techniques to practice with optimal form.

Receive a take home manual only available to workshop attendants. 

Refine your own techniques and leave with your form improved.

Learn the common mistakes within each exercise. 

Learn how to correct common mistakes whether for yourself or for your most uncoordinated student.

Discover the most appropriate progressions and modifications that are simple and down right work. 

Learn appropriate progressions and modifications for each fundamental exercise we cover.

Be prepared to take some notes.

Discuss various program designs for an individual or a group. 

 Learn how to take care of your connective tissue and become your own hands off body worker. You will have the power to increase your grip strength in minutes, more rooting in your feet for balance and strength, and faster recovery with simple global techniques of MELT Soft roller, Hand & Foot treatments. 

MELT has been known to help and not limited to the following issues:

- Plantar fasciitis
- Headaches
- Stiff neck
- Insomnia
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Hip instability
- Balance 
- Mobility restrictions
- Limited range of motion
- Arthritis
- Pain in hands and feet
- Midback pain and stiffness
- Stiff ankles


Spend time with other like minded people who have the same goal in mind while having FUN!



SIGN UP FOR THE SAN DIEGO WORKSHOP HERE

If you want Lauren to come to your area please contact her here to set up a 1 or 2 day event. 

Receive a Certificate of Completion 

Date: November 11th, 2017

Where: Encinitas (North San Diego area) - Exact address will be given after registration

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

More details will be added in this course group. 

Prices:

Lauren's Playground or Winner Circle Member Early Bird: $339 
ask for code by emailing here 
     
Non-member Early Bird Price: $399
     
Non-member After Oct 25th Price: $499 (if there are spots left)

Playground and Winner Circle Member Discount - Code/Link in given in the group. If you want to become a member it's not too late. Here's the link to join. Basically it pays for itself with the discount for a couple of months. 


Member Price After Oct 25th: $425



*Unfortunately we will not be able to offer transfers or refunds for this event due to limited spots.




Some of the exercises covered but not limited to this list are...

Kettlebell Deadlifts
Single Leg Deadlifts and variations
Kettlebell Swings and variations
Kettlebell Cleans
Goblet Squats
Safe Lunge Variations
Press
Floor Press
Rows and variations
Push-ups and variations
Get Ups and variations
Snatch/High Pull
MELT Hand & Foot techniques
Balance drills for optimal rooting 
Muscle Activation drills 
Mobility and openers.

Note: we will not spend half of the day on one exercise. After working with almost every body type and type of learner for the past 19 years, we will cover only the most effective ways to hone your skills in the above exercises. If you have a limitation or an injury we will cover modifications and the best path for you. Most of your students and friends come with a history of limitations or exercises that are harmful or just not necessary. It doesn't make you or your student a bad person if you are unable to press weight over head properly. At least 25% of the people I've seen have no business going over head with heavy weight. There are plenty of ways to work on moving in that direction while practicing other skills. We will discuss the optimal path for these individuals. 

This workshop is open to all fitness levels, including instructors or instructors in training who want to sharpen their coaching skills and put only the necessary tools in their toolbox. 















MORE TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP




"Lauren, thanks again for the opportunity to train and meet other ladies with the love of kettlebell!! 

I loved that the workshop was paired off and I got to work with different people through out the day.  It was also an opportunity to meet and talk and see how different bodies work.  They were our mirrors for the day!

The essentials are basic, but much needed to have a grounded foundation with all the different exercises.  

Also, loved how you kept MELT in the background.  I am still feeling the benefits of doing this 3 times a week!  No more achy legs for me!

Thanks again!  God bless!"

❤ A. Mahar



"I can't thank you enough for coming across the country to meet with your students on the East Coast. It was so incredible to spend a full day learning from you! Your knowledge of kettlebells and understanding of body movements is amazing and I was so impressed with your ability to assess things so quickly and offer feedback that could be incorporated effortlessly with immediate improvements. You definitely have a gift, which I already knew from all of our phone consults, but to see you working in your element was very special. It was so nice to spend the day with people that have the same interest and to finally put the faces and names together. We live thousands of miles away from you and this past weekend would not have been possible if you weren't willing to share a bit of yourself with all of us. Thank you so much for being you"


P. Reagan


"I really enjoyed the workshop. You really made it a welcoming environment and suitable for all body types and skill levels. I like how you incorporated some teaching tips, as it gave a new spin on movements that would have been "review" for many of us. Learning the half-snatch was very cool, and I also appreciated seeing the modified DL in person as it doesn't come across quite as clearly on video. I loved the MELT movements, too! I'm noticing some changes in my flexibility already, and I'm surprised that it's made me feel looser in areas of my neck that I didn't even notice were there before."


H. Lapidus


"After attending the NC workshop, I have to say if I had the money and was not injured, I would come to CA to attend it again! I hope you do one next year again (on the east coast)! You are the best Lauren Brooks! This workshop far exceeded my expectations!



The workshop was amazing! Not only did I learn from you, I also learned from all the other participants. It was a true collaboration under your leadership. Even though I have been using kettlebells for years, I learned so much in just a few hours. I will definitely come to another workshop in the future!"


L. Brodie



"First off I want to extend a big big thank you for coming all the way to my neck of the woods to train us east coasters. :) Attending one of your workshops and learning from you personally has been on my bucket list for a very long time. The workshop was everything I wanted and more. I have been using your videos for about 7 years now (and the playground for several months now- which I LOVE) and I have always wanted to have you check my form in person to be sure I am getting the most out of my workouts. Honestly, recently due to a lot of stress I haven't been prioritizing my self care and the last few months are the first time in a very long time that I have not been training much at all. Ever since I found your videos years ago, I have been passionate about using and exploring kettlebells. Having fallen off of my training, I came to the workshop humbled and excited to learn from the perspective of a beginner. I learned so much from your workshop and my excitement and passion for training is refueled- which is HUGE! I am so excited, in particular, to get back to Single Leg Deadlifts. I learned I have been doing them wrong for years now and I can't wait to see the results of doing them correctly! Lol. Thank you so much for doing the work you do. You are super inspiring and your work has been a huge part of my personal development. :)



S. Gold

Wednesday

Kettlebell Cardio Classes with Lauren Brooks & Alex Verdugo Filmed Live

We are offering 3 heart pounding, sweat dripping, Kettlebell Cardio classes all around 45 minutes filmed live. The first 2 are more intense and the 3rd live class is designed more for Beginners.


Get unlimited Access to all 3 of these 45 minute classes for only $29.00. Visit here to enter

or 

Members of Lauren's Playground get Free Access here



To learn more about Alex Verdugo and his coaching visit him at TheXFitness.com or KXTFit.com
Email Alex at Alex@thexfitness.com

Go to Lauren's streaming page here
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Join Lauren's Playground here

Sunday

MELT Intro Workshop - Get out and stay out of Chronic pain!


Due to popular demand after our workshop yesterday, we will be having an encore this Sunday August 13th from 10:30-12. Intro to MELT with the Soft roller and soft ball treatments. If you want to repeat the course you can come back for $10 off. Learn how to eliminate stuck stress and become your own "hands off bodyworker".



NOT LOCAL? NEVER FEAR... Start with the Melt Method book, find a local MELT instructor or go full force with the entire MELT Bundle here. In person is the bomb but the books and DVD's are the next best thing. I also offer Skype/Facetime sessions as well if you'd like some feedback after you get your MELT balls or roller.












NOT LOCAL? NEVER FEAR... Start with the Melt Method book, find a local MELT instructor or go full force with the entire MELT Bundle. In person is the bomb but the books and DVD's are the next best thing. I also offer Skype/Facetime sessions as well if you'd like some feedback after you get your MELT balls or roller. 


I'm so excited to incorporate this approach in to our practice here at On The Edge Fitness. The global hydrating effect that MELT has on your body is priceless. No amount of massage, eating right or exercise will give you the connective tissue hydration that your body is begging for, like these MELT treatments!  Get started now!








Sign up below


 Members Sign Up here | Non-members Sign up here  address will be provided after sign 
up. 

Spots are limited because we only have a set amount of rollers. Please bring a yoga mat and I will provide you with a roller and a soft ball if you don't already have your own, to use during the workshop. 




Tuesday

Kettlebell Basics - Quick Tips

Cliff notes for basic kettlebell drills.



KETTLEBELL DEADLIFT










KETTLEBELL SWING 




SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT


Before I head out to my MELT Instructor training I felt the need to go over the Single Leg Deadlift. I admit it has a bad rap at times. When done incorrectly with load that you're not ready for, it's one of the easiest lifts to hurt yourself with. So I get it! But when done beautifully, it's the best butt lifter, butt strengthener and butt tightener in the entire arsenal of lifts IMO. # The beauty of this lift is you can still feel the glute power without bells. Practice this lift with zero bells first. Get the movement pattern down! Then begin to hold the bottom deep hinge position for 5-10 seconds each reps. Even without bells you'll feel your lovely rear chime in!  # This is one of the exercise I'll be getting very deep in to during my upcoming workshop. We also cover this quite extensively in Lauren's Playground classes.  # I've gotten the most uncoordinated students to be able to master this wonderful lift. Give it a try with your body weight even holding on to something. Or try and take this lovely lift to a deeper level #sundayfunday #laurensplayground #laurenbrooksfitness #kettlebellworkouts #kettlebells #fitness #buttbuilder #glutes
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KETTLEBELL CLEAN


The infamous Kettlebell Clean. I've demonstrated painfully some of the most common mistakes you'll see for this somewhat technical exercise. 😫 # You'll see the proper clean broken down a few times 😬😊 which should be able to help guide you very well! # If any of the incorrect cleans look familiar to you, really slow it down and begin with finding the rack position. The place where the bell ends up. Get comfortable with it. Walk around with the bell. You should be able to wiggle your fingers and feel comfortable. I always recommend starting from the top and working backwards. # For more detailed instruction check out my YouTube page kbellqueen and join Lauren's Playground online gym. Off to MELT day 2 I go! #happymonday #kettlebells #kettlebellclean #laurenbrooksfitness #laurensplayground
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Thursday

Sexy Strength | Luscious & Lean Kettlebell Workout Videos are here!!


TWO BRAND NEW WORKOUT VIDEOS are now ready to order!




Bringing you Luscious & Lean or/and Sexy Strength Kettlebell Workout Videos available in DVD format or Download/Streaming. 

Designed for ALL LEVELS
Shapes
Ages
Sizes
Genders



PRE-ORDER YOUR DVD OR DVD'S NOW. GET BOTH TITLES FOR A DEEP DISCOUNT HERE OR GRAB THE DVD YOU WANT HERE.



 Reviews are starting to come in from the streaming/download combos. DVD's ship early june


Martha Miller Just did Luscious and Lean ... great workout in which I used no more than 14kg!! This one hits every muscle for sure. Loved it!

Kimberly Reed-Tomlin I got the streaming combo & have done all of Lucious & Lean except section 3, which I'm gonna try later today. I absolutely love it, especially the balance work combo in section 1! Lauren, you rock & I love your flower headband!! Where did you find it? It's adorable on you.


IF YOU PREFER STREAMING AND DOWNLOADING YOUR VIDEOS GET YOUR COPY (copies) IN OUR DOWNLOAD/STREAMING STORE NOW! note: most people are ordering the combination package because the price is too good not to order it. 




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LUSCIOUS & LEAN









It's time to focus on balance, stability, power, and conditioning while developing a luscious and lean body using kettlebells. This program is designed for all levels and provides modifications along with step by step coaching throughout the entire workout. Experienced students will enjoy more advanced options such as deck squats, single leg clean to presses, and more.
  • The 50 Minutes Get Strong Kettlebell
  • Includes a Warm Up and Cool Down
  • Step by Step Instruction



LUSCIOUS AND LEAN FEATURES : 


  • Easy navigation features 
  • Workout divided up in to sections for convenience or play workout continuously 
  • Level: All levels and Beginner friendly 
  • DVD Running time: 56 minutes 



SEXY STRENGTH





BEING STRONG IS A CHOICE!


Embracing pure strength doesn't just change the shape and power of your muscles. It creates a deep empowerment in your everyday life. This workout, designed for all levels, will bring you the inner sexy power that creates confidence both inside and out. 

SEXY STRENGTH FEATURES : 


  • DVD Running time: 51 minutes
  • Easy navigation features 
  • Workout divided up in to sections for convenience or play workout continuously 
  • Level: All levels and Beginners welcomed.





Pre-order your DVD or dvd's now. Get both titles for a deep discount here or Grab THE DVD YOU WANT here.




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