Can Kids Learn How To Use Kettlebells? Check this out!

Many people come to me asking: "When's a good age to get my kids learning how to use kettlebells?" The answer is: it really all depends. It depends on the willingness of your child. It depends on what the goals are.

I've been training kids for some time now. The youngest being 7 years old. Usually the younger they are, the more challenging it is. Some kids are not ready until they're older.

Many times I won't even introduce the kettlebell until the 5th or 6th session. It truly depends on how they catch on to movement patters such as the hinge, squat and high plank. Many are excessively tight or overly loose. These are all important factors to keep in mind. You have to be VERY careful with kids, like you do with anyone.

If you want to get your kids training properly, with a bit of fun, make sure you hire a professional with a good track record. This is your chance to give your kids a great opportunity that will set them up for a life long experience of healthy training, which leads to increase in confidence, strength, increase in sports performance, conditioning and a more balanced body.

Below are videos of my own kids. It was just a few days ago they all came to me to ask me to start training. They have been watching so many kids come to us - many weak and uncoordinated, then quickly become strong and much more coordinated. This inspired them to ask me to teach them.

My step daughter, who is 8, has had one session. My 9 and 11 year old girls have had 2 sessions. Mind you, they sessions are only about 25-30 minutes long. That's all they need at this age with the right progressions.

If you're looking at getting your kids involved in training, contact us here. Of course we work with mostly adults, but the kids are killing it right now! Coach Graham, Mr Todd, is doing amazing with all the boys coming through! Girls are welcomed too!

Here are 2 video clips from our sessions.

Taylor, my 8 year old step daughter, kindly asked me to train her as soon as she walked in the door, from her vacation. # Like most 8 year olds, she tends to bounce around a lot, has incredibly high energy and can sometimes have a hard time focusing. However, she took our session VERY seriously and did extremely well. I was pleasantly surprised by how focused she was. Looking forward to training her again. # # One of my favorite parts of training kids is teaching them how to focus. Even the most ADD or ADHD kids seem to do very well with certain techniques of keeping the lesson plan short and never boring. # Start them young if you can. Make it fun! Be encouraging. Let them come to you. They’re watching what YOU do! So if you want to get your kids training, then hopefully you’re training. 😬 Be the example! # You can hear my “kid training Voice”. Didn’t realize I sounded like that until I heard the video. 😳😬 #mondaymotivation #kettlebell #kettlebellkids #kettlebellworkout #leadbyexample #ilovewhatido #blessed #laurenbrooksfitness #laurensplayground #happymommy #happymonday
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Featuring Denice - 60 year old female - 53lb Turkish Get Up - Stronger than ever

Meet Denice Johnson

Denice is a 60 year old powerhouse of a woman who's been using kettlebells for about 7 years. Despite her ongoing battle with hypothyroidism, she feels energetic, thanks to the time she spends on her training and health. 

Denice considers herself a very average person who does not dwell on a specific diet, she doesn't count her macros, much less stress over how much water she drinks daily. She likes to live life and not over think things. 

Denice is a busy lady. She works at an office 3 days per week, takes care of her husband, pets, home, landscape and doesn't have the luxury to spend all day exercising. 

One of her secrets to training is not letting fear get the best of her. Her motto is "excuses will get me nowhere fast". She feels that there are no room for excuses in her world of fitness and improvement. But she also takes a very balanced approach by giving herself breaks when she knows it’s truly necessary.

A few of Denice's accomplishments: 

"After struggling with presses for several years, stuck on the 12kg, I can now floor press the 16kg (35lb) x 5 reps, both sides.  I can also overhead press the 16kg x4 reps.  (admittedly, the left side the last rep is super tough)  I’m able to press the 12kg (26lb) for 10 reps, which I find pretty good!!

I'm snatching the 18kg (40lbs), both half snatch and full snatch for 6 and 4 reps but feel I 
can do more reps.  

I can easily do 3 sets of 8 perfect push upsI’m doing weighted chin ups WITH 12lb. weight for 3 reps and my non weighted chin ups feel better every time. 

My leg strength is pretty good.  I’m using my heaviest bell, the 32kg, for MSLDL for 10/10 and 8/8 reps.  Stiff leg deadlifts, 32kg for 15 reps x 2 sets.  Goblet Squats I use the 28kg for 5 reps.  Can probably use the 32kg but honestly, swinging that bell up to catch is intimidating!!!

For the get ups, I’ve moved up from the heaviest bell being the 18kg, to the 20kg and
Now to the 24kg (53lb).  I’ve done the getup x 1/1 now for 3 weeks using the 24kg.   

Here's a video of tiny Denice, 60 years old, doing a 53 pound Turkish Get Up. Most 20 years old can't do this!

left side video of 53lb Get Up - (Modifies accordingly on her wrist)

Right side video of 53lb Turkish Get Up

Overall, honestly I feel strong.  I know when it’s time to go up in bell size and I also know when it’s time to stay and work a little longer before moving up as in double clean and front squats.  I’m using the 14kg’s, I know I could use the 16kg’s, but I feel the 14’s are work so it’s just not time to move up just yet.  

Getting my strength training in is like breathing air, I do not think about it, it’s just a part of my day.  I look forward to it most days.  Having a good program keeps me confident that I’m not wasting my time.  My motivation is my goal to stay strong and able to meet the demands of living an active life for many more years.   I’m 60 years old and I’m able to do just about anything I need or want to do.  I can carry a heavy cooler, I can move heavy rocks or dig holes for plants.  I can climb a ladder with a backpack blower on my back to blow off the roof of the house.  I can help carry a keg of beer (which is about every 7 weeks!!).  I can paddleboard for hours without my legs or arms totally wearing out.  

Being consistent with strength training is working  for me.  I’ve been active with running or strength training now for 40 years, when I think about that, it’s amazing.  

I feel I’m a pretty energetic person (even though I battle hypothyroidism).  I just mostly feel good, and I know it’s because of the time I take to work on my health." 

Quick note to me from Denice:

"Thanks for making my accomplishments part of your story as you are a BIG part of my story. You know I followed a well known Kettlebell Strength coach for about 4 years, working harder than hell and not making the definition or strength gains that I’ve gotten from following you these last 3 years.  So truly, a warm Thank You.  

Denice at the Kettlebell and Body Weight Workshop in Charlotte, NC


Summer Kickoff Workouts - Quick workouts under 10 minutes you can do anywhere!

Grab a single bell and your body and head over to your favorite park, beach or favorite place in your home. From your iPad, iphone, android or any mobile device stream these workouts instantly. Or blast it to your big screen for the whole family! In addition to joining in on the summer workouts we have over 2 programs to choose from, this is our latest one. 

Summer Kickoff workouts!

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If you're BRAND NEW to fitness or kettlebell training we have a beginners program. If you're intermediate or advanced we have something for you too!

Something for every level, shape, size, goals!

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Want a Stronger Feeling Kettlebell Snatch?

I want to share with you one protocol that has worked almost every single time with both my local and distant students. This is one way to take your snatch strength to the next level. 

Recorded on Live Streaming in the Raw. 

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The Secret From Ordinary To Extraordinary

Before I begin my training session, which will entail practicing Get Ups, Single Leg Deadlifts, Pull-ups and Kickstand Lunges, I wanted to send you a quick note.
Your mind is so much more powerful than you could ever imagine. Did you know that if you're stressed out or constantly worrying about something it can directly effect how you digest food? Then if you're not digesting food well, you could end up getting headaches, migraines, bloating and even lose sleep.
Our minds are so powerful that if we are constantly telling ourselves that something is too hard or "I'll never be strong since I've always had super weak arms" then you will continue with weak arms. You're probably thinking yeah Lauren, what's your point?
Not everyone who's showing off their circus tricks online are born athletes or had the privilege of having dedicated parents cart them over to gymnastics starting from birth. My parents were divorced when I was 2 and they both worked full time. I was taken in a school bus after school to a day care every single day. So outside extra-curricular luxurious extras, was not something I was ever accustomed to.
Some of the strength or flexibility you may be in awe of from someone may be someone who just really wanted it! Who made the choice to PRACTICE and PRIORITIZE. Typical programs just focused on weight loss doesn't get you better at a skill. Skill training can actually provide muscle strength and weight loss as a byproduct!
When I was a kid I couldn't do a pull up to save my life. In fact I was weak and scrawny. It really did a number on my confidence. I couldn't stand that I was weak. In fact I got ANGRY about it. So I decided one day, that's it! I'm going to get effing strong! So I did everything in my power to learn the best way to strength! It took years of strength practice to achieve the strength I have now. I'm no different than you! In fact you were probably way more athletic than I was when I was super young. ;)
Want to know the secret from being ordinary to extraordinary?
MAKE IT A PRIORITY! Hyper-focus on just ONE goal at a time! Understand that there will be monotony. Understand you'll be practicing the same SKILL over and over again. You'll have to understand that it won't happen over night and killing yourself in a "practice" session won't make it come any sooner. You'll need to understand that there won't be much entertainment and cheerleaders. Get clear and focus on the fact that you'll become extraordinary if you commit!
When I was first introduced to Turkish Get Ups I was quickly humbled. I could barely even do a Get up with an 8 pound dumbbell. My ego wanted to just curse at the exercise and say it was stupid. However, I decided to practice the patterns. Understand what creates a STRONG pathway. Get familiar with the most efficient way to get up and get down.
I was told that if you're small there is no way to use heavy weight. Fast forward some years later, weighing 116lbs,I had a personal record using a 62lb kettlebell over my head.
This wasn't because I was a super human. I didn't take any special pills or drugs to be able to perform a really heavy Get Up for my size.. The secret was I made a commitment and was consistent! I never felt sore or burned out. I listened to my body.
I practiced the movement pattern well, worked on mobility and complimentary exercises that would enhance the chances of going from a weak Get up to a very strong Get Up.
I tell you this for one reason only! That if I can do it, so can you! Check out my free tutorials I created for Get Ups. SO you can also become strong in the exercise that literally will make you stronger in all areas of life! Part 1 Tutorial can be accessed here
I'm currently in the process of designing the Ultimate Get Up Guide to achieve the Strongest and Raddest Get Up ever!
If you're a playground member you will have access to this gem for no extra charge! Yes - being a playground member will literally take you FAR! Give you smart tools and skills. Give you programs that are realistic! You will be surrounded with positive powerful minds who have the same struggles as you! You will feel supported and have a buddy system for accountability. You really can't lose!



CONFESSION #4 - I'm not a perfect mom

CONFESSION #4 - I'm Not A Perfect Mom

CONFESSION #4 I’m not a perfect mom. I must admit, there’s been times where I throw my hands up with frustration and feel as if I’m just not cut out for the mother thing. Often wondering how other moms out there do it. Then there are times where I feel being a mom is the greatest gift on this universe. I’ve looked around at other moms, you know the ones that always look cool, calm and perfectly put together, running around solo with 6 kids. Anyone know those moms?

We moms often put entirely too much pressure on ourselves. Have you ever noticed moms can be the most judgmental of other moms? We like to compare our lives and keep score.

I often over hear conversations like this in “mom groups”. Wow it took her a long time to get the baby weight off? I haven’t seen her volunteer at school much. She’s on another work trip? Doesn’t she care about her kids? She’s at the gym again? Doesn’t she ever go to her kids performances? How many activities are her kids in? That mom cooks only organic, from scratch and is always put together. How does she do it? I saw that mom taking her kids to McDonald’s the other day, she clearly doesn’t care about health. She’s always out with her friends, she must have a bad marriage. She never goes out, she must be antisocial. The judgement never ends! 

The constant pressure to be THE PERFECT mom is overwhelming. Moms come in all forms. They can be career women, stay at home or do both. She can cook from scratch, order out, wear lots of make up or wear no make up at all. She can be skinny, muscular, big, laugh a lot or be serious. She can choose to be a badass and throw some heavy weights around or choose to be mellow and binge watch tv. There’s no right or wrong. There’s no perfect way and nobody has it down to a perfect science. We’re all doing the very best we know how. 

Moms, let’s unite and support each other. Let other moms release the guilt from the pressure. Being a mom is effing hard! I don’t have it down pat. I love the ever living crap out of my kids. I also love my passions and savor my moments alone being guilt free. Cheers to all of the imperfect moms out there doing it their way! #momlife#perfectlyimperfect


CONFESSION #3 - I haven't always loved females

 Mean girls are real

 I haven’t always loved females. This isn’t a bash session against women. But I need to get this off my chest. Before you begin the hate comments, hear me out... I’m a woman whose mission in life is to empower other women. But there’s a reason behind this. Mean girls are real! Have you ever encountered a mean girl before? 

So here it goes... I was bullied as a kid. I was the new girl in a small town in Sugar Land (Texas), mourning over leaving my dad and friends in Los Angeles (California). 

I was different. I spoke differently. I didn't have a Southern accent. My hair wasn’t like the other girls. It was thick, frizzy and hard to tame in the humid Houston climate. I was a scrawny little girl (smallest in the class) no muscle, no butt and awkwardly had large boobs (as I developed very early). When you’re in middle school and skinny, apparently you’re not “allowed” to have breasts. I was called all kinds of names and ridiculed in front of the new peers. These “mean girls” told everyone I stuffed my bra, called me names like taxidermist, nappy head, stuck gum in my hair, kicked and tripped me in between classes. I was defenseless and had no voice. I was shy and did what I could to hide my new body.

I’ve been betrayed and stabbed in the back by other women as an adult. But through all of this I found the most amazing and wonderful female friends that I’ll love forever. Passionate, loving, loyal and kind women! Women who aren’t filled with jealousy and hate for other women. Women who don’t spend their lives comparing themselves to everyone else. 

Thank you MEAN girls for teaching me how NOT to be. I purposely go out of my way to include someone who may be shy, feel left out or just need a friend. Thank you for making me become a mentally and physically STRONG woman.

I love my female sisters. I still love the cruel backstabbing women, but I don’t have to like them. I forgive you. I teach my girls to CHOOSE KIND. I don’t claim to have always chosen this path and I’m sorry if I ever hurt you. If I did, it wasn’t you, it was me. My own demons. All I can do now is focus on love. #choosekind 


CONFESSION #2 - Letting go of fear. 

A lot can change in 10 years. The photo on the left is a 28 yr old girl who has a 9 month old baby. She is proud of herself for being skinny and lean. She’s skinnier at the age of 28, after her first baby, than she was in her college years. She watched everything she ate, kept a food journal and even avoided social situations to not be tempted by the wrong food and alcohol. 

I was head over heels in love when I had my first baby. It was the greatest moment of my life. But then the darkness set in and I was terrified that if I couldn’t look a certain way, no one would want to hire me as their fitness coach. I told myself a story that if I didn’t have the “look” of a fitness model, I’d be portrayed as a less knowledgeable professional. I had the education, knowledge and success stories of my students kicking ass, but it wasn’t enough for me. My only self worth was if I could see my abs that day. I lived in fear. 

Here we are 10 years later. Let’s be honest, I’m 8-10 pounds heavier now. I’ve also stopped telling myself the lies that I have to be ripped to be worth something. Today I feel better than ever. I eat bread, tacos, homemade pizzas and even have a tequila from time to time. I put coconut sugar in my coffee and love every sip of it. I’m stronger, I’m happier, I no longer live in fear. I’ve let go of that old story running in my head. I love my lifestyle! The good news is I have a choice to change it when and if I choose to.

I now know I love myself and I’m an awesome coach 😉 regardless of whether I have a ripped stomach or a bloated PMS belly. 

I’m here to inhale every single ounce of this life. Even when it sucks! Because it can suck a lot. The suck makes those good moments shine brighter than ever. All I want to do is catch them and save them forever. 

Your kindness and love for others is what it’s all about. No more living in fear of having to look a certain way to feel self worth. It feels great to be free! 

Read CONFESSION #3 - I haven't always loved females.



The mind of a career woman, mother, girl and student.

 I often find myself in this posture throughout the day. The face of seriousness and deep thought. Some may confuse this with me being sad, angry or downright unfriendly. 

If you find me looking like this in a training session or just walking down the street, it’s really me living in my head and doing my absolute best to remember everything I need to get done. Trying so hard to stay focused. Trying so hard to be the best version of myself. Often trying so hard that I get lost in the shuffle of reality. Trying so hard I get tired of trying hard. In all honestly it leaves me feeling drained and utterly exhausted. Why do I do this to myself?

I admit it takes a lot of work for me to get out of my over analytical thinking style. I have to force myself to take breaks from putting so much pressure on myself. We can be our own worst enemy. My goal is to work on creating space to let go, laugh and just BE... Just be where I am at the moment and remind myself of how grateful I am for this life. How grateful I am for being able to do what I love and help people become the best version of their self. 

We as humans can struggle with taking our own advice. Here’s to taking a moment, stop taking ourselves so seriously and let loose a bit. 

Read CONFESSION # 2 - Letting go of fear here


MIGHTY MUSCLE - build strong and defined muscles

Time to put the MIGHTY in your MUSCLES with the MIGHTY MUSCLE program. Before we get started I have some good news and some bad news. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. For those who suffer from choice trauma, you may have a bit of an issue. For the first time ever, I’m bringing you not one, not two, but three different programs to choose from. This could be viewed as a tough decision for those who can be indecisive, but never fear, I’ll help you out.

Let’s get to the good news now. You really can’t go wrong with any of the programs. It all depends on what your goals are at this very moment. In fact you can do all three programs, one after the next if you’d like. Let’s break this down so you can have an understanding of what each one will bring you.

The Physique program is the first two month program I had the pleasure of designing out of the three. This is a more conventional approach to targeting each muscle group in a very balanced way. You will still be using mostly kettlebells, if you fancy them, but we will get down to the nitty gritty with really focusing on building dense strong muscle mass. 

For my new fitness friends who haven’t really experienced an “old school” approach to fitness, this might be something fun for you to put your body through. If you’re one of those weird people who actually enjoy feeling sore for several days after a session, this is the program for you. 

The Total Body Workout Program is the second two month program I designed for Mighty Muscle. This program is for die hard lovers of unconventional training. The workouts target the entire body as one system. No promises that you wont feel deep soreness like the Physique program, but you’ll feel all of your muscles being worked in a balanced way. In the 8 week program, you’ll also find Circuit Condition workouts added in just the right places. Like all of my programs, we do have a focus within each workout. If you’re looking for overall strength and conditioning this would be a great program to start with. 

Now for the Ultimate Mix program, which is a taste of both worlds. The final 2 month program I created which is the all time balance of both of the programs stated above. If you’re torn between the two, blend it up in the best way possible with this Mix program. You’ll get to sample what it’s like to focus on a body part in one session, then the next session you may be going through an entire full body combo workout and then enjoy your heart pounding out of your chest in the next workout.  If you want a little of each without committing to one focus, this would be a great program to begin or even end with after running through the other programs offered.

Hopefully this clears the air and puts you on the best path. If you’re in Lauren’s Playground please share with us which program you plan on starting with.

WHAT THIS IS NOT: This is NOT a DVD and this is NOT a follow along workout video. 


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Organized curriculum that can be easily accessed from any device.
Three 8 week programs to choose from.
Options for those with limited equipment.


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