Tuesday

My Time in Houston and Women's Kettlebell Workshop

This past weekend I flew to Houston, the city where I lived for a good part of my childhood.  I don't go back to Houston often with my crazy schedule, but really glad I made this work.  Let's face it, Houston is not known for the beauty or great weather.  I will say Houston has some of the greatest and warmest people I've had the privilege to meet in my life.  The few days I was there just wasn't long enough.  Next time I'll have to go back for longer.

I was lucky enough to arrange a unique Women's kettlebell and Self Defense workshop with Jay Armstrong.  Jay is an incredible person, athlete and teacher.  I really enjoyed learning from him as well. We had a great intimate group and it was a very productive day!  There were some very inspiring ladies there and it was a pleasure to meet each and every one of them.


Jay Armstrong/ Lauren Brooks Women's Kettlebell Workshop with Self Defense






Here are some quotes we have received from the attendees.


"Thanks for the amazing workshop!! It was such a great workshop, and so wonderful to meet you!!” Had an AMAZING time at the Kettlebell workshop held by Jay Armstrong and Lauren Brooks! I am so lucky to have had these two as my first kettlebell workshop instructors. They are incredibly knowledgeable, disciplined instructors, who truly love what they do. They are the type of people that motivate you, just by being in the room. If any of you want to join me at a future workshop, or a weekend class at the Houston Kettlebell club, here in League City, - let's do it!! 
As a side note - Yes, I am sore. Learned the new technique for the swing, and both of my "cheeks" are nice and "aware". We were also taught something very cool- the importance of working out your weaker side - which for me is my left arm\shoulder. That is also quite tender. Learning the right way to do things, and subtle changes in technique makes a big difference! Love this stuff!!! ♥– Melissa Lozano








“Thank you so much Jay ! We loved the workshop! I truly enjoyed the mobility/stretching portion of the workshop.  Thank you so much!” – Anahi Navarro

"Lauren, I loved the workshop! Thank you so much! Hope you come back to texas soon ! xoxo"
  – Anahi Navarro

1 Arm Slap Swing

 “Thank you for the certificate!! I am going to find a place for it on the wall, since it was my first Kettlebell workshop. What a way to start out - I'm so lucky to have had my first workshop taught by you, Jay Armstrong, and Lauren Brooks!!” – Melissa Lozano

 
“I have been doing squats improperly when I pick up my baby, which is a significant number of times a day, so that was a good takeaway for me. I also enjoyed your self defense tips.” – Kate Shafer

"ohh gosh I'm still sore after Lauren Brooks and Jay Armstrong workshop but totally addicted to kettlebells !loved the workshop and looking forward to another one !" – Anahi Navarro






"It was great to meet you and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the class. It really helped me pinpoint all the areas where I need to work on my technique. Thanks again!" - Becky Abdella


"Thanks so much for the great workshop today! So worth it!" 

- Peggy Hammond







Thursday

The Walking Computer Station That Will Save Your Body!

As I write this blog post I am walking at a 7.5 incline at a comfortable pace.  I decided that I can no longer sit at the computer.  Yes, I do get my strength and conditioning training in with kettlebells and various body weight drills, but then I have more than 5 hours of computer work to do everyday!  Between writing a book, articles, designing nutrition/training programs, and keeping up with emails, computer time for me is a lot more hours than I've ever wanted.  At first, I was getting frustrated at the fact that I'd rather be moving, since most fitness people gravitate to a more active job.  Second, the excessive sitting was making me more tired than usual.  Since I began writing the book, I have been feeling lower back discomfort for the first time in my life.  All from too much sitting!  I work with people daily that have desk jobs.  Unfortunately, research is beginning to show that desk jobs have much more detrimental effects than just being sedentary.

Most people know the problems with constant sitting, but don't take them seriously enough.  Even those who exercise 1-2 hours a day, but then sit the rest of the day are negatively effected by the sitting. There are hundreds of reasons why sitting for an extended period of time will wreak havoc on our bodies.  When sitting, we are putting our hip flexors in a constant state of flexion causing them to actually shorten.  Sitting on your butt will actually stretch out your glutes causing them to become weak.  Your shoulders will round forward and sitting will put an incredible amount of pressure on the vertebral discs.  Look at the posture of those who have a desk job or spend too much time sitting at their computer.  They all have these in common: tight hip flexors, rounded shoulders, and really bad posture to say the least.  Why knowingly do this to yourself?

I began to put my computer on a counter top so that I could stand while typing.  Even standing in one place, however, began to bother me a bit.  So I started researching treadmill desks.  I realized it was the only way I was going to be able to continue with all the work I had to do on the computer.  I looked up special standing treadmill desk stations that were roughly $450.  Since I primarily use a laptop computer, I didn't feel one of those was necessary.  Instead I found the Surfshelf, which can strap onto a treadmill or bike, for only $40.  Being the impulsive person that I am, I went ahead and purchased it for a treadmill that I didn't even own yet.  I looked on craigslist for a used one since I didn't need anything fancy.  There were tons of different ones to choose from and it made me a bit overwhelmed.  Since time was not on my side and I didn't feel like driving all over town looking at different used treadmills, I went to the closest sporting goods store and bought a very simple, brand new treadmill.  The cool thing about treadmills these days is that they are all internet enhanced and come with speakers.  I didn't need all the bells and whistles, but hopefully they will motivate my husband to use it while watching the UFC.  I never thought in a million years that I'd purchase a treadmill since I can't stand hamster wheels.  Since this is not strictly for exercise but for office purposes I felt it was worth every penny.  My unconventional training friends, laugh if you'd like, but this will save my spine and posture.  We shall see who laughs last!  ;-)




I share this with you today so that you too can have the option to change your workstation from sitting to standing.  We were not meant to sit for long periods of time.  It's time to break up with your chair and walk while you type, surf the internet, and make phone calls.  I hope seated desk jobs become a thing of the past.  If every office invested in a simple treadmill for their employees to use during work, productivity would increase tenfold along with less sick days and happier employees.

Don't wait until it's too late.  This is one of the smartest investments that I have made in a long time.


Dr. Levine from the Mayo Clinic is now doing case studies for treadmill desks and they are showing amazing results.




Here are a few very good priced treadmills perfect for a computer.  ProForm 400 CT Treadmill - Treadmills and ProForm 415 CT - Treadmills.  If you really want to go budget this is as low as it's going to get.  Paradigm Walk-To-Fit Electric Treadmill - Treadmills .  Happy Shopping!


No Nonsense Approach To Get You A Shredded, Lean Body (written for My Mad Method's Magazine)





This article was written exclusively for Onnit Academy and appeared in the hard copy issue of My Mad Methods, in the earlier part of 2011.  I have been given permission to share this with you. 








 

No Nonsense Approach To Get You A Shredded, Lean Body

Nutritionist and trainer Lauren Brooks has helped people get fit and lean for years using unconventional training methods and a simple and effective approach to diet and nutrition. Check out this easy to implement diet plan to help you cut fat and stay healthy.
Everyone wants a quick fix, that’s human nature, right? People tend to be lazy. They want to do something the easy way and expect to see great results. Well too bad! If you want to have low body fat and a lean looking body, you probably need to make a lifestyle change. I can’t tell you how many people have come to me and said, “I lost 50 pounds last year when I was on the “blah blah” diet, but then gained it back after a year.” I don’t want to get into any trouble by listing the diet companies out there that rely on calorie counting and point systems, but these are the stories that I here day in and day out. When someone attempts a calorie obsessed and/or counting diet, they will most likely lose some weight in the beginning. However, the failure rate over time is around 95%, with most of those people gaining all the weight back and sometimes more.
I feel like a broken record, but I don’t think that people are getting the concept of “dieting.”  One client said to me, “I liked such-and-such diet because I was able to eat whatever I wanted. I just had to be really conscious of calories. The down part was that I was hungry all the time and sometimes I wasn’t able to control my appetite.” That is no way to live in my book. It’s extremely difficult to go around starving all the time, especially with the amount of tempting food that surrounds us everyday. It is human nature to not only succumb to the temptations, but to over indulge. This makes you feel like a failure, which in turn causes people to give up entirely. If a calorie obsessed, point system, or extreme diet is what you want to be on, then I suggest you stop reading this article (if you’ve miraculously made it this far) and I wish you the best of luck.
Having been a nutritionist actively working in the fitness industry for over 16 years, I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of people change their eating habits by merely educating them. Not only have these people lost weight, but they have managed to keep it off. They actually feel great, hardly get sick anymore, and are stronger and leaner. The weight they lose actually stays off, they don’t feel like they’re starving all the time, and they can actually indulge from time to time. People should be striving towards implementing this type of nutrition into daily life; forget about portion control and eating the 100 calorie packets of cookies or eating a protein bar that’s full of highly heated, cheap, protein fillers that don’t even absorb properly and have artificial sweeteners added.
“But Lauren, I know they’re cookies, but it’s only 100 calories.”
“But Lauren, there are zero carbs in that bar and 20 grams of protein.”
That’s great, but soon you’ll be craving other junk foods since your brain naturally becomes addicted to the sugary, processed foods once you’ve eaten them. According to Dr. David Kessler, former Head of the FDA, there are documented studies that show that when eating a certain combination of sugar, fat, and salt, your brain will trick you into wanting to eat more, even if you aren’t hungry. So eating a high processed cookie made from refined flour, sugary corn syrup, and other additives will set something off in your brain. “Every time they eat those foods, it strengthens their neuro-circuitry to eat that food again,” says Dr. Kessler. You might feel satisfied temporarily after your craving is met, but chances are you will make up for it later by eating more for dinner than you would have normally. The same goes for ingesting artificial sweeteners. Your brain is expecting to get sugar when you are tasting that sweet protein bar filled with sugar alcohol. Therefore, your body will end up craving sugar later which will result in eating an increased amount of food that your body doesn’t really need.
So let’s get to what we SHOULD be eating to achieve a healthy, lean body. I am going to lay out a sample day of eating that consists of foods that don’t take long to prepare. In this busy day and age, with everyone racing against the clock, I feel it’s important to have healthy choices that can be prepared quickly. For those of you who do have ample time to prepare your meals and really enjoy cooking everything from scratch, then that’s generally better. For the sake of this article, I will just provide sample meals and snacks that don’t take too long. In the sample day below, take note that I refer to breakfast as “Meal 1” and lunch as “Meal 3.” I prefer to call them meals since I don’t believe in feeding yourself if you have no desire to eat just because it’s supposed to be “lunch time.” Some people actually do better without even eating lunch and having just a snack instead. Everyone is different, so follow your hunger. Turn to a snack if your body isn’t telling you to eat one of the larger meals. The following diet also provides two options per meal.
To view the rest of the article Mark has been kind enough to share this with everyone.   Click  HERE

Monday

Kettlebell Workshop with Women's Self Defense in Houston



Learn how to be POWERFUL, FLEXIBLE, STRONG, LEAN, and Move better while having fun doing it. 

For the first time ever, Jay Armstrong and Lauren Brooks will be teaming up together in Houston, Texas to present a very unique Kettlebell Workshop.  This workshop will cover all the foundation kettlebell drills along with Women's Self Defense and extreme Joint Mobility!  You will not want to miss this combination workshop. 

If you have never met Jay you will be in for a treat.  

 Jay Armstrong, is not only an incredible kettlebell teacher, he is a mobility expert, and earned his 6th degree black belt.  Jay is an extremely talented individual and knows his stuff!  Learning from Jay will be a privilege. You really don't want to miss this!

Here is a little bit about Jay Armstrong





Tae Kwon Do:

Jay's enthusiasm and dedication to the Korean martial art, Tae Kwon Do, has earned him a 6th degree black belt from the World Tae Kwon Do Associate in Seoul Korea.  Jay has trained for nearly 20 years under 7 time Korean Champion, Grand Master Y. D. Park, for 2 years under undefeated world champion and 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, Kuk Hyun Jung, and with the Korean National Team. Jay has competed numerous times in State and International Tae Kwon Do competitions. 


Kettlebells:
Jay started training with kettlebells in 2003.  He received RKC Level I and RKC Level II certification from Pavel Tsatsouline and was named RKC Team Leader in 2008.  Jay has also been certified as an AKC Coach under World Champion Valery Fedorenko.  Jay has received extensive kettlebell and mobility training from such industry notable figures as Pavel Tsatsouline, Steve Cotter, Steve Maxwell, John DuCane, Nate Morrison, and Mike Mahler.  Jay is also CK-FMS certified in the Functional Movement Screening system for athletic movement skills.

Z-Health:
Jay began Z-Health training with Dr. Eric Cobb in 2009.  He is Level IV certified (RIST) and is currently in the Z-Health Master Trainer program.




















Lauren Brooks Miller RKC Team Leader, CK-FMS, CCN


Lauren Brooks has worked with and is responsible for inspiring thousands of people to pick up a kettlebell and use them without fear. With her laid back and non-intimidating teaching style, she has been sought out all over the world to teach kettlebells safely.  Due to her educational background and years of experience, she has developed a keen ability to quickly be able to assess movement patterns, break down instruction in an easy to understand, yet gentle and motivating approach.  Lauren is the creator of five highly regarded kettlebell DVDs that have been successful all over the world.  



  Lauren loves working with all individuals to bring out that inner athlete and transform peoples lives, but she truly is passionate about working with females and mothers. Lauren understands that females do have different needs.  While she feels that "Training Like a Man" is important and has it's place, it needs to be done wisely! Lauren enjoys watching her clients transform right beneath her eyes when it comes to incredible strength gains, fat loss, confidence, stamina, moving better and all over life happiness. 

To learn more about Lauren's certifications, educational background, and accomplishments visit her website at www.ontheedgefitness.com


To see what other's have said about Lauren's past workshops click here



Is this workshop for you? Here are some of the things  you will get out of it.

- You will learn the most cutting edge kettlebell drills that are current with the RKC system. 

- Anyone who wants to learn how to speed up recovery time and keep your joints young.   You definitely don't want to miss Jay's Joint Mobility portion.

- Anyone who has ever had an injury, surgery, or imbalance that wants to move better to prevent injuries, increase sports performance, and achieve results quicker.

- Those who want to achieve fat loss and incredible strength results quicker than ever before.

- Busy people that want to get the most out of their workouts in the shortest amount of time.

- Home exercisers that want to make sure they are working with kettlebells correctly and have a balanced program.

- Fitness coaches looking to add more exercises to their arsenal that provides extremely effective fat burning, muscular strength approach, and outstanding joint mobility drills.

- Learn how to unlock and take your flexibility to a new level.

- Integrate the power you learn with kettlebells to quick self defense moves that can save your life!

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this workshop is for you!

Sign up and reserve your spot below, space is VERY limited!  



Workshop price is $259
 Then it will go up to $329 Nov 1st, if there are any spots left!!





Jay/Lauren Kettlebell Workshop plus
Joint Mobility and Women's Self Defense

12/3/2011
Time 9:30 - 2:30
Location: Houston / League City
629 Highway 3 South
League City, TX 77573


(ACE and NASM CEC's Available upon request) 

  It's starting to fill up so make sure you grab a spot.  Only a few Spots left!
Purchase here




















Wednesday

My Review of the book "Live Life Aggressively! What Self Help Gurus Should Be Telling You"

Not very often do I make the time to read a book that doesn't have 100% to do with training or nutrition.  This book was one of the few I knew had an important message!   







Here are my thoughts!


This book is a true GEM! I highly suggest anyone who wants to actually do something with their lives. If you are sick of living a mediocre life, strive to be successful and happy, but live in fear to do something about it, this book will help with your paralyzing excuses. 

Mike has a special gift, in being able to make you take a serious step back and look at your own life. Even if it makes you upset about some of the choices you have made or habits you have picked up along the way. This book is not a cheese ball, feel good, cozy and warm inside self-help book. You may laugh and you may cry, but there is nothing I found written in this book that will waste your time. He shows you how to overcome failures and to strive to be your best, by also sharing his own experiences and failures. Mike pours his heart out and shares things in his life that he is not proud of. You really get to know him on a personal level and may relate to many of the obstacles he has had to overcome to become successful. Unlike other self help books, Mike will be brutally honest and cut right to the chase. He will tell you what you don't want to hear but need to hear! Stop being a follower and start becoming a leader. Mike's book may just be the wake up call you finally needed to go out and do something you have always dreamed of doing. 

As a fitness professional myself, I have met many people in the industry. To tell you the truth, I can only call a select few my real friend, and glad to say Mike is one of them. Since meeting Mike at the RKC in 2005 he has also been a major role model to me for my own success. Mike did not ask me to write this review. However, I was so impressed with this book, I wanted to take the time so others who want to live life to the fullest can take away what I was able to grasp from it. What makes Mike different from others is that he actually cares and enjoys helping people. We all know many people in the fitness industry or any industry in that matter, just want to make a quick buck! That is not what drives Mike. Otherwise the profits of this book wouldn't all be going to a great charity. He admits that it's nice to be comfortable and have a steady flow of income, which anyone would be crazy not to want. The real success and reward in life for him is dramatically changing peoples lives. He has achieved this for himself, with thousands of people, and now has shared his secrets and success in this very book. This book is the best tough love you can get. Now stop making excuses, get ready for a wild adventure, and start to "Live Life Aggressively"!

You can find more info about Mike Mahler's book right here.  

Monday

Touched By This Gift

Today I received a surprise gift in the mail.  I recognized the name since I received this wonderful email from her before regarding my kettlebell DVD's.

"Hi Lauren!
First, I have to say that you are my introduction to kettlebells and I am glad I started here!  I have been through only 10 workouts and I am seeing a difference!  You make the kettlebell approachable and your training style and work along dvds are REALLY wonderful for teaching proper form and being motivating!  I am 43, mom of 3 girls, 118lb and 5'5".   After many types of exercise, supreme pilates, the Firm step videos, treadmill, Tracy Anderson Method... I realized I needed a program that  wasn't high impact  (old knees!) and that had cardio and weight training.  I found you!  I only use a 15lb bell but just ordered a 22lb off dragondoor and have your first 2 dvds.  I see that they will keep me busy for some time to come!  

Anyway, i will let you know of my progress as you may want to know that your program is changing lives here in Austin, tx!  I think you are from Texas too :)
THANK YOU FOR MAKING YOUR WORKOUTS AVAILABLE ON DVD!!!



Here is another follow-up after sending her a rotation for using the DVD's: 

 "The rotation is Wonderful!  Just what I needed! Never thought to do the practice of all of the exercises as a workout!  As I mentioned before, only 7 weeks in.  Never have I seen such quick results from any exercise plan before, and I have done them all, treadmill, gym, step aerobics, jogging.  I love your challenging workouts and look forward to swinging my 12kg!  Just did the 12 minute 2times this morning.  Thanks for the advice on the squats!"

Debi Lynch, Austin  TX








My husband hands me this little package from our business mailbox.  Inside is this gorgeous purple note with more beautiful thank you words!  Then inside a little beautifully wrapped gift box wrapped in my all time favorite colors of purple.  And now for the grand finale, something I have always wanted but would never have bought for myself!

A personalized HANDMADE silver pendant necklace with a kettlebell and my initials on the front and back!



THANK YOU so much Debi!!  You have no idea how much you made my day.  I will definitely be wearing this pendant everywhere!  I just checked out the website on Debi's stationary that was enclosed.  I am very impressed with the site StClairBoutique.etsy.com.   This website has tons of different kettlebell wear and handmade jewelry!  Such great gifts and happy to spread the word about this place since I LOVE my new gift!

Here is the website.  I just spoke to her and she said that she started all the kettlebell handmade gifts after falling in love with them through my workouts!  Such an honor to have inspired so many people! Just type in kettlebells on the search page and you will find tons of cool gifts for kettlebell lovers and pretty things. Here's the site again StClairBoutique.etsy.com  

Tuesday

Mini Plank for Optimal Core Activation

This pre-exercise is phenomenal for anyone who has ever had a baby, C-section, hysterectomy, abdominal surgery, sits at a desk, or has core weakness. Elise Badone, Muscle Activation Technique Specialist, has come up with this isometric.  This looks like a "knee plank" but there is much more to it.  You will actually feel your TVA and pelvic floor muscles waking up and firing much more efficiently with the way that Elise has you do this exercise.

Since I personally have had 2 Cesareans in a 24 month time span, I lost proper communication from my pelvic floor and abdominal muscular system to the brain.  The fact that I had two babies that were very large for my frame, in such a short time span, didn't help either!  With that being said as I became stronger my body became a very good over compensator.  Which happens to anyone who has had any trauma in that region.  Same goes with anyone who has had hip, knee, foot, ankle, or any sort of injury!

Those with C-sections and abdominal surgery may also suffer from having extra scar tissue.  You will want to talk to a scar tissue mobilization specialist or trained massage therapist that knows how to break it up properly!  If you have any painful scar tissue build up, no amount of exercise will help regain and restore your abdominals close to 100% if you do not take care of it.  I still have painful scar tissue and will be researching some specialists soon.  However, still do what you can in the mean time.






In this video, as you probably noticed,  Elise shows 2 ways to release from the exercise.  Hips down first, then leg lowers and vice versa for the last rep.  The preferred method is leg lowering first, then the hips.   The main point is make sure they both down lower at the same time.

You can find Elise at Soulfit.net to learn more about her Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) work.
Make sure you do this exercise before you engage in any activities such as running, kettlebells, weight training, cycling, anything you enjoy.  This will make a big difference.

Stay tuned for more exercises like this.  To view a few more exercises I found helpful for me and postnatal clients, check out this old post from after I had my first baby.  View Here


For more training tips and nutrition or to work with Lauren from any where in the world go to
OnTheEdgeFitness.com and follow her youtube channel. Join Lauren's Playground where you can do any of her strength and conditioning classes right from your home.  

Thursday

Hand Protection for Kettlebells and Pull-ups? Reviewing the New Grips

Since I began using and teaching kettlebells, I laughed at the idea of using any sort of gloves.  Of course I tried it first before laughing.  Reasons why I have not recommended using gloves with kettlebells in the past is as follows:

 1. The gloves can hinder the kettlebell to maneuver around in the hand seamlessly.
 2.  Weight gloves will bunch up and cause the kettlebell to dig in to the hand even more.
 3.  Gloves can mask the sensory connection from the hand to the brain.
 4.  They are just not very cool looking, so toughing it out is just the way we do it!

Now as much as I agree with the reasons not to wear gloves, I have come to the terms that there is a time and place where specialized hand protection can be very useful.  Anyone who uses kettlebells frequently in addition to doing pull ups and other hand trashing activities, should be able to relate.  No matter how hard I try to keep my calluses under control I still get the pain in my hands from time to time, when I use heavy bells for one arm swings, snatches, and tons of pull ups.

After searching around, my class and I have to agree that the New Grips have delivered the best type of hand protection for certain kettlebell exercises.  I DON'T feel these grips are good for ALL kettlebell exercises.  As you start using very heavy weight and your hands hurt, these will allow you to use them without any issues. Here are the exercises my clients and I have enjoyed using them with.

One Arm Swings
2 Hand Swings
Pull Ups (night and day)
Goblet Squats
Renegade Rows -Great padding for those who complain about hands hurting during Renegade Rows.
Push Ups on Kettlebells



Reasons why I love New Grips

In addition to providing hand protection for the calluses and padding for sensitive hands, these have also been great for when there is no chalk around and your hands are just too slippery to hold on to a kettlebell.

They are super easy to use!
It really stops the pain immediately on the hands.
Here is some more info about how they have helped hands.

I would not recommend New Grips for multiple snatches with heavier kettlebells, for the maneuver reason I mentioned above.  However, just tried it again the other day, and it worked great.  It takes adjusting, but nevertheless did really well!  The new grips SAVED my hands.  All in all I think New Grips are a great product to add for those days that your body wants to workout, but your hands are not cooperating.  I am not saying use these every day for your training.  I am only saying these are great for those days that your hands just don't want to cooperate.  Hope you are able to get extra reps or a training day out of it, when your hands aren't up for it like I have had!

Update 11/16 on my new grip.  Last week I did 110 snatches with the 16kg in under 5 minutes.  My hands were sore and not in the snatching mood before I began, so I thought I'd give New Grips the real test.  It worked with flying colors and my hands felt as good as new when I was done with them.  It does take a few seconds to get used to the new feeling of having a grip between you and the kettlebell but it sure helped me with being able to do the exercise I loved without having any pain in the hands!

Thanks to New Grips I don't have an excuse not to get my pull ups in!

See what other Kettlebell users and some RKC's have said about the New Grips


Monday

The Kettlebell Pregnancy Iversion (iPhone, iPad, iPod), DVD, and Pregnancy Guide

Today I am launching together two products that people from around the world have been asking for.  With one click of a button you will be able to have both of these great products at your finger tips!!  First one is the iversion/ downloadable of "Baby Bells" The Fit Pregnancy DVD. The second exciting product is a Kettlebell Pregnancy Guide, written by Kettlebell Instructor and Master Z-Health, Sara Cheatham. This comprehensive guide has been out for over a year. It took us awhile to coordinate this launching combination, but nevertheless, here it is!! It's the only kettlebell pregnancy ebook of it's kind.  Read my review about it below.




BABY BELLS - The Fit Pregnancy DVD. Iversion now Ready!! This iversion can be downloaded to any mobile device, ipad, iphone, ipod touch, and ipod. 


"I've been doing kettlebell workouts regularly for more than two years (my 68-year-old dad got me into kettlebells--he uses them every day & swears they're responsible for his excellent health), and I have been using your Baby Bells DVD about three times a week ever since I got pregnant. (Thank you so much for making this DVD--you're the only source I've been able to find for substantive information on using kettlebells during pregnancy.

Since a lot of pregnancy exercise videos are non-strenuous to the point of silliness, I didn't expect Baby Bells to be that challenging, and was pleasantly surprised at what a satisfying workout it gave me. I continue to do it about three to four days a week, along with prenatal yoga and daily long dog walks. 28 weeks into my pregnancy, my husband is still saying I've never looked more fit, particularly in my legs--and I have an abundance of strength and energy. I've only gained about 16 pounds so far, and haven't changed dress sizes at all apart from the belly. I know that without kettlebells and your DVD, I would not feel nearly this good or be this healthy during pregnancy.
Thank you again for the unique and wonderful work you're doing --
your DVD has really made a huge difference for my pregnancy and I am so grateful to have found it! I hope it will make a difference for many other women too!"

-Camryn

and now for the PERFECT compliment to this DVD.

Strength by Sara: Kettlebell Pregnancy Guide (Ebook)




I read Sara's book front to back and here are my honest thoughts. 


"Sara missed NOTHING with her comprehensive kettlebell guide for pregnant ladies who enjoy kettlebells!  This is the ONLY book of it's kind that gives you over 100 workouts, that's right OVER 100 workouts that take you through each week of pregnancy.  This book is truly NO FLUFF!  She will not bore you with information to just fill up pages or tell you info you can find in any pregnancy book.  These workouts were carefully designed for the pregnant woman already familiar with kettlebells and not just on her own experiences. This book takes all the thinking out of the equation. Sara diligiently followed all the rules in addition to her own research, in regards to pressurization, stability, change in balance, hormone production, fatigue, and took each and every stage in to consideration with designing each program.  This book also includes photos and explanations in case you are not familiar with or need extra instruction on each exercise.  This manual is truly one of a kind in a way that it will take you from the beginning of your pregnancy to end with a complete game plan.  This is a gold mine that every single woman who uses kettlebells should own, pregnant or not.  If you are professional working with female clients who plan to become pregnant this manual will help design programs for each week.  Sara is practically giving this information away for such a low price, it would be silly not to spend this amount to add this to your aresenal.  Most comprehensive manuals with this type of detail would cost 5 times the price.  As a woman who also specializes in working with fit pregnant women I know first hand the mistakes other trainers make with program design and recommendations.  Whether it be unsafe or just plain useless, this book falls under the category of, I couldn't have done it better myself!  This book is by far the best pregnant kettlebell workout guide I have ever gotten my hands on!"












                                       What you will find in Kettlebell 




Pregnancy 










Guide






















This reference guide and workbook is for women who are committed to sustaining optimal health, well-being, strength and stamina during their pregnancy. This program will guide you from the beginning of your pregnancy until your baby arrives.

Progressive workouts lead you through your first and second trimester. Then, as you near the third trimester and finish your pregnancy, the workouts taper down accordingly.
Sara has experience training clients through and after their first, second, third and even fourth pregnancies. She also experienced the changes and adaptations for herself.
This 143 page no-fluff guide is a compilation of 102 workouts she has designed for an array of pregnant women as well as for herself. This means the detailed sessions outlined in this book are tried and safe for you and your baby from conception to delivery!
Because mobility and awareness of mobility changes are so important during pregnancy development, specifically selected joint mobility is preceded, incorporated into, and wraps-up each workout!









You'll also find: 



A detailed list of Precautions -- 









Extensive explanation of what to expect and how to prepare for the changes unique to each trimester -- 








Description of how to use the manual and how the workouts are presented -






-A Pre-Assessment Guide  -






-Note segments on each page to journal your progress 


-Over 70 pictures with drill descriptions -






- And even a suggested reading list to guide you through other areas of your pregnancy





















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