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Baby Bells: The Fit Kettlebell Pregnancy Workout - available in DVD and Downloadable format or in Lauren's Playground



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"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.

REVIEWS




Great Safe Challenge
 Review by Jessy Ko "Mommy Shopper"
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This is my second pregnancy and I have used Kettlebells before. This is a wonderful and challenging workout for any pregnant person who is familiar with either Kettlebells, crossfit, or body building prior to pregnancy. Proper form during the exercises may be difficult to achieve or understand for those who are new to working out or strength training. Those who are not confidant because they are new to pregnancy or working out may have concerns about trying different exercises, but don't worry it is all safe plus there is a modified version of each exercise shown in the video. Also, I would suggest coupling the video with additional stretching or a prenatal Yoga video. This is a challenging and effective yet safe workout. I am loving it, I will be using it as a postnatal shape up as well. If you like this video or are looking for a video like this but think kettlebells are no right for you might also want check out The Perfect Pregnancy Workout vol. 1.

I would recommend that once in your second trimester or further in your pregnancy you reduce the number of exercises you do with the kettlebell as you follow the video or consider doing just one of the workout segments per workout plus warm up and cool down. As well as, decreasing the amount of weight you use as you progress in your pregnancy. Plus remember to take water breaks and let your heart rate come down in between every circuit in the video.

Do not start this video if you have not been working out, are new to working out, and in your second trimester or further. I would think the combination of the three together would make this video way to difficult for you. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
So worth it Review by Jessica A. Tull
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As a disclaimer, I'm not pregnant, but I'll sure save this DVD for down the road. I wanted to get into kettlebells, but I was concerned about my joints. I've had bursitis in my hips and knees, so I looked for a DVD that was low-impact. What I really like about this workout is that there are alternate forms for many of the exercises, which provides me with a way to complete the exercise without straining anything. There are some exercises here I just can't do, even with the alternate forms: the lunges and squats just aren't going to happen, so I'll walk in place until she moves on to the next exercise. I was very pleased with the variety of the exercises, and I thought the instructor was excellent. Even as a complete kettlebell beginner, I felt confident with her instruction. I just wish I could find more of her DVDs on Amazon!(Posted on 6/9/2015)
Works your butt out Review by Tmarie2010
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This is an awesome workout. I love the fact that she is working with heavier weights during her 6th month of pregnancy. My husband has been driving me nuts with all of his worry about me lifing anything or continuing my workouts, I'm about to hit six months in a week, so it was nice to be able to point out that if the instructor can do it so can I. I'm a firm believer in not sitting around and getting fat and out of shape and want to maintain an active lifestyle during my pregnancy. This DVD will help me to that. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
great prenatal exercise dvd Review by D. bell "green parent"
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kettlebell workouts are wonderful prenatal workouts if you have prior kettlebell experience. when it's tough to motivate yourself to workout, being able to pop in this dvd is great! my midwives say i have abs of steel, and i know that utilizing this dvd has helped me reatain a decent level of conditioning. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Good challenging prenatal workout Review by MelissaLynn
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This was the my main workout during my recent pregnancy. Most everything else I tried held no challenge. Other reviewers have summed it up well. If I had to say I anything negative about this, it would be that it seems rather low budget for the price. Didn't LOVE the music. And Lauren, while in FANTASTIC shape, doesn't seem thrilled to be there. I can't remember if she smiles even once! None of these were a deal breaker for me. Lauren's credentials are excellent. This workout is also an excellent intro to kettlebells. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
AWESOME KB Workout Review by Lori
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I bought a Kettlebell last Summer and it came with a DVD that had three 15 minute workouts on it...I liked it ok but wanted something a bit more. Plus I was going to be trying for baby number two soon, so I wanted something to workout to while pregnant. I LOVE this workout DVD. I bought two other different workout pregnancy DVD's also and all I can say is this one Baby Bells is the only one I will be working out to. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Great, not too wimpy pregnancy workout Review by Mrs. G
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I was in the middle of training for a Sprint Triathlon and a Marathon in 2011 when I became pregnant with my first child. My husband has been training with KBs for sometime and already bought me some "ladies" weight kbs. I purchased one or two Pregnancy workout vidoes before this one (non-KB) and they are boring to tears! Because I am 40, my doc has told me not to run (though I think he is being overly cautious) so I am very frustrated not being able to get a good solid workout in that will keep me strong without putting my little one into danger.

THIS VIDEO is what I have been looking for. It's sufficiently challenging, well paced, and a good use of time. The instructor is extremely pregnant herself and demonstrates everything, and includes a modification caption. The video gets your heart pumping, but keeps moving, allowing you to pause the video for how long you need to catch your breath. I really like that, so the pace of the video is solid. I definitely feel this the next day.

If you're brand new, get it, and work your way into it, and if you've been exercising before, I think you'll be happy with this video, it'll keep you working. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Excellent workout for fit pregnant ladies Review by S Hunter
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I am six months pregnant, and wanted a dvd basically to keep strong during my pregnancy, and bought this one and Perfect Pregnancy Workout by Karyne Steben, which both fit the bill perfectly and were exactly what I was after. I'm a pretty fit and active person, some would say very fit and active;), and in my other pregnancies I was afraid to do too much so basically just walked through my pregnancies. I was in my early twenties when I had my first two children, so it wasn't so much of a problem bouncing back. But with my third pregnancy a couple of years ago I found it harder losing the weight and getting fit and strong again after my pregnancy, and now at 40 expecting my fourth baby, I wanted to keep up some sort of strengthening programme during my pregnancy aside from walking and swimming, but which felt safe as well. I am relatively new to kettlebells. I had just started trying them out a couple of months before my pregnancy, so wasn't sure if it was something I should continue through my pregnancy, so am rapt to have this dvd, and know that I am doing a safe workout with the kettlebells. Lauren is a great instructor, and easy to follow, and I like that there is no unnecessary chatter, and just good direct instructions along the way. I also bought her dvd The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells Vol 1, and look forward to trying that out when I start into a programme after baby is born. Thoroughly recommend this for other pregnant ladies, if you are relatively fit and strong to begin with (not for beginners). I am passing this dvd onto my mum when I'm finished, as she is new to kettlebells, and I know she will enjoy it as a nice easy introduction to kettlebell training. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Great way to do kettlebells while pregnant! Review by ballstar "sportstar"
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I've used Lauren Brooks' Baby Bells workout for the past month and love it! I had started using kettlebells last summer and was worried that I would have to abandon them for some ho-hum workout once I got pregnant. Luckily, I stumbled on this DVD on Amazon while looking for a workout and I'm very happy. It's challenging without being overkill, and Lauren was 6 1/2 months pregnant while shooting the DVD, so it was nice to see that it could be done.

The DVD is broken down into warmup, workout, and cool-down. The workout section has three "rounds" of exercises (3-5 exercises per round that are repeated twice). Not all of the exercises involve a kettlebell/weight (e.g., side planks, pushups), and she gives the option of using dumbbells for people who may not have used kettlebells. Lauren also shows modifications for each of the exercises so that women who've never used kettlebells or prefer to not use weights at all can do them.

Highly recommend it! (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Great video Review by Satisfied Shopper "Lucy A"
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This video is perfect, im 5months pregnant, I liked that I was able to keep up with it but its still a workout. It gives u the right amount of exercise at the right pace. (Posted on 6/9/2015)

It's good for pregnant people
 Review by Lilia Esposito
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This is more of a using the kettlebell as weights instead of a kettlebell work out. If that makes sense.I use the Art of Strength dvd when I want a good kettlebell workout. However, I think when you're pregnant it might be better to use an easier dvd. I can understand that throwing around a heavy cast iron bell while pregnant isn't so safe. She has you do a lot of stationary bell lifting. For example doing a squat while holding the bell. You can use a regular weight just as well with this dvd. It's a good way to stay in shape, but don't expect to use a kettlebell to it's full capacity in this dvd. She only does a couple of trademark kettlebell moves. I think this is safe when you're pregnant. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Not just for pregnant women - hubby does it too!! Review by KG
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Before purchasing this DVD I was a huge kettlebell fanatic, doing more high intensity sets. When I found out I was pregnant I was so disappointed from a fitness perspective as I didn't know how I should/could modify my workouts and my doctor suggested keeping my heart rate around roughly 165-170. I had stopped running maybe a month or so before getting pregnant so I knew I couldn't just jump back into that. Finding this DVD made me absolutely ecstatic. Lauren makes sure to show proper form at angles in which you're able to ensure that you're doing the workout correctly, which is super important with kettlebells in general, even more so with pregnancy. The workout is sure to get your heart rate up, but not too high. It will also give you the opportunity to begin strength training, or improve what you've got due to the pace of the workout. My husband even joins me in this work out when he's working to increase weights!

I will agree that the production is not as high quality as other DVDs compared to the price, but I enjoy this too much for that to be a factor. I also wouldn't necessarily recommend this to someone who has never worked with a kettlebell before as she does not verbally review basic form (aside from what you see) which may not benefit some new to this type of workout. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Another great DVD from Lauren Brooks Review by Renee
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I am not pregnant but felt this DVD still provided a great workout, got my heart rate up. I have Lauren's first DVD Ultimate Sculpt and Condition Volume 1 and was ready to try something new but I was not ready for Volume 2 so I decided to give this DVD a try and I am so glad I did. I plan on alternating between baby bells and volume 1. I love the way I feel when I workout with kettlebells and Lauren is a great instructor. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
best pregnancy workout I've found Review by Brittany
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I'm a runner who incorporates kettlebells for the great strength and cardio they provide. At 4 1/2 months pregnant I can't run as much as I used to though and was afraid to use some of my other kettlebell videos as they do moves not safe during your 2nd and 3rd trimester. This one however is amazing!! I even got my husband to do it with me once and he was sore the next day. It's long enough to give you a full body workout too if you don't want to do anything else with it. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Great video! Review by Nettiepye
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This video is great for pregnancy and is great because the hubby can work out with you too with heavier weights. I definitely recommend it! (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Challenging Review by Amazon Customer
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A great video for pregnant women in all trimesters, but also just a challenging workout by itself. There are plenty of modifications I can make to keep doing the video beyond my pregnancy, and to keep it challenging. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Awesome workout! Review by Ben
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This is a tough but doable workout. I'm not currently pregnant, but wanted to get into better shape before pregnancy and be able to continue once pregnant. I'm a newbie to kettle bells, but absolutely love it! They take up very little space and are a great workout while kiddos are sleeping and you can't spend hours at the gym. My husband (in good shape) has done the workout with much heavier bells than me and agrees that this is a tough workout. Not for someone who is pregnant and never worked out before. Definitely recommend! (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Great for an out of shape preggo or out of shaper in general! Review by Anya
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If you are like me and work in an office 10+ hours a day SITTING all day and haven't workout out in years, this video is for you whether you are pregnant or not. I tried Lauren's Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD and it was wayyyyy to hard for me (non pregnant). I could barely do it with either no kettlebell or a baby 10lb bell. Then my recovery was so long after I gave up. If I would have tried this one I could have kept up with it. And it's fun to watch Lauren's belly!

Now that I am pregnant I tried this and I could actually do it with a 10lb bell (or no bell) and am in the 1 week recovery range. I want to keep doing it once a week until I recover faster and can work up to more. I like that is is safe for all trimesters so you can use it the entire pregnancy. Lauren is good in letting you rest to get your heart rate down, and at 38 minutes you can still do it with your preggo exhaustion. She says you can do it with a dumbbell as well. And it actually has enough of a warm up and cool down that you don't have to do more before/after like most videos that only have like a 30 sec cool down.

Only negative: this video offers NO instruction. You need to know how to do the kettlebell swing, overhead swing, clean & press. I learned how to do these from Lauren's instruction in her other DVD. Or look on Youtube. Otherwise everything is very simple.

BONUS: if you buy from Lauren's website she has a pregnancy e-book with TONNNNNS of preggo kettlebell workouts if you are more experienced! (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Five Stars Review by Shauna Thompson
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love!!! works for pregnant and nonpregnant! (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Overall well executed Review by Katy
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Good exercises and great modifications. I would have appreciated more instruction on correct form, as I'm a fitness professional and picky about that, but for more advanced exercisers it should be no problem. I enjoyed that she is so pregnant doing the exercises, but I wish she had a full shirt on. My husband walked by when I was doing the video and said "why doesn't she have a shirt on?" Overall I'm really glad I got this DVD.

It did come scratched though (bought used in "excellent condition"), so I just have to rewind to do two sets of the second set of exercises, or just remember what we did and repeat them. Not too big of a deal though. (Posted on 6/9/2015)


Sunday

Starting the Day Off Just Right

If I can begin my day with a wakeboard session every morning I certainly would. Unfortunately, I can't justify taking the time out of my busy days to do this for myself, not to mention it could get very expensive. Even on a regular basis it just doesn't make sense for me with my life. Priorities really shift when you have kids and run your own business. Doing pleasurable things such as below really do get put on the back burner. The only time I can allow myself to do things that are not "practical" with my crazy schedule is on my birthday! It's the one day out of the year I give myself the gift of something that I just want, within reason of course. I started this tradition 2 years ago on my 30th birthday. Then a year went by and I was going to do it again for my 31st, but unforutantely I tore my ACL, several weeks prior. That changed my plans really quickly about being able to do something active and super fun on my birthday. (Was kind of depressing actually) Instead I gifted myself a massage and some how was able to hobble around with some incredible girls for a ladies night of fun out in the town. So it wasn't so bad. ;-)

This year I knew I had to go back out on the water. However, being that I still have not repaired my ACL the surgical way, I was still a bit hesitant. I was invited to go out on a boat a few weeks back. I took the opportunity but only had a few minutes since I had to work that morning. The bindings on the wakeboard that was available happened to be much too large for me, so it forced me not to keep it very mellow. Especially since I could barely carve without feeling like I was going to fall out of the bindings, it was fun just getting wet. Now yesterday was different! I rented a boat for 30 minutes and brought my little girls and husband to celebrate. My motto is go big or go home, which can be quite dangerous when easing back in to something. Here is a quick video clip of some footage. The rest of the evening, well, I can't really share because it was a night to remember. My friends who joined me would be mad if I revealed anything, so I'll just leave it as it was a night I'll NEVER forget! Thanks guys!










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Friday

Talking, Working Out, and Cooking with Bob Harper



I had the privilege of being invited to a private event with only about 15 guests that allowed me to attend a Workout and Cookout with Bob Harper.  The event took place yesterday in Santa Monica at the beautiful Hotel Casa Del Mar.  The event was hosted by Anthem/Blue Cross in order to raise awareness about preventative health.  I have to give mad props to Anthem for doing something like this.  Most folks don't have a very positive opinion on health insurance companies.  Normally, we think they just want our money and don't really care about our health.  I guess I was wrong.  The President of Anthem was there and she truly poured her heart out about how important it is for this company to really spread the word on taking care of oneself to avoid crazy medical costs.  It was very exciting to hear and see, and that was one of the reasons they decided to team up with The Biggest Loser's, Bob Harper.  They encouraged everyone to find out their Health Footprint Score, which you can do right here.





Bob Harper and Me
I enjoyed it but I think my
husband felt different.  ;-)
The first part of the morning was Bob talking about why he is passionate about preventative health and how it was a no brainer for him to team up with Anthem.  Then we all went outside in back of the hotel to the sandy beautiful beaches of Santa Monica for a little buddy workout.  I thought he was going to kill us like they do on The Biggest Loser.  Luckily he was much nicer to us and the buddy bodyweight workout was actually pretty creative and fun.  My legs are a bit sore today!  I may have to implement a few of the new methods he utilized.  He definitely knows how to think outside of the box.  All of the exercises were safely done and the only portion of the workout that was painful were the long hold half squats.  I thought my legs were going to fail on me.  I never train this way, but thought I'd go along with the class like a good student.  It's nice to be a student from time to time and not always the teacher.  Glad I did!  Here is Bob, using me as his partner, showing the group an exercise.  My job was to bridge 10 or so times, then abduct my legs in to his legs, while my partner squeezes/adducts his legs in to mine.  Good for those who enjoy that type of thing.  I used my strong hip power that I've developed with kettlebells and Bob was having a VERY hard time adducting his legs with the resistance I was giving him.  Bob said surprisingly, "WOW you are REALLY STRONG!  She is REALLY STRONG!"  I said one word, "Kettlebells," and smiled.  I heard Ben in the background saying, "Yes she is!"



Then Ben had a really fun time putting his foot on my upper back as I was doing a plank.   I think he leaned on me extra hard to try and tell me something, of course I wouldn't budge for anything!  Bob encouraged Ben to not go easy on me either!

 


If that wasn't enough of a thrill, after our workout we went back inside the hotel and partnered up at cooking stations to make the most delicious stir fry that I have ever had.  I'm not kidding you!  This was Bob's recipe and we did it all together.  I gotta hand it to him.  He's got some good skills.   Bob had the option for those who wanted chicken or tempeh.  I was able to have a beautiful vegan stir fry.  Bob was vegan for 4 years, but recently had cravings for eggs.  He decided to act on what his body was telling him to do, which I don't see anything wrong with.  Unfortunately many vegan purists gave him a lot of anguish for eating eggs.  To come to his defense, I don't agree with those that feel the need to be negative or so stuck on labels.  As a person who ate vegan for 5 months, not that long in the scheme of things, I just added back in some eggs since my body told me, I don't feel that I need to hide that.  I am all for animal rights, but a person who has been classified as a vegan, who chooses to one day eat a piece of fish or an egg, should not be looked down upon.  It's a personal preference and you have to respect everyones choices and needs.  Here is the recipe.  I plan on making this again very soon!

Cooking away!  I love being in control of my own food. 



Bob Harper's Healthy Stir Fry recipe  (Serves 3-4)

At least 1 lb of vegetables: (broccoli, fresh mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, asparagus, snow peas, jicama or water chestnuts, bean sprouts)
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 package tempeh or optional 1lb skinless chicken breast (I will probably not use either or add seeds)
6-10 shitake mushrooms
3 garlic cloves
2 Tbs diced jalapenos
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbs fresh lime juice (incredible)
1 Tbs Bragg liquid aminos (I will use wheat free Tamari)


Stir Fry plus a bonus of Kale and Eggplant


After we cooked, it was time to talk.  Most of the group asked him different questions about nutrition, fitness, and how to lose those last 10 pounds.  He said losing those last 10 pounds are the hardest part for everyone.  I tell my clients the same thing.  Losing the weight is not the hardest part.  It's sustaining it and keeping it off that's the hardest part.  He discussed how most people are able to work towards a goal, but once you get there it's very easy to lose sight of things.  The key to having a healthy weight and keeping it off is to make it a habit.  Not just a goal.  That is why I personally love to challenge myself with strength goals.  It keeps me practicing and moving to achieve small goals.  Losing weight is just not enough to keep me excited.  It's the entire picture of health and longevity.  Having a nice physique is just a great by-product of the healthy foods and lifestyle.


I had a quick opportunity to chat with Bob about kettlebells.  He was telling me in this picture how much he LOVES Pavel.  I asked him if he'd consider coming to the RKC to get certified.  He seemed very excited and told me that he was all for it! 

I then proceeded to tell him that for part of the RKC test he would need to be able to snatch a 53lb kettlebell 100 times in less than 5 minutes.  He reacted a bit surprised and joked saying it would be, "no problem."   I told him that I'd help him get there.  ;-)   


 With Bob being on one of the most watched TV shows in the nation,  it is good to know that he uses the  influence he has on people in a positive way.  He really just wants to help people change their lives to become healthier.  Despite all the commercials for cereals such as Fiber One or products that are filled with artificial sweeteners it's comforting to know that he doesn't seem to believe in any of them.  He doesn't even like soy, however, his one vice is a Soy Cappuccino.  Coffee and a touch of soy milk is the one thing he can't give up!  I can understand that.  He said Jillian Michaels has her chocolate stash and would kill anyone who touches it.  We are all human and need little treats from time to time, especially when giving up so many other things.  All in all it was a very fun day.  I look forward to many more adventures!