Tuesday

Why It's Time to Make Workouts Fun! (If you're not already doing so)

Let's just be honest with ourselves right here and now! How will this year be any different from all the previous years? We all know that this is the time of year we start to think, plan and begin striving toward being more fit, healthy and simply happier in our lives. So then ask yourself the question, how will this year be any different? Whatever you decide that looks like, if you aren't having any fun, then you are missing the whole point. It could very well be the main reason why you have a tough time sticking to your goals. The same goes if you are stuck in a routine that leaves you feeling drained and unsatisfied. My guess is, you've probably made endless promises to yourself for years now, we all have, especially around this time of year. But this time will be different. You're going to hit the pavement hard running a million miles per minute and now you have more willpower than you've ever had in the past. You won't fail yourself this time because this year is your year! For some reason you're feeling much more motivated, right?

WRONG!!!!  Your hopes and dreams are rarely brought to fruition!

Why would this year be any different? 

Quick note: If you feel like you're on the perfect fitness program and you're at a top notch place in your life, then stop reading this article now. This is not for you. 



Try Something New and Fun!

Have you thought about trying something new? Or are you going back to the same old routine you failed previously with? What makes you think if you try the same recipe it will taste better this time? I'm surely not here to rain on your parade, but I'm here to give you the truth. You will fail miserably if you continue to do the same training program that you gave up on last time.  My point for being a realist is not to be a Debbie downer. I'm merely trying be the friend that tells you what you need to hear. Someone needs to give you a wake up call so you realize it's time to find something that you look forward to. Something that you may consider FUN! Yes FUN!!!   


You may be thinking, delusional thoughts such as "how can I actually have fun or enjoyment while achieving a healthier, stronger, and leaner body? There is no such thing! I've never heard of being able to enjoy getting in shape.  You have to work hard and it's painful and boring. Besides I don't like to starve myself."  WRONG ALL WRONG!



Set Realistic Goals

What if there was a way for you to do something every day that literally took less than 12 minutes of your time?  What if that 12 minutes actually became pleasurable and fun to you, to the point that you were disappointed that it was over?  If you fall in the category of not having enough time and/or just wanting to vomit at the thought of working out, this may be what you need.  It's time to take the pressure off of yourself thinking you need these long drawn out workout sessions.  If your first goal is beginning with a 10-12 minute workout program this would be much more attainable. 




Choosing The Right Workout

The first goal I'd recommend starting with is find something that is sustainable.  A realistic way of moving that you can actually stick to. Find a way of training that enhances your life. It doesn't have to be the end all be all. If it is sucking the life out of you and leaving you with no energy throughout the day, you have chosen the wrong workout. The right workout is the one that leaves you feeling like you want more. The one that makes you feel more energized. The one that enhances your brain activity. After all, if the body stops moving the brain activity begins to decrease.  




Create Distance With Your Enablers

We all have enablers in our lives. Some of them are our dear friends that we meet with for dinner or drinks. Or our own family members that encourage us to skip our planned workout session and eat some unhealthy food together. It's absolutely okay to do this from time to time. But you need to be very upfront with your enablers and let them know your goals and make sure they are on board with you. If they can not support you then it's time to make room for people in your life that do.


Accountability and Success

It's proven that people will be much more accountable when they have small victories to celebrate along the way. Create a reward program for yourself. For example... "I will show up for my 12 minute session 5 times this week and at the end of that week I will reward myself with a pedicure." 
Even better, find a workout partner that can also be accountable with you. The more accountable you can be to other people, the more successful you will become.  It can be too easy to have the internal dialogue and let yourself down. If you need more motivation than the above just read my article   Shut Up and Train - 13 Ways To Eradicate Excuses


Make A Choice

 If you choose to do nothing then you are actually choosing to be weak and unhealthy. If you choose 12 minutes of a well thought out, approachable, efficient, and fun workout session, then you may very well surprise yourself.  If you don't know how or where to start, I can help you with that! 

Where Do I Start?

The internet can be quite overwhelming and filled with more ways to train than you can imagine. Most of it is garbage to be perfectly honest with you. The best way to start is with a very intelligent and motivating personal trainer, with a good track record, that has helped many people achieve their goals. You may need to do a little research. If you don't have the time or money to commit to a trainer or group classes, then the next best thing is working out from home. I've been blessed to be able to create solid information, that has actually helped thousands of people learn how to get in shape and stay in shape all from the comfort of their living room. The coolest part about it, is they didn't hate it! In fact many loved it so much they flew out to see me and shared with me what they learned. I was very impressed how well people were able to learn proper technique and create healthy habits through my videos! I put some on the bottom of this post.




Go Get Em!

In conclusion, whatever path you choose, enjoy the journey! Life is filled with so many beautiful moments. You might as well be as healthy and strong as you possibly can. Not just for yourself but for your loved ones. 

Happy New Year everyone!

xoxo,












Live Workshops



I'm excited to announce that I'm locking down dates and locations for some upcoming workshops in 2015. If you would like to spend several hours or a day learning simple and fun techniques which will help you move better, lose fat, become much stronger and leaner, make sure to sign up for one of the workshops.


FAT LOSS AND STRENGTH WORKSHOP 
For Beginners

Move better and Feel Better learning how to use your body weight and kettlebells to achieve the strong and lean body you've always strived for. Quick and efficient workouts will get you there without the long drawn out boring cardio sessions that run your muscle off and cause overuse injuries. Be ready to change your life!

Instructed by Lauren Brooks and the amazing Paul Daniels

Where: North San Diego County (Encinitas).

January 24th Saturday 10:30 - 1:30 

Fitness Level: Beginner or All Level

Cost: $97 Early Bird Special

Goes up to $127 after 1/5/15

Space is very limited!

Grab your spot here

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Beginning FAT LOSS AND STRENGTH WORKSHOP

AUSTIN, TEXAS
at the Onnit Academy

Move better and Feel Better learning how to use your body weight and kettlebells to achieve the strong and lean body you've always strived for. Quick and efficient workouts will get you there without the long drawn out boring cardio sessions that run your muscle off and cause overuse injuries. Be ready to change your life!

Instructed by Lauren Brooks 

Feb 7th Saturday 
Time:
12-4 p.m.

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Registration opens now. Early bird special

$119



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SOME THOUGHTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTENDED LAUREN'S WORKSHOPS:

Lauren's workshop was specific, efficient and perfectly designed with appropriate progressions. Specific needs were easily addressed. Individuals each received cues plus suggestions constantly throughout the entire session. Lauren demonstrates and presents excellent real life examples of each kettlebell exercise, as well as providing a specific accurate workbook. SENSATIONAL!
Robin E., Encinitas Ca



I had a great time! Lauren is an excellent teacher she covers everything. She is definitely educated on the human body and knows what she teaches. Loved the class!
M. Roybal, San Diego Ca



"Outstanding workshop. I learned so many new things and I felt challenged throughout. The instructor was very thorough, with great examples. Great pace, I never felt burnt out, but it was never too easy. Excellent motivation as well. The class far exceeded my expectations."
Eric G. - Carlsbad, Ca

" I really enjoyed your laid back style. You are thorough yet you let us get our own feel for it. I will continue to learn from you."
Carrie M. - San Diego, Ca

" I really liked this workshop. You are clear and easy to take direction from. I would recommend this to anyone. I thought this workshop would be good, but it was great. Thanks for sharing!
Tracey B. - Encinitas, Ca

Being a beginner to kettlebells, I thought this workshop was awesome!! Lauren did an excellent job of explaining the different kettlebell moves and also kept me safe from hurting myself. (Which could easily happen being so new to kettlebells) I would love to, and look forward to, taking more classes/workshops in the future. Great job, Lauren!!"
Sarah R. - Newport Beach, Ca

"Loved the workshop. It was great to see if I was actually using Kettlebells correctly. The towel kettlebell swing was my light bulb moment. I love the manual and can't wait to go home and start a new workout!
Karyn R. - Marysville, Ca

 Well Organized
- Comprehensive
- Understandable
- Applicable

And very FUN in a non-intimidating environment.

Well worth the drive! 
Tammy C,  Santa Cruz, California

"Really informative and not intimidating. Wish you lived in Los Angeles."

Amanda L,  Los Angeles, California

"I was very impressed with Lauren's ability to patiently explain each move focusing on each step as it should be executed.  I went in with no knowledge of what a kettlebell workout should look like and feel as though, with some work, I will be able to apply the exercises I learned. Thank you!!"

Honey D, Carlsbad, California

"This was wonderful.  I attended hoping to learn something different & fun, & learn it safely.  You totally delivered.  I look forward to integrating kettlebells into my workout!

Leah. W. , Ca

Dreams DO come true!
I've dreamed of taking a class with Lauren Brooks since I first discovered her DVD workouts about 2 years ago. I live in the UK whilst Lauren lives in the US so I thought my dream would remain just that. Well sometimes dreams do come true as I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Lauren on her recent trip to London and what an experience it was! I was very nervous before attending thinking it would be filled with super fit, amazingly honed athletes and I would be left standing in their dust. Not so. There was a great cross section of kettlebellers from out of shape beginners to some RKC's and Lauren taught us all with huge encouragement, intuition and passion. Lauren's love for what she does is evident in every move and sentence. Lauren is warm, encouraging and totally non-intimidating. Her form tips are excellent. For instance in order to stop some manic swings that were being performed she told us all to think "float" at the top of the swing and it worked like a charm - no more bionic swinging! She wants everybody to progress, safely, to be their best selves and to have fun with their kettlbell practice and not view it as a chore.

If you ever get the chance to work with Lauren, please, please take it. I gained so much from my workshop experience - vastly improved form from when I walked in (even the RKC's participating in the workshop had some tweaks made to their form) and increased confidence that I was actually on the right path and pretty darn good at some moves (swings).

If ever Lauren comes to the UK again for a workshop she can count on at least one class member for sure - me!

Thank you Lauren for everything.
Charmaine, UK




I have been a fan for a long time. I love Lauren's instruction style, it's thorough, clear and it keeps me safe. The Kettlebell Body is proof that Lauren is dedicated to forever learning because she managed to make the best even better with new techniques and even more energy. I think these workout sequences are the best yet, uncomplicated to follow but they make you sweat!!! Lauren's teaching got me hooked on kettlebells. I got serious about my workouts about eight months ago and used Lauren's workouts and the new Kettlebell Body routines to stay focused. In that time I have lost about 37lbs from a combo of exercise and nutrition changes. Most important to me are the SIX inches (I just measured) that melted off my middle-belly all while I was having fun and getting stronger with kettlebells. You can so do this! I LOVE this DVD and highly recommend it. Lauren, your work keeps getting better and better. Thank you for helping me to get it in gear and to finally start transforming my coach potato body. You are an inspiration.  --- Chante`


SOME OPTIONS ON HOW TO GET STARTED


Brand new to exercise or any sort of kettlebell type training  Start Here or Sign Up for a Distant Coaching/Nutrition Session 

  I'd be honored to help you!

If you are very confused please email me here so we can make sure you are starting on the right foot. 

You deserve the best path for yourself! You only get one life!

Small group classes and private sessions in the North County San Diego area (Encinitas) visit the class website here at www.mykettlebellgroup.blogspot.com

 FOR THOSE NOT in the area I offer online training and nutrition plans for people all over the world. Email me at kbellqueen@me.com to set up an appointment.













SOME OPTIONS ON HOW TO GET STARTED


Brand new to exercise or any sort of kettlebell type training  Start Here or Sign Up for a Distant Coaching/Nutrition Session 

  I'd be honored to help you!

If you are very confused please email me here so we can make sure you are starting on the right foot. 

You deserve the best path for yourself! You only get one life!


I have been a fan for a long time. I love Lauren's instruction style, it's thorough, clear and it keeps me safe. The Kettlebell Body is proof that Lauren is dedicated to forever learning because she managed to make the best even better with new techniques and even more energy. I think these workout sequences are the best yet, uncomplicated to follow but they make you sweat!!! Lauren's teaching got me hooked on kettlebells. I got serious about my workouts about eight months ago and used Lauren's workouts and the new Kettlebell Body routines to stay focused. In that time I have lost about 37lbs from a combo of exercise and nutrition changes. Most important to me are the SIX inches (I just measured) that melted off my middle-belly all while I was having fun and getting stronger with kettlebells. You can so do this! I LOVE this DVD and highly recommend it. Lauren, your work keeps getting better and better. Thank you for helping me to get it in gear and to finally start transforming my coach potato body. You are an inspiration.  --- Chante`

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