Monday

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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Sunday

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"








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




Tuesday

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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