Monday

Why I Keep Going Back To The Kettlebell








My first foray into working out was inside a traditional gym. There were machines and resistance equipment. I was fascinated with learning how to set up each strength machine perfectly while designing just the right program to achieve the physique I was striving for.

I always felt good with the conventional programs. I had scheduled days such as Chest/Triceps, Back/Biceps, Legs/abs along with cardio. Old school, like 25 years ago! As long as I stuck to my program I felt good. I was actually scared to deviate.

I thought I was strong until I discovered Kettlebell training. I was humbled learning how disconnected my body really was.

The first time I did a Get Up 15 years ago, I could barely get off the ground with 8lbs in my hand. Pull ups and real squats were a joke. I was under the illusion that I was in amazing shape, until discovering the Kettlebell philosophy. It was a downer realizing my body didn’t know how to work together as one unit after all the time I put in to the gym. 

I was fantastic at bicep curls and I even had the biceps to show for it! 😂 My leg press was strong and my legs looked good (at least that’s what I thought). I could leg press with 3 huge plates per side. But the carry over wasn’t there! 

Clearly my body didn’t know how to use itself. 

In this last year I’ve stepped away from using Kettlebells consistently. Afterall it’s been 15 years on and off (mostly on) and I felt it was time to change my focus. The last few months I’ve been playing with mostly ring training and hardly even lifted bells except to film a workout for Lauren’s Playground. 

This morning I felt real guilty about not purposely swinging or snatching a bell in more months than I can admit. As if I abandoned the very thing that got me the strength I have today. The very thing that allowed me to once do Get Ups with 62lbs and gave me the body armor to pull up with 52lbs worth of Kettlebells hanging from my feet. My body learned how to work together in a balanced way because of the Kettlebell training I did. I owe my structural integrity to the philosophy behind Kettlebell training.

This morning, since it had been a while, I thought I’d swing and snatch a Kettlebell that was actually impossible for me when I first started.

The snatches with the 35lb bell felt amazing, even though I hardly snatch anymore. The 26lb that once was heavy to me, felt like air. Is this from having the skill embedded in my body? Must be.... 

The point is I will never forget what gave me the foundation I now have to allow me to try things I could never do in my 20’s and even in my early 30’s. 

I am so grateful for all that the Kettlebell has taught me along with the coaches and colleagues I’ve had the honor of working with and learning from along the way. When I’m not learning I feel like I’m dying. 

Here’s to honoring where you started from and appreciating what got you on your path to greatness. Never forget your roots!






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Friday

Metabolic Conditioning KETTLEBELL Workout - 10 Minutes





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Thursday

Whole Made Meal Ideas

First off I'd like to thank Paige Reagan, (soon to be) a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, for contributing these incredible, simple, tasty and HEALTHY "whole-male meals" to the world. These are her descriptions. To read more about Paige and our exclusive Nutritional Therapy section, please visit here

These meals are PALEO Friendly, Gluten Free, WholeFood30 friendly, unprocessed and 100% approved by me! If you want to feel healthier, lose a couple of pounds along the way and get your digestive system under control, try some of these out!




Whole-Made Meal #1

"Whole-made meal" using these amazing organic, seasonal ingredients. Free-range chicken, Brussels sprouts and white sweet potatoes roasted in virgin coconut oil, with sauteed purple cabbage. A few minutes of prep work, a pinch of sea salt, and you're done!




Whole-Made Meal # 2


A simple "whole-made" meal in under 30 minutes. Wild-caught salmon on top of organic zucchini noodles that were lightly sauteed in avocado oil and tossed with a homemade, dairy-free, orange-basil pesto made with pistachios instead of the usual pine nuts! A few organic grape tomatoes, a spoonful of pesto, and a pinch of arugula microgreens finish the dish. Simple to make and loaded with protein, healthful Omega-3s, and fresh, colorful carbs!






Whole-Made Meal # 3

"This dish captures fall on a plate! Roasted organic delicata squash, drizzled with a homemade lemon tahini sauce, and topped with antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds. 

Have you ever had delicata squash? If not, give it a try! It takes only 20 minutes to roast with alittle avocado oil and you can even eat the skin! 

Do what you can to eat seasonally and locally. Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonal produce is picked when its fresh and this is when it has the highest nutrient content. When you eat locally your food spends less time in transit and it also helps to support all of those awesome local farmers!"



Whole-Made Meal # 4


A bowl of comfort food on a cool fall night filled with homemade turkey chili, spaghetti squash, a quick pico de gallo made with tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, lime, and a pinch of sea salt, and of course avocado!

Spaghetti squash is so easy make and the perfect low-carb replacement in dishes that call for pasta and grains. It is low in calories and packs a nutritional punch with lots of vitamins C and B6 and healthful minerals, especially potassium, which is important for muscle performance.





Wednesday

The Damage of Telling a Kid to "MAN UP"

To The Adults Who Tell Their Boys To “MAN UP!”

“Man Up!” she said to her son. Her son has been showing signs of anxiety come Monday morning when it was time to go to school. What she doesn’t know is that her son has been a victim of bullying for the last year. Due to the “man up” mentality, her son hasn’t felt comfortable sharing his experiences with his mom or anyone. 

Dear Parents or any adult who cares for kids, 

At some point someone may have told you to “man up”, or “stop acting like a girl". Maybe it was because you fell really hard on the playground or you cried because you lost a game. Maybe it was because you were made fun of by a group of kids and felt like an outcast, so you cried. Whatever it may have been, the unforeseen consequences of telling someone to "man up", can cause a negative residual effect, that can last a lifetime. 

If you want your boys to grow up in a world where he can’t express his feelings, instead learn to suppress his feelings, just tell him to “MAN UP!”. 

If you want your boys to grow up feeling completely disconnected from his emotions, instead learn to lack empathy, just tell him to “MAN UP!” 

If you want your boys to withdraw from real conversation because he feels like what he has to say may not be good enough, just tell him to “MAN UP!”

When your boys are told to “MAN UP” you’re telling him his feelings are not valid. Instead this escalates in to feelings of shame and insecurity, while questioning himself.  



This can turn into anxiety, anger, feelings of isolation and depression. 

By telling your boys those two words, when he finally has the courage to tell you about an event at school that may be bothering him, you shut him down. 

Too many school aged kids are taking their own lives because they don’t have a safe place to express themselves and feel validated. 

More young male teens, who turn in to young men, are abusing drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse is on the rise as a coping mechanism for repressed emotions. This can very well be directly correlated with learning to keep their feelings in, otherwise according to their own support system, they wouldn’t be viewed as a "man". 

We all want our kids to be able to defend themselves and fight their own battles. Without a loving environment, support system that facilitates healthy conversation, we will continue to feed the problem. 

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY!

Many times the kids who are abusive to others are actually holding a tremendous amount of anger inside. These are the very same kids that may have been told to “MAN UP!” at some point in their life. 

When I say the two most destructive words you can say to your boys or girls are “MAN UP” I mean it. 

Respectfully from one parent to another,




Lauren Brooks
Mother and Step Mother
3 girls and 1 boy

Monday

Do This Kettlebell Challenge for 7 Days

JOIN ME FOR A FUN 7 DAY KETTLEBELL CHALLENGE! Starts TODAY! Fun for all Fitness Levels. Get access to a New Kettlebell Challenge every day this week. 


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HAPPY MONDAY! Now Let's do this! What are you waiting for?





 DAY 1
OVERHEAD PRESS or Floor Press  5 es  4es  3 es  2 es 1 es
GOBLET SQUAT                               10     8      6       4      2 
KETTLEBELL SWINGS                     10     10    10    10    10