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21 Day Squat Challenge with Lauren Brooks

  6th ANNUAL SQUAT CHALLENGE!!   Starting January 1st, 2021 #21daysofSquats by Lauren Brooks Look at me just browsing through my gallery of squat challenges! Every year for the past six years I have held a virtual squat challenge. (See, I was doing social distancing before it was even cool!) Believe it or not, this is the SIXTH year of the 21 Day Squat Challenge. If you are looking forward to a new year and a new booty, get ready to sign up for the 21 Day Squat Challenge.  It is free, as challenging as you can stand and includes 21 days of videos and TONS of encouragement. Knowing me, I will also have an AMAZING prize for one lucky participant in the squat challenge.  How does a year’s membership to Lauren’s Playground sound? If you're already a member, you'll get a credit!   Enticing, I’m sure! Squats are one of the most beneficial exercises to practice. Not only do squats make you stronger, burn more fat and give you that nice booty, but as we age we really need to practice s
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