Wednesday

5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Part of a Community

As humans we are hardwired to be around other humans. We are designed to have connection and the sense of belonging. In fact belonging is a huge part of human survival whether you like it or not. Even as an introvert and someone who cherishes having the space to think, just be, and shut my mind off, I've personally experienced the important value of community.

Without getting too sciency on you, multiple studies have shown how hormones such as Oxytocin and Seratonin are the driving force for the need of human connection. I chose to share this important topic with you today because a tremendous amount of people are craving human connection. The beauty of this day and age is you can create connections and find community through in person and online groups.

Before I get in to the top 5 reasons here is one recent example of a couple of students of mine who built community, developed deep connection, and friendship.



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{ we met on the internet... }⠀ ⠀ Through an online fitness group. She was a mom of 4, I was about to get married. It was 2012, and my first kettlebell idol, @laurenbrooksfitness , whom I would eventually train with weekly, in person, while I lived in SoCal, released this program that you could do on your own and had a Facebook group that you got access too. GAME. CHANGER. ⠀ ⠀ Now, I had bought several other programs before and I had NEVER finished one. But this one, not only did I finish, but I have made REAL friendships from the group. Like, have been to each other’s homes, shared meals together, and our kids know each other REAL. ⠀ ⠀ So REAL, that my now dear friend Amy @maharfamilycrafts sent me a quilt that she handmade. Isn’t it beautiful?!? She found the fabric after we spent a weekend together driving to Lauren’s first east coast kettlebell workshop in Charlotte, NC from Maryland. You could say she knows me well 😉⠀ ⠀ As a busy mom, sometimes it’s hard to get out of the house to meet new people, but when you have a group of people, who GET you, and you are all supporting each other...well, those are some REAL friendships. ⠀ ⠀ You can have this too. When you sign up for BusyMom FitTips, you get the FREE guide AND the link to join the tribe. Don’t wait, there are new friendships to start!! And I’ll be live in the tribe tonight at 8:30pm. ⠀#linkinprofile
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There are hundreds of more stories like this. Now it's time for YOU to get out there, get out of your comfort zone and become part of a community.

1. HAPPINESS 
Being part of a community increases your level of happiness and can lower depression. Not only can socializing with others that are like minded fill you up and leave you feeling more joy, but it can also be FUN! Having fun and laughing will give you many more happy moments in life. Who doesn't want to be happier?

2. INSPIRATION
There is only so much inspiration and motivation you can get from yourself. This is not to say reading books and watching online seminars can't inspire you. However, nothing replaces the inspiration that can take over your whole body with healthy discussion within a community. Creating connection with others who are doing the things you've always dreamed of, can inspire you to make a positive change.

3. SUPPORT
It can be very difficult to ask for help. Being part of a community can open up the flood gates to people who love to help others. We all carry a gift and have something to offer. Whether you're the person receiving or giving advice or support, it's paramount to share with one another the experiences good or bad to be able to have a shoulder to lean on. This is how you can create solid bonds with others. Having a solid bond will lift you up .

4. OPPORTUNITY
Not only do we get to learn from other peoples success or mistakes, but there is a lot of opportunity within communities. There are opportunities within a group to be the "go to" expert on a certain subject or service, opportunity to be offered a job, or have more chances to meet up for fun social activities. The opportunities are endless when becoming part of a community that is right for you.

5. LIVE LONGER
When you have a sense of belonging you'll feel the effects of more happiness, less stress, less anxiety and it can help prevent chronic diseases. Having community will make you feel as if you have more meaning in your life and a sense of purpose.

Now this doesn't mean join any community. This also doesn't mean you have to be involved with a community that doesn't resonate with your values and interest. The only way you'll ever know what works and what doesn't is if you do a little research and give it a chance. You may find that you resonate with multiple circles and communities. You'll be surprised with how fabulous a strong inspiring and supportive group can enhance your vitality and well being.

It can be very overwhelming. Try out several! 
Here are a few ideas
Join a gym with classes.
Find a networking group.
Join an online support and fitness community. Try out one of mine here
Volunteer for community service.
Participate in meet ups.
Try something new in a group atmosphere.

Hope this post inspired you to get moving and involved in something. Even if it's once a month. If you're interested in one of the communities I offer where people have created strong bonds and friendships, I'd love to guide you to the one that would fit your needs. We have people all over the world that have met in person and developed friendships that truly bring tears to my eyes. Contact me if you need some guidance through my website. Now what are you waiting for?


Thursday

Favorite Booty Builders of the Month





Favorite Booty Builders of the month

1️⃣ Deep Suspended Single Leg Hinging 10 reps per side

2️⃣ Explosive Kettlebell Deadlifts from a deficit  10-15 reps

3️⃣ Elevated Bridges holding a weight 15-20 reps

4️⃣ Kettlebell Swings 15-20 reps

Good ole fashion swings will always be in there! Go through these exercises for 3-5 rounds for some proper glute building. Other wise known as Booty Building

Don’t forget I have the Ultimate Booty builder programs. One is called the Tushy Transformation which can only be found in Lauren’s Playground (online gym and community)  along with hours and hours of other body sculpting and toning workouts.

Grab a spot in Lauren's playground because I’m actually going to be closing down open registration on Monday June 7th by 1p.m. EST so I can spend more time with my wonderful founding members and getting to know my new members on a personal level. I do not know when I’ll open up registration again.

If you’re more in to hard copy kettlebell DVD’s don’t miss “Kettlebutts” from The Kettlebell Body or any other 12 titles I have left. 60% off right now with code: 60off  Will last until our stock is completely out.

Grabs yours before the hard copies are all gone here


Stay tuned for more favorite butt builders, strengtheners, and lifters!

Wednesday

Find Your Line: An Introduction to Handstands




Have you always wanted to do handstands but you just didn't know where to start? Or fear got in the way? Let Brittany van Schravendijk, Handstand and Kettlebell coach KB Fit Britt, break it down for you in a simple way. You do not want to miss this if you've ever been curious about adding handstands to your regimen this would be where to begin.
Start your handstand journey with this introductory course that includes tutorials on hand position, body alignment, finding balance, building strength, and how to fail safely.
This program is now available in Lauren's Playground. We've just added 2 new course sections today to this online gym community.





This awesome tutorial course along with "Workouts of the Week - My Top Picks" to help you decide what workout to do when you're either in between one of the 35 programs or if you just want to be told what to do!
As many of you know I'm closing down open registration to Lauren's Playground in a few days. Don't miss out on all of the fun. Learn more about how to get access to these programs plus 40+ kettlebell based workout programs, recipes, and more.


NOTE: All of the prices currently listed will not be available moving forward when I re-open registration in the future. The value of the lifetime will also be increasing since naturally we will be adding much more content! All prices will go up next round of open registration.So if you know of someone who absolutely needs community and solid fitness education, videos, programs, guidance, connection wherever they go, you may want to share the news or take advantage of this opportunity so you or your loved ones can get in and avoid the price going up in the future.
We Have 3 Options!
  1. Monthly option – cancel any time. – get your feet wet.
  2. Yearly option – better deal – Jump in and commit
  3. Playground Warrior – Lifetime sale option which includes $1000 off, signed copy of my book and an hour coaching call.

Playground #Warrior Discounted $1000 Off!

Looking forward to meeting many of the new members making the commitment to their health and well being. We will be closing in just days!



Monday

Am I Making a Big Mistake?






3 years ago my dream came true. I released a gym that people all over the world can access to any time of day and from every device, computer, TV, you name it. I have many of the same founding members from 3 years ago still happy as a clam seeing incredible life changing results being apart of Lauren's Playground.

In just a few days I've made the decision to not accept new members any time. This way I can focus on all of the current members and the new members coming in for the next few days before I close down open registration. I don't know when I'll open it again.

NOTE: All of the prices currently listed will not be available moving forward when I re-open registration in the future. The value of the lifetime will also be increasing since naturally we will be adding much more content! All prices will go up next round of open registration.
So if you know of someone who absolutely needs community and solid fitness education, videos, programs, guidance, connection wherever they go, you may want to share the news or take advantage of this opportunity so you or your loved ones can get in and avoid the price going up in the future.

We have 3 options! 

1. Monthly option - cancel any time. - get your feet wet.

2. Yearly option - better deal - Jump in and commit

Link for above 2 options here

3. Playground Lifetime #warrior - Lifetime sale option which includes $1000 off, signed copy of my book and an hour coaching call.

Playground #warrior discounted $1000 off link here

Looking forward to meeting many of the new members making the commitment to their health and well being. We will be closing registration in days!

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. 

Saturday

The Life Changing Transformation from Back Pain and 3 Cesareans to a Kettlebell Body for Life



The Kettlebell Body Life Changing Transformation

From Back pain to no pain with kettlebells. From 3 C-sections to a strong body with kettlebell training. Read a snippet of Robyn's story below. This is very common among many women.
Many years ago I did an inspiration story of Robyn and her husband David after they both transformed their bodies using kettlebells properly both in person with me and using my DVD programs at home on their own. You can read the old blog post here.... since then they moved and ended up being blessed with a third child and another C-section. It was time to update to show this has been a life long journey. Keep reading to find out!

I was very fearful of trying Kettlebells because of my weak back and pain I had experienced. Lauren explained how it can strengthen my back so I took a private class with Lauren a few months before becoming pregnant with my second child and began using her Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells volume 1 kettlebell DVD. During my second pregnancy, I did not suffer from lower back pain. After my second baby was born (and yes, another c-section) I decided I would shed the weight by doing kettlebell fitness classes.

I kept telling Lauren I was fearful of using heavier weights because I didn’t want to “bulk up” and I was still being very cautious in regards to my “weak back.” After using kettlebells diligently 3-5 times a week for a year now I can see that my body is much leaner and I finally have defined muscles (which I have never had before) but absolutely no “bulkiness.” My back is so much stronger than it used to be as is my core.

3 C sections later and I’m now stronger and leaner and in the best shape of my life. ’”

Robyn Josephs Sacks is now a kettlebell fitness instructor and teaches classes in the Fresno area. You can email her here to check out her classes. She became KEFI certified under a 2 day intensive instructor course I taught. More info on that as I plan on certifying many more inspiring people.


Train Kettlebells with any of my workouts videos or programs here. Downloads here

Clearance Kettlebell DVD Sale 60% off Code: 60off -------> SHOP DVD'S HERE

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT:

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT:

I’m actually going to be closing down open registration in a few days so I can spend more time with my wonderful founding members and get to know my new members on a personal level. I do not know when I’ll open up registration again.

Grab a spot in Lauren’s Playground - online gym - before registration closes ---- HERE

But wait.... If you're feeling like a #warrior you can sign up or upgrade to our lifetime membership option. Code: newbeginnings to SAVE $1000. You'll get a signed copy of my book Kettlebells For Women and a Free 1 Hour coaching call. This will go away as soon as we close down open registration. I can't wait to get personal with all of my new members and continue personal relationships with my found members!

It's amazing how our thoughts can transform in to reality! If you aspire to be a warrior THINK like a warrior and commit to a healthy lifestyle. Have a beautiful weekend!

XOXO,



p.s. We just did a Facebook Live in Lauren's Playground. Members log in to your playground group to see it. New program coming up when we close registration. PLUS I will have a new section to help with the overwhelm of having too many programs to choose from. I am listening to your suggestions and will be adding Lauren's suggestions for workouts of the week to take all the guess work out of it! Yay! Love you all!