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Even Small Changes in Nutrition Can Make A Big Difference!

Reading about nutrition and educating my clients is a true passion of mine.  I absolutely love designing nutrition plans thanks to the ongoing success that my clients and I have continued to see.  One of the most common phrases I hear from my clients is, "It doesn't even feel like a diet."  That makes me smile because it lets me know that they "get it."  I have collected an array of testimonials that I have not had the chance to share yet.  I will, however, begin by featuring one person at a time.  This month I wanted to highlight a fitness professional that started out on my program already lean and fit, which can sometimes be the most challenging.  She came to me because she wanted to be a little bit more lean.  We discussed that since she was starting with such a low body fat, her body might resist losing any more weight.  It's very common for people to lose a lot of weight in the beginning and then have trouble with the last 5-10 pounds.  Many people ju…

Ultimate Body Sculpt with Kettlebells DVD - VOLUME 3

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got volume 3 in the mail yesterday 12-20-10.  
I couldn't wait to watch it.  On a scale of  1-10 its definitely a 10+ .
1). Scenery beautiful wish I was there 2). Production quality perfect must be HD 3). Music makes me want to put ketttlebell down and dance 4). Workout (Amazing!, Wow!, Great! you thought of everything!!!) I did it this morning I couldn't wait any longer. Boy did I feel powerful and strong when I finish. I know I will finally get the six pack I always wanted now. my hero Lauren.



Thanks again for another out of the box dvd"
Paddy C. Chicago 










The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning Volume 1 got your heart pounding and left you completely drenched.  Volume 2 fired up muscles …

The Truth About Bottled Water

This article appeared in the October issue of My Mad Methods Magazine.  Click on the image to read. Enjoy!



To read more about how good water has changed our lives you can view an older blog post right here.

Lauren Brooks Interview in MyMadMethods Magazine

I was recently interviewed for a new magazine called MyMadMethods.  It's an awesome magazine filled with cutting edge information including workouts, articles, nutrition tips and more. Contributions come from some of the most widely respected trainers around. Below is my interview that appeared in the magazine.  In this issue I also wrote an article about "The Truth About Bottled Water".  I will try and get permission to post this one up as well, since I feel it's necessary for everyone to read.   You can purchase hard copies of this magazine online at mymadmethods.com  Click on the image to read this little interview.



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Happy Thanksgiving Fat Blast Workout #2 (Under 20 minutes)

Video is now up.  Here is the simple, yet very effective fat burning workout also written out for you.  Expect to burn up to 20 calories per minute!  This workout is NOT designed to teach.  Be sure you have the proper kettlebell technique down before performing any online workouts.  Perform at your own risk!!

If you are just learning how to jump rope or are not good at it, this is the perfect way to start.  Jumping rope is a very efficient way to increase your metabolism, build stamina, and condition your whole body.  You can start as slow as you need to.  For those who are experienced practice speed jumping as fast as possible and/or even perform double unders during the short duration of work.  If you do not have a jump rope yet, you may do Jump Squats with or without your suspension trainer for a modification.  I personally like the ultra speed cable ropes from http://www.buyjumpropes.net/

Suggested Kettlebell Sizes in kilograms not pounds for this particular workout.

Female Beginne…

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Almond Flour and Oat (Pumpkin) Pancakes or Apple Pancakes

Here is the recipe for these delicious, healthy and easy to make pancakes.  These can be plain, banana, or any sort of fruit you would like.  You can also substitute the coconut water with regular water, almond or hemp milk.  If you are gluten free be sure to use certified gluten free Oatmeal.  This fed myself, husband, and toddler girls.   The almond flour is packed with protein, fiber, and good fats to keep you full.  We used a little bit of dark maple syrup to dip the pancakes in.  Since I posted this on Facebook, I've received quite a bit of positive feedback about these.  My family has definitely seen them several times since as well!







1 cup    Organic Oatmeal  (Blend in my blendtec to a fine powder) 1 cup     Almond Flour       (certified Gluten Free) 3           Eggs  or  Chia seed gel to make it Vegan 1/3 cup  Pumpkin or an apple cut in 4 1/2 cup  Coconut water, Hemp, or Almond Milk 1 tsp        Vanilla 1 tsp        Baking Powder 1 tsp        Pumpkin/Cinnamon spices
1.  Blend Oats i…

My Final Decision on ACL Reconstructive Surgery

It's been almost 11 weeks since my knee injury.  Since getting the MRI results of an ACL rupture, I decided to see a different Orthopedic doctor for a second opinion.  He just so happens to be an avid snowboarder, which is right up my alley.   In fact this Dr. works with mainly athletes from basketball players, rock climbers, martial artists, to skiers.  Just the person I needed for this.

Today he tested the laxity in both of my knees for the second time with an Arthrometer.  Apparently the torn ACL does have a slightly higher degree in laxity, however, not a huge difference compared to the typical tear.  He attributes this to the kettlebell training I continued to do throughout the whole process.

I showed him a few kettlebell exercises I was doing along with the full range of motion squats I've been working on.  He was impressed that I was able to do as much as I could and encouraged me to keep doing it.  We discussed how important it is for me to be able to snowboard and sa…

Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies ( Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo, Egg Free)

This is for all of you who have been asking me about the cookies I made for my kids to celebrate Chloe's 18 month birthday and Lyla's first day at preschool.  I didn't have a whole lot of time to spend and I have an abundance of Almond flour and Agave that I wanted to use up.  So I looked through Elana Amsterdam's cookbook to find a simple cookie recipe.  This cookbook is called the "Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook" which can be found at Elana's Pantry website. She has wonderful gluten free recipes for the whole family.

Lately there has been some controversy about the use of agave.  I am on the fence and may give it a rest once I finish my stash.  At the moment I am using Organic Raw Agave minimally.

Elana has also been getting some feedback from people concerned with using Agave. So she came up with this recipe below to substitute the Agave.  I have never tried Yacon but I think I will look in to it and give it a try.  Here is the recipe that she has…

Time To Face A New Challenge (Part 2)

Continuing on...     August 4, 2010JUST RECEIVED THE NEWS (I added this in the post below, but here it is for those who got confused on the date and who are still asking me what the prognosis is)
Yesterday I had an MRI but left with no answers.  This morning I woke up feeling hopeful since the swelling in my knee was a little bit better.  I spent the morning playing with my 17 month old.  We played, then she watched me do some weighted pull ups, push ups, pistols on my right leg, seated presses, and seated rope waves.  Hey I am trying to make the best of it.  I was feeling pretty good.
Okay so I have had quite a few emails from people so far with words of encouragement.  Thanks so much to all of you.  You guys are amazing.  Also many of you wise ones mentioned that if it's a meniscus tear it's a fast recovery.  If it's the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) which is the primary stabilizer of the knee,  it's a very LONG recovery, 9 - 12 months until I can do everything again…

Time To Face A New Challenge (Part 1)

It's a bit ironic how the last blog I posted, I wrote how thankful I am for having a pain free, mobile, and strong body.  Now I sit here a little sad because I can't say the same.  I can say that I am thankful to have the inner and outer strength I have.

This past weekend I went through a vigorous 6 hour Krav Maga test.  It was serious, nerve-racking, with tons of adrenaline.  It was one of the harder mentally and physically challenging events in my life.  To make matters worse I over rotated on my knee doing a round house kick.  My front foot was suppose to pivot allowing my whole body to turn.  However, that's not how it happened.  My entire body, including my knee turned with great power to kick the pad, but my front foot stayed planted.  "Pop"is what I felt and heard.  My left knee was blown out and I came crashing down to the ground during the "serious" part of the testing phase.  I gave out a yell and laid on my back in disbelief holding my knee s…