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 just give up and they unfortunately end up gaining the weight back.  When adopting a lifestyle that consists of an eating plan that works for YOUR life YOUR body will thank you for it.

I have had the opportunity to work with Dina Juve.  She is a true inspiration with what she has been through in her life (which she shares below).  Dina is a fellow certified kettlebell instructor (RKC) and a mom of 3 boys.  You would never know she is a mother of 3 by looking at her.   If you live near Fresno, I highly recommend looking her up at Kettlebells Of Fresno.


Dina wrote a little background about herself so you can get a good idea of how being thin didn't come easy for her.  She had to work to for it!

"I have not always been thin.  I struggled with my weight from very young.  I come from a family with overweight genes.  I was not very active as a child since I was diagnosed with Juvenile arthritis at 6.  I experienced a lot of pain, my knee would swell up very large and I had to have it drained and injected on several occasions.  From 16-22 my weight went between 138-168.  At 22 I finally decided being overweight was not helping to decrease the aching I experienced so I finally took charge and started changing my eating habits... and would do buns of steel videos in my living room (funny huh I just aged myself).  So my weight loss journey has been long but steady over many years.  Every time I think my body is at the end it amazes with a new change :)  Like now actually seeing some ab muscles, wow.  I know people look at me and think I've always been thin and athletic but that just is untrue.  Every year since I turned 22 my eating gets healthier and I become stronger. I try to continue to learn and implement healthy habits and I love pushing physically in ways I never thought would be possible.  This is why I got into the nutrition and fitness industry."

"I started using Kettlebells 6 weeks after having Trevor my 3rd son (4th pregnancy).  October 2007.  I went through the RKC certification August 2008."

Prior to me working with anyone I need to see a journal and learn more about their lifestyle.  Dina emailed me her journal and I was very impressed with it, but not surprised.  She was very lean and fit to start with so I knew she was already on the right track.  It's always helpful to have someone look from the outside in because they can usually find room for improvement, even if they are only small changes.  We all know that small changes can often make a big difference. 

Here is what Dina had to say about the goals that she set before starting the nutrition program.

"My initial weight the day I started the program was 118.  My initial goal was to hit 115.  I had been bouncing between 121-116 for 2 years.  121 meant I was allowing myself a little to many treats.  118 was easy to keep but getting to 116 was tough and I couldn't hold it longer than a day or 2.  My goal was to get a little under the 116 so I could keep it down. 
I started your program on 10/20 and I hit 112- 5 weeks after I started it.  Didn't want to say anything until I held it for a bit.  I was not surprised by how fast I hit my goal of 115 because I knew I was missing something.  I also knew I couldn't work out anymore so I better look at my food.  I keep thinking I can have abs ;)  I was VERY surprised I hit 112.  I actually am between 110.4-112.  I have been amazed how my body has responded to just eating a little better.  Putting high quality food in my system.  I feel amazing from the inside out and not deprived of anything!  So thank you for this!!!  I am a plan person and I think it is wise to seek out others to help you push you forward to your goals. 

I'm very thankful I met you!!!

Dina Juve's Testimonial

Even though I am in the fitness and nutrition industry I’m not afraid to seek help from other professionals I think can assist me in becoming even healthier.  I feel it is important to continue to learn and grow.

I had been researching Lauren’s philosophy on nutrition for some time reading newsletters and Facebook postings.   I noticed her nutrition products offered on her website are made with natural ingredients.  I loved this!  Although I already ate very well I wanted fine tune my diet and start fueling my body with the highest quality nutrient rich foods.  After talking with Lauren I knew she would facilitate taking my nutrition to a higher level. 

My first goal was to limit sugar, go dairy and gluten free, eliminate processed foods and use organic.  I also needed healthy ideas for my long physical work days and when I travel.  My second goal (if it was meant to be) was to drop a few pounds to see if I could define my abs a little.  Since having 3 boys this has been a struggle. 

Lauren’s nutrition plans are not a diet but a lifestyle.  Easy to follow and come with a complete shopping list.  She customized my nutrition plan entirely in-line with my goals.  I made changes focusing on my overall health and well being, and did not have to count calories and remained consistent.

Within 2 months I actually exceeded my weight loss goals.  I went from 118 to 112.  I lost 6 lbs, can now see some abdominal definition and for the first time I was comfortable enough to take a photo in a half top.   The best part is I am putting the most nutritious food in my body and I feel amazing inside and out!

Small changes really can add up and even fit people can become healthier.   I would highly recommend Laurent to any of my clients, friends and family.   

Dina Juve   Fresno, Ca
RKC Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor
Battling Ropes Coach
TRX Trainer
Fitness section write for HiS Magazine in Fresno, Ca

If you are interested in having a  nutrition program designed personally for you, I am currently taking on one client per week.  I will only accept people who provide me with a minimum of a 3 day food/lifestyle journal, are serious about weight loss, and are ready to commit.  You can read more about my nutrition programs right here.  Feel free to email me with any questions.

Ultimate Body Sculpt with Kettlebells DVD - VOLUME 3



Code: anniversary if it doesn't show up discounted in your cart.

"I received my Xmas early to my surprise I 

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.


The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning Volume 1 got your heart pounding and left you completely drenched.  Volume 2 fired up muscles you never knew you had and smoked your entire body from head to toe (in a good way).  Now it's time to take your training to a whole new level.  By doubling up your kettlebells and adding some suspension training you will reach a new pinnacle of power and strength.  The workouts on this DVD will provide you with the necessary tools to become leaner and stronger.  What do all of Lauren's DVD's have in common?  They will all help turn you into an explosive fat burning machine and they never get old.  For suggested program ideas with any of Lauren's DVD's visit www.OnTheEdgeFitness.com.



- Over 23 kettlebell and suspension training exercises.
- 3 Follow Along Workouts
- 1 small bonus section
- Modifications for different fitness levels
- Joint Mobility
- Motivating Workout Music throughout
- Easy Navigation and skip features (chaptering throughout the workouts, per request)

Lauren covers over 23 Exercises including:

Renegade Rows
Double Floor Press
See Saw Floor Press
See Saw Press
Sumo Squat Thrusts
Double Kettlebell Snatches
Double Windmills
TRX Single Leg Squat
Body Row
Suspended Lunge with a Kettlebell
Double Kettlebell Swings
Double High Pulls
Double Waiter Walks
Double Front Squat
Double Military Press
Double Alternating Cleans
Kettlebell Push Ups
Hip Press
Suspended Roll Out


What if I don't have a TRX or any kind of suspension training apparatus?  Will I still be able to use this DVD and/or make modifications? 
There are 2 workouts on this DVD that do not include any sort of suspension or TRX training. The longer workout on this DVD does include the TRX, however, you can still make modifications using your body weight, kettlebell, or even a physio ball depending on the exercise. I can give you modifications for the exercises you need help with if you get stuck.  Just email me.

I love your DVD's, but not sure if I am ready for Volume 3 since it contains Double Kettlebell exercises.  Is it required to have 2 kettlebells? 
This DVD contains both Single and Double Kettlebell drills throughout. We provide modifications for most double kettlebell drills if you prefer to use just one bell.  For the exercises that we do not provide modifications for on this DVD, it's easy to just go down to one bell or use a slightly heavier bell than you are use to for most of the workout.  

 How long are each of the workouts and what equipment do I need?

- Power Burn and Strength (Upper Body Emphasis) Workout - 18 min   (Kettlebells only, can easily be done with 1, but 2 of the same size is encouraged)

- Power Burn and Strength (Lower Body Emphasis) Workout - 14 min   (Kettlebells only, can easily be done with 1, but 2 of the same size is encouraged.)

- Kettlebell and Suspension Training(r) combo Workout w/ Core Focus- 28 min  (Kettlebells and Suspension Training)

- Bonus Core Focus Section (can be accessed separately, but apart of the KB & Suspension Training Workout) - 8 min

- Joint Mobility Warm Up or Cool Down - 5 minutes

- Quick Tutorial/ Demonstration Section - 23 Exercises are covered

What is the running time of the DVD?
86 minutes

When was your cover picture taken?
  The pictures used in this DVD were all taken the day of the filming.  This was filmed a month after I tore my ACL in my left knee.  We don't use photoshop or any air brushing.  And yes this was taken after I had 2 kids, which is obvious, since I have never had any cosmetic surgery.  Women need to know that they can still feel comfortable in a bathing suit after having children, even if they have scars on their bodies from the pregnancies.  It's apart of life.

Do you ship to the UK, Australia, Canada, or International?
Yes.  All of the On The Edge Fitness DVD's are shipped everywhere and coded for ALL regions.  We have shipped to all over the UK, Malaysia, China, Peru, Ireland, Turkey, Greece, Denmark, Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, New Zealand, France, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, Italy, and the list goes on and on.

Are your DVD's pressed?
All of On The Edge Fitness DVD's are high quality Glass Master Pressed, Coded for All Regions, and Shipped All over the world. We only use high quality DVD replication and guarantee all of our products.

How can I incorporate these follow along workouts with your other DVD's?
Very Simple.  If you ever have any questions on program design with rotating my DVD's just email me.  I answer all my emails personally and pride myself in that!

Can I use Volume 3 by itself to get to my goals?
Yes.  In fact, I have an 8 week progression program that I will personally send to you that you can follow with this specific DVD. 

If you have no place for a suspension trainer or TRX and do not plan on getting one, you can still use this DVD. See first F.A.Q. question above for details. 

More Feedback:

"Hi Lauren,
I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE the new DVD.  The background is gorgeous  especially as I look out my window and everything is gray and covered in snow.  The music as usual is bangin!!  Instead of doing “fast and loose” during the rest periods often times I find myself “busting a move” (lol)!  The workouts are killer but in a good way!  I love the variety I know I can do the DVD for months without getting bored.  Your cueing is on point, like with the floor presses when you were saying “think about pushing your body away from the kettlebells”, I never thought about it like that and when I tried it I immediately felt a difference. Of course you know it’s crazy challenging after my second time doing the DVD I still have to take longer rest periods after some of the sets,  but I think that is what I love most because it gives me something to work toward.  To sum it all up the DVD is hot!  You really did a great job on this one Lauren!  

All the best to you and your family in the year to come! 

PS  I forgot to say you and Della’s bodies look AMAZING.  Please let Della know she looks great,  I remember her from the second DVD but it seems like she has gotten even more defined since then and it looks good on her!"

To read more visit On The Edge Fitness website. 

 Interesting combination of Kettlebells and T-rxJuly 7, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Canada
I love Lauren for giving such a great warm up with joint mobility. She makes you feel safe by giving such amazing form pointers. I love that you can use both pieces of equipment to get an really fun and motivating workout. A must for anyone who loves Kettlebells and wants something different.

 Great even if you don't have a TRXJuly 11, 2014
Reviewer: MSU from Monroe, NC United States
I had this dvd for months before trying it, as I was kind of put off by the cover and worried that without a TRX, I wouldn't get much out of it in comparison to other kb dvds. It has become one of my favorites. I love that it has an upper body emphasis section and a lower body emphasis section that do not require the TRX. They combine for a great workout and it isn't the same old same old.

One of the things I really like about Lauren Brooks' dvds is that each dvd builds on the previous dvd. She finds a way to make each dvd more challenging than the last. In this dvd she increases the challenge through double kettlebell work and trx exercises. Once you get acclimated to single kettlebell workouts, you will want to increase the challenge so your body does not get accustomed to doing the same exercises repeatedly without increasing the workload. Adding another kettlebell, as Lauren does in this dvd, will increase workload tremendously, your heartrate will sky rocket, and you will burn tons of calories. Plus it's fun, and you will feel like a bad---. However, if you are not ready for double kettlebells or don't own two of the same size, it's totally easy to modify these exercises so as to use only one. So anybody can do this dvd.

Lauren has 3 different workouts on this dvd: upper body, lower body, and a trx/kettlebell workouts. The latter workout is the only one that uses the trx so if you do not own a trx, you still have two workouts to do on this dvd. I was shocked by how tired I got just doing one of these short workouts. They're quite short workouts so you can do one workout twice through if you want.

This one definitely has the best production values of all her dvds, and it also has the best setting. It's filmed in front of a glistening pool. The guy in this dvd doesn't always have the best form, but that's my only real criticism. All in all, it's a great addition to my ever-expanding collection of kettlebell dvds.
By Maryjane on June 4, 2013

Awesome DVD & I downloaded it onto my new Android phone because it was 15% off through her website. Kick-ass workout & I'll never get tired of it.


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.


We always welcome Feedback

Happy Holidays! 

First I'd like to thank everyone for the continued feedback we have received.

You can either email your comments directly to Lauren@socaltrainer.com, leave a comment below,or you can leave feedback/comments/testimonials in any of these areas when you send your email. 

Workout DVD's (UBSC Vol. 1, 2, 3, BabyBells, or Workshop DVD)

Thank you!