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Showing posts from June, 2012

From Weak/Unhealthy Mom to Super Strong Fitness Model Mom

I've been very anxious to feature a very special female in my life, Katie Dawers . This young lady has come incredibly far and superseded all of her expectations by a long shot.  On behalf of everyone, including myself, who has trained with her, watched her grow, we are truly so proud of you Katie! Don't ever quit! Dedication, determination, and smart training pays off, as you have proved to yourself and the world! Read her story below. Hope you are all as inspired as much as we continue to be. KATIE DAWERS's STORY Everyone has a story. Some people’s life stories are sad, some of them are exciting, some are boring and some are inspiring. With my story I hope to inspire everyone from all walks of life. I wont bore you with my childhood journey into adult hood, instead I will start where life really happened, and I mean this in the most literal way possible, when I got pregnant with my son. ​When I found out I was pregnant with my son I was 18 years old.

A Simple Guide To Designing a Workout for Kettlebell Instructors

By Lauren Brooks You’ve trained hard. You’ve completed the grueling three-day weekend of the  RKC /SFG or the full day of the  HKC  or Strong First User Course. Congratulations, you are now officially certified! You have proved that you can execute the basic kettlebell exercises with safe and correct form. You have proved that you understand the concepts and can relay them to a novice. You have proved that you are tough and can withstand challenges. You have developed the strength and conditioning needed to pass the certification process. These are all wonderful qualities, but now it’s time to work on the most important part, putting it all together. Actually designing a safe, balanced, and efficient program for your individual clients and group classes. Now that you know how to do these exercises and you can do them well, you are probably anxious to teach (if you aren’t already doing so). Students will come to you because kettlebells are the new, cool thing and they’ve

Bomb Kale Salad in Under 5 Minutes (Vegan Friendly)

This bomb ass kale salad is delicious and healthy. I believe in a healthy high fat diet with super foods and this just about covers it with a quickness. Due to Trader Joe's being one of the most convenient and fun places for me to shop, every single ingredient in this recipe can be found there. There are only 5 (now 6) ingredients so it makes it super easy and convenient, which is imperative for a busy working mom that rather spend quality time with her kids than taking extra time in the kitchen that's not always necessary. Updating this to 6 ingredients thanks to the awesome comments below.  Adding fresh lemon juice to the tahini sauce to thin it out is such an excellent idea!! Tahini Kale Salad 2-3 cups Organic Kale (I used Lacinto) 2-3 whopping Tbs of Tahini Sauce (add fresh lemon juice and water to thin it out to the consistency of your liking) 1/2 chopped Avocado Handful of raw cashews Several slices of Red onion to taste Directions: (Brace yourself

Thinking Out Loud About The Spoiled Versus The Driven

Why Some People Have Drive and Some People Don’t "A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency."    Anthony Trollope Calling on my own experiences when I was a child, things weren’t given to me easily.  I strongly feel that kids who grew up in a household where they didn’t have to work hard to get what they wanted, end up lacking important qualities such as drive, determination, and perseverance.  I’ve seen it all too often and it hits close to home for me. Take a look at some of the most successful and driven people around.  Do you think the majority of them grew up getting every thing their little hearts desired?  Oprah Winfrey for example, known as one of the most successful women in America. Do you think she grew up with everything she desired? She was very poor, was moved around a lot as child, and during the time she lived with her father, he would send her to bed without dinner unless

Kettlebell (Kettle Ball Parody) - STOP the Madness and Get Educated

Too many folks are learning kettlebells the WRONG way and will use toning shoes and plastic surgery to try and get a quick fix. Ladies you won't get bulky using heavy kettlebells!  If that wasn't funny enough for you, here is a sequel of the "Kettle Ball Trainer" teaching 5 cool moves.  Warning: Don't try this at home 5 Great Kettlebell Moves You're Not Doing - Not!!  STOP THE MADNESS! "Kettle Ball Trainer" played by Frank Addelia. Uneducated Plastic enhanced Kettle Ball Students Lola (blonde) played by RKC Team Leader Lauren Brooks and Mindy (brown curly) played by RKC 2 Melody Schoenfeld. Filmed/Edited by . STOP THE MADNESS and get with a REAL trainer and get educated!!!! Melody and Lauren

Posting A Press Release From My New Sponsor - F3 Nutrition

F3 Nutrition Announces Sponsorship Of "The Kettlebell Queen" Lauren Brooks PRESS RELEASE June 6, 2012, 3:31 p.m. EDT   F3 Nutrition Announces Sponsorship Of "The Kettlebell Queen" Lauren Brooks DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Mark Post, President, F3 Nutrition, LLC today proudly announced that F3 Nutrition will sponsor "The Kettlebell Queen" and fitness author Lauren Brooks and that she will contribute greatly to the company's goal to meet the Fit, Form and Function needs of athletes and fitness seekers today. "When we were looking for athletes and fitness and nutrition professionals to sponsor, Lauren Brooks really caught my attention due to her expertise, passion for fitness, and many accomplishments in the industry," said Post. "Lauren will not only serve as a living example of fitness, she will also publish nutrition columns and write other health and wellness articles on behalf of

Los Angeles Kettlebell Workshop

LEARN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO TRAIN!  THE FASTEST and SAFEST WAY TO GET STRONG, LEANER, CONDITIONED, AND MOVE WELL PAIN FREE!!!  WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME FUN!! We will also be adding some Primal Move to this fantastic workshop!  Beginners and Intermediate Level welcomed!!   Where : Brood 9 Martial Arts 6508 1/2 Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 Date : Sunday, July 29, 2012 Times : 10:00am - 2:00pm Cost : Early Bird $129 goes up to $149  Please Reserve your spot below We are only allowing 15 participants! RSVP : or 310-679-1998 For questions email Lauren

Music Therapy For The Mind (Guest Post From My Mom)

My Mother, lifecoach and psychotherapist is sharing her expertise regarding music therapy for the mind and self esteem.  Not only do we need to exercise to keep our body and mind healthy, but music is absolutely incredible.  Here are her words that she wanted to share with everyone.  Anyone who has attended Lauren's fitness classes, watched her DVDs knows what an endorphin boost you get after a satisfying workout!!  Music is also an amazing enhancer of mood! I reviewed hundreds of lyrics/songs regarding self esteem, love, friendship, and relationships. These tunes are not speedy workout tunes, but more for tuning up your self image ,confidence and motivation.  AudioSamples are available to explore on amazon and iTunes. One song aims for acceptance of your natural self before running for plastic surgery, another affirms a love based upon endearing quirky behaviors, not waiting for the classic drop-dead gorgeous rich partner!  The theme of being true to yourself, not a pho

Just Stop and Smell The Flowers (updated)

Do you ever just stop and think?    We, as a society, are constantly in a rush, stressed out, and have no time for anything. Everyone is chasing their dreams and going full force. I need to make more money, I need to lose weight, I need to do this and that..... It really never ends. One of the main problems our society is dealing with is over doing it, which causes adrenal burn out.  More and more people are suffering from insomnia and chronic health problems just from the burden they put on themselves. You have to ask yourself, why are you doing all of this?  Why do you need to work 60 hours a week?  Why do you need to kill yourself and exercise 2-3 hours a day? All of that puts too much stress on your body in conjunction with all the other demands life has to offer.  Isn't the point of life to take a minute and enjoy the people you love and things you love to do?  If I die extremely rich, but didn't make time for my family, and do the things I love most, what was the