What an honor to receive this testimonial/review. Thank you Regina Hurley for sharing this. I hope this inspires others to add this type of life changing training in to their lives.
"It is possible for anyone – young, old, men, women, anywhere in the world, and cancer survivors and those affected by thyroid disease like me." --- Regina H. Connecticut
The Way to Results Without Spending Your Life in a Gym.
I did what I was told for 21 days, cardio and weights in a circuit on machines. I did lose 5 lbs but I didn’t feel any stronger, or better. The trainer was quick to say – to make the cardio harder walk up hill and put the weights on the lightest possible and said – “you don’t want to get bulky.” then was somehow disappointed with me that I didn’t achieve in 21 days – lower fat percentage, inches off my waist and hips. The trainer repeated that I need to make the cardio harder, work longer, spend more than an hour in the gym. I didn’t have that kind of time and even if I did, physically I don’t have it in me to spend hours at a gym. I began to feel discouraged.
However, while sitting at my desk. I saw Lauren’s book Kettlebells for Women.
I opened up Kettlebells for Women and reread the first line “Have you been discouraged from lifting weights or resistance training due to the fear of becoming big and bulky?” It was like a light bulb had been turned on. That was definitely what had just happened. Right then and there, I decided to reread her book. I had read the book back in 2012 when it first came out. Yet the last 7 years I have battled serious health issues.
In 2007, after a bout with pneumonia, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on generic thyroid meds but I did not improve. From 2007 to 2013, I had gained 70 lbs about 12 lbs a year. In 2010 after a routine mammogram, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was caught early enough and I am cancer free.
In 2013, I finally found the right doctor for my thyroid condition. It was his diagnosis that I most likely had Hashimoto's disease, which went untreated from 2007, and so I progressed to hypothyroidism. My endocrinologist explained that I have been in a constant state of stress for the last 7 years and I needed a break from workouts. In March 2014, I was finally cleared to start workouts again.
I already know Lauren to be a bad ass when it came to Kettlebells. She is not in any way bulky or big, and has maintained a level of strength that most men don’t even have, while raising her own children, and running her own business, kettlebell classes, working with her clients, making videos, DVDs etc. I also know her to be one of the strongest, most affective, intelligent, efficient, caring, compassionate strength coach, kettlebell instructor and fitness professional. Lauren Brooks truly wants results for her clients and works tirelessly to see to it that it happens and this book clearly shows this.
Her book reminded me to work smarter not harder that results were achievable without spending hours in the gym. Most importantly this book helped me realize that getting strong and lean isn’t some big secret or complicated workout program. It is possible for anyone – young, old, men, women, anywhere in the world, and cancer survivors and those affected by thyroid disease like me. Lauren has provided simple straightforward exercises that are very effective in an easy to follow format. Kettlebells for Women also gives valuable nutrition information. Kettlebells for Women provides detailed instructions and photos about various exercises and how they benefit you. Lastly, the book provides you with workouts for any level of fitness to help you get started and achieve results.
More importantly, she never asked me to write this review. I contacted her and told her this was the least I could do to show my gratitude. This book changed my life for the better as it brought me from feeling discouraged, tired, out of shape to empower me with optimism and what is possible when I commit to the work. I would recommend Lauren Brooks's Kettlebells for Women to anyone looking to get strong, lean, sculpted and sexy. Lauren Brooks truly believes that anyone can get those results and now so do I.