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Goals and Dreams. Will 2021 be your year?

 “ You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ”  C.S. Lewis I LOVE listening to friends, family and clients when they are discussing their goals and dreams. Once it’s out in the open it feels more real. It also helps motivate me! These days it seems it’s almost taboo to discuss New Year's resolutions. Aren't New Year Resolutions just things you have been putting off for the whole year sometimes? I’m personally into goal setting every several months, but hey if you motivate yourself by waiting for a new year to start clean, more power to you! You have every right to set a goal and act upon it, no matter when you do it. Goals are anything that matters to you, whether it is to change something in your life, your health, fitness or body. Do you prefer setting goals alone or with others? For some, setting goals with others can be extremely scary. The fear of failure is real. Let’s be honest. Many don’t reach their goals. People start off full force, with the

Back to Basics - A Kettlebell Refinement Workshop

Get ready kettlebell lovers!    Back to Basics, a Kettlebell Refinement Workshop will be launching in February and you will not want to miss this!  Whether you are new to kettlebells or you have been training for a while, you both have something in common. Sometimes we start a new program but don't have the basic movements down, which can cause bad habits or blocks in training. On the other hand, some of us have been training for a while and might need some tweaking here and there in order to maximize our workouts and results.  Either way, this workshop will address both as it will focus on refining skills and patterns to get the most out of your workouts. I will take the guesswork out of your training and cover how to get faster results while being safe AND having fun!   That's it!  Safety! Fun! No Guesswork! Refinement!   I welcome both beginners and anyone that wants to refine their technique. This will be a live workshop you can do in person at my beautiful outdoor gym, or

The Biggest Mistake People Make With Training

  Do you think that hiring a trainer or a coach is just a luxury? Or do you feel that maybe you are motivated enough and don’t need a coach to push you through? Sure motivation is great, accountability is great, but a good coach doesn’t just yell at you to get going. A good coach gives you a specific strategy and educates you on exactly what your body needs. A good coach will help you avoid injury, accelerate your progress, and up level your training like never before. Would you go on a long road trip without a strategy of how to get from point A to point B? There may be 20 ways to get to the same destination, wouldn’t you want the most efficient and safest way? The biggest mistake people make with training is........ going at it alone!  A wise African Poverb: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together According to MoneyTalksNews, “if you really want to get the most out of your workouts, a trainer is a great investment. The improvement in your health and fi

The Most Powerful Video of 2020 - Take Care of Yourself - Kettlebell in the video

 Get your tissues ready! If you haven't seen either version of this you're in for a real treat! I have never been more inspired in my life right now. Tell me what you think! This is EXACTLY why I do what I do. (bawling) and here is another version If you loved this and feel inspired check out the newsletter I sent out this morning to my loyal students. I sent this invite to get you started in your journey using a kettlebell. I meet you where you are! You can see in this newsletter I sent to my loyal subscribers, some I've had for 15 years! 

21 Day Squat Challenge with Lauren Brooks

  6th ANNUAL SQUAT CHALLENGE!!   Starting January 1st, 2021 #21daysofSquats by Lauren Brooks Look at me just browsing through my gallery of squat challenges! Every year for the past six years I have held a virtual squat challenge. (See, I was doing social distancing before it was even cool!) Believe it or not, this is the SIXTH year of the 21 Day Squat Challenge. If you are looking forward to a new year and a new booty, get ready to sign up for the 21 Day Squat Challenge.  It is free, as challenging as you can stand and includes 21 days of videos and TONS of encouragement. Knowing me, I will also have an AMAZING prize for one lucky participant in the squat challenge.  How does a year’s membership to Lauren’s Playground sound? If you're already a member, you'll get a credit!   Enticing, I’m sure! Squats are one of the most beneficial exercises to practice. Not only do squats make you stronger, burn more fat and give you that nice booty, but as we age we really need to practice s

BLACK FRIDAY SALE - Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Training Workouts and Programs - Biggest Sale of the year

How well do you know yourself? Wait hold that thought..... First off hope you all had a beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful to all of you. Some of you have been working out with me for over 14 years! That's a long time and I appreciate your loyalty. I just want to thank you all whether you're just getting starting with my programs, or been around for over a decade, for being such a hardcore loyal and amazing student. I'm also proud to say I've become wonderful friends with many of you over the years as well. What a journey it has been.  ADD and FREE STUFF moment: I don't know about you, but I'll be hitting up a workout very similar to Holiday Hustle today like many of the members in the Playground. We closed the gym for the weekend so I made sure to give lots of options to everyone.  This is a special program you'll only find in Lauren's Playground during the holidays. If you're not in Lauren's Playground and you're dying to kn

How NOT to Swing a Kettlebell

  There is nothing that bothers me more than seeing a professional trainer or, in this case, a news outlet promoting an incorrect Kettlebell Swing. The Sunday Times Magazine recently posted an article (complete with the photo below labeled Incorrect) explaining why kettlebells are the fitness hit of lockdown. While I do agree with this statement, I do not agree with the image showing how to perform a kettlebell swing. The irony of this post is that it is showing the exact way to INCORRECTLY swing a kettlebell, unless of course you are ready for some back, shoulder or neck pain. I used to be criticized for pointing out these faulty articles before, but I have had enough. As a kettlebell professional, I will no longer stay quiet. This type of faulty promotion may not only cause injury, but it may also keep someone from benefiting from the strength and cardio results of proper kettlebell form. That will just make naysayers prove that kettlebells don’t work. WHAT?? Of course they work. Rem

Kettlebell Swings for Kettlebell Earrings - There will be 3 Winners!

I love this time of year.  Fall breezes and cooler temperatures, friend and family gatherings (covid friendly of course), being able to wear my fun fall workout leggings, and a nice warm cup of RYZE mushroom coffee.    I also love this time of year because it is the time to give thanks. Part of giving thanks to my students is through my Black Friday Sales (see here ) but I also want to take it a step further. I know people are gearing up for the holiday season so I want to add on a quick contest to gift the most adorable kettlebell jewelry to yourself or a loved one. Each time you post a video doing 100 swings and tag me on Instagram, you will be entered into a contest for the CUTEST kettlebell earrings. Swings can be done in many increments. Here are some idea. 10 for 10 sets, 20 for 5 sets, 25 for 4 sets, 50 for 2 sets. Or if you dare do all 100 at once. You get the idea.  I bought these for myself and loved them SO much that I purchased three more for YOU. So go ahead, you are doin

Quick Kettlebell Workout and Huge Black Friday Sale

  QUICK WORKOUT AND BLACK FRIDAY SALE Okay, everyone, I have a CHALLENGE for you. This one is super quick and super effective. I don’t want to hear any complaints for it will only take you five minutes. Ready? I call this the   Super Quick Kettlebell Workout! Sometimes you just need to get right to business with your training. No muss, no fuss. Like I said, don’t give me any excuses that you don’t have time because this workout only took me 5 minutes and it kept me energized for hours! I’m not going to ask if you have five minutes. I know you do, so try this out:   All you need to do is   5 reps of a Double Swing, Clean and Press Quick rest   6 reps per side of Squats to a Push Press Repeat it 2 - 3 times and you’ll see what I mean! NO FUSS NO MUSS! Since that only took you 5 minutes, you have time to read my special announcement of a big, BIG sale that I will be having for Black Friday which actually starts now! How is it already almost Thanksgiving? This year I’m going bigger than ev

The Importance of In Person Training - Thanks Dallas!

  It’s no surprise I love kettlebells. I have been teaching the art of Kettlebell training for over 16 years! But what you may or may not know is that I LOVE Texas! I was so lucky to be able to fly to one of my favorite states to teach my Kettlebell Fitness Workshop, especially before California went in to a more restrictive tier due to Covid. Y’all, this workshop was FUN! If you follow me on Instagram , you may have seen my story of flying into Dallas and checking out Mike Coffin’s amazing Krav Maga and Kettlebell gym,   Crucible Krav Maga .  Even following safety protocols and wearing my mask when close to individuals, we were able to do some great learning and have a ton of fun. Look, during these times it isn’t necessarily easy to fly and spend time in a hotel away from my family, but it was totally worth it! I feel so blessed to be able to share my teaching in front of people!   A lot of these Dallas students are people I consider friends. I have known them a long time through my