I’m writing to share with you an experience I’ve had with a little gem who I may be adding to my BFF list. Her name is Lauren Brooks. Among other things (Certified nutritionist, personal trainer etc.) she is a Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor.
Why am I hanging out with a RKBs when I’m supposed to be doing XTrain you ask? Well I started out strong but we all know I have the attention span of a two year old so Cathe had me for about 3 weeks and I was out. Anyway in my search for new adventures I came upon the Kettlebell video that my darling JAZZID had suggested to me eons ago.
The instructor was Sarah Laurie and although she came highly recommended, I just couldn’t “get” what she was teaching me.
Now I have a ridiculous learning style (something as trivial as the look on your face or the tone of your voice can make my brain dribble out of my ears) so we never meshed to begin with. I tried to follow her but I never quite felt comfortable with my form doing what I thought she was doing.
Like I two year old I got frustrated and shelved the DVD’s and my PURTY Kettlebells
and moved on to my super fun Kelly Coffey Meyer DVDs.
Now although Kelly does not have a Kettlebell workout, she does use some moves that she admits are similar to them. I loved the way they felt and decided to give the kettlebells another chance. I went in search of another instructor and apparently (according to reviews and articles) there are not many good ones out there but several of the bad reviews I read suggested this lady named Lauren Brooks.
I looked her up and I wasn’t immediately wowed because from the clips I found, her videos seemed sort of dry and purely instructional. Not to mention expensive. $39.95! But I took the leap and I’m SO glad I did. We gelled immediately. Even without the fun factor and the music I tend to like, I thoroughly enjoyed the DVD. And come to think of it, the way she was teaching, music might have been a distraction because you really have to concentrate to safely and properly swing those little suckers.
Anyway, so far I’m in love. It’s a great standing core workout (especially for me who HATES floor exercises). It’s strengthening my back which has been acting up for the last few months and love the way my body feels when I do them. My posture is never as good as when I’ve spent the morning swinging a kettle bell. I got that DVD on Amazon and she has several others there and on her website.
So if anyone is interested in starting kettlebells or are concerned about their form while doing them, check this little lady out. Her website is
and her blog is at kbellqueen.blogspot.com/
I'm certainly glad I did
Oh, and as for Sarah Laurie, now that I know what I'm doing, she is back off the shelf because her non-instructional videos are actually pretty good so certainly don't count her out because of my first impression. Outside of the tutorial ones her set comes with 2 other DVD's. Iron Core Warrior and Iron Core Boot Camp and they are great.