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Mixing things up with Kettlebells.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hi All,
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 .

I'm certainly glad I did emoticon emoticon

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.

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    emoticon Good to hear you are moving forward. emoticon emoticon
    1761 days ago
    Hey Stranger... thanks for leading me to your blog! emoticon

    I love Lauren... but I also like the following trainers as well. Kettlebells are a different kind of workout, you have to be careful with the moves, I can't lift too heavy.

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

    Don't forget Paul Katami

    Paul Katami's Ultimate Kettlebell for Beginners:


    Paul Katami's Kettlebell Kombos

    Gin Miller's Calorie Burning Workout with Kettlebells (Beginner)

    ~ Dee emoticon
    1765 days ago
  • ATHENA130
    Love Lauren Brooks! I tried her before any of the other ones by other RKC instructors and I was hooked. I know what you mean with Sara Lurie - if I tried hers first, I might have been tempted to shelve it too. I tried it after Lauren's so I liked it but I still prefer Lauren's. I also have a bunch of Art of Strength ones that I haven't tried too.
    1770 days ago
  • WILEE323
    Thanks for the link. I see she's got some free instructional videos posted that I'm sure will help my form.
    1771 days ago
    I'm with you, peculiar things turn me off. Way to go keeping at it! I really enjoy kettle bells! The traininer I am working with at the gym brought them out a couple times and while what he has me do doesn't seem over-the-top challenging, I feel it for four days afterward so I love it!
    1771 days ago
    emoticon A Perfect Example of not giving up when the First Thing you try doesn't "Fit". Keep trying New Things until you find the ONE that is "Right" for YOU.
    emoticon I really am going to HAVE to CheckOut Kettle Bells!! I am reading about them EVERYWHERE!!
    1772 days ago
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