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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: Lauren Brooks and Kettlebells

We’re pleased to be hosting Lauren Brooks here on the blog today. She’s the author of Kettlebells for Women: Workouts for Your Strong, Sculpted and Sexy Body.

For those of you who don’t know, kettlebells are iron balls with handles that allow you to move the weight in a natural swinging motion with your hips. They provide an all in one workout that results in increased strength, conditioning and fat loss all at once. If you’re ready to know more about this unusual and effective kind of workout, let’s get started:

Nourishing Relationships: We all know how passionate you are about teaching kettlebells. Please tell us a little more about what inspired you to write this book for women.
Lauren Brooks: Writing a book about kettlebells allowed me to take everything that I’ve learned and believe in and put it down in an easy and welcoming step by step format. For the last 7 years, I have watched hundreds of transformations in people who have added kettlebells into their life. Many have had the opportunity to use my kettlebell DVDs. The majority of my fan base is female because my experiences made it easy for them to relate to me not only as a woman, but also as a mother who has gone through two pregnancies.

Many women have this fear that if they lift anything heavy they will get big and bulky muscles and thus not look feminine anymore. Others may glance at a kettlebell and immediately think, “There is no way I can do that, it looks too hard and I will probably hurt myself.” I am hopeful that my book will prove to women of all ages and fitness levels that they too can learn how to successfully incorporate kettlebells into their fitness regimen.

NR: Can you tell me a little about why you chose the book cover that you did? Most female fitness books have someone looking more cheery. Why the serious look?

LB: The serious look was to highlight that this book cuts right to the chase. There’s no fluff or fillers. I wanted to show that it’s all about building strength and toughness, yet leaves room for plenty of femininity. There is a time and place for cheeriness, but “Kettlebells for Women” is about focus.

NR: What would you say is the main premise of your book?
LB: This book is about showing women of all ages that they can unleash an incredible power inside themselves. No matter what fitness level or age, any woman will benefit tremendously by increasing her strength and conditioning in this primal way of movement. The feeling of being empowered, confident, and incredibly sexy is exactly what has happened for the ladies whom I know have incorporated kettlebells into their life. This book guides you in such a way to make it easy enough for anyone to follow. I’ve seen that even husbands, along with men in general, are getting inspired to join their women in these workouts. Like any new exercise, having several private sessions would ensure safety. However, once the form and technique is achieved, the beauty of this program is it can be done almost anywhere.

NR: I understand you have released 6 workout DVDs. Would you say that the book is a better option to start with?
LB: For the last 4 years people all over the world have been learning from and working out to my kettlebell DVDs. I generally recommend beginning with my first DVD, “The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells,” since it has an extensive tutorial section along with a couple of follow along workouts. My workout partner in that DVD is in her mid 50’s and she truly sets the bar high as far as what people are capable of doing at any age. The book is a perfect companion to any of my DVDs. It breaks down around 100 different exercises using pictures and descriptions, which should enhance the learning curve.

NR: Is this something that people of any age and fitness level can benefit from?
LB: I have personally worked with women and men of all ages and all fitness levels. It’s getting very popular for the baby boomers since it’s approachable, fun, doesn’t take a long time out of the day and the results are fantastic. I have lots of happy clients who are between the ages of 30 and 80. They are all reaping the benefits of moving better and improved strength and conditioning, thanks to this easy, no nonsense approach to healthier living. Chronic knee pain is suddenly diminished along with hip and shoulder pain. Glutes are firming up, arms are toning, and everything else in life, such as carrying groceries, playing with children and improving in all sports for that matter, is just getting better!

NR: Where can I find the book and how do I get started?
LB: The best way to get started is to purchase a kettlebell ranging in weight anywhere from 15-18 pounds. I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s much lighter than you think when it’s used properly. My 50 and 60 year old clients are currently able to swing 53 and 60 pound kettlebells with ease! They are little ladies too! You can find the book and DVDs on my website. I look forward to hearing from everyone and can’t wait to hear about more journeys of optimal strength, fitness, health and happiness.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, Lauren. Learn more about Lauren and her work on her Facebook page. And now, readers, it’s your turn. I know you have some questions as well as concerns about your fitness program. Lauren will be checking in throughout the day - so here's your chance - just click on "comments" below and fire away.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great interview. I haven't heard about kettlebells so you know how current my exercise program is! Can you really learn enough from a book or is in person the way to go? Sarah

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 51 and, since menopause, chubbier than I would like. With a demanding job and a teenager still at home, what's a realistic plan to get into better shape?

8:43 AM  
Anonymous tracy (bristowmom1) said...

I've been training with kettlebells seriously for about a year, and cannot possible shout a louder AMEN SISTER! to all you have said. They have reshaped my body--about 50 lbs lighter, on my 5 foot frame!--but the most important gift they've given is the feeling of strength and confidence, of feeling comfortable in my body, feeling my muscles work and flex and "do their thang". At this age--the uphill walk to 50, by the way--I never imagined that I would come so far so fast. Only kettlebells could do it--well, that and a clean diet, and a cruel, cruel trainer (you know who you are). :-)

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren, you're not telling us that you got that body just from kettle bells?!!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Sarah, Thanks for the comment. It really depends on how fast of a learner you are. Obviously learning in person is the ideal way to go. However, I have heard many many successes learning strictly by book and DVD! Even if you learn by person once and have the book your form will get dialed in that much more!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Anonymous who is 51, A realistic plan is practicing the basic kettlebell movements and moving better a little bit every day. The woman in my first DVD Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells, 53 years old, is a perfect example of what happens when you just do a little bit every day and pay close attention to your nutrition. The book shows just the right progressions!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Tracy, Amazing!! Congratulations and thank you for the praise. Yes when you have the right path to get to where you deserve to be, it's not a chore. It's a gift and blessing as you can see. You go girl! Keep up the great work. Would love to feature you sometimes on my blog as well to show other women that they too can do it!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Anonymous, You are correct! I earned my body by just doing proper movement patterns with using kettlebells and a variety of resistance training. Of course I pay close attention to my nutrition which plays a huge role in body composition. I do not do "cardio" and enjoy walking for pleasure.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything on my menopausal body is traveling south - HELP. Fran

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that you had 2 pregnancies, c-sections, in fact. What keeps you fit besides chasing after your kids and kettlebells?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Fran, Make sure you are strength training regularly. By sticking to a proper strength training routine, that will slow down the process of aging, in fact it can even reverse it as well. No reason to not begin!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Anonymous, Other than chasing my kids and using kettlebells, I walk a few times a week, make sure to get restorative/meditative rest, and I eat very clean. Mostly vegetables, avocados, nuts, seeds, fruit, organic free range eggs, and occasionally organic free range humanely treated meat or wild fish. As long as I follow that mostly I stay energetic and lean. I drink mostly black tea, sometimes green tea and coffee on occasion.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous kettlebells said...

I love the phrase "earned my body." That body is the result of a lot of hard work. I have recently dropped off on doing separate cardio workouts and have switched to high intensity circuit training instead. I feel so much better. Perhaps I will add kettlebells to the routine.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Nourishing Relationships said...

Thanks, Lauren, we appreciate your warm and encouraging responses to the thoughtful questions and comments:)

11:40 PM  

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