The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD Volume 1

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Excellent DVD Review by Jazzbuff247
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I really learned what I know about Kettlebells from this DVD. It's excellent for a beginner. Recently I've come back to it for the 12 min fat-burning routine which I do twice. The sweat just drips. I also use the joint mobility warm- up for other workouts or when I need to get the kinks out. (Posted on 5/26/2016)
Love Lauren. She breaks everything down for beginners and ... Review by Tina K.
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Love Lauren. She breaks everything down for beginners and gives veterans a challenging workout. Product arrived on time and as expected. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Five Stars Review by abrew
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Love the 12 minute fat blast! (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Five Stars Review by Adam Breznicky
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good exercises, many options for workouts, good instructions for the exercises and warmup routines. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
A trustworthy place to learn kettlebells Review by Anya
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This DVD is expensive, but its still less than 2 kettlebell classes/workshops if you have a studio in your area. I think it is worth it because I trust Lauren's training and instruction. And I can do it over and over on my own time. Plus this DVD gives me some visual instruction to go with Laruen's book, which has TONS of workouts and is a much easier intro to a full workout. I'll probably use the DVD as visual for some moves, do the beginning workouts from her book, and then move onto this when I can handle it & don't want to think through following the book.

Plus if you are a REAL beginner (like me) you can do it in the privacy of your own home without embarrassing yourself about how out of shape you are. Seriously. Just going through one round of the instruction moves was a workout for me. I'll admit it!!! I tried it with a 15 pound bell and just that got a full body sweat. If you are like me (a 10 hour a day computer worker) who has barely above a hospital patient level of activity, start with a 10 pound bell (for a woman). She says start with 15-18 but that will kill you. Get this cheap one here or from Target: Reebok Kettlebellthen move up. Even a 10 pounder will leave you sore for a week until you progress, which is what I have been using for her book workouts.

Downsides: the video quality is low (think VHS) and the music reminds me of someone in college who just learned how to mix beats on their computer lol. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Great KB/fitness workout Review by GP
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I've done the main workout twice now and I can see that it will be a favorite. The 40 minute length is slightly longer than the Skogg/Sarah Lurie workouts (30-32 mins) that have been my mainstays for the past 18 months. There is more of an interval format with 1 minute rests between the 2 minute workouts. This is a nice break in the beginning rounds of the workout but almost not enough during the last few rounds, where my heart felt like it was thumping out of my chest. I use a KB that is 1/5 of my bodyweight so that is nice and heavy, I could not press any more than that. If you see any reviews that the workout is too easy, those persons are not using heavy enough kettlebells. I've already ordered Vol 2, for additional variety.

It's not glitzy, but I don't need glitz when I am concentrating everything on finishing the 2 minute rounds. I like that she cues verbally to switch sides in 3 seconds and I don't have to watch the tape to know when to do it. I like the few bodyweight segments intermixed, it makes for a well rounded workout.

In general, I have found that I like workouts that start at light to medium intensity and ramp up to heart pounding and sweating half way through to the end. The Bob Harper ones are fun but a bit too tough and long. The RKS ones are in general too short (15 mins avg) you can certainly do 2 back to back. I tried AOS Santa Monica but that didn't quite take with me, not sure why.

In summary, happy I finally got this and it will be thrown into my Skogg/Lurie rotation. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Excellent! Review by Gladys Dew
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Read many reviews and I decided that I wanted to buy this DVD to learn kettlebells. Lauren is an excellent instructor the section where she demonstrates how to do each exercise is excellent. She wants to make sure your form is good. I started with a 15lb KB within two weeks I bought a 20lb. KB. I started this workout Jan 15, 2014. The 15lb was good to learn the form, but after two weeks it wasn't enough so I went to the 20. This week I started using 25lb KB this should do for a little while. Each time I increase the weight It changes the exercises. Lauren does two exercises and then takes a break. I didn't like that at first, but after upping my weight I began to appreciate those breaks. I do the joint mobility before and after the workout and that makes the workout last about 52mins. There is a very short 12 min workout I've done that once it's too short when I workout I want to get it on. I will buy Lauren's other workouts. Many complain that her DVD's are expensive and they are but I think they are worth it. Cheaper than a personal trainer. I like her pace she knows what she's doing, and she's not all happy happy, she's all about business. (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Review by Smithd178
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Very nice! dbddkfaceb (Posted on 3/30/2014)
Review by breakingmuscle.com
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<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/reviews/dvd-review-ultimate-body-sculpt-and-conditioning-kettlebells-dvd-volume-1-lauren-brooks" rel="nofollow">DVD Review: "The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells, Volume 1" by Lauren Brooks - breakingmuscle.com</a>

After having done Lauren Brooks’ 3-part Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD series for several months now, I’m still not sick of them. I would highly recommend the series for anyone who is interested in kettlebell training and wants solid at-home instruction as well as awesome workouts. Lauren’s DVDs are no frills but user-friendly, simple but effective, challenging but scalable.

Since there is a lot of variability between the three DVDs in the series, today I'll just talk about Volume 1. Lauren starts off with some introductory information about getting started with kettlebells, precautions, and other information you typically find in fitness DVD introductions. Lauren also gives advice about kettlebell size here. If you’ve trained with kettlebells before, there’s probably nothing new in the introduction, but for beginners, it's a good intro.

The next menu item is the kettlebell demo exercises. Lauren demonstrates proper form for 15 kettlebell exercises. I was relatively new to kettlebell training when I started doing this video, and I used Lauren’s demonstrations to get started. I still use it sometimes to double check my form on certain exercises that I don’t do as frequently as others. Here are the 15 exercises Lauren demonstrates in this segment:

Deadlifts
Suitcase deadlift
Kettlebell swing
One-handed swing
Overhead swing
One Arm Clean
Front Squat
Kettlebell Pushups
One Arm Row
Russian Twist
Pullover to Crunch
Mountain Climbers
Back Lunges
Squat Thrust
High Pull, Catch and Squat

Now we come to the best part of the DVD – the workouts! After a brief joint mobility warmup, Lauren gives you two options here: the short workout or the longer one. The first workout is called the “Fat Blast Workout.” This workout is one of my favorite workouts ever. I actually have it memorized. Lauren combines basic kettlebell exercises with bodyweight moves like mountain climbers and squat thrusts. There’s a 30 second rest interval between each set of exercises, with a menu that tells you what’s coming next.

I do have to use a heavier bell to get the most out of this workout, however. If you’re used to working out with kettlebells, I would advise you use at least a 25lb. bell to get the most benefit. It’s a pretty quick workout, and I usually do it 2 or 3 times if my children will let me.

The second workout is a bit more challenging, with longer, more intense sets (and longer rest intervals). Lauren combines the 15 exercises she demonstrated at the beginning of the exercise for a total body workout that runs about 40 minutes. Again, you can increase the challenge here by using a heavier kettlebell.

Another little thing I liked about Lauren’s DVD is that she has snippets about the history of kettlebell training during the rest interval segments. I like learning the historical background of different fitness trends, and the kettlebell legacy is one of the most interesting to me. I checked out a few of Pavel Tsatsouline’s books after doing the DVDs and have enjoyed learning more about kettlebells and the history of the RKC. This is just one more reason Lauren’s DVD is an excellent introduction to kettlebell training.

What I love most about Lauren’s workouts is their simplicity and efficiency. I also like that they’re not overly flashy. Lauren doesn’t pitch your typical fitness instructor cues (“You’re almost there! Get those abs pumping!”), but instead focuses on telling you what you need to hear. I don’t do this DVD when I want a fun workout; I do it when I want a efficient one based on common sense training. And I usually end up having fun while I’m at it. (Posted on 7/9/2013)
Review by liftkettlebells.com
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<a href="http://www.liftkettlebells.com/news/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/49/Review-Ultimate-Body-Sculpt-And-Conditioning-DVD.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Review: Ultimate Body Sculpt And Conditioning DVD - liftkettlebells.com</a>

“Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.” Too bad that marketing slogan is already taken. It perfectly describes Lauren Brooks’ new kettlebell DVD:

The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD

This is Lauren’s first DVD. We give it an unqualified “MUST BUY” rating for any budding kettle-belle. It features a solid instructional section covering 15 primary kettlebell drills. The instruction is crisp, to the point, and easy to follow. You’ll also find a nice joint mobility section for warm up & cool down. Finally, there are 2 follow-along workouts which efficiently combine both strength & cardio.

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Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells is a single 80 minute DVD. At $40, it is an excellent value for women who want to learn about kettlebell training.

What we liked
Mainstream women are often turned off or intimidated by most of the existing, basic kettlebell DVDs on the market. That is often due to marketing verbiage such as “evil Russian, hardcore, and brutal” which appeals to certain manly men and biker chicks.

Lauren has managed to cast kettlebell training in a more accessible, mainstream manner. The graphic design, production, and instruction are instantly appealing to modern women. That’s not to say it is watered down, soft, or girly. Rather, we’d describe the overall theme as Girl Power!

Brooks herself lends an important flavor to the success of this DVD. She is in incredible shape, with abs popping out all over the place. But, there are lots of women like that in mainstream fitness DVDs. Often those women are too bubbly to take seriously. I think most women will think of Lauren as just one of the girls. Someone you could comfortably dish with on a park bench while watching over the kids. Women will obviously see her ripped body, but won’t be intimidated.

Lauren will be particularly inspiring for new moms. She had a baby before the filming of this DVD and used kettlebells throughout the pregnancy. That credibility will resonate with new and old moms alike!

Production value is very good with multiple camera angles, a nice outdoor set, and an easy to navigate menu system. The workouts will be challenging for newcomers, but not as intimidating as other work-along DVDs on the market. I think that fact will empower more women to keep going with kettlebells. The drills are structured in timed sets (with a convenient timer bar to keep track of progress) with plenty of 1 minute rest periods.

What could have been better
It is hard to find something not to like here. The content is spot on, and that’s the most important part of any beginner kettlebell DVD. Nitpicky, but we would have preferred the DVD to be in a hi-def or at least widescreen format.

Summary
The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD (wow, that’s a mouthful!) is perfect for women who want to learn about kettlebell training. Don’t think twice, buy it today. (Posted on 7/9/2013)

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