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Susan H 06-09-19 07:11 AM

How would you rank Lauren Brooks' DVDs from easiest to hardest?
 
I'm itching to buy some more of Lauren's DVD workouts. Which ones are your favorites and how would you rank them according to difficulty? I really prefer to get the ones with outdoor settings.

The only one I have is Kettlebell Body. Thanks in advance for enabling me!

bubbles76 06-09-19 08:51 AM

I'd be interested to know too. Big Bubble bought a couple for me during her sale, but I don't think it's still going on. How do you like Kettlebell Body? That's one of the dvds Big Bubble got for me.

Lannette 06-09-19 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by bubbles76 (Post 2825551)
I'd be interested to know too. Big Bubble bought a couple for me during her sale, but I don't think it's still going on. How do you like Kettlebell Body? That's one of the dvds Big Bubble got for me.

Iím also interested. I, too purchased a few DVDs during the sale. Iíve just used part of one but was really impressed with Laurenís instruction.

As for the sale I thought Lauren said that it would run as long as DVDs remain.

Iíve no interest in the playground because of the way it was rolled out. Discount it, then raise the price, then close access. Thatís a fairly transparent membership grab others have used in the past. For me itís a huge turn off. I also donít see myself using KBs enough to make it worthwhile. I add them on or use them when time is tight. Laurenís dvds look perfect for this purpose.

Her shipping, which will soon be a moot point, is high but she ships lightening fast! I couldnít believe how fast I got my order.

bubbles76 06-09-19 01:16 PM

You're right Lannette! Yesterday when I went to check, I didn't see a spot to put in the code. I must have overlooked it because it's there today.

Her shipping IS high. And the dvds took a week to arrive for me, so not quick. I also noticed she shipped media mail. She must handle the shipping in house, as shipping for my dvds was a little over $11 and what was actually posted on the envelope for media mail was $2.75.

Susan H 06-09-19 01:55 PM

I've been playing with the shipping and it can be cheaper if you're wanting to order several to divide the order into two separate orders.

Bubbles, I confess I've only previewed The Kettlebell Body and I really like what I see. I get my kettlebell tomorrow. I'm having fun researching what I might like to buy. What was the other DVD that you bought?

bubbles76 06-09-19 02:00 PM

Susan I got Kettlebell Body, Shut Up and Train, and Kettlebell Revelation. I already owned her first one, and am contemplating the second. I think that would be it for me though, as her others seem too hard :o or too cardio focused.

Judith L 06-09-19 05:04 PM

I have Lauren's UBSC-I, SU&T, and KBody and love them for the short workouts. Thinking now of taking advantage of the sale and getting one or two. Trying to decide between: Revelation, UBSC-2, and KLightning. Can Revelation be done w/o 2 KBs of equal wts? I'm interested in strength rather than a cardio effect. Recommendations, please.

cjayd 06-09-19 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Judith L (Post 2825599)
I have Lauren's UBSC-I, SU&T, and KBody and love them for the short workouts. Thinking now of taking advantage of the sale and getting one or two. Trying to decide between: Revelation, UBSC-2, and KLightning. Can Revelation be done w/o 2 KBs of equal wts? Recommendations, please.

I havenít done Revelation in a while but I found a statement on YouTube from Lauren in response to someone asking about double bells. She said they are not. You could do one side at a time. My suggestion as well is in certain situations like a double squat or double cleans is you could use two bells of different weights and just rotate which side has the lighter bell each time you do the workout.

Judith L 06-09-19 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by cjayd (Post 2825607)
I haven’t done Revelation in a while but I found a statement on YouTube from Lauren in response to someone asking about double bells. She said they are not. You could do one side at a time. My suggestion as well is in certain situations like a double squat or double cleans is you could use two bells of different weights and just rotate which side has the lighter bell each time you do the workout.

Thanks! That was what I thought would be suggested and am happy that is so.

ETA: Went ahead and ordered the three I was considering.

tiffanywu 06-09-19 08:31 PM

My ranking, easiest to hardest, in my collection (and I have most of her DVDs because I'm just never going to get a membership to anything at the rate I'm going... I like variety too much and it's good to be able to cross-train and work around injuries with the nice collection I have at home):
  1. Shut Up and Train
  2. Luscious & Lean
  3. Kettlebell Incinerator - my very favorite!
  4. Vol 1 - runner-up for favorite
  5. Vol 2 - tied for runner-up for favorite
  6. Sexy Strength
  7. Kettlebell Lightning
  8. Kettlebell Body
  9. Kettlebell Revelation

Susan H 06-09-19 08:41 PM

Bubbles, have you had a chance to look at Kettlebell Revelation? That's one I'm thinking about getting.

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Originally Posted by bubbles76 (Post 2825588)
Susan I got Kettlebell Body, Shut Up and Train, and Kettlebell Revelation. I already owned her first one, and am contemplating the second. I think that would be it for me though, as her others seem too hard :o or too cardio focused.


Susan H 06-09-19 08:43 PM

Thank you so much for that, Tiffany! Very helpful!

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Originally Posted by tiffanywu (Post 2825625)
My ranking, easiest to hardest, in my collection (and I have most of her DVDs because I'm just never going to get a membership to anything at the rate I'm going... I like variety too much and it's good to be able to cross-train and work around injuries with the nice collection I have at home):
  1. Shut Up and Train
  2. Luscious & Lean
  3. Kettlebell Incinerator - my very favorite!
  4. Vol 1 - runner-up for favorite
  5. Vol 2 - tied for runner-up for favorite
  6. Sexy Strength
  7. Kettlebell Lightning
  8. Kettlebell Body
  9. Kettlebell Revelation

If anyone else would like to chime in, please do!

tytbody 06-10-19 10:09 AM

Now I'm scared.. I ordered the KB Body and she ranked it as #8 on the scale. I just hope there aren't any mountain climbers. I don't do them. I sickens me how she goes so fast..

Susan H 06-10-19 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by tytbody (Post 2825655)
Now I'm scared.. I ordered the KB Body and she ranked it as #8 on the scale. I just hope there aren't any mountain climbers. I don't do them. I sickens me how she goes so fast..


Don't be scared. It is strength based and I think Tiffany prefers the ones that are more cardio focused. Kettlebell Body was recommended to me and has a great demonstration section on it. I don't think she moves fast in this one at all.

bubbles76 06-10-19 10:43 AM

Are Luscious and Lean and Sexy Strength any good?

tytbody 06-10-19 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Susan H (Post 2825656)
Don't be scared. It is strength based and I think Tiffany prefers the ones that are more cardio focused. Kettlebell Body was recommended to me and has a great demonstration section on it. I don't think she moves fast in this one at all.

that's what I want.. I don't like the fast ones. I like to make sure my form is correct and when I try to keep up it's just body jerks..

Thanks for letting me know:)

Just did upper body on someone else.. Gotta go put that in my check-in thread.

Judith L 06-10-19 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by tytbody (Post 2825655)
Now I'm scared.. I ordered the KB Body and she ranked it as #8 on the scale. I just hope there aren't any mountain climbers. I don't do them. I sickens me how she goes so fast..

Even if one comes up with an exercise that one doesn't like, whether bodyweight or KB, one can substitute something else very easily for it since it's just for a minute or two.

Susan H 06-10-19 12:06 PM

Here's what I've chosen so far. :sun:

Shut Up & Train
Kettlebell Incinerator

The Complete Ultimate Body Sculpt & Conditioning DVD Series Ė Volumes 1, 2, & 3

I bought them as packages and saved a bunch. I wasn't sure about Volume 3, but it was less than $10. more including shipping to get the bundle instead of just 1 & 2.

tytbody 06-10-19 12:10 PM

Judith
 
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Originally Posted by Judith L (Post 2825669)
Even if one comes up with an exercise that one doesn't like, whether bodyweight or KB, one can substitute something else very easily for it since it's just for a minute or two.

thank you. I just need reassurance that I'm not copping out on an exercise. I will at least attempt one of anything. and then walk my way through the rest :) :p.

Today i busted out my baby bell 4 pounder. it still comes in handy. Love her. I should give her a name.
:D

Judith L 06-10-19 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by bubbles76 (Post 2825658)
Are Luscious and Lean and Sexy Strength any good?

How important is the setting and scenery to you? I don't have these but viewing the excerpts it seemed to me, IIRC, that the settings of these two weren't as attractive as most of the others. When viewing the excerpts I like to enlarge the video and try to immerse myself in it to get a feeling for it.

Judith L 06-10-19 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by tytbody (Post 2825672)
Today i busted out my baby bell 4 pounder. it still comes in handy. Love her. I should give her a name.
:D

Nice. :)

Remember, all these dvds and the exercises are tools for us to make use of, and we should feel free to modify as we need or want. Mountain climbers can be done with your hands on the floor or on chair or even on a countertop and done as fast or as slow (getting a good stretch) as you want. Be creative!

bubbles76 06-10-19 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Judith L (Post 2825673)
How important is the setting and scenery to you? I don't have these but viewing the excerpts it seemed to me, IIRC, that the settings of these two weren't as attractive as most of the others. When viewing the excerpts I like to enlarge the video and try to immerse myself in it to get a feeling for it.

I really do love the outdoors settings, but it's not a deal breaker if the workouts are good.

Taiga 06-10-19 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Lannette (Post 2825557)
.......
Iíve no interest in the playground because of the way it was rolled out. Discount it, then raise the price, then close access. Thatís a fairly transparent membership grab others have used in the past. For me itís a huge turn off......

Her shipping, which will soon be a moot point, is high but she ships lightening fast! I couldnít believe how fast I got my order.


Ditto on the marketing for her playground. My guess is that it won't be closed long......not fond of games so gave it zero consideration :cool:

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Originally Posted by bubbles76 (Post 2825585)
...Her shipping IS high. And the dvds took a week to arrive for me, so not quick. I also noticed she shipped media mail. She must handle the shipping in house, as shipping for my dvds was a little over $11 and what was actually posted on the envelope for media mail was $2.75.

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Originally Posted by Susan H (Post 2825587)
I've been playing with the shipping and it can be cheaper if you're wanting to order several to divide the order into two separate orders.

Bubbles: The choice of shipping speed is printed right next to the price during checkout . The eleven dollars you paid was either a 1st class or priority option so they did not honor their agreement with you. I chose priority mail and I still haven't received my second order so likely sent media mail as well (12 days and counting :() If it does show up media mail, I'll be asking for a partial refund of shipping fees. Her prices are exorbitant for even 1st class or priority and no way I'm paying that much for media mail. And dividing orders does not work unless they are days apart because they just combine them all in a media mail box.

I like Lauren's instruction well enough but have limited my past purchases in part because some of her actions have been off-putting/somewhat sketch. I feel more comfortable with instructors who are upfront/honest. I try to factor in that dealing with the public can change you but no excuse for not providing a paid service. As far as I am concerned, gouging on shipping then sending lower class violates the mini contract we make on the check out page. Lauren could use a few lessons from Amy Bento, Cathe etc. A little class goes a long way and being underhanded to save an extra buck can come back to haunt you. That's not the kind of person I want on the playground with me.....

PS--I have actually enjoyed SUAT for add-ons. Simple enough to really heavy up and just the right length. I like her better in the newer stuff than I did in her 1st 3 volumes. If only I don't feel too soured by the shipping games. Argh.

bubbles76 06-11-19 05:21 AM

Taiga let me know if you are successful with asking for a partial refund. Do you have her Luscious and Lean and Sexy Strength? Are they all that different from SUAT, Kettlebell Body, or Revelation?

Lannette 06-11-19 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Taiga (Post 2825729)
Ditto on the marketing for her playground. My guess is that it won't be closed long......not fond of games so gave it zero consideration :cool:l

Bubbles: The choice of shipping speed is printed right next to the price during checkout . The eleven dollars you paid was either a 1st class or priority option so they did not honor their agreement with you. I chose priority mail and I still haven't received my second order so likely sent media mail as well (12 days and counting :() If it does show up media mail, I'll be asking for a partial refund of shipping fees. Her prices are exorbitant for even 1st class or priority and no way I'm paying that much for media mail. And dividing orders does not work unless they are days apart because they just combine them all in a media mail box.

I like Lauren's instruction well enough but have limited my past purchases in part because some of her actions have been off-putting/somewhat sketch. I feel more comfortable with instructors who are upfront/honest. I try to factor in that dealing with the public can change you but no excuse for not providing a paid service. As far as I am concerned, gouging on shipping then sending lower class violates the mini contract we make on the check out page. Lauren could use a few lessons from Amy Bento, Cathe etc. A little class goes a long way and being underhanded to save an extra buck can come back to haunt you. That's not the kind of person I want on the playground with me.....

PS--I have actually enjoyed SUAT for add-ons. Simple enough to really heavy up and just the right length. I like her better in the newer stuff than I did in her 1st 3 volumes. If only I don't feel too soured by the shipping games. Argh.

Taiga,

The sentence I highlighted gave me a good laugh. :sun:

Iím sorry that your shipping was slow. I think mine was shipped first class or standard but it came as if it were shipped priority. That could have been the USPS moving it faster than it deserved to move but it was definitely posted and taken to the post office quickly. I hope you can get a postage refund. You too Bubbles.

I didnít know much about Lauren before this sale, though a close friend had gifted me her first DVD. I rediscovered it when I thought I recognized her name. Game playing drives me crazy too. Knowing there have been other issues in the past makes me glad I got my DVDs without any ensuing drama.

tytbody, KK Body is the DVD Iíve used. I can see how it would be demanding if done with really heavy KBs but Iím looking to understand and deepen form to strengthen my back line without pulling my new found balance off. This DVD feels perfect for this and for that reason feels like a great DVD to learn from and grow with. I bet youíll like it.

Taiga 06-11-19 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by bubbles76 (Post 2825737)
....... Do you have her Luscious and Lean and Sexy Strength? Are they all that different from SUAT, Kettlebell Body, or Revelation?

L&L/SS (my 1st order) came within a week of ordering and on previewing I am happy to have them. However, I wouldn't have felt that way if I had paid full price. I like the pace and the fact that I can heavy up with these. I also appreciate the mobility exercises woven in between sections. But they do seem a touch repetitive and claustrophobic in comparison to the open set on SUAT. Like you, a boring background is not a deal breaker for me if a workout is solid and I will use them. There are 3 sections in each (aside from w/u and cool down) and they run from about 10-20 min each, with a total workout time of about 50min. I think 3-4 rounds per section and I will likely skip final rounds in each section to keep it less repetitive. I typically use heavier bells (35-44lbs) in these type of workouts so I can get a good workout in 2-3 rounds. I'll let you know about the other workouts/shipping if and when they arrive.

I think Lauren's instruction/focus has definitely improved since her intro work. I'm glad to have more variety in my KB workouts. I'm guessing Revelation will be a favorite as clips/reviews show a nice mix of my favorite moves and the set is open. I really don't want to let the shipping stuff be a negative cloud. Honestly, I'm in another rotation and don't mind the waiting time at all. I just feel irritated that they charge such high shipping rates and then still feel the need to gouge again by sending them at a lower class than stated at checkout.

tytbody 06-11-19 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Judith L (Post 2825674)
Nice. :)

Remember, all these dvds and the exercises are tools for us to make use of, and we should feel free to modify as we need or want. Mountain climbers can be done with your hands on the floor or on chair or even on a countertop and done as fast or as slow (getting a good stretch) as you want. Be creative!

thank you for the info on how to modify that. I don't expect to ever get to that level of fitness, nor for doing Pushups on 2 kettlebells.

Being able to do that has to be gene related.

tytbody 06-11-19 08:46 AM

Lannette
 
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Originally Posted by Lannette (Post 2825745)
Taiga,


tytbody, KK Body is the DVD Iíve used. I can see how it would be demanding if done with really heavy KBs but Iím looking to understand and deepen form to strengthen my back line without pulling my new found balance off. This DVD feels perfect for this and for that reason feels like a great DVD to learn from and grow with. I bet youíll like it.

does she make you stand there holding the bell while giving instructions or give instructions while doing the exercise?

Susan H 06-12-19 06:59 AM

Cheryl, if you are asking about The Kettlebell Body, she does not have you stand holding the bell while she gives instructions. During the demonstration section, she has the kettlebell on the floor and tells you where to place it for each exercise and talks you through as she does them. The demonstration section is very helpful.

tytbody 06-12-19 07:26 AM

Great, thatís exactly what I was asking. Thank you

Lannette 06-13-19 05:15 AM

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Originally Posted by tytbody (Post 2825883)
Great, thatís exactly what I was asking. Thank you

I see that Susan answered your question and I concur. I donít even find the demonstration section to be particularly slow for what it is. Itís a nice little form tune up.


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