Garage Workout Review: Kettlebell Driven Results

This streaming workout series from kettlebell expert Lauren Brooks is a highly recommended series for anyone who is interested in fun, challenging kettlebell training.

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The Low Volume Strength Program is part of Lauren’s Playground, an online monthly service that includes follow-along workouts, instructional videos, nutritional guidance, and written workout programs for $29.99 per month. This streaming workout series from kettlebell expert Lauren Brooks is a highly recommended series for anyone who is interested in a fun, challenging, results driven garage workout.

Lauren’s workouts are always user-friendly, safe, and effective for all levels. Users can work out with just a kettlebell and get a full workout or they can take the challenge and use two kettlebells, add weight, use a barbell, or a sandbag. Workouts include a variety of kettlebell and bodyweight exercises expertly crafted to create a full body challenge. All the workouts are instructed by Lauren and are led by three other members who demonstrate a variety of adjustments and implements.

What We Like About This Program

We used this program for six weeks on a rotation of 3 days on, 1 day off for workouts and rest days. The program is scalable, but very effective when used as a consistent training plan. The workouts are easily interchanged, and you can perform a variety of exercise modifications to increase or decrease the challenge. For example, Lauren teaches the single leg deadlift, but provides modifications and challenges to include one kettlebell, two kettlebells, or a modified single leg deadlift. Push ups are demonstrated in a traditional strict push up, a more advanced push up with one leg lifted, push ups on a box, and for a potent challenge, a weighted push up with a sandbag.

The program includes three full body workouts and a fast and intense snatch workout that you can add to any workout for an extra burn. To complete these workouts, you only need a kettlebell set and a pull up bar, but if you wish to use the full program for maximum results you should have access to the following:

Equipment:

  • Kettlebell Set
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Barbell and Plates
  • Bands
  • Sandbag
  • Suspension Trainer
  • Box
  • Skateboard

The Program Overview

One of our favorite aspects of this training program was the inclusion of mobility within the workout and as a separate component to the program. Light Turkish get ups, bodyweight windmills, walk outs to squat with a deep chest stretch, and neck mobility are some of the included mobility routines within the workouts.

The program includes the following workouts:

  • Mobility/Warm Up
  • Low Volume Strength 1
  • Low Volume Strength 2
  • Low Rep Snatch Workout
  • Low Volume Strength 3-A
  • Low Voume Strength 3-B
  • Written Workout Program (with extra tabata workouts)
  • Printable 4 Week Calendar

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The following exercises are included in the workouts:

  • Deadlift
  • Bottoms Up Press
  • Press
  • Stiff Leg Deadlift
  • Turkish Get Up
  • Goblet Squat
  • Double Kettlebell Front Squats
  • Pull Ups
  • Rows
  • Snatch
  • One Arm Swing
  • Single Leg Deadlift
  • Push Ups
  • Windmills
  • Reverse Lunge Variations
  • Reverse Fly
  • Mobility Movements

Pros:

  • Excellent, easy to follow instruction
  • Scalable workouts for women and men of all ages
  • Fun, creative, and challenging workouts
  • Endless varieties of exercise combinations and challenges
  • Full mobility routine included
  • All levels

kettlebell strength program at a glance

There is also a full mobility routine included in program that runs about 13 minutes. This progam is led by Franz Snideman, and works the entire body. It great as a warm up, cool down, or recovery day series. We highly recommend this program as a whole.

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