Kettlebody by Brook is a 3-disc DVD set. It is designed to help individuals improve all five components of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition. Disc One is called Cardio Kettlebell. It features non-stop kettlebell choreography, and trains intense cardio as well as strength and power. Disc Two is called Yogaburn. It is a blend of power yoga with athletic conditioning. Yogaburn trains strength, flexibility, and moderate cardio. Disc Three is called Bell Body Sculpt. It is a full-body resistance training workout. There is no cardio whatsoever in Bell Body Sculpt; it is a focused strength/muscular endurance workout.
These DVDs are intended to be alternated twice a week, therefore making a six day/week exercise regime, for eight weeks. If combined with a healthy and calorie-conscious diet, a person should expect measurable changes in all areas of physical fitness in eight weeks time. To put this theory to the test, Cardiopump Fitness, LLC, and GoFit, LLC, have done a 8-week study on eight new mothers. We called this study the “New Mom Kettlebody Challenge.”
The program began on May 2, 2011. Each of the moms selected into the program had given birth to a child since within the year (since May 1, 2010) and was cleared by their physician to exercise with the Kettlebody by Brook program. It was important that we selected some mothers who still had “baby weight” to lose, as well as some mothers who were at/close to/below their pre-baby weight, but had lost muscle tone and aspired to regain muscle definition. Meet the eight moms in the May 2-June 18, 2011 8-week New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
Betty Baez (Modena, NY): 154-pounds, 5’4″, mother of three (third born 9.5 months before program started), bored with a single DVD she had been utilizing; wanted something more “motivating” GOAL: 120-pounds (understandably will take longer than the 8-week program)
Lynsey Coleman (Wylie, TX): 130-pounds, 5’7″, mother of one (born 6-months before program started), already lost most of baby weight. GOAL: Feel better about self both physically and emotionally. Have more energy.
Claudia Graves (Dallas, TX): 126-pounds, 5’1″, mother of two (second born 11-weeks before program started), GOAL: 117-pounds, lose belly fat, tone up arms and legs
Erica Miller (Lubbock, TX): mother of one (born 8+ months before program started), already lost all baby weight and then some (lighter than pre-pregnancy weight), but also lost muscle tone. GOAL: tone up all over, make time for self, and get energy back
Nicole Schneider (Taylor, TX): 125-pounds, 5’8″, mother of one (born 8-weeks before program started), GOAL: tone the body back up! The number on the scale, although nominally higher than pre-baby weight, is not a concern.
Erin Supak (Caldwell, TX): mother of one (born 6.5 months before the program started), GOAL: Gain muscle tone all over. Current body weight is the same as it was prior to giving birth, but a few extra pounds off would be a secondary goal.
Tracy Veliz (Duncanville, TX): 137-pounds, 5’8″, mother of one (born 5-months before program started), gained 45-pounds during pregnancy and has only lost approximately 25 of it. GOAL: firm up (“a lot”), and lose body fat all over. ”I want my pre-baby energy (and hot bod) back! Now that Savannah is sleeping through the night, I am rested enough to work out, but don’t have the motivation or structure to get it started. This program would provide both since the workouts are planned.”
Aimee Wilhelm (Round Rock, TX): mother of one (born 10+ months before program started), had several pounds from “baby weight” left to lose to attain pre-pregnancy weight. GOAL: Lose weight, inches, and tone muscles all over.
For 8-weeks (May 2-June 18, 2011), these women did the following routine for their Kettlebody by Brook DVD workouts: Disc 1- Cardio Kettlebell (Mondays and Thursdays), Disc 2- Yogaburn (Tuesdays and Fridays), and Disc 3- Bell Body Sculpt (Wednesdays and Saturdays). They rested on Sundays. They received nutritional recommendations, including: eat plenty (and a variety of) fresh vegetables, consume approximately 1.0g lean protein per kilogram of body weight daily, drink water like it’s going out of style, refrain from alcohol, limit salt intake, get fat from mono or poly-unsaturated fat sources (limit saturated fats and try to avoid trans-fats completely), and refrain from processed foods/enriched grains and refined sugars. They were given more specifics to help learn how to eat this way. It must be noted that most of the moms in the program did not commit to these recommendations as far as eating goes, but they held steady with their commitment to the 6 day/week, 8-week physical challenge of Kettlebody by Brook DVDs.
Here are the ending results of each mom in the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
BETTY BAEZ: Ending weight: 142.9-pounds (12.1 pounds lost).
This is what Betty Baez has to say about her 8-week experience with Kettlebody by Brook DVDs on the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
I am really happy I participated in this study. Since I started I’ve felt more energized and stronger. The toughest time for me was when i got really sick with a high fever and i missed 4 workouts, it was really hard to get motivated to start back up. I loved the 30 min. length of the workouts because it was easy for me to find that time during my busy day. My favorite workout was Bell Body Sculpt because i worked out almost my entire body. Although I’m not finished in reaching my weight loss goal, I will definitely keep up the workouts.
LYNSEY COLEMAN: Ending weight: 125-pounds (5-pounds lost).
This is what Lynsey Coleman has to say about her 8-week experience with Kettlebody by Brook DVDs on the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
I love the program. My favorite day was Yoga Burn, I love the combination of yoga and strength training and at the end you get to lay down relax!! I would recommend this to new moms because you don’t think you have the time to workout between work and taking care of your family but it can be done. Think of it this way 30 minutes for yourself never hurts!! I love to interact with people so for my I think it would have helped me to actually be able to do the workout with a friend and not just talk to people online (the moms and Brook communicated through a closed Facebook group). Thank you Brook for everything!! I plan on trying to keep up with workouts; it makes me feel a whole lot better about myself as mom and as a woman!! Thank you!!
CLAUDIA GRAVES: Ending weight: 118-pounds (8-pounds lost)
This is what Claudia Graves has to say about her 8-week experience with Kettlebody by Brook DVDs on the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
When I started the Kettlebell program I had lost almost all my baby weight. I was already eating healthy and working out. As a fitness instructor and someone who at one point battled weight problems and bulimia, I knew that the second time around of having a baby was also going to mean extra work but I was ready. However, after two months, the scale was not showing any results and I was getting frustrated. When I was accepted to participate in the Kettlebell Body by Brook Program ( New Mom Kettlebody Challenge), I was more than happy.
As you can see my goals were different than just losing the weight. I wanted to slim down and get back my abs, and strength in arms and legs. As a Latina who once wore a size 12 (12 years ago) I was ready to wear my size 2 jeans again.
Why it works:
As a mother of two and a full-time employee, the program worked for me for many reasons:
It’s only 30 minutes. We have 30 minutes!!!! I used to try to get to the gym and get a 30 minute workout. With a new born that was not consistent. Being able to get my workout and be nearby in case my baby needed me was effective. There were no excuses. If I was tired, I would tell myself it’s only 30 minutes I can do it.
It works all different parts of your body: What I loved about the program was that not only did it have cardio and strength training but also it had the yoga burn workout. I can see the positive effects of the yoga burn in my abs. As a dancer, I can attest that traditional crunches don’t give you the same results as dancing, pilates or yoga. Boy I can see the results!!!!
It’s only 8 weeks: To be honest, I have high expectations of my results simply because I am a fitness instructor. I think it is important that you remember that getting your body back is a process that might take a year. For me, the eight week program definitely got my body back but I want to make sure you know some things about me. I worked out intensely until the day before my C section and I started some kind of elliptical workout 2 weeks after I delivered. Therefore, the eight week program for me was the last push my body needed. I think you always evaluate your situation and assess accordingly. I do promise you that the eight week program will get you wherever you need to be. You will be healthy again; you will get tone; feel normal and most importantly it will take your body back to the where it needs to be. It might not be the first round but you will get there so be patient. The first time I was pregnant I got my body back after 6 months. This second time, it took me 4 because of Kettlebody by Brook!
Finally, I have to say two things. I believe that having a baby is very hard and it takes a lot out of you physically and emotionally. Therefore, it is important that you remember to have a support system. Make sure you have those girlfriends or people like me whom you can call for any questions or even if you just want to cry. Also, remember that it is crucial that healthy nutrition becomes part of your new lifestyle. So eat healthy but EAT and enjoy looking at your baby and knowing you are getting healthy not only for you but for your family.
I want to be honest with you, I did not workout every day. My schedule is too hectic and I have child that gets up at 6AM, so it is hard for me to work out in the mornings and I work after he goes to bed. So I tried to workout in the early afternoon three times a
week. I have seen toning in my legs and arms. I have more energy on the days since I have been working out. I love the videos and they are great exercise!!
This is what Nicole Schneider has to say about her 8-week experience with Kettlebody by Brook DVDs on the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
Kettlebody by Brook REALLY works!! I started this program 8 weeks after having a baby and just 7 weeks in, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I have really toned up in my shoulders, arms, butt and legs. I have gotten so many compliments on my body and on how quickly I dropped my pregnancy weight. Kettlebody by Brook is not like other programs where you get “used to” the workouts or they get “easier”, instead I found myself still being challenged and struggling through even in the last week. My muscles still felt tender week after week (which is great because then you know it is still challenging you and you know you are still having to push through). My hardest day was the Monday workout because Sunday was a rest day. It only takes 30 minutes a day…I started this program when my son was just 8 weeks old; so if a mom of a newborn can squeeze it in to her schedule, then anyone can! I will be doing this workout even after 8 weeks because IT WORKS and I couldn’t be more proud of my progress!! Thank you, Kettlebody by Brook!
Erin Supak: 3-pounds lost, 0.5-inch off waist, 2-inches off of hips
This is what Erin Supak has to say about her 8-week experience with Kettlebody by Brook DVDs on the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
Your Kettlebody videos were the answer to my strength training prayers-seriously! Before beginning the Kettlebody videos, I ran outdoors 3-5 days per week with and without the jogging stroller. I was becoming more fit and had lost all of my babyweight, but I couldn’t see the muscles I used to be so proud of. I began the program hoping to lose a little weight, but my overall goal was to be more tone. I don’t know if the picture does me justice, but my muscles are back!
My initial motivation was internal, just knowing that seven other moms were in this with me and holding me accountable, I stuck to the plan, six days a week, no matter what was going on in my life and how I felt. Life as a new mom is not easy-work is crazy, I’m tired and that’s all before I get home to take care of a husband and infant. The convenience of the 30 minute workout was what kept me going with this program. I could do the videos early in the morning before everyone else woke up or in the evenings after my little one went to bed. Funny enough, week two was the hardest for me. You can ask my hubby-I was cussing and grumbling most of the way through it. I didn’t give up though and each week got better. I ‘ve done workouts in the past that lost their impact after just a few weeks, but even now at week eight there is still a challenge and I can feel the burn even though I’ve gotten stronger.
I have to admit, I have never liked yoga. I’ve tried it many times at a gym and at home, but YogaBurn was different. The moves in the workout left me feeling like I had worked out. Even though it wasn’t my favorite of the three, I finished each session feeling strong. Finally, during week eight, I was actually able to hover!
Cardio Kettlebell fell right in the middle of my preferences. At first-it was HARD! When I couldn’t move my legs going to bed day one I knew it would be good. I had my moments when I really wanted to skip this workout because of the stress the lunges put on my knees when I’d do the part of the series with the woodchops. I modified it a bit myself and did pulsing lunges instead of the static kind you model in the video. After that-no more knee pain. That’s what I loved about the whole series though-it works for anybody and you provided lots of options.
I absolutely LOVED the sculpt days! Wednesday and Saturday were the two days I really looked forward to each week. It was during week one that I could hardly finish this workout on Saturday and got frustrated because I realized how much of my prior strength I had lost. Week two got better and now at week eight I’d do this video every day. Now that the eight weeks are over, I will still do this video a couple days a week.
After these last eight weeks, I’m not ten pounds lighter-actually I’m only 3, but I am so much stronger. I can do push-ups from my toes again and see my arm and shoulder muscles in sleeveless clothing. I don’t just see muscle, I FEEL good! I am proud to show off my body again and see tone without the flab that I had. I wore a bikini to a pool party last week and my friends commented on how you would never know I had a baby. Along with the comments from my hubby I’m closer to meeting my goals. I know that I didn’t eat perfectly as you wanted us to, but as life settles a little that will get better.
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this program! You have helped me reach a fitness goal. I feel like my old self and most importantly, I’m providing a positive example for my child. Just because you’re a new mom, you don’t have to feel or look like an old one!
TRACY VELIZ: Ending weight: 127.5 pounds (9.5-pounds lost)
Tracy AFTER (photo not available)
I’m not going to lie, the program is tough, but it works. I am going to try the program again in the Fall, when I’m not so busy and learning to be a mom, so that I can eat cleaner and enjoy the outdoors more. The program length was good and the workout length was great. Sometimes it was challenging to find 30 minutes of time when I had energy to work out, but when you consider the alternative of either finding a sitter or packing up your infant to take to a gym facility day care to leave your child with a stranger in a germy room, just to get your work out in, then pack up and get back home. That is a least a 2 hour commitment! I feel by using this program, I have rocket-started my quest to get back my pre baby body! Only 7 more pounds to go! I feel great, my husband can’t keep his paws off, and it’s so motivating. I am defiantly sporting a two piece this summer. I really didn’t think it was going to be possible. I have many friends with children and NONE of them wear a two piece because, “they just had a baby.” For some of them, their youngest is near 5 years old! This was so discouraging to me when I was pregnant, but now I KNOW and feel that other pregnant women should learn that you are not stuck with the weight. I gained 45 pounds in 9 months and have almost lost it all in 6 months. My only suggestion for the program, since many folks are new to kettle bell and choreographed workouts, is to start out without a kettle bell for a week to learn the rhythm, then jump in to it. I put the kettle bell down A LOT the first week and it made me feel a little discouraged, like I wasn’t going to make it. I love what Brook is doing and think Kettlebody by Brook is great product! I feel blessed to be a part of something great!
AIMEE WILHELM: 4-pounds lost
This is what AIMEE WILHELM has to say about her 8-week experience with Kettlebody by Brook DVDs on the New Mom Kettlebody Challenge:
I recently completed 8-weeks of Kettlebody by Brook. The workouts were challenging but effective, and a lot of fun. I found myself saying more cardio less lardio during the day when I felt tempted to eat something I should not. My schedule is pretty crazy between my hectic job and chasing around a 1 year old, but Kettlebody by Brook was perfect, 30 minutes 6 days a week was perfect and easy to fit in my schedule. I plan to continue and incorporate Kettelbody by Brook in my workouts now and in the future. Brook is a great motivator and I would highly recommend this workout to anyone trying to lose weight or tone up. Thanks Brook!!