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Love Feeling Healthy & Strong But Hate Committing to Strict Programs?
This Is For You!
We Create Effective, Efficient & Enjoyable Kettlebell & Body Weight Workouts (Live & On-Demand) Every Week So You Get All the Necessary Components to Build (& Maintain) Total Body Strength, Power, and Cardiovascular Fitness in Under 30 Minutes! Without Any Fluff or Endless Programs
3 Myths That Need to Give Up Already
It feels like the stakes are really high to get everything right with your workouts. There seem to be a million things that need to be in place before it's enough.
If you're someone who just wants to feel strong and healthy (and good about yourself) - and you're not an Olympian, or training for a competition - there's a good chance you're stressed out trying to tick a bunch of boxes JUST to feel like your workouts "qualify".
And because you can't meet these "standards" it feels like you'll never make progress, and doing less feels like you just don't have what it takes and are fighting a losing battle.
The reality is none of anything is set in stone. Most things are just guidelines.
But here's the thing: even if all of those myths were 100% set-in-stone, it doesn't mean zero results by not meeting them. What if doing less got you 80% of the results? Still great, right?
Not only will it be easier to start, it'll be easier to sustain, which makes it easier to enjoy.
How Many of These Resonate?
Basically, you want to feel like you're doing enough for your fitness, but things just keep getting in the way, derailing you as soon as you find your feet again. You’re either on or off, there’s no in-between. Consistency and sustainability elude you, and you’re left feeling like you’ll never find your fitness mojo again.
You remember what it felt like to be strong, fit, and energetic, which makes this cycle you're in even more frustrating...
You JUST want something you'll actually stick with!
been out of fitness a while? We've got you covered with our intro series
The Problem of Time and Energy
You feel like you don't have enough of either...
"What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I make this work? I get to the end of the day and I have no energy left. I know I need to do more, try harder, find better workouts, but nothing works. I just start and stop, no motivation, no consistency, and feeling half-hearted to put in the effort. I have such great plans to do a "proper workout" later, but when the time comes, I just have no mental bandwidth."
When you've been told you have to do "all the things" to succeed, of course it feels like there's no time, because who does have time for all that? What a drain on your energy! This is the stress that creates the disconnect between your genuine desire for health and strength yet feeling miserable because you can't do enough.
We support you in finding your minimum effective dose, leaving room to scale if and when it makes sense *for you*.
The result of doing less? More time and energy for LIFE.
Why Programs Aren't Superior to Variety
The reason programs are pushed as "superior" to just doing what you feel like, is because you can better measure progress and also "prescribe" how to progress. There are people who thrive following programs. They feel more secure about having a set plan and follow it to the letter. However, there are other people who completely fall apart as soon as anything is expected of them. It's like perfectionism and avoidance kick in all at once. Consistency goes out the window.
There are coaches who are rightly concerned about progressive overload because they want their clients to see results. Progressive overload just means making things harder over time so you make progress. But there is more than one way to "skin a cat".
For instance: did you know you can just encourage people to try a harder variation and trust that they know what kind of challenge they feel like that day? I know there are some days I don't feel like lifting heavy, so that 3 sets of 5 reps program I'm meant to do just won't cut it. I like to equip people with other ways they can achieve the same "overload" effect without having to follow everything to the letter. After all, in fitness, most things aren't black and white, so I won't lead people to believe there is anything special - across the board - about a set program.
Variety workouts, with certain guidelines in place, can be a wonderful way to explore how certain things will work for you. It can support autonomy and make "getting fit" less serious. It's meant to be fun and expressive, right?
First: the Minimum Goal
Rather than rehearsing failure by setting unattainable goals, set yourself up for success by aiming for something so doable it's almost impossible to fail. Like a minimum goal of ONE WORKOUT per week.
SECOND:The Wee 3 Plan-B
Even with the best laid plans, life will still happen sometimes. So building in a Plan-B ahead of time will increase your chances of success massively. That's where The Wee 3 Plan-B comes in (Wee 3's are micro workouts).
Could This Be Your New Fitness Family?
Equipped with Strength (EWS) is on a mission: to make being strong, fit and healthy sustainable and enjoyable,
for as long as possible.
It’s flexible and scalable, it fits around your life, and it gets you results while helping you to enjoy the process …. What better mix?
You start with what you can and WILL do, and you can easily grow it or simply keep things the same (why fix what ain’t broke).
our Live classes make the journey more enagaging and enjoyable
Here’s what members say about our approach
Whether your desire is to get consistent again, enjoy your workouts, or just regain strength and confidence in a realistic way, our approach works!
"Full Experience" Member
Night and Day Difference
I'm 55, and now all I want to do is the "minimum effective dose" that will keep me strong, fit and energetic so I can fully enjoy life.
Before EWS I was frustrated with my inability/unwillingness to follow longer, performance-goal oriented fitness programs as well as I would like to. It was like a series of never-ending small failures.
I now look forward to my workouts, and don't worry about following any set-in-stone program. No more feeling guilty and frustrated because I'm not able to do what I was "supposed to" do according to a long program.
"Full Experience" Member
No More Stressing!
I was constantly getting myself stressed to the hilt about not making my 3-4 workouts a week, especially since getting a new job that required longer commutes.
Now I aim for one main workout a week, and maybe a small workout during the week. Since I've been doing that, it's been much better.
And, with the live classes, I'm more consistent than ever!
"Full Experience" Member
Function, confidence & mental outlook
Initially I wanted to regain the strength I had lost over 7 years of procrastination! I needed something doable, adaptable to my level and guilt-free!
I can now squat down to get things out of low cupboards and get back up again unaided. I can carry 15kg bags of cat litter from the store to the cattery without stopping. My balance is better and I can get up and down from the floor a lot better.
Strength training has improved my function, confidence, tone and mental outlook. There are few things that give these returns for such a small investment!
Sustainable & Sustaining
The fitness world begins with a premise that you're broken and you need to be fixed. Our premise says you come equipped for your next step, and things don't need to be perfect first.
Here are some reasons you'll love it here:
Finally Be Consistent
If you always have a safety-net goal of something super doable, you'll always be consistent. Just one workout per week is enough to at the very least maintain what you've already gained. And in many cases, you can still make progress.
Scalable & Flexible
When consistency and effort (the journey) is valued above perfection (outcome), you naturally begin to modulate your own training according to what you need, rather than other people's expectations of you. All workouts can be scaled and are therefore flexible around your life, and your preferences.
Free of Pressure
The EWS community prides itself on being a pressure-free zone. There's enough stress out there without fitness being another source. At no point will you ever feel like "not doing something" is failure. I make every effort to help members value even their smallest effort.
The fitness world needs people to feel broken, dysfunctional, and dissatisfied because every product out there claims to fix some kind of deficit. At EWS we see you as abundantly equipped with everything you need to succeed at health and fitness.
Simple & Sustainable doesn't mean you won't be challenged
About Marianne Kane
Before she became a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Expert, and mindset coach, Marianne was a Cardiac Nurse working night shift in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. She's seen first-hand the effects of heart disease, diabetes, and other debilitating conditions, but she also understands how difficult it is to make fitness a priority, especially when life happens.
Since 2004, Marianne has dealt with a chronic, autoimmune pain condition (ankylosing spondylitis) which has created its own challenges to be flexible about workouts and forgive her body for “letting her down”, but she's come to realize that it's okay to slow down, it's okay to do less, because success comes from knowing what you're doing is sustainable and enjoyable.
Between 2014 and 2015, she uprooted her life in Northern Ireland and moved to Saudi Arabia, and a year later to the USA. Then, at the age of 36, she had her daughter and once again found her life turned upside down. She knows what it's like to get derailed, and knows it's not laziness that makes it difficult to get back on track... it's overwhelm!
Along side all her personal struggles in the last decade, Marianne still achieved a lot for the fitness world. She founded MyomyFitness in 2010, Pull-Up Academy, and Equipped with Strength. She co-founded Girls Gone Strong and Get Glutes, and was named in Shape’s Top 10 YouTube Workout Channels for her short and effective kettlebell workouts, which reach millions of people around the world.
"Through it all, I have become attuned to the struggle people face to really live with agency and perseverance, instead of giving up on themselves because they can't do “enough”. There are too many "shoulds and have-to's" but nobody need that stress. There is a way to be strong without it draining your valuable time and energy: Keep it simple and doable, and fluff-free, which is exactly what EWS is all about <3"
Here’s what people say about Marianne
Clients and colleagues weigh in on Marianne as a coach
Author and Coach at
Marianne is one of the most effective, sincere, and straight-shooting coaches I have ever been honored to call a friend. She is person oriented and evidence based. She is also extremely kind. I offer her work my highest endorsement.
Coach at RogLawson.com
If you’re looking for a compassionate coach who leads from a place of openness, possibility & joy to support you in your journey to become the best human you can be, you’ve found just that person in Marianne, who has my highest recommendation.
Founder & Author of "Lift Like a Girl"
A Woman of Integrity
I have the privilege of knowing Marianne not just as a coach, but as a friend. I endorse anything she puts her name behind because she cares about helping people to the best of her ability and she's a woman of integrity. That is a rare combination.
A True Asset
Coach Marianne trained me online, one-to-one for years. She took a banged up 50 yr old and made him feel younger and more confident. She is also a genuine, caring person, and a true asset to the fitness industry.
Back to Fitness Member
Individual & Intuitive
I've met a fair few trainers and coaches over the years, and I can say hand on heart, there is no one who shares the same passion and cares for her clients as much as Marianne does. Even in a group, she understands the needs of each individual and is very intuitive in her training methods.
"Full Experience" Member
She Gets It
Marianne really listens and understands the challenges we face with balancing working out and having a life. She creates awesome training plans from which I have gotten stronger! And I feel so much happier and satisfied with where I'm at. She is a truly great coach and mentor.
Two Workouts per Week
On one hand you hear you must doing the same workouts every week to make progress, and on the other hand, you hear that you must enjoy what you do to stay consistent. I believe both are true, and the latter holds more weight in my book. That being said, I offer members of Equipped with Strength the opportunity to honor both. One workout each week is a new variety workout, and the second workout is usually a set strength workout that we change every 4 weeks. This way, you can make one workout be your "measuring stick" and the others to be your joy :D
Plan A and Plan B
An important element of success is planning for failure or having a back-up plan for when a longer workout just isn't on the cards. Basically, you think ahead to all the “If ____ happens” scenarios and you plan a “then I will do _____”. That’s what our Plan B workouts, the “Wee 3”, is for. We have a way to ensure your consistency no matter what. What is a "Wee 3"? It's a tiny wee workout containing just 3 exercises.
Workouts Done Three Ways (you choose)
Some people like to follow along, others just want an overview. We have a mode for everyone! Not only can you watch a quick-start overview video of each workout and get instant access to detailed tutorials on every exercise, and a full written breakdown, but you can get follow-along video that provide instant motivation as if you're in a class with me. This means there are 3 ways to consume your workout material. Some people like to follow along, others just want an overview.
Live Opportunities (Live Class Streamed)
While we don’t ascribe to the belief that more is better, we do believe in creating more opportunities to be successful. That’s why we run 2-3 live workouts per week, which are a mix of new and revisited workouts, helping you get the most from this approach.
How do you engineer your success while you're away from the screen? Whether you’re at the gym, on vacation, or just needing time off your devices, these printable workout logs and visual planners provide coaching cues, and exercise modifications/substitutions so you’ll never be stuck for what to do. You also get printable workout planners/trackers to see your wins add up and be able to see just how consistent you're being.
Movement Mastery Live (Zoom)
Working on a skill can be a great way to enjoy your fitness journey more. That’s just one of the reasons we hold a monthly live (via Zoom) skill Workshop. This is a chance to interact with me, your coach, your fellow community members, and make your exercise technique more fluid and efficient. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
Simple & Sustainable doesn't mean you won't be challenged
Consistent & Content
Imagine where you could be just 1 month from now ... just like Barbara - who was dreading her workouts because she couldn’t meet her goal of 3 per week - you could be highly motivated and passionate again. Instead of feeling bad for falling short, you feel amazing for overachieving.
Or, imagine, like Lori, you’d be 5 months in and realize you hadn’t lost an ounce of STRENGTH by doing ONLY workouts you felt like doing.
Finally, imagine in just mere weeks, realizing how little you need to do to feel the strongest you have in years. And the best part? It’s sustainable, so you can keep feeling strong for years to come.
You’ll always have the “safety-net” of one workout per week to ensure you at the very least maintain what you’ve gained. And even if you do get derailed, getting back on track with a minimum goal is so doable it’s almost impossible to fail.
Who is This For?
If you resonate with any of the following, our community is perfect for you.
Your Priorities Have Changed
You need workouts that respect different seasons of life. We give gentle guidance to find what works for you as things are today.
You're Sick of Programs
You want to choose your own path and do the workouts you feel like doing, with the option of programs *if* you fancy it.
You're Thinking Ahead
You want to make the smartest investments now so you get the highest dividends later get doable.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the workouts?
Some workouts will be shorter than others, but we try to keep them under 30 minutes. Our workouts have a nice mix of strength and cardio training, and a good pace so there's no need to drag it out.
Are workouts available right away?
YES! As soon as you register you'll have full access to everything that's been released since October 2019 (workouts, mini-series, packs and programs) and then you'll get all new weekly content for as long as you're a member (2-3 live workouts with at least 1-2 brand new ones each week).
Are there follow-along videos?
YES, almost all of the workouts have follow-along videos! Anyone on "The Full Experience" plan has access to these. Remember, there are several other ways to consume the workout material: workout summary videos (lasting 60-90 seconds) so you can see what the workout looks like; full written breakdowns with pop-up exercise tutorials so you never have to leave the page (a major time-saver!); and printable training logs to keep in a binder to return to
What fitness level are the workouts for?
We mainly cater to people who have past experience with weight training. However, since some members have been out of training for a while, there are plenty of exercise and intensity modifications shown or suggested in the workout content. We also have many workouts more suited for beginners, and some for more advanced people. There's always support in the community and live videos to help tailor your workouts to your current needs.
What equipment do I need?
At a minimum, 1 or 2 Kettlebells (one heavier for lower body, and one lighter for upper body) is enough. Dumbbells can be used instead with some modifications to get you started (however KBs are best for this kind of training). We will also frequently use an elevated surface, like a step/bench/plyo box, bands, and sometimes a Swiss ball. When anything more than KBs are used, we offer substitute exercises that often require only body weight.
Why pay for something I can get for free?
That's a great question, but one that's very personal to each person. Nothing under the sun is new, and in the day of the internet, anything can be founds for free. The question is more about what value it offers you. Usually we buy things because we believe it will help us more than we could by going it alone. Do you feel this approach will help you move beyond the things that currently hold you back? Only you know that, and you're welcome to come and try it for 30 days to find out if it's good fit.
Imagine: 80% of the results with 20% effort
(doing what actually matters)
Wherever you are on your fitness journey, the answer is the same: achievable, bite sized actions that are clear and easy to follow, and give you the peace of mind that you're doing enough.
You don't deserve to feel bad because you fell short of some standard that's actually pretty meaningless. Here at Equipped with Strength, we believe everyone should try to find their minimal effective dose, with room for growth (as life allows).
Now think about what the rest of the fitness world offers: confusion, pressure, arbitrary things to do feeding off fears about not doing enough, being broken, or chasing the latest trend. We don't do that.
Imagine letting go of all the things that don't move the needle much anyway, leaving more bandwidth to enjoy the journey.
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WHAT YOU GET
The full experience
Weekly Workouts: 1-2 Delivered Every Week
Done-for-you Plan A & B Maximizing Sustainability
Weekly Away-Buddies (printables) to Track Wins
Instant Access to Our Starter-Series, "Back-to-Fitness"
Access to Our Mini Pull-Up Series, "Reach for the Bar"
Unlimited Access to 60+ Workouts Since We Opened
Follow-Along Vids for Weekly Workouts (View-On-Demand)
Open Door to 2-3 Live-Streamed Classes Every Week
Monthly Zoom Workshop for Direct Coaching with Marianne
Total Value: $538/mo
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Best shape of my life!
It was 2 years since I picked up a Kettlebell. I'd hurt my back and lost all confidence in myself.
I was tired of feeling sluggish and inactive and desperately wanted to get back into a community of people working on strength and wellness
Fast forward a year and a half later and I'm back to working out like I used to - my back pain is rare, my swings are looking good, and most importantly, my confidence is back!
Scalable and Fun
I love getting on a live workout or being able to catch up anytime with any of the workouts in the catalog.
I feel like no matter what kind of things are going on in my life, I can commit to doing these workouts a few times a week. I love how scalable and fun the programming is. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a way to get back into fitness but never feels like they have enough time.
Make fitness work for you
I didn’t workout when my children were young because I could never find time. When I was 40, I discovered KBs and Marianne, and fell in love with the physical results and the strength I gained.
Since joining EWS, I don’t beat myself up if I can’t make it happen. I’m happy with my wins whether it’s increasing weight, losing a pound or just plain feeling well. I think it’s fun and a great way to learn how to make fitness work for you.
30-Day No Questions Asked Money-Back Guarantee
If you don't feel more motivated, and like this is an approach you love within the first 30 days, no matter what plan you're on, you are fully protected by our 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund (30 days begins from initial registration).
A Wee Note
I got into fitness when I was 26. It was my final year in nursing school, and I had just been diagnosed with an autoimmune pain condition (ankylosing spondylitis). The doctor told me exercise would help, but I took things to the extreme... more exercise would mean better results.
Over the decade that followed, I was in "body problem solving mode" trying to get everything just right to finally feel good about myself.
For as long as I can remember (starting as a teen), my body has been a problem to solve. Is it any wonder I never felt at peace in my own skin, regardless of how fit, strong, or lean I was.
If I could go back and give my younger self some advice, I'd tell her she didn't need to train so much or try so hard; that less is smarter.
I created EWS to be a refuge for others who are just tired feeling like they're not doing enough and are sick of trying so hard. I hope you'll join our wonderful community.
If you're not sure that this community is for you, please get in touch with our team HERE or reach out via the live chat.