Be Strong, Fit, and Consistent, Even When Life Happens
Sustainable Home Workouts That Sustain You
Seasons of Life. Seasons of Fitness
We know you might be having a hard time getting your fitness back on track after, well, life happened.
You're not hitting your workout goals and might be worried that you'll never get results again, or lose the strength you have.
Maybe you used to be fit and consistent at your workouts, but now you're frustrated that what used to come so easy, doesn't anymore. It's like the wind is out of your sails.
Here at Equipped with Strength, we don't buy into the "all or nothing" mentality of the fitness world. It's not a failure to do less. It's actually smarter.
You're perfectly positioned to find that it serves your body and quality of life more by not running yourself into the ground trying to do more than you actually need.
Never mind the fact that most of us just don't have the bandwidth to keep trying to do things the old way.
Whatever the cause of your "derailment" or your loss of passion for working out, the answer is the same: achievable, bite sized actions that are clear and easy to follow, and that give you the peace that you're doing enough for this season of life. You don't deserve to feel bad because you fell short of what you used to do, especially when less is smarter, and better.
Life changes, and fitness needs to work FOR you, not the other way around.
Julie wanted to strengthen her body to alleviate pain and lose weight
EWS Pilot Member (now renewed)
"Before joining, I was frustrated because I had a few injuries that held me back. My routine needed to change. I don’t want to have to rely on anyone to care for me because I’m weak and out of shape.
The workouts are super easy to fit in since you can workout from home and you only need (at most) 30 minutes.
If I hadn't jumped on board I reckon I’d still be struggling with weight and fatigue. Instead, I'm feeling stronger than I have in several years, and I’d like to stay this way for as long as possible."
A Workout is a Workout
Just because you can't "do it all" just like you think you "should", doesn't mean you can't still make progress. Half a workout doesn't make it half as good. It's not zero-sum.
In fact, would it be amazing to find your minimum effective dose that still gets you similar results.
Besides, what use are "full" or "proper" workouts if they're unsustainable? When you make things easier to actually do, consistently, it doesn't matter whether it was half a workout.
Could This Be Your New Fitness Family?
Here's why we think you'll love Equipped for Strength
There's too much noise and too much to do. You won't have that feeling here. We obsess about getting you wins. In fact, our whole approach is focused on engineering your success. First step: workouts you'll do.
Time & Energy Conscious
We give you enough to get you consistent again. We design your workouts, and give you super time-saving ways to do them. Because they are workouts you'll be able to do, you'll naturally feel become more consistent.
Peace of Mind
What you can do, even if it's less than what you want to do, is enough. We believe, even the smallest effort is valuable, because otherwise we live in a constant state of failure. You can't always control outcome, but effort?
Lori Was Tired of Chasing Goals & Never Feeling Enough
EWS Pilot Member (now renewed)
Benefits of Joining Us
1. You Know It's Enough
The fitness industry has corrupted our perception of what is enough. For real people, doing one or two full body workouts a week is enough to make progress. But what the industry has taught us is this all or nothing idea. Either you go to the gym five days a week or just give up all together, because you failed. To us, this is a massive injustice because there are so many physical and mental benefits to doing a lower frequency of strength training, especially when life gets crazy, as you age, and just for gaining a sense of relief that "I'm doing enough". The approach in Equipped with Strength is centered on creating a minimum goal of doing one workout per week. Immediately, it primes you to feel more confident in your ability to do what you set out to do. Plus, you might actually find you make more progress doing less.
2. More Time to Enjoy Life
Fitness goals change over the years. Our bodies change, circumstances change, and many of us want to focus our energy on remaining self-sufficient and capable for our quality of life. But, in a results-obsessed world, there are few paths that give you any chance of enjoying the journey, because we've all been trained to seek more by doing more. That leaves little time or mental energy to allow fitness to fuel your life. Here at Equipped with Strength, we believe the journey is of greater value than whether you reach the destination. We want you to be strong and capable for real life, and not spend your time worrying about the next fitness goal. We'll support that, but our members prefer the feeling of appreciating where they're at and what they can do (in fitness and life), without it hinging on "am I there yet?".
3. Your Life, Your Fitness
Almost every single fitness product or service is offering you "get your best body", or lose weight, but they offer you a path that's not realistically sustainable. They're all based, again, on the notions that more is better, that you must keep doing that level, and if you're not doing what they say, you're missing the benefits. What happens if you have an injury? What if you're postpartum? What if you're unable to train at that frequency or intensity? Maybe you need to train at a pace that serve you better. They often have very black and white views about what works and what's best. It feels like every detail matters; either you do it "this exact way" or it's pointless. You need a realistic path that matches your real life, so your fitness and well-being can be sustained, so they can sustain you. The details become the enemy of the good, when it's the big picture that matters more.
When I started a full-time PhD program, my gym availability dwindled, sometimes only getting in 1 or 2 workouts per week. When looked at my training logs, I realized that somehow, I was still managing to get stronger, even though I wasn’t working out as often. I also feel great and am not nearly as beaten down physically and psychologically as I was when I trained all the time. I think this goes to show that a consistent little bit is way better than nothing at all.
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. So 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. As long as I get my one workout in, somehow then not all is lost.
Our Simple Solution
One Workout Per Week
We want to simplify your life by giving you a clear, stress-free path to success. To eliminate the pressure to do more, we're giving you one main workout each week, directions on how to do it, and a Plan B for how to do it if/when life happens. You have one weekly goal: to at least do that workout once.
Delivered 3 Ways
Are you someone who prefers a written plan? Or someone who refers to follow along on video? Or a simple summary video? Well, we have everyone covered! In this series we are delivering your weekly workout 3 ways: Long video, short video, and PDF training log.
Flexible & Scalable
Few weeks or months are identical, and neither should your workout plan. It's normal and expected that you'll have ebbs and flows with training, and we want you to become more confident in modulating it accordingly... without guilt if you need to do less! We guide you through some ways to increase or decrease workout frequency and intensity so you can maintain consistency through all life's interruptions.
Post Partum, Jordan had to start from scratch (and from home):
EWS Pilot Member (also staying on)
"I'd had my first child and that was quite a drastic change. I had always consistently exercised up to the pregnancy, but during it, I was not feeling up to doing anything. I was looking for a way to gradually get back into things.
I love not having to think about it, because you get pre-made workouts. You don't need to use up limited energy and brainpower. Now, I've been consistently doing something, which is a lot better than before. I'm trying to look at it that way instead of comparing to what was before.
Had I not started EWS, I would've continued to struggle with consistency because I didn't really know what to do to get things going from scratch."
Meet Your Coach
Marianne Kane, RN turned ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, is Owner of Equipped with Strength. In the last decade she has been on a mission to encourage others through struggles and challenges by sharing her own, and using small, attainable action steps to engineer success. She was named in Shape's Top 10 YouTube Workout Channels as her short and effective workouts reach millions of people around the world. She wants people like you to know that it's okay to do less than what you feel you "should do" or "have to". You don't have to do anything that isn't fitting with your life. There's a minimum effective dose, and it feels pretty amazing to find it.
What's it Like Working with Marianne?
As a 47 year old mom of 5 young kids, I had never believed it was in the cards for me to do a pull-up. The goal was more just to get a structured program so that I could be sure I was getting the most from my at-home training. Well, I got all that and more. I yielded remarkable improvements in strength, I benefited from the encouragement of the community, and we constantly got motivation and mindset help from Marianne. Looking back I see that I gained a belief that I am strong – with physical gains that prove it.
Pull-Up Academy Alumni
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.
Online Client & Pull-Up Academy Alumni
Coach Marianne has been training me 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.
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.
One Workout Plan Each Week
(4 workouts per month)
Plan A - Do the full workout at least once that week
Plan B - "Wee" Workouts as a back-up or add-on
Videos: Train-Along, Summary, and Exercise Library
Printables: PDF Training Log with coaching tips & substitutions
More Live Workout Classes
With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding living through a pandemic, we will be increasing our live streamed workouts to weekly, or even twice weekly to meet demand for interaction and need for motivation. While more training isn't better, creating more opportunities to train will help a ton.
Community & On-hand coaching guidance
Your new fitness family who get it. And a coach who wants to help simply things by removing the pressure.
Bonuses for Joining
Body Weight Workout Live Mini-Series (Value: $49)
Everyone will have the chance to tune in to a series of 4 workouts that give you body-weight only solutions to working out at home/work with no equipment.
Pull-Up Mini-Series (Value: $99)
In the coming weeks, Marianne will be releasing a special series to help you improve your pull-ups from home in a super minimal and effective way that works in combination with our other workouts. This series is optional, and will be adapted from Marianne's signature course, The Pull-Up Academy.
40+ Bonus Workouts (Value: $300)
Not only will you get your NEW-to-everyone workouts delivered each week, but you also have the option to pick from 40+ workouts already on the site, which is perfect for those times you do have more time or energy. The View-On-Demand area makes it super easy to filter based on workout duration, focus etc.
Cindy stopped putting herself last:
EWS Pilot Member (who renewed)
"I’ve been fit most of my life with some pauses. 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. I stopped again for a few years because I had some health issues and needed to tend to my boy’s schedules, my job, etc. it’s always easy to put myself last. I also have Chronic Lyme and finding EWS and entering “remission” at the same time has been amazing.
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."
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do the workouts last?
Some workouts will be shorter than others, but we try to keep them to 30 minutes or less. Our workouts have a nice mix of strength and cardio training, and a good pace so there's no need to drag it out.
Why would I pay for something I could just do by myself?
You can absolutely continue to go it alone. The benefit of making an investment in this process, though, is it offers you a clear path to take. How easy is it to filter out what you keep seeing everywhere else. Being part of something also creates a sense of togetherness, which will ultimately boost your success.
Are workouts available straight away or is it time-released?
You will receive your workout content every Friday. We plan to begin releasing your first workout the Friday after main registration closes (March 27th). This is to ensure all members are prepared, and we can all begin together. However, those who jump on board early will get a wee surprise during main registration week!
How many workouts will I get each month?
There are 4 main workouts per month. However, we design three "Wee 3" Workouts as your Plan B option, so technically, there's more.
How long do I have access to the content?
Your membership entitles you to have access to the site (and content on the site), along with access to the community for the duration of the Series. We have options to retain access to content for longer, should you want to. You are, however, able to download and keep PDFs so you can return to workouts you enjoyed.
What equipment does it require?
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. 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.
What fitness level are the workouts suitable for?
We mainly cater to people who have experience with weight training. But there are plenty of exercise and intensity modifications shown or suggested in the workout content, but you can get support in the community and live videos to help tailor your workouts to your current needs.
Are the videos full length workouts?
YES! But there are several ways to consume the workout material. Train-along videos are one; 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, which is a major time-saver!
If it's not for me, can I cancel/get a refund?
Yes! We offer a 14 30 day money-back guarantee for any of our full-payment membership options (single pay or full monthly). To be eligible for refund, you must contact us via chat box, email at Marianne@equippedwithstrength.com before 11.59PM EST on the 30th day after you registered. If you are on a "Pay-What-You-Can plan, there are no refunds, but you can cancel your membership in your account tab any time.
When will "Equipped with Strength" open again?
Not until September 2020. So get on board now, because when we do open again, the price will go up.
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