Hi, I'm Marianne, and I coach a different kind of Kettlebell Workout community...
Most fitness communities are results-oriented, and that can actually impede your progress under certain circumstances, like:
1) If life has derailed your fitness journey and you're struggling to get consistent again (or know where to start);
2) If you're sick of chasing goals and just want to be fit for life, but you're starting to dread workouts;
3) Or if you're dealing with what I call "fitness/workout perfectionism" (always trying to get things "right" but never feeling like it's enough).
Some of these manifest as "losing your fitness mojo", or an increase in comparing yourself to your past, or to others who represent what you used to be, and you may often say "I'll never be ___"
If you identify as any of these, and you're wondering when you'll finally reach your goals and be happy, I suggest a shift toward a more process-oriented approach.
Could This Be Your New Fitness Family?
We value feeling strong, being independent, and self-sufficient.
We also value our time and energy, so fitness needs to work for us and fit easily into our lives so we don't drain those precious resources. It has to leave us feeling GOOD.
Finally, we value PERSEVERANCE.
Because LIFE HAPPENS sometimes.
So, even when you:
=> Fall short of your goals or are sick of having goals,
=> Start and stop (going all-in or nothing at all),
=> Feel like you'll never be as fit and strong as you were in the past,
=> Are unsure if what you're doing is enough or the "right stuff" to make progress,
=> Disqualify your efforts because you didn't do everything you planned to do,
...You still never give up trying!
Being equipped with strength does NOT necessarily mean you believe in yourself, or that you feel like you're equipped with strength. It often means getting back up when you feel at your weakest or lowest point.
It's the kind of strength that is expressed when no one is looking. It's the kind of strength that allows you to still work out, even when you feel totally out of shape and may even be ashamed at how you look.
The stops don't define you, so long as you never stop STARTING.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" ~ Teddy Roosevelt
My mission, as coach, is to remind members of their existing strength and encourage them to take the next step and value the effort they took to do it, and reassure them it was enough. We just need enough strength to take the next step.
It's my job to help remove the stress and pressure to "do more" or "try harder" or even the pressure to "earn your enoughness", by dispelling myths and giving accurate information about what's really needed to progress. This means members can:
A) Stay consistent, and actually make real progress because it's so easy and convenient to do it's almost impossible to fail,
B) Enjoy, rather than dread, their workouts because my approach focuses on valuing your efforts - the process/journey - more than what the fitness industry typically does (valuing results only)
C) Have more time and energy to enjoy LIFE, because they feel strong, capable, and they know what they're doing is enough <3
My weekly follow-along kettlebell and body weight workouts (both live and pre-recorded) get you strong, energized, and feeling accomplished without a big time commitment.
Everything I teach is geared toward helping members make the most of where they're at NOW; be flexible in their mindset about fitness "success"; remember the big picture over many details that don't actually matter; and value their efforts - even the imperfect ones - MORE.
If you're inspired by what you've read - whether workouts are a struggle right now or not, but especially if they are - then add your name below to stay up-to-date on when we're re-opening for registration:
(ALL fitness and experience levels welcome)
Who Runs Equipped with Strength?
Marianne Kane, RN turned ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Kettlebell Expert, is Founder of both Equipped with Strength and Myomy Fitness. In the last decade she has been on a mission to encourage others to reach their potential, live with agency and perseverance, instead of giving up on themselves because they can't do enough. Not only did she co-found Girls Gone Strong and Get Glutes, but she was named in Shape's Top 10 YouTube Workout Channels as her short and effective kettlebell workouts reach millions of people around the world. She wants people to stop bowing and bending to every "should" or "have-to" in the fitness world. Fitness doesn't not have to consume your life and purpose. There is a way to be strong without it draining your valuable time and energy: Keep it simple and doable, and fluff-free.