Marianne Kane is one strong as hell woman…
And she’s on a mission to make you one too. Marianne’s a fitness/wellness expert. She’s owner of Myomytv, LLC, the mother company under which Marianne has several coaching platforms: myomyfitness.com, myomystudio.com, pullupacademy.com). She also co-founded women’s strength training movement Girls Gone Strong, and the workout system Get Glutes. She’s confident, focused...and is helping other women to be the same.
But it wasn’t always that way. Ten years ago, Marianne was helping ill people in her job as an RN. At the same time, she was struggling with her own health problem - the chronic pain condition ankylosing spondylitis.
Marianne describes her life back then as “one giant mess of self-doubt”. She admits she was insecure, fearful, and worried about being judged by others. She was a “people pleaser” and not living the life she was meant to.
But two major themes in her life - working full time in the health service and her own health issues - finally led Marianne to strength training. She never expected it, but lifting weights and becoming strong is what kick-started a complete turnaround in Marianne’s life.
She said: “My rheumatologist scared me into exercising, and even though he could’ve encouraged strength and courage in me instead, it still got me to the gym. The road I took through movement and strength training has brought me to an appreciation for my body I never had before.
“In the face of ongoing suffering, with physical pain and the mental exhaustion it brought, I disproved many negative beliefs about myself which have since helped me inspire others do the same. Now I help people be their true fit-selves, inside and out, as a Personal Trainer.”
Now a master at empowering women of all ages, Marianne helps them transform not only their body shape, but their health, confidence levels, mindset and overall outlook on life. Strength training is at the heart of these positive changes.
Several years ago, Marianne hooked up with a bunch of fitness professional friends to spread their strength training message even further.
She explained: “I saw a shift in the world of women’s fitness away from the notion that women should only lift lighter weights and do cardio to be skinny, to ‘hey, we’re stronger than even we think!’. This was something I had felt strongly about since it helped me build so much self confidence."
“So six amazingly strong women and I founded Girls Gone Strong to continue to transform the narrative of women’s fitness and how women see themselves. Being part of this movement at the beginning is one of my proudest achievements because of what it inspired in others."
“It took me a while to truly recognise the value of what we were doing. I used to believe that strength could only come from the inside out, but what strength training - and in particular empowering strength in others - has taught me is that when you see yourself doing things you previously thought impossible, inner transformation takes shape. It works in both directions.”
She added: “Get Glutes was a perfect example of that. When we began the membership of this training program in 2013 we thought the workouts would be the highlight, as women flocked to have their bodies toned and shaped."
“What actually happened ran so much deeper: there was a coming together of women who were each overcoming their own personal and social obstacles, and strength training was a catalyst for confidence that had been eroded by years of negative self-talk and self-loathing.
The program and community helped women to explore and embrace what was possible and then make an even greater impact on those around them.”
Being part of the women’s strength movement paved the way for Marianne to create her own group coaching course: The Pull-Up Academy. The pull-up is one of the hardest strength training exercises to master for men and women.
Most women who first step into a gym consider it mission impossible. Helping those types of women achieve the unthinkable was exactly what inspired Marianne to create and deliver this popular fitness program.
She said: “Of all the strength goals, pull-ups are one of the most challenging - physically and mentally - as the story we tell ourselves plays such a role in even trying it, let alone achieving it. I created the academy because I saw so many women give up on the goal because they’d feel frustrated by their lack of progress or begin to lose faith that it really was possible for them."
“The small group and personal attention, with responsive programming makes this journey much more doable than your typical stand-along plan. I believe everyone deserves to take that journey and see what happens when they ‘reach for the bar’.”
Marianne has witnessed plenty of other amazing achievements and transformations with clients after they’ve taken up strength training - and stuck with it consistently.
She said: “I’ve seen countless men and women witness their own strength and think ‘wow, I am able to do so much more than I thought’. Take Melly for example: as a survivor of breast cancer she has come to her own new appreciation for her body after a double mastectomy without reconstruction. She’s now a powerful advocate for being a flat-chested woman in a world which forces conformity to physical standards and norms."
“Or Katherine, who I trained in preparation for her Strong First Kettlebell Certification. In the midst of training adversity struck as she broke her wrist two months before her course. A long six months of perseverance revealed inner strengths she hadn’t fully realised before. Her resilience allowed her to pick herself up and keep doing what she could. She passed with flying colours and is now SGF certified."
“My client Tracy signed up for The Pull-Up Academy beta group last summer and within 10 weeks, she had achieved her first ever unassisted pull-up. What was especially awesome was, as we watched the video she’d taken of her amazing achievement, we heard the voice of her daughter behind the camera. What she said gave me goosebumps (check it out below):
“Tracy not only succeeded in achieving that elusive pull-up, but she inspired her daughter to see
strength and possibility.”
"Self-belief keeps you going, so it makes me sad when I see so many women and men struggling to remain consistent in their efforts to better themselves. One small step of confidence - or often it's pure courage to start with - begets more confidence."
Marianne says there are four common areas to be explored if women often go off track with their health and fitness goals.
1. How high they’ve set the bar for themselves, often it's too high so they set themselves up for failure.
2. Why their goals are important to them, so they are their own goals rather than what society wants.
3. What small steps can be taken to become more proactive, rather than reactive, to the pressure to do ‘all the things’.
4. How being inconsistent hinders them, and how being consistent serves them.
She explains further: “What I’ve found with many of the women I’ve worked with is they are busy, under pressure, and normally looking after other people. They put themselves last and then they feel like a failure because they don’t look or feel like they want."
“This feeds the cycle of setting expectations too high, based on what they think they *should* do, rather on what they want, and the steps in between (making it all a habit) are overlooked or overshadowed by everything else.
“How do you create a boundary around your time to work on yourself? Often these problems are rooted in not believing you deserve to invest in yourself. "
“It’s hard to change the motivation from ‘because I hate this part or that part’ to ‘because I can make a real difference in the world, and need to be fit for my purpose’.
“Is the end really about how you look or feel? Or is it also about being your true self regardless of whether you're "there yet"?
For me, it’s been a journey through the former, arriving at the latter.”
~ An excerpt from an interview with Marc McClean for his book "Strength Training for Women"