My name is Marianne Kane, I’m “30ish” years old and, as you’ve probably gathered, I love fitness. Let’s talk about me:
I think we should do all the small talk first (aka all the Certs and Qualifications) so you don’t think I’m just making this all up and it leave the good stuff til the end
Marianne, the Professional
First and foremost (in terms of highest level of qualification) I am a Registered Nurse. My specialty is Cardiac Surgery and I recently decided to resign from my post to pursue my passion as a Trainer, Blogger and Speaker <– this is the biggest (and scariest) decision I have made in my life!
As I got good at the fitness stuff, I naturally became a Personal Trainer (with Certificates in Extreme Kettlebell Training and Olympic Weight-Lifting). I have been lucky enough to learn from some of the most renowned Trainers in the world, including the talented Kettlebell Master Steve Cotter (IKFF). Back in 2011, I was an original Co-Founder of the Female Fitness Authority, Girls Gone Strong and, also in 2011, I had the honour of seeing my work listed as one of the Top 10 Workout Videos on YouTube by SHAPE.
Professionally I work as part of a close-knit team (with my good friends Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis) on our awesome membership site Get Glutes where we help hundreds of women get strong and beautiful curves in all the right places and provide our support along the way. We feel very passionately that strength is the number one factor most women (and many men) are lacking in their training program. While many people simply want to look better, strength is the key ingredient to making that happen.
Marianne, the woman – My Fitness Journey
It all started so well. I was very sporty in school and excelled at athletics for most of my school career: mainly 100m sprint and long jump. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far with it due to hip and knee pains (which turned out to be early symptoms of a condition, not yet diagnosed) , so I quit. Gradually, through my early 20′s, I piled on the pounds and was ignorant to how to make good food choices. I became very lazy with exercise and wondered how and if ever I would lose the weight.
During university I had to walk a lot and weight started to drop off, but my diet still wasn’t in check, so my weight would fluctuate greatly. When I started becoming more aware of what was in certain foods, I was able to avoid them and have more consistent results with my weight loss. I was never that overweight, but I did feel the negative effects it had, especially on my confidence (To read more about my body image story, click HERE).
At one point I was actually losing too much weight and I was also having severe lower back and hip pain, to the point I could hardly walk, lie in bed, or change position when I was in bed. After many trips to the doctor and physio (over the course of 2 years) I was eventually diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondilytis (an inflammatory arthritis of the tendons and ligaments, mainly in the spine). As it turned out the best way preventing permanent fusing of the spine from occurring was to stay supple and exercise. So exercise I did. At times the pain was still too much as the treatment wasn’t effective enough, so progress was slow.
I am now 6 years after my diagnosis and I have been commenced on the first medication to successfully alleviate my inflammation and pain completely, thus allowing me to exercise to my full abilities. And it’s great! This medication (Enbrel) is a weekly injection which prevents my immune system from “attacking” itself. However this can mean that my immunity to other illnesses and ailments is also affected. But so far so good. At the same time as I started this medication I was becoming more serious with my Kettlebell training and I attribute my strength gains and rehab to Kettlebell training.
The reason I am sharing this story is that I want people to know that it can be a long journey to reach a goal but it’s so rewarding when you reach it. People might assume by my appearance now that I haven’t had to work or battle for my fitness and health, but one of the reasons I started this blog is I hope to be an inspiration to someone in a similar situation.
I think everyone needs somebody to show them direction and help sort through all the conflicting information we are bombarded with on a daily basis. So again I hope this site will shed some light on these matters for you guys too. It’s not about me being on a platform and “teaching my students”, but it about me sharing what I learn along the way. Hopefully you will feel part of the journey as we walk it together