Camera, Action! New Workout.

by Marianne  - April 23, 2015

Over a year ago I switched off my video camera and for a while I didn’t think I’d “put myself out there” ever again. Then, as I was thinking about what I want to do with my life now that I am in the U.S, I realised how I gave up on my dream. My dream was to keep producing content to help people and make a living from either training people directly or over the internet. One of the things I enjoyed most about my blog was that I got to share the ins and outs, ups and downs of my life. I felt passionately about expressing these things because it just might help somebody else see that we all have insecurities, doubt, joys, and trials. I feel like I stopped believing that anyone would want to hear me.*I* didn’t want to hear me, and so I stopped… I let my own self-doubt and self-analysis stop me feeling safe to be e-vulnerable.

Since leaving Saudi just 4 weeks ago, I can already tell that something has shifted inside me and I am ready to do *something*! I am ready to get back on the horse, turn my camera back on and let “the world” see me as I am, where I am at, and invite you to walk with me once again as I try to put into words (and action) the lessons I have learned, the things I *still* struggle with, and how I decide what is worth taking with me or what I ought to leave behind.

Today, I filmed a workout in my basement with my NEW Kettlebells. It was very simply 3 rounds of 5 exercises. I started the workout thinking I’d just do it and edit it afterward, but something made me start to give training cues and I kept the video running for the entire workout so you could see and hear me struggle, succeed, chat, and laugh. Maybe it will motivate you to pick up a KB and join in 🙂

I am neither as fit, strong, lean as I was, but I want this to encourage you because I want you to accept and celebrate that your body is an otherwise empty vessel and it’s what’s inside you that gives you value, because that’s where you are.

It is because of who I am that I am doing these things with my body; doing this things with my body does not make me any more or less valuable. And this applies also to how I look.

So, let’s get on with it…


Complete 3 rounds of the following:

  1. Goblet Squat: x 10 reps
  2. Push-Ups: x 10 reps
  3. Dynamic Squat: x 10 reps
  4. Two-Handed KB Swing: x 10 reps
  5. Plank Jacks: x 10 reps

Good as a short and sweet blast workout for high intensity or general fitness, or as a finisher to a longer strength workout.



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  1. Marianne welcome back. You look awesome and I really enjoyed watching you in action again. It’s always nice to see an old friend back. You may not know me but it’s like I have always known you because of your blog and videos. 🙂

  2. Welcome back!

    You are strong woman to overcome that pain and still hit the weights. I’ve been dealing with some hormonal issues and haven’t been able to exercise for the past three months. I am slowly starting to get into it as well. I’m also a trainer, and feel like I should be “more” or “better” because “I should practice what I preach.” But it’s liberating to remember that we need to give each other respect, patience and kindness no matter where we are in our journey (just like we would do with a client who was injured, sick or in pain.) Your commentary is adorable, you are making me consider doing some videos as well!

    Take care xo

  3. Just did this workout right along side you, and it was great. Just what I needed this morning to going and I thank you for keeping the personal touch of “realness” with tips on performing the movements properly as you go along. (And it made me feel better to know you can get worn out too!) So glad to have you back, and I look forward to hearing more of your journey and walk with the Lord. That’s what I’ve always loved about your workouts and writing-I don’t often see fitness and faith connected.

  4. Wonderful to see you on video again, Marianne. Your honesty and down to earth normality always make these a joy to watch. 🙂

  5. What a great surprise to find this video as I am settling in for a nap after a night shift. Love your honesty and energy (and amazing form)! You are inspiring! Thank you, Marianne!

  6. So glad that you are back and I repeat you have been missed!

    Loved the idea of self forgiveness – so important.

  7. I am so happy you are back to training and sharing with us! It’s great to see and hear your lovely personality shines through the screen. Thank you!

  8. So happy to see you again Marianne! I’ve missed your workouts and your lovely, genuine dialogue and personality shining through. Welcome back!

  9. I’m really happy to see one of your videos again ! You look so nice and healthy, i’m sure it’s a motivation for all your followers !)
    a European digital friend

  10. Wow! It sounds like you have quite a year. Thank you for sharing your struggles with us. You have, and will continue to be a real, honest and unique voice here in internet land. I hope you continue to make videos and blog about your journey. God bless:)

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