My BIG Decision and Kettlebell Conditioning Workout | Free Home Workout Videos

by Marianne  - June 12, 2012

Hi everyone,

What a time of it I had last week! I don’t know what happened, but major fatigue came out of nowhere and I had ZERO energy to train and I could bearly get out of bed to go to work! To make matters worse, I had 3 night shifts to do in a row, train clients both Online and Offline and make time to work on other GGS-related projects – all in the space of 4 days!

The good thing is that this has help me arrive at a very important decision, one I have been somewhat afraid to make. And it’s scary even for me to mention it here as it kind of makes it very final; but for the past year, I have not been happy in my nursing job.  I LOVE being a nurse, but the circumstances are not what they should be to allow for optimal nursing and I do not have the time with each patient I would like in order to make a TRUE difference to their care, bar covering the essentials. For me, that is not enough! Also, I am becoming more and more disenchanted by focusing on sickness, symptoms, medications and people’s gravitation towards the “sick role” once they step through the hospital walls.  I have heard such a mind-set being branded “Pajamaitis”.  I cannot fix this! To make matters worse, it seems many staff in the health service do nothing but complain – and I can’t be around this anymore … I want to be making a difference to people’s HEALTH and WELL-BEING! It is such an irony that this cannot be done as a nurse in an acute care setting, because everyone is “sick”.  So what is my big decision??

I am applying for a career break to explore my fitness calling.  For the past 2 and a half years I have lead a double life; one in which I nurse the sick, and another where I nurture the health-seekers to become more healthy and take ownership of their fitness and well-being. Guess which one has the highest success?? And the great thing is that what I do here should impact positively on, as a friend put it, the “sickness industry” – as more people reduce many risk factors for potential diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity-related diseases, osteoporosis (reducing future admissions to hospital with fractures, especially in the over 60’s), immune diseases, arthritic conditions AND MANY MORE!

It’s the same principle I am applying to the rest of my life. Focus on what you want to happen, not what you don’t want. So, by focusing my energy on HEALTH rather than SICKNESS, I help people create healthier lives and all the wonderful things that come of that.  It’s not that I no longer care about sick people, of course I do – but I need to follow what I love to do more and follow my passion . When you do that, you never have to work a day in your life 🙂

When everything is pointing towards making this break, I would regret not putting my full effort into it. Right now, I feel I am unable to do that due to my ONLY tie here – Nursing! As for where I will base myself, in relation to my fitness career, that has yet to be decided.  But something inside me is drawing me to San Diego! I have no idea why, as I have never been there, but I am planning a visit there in September and will suss it out as I go 🙂  This plan is subject to change of course, but it’s been such a strong desire for a while now, I cannot ignore it any more!

Now that I have that update out of the way I want to direct you to a couple of articles from last week that I contributed to. They were shared on Facebook and Twitter, but I know some of you do not have accounts in Social Media, so I will link to them here:

My Journey out of the Vortex ~ by Yours Truly

What do you eat? ~ by Jen Comas Keck (with lots of contributions, include one from moi)

Now on with business

The Workout

After a 4 days break from training, this was my workout to get started. Two rounds of only 10 exercises LOL!

Set your Gymboss Interval Timer for 10 cycles of 15 seconds rest and 45 seconds effort (I recommend a longer break between rounds), and complete 2 – 3 rounds of the following (my reps per exercise and weights used are in brackets as always):

  1. Goblet Squat (20kg) (20, 16)
  2. Vertical Pull/Swing Burpee (20kg) (11, 10)
  3. Renegade Row (2 x 16kg) (18, 17)
  4. Two-Handed Swing (20kg) (32, 32) – I need to progress
  5. Spiderman Push Ups (16, 15) – this annoyed my SI a bit)
  6. Stand-Kneel-Stand (right) (16kg) (14, 14) – also felt this in SIJ
  7. S-K-S (left) (16kg) (14, 13)
  8. Weighted Side to Side Step Overs (6kg) (44, 41) – SIJ 🙁
  9. Burpees (11, 11)
  10. Alternating KB Swing (20kg) (30, 30)

It seems that ANY unilateral exercises annoy my SIJ/back issue. So I need to stick to Bilateral stuff for a while longer – which is PANTS, because I miss my reverse lunges 🙁 🙁 🙁

As you can see, I did 2 rounds only, but this was enough for me, because I was super tired again!

Hope you enjoy the workout.

Remember that I am now offering a variety of great Training Services both Online and Offline.  For further info, check the following link:  Training Services.


PS – I am by no means discrediting or belittling the work done by the nursing and medical professions, as we do indeed need them. However, I feel a draw to do something else now, and I am very grateful that I have my nursing experience. Without it, I would never have developed my skills in communication, teamwork and many other things.  I am also so grateful to have such a bank of humorous, encouraging, inspiring and proud memories and stories to hold on to.  Let’s see how it all pans out 🙂


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  1. Congrats on this tough decision! I know it’s scary putting it down on paper (or the internet!) but you really are making the best decision. I want to be a nutritionist but could never go through your typical dietician training because I don’t believe in 90% of what they teach! Conventional medicine seems to just have the sick getting sicker.

    So if you end up in California, than I would hope to one day meet you!

    Our guest room (and kettlebell zone in the backyard) is always available if you’re ever looking for a place to crash in San Jose. 🙂

  2. Hey Marianne,

    Go go go! Go for your dreams and you will be so surprised at how the universe helps you achieve them. Yes you will be apprehensive but that’s fine. You are taking control of your life.

    As an aside I notice you mentioned the service you now provide. I don’t know if you were thinking of doing this but I would absolutely spend money on a set of your videos. They could literally be all the videos you have done but on a disc or downloaded able and set out in a course. Is that what you do for your online training? I could download them anyway but humans being humans we are lazy and what it on a plate. If you had something like that even just on a PDF with say 10 workouts on it i’d but it for 9.99 without even thinking about it. It’s nice to have that in my garage instead of having to take my laptop in there to watch you do it? As much as that is fun to do!!!

    Anyway, ou might be doing that already just I haven’t looked hard enough?


    1. Thanks Matt for your encouraging words! And, yes, I have thought about how I could put my workouts together better and have them available on another platform … so many little projects going on right now, I might need a manager soon 🙂

  3. Hi!

    I have been following your site since I discovered it last year (first of all, thanks!), but felt so compelled to comment now. Your honesty in your “vortex” article is so helpful for many that may also be struggling through similar challenges (myself included!). I too have been in a similar place recently and am feeling that it is time to move on…and also having the same pull to San Diego! Also not sure why as I have never been but I always felt it was a place conducive to a healthy life. Congrats on your decision and best wishes!!


  4. Hi Marianne, I really enjoyed your article “My journey out of the Vortex”. Your journey to finding inner strength and the way you have grown through that difficult period of time in your life is truly inspirational.

    The books you mentioned in that article are also very interesting, I will definitely check them out!

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  6. I have a question for you, is there a big difference between using the Ader kettlebells and the competition bells you are using? I would like to use kettlebells more, but it looks like those competition ones would hurt my forearm a lot in comparison to the Aders. Any suggestions?

    1. I would say go for the Aders then. I don’t have any issue with the competition ones, but I know when racking them, most people feel better with the standard style bells 🙂

  7. Would you be able to share how you were able to move out there? I would love to do the same thing but am not sure i can get a visa or anything to do it?
    would be great to get some tips and advice on how you went about it??

    1. Hey Sarah,

      I haven’t reached the actual moving stage yet, but I am applying for my working visa. I will surely write a blog about it once it all happens. But I imagine it will take several months before I go anywhere. I still have to work for the next 3 – 6 months in my current job until I am making enough money to get me to where I want to go. I wish things would happen quicker, but they will all happen as they are meant to 🙂

  8. Hi there!

    I love the workouts! You sure work hard. I finally picked up a gymboss too.

    I was wondering though if you thought about just recording one round of the workouts but video the entire thing so that we see the rest periods as well. We could actually just follow along with you and just run the video as many “rounds” as we wanted. Since your round runs 10 minutes, your entire video would only run around 12 to 13.

    Just an idea.

    Thanks for all your motivation!

  9. Congratulations Marianne! I live here in California and it is a beautiful and wonderful place to live 🙂 San Diego is great, the central and northern parts of California are beautiful as well, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. I live in central California and I’m within an hour or two of beautiful oceans (monterey, santa cruz, big sur) quirky and vibrant cities (san francisco, oakland, berkeley) skiiing, snowboarding, hiking, lakes and mountains (yosemite, redwoods, pinecrest) wine country (sonoma) all while being in the heart of where much of the state’s awesome produce is grown! I’m excited for you and your new journey wherever it leads.

  10. hey marianne this has been coming for some time, it was obvious in your posts u had itchy feet. well done on finalising the decision to come to this is v v stressful but once there its a load off.

    i read ur article out of the vortex, good read. best wishes for future decisions with with move

    1. Thanks Bug. You’re right the decision was the toughest part, now I have to wait and choose my time to hand in the form. Need to be wise and not run too soon.


  11. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU’RE DOING IT!!!!!!!!

    I was wondering when it would happen. It was only a matter of time. Although I have not reached that point as of yet, I too plan on shifting from working for others to working for myself.

    Passion, passion, passion. The key to success! Find something you love and are passionate about and the rest will follow. All great entrepreneurs say the same thing. I love developing websites, which is what I do now, but I want to do it for myself. I hope to get to your stage in a year or two. I constantly read success stories about how a person’s ventures explode in a positive way once they make that leap of faith.

    You Rock! Keep it up! I’m cheering for you, 110%!!

      1. Hmmm….did my last comment go through? It usually shows up as “waiting for moderation”. I’ll check back later to see if it did.

        If it did, just delete this one, if it didn’t the jist of it was that if you need some help, guidance or advice, let me know. Shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do to help 🙂

  12. Congratulations, on making such a difficult but very important decision. It’s usually making the decision that is the hardest part!!

    Thank you for being such a great inspiration and for sharing your knowledge and fitness expertise. This is my go-to place to find challenging and effective workouts!!!


  13. I wish there was a like button! What’s that saying? Your job doesn’t seem like “work” when you love what you do every day? Something like that….I’m a true believer in being passionate and happy waking up every day and going to do what you love and helping other people love it and themselves too. Love.

  14. Marianne: I know what you are feeling. I was trapped in a great financial but lousy job for my well being. I walked away to focus on fitness training and love every day. What really stands out is that in the old job, someone was always unhappy with me, no matter how hard I worked. I was very good at what I did, but unhappiness was the calling card of that business. Now, each group session ends with people thanking me for what I do. What a difference perspective makes. Follow your heart and chase your passion. Thousands will follow you, myself included.

    1. I am so happy for you! This is a great example and you were so brave to leave such a job. But earnings can’t be the only factor in what we want to do with our lives. I also happen to believe that God will never see me without the basics. We can be very happy as long as we have the basics. Money doesn’t mean more happiness and I know that I place much more value on doing what I love. When you ONLY stay in a job because of the money/status etc, then that’s not good. But that’s just my view 🙂

      Thank you for your comment!

  15. Hey, good luck on the decisions…i feel where youre coming from. My wife is kinda pushing me to get my training cert. Scary to leave a high paying job to something that may take awhile to get going, but persistance is something i believe you got…knock em dead, kid!

  16. The last few weeks have been really hectic for me and hard to get a dicent workout in. I finally decided to do something short and intense as I am starting to feel low and it is due to the lack of exercise.
    I set my clock to 15 minutes and went through this simple circuit
    100 skips
    3 pull ups
    20 alternating swings with the 16kg kb
    10 push ups with closed legs and close handed
    10 hanging leg raises
    I finished 3 rounds
    some of the pull were assisted.

  17. Marianne!! It’s such a wonderful feeling when you realize what you are meant to do. As I’ve mentioned before I have just graduated from grad school with my doctorate in physical therapy. It has been a long 7 years of school and every time someone asks me what I am in school for or what I do, they say “well with that much school why don’t you just be a doctor?” Well it’s honestly for the exact same reasons you are leaving the nursing field. In PT you help people focus on health and functioning, not dwelling on sickness, yes of course you can work in hospitals, the ICU, NICU, nursing homes, rehab, home care, etc etc HOWEVER as PTs you spend a lot of time with each patient and help them focus on function. In addition, the out patient setting is incredible, you can work with all types of people focusing on post surgical rehab, weight management, reversing and preventing osteoporosis, health and wellness, etc. I’m blessed to have found a position in an out patient setting that allows me to take on many roles with my degree. I not only provide physical therapy but also personal training and group fitness. One minute I can be working with a 78 yo frail female working on balance, cardiovascular endurance and strengthening and the next I can be working with a power mom who can beat any one in burpees.

    I have to say if your considering ever to go back to school, you’d be an excellent candidate for ANY of the top physical therapy programs and you can mix both your nursing career and training career together.

    You rock! University of Southern California has one of the best physical therapy programs in the country!

    Come to NY any time and you can check out my gym/PT gym. We’d love to have you!

    Good Luck!!

    1. Aw thank you! The invite is very much appreciated 🙂

      I’m very happy for you, that you are so passionate about your job! I have another PT friend who also loved OP rotations for that very reason!


  18. This workout was great! I love the amount and diversity of the exercises. Ever think about adding overhead swing with 90 degree rotational turns to any of your workouts?

  19. Marianne, I am just reading this and I have to say congratulations on your big decision. I always wondered how you blended the two. You are such an inspiration to me. I love your training ideas and focus. You are amazing!! Best wishes for everything. I hope the transition is easy and stress free!

    1. Thank you Christine! I appreciate the support. I don’t know if I can find the perfect blend, but I know my nursing experience is very valuable to me 🙂

  20. Wow! I’m so excited for you. I found this site about 9 months back, and it was obvious that you are very talented and passionate! As a female trainer I am so excited about the impact that you and other GGS are making. Cali would be lucky to have you. If you are ever in Austin TX shoot me an email!

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