Train To Be Ready For Anything

I’m always transparent & honest: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Soldier of Steel™. Don’t you worry – all opinions are my own – I have a very firm disclosure policy and I never work with anyone or share anything with you that I don’t believe in 100%. Promise!


Most of you know I am an ER nurse. I work with life or death situations every day. I do CPR and perform advanced cardiac life support to save people who are – for a lack of better words – not technically alive anymore. I work with firefighters, I work with trauma victims. I have worked through hazmat events where I wear a full suit – hood, and breathing mask included. I train because I need to perform. I train to feel strong. I train so my every day tasks are easy compared to the training I do. I train to keep myself safe, to potentially save my life or someone else’s’ life. I not only have my own lives in my hands every day, but I potentially have the lives of my co-workers, my patients and my family in my hands every day. That is nothing to take lightly. I train because I realize the importance of what I do and what I need to protect. I train because I can’t afford not to be strong, capable, and functional in those situations.

I just confessed I hadn’t been to a gym in a good four months. How am I training to be functional, strong and capable outside of a gym? I wrote about many different “no gym necessary” ways and options and go-things & workouts I use and do in order to keep pushing myself daily. Just as I shared that with you, I was lucky enough to be connected with Solider of Steelworkouts through my affiliation with FitFluential. I will try anything once, and if I like it – I’ll include it in my programs and my workouts and share them with you. I figured what the heck, I’ll try these workouts and see if I like them enough to share them with all of you.

No joke. I LOVE THEM! And when I say love, I mean I have a “I am a sweaty, out of breath, burning muscles, salty sweat burning my eyeballs” kind of love for these killer workouts. You all know I am a GLUTTON for punishment – so you knew I’d love these. You all also know that I LOVE functionality and focus on form, rather than the weight or speed until u can do it correctly!

^Me during workout one!

Mark Twight is the trainer that created the Soldier of Steel™ Transformational workouts, and he believes it teaching fundamental universal movements and believes that you can get better by working on your weaknesses. He wraps that all up into functional training. Yes. I think he took that approach & those words out of my mouth, don’t ya say? He also said something very similar to what I posted monday – “If you can’t do it correctly, you have no business going up in weight.” Truth. Like I said, it doesn’t matter how heavy it is – 20 lbs or 200 lbs, all that matters is that you do the correct form and it tires you out. Not a little, but to where you can progress.

Tell me this isn’t motivating…

Mark Twight trained the actors who were cast in 300 (can you say ooo la la … ?!) and Man of Steel (Clark Kent played by Henry Cavill) – if he can get them ready to be superheroes, he can help me live up to my superhero name. Winking smile Here are a few of my favorite quotes from listening to his philosophy on training and my response to them:

  • “We are using physical effort as a means of self-discovery.” <—Sometimes hearing your own breath and feeling your own sweat is all you need to connect yourself back to exactly who you are.
  • “Hold yourself to a higher standard.” <—Yes.
  • “We value horsepower ahead of appearance – NOT VICE-VERSA.” <—This embodies my MO. It’s about what you can do and how you feel – not about how you look. How you look is the consequence of being a badass.
  • “Physical fitness is an essential trait for every Soldier … Soldiers are trained to be ready for anything … Citizen-Soldiers transform when their communities call.” <—I talked about being a soldier in my own right. Clearly, true American soldiers are our men and women who fight for our freedom. I have friends who have gone overseas and my Grandfather was in the army during WWII. I have the utmost respect for our military (the National Guard is associated with Soldier of Steel workouts), our firefighters and policemen and women who keep us safe here, and for citizen soldiers – who take responsibility to help others when the need arises. Don’t forget to train so you can help when you may least expect you’ll be needed. Be ready. Can you give me a good reason why you would not want to be ready for that?

So who wants to try? I am on Day 3 of the workouts. Day 1 had wall squats. I saw the pictures of the exercise and saw the calendar call for 3 rounds of 5 reps. I was like seriously!? 15 reps with body weight? That’s it? I was clearly convinced I’d blow past them in two seconds flat. Then humility called my name. Humble I now am. Wall squats are no joke. They’re freakin’ hard and awesome all in one and I cannot wait to work on them more. I am good with dropping down low during my squats but these are teaching my body and mind to squat backwards and to keep my chest up. I am so excited! LOVE progressing!

^Wall squats – don’t knock ‘em till you’ve tried them.

Don’t underestimate these awesome Soldier of Steel™ workouts – they’ll remind you why the basics are so important and how hard they can be. The FREE (did someone say free!? no cost? Score!) training program is one month long and there are diagrams of the exercises, videos, tutorials – everything you could need from beginner to advanced. They pretty much address any question you might have, but just in case, Mark Twight will also be on the @NationalGuard twitter page (with #TwightTakeover) answering questions from 3pm – 4pm EST if you have any questions for him! And if those questions include anything about the actors from 300 – feel free to share those answers. Talk about bronze Gods. I digress… Winking smile

When I choose the workouts I do, when I focus on ensuring the functionality, strength and capability I push myself to gain, and whenever I share any workouts that in any way pertain to any military, fire department, or citizens who will be ready to help out in times of need (Boston bombing, anyone? We all heard about the citizens who ran towards the bombs to help instead of away. I’m not talking gibber jabber. The need is here.), I take it seriously, because if the men and women who take on those roles aren’t prepared for the demands of their jobs, it’s not about having a bad day – it’s potentially the difference between life or death. (Something Josh Henkin from Ultimate Sandbag Training also has talked about.) It’s tactical training. It’s functional training. It’s training to build the body up – to be functional, strong, capable, and confident. I wouldn’t share a program with you that I thought was a bunch of crap. I’m honest around here. I believe in this program completely and it’s rockin’ me. I am a sweaty, happy mess during and after my workouts, and I wake up sore, but good sore, the next day. These workout are pushing me to the next level and I’m loving it. These will definitely be workouts that I pepper into my own routine along with my other “no gym necessary” go-to goodies I shared with you on Monday!


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  1. Comment by Toni @ runninglovingliving:

    This workout looks awesome!!! Looks like a great way to workout without a gym!!!!!
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  2. Comment by Linz @ Itz Linz:

    lol your jump squats and wall squats crack me up!! seriously how awkward are those wall squats!?? i posted a lovely picture yesterday
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  3. Comment by Sarah Jane @Fit Betty:

    Way to go on the wall squats!! I don’t do very well at them, but I guess that means I need to work on them more! My squat form needs work, so those are the perfect thing for me to work on :)
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  4. Comment by Sarah Kay Hoffman:

    Great post! Love your first picture…ahhh!
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  5. Comment by Presley @ Run Pretty:

    I’m jealous you got your wall squats on camera! I wish I could have seen what I looked like while trying them, haha. Of course, you rocked them!
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  6. Comment by GiGi Eats Celebrities:

    People always ask me why I work out so much… I tell them because I AM TRAINING FOR LIFE!!!! ;)
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  7. Comment by Jenn @comebackmomma:

    Nice job getting started with the workouts. Those wall squats are killer. Thanks for giving me some love on my post too.

  8. Comment by Amy @ The Little Honey Bee:

    I love that you’ve explained that a gym isn’t necessary! I totally agree and have yet to join a gym (save for yoga and some boxing classes) since moving for my job. Especially in the summer, there is sooo much to do outside! I recently started working out at a nearby playground… pull ups on the monkey bars, push ups and mountain climbers on the swings… there are never kids there at 6am (duh!) so it’s perfect!
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