Combining your nursing background with your love for fitness

How to combine your passion for nursing and fitness

Some of us were athletes in high school and college, some of us picked up going to the gym in college and most of us will never lose the love of being fit and healthy.  We could never imagine doing anything with our love for it because we spent our long hours studying for the NCLEX and have been a part of the very prestigious careers of nursing.  We love being a nurse and we love feeling great and want others to feel the same way.  ESPECIALLY our patients.

I came across a message thread recently that led me to this post.  There were so many people who fell into this category that just felt lost about what to do next. Some of them were group fitness instructors and Registered Nurses, some thought about achieving more certificates, some wanted to open a gym, but all wanted to find a way to combine the both and just didn’t know how.

I thought, WOW they don’t have any idea of the information I know to be true and have been living for the last almost 7 years.  I have found the holy grail, I swear!

So, I will spell it out how you really can use both loves to earn a living and most importantly help you fulfill your destiny in life.   There is nothing wrong with having two passions.

For me I needed a way to lose weight as I had fallen into the trap of “eat whatever is in the break room” – Yes you know what I am talking about.  I ballooned up to 205 lbs and felt disgusting.  In 2009, I found a solution that has literally changed my physical, mental and financial life.  I had no idea that it would.  I just needed to change myself.

Enter Beachbody.  Here is a link to my very first workout program and physical transformation

Once I took control of my life following a very laid out plan I could do on my own time (as you know we Nurses tend to be CRAZY busy and EXHAUSTED).  So I was able to get my workouts done late at night when the kids were asleep, I followed a meal plan that I could prep and take to work and I was on my way to avoiding the break room donuts.  But as you know there are so many other nurses that feel they are too busy, too tired and too distracted to have a plan and eventually spiral themselves into being those unhealthy, overweight nurses we see everyday.  The Struggle is REAL!

So how does that translate into using your passion for nursing and fitness into helping others?  Well see there was a business opportunity that I was presented after I finished my first workout program where I would continue to work on my journey but instead of keeping to myself I would share it with others.  I would refer others to programs that would meet their health needs.  I would recommend a dense health food shake instead of all those synthetic powders that people tend to grasp for in a pinch.  By providing meal plans that I have used, online support groups to help them along the journey in the privacy of a group.  What I found was that many of the people that have worked with didn’t have the support at home.

What is this opportunity called?  Beachbody Coaches

What are the Benefits of Coaching?

  1. You own your own business from the start, you are you and are not the company.
    1. Most people feel they don’t want to sell something because they want to be themselves, great news is you are YOU
  2. You are always working on your own fitness and nutrition journey first.
    1. I like to refer to this as “putting on your own oxygen mask first before you help others”
  3. You do not have to build a business on your own
    1. I have a team of 1000 coaches who work together and support each other.
  4. You don’t have to be at your final goal weight or goal body to coach.  Just like as a nurse, you connect with your clients like you do your patients, while you are on the journey.

Can I still be a Registered Nurse and work as a coach?

  1. I personally worked as an RN in Clinical IT after years of being in the OR and management and then walked away from nursing to pursue my Beachbody Business since I had matched my salary in my business.  The last two years have been amazing and have allowed me so much freedom with my family.  So much that I was able to return to nursing in a capacity that I missed and love, the OR again.  Building my business and working as a nurse brings fulfillment in more ways then one.  I think only a way a nurse “gets”

What do I have to do to get started?

  1. Decide on following a fitness plan, commit to drinking a whole food dense nutrition shake that will help you get through your nurse shifts and inspire your fellow peers to say “what are you drinking that gives you so much energy?”
  2. Connect with your team of coaches and dig into the training that I provide.  I know nurses make amazing coaches, we strive at being better, at learning how to help people and be their advocates.  There really is no difference between nursing and coaching, the biggest difference is that you can build some financial security and be fulfilled all in one.
  3. Email me at Email me with the subject line “coaching” and let me know you are ready to get started or that you would like more information.  We will set up a chance to chat and see if this is a right fit for you as I like to select my coaches based on their drive to be better, their motivation and their sense of community.  If those are qualities that you take pride in I would love to connect with you.

If you are curious about just being a part of a fitness and support group or this dense nutritional shake then please contact me at Email me at with the subject line “fitness group” and let’s get you started on your own journey!


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22 Minute Hard Corps Week 1 | Women’s results

Today I sit and schedule and prep for the start of my next adventure.  See, as soon as Beachbody program comes out I am ready to commit to it as I know they are built for success.  Some programs I am more excited for than others but I do dig into all of them.

As I sat on my cruise in my bikini or lay in my bed on my side, I know just by feel that I am desperately in need of getting back to feeling amazing in my clothes.  I have muffin top syndrome going on right now.  In my eyes I have let myself go.  I have been lacking motivation since almost completing Hammer Master and Chisel (I love that program but life hit me with a curve ball and I had a hard time getting back on the wagon with it).  I am terrified of stepping on the scale in the morning and taking measurements.  I haven’t done that since my TEST GROUP experience with PIYO.  But I have committed to myself and am treating this as if I am in the test group for this program.  I know with that mentality, it is what keeps me pushing everyday including the days I want a big glass of wine or I just want to sleep in and not workout.

22 minute hard corps prep

My love for Tony Horton is strong.  He was my Beachbody First Love!  So, I will do everything in my power to complete this program EVEN with the Women’s Hockey National Tournament in 1 1/2 weeks.  Traveling on the meal plan will be the most difficult thing to do I will admit.  My goal for the next week and a half is to figure out how to stay on track while traveling to Minnesota.  I am happy that this workout is only 22 minutes and I can stream it on the new Beachbody On Demand App.  (If you have the program, email me and I can share with you how to stream it on an app)

Here is my first go around on the meal planning and I have to tell you that THIS MEAL PLAN is the BEST meal plan that Beachbody has ever done.  They have listened to the consumers and coaches over the years and have blown my mind with how simple it is to follow!!!

I will be hitting the Grocery Store today on the quest to make it super simple to follow and not to bore myself so that I can really just focus on getting my workouts done and not stress about the food.

Here it is:22 minute hard corps meal planMy meal plan for the week (email me if you would like a copy of my shopping list as well.  Just title your email “22 min hard corps shopping list”)

22 minute hard corps meal plan

It is time!

Anna Gray 22 minute hard corps



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22 Minute Hard Corps accountability group

Private Groups are really the key to success in the world of health and fitness.  I have been running private groups every month for the last 7 years.  There is a reason I continue to do this, and it is is described by one word…… SUCCESS!!

Results are my goal for my clients.  I have had 100s of clients become coaches over the years because of their experience with Beachbody programs.  That is exactly how I started.  It is one thing to workout at home on your own but it is another to show up daily and cheer each other on.  People from all over the US and Canada checking in to a private group and saying “hey I had a tough time” or “yes I did it!”

We share what we are eating as we follow the meal plan, we share what we like and what we don’t like.  Here is an example of a post in one of my recent groups.

challenge group post 1

We share highs and lows.  Myself and my team of coaches who are working on their own journeys are there to support you individually and notice when you are missing. Motivation is key to getting through a workout program and we stick together #nooneleftbehind.

Here is an example of some of the daily motivation in the group.

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So what can you expect in this 22 Minute Hard Corps Group?

You will be following the 22 Minute Hard Corp Program, following the workout plan working out 6 days a week.  Each workout is 22 minutes long so you can absolutely fit this in your schedule.  You will be following the meal plan including your daily does of Dense Nutrition, Shakeology.

So that you understand the benefits of Shakeology, I want you to take a look at this video:


I will give you a 4 week meal plan complete with 5 meals a day and one of those being Shakeology. (since I am running this group with a PREP week you receive a 5th Bonus Meal Plan). That’s a huge component of this because I truly believe it is that important and will help you with dropping the weight and honestly replacing the “on the go” food with something whole foods and wholesome that typically takes away those cravings. I know for me when I don’t have it my cravings come back!

Let’s get to the workout program… Here is a trailer of the program.

So, now that you are excited to be a part of this group.. Let’s get you started!!! I want to know about you and why you want to be a part of this group!!

22 Minute Hard Corps

Here is the location to purchase the KIT you will need for the program —>

22 Minute Hard Corps™ and Shakeology® Challenge Pack

if you already have Shakeology you may want to consider the New Performance line KIT

22 Minute Hard Corps™ and Performance Challenge Pack

22 minute hard corps

But remember I want to know more about you… If you are having a hard time coming up with the funds for this Kit, let’s chat about how you can enjoy a discount on the products, I have a way that you can earn the money you are paying for your Kit.  In your email to me at send me Why you would like to be a part of this group and what you have been struggling with the most.

I look forward to working with you!

Anna Gray and Tony Horton


Anna and Tony Horton

Tony and I