What it means to be Thankful….

I had the pleasure of starting my thanksgiving morning off with a charity run for the banquet which is a facility that provides meals to people in need.

It was a little cold and being from California I was not sure what I was getting myself in to! When i first woke up I did everything I could to try to talk myself out of not going but in the end I decided to suck it up and run and boy am I happy I did.

As I was completing my last lap I begin to run by families whom were walking […] Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at CPMFITness we would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

You are all appreciated more than we can express. This amazing community wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for each and everyone of you.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you each day doing what we love.


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Mojo. Reality Check. And TnT’s for the upcoming Rowing Challenge.

On Monday’s Post we broke down the “Sleigh the Rower” challenge by the numbers. Today lets continue to take a professional approach to the challenge and sprinkle some motivation, a reality check and some pre-planning methods to ensure your success.


To row your commitment of 5o,000, 100,000 or 200,000 meters from November 28 (TDay) to December 24th (XMas Eve).


The challenge is placed perfectly during the time of the year where the typical American has a very challenging time (probably the most) keeping their health and FITness together. The average American gains anywhere from 1 to 7 lbs from Thanksgiving Day to […] Read more

A Delicious Thanksgiving Meal Fit Chic LA Style …..

In keeping the trend this week of staying on your path to excellence during this holiday season, here are some amazing Thanksgiving Recipes that will not only taste delicious, but will stay in line with all your health and fitness goals!

Brussel Sprouts:


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1 shallot, chopped
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, small spouts left whole, larger spouts halved
Salt and pepper, to your taste
1 cup low sodium chicken broth


Add extra-virgin olive oil to the pan, 1 turn. Add shallots to the pan and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and coat in […] Read more

Crunch the Numbers to Succeed

Ok CPMer’s, we all know this rowing challenge is fast approaching.  I’ll bet most of you who’ve signed up haven’t really given it any more thought since putting your name on the board and just plan on beginning and getting it done when the time comes.  You are not alone, because I too did this until yesterday when I had a revelation……..I’m going to be traveling to my sister’s graduation during the challenge and therefore will not be here to row at the gym!!!!!  But, instead of freaking out and quitting the challenge, I’ve decided to sit down and […] Read more

5 Yoga Poses to Relieve Back Pain….

With daily activity from sitting in chairs, walking, driving, and normal everyday movements we develop tightness in our hips and low back soreness.

Our low backs are one of the weakest (and should be the strongest) parts of the body and we are not able to give it much love to strengthen it. It is one of the first places that we feel tender or soreness and it can easily be over used because of tight areas around the back.

Here are some great yoga stretches that will really release the tension in the back and hips and remove those low back […] Read more

DEETS of the Almost Holiday Week…

“Sleigh the Rower”… The Holiday Rowing Challenge

The sign up board is up at the gym.

Here again are the quick DEETS.
*Commit to 50k, 100k or 200k (in meters) to complete.
*Starts November 29th (black Friday) – December 24th (xmas eve)
*$30 buy in. A % of the proceeds go to the charities on Concept 2’s site.
*The rest of the details can be found HERE 

If you are concerned about the volume of meters that need to be completed think of a few things:

*Sack up, “IT’S A FREAKIN CHALLENGE”, it is supposed to be out of your comfort zone:-) And with challenge comes change.
*How do you […] Read more

The No Holds Bar Approach

The upcoming Rowing Challenge has got me thinking…

I’ve been asking people around the gym:
“Are you participating in the challenge?”
“Are you doing the 100k or 200k?”

When they give me their answer I pay close attention to what they are saying…

“I don’t have time to do that.”
“That is waaay too much for me.”
“I could never finish that!”
“I would ‘IF’ I had a rower at home.”

And they are absolutely correct! With that mindset and attitude of course:-)

But on the other hand they are absolutely WRONG!

Why? Because others in the gym will participate, commit and succeed in the very same challenge. And some of them have far […] Read more

Why Do Our Muscles Cramp?

Why do our muscles cramp after a workout, or in the middle of the night, or when we are simply sitting at our desks?

Is it something we have injured?
Lack of something in our diet?
Or both??

Here are some reasons that maybe causing those muscles to get tight and unbearably painful!

Muscle cramps can have many possible causes that include:

*Poor blood circulation in the legs
*Overexertion of the calf muscles while exercising
*Insufficient stretching before exercise
*Exercising in the heat
*Muscle fatigue
*Magnesium and/or potassium deficiency
*Calcium deficiency
*Malfunctioning nerves, which could be caused by a problem such as a spinal cord injury or pinched nerve in the neck or back

When […] Read more