Setting Yourself Up For a PR

Setting Yourself Up For a PR

How To Get That PR In Class

We had a 1 RM deadlift last week and it seemed as though everyone was getting a PR (personal record). While it was a ton of fun (seriously, it was too much fun!), but PR’s aren’t as easy to hit as it may seem. Once you have been doing this for a while, months may go by where you don’t get one. That’s ok and it’s normal. If I were to get a PR every week, I’d be squat cleaning 205 pounds by now… at least! But I’m not

So if you see a […] Read more

Memorial Day Fit Chic Recipes …

Memorial Day Fit Chic Recipes …

Memorial Day is a time to remember the honorable people who gave their lives to serve this country. It is also a time to enjoy fabulous food with family and friends.

Memorial Day food is all about the grill, the snacks, and the Great Outdoors. Knowing this I included a list of bbq, sides, and treats to give you the perfect Memorial Day Celebration.


Bellini Ice Tea

3 Tbsp honey

2 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced

1 cup raspberries

Fresh brewed tea


*optional lemon wedges or mint leaves

Fill a large pitcher half way full of ice. Next pour in tea and then place cut peaches and […] Read more

How to Build (FITness) Emotional Momentum…

How to Build (FITness) Emotional Momentum…

What do you need more of in your life to get FITTER?

More discipline?
More will-power?

How would you like to make everything in your life easier?

You can do this with the power of momentum! When things are not forced and you are compelled to eat better, #get2thegym more, wake up earlier, fired up about life, everything is just clicking you have evoked the good ole’ mojo!

Here are 3 “Simple” steps to tab into the momentum to have inside of you…

If you go back to the gym for the first time in weeks/months/YEARS and workout like a mad dog, you may […] Read more

Check Out Our Latest “Marriage Fit” Podcast on “Why People Quit”…

Four years ago Chris and I had an idea to start a podcast and call it “Marriage Fit”. We wanted to talk to couples about being committed to your Fitness, Your Marriage, and your Finances. We want to reach out to people and talk about our personal struggles, our biggest success, and the odds and ends in between.

We discuss how we make our relationship in marriage and business work, and the reality and truth of what it takes! This is a dream of ours and we are so excited to share our story with you!

In this next episode we chat […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts: May 22-25

CPM Week of Workouts: May 22-25

is what you’re capable of doing. 
determines what you do.
determines how well you do it!

Monday: (Strength Day) I am hoping you all enjoyed last week as much as I did.  So why not start the week off where we ended with more Squats!! Part A: OH Squat 5-RM build-up followed by a 21-15-9 for time of OH squats and box jumps.

Tuesday: Sticking with the theme of last week with another Partner Day! This time it’s 5-rounds of all body weight movement: pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups and squats. Bodyweight workouts improve strength, endurance, and power, and–if done right–can burn through […] Read more

Make Your Gym Experience Exciting!

Make Your Gym Experience Exciting!

Set Some Goals… Please!

I have been working out at CPM for several years now and my focus has switched from one thing to another…

Double unders – this one almost killed me
Linear Progression
1 RM Power Clean
Bar Muscle-ups
1 RM Squat Clean
Ring Muscle-ups
Handstand Walks

But the entire time I’ve been at CPM, I’ve always had a goal. And it’s not to lose 10 pounds. Don’t get me wrong, losing 10 pounds might help me achieve my goal but it’s not the end result I’m looking for. So why do I set performance goals? Because it’s fun….WAY MORE fun than stepping on the scale every […] Read more

A Mod Squad Mini – Hips don’t lie

A Mod Squad Mini – Hips don’t lie

It’s all about the hips!!

We all tell ourselves the story that we are too busy to stretch, but here are two super quick and super easy stretches anyone can make time for.  Do you sit too much, feeling the workouts this week?  These are great stretches to do in between meetings, while you are handling phone calls or emails, or just need a mid day pick me up. So get stretching!


Looking for something in particular here on The Mod Squad?  Email me your suggestions at


The O-Board Says…

Part A
Part B
50 Double Unders
15 Deadlifts
Part C
Tabata Hip Thrusts

[…] Read more



With the Sun coming out more and the weather (and gyms) heating up. I figured this is a great opportunity to re-visit a very popular and informational post by our very own “Mayor” Marin Bortnem. She gives you the pro-tips on how to thrive with your dress, sweat, food and how to MAXIMIZE your time while working out over the lunch hour.

Working out at noon… by Marin Bortnem

Alarm clock going off at 5am is not for this gal. That’s early folks, you could be sleeping. After 5pm gets a little hairy.

That leaves noon. It’s a great break to your […] Read more

Make the Most of Your Life CPM’ers

Make the Most of Your Life CPM’ers

A good family friend of mine passed away from cancer recently. He was 58 years old (too young to die) and left 4 children behind. I feel when someone passes away it makes you reflect on your own life. You start to reminisce about the memories shared and look ahead to what the future holds. You start to ask yourself the questions,

“How much life do we have left to live?”

“Are we doing what we want if we knew tomorrow was our last?”

These are always hard deep questions to ask one’s self, and sometimes the answers are just as complex! If […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts: May 15 – 19

CPM Week of Workouts: May 15 – 19

When You Feel Like
Think About Why You


Monday: (Strength Day) We open the week with a Push Press 3-RM followed by 4-rounds for time of SDLHP, Push Press and Back Squats. Sounds like a fantastic start to the week!

Tuesday: Partner Day! 25-min AMRAP of deck squats, KB swings, ball slams and running. I think you’re all going to dig this format:-)

Wednesday: I think this might be my favorite workout yet! 3-rounds for time of front rack lunges, burpees, front squats, toes to bar and power cleans. You don’t want to miss this mid-week killer! 

Thursday: (Strength Day) Part A: Deadlifts […] Read more