Memories of a Rowing Challenge Past

Memories of a Rowing Challenge Past

Watching CPM members participate in the rowing challenge this year brings me back to 2013. It was my first year at CPM and in your first year at a new gym you participate in EVERYTHING! Rowing challenge? Bring it on! 50,000 OR 100,000 OR 200,000 meters? 200,000 of course! Coming from years of long distance running, I figured sitting on a rower for hours on end was going to be no big deal.

Rowing the meters (even for the 200,000) isn’t that bad as long as you show up early for class and stay late. No time for chit chat unless […] Read more

Holiday Motivation

Holiday Motivation

One down, a few more to go! I really do love the holiday season🎄 – from the goodies to family time, jamming out to Christmas music 🎶and keeping up with old traditions, there seems to be something for everyone to enjoy. But it’s also a time where we start to slack off from our typical routines leading to muscle loss👎🏽, weight gain and poor decision-making.

So how does one stay on track throughout the holiday season?
#1 Schedule Your Workouts

Each Sunday I sit down and plan out my week. I make my workouts a priority. Whether it’s a class, a solo […] Read more

Let’s Get Your Rowing 🚣🏻‍♀️ in Order

Let’s Get Your Rowing 🚣🏻‍♀️ in Order

If you haven’t noticed quite a few of the CPM’ers are taking a deep dive into the rower until Xmas eve with the Concept 2 Holiday Challenge.

Why?

Because the C2 rower is a terrific developer of aerobic capacity! One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten over the last 17 years as a trainer is “What is the best piece of cardio?” I’ve always answered “the Rower!” Simply the way it involves your arms, legs and core it is hard to find a better tool for conditioning and power. And with great power comes great responsibility.

Consider this the official […] Read more

Fit Chic Enchilada Steak Bake

Fit Chic Enchilada Steak Bake

Tomorrow is Taco Tuesday.

I love themes and I keep them throughout the week in order to make my menu easy and efficient to follow.

I follow Crockpot Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Gourmet Wednesdays, Left Over Thursdays, and Fun Food Friday.

This a fun recipe the whole family will enjoy. The best part is it tastes even better leftover!

Ingredients:

1 red bell peppers, cut into long thin slices

1 green pepper, cut into long thin slices

1 28 oz can of green or red enchilada sauce ( I love green sauce)

1 6 oz can of diced green chilies

1/2 head of cauliflower, cut […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 26 – Nov 30

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 26 – Nov 30

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do…

Monday: Deadlifts, Toes2Bar, Rowing

Tuesday: Running, KB Swings, Wallballs, Box Jumps, Sit-ups, Push-ups.

Wednesday: KB Suitcase carry, KB Thruster, KB Snatch

Thursday: Knee2Elbow, Plate Ground2OH, Lateral Hop, Farmer Carry, Doubles.

Friday: Clean & Jerks, Cindy, Running.

 

The O-Board Says…

Part A. 2RM deadlift

B. Every 90 seconds for 15 minutes:
odd rounds – 2 deadlifts + 10 Toe to bar
even rounds – 200m Row

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I Am Thankful

I Am Thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for. Even when we are sick, stressed, poor or lonely, we can still find things for which we are thankful. I was training a group of girls the other day and they were complaining about me “making” them run. I asked them if they knew kids that were unable to walk. Of course they did. I told them to be thankful for their ability to run and even to be thankful for coaches who want them to be healthy. It’s all about perspective.

Here is my list of things for which I am thankful…

My […] Read more

Enjoy Thanksgiving without Guilt

Enjoy Thanksgiving without Guilt

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Actually I love any excuse for family time. It fills my cup!! But for many people, the holiday comes with food-related anxiety, guilt and that uncomfortable, tryptophan coma that can last for hours, sometimes days.

Here are some tips to enjoy the holiday this year instead of wasting your time with feelings that won’t fill your cup.

1. Start out your day with a simple breakfast (Protein, fiber, healthy fats). Starving yourself for that big meal only gives you low blood sugar and you will end up binging.

2. Relax. Breathe. And get your mindset ready […] Read more

Get off the Couch and….

Get off the Couch and….

When talking about mobility we need to ask ourselves 2 questions…

Do I have the range of motion required to do the things a human is supposed to be able to do?
Do I have the motor control or technique to control that range of motion?

But let’s face it ‘stretching’ is the most fun part of getting healthy, fit, strong and pain free. So let’s find mobility exercises that give us the…

a. Most bang for our buck #effective
b. It must be simple #notEasy
c. Be accessible for us to do it anywhere #convenience

Consider the couch stretch one of those […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 19 – Nov 23

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 19 – Nov 23

We are thankful & grateful today and everyday for our
CPM community!

 

Monday: Partner Day! Rowing and Active Recovery

Tuesday: Pull-Ups, Back Squats, and Lateral Hops

Wednesday: Get ready for some KB Swings, OH Walking Lunges and Box Jumps

Thursday: Turkey Day!🦃 Start your holiday with some Clean and Jerks

Friday: Black Friday tradition of Row’d Kill

The O-Board Says…

10 rounds for Time:
P1 = Row 750 meters
P2 = Rest/*Active Recovery*

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Exercise for the Kids

Exercise for the Kids

I spend a lot of time with teenagers in the weight room and gym. Along with school, band, choir, drama, work and homework (to name a few), they work hard to fit exercise into their lifestyle. For some, it’s a challenge to exercise twice a week or even once. For others, 2 hours of lifting and conditioning every day after school doesn’t seem to be a problem. So what is the problem?

Our kids sit all day long in school. If they are lucky, they have a PE teacher who realizes the importance of movement and uses that time wisely to […] Read more

Thanksgiving Favorites from the CPMFitness Staff

Thanksgiving Favorites from the CPMFitness Staff

Thanksgiving Day is filled with feasting, family and football. Year after year the same staples – turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberries and pumpkin pie make it to the table as we gather around with family and friends and get “stuffed.”

It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving meal without these dishes but that is what makes traditions such a fun part of the holiday season. The coaches at CPMFitness would like to share some of our Thanksgiving memories and recipes that have shaped our holiday experiences.

Barbara Micek

Watching the Huskers game the day after Thanksgiving 🙂 Most memorable meal was a […] Read more

Workout Potency, Power and Responsibilities; (the Shoulder Episode)

Workout Potency, Power and Responsibilities; (the Shoulder Episode)

Front Squats, Pull-ups, Olympic Lifts 🏋🏼‍♀️, Basic Gymnastics 🤸🏽‍♀️ and adding some intensity can make some of the most powerful mix of exercises out there.

And with great power comes great responsibility i.e. mobile joints.

Create and maintain robust anti fragile joints with these moves…

Today’s Workout is…

Double Tabata (40on/20off)

Ball Slams
Double Under’s
Calorie Row

*Rest 1min btw*

Post by Chris; follow me on snapchat; mr_cpm
www.cpmfitness.com

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Fit Chic Pumpkin Bars… Post WLC Delisciousness

Fit Chic Pumpkin Bars… Post WLC Delisciousness

This is the perfect Fall treat that will make the whole family swoon. These are great for parties, Thanksgiving dinners, or maybe for a special treat. They are just as easy to make as they are to taste. You can also freeze them for up to a month and have as a grab and go to soothe that sweet tooth craving!

Ingredients
2 cups almond flour or Gluten Free Flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
¼ cup almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup coconut palm sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut creamer […] Read more

Quit Working Out to Lose Weight

Quit Working Out to Lose Weight

I came across an Instagram post the other day that said “Quit working out to lose weight.” Right away, this spoke to me. People exercise every day to try to lose weight. I was one of these people for years! How many calories can I burn on my run today? How many calories did I eat today? Ok, I ate 1600 so if I run 6 miles I burn about 700 calories. Great! But it never really works out the way we want it to, does it?

I want you to exercise to be healthy. Quit setting this goal of “I […] Read more

Game is over but keep PLAYING

Game is over but keep PLAYING

As the Whole Life Challenge comes to an end you may be planning out the list of forbidden foods you can’t wait to inhale 🍕🍦🍺. For me it’s a piece of red velvet cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory 😋. Or maybe you will push that snooze 😴 button and skip your morning workout or ditch that water bottle you have been blaming for your late night bathroom 🚽breaks.

If this is your first lifestyle challenge, it’s a great start of gaining control and awareness of what a “healthy lifestyle’” can really look and “feel” like. For those that have been doing […] Read more

Let’s Back Squat!

Let’s Back Squat!

Is Back Squat the KING of all exercises?

The Posterior Chain refers to the group of muscles responsible for producing powerful hip extension.

Powerful hip extension is sufficient and necessary for elite athleticism of any type.

The Barbell Back Squat is the only exercise that can load the posterior chain along the greatest range of motion. Utilizing the largest muscle group in a manner that gets progressively heavier with time therefore making the Barbell Back Squat Squat…

THE GREATEST BARBELL EXERCISE EVER CREATED!

Do you Agree?

Today’s Workout is…

A: Power Clean
5-4-3-2-1-1-1

B: AMRAP 15 min
4 Power Cleans (Heavy)
8 Toe to Bar
100m Farmer Carry (Heavy)

Post by Chris; follow […] Read more

Fit Chic Pizza Soup for the Cozy Fall Weather

Fit Chic Pizza Soup for the Cozy Fall Weather

I love that we are approaching crockpot season. It is so easy, effective, and delicious. Here is one that is so easy, tastes amazing, and very easy to freeze to enjoy later!

Ingredients: 

12 oz chicken sausage (I used aidells brand)

4 oz uncured pepperoni

1 25 oz jar marinara (I like Raos brand)

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil

1/2 red onion, diced

1 cup of mushrooms cut in halves

1 3oz can sliced black olives

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1/2 tsp of rosemary

1/2 tsp of thyme

2-3 cloves of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of pesto

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (0ptional)

Directions: 

In a large crockpot, combine the […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts 11/5 – 11/9

CPM Week of Workouts 11/5 – 11/9

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked on it every single day.Get to the gym!

Monday- Row, Walking Lunges, Squats, BJs and Med Ball Cleans
Tuesday- DUs, Run, Burpees and Rowing
Wednesday- Power Cleans, T2B and Farmer Carry
Thursday- Ball Slam Variation and Running
Friday- Pull- Ups, Back Squat and Sit-ups

 

The O-Board Says…

For Time:
800 m Row
80 Walking Lunges
600 m Row
60 Squats
400 m Row
40 Box Jumps
200 m Row
20 Med Ball Cleans

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Competition Rundown

Competition Rundown

Hallow Hopper

This past weekend several of us from CPM traveled to Omaha for a Saturday competition at a super cool gym called Fit Farm. Court and Lisa were participating in the women’s RX division, Reed and Cory in the men’s RX division and Steve and Dave in the men’s scaled division.

I’ll start by saying that I’ve never been so happy to be watching a competition in my life. It was called the Hallow Hopper because they were pulling the workout options out of a hopper to decide the events. This caused a lot of repeats in movements like squatting […] Read more