About mrcpm

I am dedicated to the constant improvement of my life and serving in the the lives of others with their Health, Fitness and Wellness. My journey began way back as a dedicated high school athlete in the sport of basketball excelling into the collegiate level. After college I began my career as a personal trainer in 2001 not really knowing where it would take me. Having the ability to dramatically improve someones health and fitness is fascinating to me. I became a personal trainer in 2001 to empower myself with the knowledge and the skills to enhance my physical body and mental capacity. Over the years the pursuit and study of fitness developed into a passion for me. I became a student of fitness and healthy living. Once I began to see the positive impact in my clients the passion they grew to helping others achieve their personal goals. I am continually searching for new ways to improve myself and the ways in which I can affect people in a positive and supportive way. I understand that everyone comes from different backgrounds and different ways of living. I believe I can connect with each person and inspire them to live healthier by first, helping them to be aware of their present state and the choices that they have made. Then, to educate them to make healthier and more positive choices. Lastly, to integrate and take action toward creating permanent habits that are a better personal “FIT”. When I am not coaching I look forward to spending time with my family and friends. I also take part in various sports and outdoor activities, searching for the next best coffee house to read or write.

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New Year, New Focus – Brooke Laycock

New Year, New Focus – Brooke Laycock

As you may have noticed, I’m sharing a lot from the female coaches at CPM. Coincidence? Probably not. I think women in general tend to set more goals at the start of a New Year. Although Chris Mello may single-handedly alter the male to female ratio on goal setting cause we all know he’s got tons of goals! 🤣

When asked what her focus would be this year, Brooke said…

My goal this year is to lift up others. So many negative things happen in our world and in our day, so I want to say one positive thing or uplifting thing […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight… Nicole Zacher (aka BMamba)

Coaches Spotlight… Nicole Zacher (aka BMamba)

BMamba… Well she is a ROCKSTAR! Simple as that. From the moment you meet her and the fortunate you are to get to know her the more you will understand that. She is a natural leader. Practices what she preaches. And just makes any day better when she is apart of it.

Again the big X Factor with CPMFITness is the awesome coaches apart of this and she is a big reason why that is true.

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

Mother of two amazing kids
Wife to a pretty stellar husband
Licensed Physical therapist
Fitness started at a young age. […] Read more

New Year, New Focus – Lisa Zahn Tells All!

New Year, New Focus – Lisa Zahn Tells All!

This week I am sharing thoughts from Lisa Zahn, an evening coach and noon class member at the Western Mall. Lisa is mentally and physically tough. I dream of being able to maintain her diet without cheating! Check out what Lisa has to say about 2019…

Personal Goals
This year I plan to continue working on practice and training over competing. This means that my focus of wods are more than “for time or for reps”. I’m intentional in what I focus on. This means putting form and long term goals over a score on the board. […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight… Reed Reuman (aka Thor)

Coaches Spotlight… Reed Reuman (aka Thor)

The Best Coach is a Great Student. The first question Annie and I ask ourselves in adding a Coach to our staff at CPMFITness is, “Are they a ROCKSTAR human being?” I can’t say enough great things about Reed; he cares about people, he practices what he preaches, he is fun to be around and he only wants to excel in what he finds important in his life.

Introduce yourself (who is Reed Reuman) and how long you have been with us?

I was born and raised on a farm in rural central South Dakota. From there I went on the Play […] Read more

New Year, New Focus – Thoughts of a CPM Coach

New Year, New Focus – Thoughts of a CPM Coach

Ever wonder what your coaches are thinking at the start of the New Year? I know I’m curious so I decided to ask the CPM coaches what they want to work on for 2019. Throughout January, I will share various thoughts and goals from our coaches. Maybe you will find that you can relate to them 😊

Courtney Hughes – One goal I have for 2019 is a small one, but is one that has been on my mind the last couple of months as the scale has gone up. My goal is daily positive self talk. Looking myself in the […] Read more

CPM AF (as fit) Manifesto – 2019 Mantra

CPM AF (as fit) Manifesto – 2019 Mantra

“There is NO finish line with your FITness.”

New Years Resolutions are tried and proven to fail (LINK) It’s easy to get motivated. But what happens after…

Take that free class or 30 day trial?
The diets and weight loss challenges
You get that pull-up(s) or run that 10k
You get more flexible and the back pain goes away.

“Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you.”

How do you stay ‘motivated’ for the rest of your life? What the secret sauce?

Sure it takes; courage, potential, motivation. And yes commitment, discipline, character, follow […] Read more

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Time to say goodbye to 2018. While I don’t particularly enjoy time flying by, I do like the start of a new year. It’s fun to think about what I want to change or improve. I’ve never been one to set resolutions but setting goals is my thing. (I know, goals and resolutions could be considered the same thing but….)

Last year, I spent a lot of time on weightlifting. I PR’d almost every lift and it felt amazing. This year, I’m switching it up. I’m setting 2 goals:

Goal #1: Improve my ladder sprints. I’ve never been a sprinter and am […] Read more

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 4)

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 4)

**BREAKING NEWS**  New Year’s is rapidly coming upon us! Surely health and fitness fall among the categories (i.e. Resolutions) of things you want to improve.

And as this topic comes up in a conversation think about your Resolution experiences thus far. Did you have much sustained success last year you made those resolutions? Or where you like most Americans and just wing’d it? Relied on the outdated attempts such as nonstop cardio and eating significantly less on crazy diets?? Resulting in the staggering stats we discussed in last weeks post (LINK).

So what is going to be the difference this year?

What is the one […] Read more

My Christmas List

My Christmas List

What’s on your holiday wish list? Steve and I don’t buy each other much for Christmas but I do like to get a couple new items each year. So here’s my Christmas list…yes, it’s fitness items. That’s my job!

Nike Metcons – Hands down my favorite cross trainer. I can easily run a mile in them, they are flat for lifting and they are super comfy. Only weird thing is that they squeak when I walk 🤷🏻‍♀️
Red Tights – Ok, I already bought these and I’m wearing them. Whoops! I’ve been looking for red tights for what seems like a long […] Read more

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 3)

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 3)

FITness is Failing America…

⚠️ 2.6 BILLION (thats with a B) people were overweight or obese in 2016. Let’s call it “Globesity”.
⚠️ The current generation has a life expectancy younger than their parent #sayWhaaat (1st time ever)
⚠️ 67% of gym members never actually visit their gym
⚠️ 80% of us will fail our New Year’s resolutions by February.

“Hard work and sound science has been replaced by fads, false promises and magic pills”, says Arnold Schwarzenegger in a recent CNN.com article (LINK)

Everyone is looking for a quick fix, including gym owners (Free Week Trial, 30 Days for $30, 6 Week Challenges, etc..)…

So […] Read more

Why Are You Here Today?

Why Are You Here Today?

I came across an article the other day that stuck with me. It asked… Why Are You Here Today? Don’t worry, I’m not getting all sappy on you. The question was in relation to the gym. Why are you working out today? Everyone has different “whys” that get them to the gym and I think it’s good for all of us to remember that everyone’s reason is different. Check out this list:

To Train: Lift heavy. Push the cardio. Challenge yourself. Forget the clock. Get better.
To Practice: Focus on form and technique. No compromises. No clock, no PR’s. Move well. Repeat.
To […] Read more

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 2)

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 2)

In last week’s post (LINK) I discussed the options available for someone looking for FITness. Listing out the pro’s and con’s of each the Globo Gym, Personal Training Studio and Group Exercise.

Personal Training is great and personalized but can be too expensive for a long term solution.
Group Exercise can be awesome with the intensity and community of friends it provides. But it can only really serve your general needs. As I mentioned earlier, every physical body is unique and for a lot of folks have personal needs they miss out.
At CPMFITness we are bring together the best of both worlds. […] Read more

Spot Training

Spot Training

The most common question I have been asked lately goes something like this….

How do I get rid of my love handles?
How do I work my outer thighs?
How do I get a 6 pack?

While these questions are different, they are actually the same. People want to lose weight in a specific area. I remember the days of wishing my thighs were smaller or that I had the tiny little butt that some of my friends had. The truth is everyone is built different and while you can work to improve the appearance of your body, it’s very difficult to “spot train.”

My […] Read more

How We’re Different than the other Gyms in 2019…

How We’re Different than the other Gyms in 2019…

Welcome to the “Super Bowl” Time of the year for FITness. As we close out 2018 the ole’ New Resolutions will start to become the Top topic of conversation. And with more and more gyms/group exercise facilities opening up its time for me to describe to you why CPMFITness is different.

Generally, a gym experience comes in one of 3 forms:

1. Globo gym: This is the big box, community center style of gym. Generally, you pay between $20 & $100 a month for the use of the equipment and you can workout on your own time and at your own leisure.
2. […] Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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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