About mother.plucker

Emily is a coach at CPMFITness. If she isn't spending time with her husband and two kids, you will find her at the gym. Emily uses fitness blogging as a method for sharing her fabulous and very entertaining experiences at CPM!

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Major Life Struggles

I don’t know what’s going on. I have a lot of clients that are struggling right now. And I’m not talking about struggling to get to the gym, they are having trouble in every aspect of life. That’s how it goes, right? One thing goes wrong and all of the sudden you are a wreck.

So I’ve been thinking. What can I do to help them get back on track? It’s overwhelming to think about living a perfect life (nutrition, exercise, family, faith) so I want to make this easy.

Exercise.

That’s it. I’m not telling you to eat perfect, […] Read more

The Challenge Struggle

The Challenge Struggle

The Whole Life Challenge Struggle

I didn’t want to do it. I’m busy. I’m tired. I’m finding one excuse after another to avoid the Whole Life Challenge. So when Chris and I met the other day, I asked him “what do you want me to do?” If I do the challenge, I’m not doing it for myself. Although, I’m running like a crazy lady, I feel good. Chris told me to do it for my clients. He’s right. This challenge isn’t about me. It’s about helping my clients and keeping them on track especially now when I don’t have as much […] Read more

Throwback Thursday…. Dear Mother Plucker

Throwback Thursday…. Dear Mother Plucker

This week I’m throwing it back to an old blog of mine.

Dear Mother Plucker… Why Can’t I Do Pull-Ups?

My friends, I understand the struggle and get this question all of the time! Pull-ups may be the most coveted movement at the gym. We ALL want to be able to do them and do them well. It looks so cool when someone grabs the bar and starts to string a bunch of pull-ups together. So did those members just walk into CPM with the ability to do that? Maybe a few people but most did not. So how did they […] Read more

A Mother Plucker Fridge

A Mother Plucker Fridge

What’s in My Fridge?

➡️ Kerrygold Butter. This is a must have for me. On my gluten free toast, popcorn, sweet potatoes, asparagus… I can’t get enough of it. If you haven’t tried it, pick some up on your next grocery run. It’s worth it!

➡️ Lots of tupperware. We meal prep every Sunday. I typically have breakfasts, roasted veggies, lunches and pre-made dinners in the fridge.

➡️ Grapes and other fresh fruit. While I’m not a huge fan of fruit other than bananas, my family really likes it. We always have apples and grapes on hand for easy snacking.

➡️ Zevia Energy Drinks […] Read more

My Top 5 Favorite Moments at CPM

My Top 5 Favorite Moments at CPM

I have many many fond memories of my time at CPM. A few always stand out in my mind though.

Let’s do a countdown…

5️⃣ Where’s The Beef? – Never will I ever forget the time that Bort showed up with his son’s shirt instead of his own. And to top it off, it said “Where’s The Beef.” Let’s just say Bort looks good in a crop top! 🤣
4️⃣ Face Mask – A young adult shows up to class with an oxygen deprivation mask. Talk about an awkward class and a heavy breather! Chris made him take off the mask 😳

3️⃣ […] Read more

My Weak Spots

My Weak Spots

Where do I begin?

Last week I shared with you the top 3 things I believe make me a success. This week it’s the top 3 things I think I need to improve upon. For this, I looked at my life as a whole. Were are the holes? What is causing me to miss out on things that I should be a part of? Why am I not able to help others in need? So here it goes…

1️⃣ Handling My Anxiety – While it’s not a major issue in my life, I do go through phases of waking up in the […] Read more

Being Successful

Being Successful

What makes a person successful?
💵 Is it money?
🏃 Is it fitness/health?
😊 Is it being happy?

I found an article that said this. “Successful people don’t necessarily consider themselves successful because they’re rich or powerful. Instead, they often talk about relationships, well-being, and societal impact.” YES! As I was writing this blog, I was thinking this exact same thing. I feel I am successful. Why? Let me tell you.

I’m a happy person. It’s easy for me to be positive and I rarely struggle emotionally. I work hard to get what I want and for some reason I almost always do. I’ve never […] Read more

It’s That Time Of Year… The Crossfit Games Are Here!

It’s That Time Of Year… The Crossfit Games Are Here!

I am SO excited. The Crossfit Games start this week and we are headed to Wisconsin to watch. Events started yesterday and included a Crossfit total (❤️❤️❤️) and a marathon row (🤢🤢🤢). Can you imagine rowing a marathon? They are saving some spectacular events for the weekend I’m sure. Can’t wait!

Here is my list of things I must do while at the Games.

➡️ Check out the vendors. Born Primitive, Fleo, Rogue, Reebok and so many other cool vendors will have booths at the games. I’ve been holding off on buying new clothing over the past 2 months just so I […] Read more

Mother Plucker’s Guide To Dining Out

Mother Plucker’s Guide To Dining Out

Living 8 miles from Canton and 30 miles from Sioux Falls prevents me from eating out as much as I would like to. I love eating at home but the convenience of being able to grab something quick would be nice.

I asked Chris “can I make my blog funny?” He wasn’t sold on the idea. But here’s the deal…. if I’m going out to eat, this is how I order. It’s not even a joke. Most of my meals are at home so I’m going to eat something I like if I go out.

How do I order? Simple…

1️⃣ Order […] Read more

Where it all began

Where it all began

Why I workout.

Let’s go back to the year 1997, the summer before my sophomore year of college. I was living at home with my parents. I traveled to Sioux Falls for my annual exam with Dr. Looby. I had gained 10 pounds. I wasn’t weighing myself regularly so I didn’t realize the weight gain. Thing is… I didn’t really care too much UNTIL Dr. Looby said, “Emily, you have gained 10 pounds this year. You will gain another 10 pounds next year and every year after if you aren’t careful.” His comment shocked me. He was right. I cried when […] Read more

What’s Sup!

What’s Sup!

I’m not a huge fan of taking lots of supplements. Why not? I actually had to think about this for a second… and honestly, I think it’s because I’m too cheap! Supplements are super expensive and often times they are gimmicks. Rather than spending money on something to “supplement” my diet, I try to eat healthy. Plain and simple. Between Chris, Annie and Nicole, I’m definitely the worst at eating healthy. No doubt about it. But I do my best 😃 I’m on no medications, as strong as ever and I rarely get sick… can’t think of the last time […] Read more

Stay Fit While on the Road!

Stay Fit While on the Road!

I chuckled to myself when Chris mentioned our blog topic for the week. Staying fit while on vacation. ☀️

 I used to workout like a machine while on vacation. As I’ve grown older, my days of vacation exercises have disappeared. That being said, I was ready for a workout after a few days at the lake this 4th of July week. Brownies, banana bread, trail mix and everything in between had me desperate for a workout.

Do you enjoy working out while on vacation? Yes? Great! My list of favorite outdoor and hotel workouts are below. If you don’t, give your […] Read more

Here Come the Kids!

Here Come the Kids!

The Anxiety is Setting In…

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a little anxious these past couple weeks. My schedule is changing, I’ve decided to make myself busier and I’m nervous. I will be spending a lot more time with kids in July, both at CPM and in Canton. So I have to ask myself…

😯 How do I take my knowledge and apply it to kids?
🤔 What does a class with 7-10 years olds look like versus a class of 11-15 year olds?
😵 Will I be able to gain the respect and attention of the football team, wrestling team, all teams???
🤓 […] Read more

Track Your Max

Track Your Max

Do you know your numbers?

Life is crazy. We are constantly making decisions from the time we wake to when we go to sleep. Have you ever thought about how many choices you make in one day? I bet you would be surprised. So you walk into CPM and see 1 RM Back Squat on the board for Part A.

Do you have any idea where to start? 🤔
Do you know your goal? 🤔🤔

No? Well, start tracking your numbers. It only takes a minute after class and will not only help you get better but make your life easier!

Here’s a good starter […] Read more

Who Do You Ask for Advice?

Who Do You Ask for Advice?

Don’t Get Mad At Me But…

When you need help with something, who do you ask?

I want to make more money ➡️ I seek advice from someone with money
I want to learn how to cook ➡️ I seek advice from a great cook
I want to learn how to hold a handstand for an hour ➡️ I ask a very fit Swedish man

So when you want to get into shape, lose weight or just be healthy…. who do you ask?

🥗 Example #1, diet. Are you asking your overweight friend who happened to lose 10 pounds on a new diet […] Read more

What Is a Metcon?

What Is a Metcon?

Metcon Defined

We like to throw a lot of terms and acronyms at you throughout the week. 
👉 AMRAP
👉 EMOM (sometimes we call it EMOTM)
👉 RFT
👉 Power Clean / Squat Clean / Hang Clean / High Hang Squat Clean

Can it get any more confusing? Probably not but if you pay attention, eventually all of this will become second nature to you.

Today I want to help you understand the term Metcon. When your friends ask you what kind of workouts you do, what do you tell them? Intense workouts? 😂 That would define a lot of them quite well but they can be […] Read more

Jump and Shrug – But Why?

Jump and Shrug – But Why?

The Burgener Warm-Up

Alright guys, grab a bar. Get your feet hip width apart, snatch grip on the bar. Let’s Jump and Shrug.

Why? Why do we have to do this every time? When I attended a Crossfit Weightlifting Cert, we did this over and over and over. We were even forced to use the dreaded hook grip. If you got caught without the hook grip, you did burpees 🤢 But I digress. Why the Burgener Warm-Up?

Mike Burgener has been called the Godfather of American Weightlifting. He is a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting Coach and has had a huge […] Read more

4 Pillars of Health – What Is Missing In Your Life?

4 Pillars of Health – What Is Missing In Your Life?

Are You Balanced?

Another podcast… I know, I know. But this is a good one. If you don’t subscribe to Lewis Howes podcast, The School of Greatness, you should. I always feel motivated and smarter 🤓 when I finish listening to one of his episodes. In this particular episode, they talked about health and how it can be divided into 4 categories. (Keep in mind I’m paraphrasing all of this and may not get it exactly right).

1️⃣ Nutrition
2️⃣ Exercise
3️⃣ Sleep
4️⃣ Relaxation

Take a close look at your life? Are you missing any of these? Let’s see…

Nutrition – I’m pretty good on this. […] Read more

Confidence – Do You Build It? Or Are You Born With It?

Confidence – Do You Build It? Or Are You Born With It?

Confidence Is Key

I only have it in me to listen to about 1 or 2 podcasts each week. I find music to be more relaxing on my drive. So when someone sends me a podcast (Chris sends them often…shocker!), it has to really catch my eye to get me to listen. Last week, I listened to one about leadership. They said this:

Confidence is a skill which can be developed and strengthened. It is willingness to try something knowing your outcome may not be ideal.

I thought this was interesting. I find myself to be fairly confident. At least I like to […] Read more

The Great Fitness Gap

The Great Fitness Gap

Getting Ahead

I was listening to a podcast the other day and something they said really stuck with me…

The older we get, the further we separate ourselves from the rest of our generation if we resistance train.

BOOM! It hit me! They are so right. Have you ever noticed the really fit older guys and gals in the gym? Are they skinny marathoners? Nope. They are the ones who lift weights. They look strong, they move well and they stand out from the rest. People need to lift weights and resistance train. Why women are afraid of getting bulky is beyond me. […] Read more