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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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

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

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

The Power of a Heavy Power Clean

The Power of a Heavy Power Clean

Testing Your Limits with the Power Clean

On Tuesday this week, the workout format was a little different than normal. Following our power clean build-up, we completed 10 rounds of 1 power clean every 30 seconds. It was only 5 minutes but what happened during that 5 minutes was interesting.

I “borrowed” this workout from a football player that lifted in my gym this summer. While he was doing the same format of the workout, he actually had to do this for 10 minutes and his power clean weight was about 90% of his max. I wrote this for only 10 reps […] Read more

Parenting Advice to Chris and Annie, From The Nooners

Parenting Advice to Chris and Annie, From The Nooners

Your Life is Over But It Has Just Begun

I thought it would be fun to ask some of the CPM regulars for a bit of parenting advice for Chris and Annie. Here is everything you need to know to be the best parents to your new baby boys. Congratulations!

Always trust your gut. Always. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. You’ll be the boys’ best advocates. ~ Bri

Laugh. Be their best friend and advocate. Give them both roots to build strength from but wings to fly on their own. And always send funny parenting snaps to […] Read more

Resistance Training Defined

Resistance Training Defined

What Is Resistance Training?

I’m getting pretty basic here but let’s start by talking about resistance training. It is simply working against some type of force that resists your movement. Weightlifting would be the first one to pop into my head but body weight, resistance bands and water can also provide excellent resistance training opportunities.

Why Should I Resistance Train?

Resistance/Strength training will not only build stronger muscles, it will build stronger bones, connective tissues and increase joint stability. When you see an elderly lady, do you think “man, she should have done more cardio.” OR do you think “wow, she could have […] Read more

The Little Ones Are Listening

The Little Ones Are Listening

Be careful with your words

The Whole Life Challenge really has me thinking.

I didn’t want to do this challenge. I’ve done it before and I’m in a good place with my eating and exercising. Chris can be convincing so here I am doing it anyway! I can say that I’m glad I signed up. Helping my CPM friends has been great so far and I don’t regret it.

But as I’ve been reading some of the daily reflections, I’m concerned by how hard people are on themselves. Which then makes me wonder what sort of words they use at home. Our […] Read more

What Is The Real Challenge?

What Is The Real Challenge?

Whole Life Challenge

The challenge starts this Saturday and I’ve been thinking a lot about the real challenge with the WLC. Is it the exercise, nutrition, mobility, sleep? Lisa, Courtney and I are leading a small group of women through this challenge. There has already been a lot of discussion within the group about meal prep. So I’m going to guess that the real challenge is going to be….

NUTRITION!

It’s no surprise that we struggle to eat healthy. Halloween candy is out and pumpkin lattes are everywhere. The other night I drove to Montrose for a football game after school then I […] Read more

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