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!

Entries by mother.plucker

Kids Back in School = Parents Back in Shape

Kids Back in School = Parents Back in Shape

It’s True.

It’s really hard to describe the affect summer can have on parents. I’m not making excuses for my lack of meal prepping, lack of sleep, lack of motivation to do things other than vacationing, boating and enjoying summer BUT summer is killer on the waistline. How can I be in the worst shape of the year during the months that I’m spending my weekends in a bikini??? ?

So school starts Monday, August 21st and I think I’m ready. I always get a little anxiety this time of year. Did we spend enough time with the kids this summer? Should we […] Read more

New Experience = New Motivation

New Experience = New Motivation

Our Crossfit Games Experience…

was pretty darn awesome. It exceeded my expectations. Who knew spectating could be so exhausting?? If we weren’t standing on concrete, we were sitting or laying on concrete. Or we were eating?  But for the record, that was probably some of the cleanest eating I’ve done on vacation…. thanks to Court and Lisa!

My big takeaways:

I will be attending the games next year. For sure.
Watching the athletes in person really gives you a new perspective on it. The number of workouts and the intensity of the workouts in one weekend is unreal. They are amazing.
I will probably get […] Read more

Headed to the Games!

Headed to the Games!

I’m Pretty Excited…

to be headed to the Crossfit Games in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. If you’ve never watched the games, you should really try to catch some of the action this year. All of the movements we do at CPM are taken to the extreme in their workouts. The Crossfit Games have turned into a serious competition full of amazing athletes, sponsorships, big cash prizes and intense workouts. The events start Thursday, August 3rd and end Sunday, August 6th. We are leaving Thursday afternoon to ensure that we will be able to watch the Friday morning action.

If you are curious, […] Read more

Member Highlights!

Member Highlights!

I have a lot of loves for CPM but a big one is the fact that we all have our strengths. Some of us are good at lifting, some at cardio, some at gymnastics and the lucky ones are good at everything 🙂 This week I thought it would be fun to share some fun videos from the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Freakin’ Fit Mother of the Groom – Missy (Wedding is this weekend!)

Rope Climb to the Top – Mayor

210 3RM Front Squat – Babs

Synchronized Pull-Ups – Missy and Laura

Amazing Squat Snatch Form – Kyle

475 2RM Deadlift – Phil

Don’t forget! Check […] Read more

Positive Attitude? Easier Said Than Done!

Positive Attitude? Easier Said Than Done!

Let The Gym Be Your Happy Place

Last week I filled you in on our participation in the Granite Games online team qualifier. I was feeling pretty good after our first round of workouts. I didn’t come up with great scores but they were scores I could live with. We were really excited to see the next 3 workouts. The second we saw them, messages started flying between the 6 of us. At one point, Lisa had to give us a pep talk because we were so overwhelmed by the difficulty of these workouts. But here’s the deal, we are competing […] Read more

Keeping Up With The Competition

Keeping Up With The Competition

Is the Competition Getting Tougher or Am I Just Getting Older?

I love competition. I used to run several races each year and I always ran them to get a PR. One summer, we participated in a Tough Mudder and I was blown away when I found out we weren’t being timed. WHAT?! Why am I doing this if I don’t know how I stack up against the competition?? Needless to say, I’ve calmed down a lot since then. I still love competition but I try to take a more practical approach to competing as I know this 40 year old […] Read more

(Lifting) Partners for Life!

(Lifting) Partners for Life!

So This Happened The Other Morning…

285 Squat Clean

I had the opportunity to take some videos during the power clean and squat clean build up last Friday morning. It was a busy class and despite the fact that it was 5:45 am, the guys were lifting heavy. Cory had just hit a very solid 265 squat clean and decided to give 275 a try. As you can see in the video, he didn’t land a solid squat. I’ve been there, done that too many times to count. When Cory fails to stand up, Brent’s quick thinking saves him from a potential […] Read more

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

Misery Loves Company

Do you have friends or family members with bad habits? We all do. Drinking, unhealthy eating, gambling, smoking, not sleeping. I have some bad habits myself such as overindulging in sweets from time to time. It happens. I move on.

So when you choose to partake in one of your bad habits, do you try to rope others into doing it with you? I’m eating cake so you should eat cake too. Or I’m having a smoke so you should too. Why do we feel the need to have people that we love do something bad with us? If […] Read more

Learning How to Pace (and Happy Anniversary to my Husband)

Learning How to Pace (and Happy Anniversary to my Husband)

First I have to give a quick shoutout to my amazing husband Steve. It is our 15 year anniversary today. He’s put up with my obsessive personality for a long time and seems to be willing to continue to put up with me for a while longer 🙂 Steve, thank you for being an amazing husband and father. I don’t know what I’d do without you ❤

Train for the Long Haul

Let’s be honest, most of the members at CPM are not spring chicks. Myself included. So you are an unlimited member or even 3x or 4x per week and you […] Read more

Gym Bloopers

Gym Bloopers

It’s Good to Laugh At Yourself

Funny stuff happens at CPM all of the time. From crazy outfits to lift fails to arguments during workouts. I find it all very entertaining. I love to laugh at myself…. and others a little 😉  It makes gym life fun and that’s what it’s all about. This week I’m going to share a few of my favorite #gymlife videos from CPM and a few of my personal fails. You can find these on our YouTube channel, click  HERE to visit it.

Handstand Fails

Mid-Workout Meditation with Trevor Bainter

Cory’s Clean & Jerk

Phil’s Muscle Up Frustration

Synchronized Jumping Pull-Ups w/ […] Read more

CPM… So Much More Than a Gym

CPM… So Much More Than a Gym

Gym Friends

Have you ever heard someone refer to your gym as a cult? I used to think that about gyms. I had friends who obsessed over their gym! If you went to dinner with 2 people from the same gym and you didn’t belong, get ready to feel left out! I didn’t really understand it… until now. The longer you are a member at a gym, the more you get to know the other members and the more time you spend with them. Sometimes you even start to act and behave like them. I find myself saying “legit” or “sick” now…. […] Read more

Time To Reflect Again…

Time To Reflect Again…

Throwback Thursday

I haven’t shared my reflections in a while so I thought it would be fun to do that this week.

People start to freak out when the chalk gets low. We were down to powder at the mall last week. You would think the world had run out of fresh water. Thank goodness Amazon delivers in 2 days so we had chalk by Monday for Murph 🙂
Monkey See, Monkey Do. Watch the nooners before and after class sometime. One person does muscle-ups, they all do muscle-ups. One works on handstand push-ups, they all do handstand push-ups. Now guess what…. we […] Read more

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

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…

Pull-ups
Double unders – this one almost killed me
Linear Progression
1 RM Power Clean
Bar Muscle-ups
Pistols
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

Blame It On The Rain, Not The Workout

Blame It On The Rain, Not The Workout

The Blame Game

You might be surprised to hear that people like to blame their lack of results on the gym. It’s true and I hear stuff like this all of the time:

The workouts are making me bulk up
The workouts are ineffective
I’m not losing weight because we don’t lift enough
I’m not losing weight because we don’t do enough cardio

You get the point. So there are 168 hours in a week and you are spending 2-6 hours each week at CPM. During this small amount of time we are making you bulk up and gain weight? It has nothing to do with […] Read more

Teaching Kids To Be Confident and Strong

Teaching Kids To Be Confident and Strong

Quick Diet Update…

I haven’t blogged about my diet for a couple weeks so I want to give you a quick update. I’ve started the first “cut” of the program. That means I’m cutting some calories out of my diet (mostly in the form of fat). How do I feel about that? Not good. In fact, I’ve been quite crabby. Egg whites and spinach in the morning with no coconut oil? NO THANKS! And to eat that when I’m starving after coaching 3 morning classes = 🙁

So I’m struggling. A few things I’ve learned:

I talk too much about dieting/eating right in […] Read more

What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

Being Happy Isn’t That Hard!

I listened to a great podcast last week about chasing happiness (thanks Lisa for getting me on Ben Bergeron’s podcast). If you don’t have friends that send you podcasts, find some friends that do! But never forget about those old friends 🙂

Anyway, Ben is Katrin Davidsdottir’s coach. He talked about how after winning the Crossfit Games, Katrin walked off the podium, looked him in the eye and said “I’m not as happy as I thought I would be.” She was already thinking about winning the games next year. A perfect example of how once we achieve something, […] Read more

Let The Double Banging Begin!

Let The Double Banging Begin!

How To Squeeze In Those Extra Workouts

First, let me get you up to speed on my performance diet. Things are going well.

I’ve definitely leaned out through my mid-section despite some Easter cheats over the weekend.
It was easier to get my pants up over my hips too so that’s good news.
Planning my meals was smooth the second week. It’s almost getting to be a habit.
I removed the rice from my diet and replaced with sweet potatoes. My joints feel better after the switch.
Pull-ups and muscle-ups felt better this week. Perhaps some weight loss contributed to that?

I’m looking at this as a […] Read more

The New Diet…. Week 2

The New Diet…. Week 2

No Cheats… Not Yet Anyway!

I learned a lot during my first week on my new nutrition plan. Some good, some bad, some just extremely challenging. I’ll break it down for you:

Counting macros (Challenging) – Trying to calculate my protein, carbs and fat had my head spinning! Fortunately, prepping during week 2 has been WAY easier. I just needed to be patient and figure it out.
Egg whites (Bad) – I’m used to eating farm fresh eggs from our neighbors. So buying eggs whites made my heart break and they don’t taste nearly as good. I’ve figured out a way to get […] Read more

My Next Experiment

My Next Experiment

I Like To Jump Right In

Have you ever had the feeling you were meant to try something? Like it almost falls right into your lap? Last Thursday I was talking to Courtney about a new eating plan she is doing. After 2 weeks, she’s had amazing results so, of course, I’m intrigued. I’m about due for another eating challenge or just a challenge in general so I decided to look into it. The next morning, I wake up bright and early to coach the 5 am class. When I check my phone, I have an email from another member, April, […] Read more