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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Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 3 – Courtney Hughes

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 3 – Courtney Hughes

Episode 3

Courtney Hughes doesn’t need much of an introduction. If you go to CPM, you know who she is. Courtney is a force to be reckoned with in the workouts and she’s a blast to hang around. Her positive attitude makes you want to workout with her, be friends with her and be like her ?   We are so fortunate to have Courtney coaching at CPM. Her coaching style and her movement skills along with many other things make her a fabulous coach. Thank you Courtney for being a party of my life! ?

In […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 2 – Lisa Zahn

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 2 – Lisa Zahn

Episode 2

In my second episode of Gym Rat Chit Chat, I am talking to Lisa Zahn. Lisa has been a member of CPMFITness for a while now and has recently transitioned into a coaching position with us. I am honored to consider her a great friend. Fun fact, Lisa is the most competitive, non-competitive person I know ?   If you are looking for good movement progressions, Lisa is your girl. She’s like a walking gym encyclopedia and we are very fortunate to have her as a member and coach!  Thank you Lisa for sharing your time […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Marin Bortnem (The Mayor of CPM)

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Marin Bortnem (The Mayor of CPM)

Episode 1

Welcome to my first episode of Gym Rat Chit Chat! This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Marin Bortnem. Marin has been at CPM for 4 years… that’s right 4 years! Amazing. She is by far one of the funniest people at the gym and the most fun to workout with.

In this episode, I asked Marin

what keeps her coming to the gym
questions about her super fun home life where she is greatly outnumbered by the male species
what makes her mad at the gym
what gets her excited at CPM
and last but […] Read more

Introducing…..

Introducing…..

Gym Rat Chit Chat!

A few weeks ago I revealed to you that November would be my last month of blogging at CPM for a while. Well, plans have changed and guess what…. I’m still blogging! So I decided to switch things up a bit. Starting next week, my blog will be called Gym Rat Chit Chat. I will be highlighting a current CPM member or coach. The interviews have already begun and I’m super excited. Don’t be surprised if I hit you up to sit down with me. It only takes 10 minutes. OR if you […] Read more

The Day After….

The Day After….

The Damage Has Been Done  ?

What can I say? Thanksgiving was amazing. I ate lots of yummy food, I sat around a lot and I tried to avoid any unnecessary activity. It was FANTASTIC! Working out this morning was good. Needed that. But burning 500 calories, really doesn’t make up for eating 5000. Or does it?? ?

So what do I do now? Time to kick things into gear by getting back to the gym tomorrow! I know, I know….it’s Black Friday. If you are out shopping at insane hours of the day, I will […] Read more

Throwback Thursday – Gym Hair!

Throwback Thursday – Gym Hair!

Out of Control Gym Hair!

I wanted to repost a fun blog this week. We see some pretty crazy hairstyles at CPM. Most of the craziness comes from a big double under day or perhaps box jumps. At least that’s when my hair gets the craziest. I’ve even see a couple guys (ok, 2 guys) sport headbands this summer. Is this a new trend? It is. Should you be doing it? Depends. Will I recommend it to my husband? Probably not.

Headbands

Headbands are awesome at the gym. They keep the sweat out of your eyes, hold […] Read more

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

Time to Reminisce 

My blogging at CPM will be coming to an end soon. This is my last month. For these final weeks, I plan to take a look back at my favorite moments and blogs and share them with you. This week I am listing some of my top favorite moments at CPM. Keep in mind it’s hard for me to remember them so these are just a few of the many many great memories!

Bort wearing his son’s “Where the Beef” shirt. When the whole family has the same shirt, you gotta check the tags! Actually don’t because it makes […] Read more

Fit Gym Couples – Found at CPM!

Fit Gym Couples – Found at CPM!

Partners for Life and Workout Partners for Life!

Last week Alicia and her husband, Reed, were coming to a noon class at the mall. I was talking about what a fit couple they are and, with my new love of Instagram polls, I wanted to put a poll out there. Are they the fittest couple at CPM? Yes or No. Of course, I quickly realize that it isn’t very  nice to ask a question like that on a poll so I didn’t do it. But they remind me of Steve and I in our 20’s. Brooke commented that she thought they were […] Read more

Being Vulnerable

Being Vulnerable

Putting Yourself Out There

I’m afraid of failure. Most of us are, right? We don’t like to take on a task, project, business venture or competition unless we know we can succeed. But some people are better at taking risks than others. Why is that?

Let’s look at working out. It’s just a workout but there are people in every gym (ours included) that HATE to lose. They may even stretch their reps or cut reps just to win. That must be a challenging life to live. I heard from a few members that they didn’t participate in a competition or event […] Read more

Switch It Up A Little!

Switch It Up A Little!

I’m Struggling…

to workout. It doesn’t happen to me often but it happens. These past couple months it’s been tough to squeeze everything in. Family, work, lifting, workouts, sleep. You get my point. I find myself feeling less and less motivated to workout. I can honestly say that has happened very few times since I was 20 years old. Even after having my babies, I couldn’t wait to head out the door for a run. Nothing was going to stop me!

So why now? I’m not sure. But I do know it means I have to switch things up. I really like […] Read more

Wired to Eat Challenge: One Week Down!

Wired to Eat Challenge: One Week Down!

What’s the Real Challenge?

I received several questions about the Wired to Eat Challenge last week. Mostly regarding the nutrition requirements. Why only 15 meals? What makes it a compliant meal? Is it enough to only eat 15 clean meals each week? All great questions but I’m not going to answer them in this blog 😉 What I am going to do is share with you how I am challenging myself with the Wired to Eat Challenge.

First of all, 15 compliant meals isn’t really a challenge. I do that every week already. The 75 minute window does make my meal interesting […] Read more

More Than Just Members

More Than Just Members

When Members Have to Leave

It makes me really sad (I mean REALLY sad) when we lose a member at CPM. I have gotten very close to many of our members over the past 4 years. I look forward to having them in class, chatting with them, hanging out with them and working out with them. So when I hear that someone is leaving CPM to either move away or just take a break, I take it to heart. It is hard not to.

I had Jack in class for the last time…. ? ? ?  I think back to coaching my 6:30 […] Read more

October is Going to be Great at CPM!

October is Going to be Great at CPM!

Wired to Eat

Date: October 6th – November 11th
What: 30 Day Nutrition Challenge w/ 7 Day Carb Test
Cost: Early Bird Pricing of $50 if registered by September 30th, $60 for late registration
Prizes: Free Unlimited Month at CPM for every ten entries, Gym Merchandise Pack and Gift Certificates

The coaches have been doing a trial run of the 7 day carb test and it is LEGIT! Check out the live videos from Chris Mello this week on Facebook and notice the comments from ROBB WOLF! For real! Click HERE to find the videos.

You Need To:

Sign up for the challenge. Get your name on the boards […] Read more

Caring for your Body is Smart NOT Selfish!

Caring for your Body is Smart NOT Selfish!

Get Rid of the Guilt

It’s 11:45 am on Sunday. My family just got home from church 45 minutes ago. I hate to admit this but I haven’t been done a very good job of getting my family to church lately. It seems as though we have a million things on our to-do list and waking up Sunday morning to write my blog and catch up with gym work seems easier than getting my family up early and ready for church. But something happened last week that made me decide it’s time to get back on track (thank you Missy for […] Read more

Dealing with Adversity

Dealing with Adversity

Sometimes Life Doesn’t Make Sense

It’s been a rough year for many of my friends and family. Some unimaginable things have happened to the best people. Why does it always seem as though the best people have to deal with the worst things? Life is hard. Being an adult is hard. We are expected to work 40 hours a week (at least), raise kids, be a good spouse, exercise, cook healthy meals, have a clean house, attend every sporting/musical event, get kids to practice, take care of our aging parents and manage to keep our shampoo/conditioner/laundry detergent/sock/underwear/cereal (you get the point) supply […] Read more

Say Goodbye to Summer and Hello to CPM!

Say Goodbye to Summer and Hello to CPM!

That’s Right, It’s Time to Get To The Gym!

 

I have talked to countless people over the past couple weeks that said they have fallen off the wagon this summer. Their eating is off, they aren’t working out, blah blah blah. I’m included in the “eating is off” category. It’s hard for one’s workouts to suffer when they work at a gym so I’m good there ?

All of the kids are back in school now so we no longer have an excuse to slack off, right? So how do you get back into the swing of things when you’ve taken too […] Read more

Here I Go Again…

Here I Go Again…

We All Overdo It From Time to Time

A lot of us at CPM truly enjoy exercise. It’s our escape. You walk in the door carrying all of the stress from your day, week, month on your shoulders and magically you forget all of that during your workout. It’s an awesome thing. So it can be easy to get caught up in the addiction of exercise. Some of you will think this is crazy but a lot of you will understand where I am coming from.

I started a new lifting program last week. I love it. I planned to lift 4 […] Read more

The Power of a Partner

The Power of a Partner

I’ve Said It Before…

And I’ll say it again. Workouts are much more fun with a partner. Whether it’s your best friend, someone you met at the gym, spouse, son, daughter, parent… we are always motivated to work harder and #get2thegym if we are planning to workout with a partner.

I partnered with Brooke and Missy last Saturday morning for a killer workout. I worked 10 times harder than I would have on my own. #1, I wasn’t planing to workout. #2, they squat so fast that I felt like I had to go harder and faster to keep up. #3, it’s […] Read more

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