Compound Versus Isolation Exercises

Compound Versus Isolation Exercises

Just their names alone can give you a pretty good idea of the difference between a Compound and an Isolation lift.

Isolation movements are single joint exercises that target a specific muscle with minimal involvement from other muscle groups. A great example is a bicep curl.

Compound movements are multi joint exercises that involve the use of more than one major muscle group. A great example is a bench press. Both elbow and shoulder joints are involved in this exercise.

So which type of movement is better? Personally, I prefer compound movements. They simulate real world situations better than isolation movements, […] Read more

Supplements, Do you need them?

Supplements, Do you need them?

First, lets talk about the word supplement. A supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. In terms of nutrition, supplements are meant to improve your health.

But can’t we get everything we need from food?

In a perfect world, one would like to think so but the foods we eat no longer contain the vitamins and minerals necessary for our optimal health. Today’s soil has been depleted of nutrients, plants are being treated with pesticides and animals are cooped up instead of free roaming. Not to mention, we live with too much stress, are sleep deprived […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Blake Lynch #baLocka

Coaches Spotlight – Blake Lynch #baLocka

Blake, aka “Ba-Locka”, aka “the Beard”, aka “Jorts” is our lead off man in the mornings 3x/wk over at the Western Mall. Blake is been a standout member for the first couple of years at CPM and even an even better Coach for the 3/5 years.

His classes and personality are upbeat, great variety of music and moods. He wants you to wake up BRIGHT and early with him Monday, Thursday and Fridays.

He’s got a full time day job, a beautiful bride (that teaches yoga at CPM) with their first baby on the way!!

Learn a little more about […] Read more

Good Vs. Perfection …

Good Vs. Perfection …

What happens when you miss your goal by an inch?

Or, you don’t quite make it through your day without making a “mistake”.

What does that last inch represent?

Here is a great podcast to help you sort through when Good is Good enough and Perfection is actually keeping you from success.

Today’s Workout is…

For Time:
25 Cal Row
25 Pull Ups
then…

7 Rounds
35 Doubles
9 DB Hang Clean & Jerk
then…

25 Pull ups
25 Cal Ro

Posted By: Annie

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You Are A Machine!

You Are A Machine!

If you are a fitness nerd, you might hear people talk about compound lifts versus isolation lifts, free weights versus machines, olympic lifts versus power lifts. What’s better? I dare you to pose that question to an avid lifter. Get ready to listen for hours!

I remember some of the first lifting programs I completed. I was just out of college when I decided I wanted to do more than just run 5 miles every day. I can’t even remember who gave me the lifting program but it was clearly divided into 4 days. 2 leg days and 2 upper […] Read more

Building a Healthy Plate

Building a Healthy Plate

If you’ve tried “dieting” more than once in your life, then you already know…Diets don’t work. Why? Because there is absolutely no way to get it right. If you are not perfect, then you’re failing. You obsess about the quantity and not the quality. And many diets are uninspiring and too restrictive.

So what’s the secret? I believe it’s comes down to balance. I know this might not be as sexy as you hoped for but it works. Not only do you get to enjoy a variety of foods; it leaves rooms for treats and cravings so you will never feel […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Courtney Hughes

Coaches Spotlight – Courtney Hughes

It took me a long time to arm wrestle Court into coaching… As you and I will both find out for the first time during this interview 😂. But she was definitely worth the wait.

Court has so many natural skills and talents to help anyone improve their level of FITness. She is passionate about many things in life and CPM being a big one!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to like and subscribe to the youtube channel.

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

My name is Courtney Hughes. I’m 29 years old. I’m originally from Orange City, IA. I’ve […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 4 – Feb 8

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 4 – Feb 8

Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never.

Monday: Doubles, DB Snatch, DB Russian Twist, Rope Climbs, Sit-ups, Burpees
Tuesday: Squat Clean, Run, Squats, Push ups
Wednesday: RUNNING!
Thursday: Split Jerk, Row, Doubles, Clean & Jerk
Friday: DB Split Squats, DB Press, DB sit ups, Row, KB swing, Box Jump

The O-Board Says…

Part A:
EMOTM 12
Min 1: 50 Doubles
Min 2: 16 DB Snatch
Min 3: 16 DB Russian Twist

Part B:
EMOTM 20
Odd: 1 RC (8 pull-ups) + MAX Sit Ups
Even: 2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20 Burpees

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Going Overhead

Going Overhead

Programming movements and workouts is one of my favorites things to do as a personal trainer / coach. I not only program for CPM every 4 months but I’m programming daily lifting and conditioning workouts for middle and high school students in the weight room. There are definite do’s and dont’s and you find out quite quickly what they are.

Today, we are going to discuss going overhead. Even members that have been with CPM for several years seem confuse these overhead movements.
Strict Press – Pressing weight straight overhead from rack position without the use of your lower body. Legs, lower […] Read more

Lengthen Before You Strengthen

Lengthen Before You Strengthen

As a physical therapist one of my biggest pets peeves is watching people jump into workouts without doing any sort of a warm-up. I am not talking about grabbing a PVC pipe and doing a few pass-throughs or bending down to touch the toes for a few bounces. I am taking about a proper warm-up that prepares your body for the heavy loads to come. Then once the workout is over, it’s a quick sprint to the shower. Sure, I see a few legs being kicked up on a bench/box for a quick lean as they wait for the shower […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Brooke Laycock aka #BFF

Coaches Spotlight – Brooke Laycock aka #BFF

BFF stands for Blonde, Fit and Fun. Brooke has been a standout member for a few years and over the last year taken her talents to coaching at CPM. She has got to be one of my most favorite people to be around.

If I had a nickel for when someone has stand, “I wish I did CPM when I was younger….” Brooke is fortunate to be on that younger side and she excels at sharing her knowledge and passion for making Health and FITness apart of anyones lifestyle (no matter the age).

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with […] Read more

Find Motivation Thru Fitness

Find Motivation Thru Fitness

Wikipedia’s definition of Motivation states:

Motivation is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal-directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal.

As many of my readers know, I am fascinated with what drives and motivates people day in and day out. How can some find the motivation to be a Navy Seal while others can barely find motivation to get off the couch?

Furthermore, once you are motivated how do you continue to keep pressing on and […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 28 – Feb 1

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 28 – Feb 1

New week and another chance to get FIT!

Monday: Wall balls, Med ball cleans, doubles
Tuesday: Deadlift, KB Swings, Pull-ups, HSPU, Deadlifts
Wednesday: Bench Press, Farmer Carry, Clusters
Thursday: Singles, Squat Jumps, Goblet Squat, Rowing
Friday: Strict Press, Deadlift, Hang Clean, Push Press, Burpees, Thrusters, Box Jumps

The O-Board Says…

5 Rounds (each 4-minutes) :

15 Wall Balls
30 Medicine Ball Cleans
Max Doubles

Rest 2-minutes between rounds

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New Year, New Focus – Mr. CPM is on Track!

New Year, New Focus – Mr. CPM is on Track!

This week, I’m sharing thoughts from Mr. CPM himself, Chris Mello. Back in the day, Chris and I would meet weekly to discuss work, gym life and everything in between. I always left the meeting feeling good. He has a way of lifting people up and he’s even better at whipping them into shape. Here’s what Chris has planned for 2019.

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I’ve always been the guy with 20 things (training, relationships, business) I want to improve on. Last year 2018, was a good year for me in a since that I narrowed down my goals and it really helped my progress. […] Read more

Barbell vs. Dumbbell

Barbell vs. Dumbbell

Someone who obviously loves the barbell asked me the other day what’s the point of working with dumbbells? I gave them a quick answer but it got me thinking what are the benefits of each. So I did a little research and here is what I found.

Dumbbells can allow for more natural movement. With dumbbells you are able to move each side individually which means your body is not forced in a fixed position. This allows for a deeper stretch, think full range of motion, and allows your body to make the adjustments it needs to keep the movement injury […] Read more

The CPMFITness Story…

The CPMFITness Story…

I heard a phrase recently that has really struck a cord with me.

“In Sales, Business, and Leadership a lot of people try to tell new things to the same old people. When you need to say the same old things to more new people.”

One of the BIGGEST questions I seem to get continually is…

“What does CPM stand for?”

Yeah, yeah… Christopher Paul Mello… Well technically no.

Technically… Courage Potential Motivation

But really its much more. CPM embodies everything that Annie and I have learned, given and our evolution over the last (almost) 17 years! It’s been a wild ride and I wouldn’t […] Read more

Keep Your Goals Simple CPM …

Keep Your Goals Simple CPM …

Goals are on every one’s mind right now. We all have heard the term “New Year New You” but what exactly does that mean?

Are we making our goals too difficult?

Do you even know the reason on the super why of the goals?

Do you have any idea what it takes to get the goal at hand or are you just writing it down on a piece of paper because it sounds good?

Check out our latest Podcast @ Marriage Fit Episode 12 where we dive in to simplifying your goals

You Won’t Want to Miss This One .. […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 21 – Jan 25

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 21 – Jan 25

Do something today that your future self will thank you for…

Monday: Run, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, doubles
Tuesday: Sumo Dead lift, jump squats, kb swings, box jumps, wall balls, mb sit-ups
Wednesday: Deck of Cards…don’t miss this one!
Thursday: Power Snatch, burpees, G2OH, lunges
Friday: Wall balls, SDLHP, box jumps, push press, cal row

The O-Board Says…

For Time:
400m Run
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10-Rounds
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-up
15 Air Squats
30 Doubles
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400m Run

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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