Gym Rat Chit Chat – Special Friday Night Lights Edition

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Special Friday Night Lights Edition

Friday Night Lights

I’m a pusher. If you’ve had me as a coach, you know I’m the coach that will tell you to try that muscle-up, handstand push-up, squat snatch, pistol… and so on. I’ve tried it all myself. Sometimes I fail, sometimes I surprisingly succeed. But either way, I never would have known the outcome had I not at least tried to do the movement. Even better than succeeding myself is watching my clients succeed. At first it was challenging to watch as my members, those that I coach and workout with, began to beat me […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #5 – The Legend… Chad Belitz

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #5 – The Legend… Chad Belitz

Episode 5

This week, I interviewed Chad Belitz. Chad’s a lot of fun to have in class. He might not realize how much we enjoy having him around but we do. Somehow even when Chad says he’s tired, he doesn’t appear to be tired ?  I don’t know what his secret is. He doesn’t drink caffeine (weird) so whatever keeps him peppy, I want some of it! Chad is tough as nails too. Watch him do a max bar hang sometime…. he’s got a mental toughness that most of us don’t have. Chad, thanks for being so […] Read more

Goodbye 2017… I Need a New Start!

Goodbye 2017… I Need a New Start!

Happy New Year!

I wanted to take a week break from Gym Rat Chit Chat to share with you my thoughts and goals for the new year.

2017 was a challenging year for many reasons. From my dad’s second stroke to my friend losing her son, new struggles and challenges were popping up every single day and the challenges were much greater than anything I have ever faced. I found myself lying awake at night with anxiety over what seemed to be my life spinning out of control. On occasion, I would throw a mild temper […] Read more

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 – 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

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

A Mod Squad Special Announcement!

A Mod Squad Special Announcement!

Get ready to elevate your yoga!

When I first started doing the Mod Squad videos, my primary goal was to try and help as many people as I could.  Yoga can be intimidating and I wanted to make sure people felt like yoga was accessible to them and beneficial as well (there is a method to all my yoga madness).  The videos are doing just that!  I really love and enjoy the feedback I have received, but it still feels like something is missing.  And what might that be you ask, well the personal touch!

I want to be able to talk, […] Read more

Fit Chic “Meals in Minutes” Cookbook Debut …

Fit Chic “Meals in Minutes” Cookbook Debut …

I am so excited to announce the release of my 2nd cookbook Fit Chic “Meals in Minutes”. 30 meals that take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Many of the clients I meet with have one stipulation on why healthy eating is not working for them … “They Don’t Have Time”.

Well have no fear, Fit Chic is here!

I have created a cookbook compiled of 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners that you can make in a pinch!

These gluten free recipes are guaranteed to taste delicious and be ready for you in a pinch. A handy “What to Keep in your Kitchen” […] 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

It’s About to Go Down; #challengeCallOut

It’s About to Go Down; #challengeCallOut

Our “Wired to Eat” Challenge starts this Friday!

This is unlike any challenge we have done in the history of CPMFITness (est 2013).

At the (successful) completion of this challenge you achieve the following…
*Turn off Cravings
*Rewire your appetite for Weight Loss
*Determine the Foods that work for you EXACTLY #personalizedNutrition

We are diving deeper into the body to how we can learn how our hormones and brain are genetically ‘wired’ to move less and eat more… huh??

Yep, the author wanted to name this book… “It’s not your fault”.

Our bodies were genetically designed to live in a different world then we walk today. By understanding where we came […] 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