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

What is the Best Stretch? #loadedQuestionWeek

What is the Best Stretch? #loadedQuestionWeek

Believe it or not there are quite few different ways to stretch. (passive, active, PNF, use bands, weights, Self Myofascial Release, Yoga… I can keep going)

Asking what the best stretch is like asking what is the best diet is? Or the best exercise is?
It’s really according to the individuals goals and needs

Am I dodging the question? Sort of… Not really…

Okay so here is what I see in today’s society. We sit too much and move too little. We want results yesterday and don’t want to wait for anything because we are way to busy. And we get really good at […] Read more

My Top Stretching Exercises for Fall and the Whole Life Challenge ….

My Top Stretching Exercises for Fall and the Whole Life Challenge ….

With a new season upon us and mobility being a key component of the Whole Life Challenge its a great time to find a new focus get realigned and feeling good for Fall. If your feeling “a little under the weather” or even overwhelmed or stress, taking time to practice these poses below will be the best thing for your mind and your body.

Here are my favorite transitional poses for the Fall season to keep you feeling great on the inside and out!

#1 Standing Forward Fold: Focus on grounding the legs and feet; also use breath and Uddiyana Bandha to go allow […] Read more

Pre Game Time… I’m Excited! Lets Crush it!

Pre Game Time… I’m Excited! Lets Crush it!

BREAKING NEWS!! The Whole Life Challenge starts Saturday… Here is a checklist of blogs to read, to prep, plan and get yourself ready before we begin…

Pre-Game Lifestyle Practice(s) of…
Nutrition = Prepare Your Kitchen
Mobility = Daily Ideas and Tips
Exercising = Simple 10 minute Workouts (for when you don’t make it to class)
Nightly Routine = 90 minute Nightly Routine for Rockstars (this is what I personally need the most:)

Congrats to taking the 1st step towards changing your mindset, making a commitment and taking action towards a healthier and happier lifestyle!

(some last minute concerns/questions)

Will this cost you anymore time? No, we still have the same […] 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

Scaling on Purpose

Scaling on Purpose

Our goal at CPM is to motivate, inspire and help you reach your full potential, whether that means improving flexibility, endurance or strength. Additionally we strive to keep you fulfilled and training with us for many years to come.

One of the great things about the workouts is that there are infinite ways to scale them to fit the needs of any athlete, regardless of your fitness level. Workouts are designed to “meet you were you are at.”

How to scale?

1. Weight
2. Reps
3. Movements
4. Range of Motion

When to scale?

Listen to your body. Are you feeling good? Go for it but don’t jeopardize […] 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

“Thinking Outside the Fridge”

“Thinking Outside the Fridge”

Knowledge 🧠 isn’t power💡unless its applied. Well healthy food doesn’t do anything unless it’s eaten:-)

Why we win with Food?

Annie already gave us a tour of our fridge so I thought I could give you the mentality we share on a winning formula for our nutrition🥦🥑🥥

Tupperware 

You know your eating healthy 🥗when your friends start making fun of your tupperware. It is a daily ritual in our house that tupperware is stocked for the day the night before. You can’t fail when you have the right food with you at all time.

Sunday Crock Pot

AMMAP as many meals as possible. […] 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

What to Eat: Menu Survival Guide

What to Eat: Menu Survival Guide

Most of my eating out comes with traveling for our kids sporting activities but there are times I love to get out of my kitchen maybe even out of my yoga pants and relish the opportunity to eat food prepared by someone else.

Planning ahead is huge. Most menus’ can be found online. By deciding in advance what you will order can prevent temptation and frustration. Key words I look for are salad, meat, entrees, and vegetable sides.

Sometime you need to be a little creative. Changing up the menu is part of the fun! It’s pretty easy to swap toast for […] Read more

TnT’s about Dining Out…

TnT’s about Dining Out…

Lets talk at the human level about Food….

1. Food is fuel. Calories are units of energy. We fuel our bodies like a car with gas. When the low fuel light goes on we simply find the nearest (or cheapest) gas station and fill up our tanks. It really could be as simple as that except…

2. Food is also designed for pleasure. We have 3 biological basic tastes; (sweet, salty and fatty) more on this in a past post GOT CRAVINGS. And food companies are smart and out for our money so they do a really good job overstimulating our foods […] Read more

Fit Chic Restaurant Rules to Live By ..

Fit Chic Restaurant Rules to Live By ..

July is the most traveled month for most of our members. Family trips, tournaments, races, etc… Leave us on the road with no direction on foods to eat.

Well have no fear! I got your back! Here are my favorite Restaurant Rules to keep you healthy and happy on your fun Summer Getaways.

Common questions I get asked:

“How do I stay healthy when I go out to eat?”
“I don’t know what to substitute for my unhealthy side dishes?”
“I will NOT give up my social life for a diet!”

Here are some great Rules to Live By When Eating Out so you […] 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

Supplementation: Good Idea? Bad Idea? No Idea:-/

Supplementation: Good Idea? Bad Idea? No Idea:-/

MY BACKSTORY:

This week all the coaches are talking supplements. Over my exercise history I taken lots of different supplements over lots of different phases in my career.

I remember starting in High School (96′) playing on the varsity basketball team and lifting with the football team in the off-season. I was a skinny, (6’3″ 160lbs #yikes). My first exposure to supplements was the following:

-Creatine Monohydrate (4x/wk; pre lifting session) 
-Creatine Stack;  (1x/day at night)
-Muscle Blast (2x/day)

My sole purpose for taking them was to gain size and strength (obviously). And back then supplements did not taste as appealing as they are now. I […] 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

Summer Shape, Vacations, Out of Town Made Easy

Summer Shape, Vacations, Out of Town Made Easy

July is here and this means summer is in FULL swing. Just like there are seasons of weather there are seasons with your FITness and Health. I think it is very healthy with your mind, body and soul to change your routine with the change of season.

Here in the mid-west I think this is the biggest shift for most people in seasonal change. Summer means a few things…
*Kids out for summer
*Urgency to take advantage of going to lake/beach.
*Staying up later due to sun setting later in the evening.
*More out of town trips will happen.

One of the hardest things for those […] Read more

Track Your Max

Track Your Max

Do you know your numbers?

Life is crazy. We are constantly making decisions from the time we wake to when we go to sleep. Have you ever thought about how many choices you make in one day? I bet you would be surprised. So you walk into CPM and see 1 RM Back Squat on the board for Part A.

Do you have any idea where to start? 🤔
Do you know your goal? 🤔🤔

No? Well, start tracking your numbers. It only takes a minute after class and will not only help you get better but make your life easier!

Here’s a good starter […] Read more

The Fitness Puzzle

The Fitness Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzles are one of my favorite pastimes. I love to problem solve and find it’s a great way for me to unwind. For many people, 1000 piece puzzles can seem frustrating. Sometimes we get too excited or impatient and try to force pieces in places they don’t belong. We get ahead of ourselves. Frustration sets in because it’s not turning out how we expected it to, only having to start over again.

Does this sound familiar? How many diets or exercise programs have you started only to be disappointed in the end results?

Fitness is not a one-size-fits-all.

Fitness is a puzzle. […] Read more

What Is a Metcon?

What Is a Metcon?

Metcon Defined

We like to throw a lot of terms and acronyms at you throughout the week. 
👉 AMRAP
👉 EMOM (sometimes we call it EMOTM)
👉 RFT
👉 Power Clean / Squat Clean / Hang Clean / High Hang Squat Clean

Can it get any more confusing? Probably not but if you pay attention, eventually all of this will become second nature to you.

Today I want to help you understand the term Metcon. When your friends ask you what kind of workouts you do, what do you tell them? Intense workouts? 😂 That would define a lot of them quite well but they can be […] Read more