How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 2)

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 2)

In last week’s post (LINK) I discussed the options available for someone looking for FITness. Listing out the pro’s and con’s of each the Globo Gym, Personal Training Studio and Group Exercise.

Personal Training is great and personalized but can be too expensive for a long term solution.
Group Exercise can be awesome with the intensity and community of friends it provides. But it can only really serve your general needs. As I mentioned earlier, every physical body is unique and for a lot of folks have personal needs they miss out.
At CPMFITness we are bring together the best of both worlds. […] Read more

Spot Training

Spot Training

The most common question I have been asked lately goes something like this….

How do I get rid of my love handles?
How do I work my outer thighs?
How do I get a 6 pack?

While these questions are different, they are actually the same. People want to lose weight in a specific area. I remember the days of wishing my thighs were smaller or that I had the tiny little butt that some of my friends had. The truth is everyone is built different and while you can work to improve the appearance of your body, it’s very difficult to “spot train.”

My […] Read more

How We’re Different than the other Gyms in 2019…

How We’re Different than the other Gyms in 2019…

Welcome to the “Super Bowl” Time of the year for FITness. As we close out 2018 the ole’ New Resolutions will start to become the Top topic of conversation. And with more and more gyms/group exercise facilities opening up its time for me to describe to you why CPMFITness is different.

Generally, a gym experience comes in one of 3 forms:

1. Globo gym: This is the big box, community center style of gym. Generally, you pay between $20 & $100 a month for the use of the equipment and you can workout on your own time and at your own leisure.
2. […] Read more

Let’s Get Your Rowing 🚣🏻‍♀️ in Order

Let’s Get Your Rowing 🚣🏻‍♀️ in Order

If you haven’t noticed quite a few of the CPM’ers are taking a deep dive into the rower until Xmas eve with the Concept 2 Holiday Challenge.

Why?

Because the C2 rower is a terrific developer of aerobic capacity! One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten over the last 17 years as a trainer is “What is the best piece of cardio?” I’ve always answered “the Rower!” Simply the way it involves your arms, legs and core it is hard to find a better tool for conditioning and power. And with great power comes great responsibility.

Consider this the official […] Read more

Get off the Couch and….

Get off the Couch and….

When talking about mobility we need to ask ourselves 2 questions…

Do I have the range of motion required to do the things a human is supposed to be able to do?
Do I have the motor control or technique to control that range of motion?

But let’s face it ‘stretching’ is the most fun part of getting healthy, fit, strong and pain free. So let’s find mobility exercises that give us the…

a. Most bang for our buck #effective
b. It must be simple #notEasy
c. Be accessible for us to do it anywhere #convenience

Consider the couch stretch one of those […] Read more

Exercise for the Kids

Exercise for the Kids

I spend a lot of time with teenagers in the weight room and gym. Along with school, band, choir, drama, work and homework (to name a few), they work hard to fit exercise into their lifestyle. For some, it’s a challenge to exercise twice a week or even once. For others, 2 hours of lifting and conditioning every day after school doesn’t seem to be a problem. So what is the problem?

Our kids sit all day long in school. If they are lucky, they have a PE teacher who realizes the importance of movement and uses that time wisely to […] Read more

Workout Potency, Power and Responsibilities; (the Shoulder Episode)

Workout Potency, Power and Responsibilities; (the Shoulder Episode)

Front Squats, Pull-ups, Olympic Lifts 🏋🏼‍♀️, Basic Gymnastics 🤸🏽‍♀️ and adding some intensity can make some of the most powerful mix of exercises out there.

And with great power comes great responsibility i.e. mobile joints.

Create and maintain robust anti fragile joints with these moves…

Today’s Workout is…

Double Tabata (40on/20off)

Ball Slams
Double Under’s
Calorie Row

*Rest 1min btw*

Post by Chris; follow me on snapchat; mr_cpm
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Let’s Back Squat!

Let’s Back Squat!

Is Back Squat the KING of all exercises?

The Posterior Chain refers to the group of muscles responsible for producing powerful hip extension.

Powerful hip extension is sufficient and necessary for elite athleticism of any type.

The Barbell Back Squat is the only exercise that can load the posterior chain along the greatest range of motion. Utilizing the largest muscle group in a manner that gets progressively heavier with time therefore making the Barbell Back Squat Squat…

THE GREATEST BARBELL EXERCISE EVER CREATED!

Do you Agree?

Today’s Workout is…

A: Power Clean
5-4-3-2-1-1-1

B: AMRAP 15 min
4 Power Cleans (Heavy)
8 Toe to Bar
100m Farmer Carry (Heavy)

Post by Chris; follow […] Read more

The Power of a Heavy Power Clean

The Power of a Heavy Power Clean

Testing Your Limits with the Power Clean

On Tuesday this week, the workout format was a little different than normal. Following our power clean build-up, we completed 10 rounds of 1 power clean every 30 seconds. It was only 5 minutes but what happened during that 5 minutes was interesting.

I “borrowed” this workout from a football player that lifted in my gym this summer. While he was doing the same format of the workout, he actually had to do this for 10 minutes and his power clean weight was about 90% of his max. I wrote this for only 10 reps […] Read more

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