Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

During my first six months, my mom described me as a happy baby. I did not cry often, I was a good sleeper and not too picky when it came to food. At 9-months old, I took my first steps. Then one day, instead of walking, I dropped to the floor and could not move. All I would do is cry. The Pediatrician performed a thorough check-up and decided to admit me to hospital due to 104-degree temperature. No explanation was ever provided even after 2-weeks of testing. Then one day I miraculously started to walk again. The next episode […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Healthy Holidays

The Mod Squad – Healthy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

This is a busy time of year for most of us. Work, school, family are all pulling us in so many different directions that it can be hard to take time for ourselves.  It can also mean eating treats we normally wouldn’t and traveling to see family and friends.  This week’s video is here to save your holiday!

I have put together a series of poses to help everyone spending long amounts of time in a car or plane or just sitting more than usual.  Plus, BONUS, many of these moves will also help us with our digestion.  […] Read more

My Top Books in 2017

My Top Books in 2017

The tradition continues from last year list (2016 Top Books) of my top books for the year! Our mind is a powerful thing to waste. We focus some much of everything from the neck down. But your life can transform by simply focusing on the opposite, everything from the neck UP!

Everything we succeed with or struggle with all happens in the mind. Our thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions turn into habits. Habits shape your character. And your character leads to your destiny.

The list below is not about physical FITness and all about Mental FITness.

5 Second Rule = HARD COVER / AUDIO
This is my […] Read more

Thoughts by Nicole

Thoughts by Nicole

New Chapter

So the time has finally come for me to get in on the mix of sharing my thoughts with the CPM family. Not going to lie, I put up a good fight. Writing is not my strength but I know that stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is one way for us to grow…so here we go!

I started my journey with CPMFitness during the BAFW in Jan 2014. I was mostly curious about what the rave was all about as I had a few friends that were members. I had no intention of joining a gym. I liked to […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Yoga Gear

The Mod Squad – Yoga Gear

How many different types of yoga mats can there be?

Any new sport often involves new gear and yoga isn’t any different.  Most yoga studios will have mats available for you to use, but if you don’t want to be on top of mat that everyone has been sweating on, then purchasing your own yoga mat is a must.  There are a wide variety of yoga mats out there and largely what you get will be based on personal preference.  Do you want a lot of cushion or very little.  Does the mat have enough grip to keep you from sliding off once […] Read more

CPM Lingo; Part 2 (Rosetta Stone)

CPM Lingo; Part 2 (Rosetta Stone)

Building off last week’s post of CPM Lingo (Terms and Phrases) I’d like to introduce Part 2 of our CPM Lingo involving what you will see on the board everyday.

As most of you are now aware, we have changed our introductory process with new clients by starting with Personal Training 1st before graduating them into group classes. While personal training does help improve quality by ensuring people aren’t Cleaning or Snatching for the 2nd time in their lives in their first group class…

Let’s be honest…

We teach our clients a boatload of movements! And even after 20 sessions, many people are still […] Read more

Behind the Scenes @CPMFITness

Behind the Scenes @CPMFITness

Last week I had the pleasure to sit down with a SDSU student in a FITness Facility Management Class. It is always great to have the opportunity to get interviewed when you are always the interviewer. These kinds of sit down’s are great for me to get an outside perspective on how we are doing our job to find any opportunities for growth or if we are missing anything.

I thought it would be great to share the questions and (actual) answers I gave to take a “behind the scenes” look on how we operate, if things have changed and where […] Read more

CPM’s Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks…

CPM’s Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks…

It is the infamous day where we gather around the table with family and friends and partake in some delicious delicacies. We then watch football, go to movies, play games, etc… all while usually consuming more yummy treats … By the time you hit the pillow you feel like one big stuffed turkey!

Here are 5 simple tips to stay on track and not over indulge this Turkey day…..

1. Eat a Good Healthy Breakfast – Many of us do not eat as we want to “Save up for dinner”. This is a big mistake, as you will then gorge on the bad […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Good Foundations

The Mod Squad – Good Foundations

Let’s talk feet…

Now I know that sometimes feet can cause a major ewww factor for some people but power through this because the end result will be worth it.  Today we are talking about two of our most important appendages and some ways we can start to treat them right.  We don’t always put as much focus on our feet in yoga as we probably do on our other body parts, but there is definitely more we can do to help these guys out!

I have had a couple of people ask me recently for yoga moves to help sore feet […] Read more

Success or Failure?? Which Do You Learn More From?

Success or Failure?? Which Do You Learn More From?

Success or failure??

Which do you learn the most from? Most people will tell you that mistakes are what you learn from, but I learn more from my successes than I do my mistakes. If there’s a consistent mistake I make, it’s that I don’t learn from what just worked for me.

“If it ain’t broke….”

If I do something successfully, then I try something new… That sounds dumb. Stay focused on your successes and repeat them. Focus on where you’ve won, the meal prep for the week, making it everyday to a workout last week, reaching for water vs. a soda…and then […] Read more

The Mod Squad…and breathe

The Mod Squad…and breathe

Inhale, Exhale, what was I doing again?

Today we are taking the Mod Squad way back to basics. We are all about breathing. Breathing is something we do all day, everyday without even thinking much about it.  That is until we get to our yoga class.  As a teacher I always try to get my class focused and conscious of their breathing before we even start moving into poses. What does focusing on our breathing even mean?

Often we connect movement to our breath in an attempt to help us be aware of our body and what we are doing and how […] Read more

Who’s Got Time for that?!?

Who’s Got Time for that?!?

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

Time has been on my mind as of late. I heard that the older you get the faster it goes. Maybe there’s something to that. One of the most empowering things I have done is do a time study for a week. Beyond the objective measuring of time here are some subjective topics that can equip and empower you to play the game of life at a higher level.

Hitting the snooze button: You have less time than you think you do. […] Read more

It’s Pumpkin Season CPM …

It’s Pumpkin Season CPM …

Pumpkins Pumpkins are Every where. They are fun to decorate, drink in our lattes, and to put with pie.

These are all great, but did you know there are actually a lot of health benefits in pumpkin?

Now you can have your pumpkin and eat it too …

#1 Pumpkin is For Great Weight Loss: 

Pumpkin is low in calories (49 calories in one cup). It is also high in fiber and protein, so it keeps your body full for a longer period of time.

#2 It Helps You Get Your Zzzz’s and Smile: 

Pumpkins seeds are full of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that […] Read more

4th Quarter FITness Blitz

4th Quarter FITness Blitz

The clock is ticking. We’re already halfway through the 2nd week of the 4thquarter of 2017 (can you believe it?!). For too many gym enthusiasts (or gym wanna be’s:-), this is the quarter that will make or break their year. If you’re in this camp, keep reading for what you need to be doing.

Unfortunately, I’m sharing this from first-hand experience, having spent too many years part of multiple gyms over the years (globo, 2 CrossFIT in 2 states, and now CPM) that didn’t start thinking about making their health a priority until the new year… Problem is it can become a viscous […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Pyramid

The Mod Squad – Pyramid

Fun with yoga shapes!

Pyramid is on my list of poses that I like to regularly incorporate into class.  It partners so nicely with Triangle pose and really allows you to get a great lower body stretch.

I love that Pyramid is the perfect pose for props, and I actually think you get more from this stretch by adding them.  So what are you waiting for?  Check out the video and start letting this amazing pose work for you!

 

 

It is time to bring some booze to your yoga practice!  That’s right, Wine Down Yoga is back!!  Look for more information to come, […] Read more

Do You Need a Detox CPM?

Do You Need a Detox CPM?

I am leaving for a trip this Sunday, where I have the opportunity to go teach yoga on the beach. Naturally I want to look good for my trip, but even more I want to feel good for the trip.

So I decided to create a 5 day detox in order to feel the best I can while I am gone. It was a clean eating plan with some good green shakes, cleansing soups, and fresh salads.

For me, I noticed I had been craving sugar again, drinking more than I am used to, and having skin break outs. I knew it […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Bridge

The Mod Squad – Bridge

Great multipurpose move!

 

I really like to think I am a multi-tasker.  Nevermind all the articles that say trying to do more than one thing at a times means you don’t do anything well, I am always on the look out for ways to get more out of my time.  Lucky for me and all my fellow multi-taskers out there, this weeks Mod Squad pose is the perfect way to get the most out of your stretching.

Bridge is a great pose to stretch your hip flexors and quads, but it also a great way to build some strength in your hamstrings, […] Read more

How do you Explain CPM? #realNews

How do you Explain CPM? #realNews

Bring-A-Friend is officially coming… #gymbuddies

The BIG question I love to ask others around the gym is, “How do you explain CPM to your friends?” or, “What do you tell your friends about our services?”

*Great Workouts
*Awesome, Knowledgable and Friendly Coaches that really care about you.
*Fun and Motivating environment.

Beyond the obvious points;-) Here is a look in more depth to what we are involved with here at CPMFITness.

Our Mission:

Create an organization that allows anyone to accomplish their Health and Fitness goals
Inspire change and seek to make a positive difference in our local communities
Seek continued growth to affect as many people as possible through sustainable […] Read more

What is the Perfect Diet?

What is the Perfect Diet?

There is so much information out there. There are so many magazines, blog posts, television shows, etc … that all have conflicting views on what “Healthy” really means. Is it juicing, calorie restricting, no carb, raw food, gluten-free? All of the above or none of them?

The information out there is candy coating the ultimate problem; there’s a reason the word “die” is in diet because it’s not attainable.

For every article you read that says gluten is bad there are ten others that say it isn’t. Some articles say don’t eat after five while others say your body has no time […] Read more

Top 5 Tips to Add to Actually Lose @ CPMFITness …

Top 5 Tips to Add to Actually Lose @ CPMFITness …

We as a society are so obsessed with FAT! Every article you read, show you watch, etc .. talks about being fat, loosing fat, eating fat etc … It is enough to make you go crazy! Here are some wonderful tips to add to your routine and will make a BIG impact in your waist and in your overall health!

 # 1 Eat Before Your Workout

Eat protein before you workout and you can peel off the lbs. A study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport showed that women who ate a high-protein meal an hour before their workout […] Read more