Competition Rundown

Competition Rundown

Hallow Hopper

This past weekend several of us from CPM traveled to Omaha for a Saturday competition at a super cool gym called Fit Farm. Court and Lisa were participating in the women’s RX division, Reed and Cory in the men’s RX division and Steve and Dave in the men’s scaled division.

I’ll start by saying that I’ve never been so happy to be watching a competition in my life. It was called the Hallow Hopper because they were pulling the workout options out of a hopper to decide the events. This caused a lot of repeats in movements like squatting […] 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

Is Real Fitness like Raising Real Kids?

Is Real Fitness like Raising Real Kids?

This new parent world is pretty incredible. (I know you parents told me so) The whole process has been a game-changer and fundamental shift in my identity

When change in life comes your way there are opportunities available to take advantage of. Being in the hospital and watching how doctors 👨‍⚕️and nurses 👩🏼‍⚕️have helped heal up our little guys can’t help but make me translate the struggles and successes we’ve faced with our stay at the NICU over to the FITness and gym life. I’ve come up with the question, “Is building True FITness like raising Real Kids?”

Getting FIT is a […] Read more

Parenting Advice to Chris and Annie, From The Nooners

Parenting Advice to Chris and Annie, From The Nooners

Your Life is Over But It Has Just Begun

I thought it would be fun to ask some of the CPM regulars for a bit of parenting advice for Chris and Annie. Here is everything you need to know to be the best parents to your new baby boys. Congratulations!

Always trust your gut. Always. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. You’ll be the boys’ best advocates. ~ Bri

Laugh. Be their best friend and advocate. Give them both roots to build strength from but wings to fly on their own. And always send funny parenting snaps to […] Read more

CPM – Adult Recess Manifesto

CPM – Adult Recess Manifesto

“We need to think like a kid more and act like an adult a little less:-)”

When a prospect is interested in CPMFITness. They want to know what makes us unique or different from other gyms around town. So I hit on all the obvious features and benefits:

Great Coaches who care and are congruent with the message.
Awesome workouts that are different, effective and challenging.
Our leadership. We learn, evolve and are always seeking the path of excellence; physically, mentally and emotionally.

But what is our secret weapon??

Most gyms would say ‘community’. But that is such a over exploited term now-a-days that it doesn’t […] Read more

The Little Ones Are Listening

The Little Ones Are Listening

Be careful with your words

The Whole Life Challenge really has me thinking.

I didn’t want to do this challenge. I’ve done it before and I’m in a good place with my eating and exercising. Chris can be convincing so here I am doing it anyway! I can say that I’m glad I signed up. Helping my CPM friends has been great so far and I don’t regret it.

But as I’ve been reading some of the daily reflections, I’m concerned by how hard people are on themselves. Which then makes me wonder what sort of words they use at home. Our […] Read more

What Is The Real Challenge?

What Is The Real Challenge?

Whole Life Challenge

The challenge starts this Saturday and I’ve been thinking a lot about the real challenge with the WLC. Is it the exercise, nutrition, mobility, sleep? Lisa, Courtney and I are leading a small group of women through this challenge. There has already been a lot of discussion within the group about meal prep. So I’m going to guess that the real challenge is going to be….

NUTRITION!

It’s no surprise that we struggle to eat healthy. Halloween candy is out and pumpkin lattes are everywhere. The other night I drove to Montrose for a football game after school then I […] Read more

Top 5 Items to Keep In Your CPM Gym Bag ….

Top 5 Items to Keep In Your CPM Gym Bag ….

Now that the weather is changing and spring is in the air … It is time to make some much needed adjustments to our gym bags.

Here is a list of must haves for you to have in your gym bag at all times this Spring:

#1 Larabar or RX Bar – When you are running to the gym sometimes you need a little pick me up before your workout. This is the perfect snack to have to get you pumped and ready to crush it! Or if you are famished after you can have a little snack to keep you alive. 

#2 […] Read more

Bmamba’s Fridge Essentials

Bmamba’s Fridge Essentials

The timing of this post is perfect because my refrigerator still smells new and surprisingly still clean following the summer months.

The kitchen is the public face of the home. Yet the act of opening the fridge is a very intimating one that reveals some of our most private pleasures, desires and aspirations. I like to call mine my medicine cabinet!

Stocking my refrigerator with ready-to-eat produce that I have prepped ahead of time gets my family to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s easy to grab some baby carrots and snap peas for a quick snack and can save you time […] Read more

My Top 5 Favorite Moments at CPM

My Top 5 Favorite Moments at CPM

I have many many fond memories of my time at CPM. A few always stand out in my mind though.

Let’s do a countdown…

5️⃣ Where’s The Beef? – Never will I ever forget the time that Bort showed up with his son’s shirt instead of his own. And to top it off, it said “Where’s The Beef.” Let’s just say Bort looks good in a crop top! 🤣
4️⃣ Face Mask – A young adult shows up to class with an oxygen deprivation mask. Talk about an awkward class and a heavy breather! Chris made him take off the mask 😳

3️⃣ […] Read more

My CPM Top 5

My CPM Top 5

Beyond the clinking of the weights 🏋🏻‍♂️, the fan of the rowers and the beat of the music 🎶 there have been a few gym memories that just won’t fade.

#1  – How old is Chris? 🤔

When I first was introduced to CPM, I was under the impression that Annie had married a much older man. I thought Chris was in his 50’s!! That was a big surprise when we met for the first time. 🤣

#2 – Whole 30 Challenge (Oct 2014)

This was a game changer for me. I thought my diet was pretty balanced⚖️at the time. I went into the challenge […] Read more

Top 5 Memories… In the Last 5 Years

Top 5 Memories… In the Last 5 Years

Its amazing when you stop for a moment and reflect all that has happened in the last 5 years with CPMFITness. Annie and I loved Sioux Falls enough come all the way from California AGAIN with just a dream of what could be. Leading up to Saturday’s 5 year anniversary party (and Diaper Keg) I wanted to rally off some of my favorite moments in the last 5 years. This was tough I really went with what can you mind right away

#cpmGO (Grand Opening Party Nov 2013)

You can never really predict how starting a new business is going to go. […] Read more

It’s That Time Of Year… The Crossfit Games Are Here!

It’s That Time Of Year… The Crossfit Games Are Here!

I am SO excited. The Crossfit Games start this week and we are headed to Wisconsin to watch. Events started yesterday and included a Crossfit total (❤️❤️❤️) and a marathon row (🤢🤢🤢). Can you imagine rowing a marathon? They are saving some spectacular events for the weekend I’m sure. Can’t wait!

Here is my list of things I must do while at the Games.

➡️ Check out the vendors. Born Primitive, Fleo, Rogue, Reebok and so many other cool vendors will have booths at the games. I’ve been holding off on buying new clothing over the past 2 months just so I […] Read more

Can’t Hardly Wait

Can’t Hardly Wait

The last few weeks of summer😎 are here. I have enjoyed the extra time with my kids. They make my heart❤ happy. We have had a summer packed full of activities with lots of new memories made. I have enjoyed the warm weather, the longer days and the outdoor time but I think I am ready for school to start. Why?

Disrupted routines. My kids are staying up later, eating more unhealthy snacks and spending way too much of their downtime on devices 📱. They seem to have forgotten which day of the week it is📆, how to flush a toilet […] Read more

Turn It Up…

Turn It Up…

This week is FUN Week from the Coaches… Something small or big that we are currently excited about.

Truth be told, I’m a podcast junkie. I love to learn and educate myself. I have this thing about educating yourself. Education feeds motivation. Knowledge is power! And when you continue to increase your knowledge you can begin to empower yourself and become unstoppable.

Lately I’ve had the opportunity to be on a few podcasts as a guest. The most recent was with my old great friend, Zeb Pascual, with his own Pascual Podcast. I love getting a opportunity to collaborate with other great minds […] Read more

NO EXCUSES

NO EXCUSES

I am not going to lie, when I travel, exercise is not the first thing on my mind. I have great intentions but I don’t always execute. So I have decided to consult a pro on this topic, which happens to be my better half. He does not miss a beat. Exercise is the first thing he does each and every day no matter what country, hotel or obstacle that stands in his way.

Words of Wisdom from the Mike:
Exercise on travel is not the same as being at home in your gym or comfort zone. Be OK with that, accept […] Read more

Here Come the Kids!

Here Come the Kids!

The Anxiety is Setting In…

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a little anxious these past couple weeks. My schedule is changing, I’ve decided to make myself busier and I’m nervous. I will be spending a lot more time with kids in July, both at CPM and in Canton. So I have to ask myself…

😯 How do I take my knowledge and apply it to kids?
🤔 What does a class with 7-10 years olds look like versus a class of 11-15 year olds?
😵 Will I be able to gain the respect and attention of the football team, wrestling team, all teams???
🤓 […] Read more

Partner Up!

Partner Up!

“Partner Workout” — What’s your reaction when you see these words on the board?  Are you excited?  Are you eager to meet somebody new?  Or, are you terrified?

Partner workouts can add a lot of fun but for some the feeling of dread takes over which is usually brought on by a fear of letting their partner down. People start comparing themselves to others and out come the apologies. As a coach, I never want a workout to result in someone thinking or feeling they are not good enough.

Partner workouts are meant to keep things fresh by bringing a […] Read more

Transformation Principles…

Transformation Principles…

Transformation is a HOT word in the FITness world. Of course it takes work physcially, but everything you need to win with your Health and FITness is about everything from the neck up. Read through these 28 principles and share with us the one (or two) points that really speak to you!

1. All we get is one body and one life.

2. Following orders doesn’t work; taking ownership does.

3. Perfection isn’t required to get started

4. Motivation and confidence are fickle; keep going anyway. = LINK

5. Feeling anxious is normal; slowing down is what’s required.

6. […] Read more

Is There a Best Time of the Day to Workout?

Is There a Best Time of the Day to Workout?

While some people are up at the crack of dawn to lace up their running shoes, others can’t fathom a workout before noon. Finding the perfect time to exercise is as much about personal preference as it is physiology. Exercise is supposed to feel good—but if muscles are tight in the morning or working out too late disrupts sleep, it can feel counterproductive.

With the season shifting from Winter to Spring and the cold becoming warm…The kids getting out of school… And the sun rising a lot earlier in the morning… We always see a shift in the attendance of classes. […] Read more