Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #9 – Becky, Babs, Buck Norris

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #9 – Becky, Babs, Buck Norris

Episode 9

Have you ever noticed the fit blonde bombshell that flies through workouts like they are no big deal? That’s Becky Brost. Also knows as Babs (Bad Ass Becky) and Buck Norris (Becky/Chuck Norris). She’s not only an awesome member but she’s also one of my best friends. Becky introduced me to CPM over 4 years ago and I knew right away that if Becky liked it, I was going to love it! Becky is an original…. she started this stuff back in 2009 when Chris and Annie opened Crossfit Sioux Falls. She’s probably recorded more […] Read more

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 #7 – Russel the Muscle

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #7 – Russel the Muscle

Episode 7

I interviewed Russ several weeks ago and hesitated to post the video because it’s a little hard to hear the mild-mannered Russ Pixler but I decided to go with it. I like to surprise members with the questions I am asking (makes it more fun that way) so interviewing Russ a second time might not be as good as the first. Russ is a morning regular now (used to be a nooner) and you will most likely see him working his abs before and after class. Russ is strong as an ox and fast too… […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #6 – The Consistent Couple…Joe and Nancy Olsen

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #6 – The Consistent Couple…Joe and Nancy Olsen

Episode 6

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe and Nancy Olsen this week. If you workout at 5 am, you know Joe and Nancy. They attend class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They sneak in a yoga class every Thursday night in addition to three workouts each week. Joe and Nancy are kind, considerate and all-around awesome members; always walking into the gym with a positive attitude and ready to work hard. I only coach the 5 am class once a week now but I honestly say they are a part of the reason […] Read more

Am I Crazy?? #dailyColdShowers

Am I Crazy?? #dailyColdShowers

I love to be challenged. I love to be pushed. My big take-a-way for 2017 was behind discomfort is a place of fulfillment, success and joy!

We should (truly) embark on challenges not merely for the results but for the person it makes us become to complete the challenge. And all the learning lessons about ourselves throughout a challenge is the true message of value.

I always have goals for myself. And I view Resolutions differently than goals. I view it as a time to start a new habit or ritual into my life that will help support my goals.

What is my […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Todd Boote, Booty, Boo-tay

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Todd Boote, Booty, Boo-tay

Episode 4

This week, I interviewed Todd Boote. Todd is possibly one of the nicest guys at CPM. Settle down everyone… I think you are all nice. But if you’ve been fortunate enough to talk to Todd, you understand why I say that. He’s soft spoken, kind and genuine. And lucky for us, he’s starting to coach!

In this episode, I asked Todd…

How do you actually pronounce your last name?
Have you considered permanently changing the pronunciation (and spelling) of your last name to Booty?
Why are you so good at muscle-ups?
What is your favorite workout?
Who are your […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 2 – Lisa Zahn

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 2 – Lisa Zahn

Episode 2

In my second episode of Gym Rat Chit Chat, I am talking to Lisa Zahn. Lisa has been a member of CPMFITness for a while now and has recently transitioned into a coaching position with us. I am honored to consider her a great friend. Fun fact, Lisa is the most competitive, non-competitive person I know ?   If you are looking for good movement progressions, Lisa is your girl. She’s like a walking gym encyclopedia and we are very fortunate to have her as a member and coach!  Thank you Lisa for sharing your time […] Read more

Join Us This Friday to Celebrate Annie #happy36th

Join Us This Friday to Celebrate Annie #happy36th

December is one of the most important days on the calendar year for me! It is my PFL, the love of my life and my best friend’s birthday!

Because Annie is like a Fine Wine we are having a Special Wine Down Yoga and Hangout THIS FRIDAY night = CLICK THIS LINK

As I reflect on this last year with her and how lucky I am to have her so apart of my day and life I came up with 3 Things I’ve Noticed about her this year and 6 Reason Why I Admire Her So Much!

A. You’ve gained and given more life experience.

It’s a given. […] Read more

Top 5 Fitness Gifts for 2017 …

Top 5 Fitness Gifts for 2017 …

Christmas is 27 days away, and I am always looking for the perfect gift that keeps on giving!

Here are my top 5 favorite fitness gifts to give to your friends, loved ones, co-workers etc …

#1 Apple Watch Series 3 Nike Edition – With features like built-in GPS and altimeter, Apple Watch Nike+ is designed to help you take your run to the next level. You can even pair your watch wirelessly with compatible gym equipment. Automatically sync your playlists for more motivation. And because Apple Watch Nike+ is swimproof, you can take a post-run dip in the pool

#2 Sol Republic Wireless […] Read more

CPM Lingo; Part 1 (Terms and Phrases)

CPM Lingo; Part 1 (Terms and Phrases)

What is that??
AMRAP, EMOTM, STO, Pistol, RX, Chipper…

What did you say??
Double Bang? Spousing? Cherry Picker? the Fist? FNL?

Part of the power of our community is the terminology, acronyms, nicknames and overall lingo we use at the gym(s). It’s cool to have our own language, inside jokes and different ways of communicating with each other inside the walls of the “box”:)

However for a new person (#rookies) it can be imitating, confusing, isolate them or even demotivating:-O

Consider the list below the cliff notes to understanding the lingo we use and why we use it. Enjoy!

AM I MISSING ANYTHING?? Please […] 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 – 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

10 Years and 10 Things I Learned from Mr. CPM ….

10 Years and 10 Things I Learned from Mr. CPM ….

(this is a pictures of us at our honeymoon and the bottom is of us in Mexico)

Mr CPM and I just took a 7 day trip to Riviera Maya Mexico. I had the opportunity to go to a lovely resort to teach yoga for the week and in return got to enjoy a lovely vacation with my PFL (partner for life) and celebrate 10 years since we said our “I Do’s”.

This is our first trip we have gotten to take one on one since we had our Honeymoon and it was the most amazing time ever.

In reflecting on this […] 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

My Top 5 CPM Greatest Moments …

My Top 5 CPM Greatest Moments …

This past saturday our Gym had our 4 year anniversary celebration. We had such a wonderful time with a scavenger hunt around downtown, yummy tacos, and lots of laughs with a great community!

We took a stroll down memory lane and were reminiscing about all the great moments we have had since 2013. It really started to make me think about how many wonderful people have come to CPM and come into our lives as well.

I decided to list my top 5 most fun memories since August 2013. There are so many to choose from so these are just a special […] Read more

The Evolution of the #bassUp

The Evolution of the #bassUp

Missy and Trenton Bass have been on my mind (and the minds of many) around CPM for the last week and a half. The accident that occurred has changed many lives especially those in the Bass household.

For more info on Trenton Bass’s story click HERE.

BIRTH OF THE #BASSUP

The #bassUp started as a fun way to scale UP workouts at CPM. For those of you that know Missy and have been fortunate to workout with her you would understand that Missy is as Strong and Conditioned as they come. She typically lifts more than the guys around her and runs circles […] Read more

Taking “It” For Granted… (new Podcast Episode)

Taking “It” For Granted… (new Podcast Episode)

Life is short. Life moves fast. Our lives can be crazy busy. It can be tough to slow it down and ‘smell the roses’.

I find that it can be too easy to take the really important things in life “FOR GRANTED”.

A few weeks ago Annie asked me the question, “How do you take me for granted?” And it turned into a really awesome topic for this podcast. Tune in and let us know your thoughts. If you really like it, share it with your friends.

Here are the show notes…

Episode 5: Taking “It” for Granted…

Asking yourself the question, “Am I taking it […] Read more

What if You Treated Your Body Like Your Car?

What if You Treated Your Body Like Your Car?

Most of us drive cars that run on “regular” octane fuel. We keep our eyes out for a deal on gas to save a few bucks, but at the end of the day, when you need it … you need it…. And you fuel up the tank so that you can get to work, the store, or the lake this weekend. If you drive a premium car that requires a higher octane fuel, you are going to pony up for that extra fee to keep your car running smoothly. Now, I’m not saying your car wouldn’t run, but it would […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Back to School

The Mod Squad – Back to School

Getting ready to get back to school!

It’s that time of year with kids heading back to school, help them get in on the yoga fun with this quick little flow to get kids moving after a busy day at school.  It is a great chance to help kids start to stretch after sitting all day!

 

Saturday yoga is definitely the place to be! Come join some super cool people and get your sweat on in a new and fun way!

Don’t forget the special FIT Family workout this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and support a great cause.  The workout not for you…come […] Read more

Gym-Phobia: Overcoming Fear of Getting to the Gym…

Gym-Phobia: Overcoming Fear of Getting to the Gym…

The Struggle of Gymtimidation is REAL…

To think you’re the only one who has a fear of starting at the gym would be a lie. They say the two most dreaded things are public speaking and taxes. I say there’s a third — getting to the gym.

It’s OK if you feel that way. Most people too felt that way at one time.

You’re probably thinking, “How can anyone enjoy working out?” But I say it is possible to enjoy it. Whoa, did I use the words “enjoy” and “working out” in the same sentence? Yes, I did!

Before we get to being able to enjoy […] Read more