A Habits That Make Me A Successful Fit Chic …

A Habits That Make Me A Successful Fit Chic …

3 Habits That Make Me Successful:

When Mr. CPM sent me this topic for discussion this week, I knew exactly where to go with it!

For me what has made me the most successful is sticking to my 3 habits in my life that make me the most centered, feel the best, and get me to my “Super Why” the most efficiently.

#1 Start My Day with Morning Meditation:
The first thing I do when I get out of bed in the morning is 3 Full Sun Salutations. It puts my breath in focus right from the start and allows […] 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

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

Past < Future

Past < Future

As a young child I felt different. I was a biracial female growing up in a predominately white school. I grew fast. I was a bigger and stronger then most of the girls my age. If you asked some of my classmates, they would tell you they were afraid of me. Not because I was mean but because of the way I looked, this lead to a lot of insecurities. I fell into the trap of wanting to be “thin” and thus began the disordered eating and cardio galore.

Then came college sports⚽ 🏀. It was here that I began to embrace […] Read more

Why do I Workout? #mrCPM

Why do I Workout? #mrCPM

A question I ask others all the time. I’ll give you the answers from me that I am always looking for in others. And its not the usual to lose weight, get stronger, feel better answers. And trust me that is all well and good but the reality of it those are the benefits we receive not the actual reasons why do it.

#backStory At the core of who I am is a skinny 16 year old sophomore. I would slouch when I stood around others who were shorter than I was just to fit in. Basketball⛹🏽‍♂️(my first love) […] Read more

The Fit Chic’s “Why” to Workouts

The Fit Chic’s “Why” to Workouts

I ask my clients constantly what they want, What is there “Super Why”, and what keeps them coming back.

I get answers from all over the board. ” I want to loose weight”. “I want to stay healthy for my kids”. “I want to crush a race”. etc … Most people forget the “why” and they just start going thru the motions. This is where I find the workouts or working out in general can get boring and mundane.

I have been an avid workout person for most of my life. First it was sports, then it was teaching fitness/Personal Training etc… […] 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

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

Change Your Words (5/5) = “Discipline”

Change Your Words (5/5) = “Discipline”

For me personally, I am a huge believer in discipline growing up and now in my adult life. But after reading this post it was the actual love for ‘IT’ that was driving me, not discipline. I’m excited to watch what happens now that I will look at love vs. discipline in the future.

The Myth Behind… Discipline. Why there is something MORE powerful than it?

The following article was written by world renowned health expert and strength coach Charles Poliquin. I came across this waay back in Oct 09 and it really gave me food for thought. I’d like to pass […] Read more

Change Your Words (4/5) = “I Need Easy”

Change Your Words (4/5) = “I Need Easy”

I get these kinds of text messages all the time,

“I need to figure out what to cook… I need ‘easy’ recipes.“

Right after I read that kind of text, the first thing that pops in my head is, “Simple is the New ‘Easy‘”

My Perspective…

The opposite of Easy is HARD! When something is HARD it takes great effort. Why? Because you may lack a few things… Skills, Confidence, Clarity to name a few.

When things become ‘Easy’ it’s because things became simple. When things are simple it’s because you have the necessary Skills, Confidence, Clarity to make it simple.

Think about something simple in your life… Driving […] Read more

Change Your Words (3/5) = “I Don’t Have Time”

Change Your Words (3/5) = “I Don’t Have Time”

Each week, we are all entrusted with an irreplaceable fund of hours…168, to be exact.

How you spend these hours is entirely up to you.

You can putter around, watching hours and hours of Law & Order reruns. Or you can set about to change your community, or maybe even the entire world.

It just depends on how you choose to spend your fund of hours.

But to say that you don’t have time? Well, that’s garbage. You do have time—you have 168 hours.

A few years ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that suggested we replace the phrase, “I […] Read more

Change Your Words (2/5) = Cheat Meals

Change Your Words (2/5) = Cheat Meals

Last Week was Strict… Today’s post of “Change YOUR Words” is ‘Cheat Meals’.

To reiterate from last week, the way we think and speak are vital to how we feel and behave. Words are very very powerful. They can be used to your advantage or they can hold you back and stress you out!

We all have emotional attachments to words. Some people view a certain word different than others. Sometimes when I am in a conversion with someone and I hear them say a certain word, I ask them to define what they mean by it. Not because I don’t […] Read more

Change Your Words (1/5) = “Strict”

Change Your Words (1/5) = “Strict”

Change YOUR Words is blog series I am happy to re-introduce to all of you.

The way we think and speak are vital to how we feel and perform. Words are very very powerful. They can be used to your advantage or they can hold you back and stress you out!

We all have emotional attachments to words. Some people view a certain word different than others. Sometimes when I am in a conversion with someone and I hear them say a certain word, I ask them to define what they mean by it. Not because I don’t know what it means, […] Read more

Confidence – Do You Build It? Or Are You Born With It?

Confidence – Do You Build It? Or Are You Born With It?

Confidence Is Key

I only have it in me to listen to about 1 or 2 podcasts each week. I find music to be more relaxing on my drive. So when someone sends me a podcast (Chris sends them often…shocker!), it has to really catch my eye to get me to listen. Last week, I listened to one about leadership. They said this:

Confidence is a skill which can be developed and strengthened. It is willingness to try something knowing your outcome may not be ideal.

I thought this was interesting. I find myself to be fairly confident. At least I like to […] Read more

The Great Fitness Gap

The Great Fitness Gap

Getting Ahead

I was listening to a podcast the other day and something they said really stuck with me…

The older we get, the further we separate ourselves from the rest of our generation if we resistance train.

BOOM! It hit me! They are so right. Have you ever noticed the really fit older guys and gals in the gym? Are they skinny marathoners? Nope. They are the ones who lift weights. They look strong, they move well and they stand out from the rest. People need to lift weights and resistance train. Why women are afraid of getting bulky is beyond me. […] Read more

Fear of Failure

Fear of Failure

I am a very organized person. I love checklists. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when tasks are completed. So when it comes down to goal setting, why is it so hard to put pen to paper? At night I think about my day and how I can make tomorrow different. New ideas, thoughts and goals creep in but that’s were they stay. Why not write them out? Remember I love checklists.

Writing out my goals seems so permanent. What if I fail? What if I don’t meet the deadline? The fear of failing can be immobilizing. Procrastination and perfectionism […] Read more

Your Mind is a Powerful Thing

Your Mind is a Powerful Thing

I have been in a major funk since returning from vacation. Not sure if it’s the lack of Vitamin D, jet lag or time change but I am having a hard time finding my rhythm. I thought vacation was supposed to refresh me. Instead it’s been just the opposite. My energy has been low and self-doubt has begun to sink in. In this industry it’s my job to motivate and encourage others. But how can I do my job if I too need motivation?

I went searching for answers and came across this quote.

I am human. I don’t always have it […] Read more

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

You are strong enough.

This week I am taking a break from my usual videos to talk about patience and progress.

It can be very easy in the beginning to see results and to feel great and to challenge our bodies and our minds past what we were used to. Eventually the results aren’t coming as fast and it can be easy to get discouraged about what we are doing. While it’s fun to see dramatic before and after pictures we need to celebrate the little victories that we hit along the way.

When I first started practicing yoga about 4 years ago, […] Read more

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

This coming Friday is the beginning of our 2nd Annual Friday Night Lights (#FNL).

#realTalkTime
Friday Night Lights is a Weekly 5 Week Workout Community Event. My goal is to create an environment that supports you challenging yourself to raise your mental, emotional and physical levels to a great level.  This is a POWERFUL opportunity to put yourself “out there” in an uncomfortable atmosphere to foster change and growth (in a friendly, supportive, motivating environment of course;-)

Now with great power comes great responsibility. With that lets dive into….

Good Competition vs. Bad Competition

Something very good or something very bad can happen to you…

You […] Read more