CPM Lingo; Part 3 (Nicknames and Alter Ego’s)

CPM Lingo; Part 3 (Nicknames and Alter Ego’s)

If you’ve been a member for a while now you may have noticed some unusual names on the white (orange/blue) board at the gym. Well just in case you don’t know why.. I’d like to answer your questions or concerns that you may have about it… In short, I’m BIG on giving Nicknames and having Alter Ego’s at the gym….

Why?

Alter Ego according to Wikipedia:

An alter-ego (Latin, “the other I”) is a second self, a second personality or persona within a person, who is often oblivious to the persona’s actions. It was coined in the early nineteenth century when dissociative identity […] Read more

Chasing Perfection

Chasing Perfection

So I have a little confession. I had a major meltdown last week prior to going on our mini vacation. Why…because I stopped believing in myself. I let evil in and pushed aside my happiness for wanting to be perfect.

We all have goals, a feeling of how things SHOULD be in our life. Standards are set day in and day out by the media, our family and the judgment of others that are NOT REAL.

Self-doubt starts flowing in, builds-up and gains momentum.

“I can’t do this.”

“I am not good enough.”

“What if I fail?”

“I […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Missy Bass #bassUp

Coaches Spotlight – Missy Bass #bassUp

Missy is known around the gym as, BassUp. It is a nickname that really embodies the kind of person she is from the inside-out. She is just as strong mentally as she is physcially. As you will read she has gone through some life altering events over the last couple years but is back and determined to help and serve others for the good.

3 things I know about Missy Bass…

Strong
Determined
Passionate

Enjoy our conversation!

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

FAITH, PRAYER. FAMILY. FRIENDS. COMMUNITY. Those 5 words sum up what’s most important to me. Without them my family would […] Read more

Frustrated with You?

Frustrated with You?

I was looking through some old blogs to get some inspiration about what to write about this week and I can across one that hit close to home. What do you when you get frustrated with YOU?

Frustration winds you up and can suck the energy right out of you. It can be a major distraction that ends up stealing your valuable TIME!
So what happens when we are stuck in a rut? How do we crawl out of it?

Take Care of Yourself

Start by doing a quick assessment of how well you have been taking care of yourself. Have you been eating […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – BABS

Coaches Spotlight – BABS

When I think of Babs I think of the word, “Powerhouse!”. She packs a strong body, BIG voice, lots of fun to be around and is as sweet as they come. When you find a coach that practices what they preach and have a passion for helping others, you have found a winner!

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

I enjoy challenging myself with heavy weight (hitting PR’s) but then also with workouts that are mentally challenging to me (ie cardio heavy workouts). I joined in 2014 and have been coaching since 2016????

What is your favorite part about […] Read more

Live Happy but Strive for Fulfillment

Live Happy but Strive for Fulfillment

I have always been taught to strive for a career that I love. Finding that something that I am passionate about, that gives me purpose and in return I would be happy. Well, I did it and yet there are days I continue to struggle.

I realize that we cannot be 100% all the time. At some point, discomfort invites itself. We are going to have bad days, days we feel tired or days we question if we will ever achieve X, Y or Z. This is ok. It’s normal.

We did not evolve to be content. We evolved to strive, to […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Lisa Thruston

Coaches Spotlight – Lisa Thruston

Lisa has a long fruitful history with CPM…

Helping Herself = Physical Transformation
Helping Others = Yoga and FITness Coach
Following Her Passion = Giving up her day job to follow her passion in building a career in the Health and FITness Industry

You are growing or you are dying and Lisa is constantly challenging and push herself to success in all areas of her life.

Enjoy our conversation!

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

I am a former runner and exercise avoider, who has learned to love exercise and weights and challenge my ideas of not being athletic. I have found my […] Read more

You Gotta Earn It!

You Gotta Earn It!

Chris and I had a good discussion a while back about clients / kids who want to lift weights but are overweight, lack mobility or missing something they need to properly execute lifts. I’m mainly talking about a barbell here.

The Olympic lifts are the sexy lifts. The clean, the snatch… once you get started with them, you want to do them all of the time! Also popular are the bench, squat, deadlift, press. Let’s be honest, it’s easier to walk into a gym and start back squatting (with a 1/4 squat) than it is to run a mile. Don’t get […] Read more

Nutrition on the Move

Nutrition on the Move

As my client is getting ready to head to Antarctica to complete his bucket list of running a ½ marathon on all seven continents, I got thinking of all the challenges and careful planning required to making his trip successful. From the disruptions and distractions of a new environment, changes in schedule and time zones and exposure to different foods, nutrition can take a hit.

So what are some strategies to minimize the impact of travel on nutrition?

Plan Ahead

No matter the length of your trip, if you want to eat well while you are away, you need to do your research.

Familiarize […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Shelly Lane aka Red

Shelly is the queen of no excuses and constant consistency. With a full time career, being wife, mother of 3, Godmother of 4;-) She has battled through injuries and no matter what is committed to her health eating and FIT lifestyle.

Not only that she has a passion for helping others and finding out where each individual is at to get the most out of them. I personally couldn’t be happier that Shelly is apart of our team. Enjoy our conversation.

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

I am married to my husband Scott, together we have 3 beautiful […] Read more

Does Eating Fat Make You Fat?

Does Eating Fat Make You Fat?

The theory that eating fat will make you fat has been debunked over and over however many people still believe that eating fat will make you overweight. I was one of those people while growing up. I feared FAT. My mindset was the less fat I would eat, the fewer calories I would consume and I would lose weight.

How did that work out for me? Not so well.

Fat adds flavor and texture to food. When foods are marked “low fat” they are often high in sugar to replace the fat. This helps make them palatable. Eating these “low fat”, high-sugar […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Jordan Goeman aka J$$

Coaches Spotlight – Jordan Goeman aka J$$

Introducing Jordan Goeman to the next coaches spotlight segment. Jordan is the man I appreciate his willingness to help and serve others and his zest to learn and grow as a human being!

Jordan is all about balance and consistency in everything he does. From his workouts, nutrition, activities, etc… Jordan is know as Mr. Backup he is a great teammate and coach because he is always available to help you when you are in need. A great characteristic for a coach to have!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel (LINK) and like this video!

Introduce yourself and how long you have […] Read more

Supplements, Do you need them?

Supplements, Do you need them?

First, lets talk about the word supplement. A supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. In terms of nutrition, supplements are meant to improve your health.

But can’t we get everything we need from food?

In a perfect world, one would like to think so but the foods we eat no longer contain the vitamins and minerals necessary for our optimal health. Today’s soil has been depleted of nutrients, plants are being treated with pesticides and animals are cooped up instead of free roaming. Not to mention, we live with too much stress, are sleep deprived […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Blake Lynch #baLocka

Coaches Spotlight – Blake Lynch #baLocka

Blake, aka “Ba-Locka”, aka “the Beard”, aka “Jorts” is our lead off man in the mornings 3x/wk over at the Western Mall. Blake is been a standout member for the first couple of years at CPM and even an even better Coach for the 3/5 years.

His classes and personality are upbeat, great variety of music and moods. He wants you to wake up BRIGHT and early with him Monday, Thursday and Fridays.

He’s got a full time day job, a beautiful bride (that teaches yoga at CPM) with their first baby on the way!!

Learn a little more about […] Read more

Building a Healthy Plate

Building a Healthy Plate

If you’ve tried “dieting” more than once in your life, then you already know…Diets don’t work. Why? Because there is absolutely no way to get it right. If you are not perfect, then you’re failing. You obsess about the quantity and not the quality. And many diets are uninspiring and too restrictive.

So what’s the secret? I believe it’s comes down to balance. I know this might not be as sexy as you hoped for but it works. Not only do you get to enjoy a variety of foods; it leaves rooms for treats and cravings so you will never feel […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Courtney Hughes

Coaches Spotlight – Courtney Hughes

It took me a long time to arm wrestle Court into coaching… As you and I will both find out for the first time during this interview 😂. But she was definitely worth the wait.

Court has so many natural skills and talents to help anyone improve their level of FITness. She is passionate about many things in life and CPM being a big one!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to like and subscribe to the youtube channel.

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

My name is Courtney Hughes. I’m 29 years old. I’m originally from Orange City, IA. I’ve […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 4 – Feb 8

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 4 – Feb 8

Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never.

Monday: Doubles, DB Snatch, DB Russian Twist, Rope Climbs, Sit-ups, Burpees
Tuesday: Squat Clean, Run, Squats, Push ups
Wednesday: RUNNING!
Thursday: Split Jerk, Row, Doubles, Clean & Jerk
Friday: DB Split Squats, DB Press, DB sit ups, Row, KB swing, Box Jump

The O-Board Says…

Part A:
EMOTM 12
Min 1: 50 Doubles
Min 2: 16 DB Snatch
Min 3: 16 DB Russian Twist

Part B:
EMOTM 20
Odd: 1 RC (8 pull-ups) + MAX Sit Ups
Even: 2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20 Burpees

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Lengthen Before You Strengthen

Lengthen Before You Strengthen

As a physical therapist one of my biggest pets peeves is watching people jump into workouts without doing any sort of a warm-up. I am not talking about grabbing a PVC pipe and doing a few pass-throughs or bending down to touch the toes for a few bounces. I am taking about a proper warm-up that prepares your body for the heavy loads to come. Then once the workout is over, it’s a quick sprint to the shower. Sure, I see a few legs being kicked up on a bench/box for a quick lean as they wait for the shower […] Read more