My Birthday Blog… A Last Minute Re-Write

My Birthday Blog… A Last Minute Re-Write

Turning 41…

Its 4:15 pm on Thursday and I’m rewriting my blog for tonight. My original blog was a recap of 18.3 and a small gripe about turning 41. I don’t WANT to be another year older but really…. why the heck am I complaining?! Instead I want to share something with you as I embark on another year of life.

As you know, I’ve been doing more personal training over the past few months. I love it. It’s my passion and I know it’s what I was meant to do on this earth. I’m building […] 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

Friday Night Lights – The Best One Yet…. 18.2

Friday Night Lights – The Best One Yet…. 18.2

12 Crazy Minutes!

I was instantly in love with the 18.2 workout. Wait, no I wasn’t. The burpees were bugging me but I was excited about the rest.

12 Minutes
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
DB Squat (50/35)
Burpee over Bar
With remaining time…. 1 RM Clean

Let’s see, the dumbbell squat at 50/35 sounded challenging but doable. I figured I would struggle with the burpees. The 1 RM clean ? I was in love with the clean and thought it would be a real crowd pleaser at the end.

As soon as I started I knew I had underestimated the squats. It wasn’t that I needed to […] Read more

FNL Week 1 Recap and My Thoughts on Being Kind

FNL Week 1 Recap and My Thoughts on Being Kind

Stop Being Mean!

Before I dig into FNL week 1, I wanted to share a quick thought with you…. be kind. Posting on social media puts a person in a vulnerable position. This week I received a message that was obviously meant for someone else but it was sent to me. The comment was about my current physical condition and it wasn’t nice. Stuff like this isn’t necessary and it gains you nothing. So before you send that message or write something that may be offensive, give it a second look.

As much as I hate […] Read more

Sun for the Soul

Sun for the Soul

As you read my blog this week, I will be enjoying my last few days in the Caribbean. This is something my husband and I commit to doing yearly. Although the finances don’t always look like we can afford to go, we say each year that this is something that we can’t afford not to do.

With the daily hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget about the person you married. This is our time to reconnect, spending quality time together away from the kiddos to help us refuel after a long season of busyness.

Maintaining our health routine […] Read more

Friday Night Lights – It’s Go Time!

Friday Night Lights – It’s Go Time!

Let The Games Begin!

The build-up to Friday Night Lights went fast. Crazy fast! I’m taking a short break from Gym Rat Chit Chat to recap the FNL experience each week. The workouts, the people, the highs, the lows…. there will be lots to tell!

About 50 CPM members and coaches are participating this year and several of them are anxiously waiting as you read this to see what 18.1 will hold. Where do we find this information? Follow Crossfit on Facebook (click HERE). You will receive a notification when they go live to announce 18.1 where they will […] 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

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

Self Love ❤️

Self Love ❤️

It’s easy when asked about whom you love, to list our family, friends, pets, crushes, etc. Often we forget to mention a very important person: ourselves.

We live in a tough world. People can be extremely critical, cruel, and cold. We are obsessed with labels, with finding acceptance, with this implication that we must be “perfect.”

I grew up as a highly insecure girl. I had different color skin, my hair was different, I worried about my body image as I towered over the girls in my class until high school…as did my feet (size 11 by 6th grade) ?.  People who […] Read more

the Power List

the Power List

If you’re like me you wake up everyday with 1000s of thoughts, ideas and things on your mind. Or if you not, you wake up bored, lethargic and not so pumped up.

Either way we as human beings crave direction and structure to our day.

Last week I touched on a few things on why people end up un-successful with their New Year’s goals. In particular, #1) No routine, #3 Poorly Defined, #4) Too Many Goals. If that is the case with you allow me to introduce to you, The POWER List.

The Power List was introduced to me in a podcast by […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #8 – The Blondes

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #8 – The Blondes

Episode 8

I’ve been trying to schedule a time to interview Brooke and Alicia for a while now. You don’t always see them together at CPM but often times you do. Brooke and Alicia are the blonde bombshells that walk into the gym all chill but turn into tornados once the workout starts. They both have their own individual strengths which have developed since they’ve been at CPM. Brooke is a rockstar coach on Saturday mornings and Alicia is now working out with her husband, Reed, and trust me, they are a rockstar couple! I had a […] Read more

A Mod Squad Mini – Stretch Break!

A Mod Squad Mini – Stretch Break!

Quick Shoulder Stretch Break!

 

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Mod Squad Mini, so I thought it was time for another video to help you sneak some stretching into your day.  Stretch breaks don’t need to be complicated or take up a lot of time and today’s video is perfect to help undo the stress of being on our phones or computers all day.

In less than 5 minutes you can feel like a new person!

 

Want more good stuff like this?  Join me for yoga every Saturday morning at 9:30!!

 

The O-Board Says…

Part A
Strict Press
3-2-2-1-1

Part B
3 Rounds for Time
800 m Run
15 STO
30 Back […] 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

It’s Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late

Let me introduce you to Judy Zimbelman. If you have not met her, you need to. Her smile and charisma is infectious!! Judy started with CPM in October of 2016. She had no idea the journey ahead but I am so glad I have been along for the ride!

Here is her story.

I initially was searching for a physical therapist because of my knee pain.  I was interested in working with Nicole because she was not only a physical therapist, but also a trainer.  Although my goal was to solve my knee pain, I was also interested in increasing my strength […] 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

Entitled Kids?

Entitled Kids?

I recently entered the world of being a mom of a teenager and I am beginning to see the signs of the entitlement epidemic. We all want the best for our kids. We raise them to be good humans, teaching them right from wrong and how to treat others with respect; but in our loving attempts, have I really fallen into the trap of over-parenting? Am I robbing my kids the opportunity to learn from their mistakes? The world can be a scary place. They will encounter struggle, challenges and difficulties. It’s time for me to take action before it’s […] 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

The Mod Squad – Challenge your Movement

The Mod Squad – Challenge your Movement

Up your Down Dog game, try Dolphin!

 

This week we have a great pose break down, let me introduce you to Dolphin. This is a great pose to open up the shoulders, stretch into the hamstrings and give some attention to our low back.

Dolphin is a great pose to not only incorporate into your yoga practice (great option to down dog), but can be a great stretch to sneak in before or after a workout. Since it hits so many of our most common tight spots, I encourage you to try this.

 

Few pointers to get the most out of this pose:

1. Keep […] 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 Episode #5 – The Legend… Chad Belitz

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode #5 – The Legend… Chad Belitz

Episode 5

This week, I interviewed Chad Belitz. Chad’s a lot of fun to have in class. He might not realize how much we enjoy having him around but we do. Somehow even when Chad says he’s tired, he doesn’t appear to be tired ?  I don’t know what his secret is. He doesn’t drink caffeine (weird) so whatever keeps him peppy, I want some of it! Chad is tough as nails too. Watch him do a max bar hang sometime…. he’s got a mental toughness that most of us don’t have. Chad, thanks for being so […] Read more