Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

During my first six months, my mom described me as a happy baby. I did not cry often, I was a good sleeper and not too picky when it came to food. At 9-months old, I took my first steps. Then one day, instead of walking, I dropped to the floor and could not move. All I would do is cry. The Pediatrician performed a thorough check-up and decided to admit me to hospital due to 104-degree temperature. No explanation was ever provided even after 2-weeks of testing. Then one day I miraculously started to walk again. The next episode […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Get Some Rest!

The Mod Squad – Get Some Rest!

Who’s ready for a restful nights sleep?

This time of year is always tough for me as it’s cold, and dark and once I am in my pj’s the last thing I want to think about is yoga.  But some simple yoga moves right before bed can make a huge difference in helping set yourself up for a restful night’s sleep.

Today’s video includes some easy movements you can do in bed to get your body and your mind ready for a restful night’s sleep.  No special workout clothes or mat required!  Take a long as you want with the poses and […] Read more

New Year… New CPM Goal Board…

New Year… New CPM Goal Board…

78% of all New Year’s resolutions (i.e. wannabe goals) fail and most people quit their goals after the 3rd week in January.

Why is this?

I feel most people think that if they simply write something down for some reason it will ‘magically’ happen. And if you don’t think it will ‘magically’ happen they sure act like it will because they simply do not do what it takes to achieve the goals they wrote down.

Perspective on Goal Setting/Goal Achieving

Disciplines are greater than resolutions, and by a wide margin. Goals are wonderful. You cannot hit a target that you cannot see. But most […] 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

Could taking risks be the missing ingredient to our happiness?

Could taking risks be the missing ingredient to our happiness?

I was recently asked to define my risks for 2018. This has been a bit challenging as I realize most of my life has been about playing it safe. I like to stay in one lane. I don’t like a lot of interruption and like to take things at my pace. Taking risks is scary. My mind immediately goes to why would I let myself become so vulnerable? After doing a little research I have come to the conclusion that every decision we make has a consequence and is not 100% certain. We risk everything without even knowing it. So […] Read more

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 3 – Courtney Hughes

Gym Rat Chit Chat Episode 3 – Courtney Hughes

Episode 3

Courtney Hughes doesn’t need much of an introduction. If you go to CPM, you know who she is. Courtney is a force to be reckoned with in the workouts and she’s a blast to hang around. Her positive attitude makes you want to workout with her, be friends with her and be like her ?   We are so fortunate to have Courtney coaching at CPM. Her coaching style and her movement skills along with many other things make her a fabulous coach. Thank you Courtney for being a party of my life! ?

In […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Healthy Holidays

The Mod Squad – Healthy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

This is a busy time of year for most of us. Work, school, family are all pulling us in so many different directions that it can be hard to take time for ourselves.  It can also mean eating treats we normally wouldn’t and traveling to see family and friends.  This week’s video is here to save your holiday!

I have put together a series of poses to help everyone spending long amounts of time in a car or plane or just sitting more than usual.  Plus, BONUS, many of these moves will also help us with our digestion.  […] Read more

My Top Books in 2017

My Top Books in 2017

The tradition continues from last year list (2016 Top Books) of my top books for the year! Our mind is a powerful thing to waste. We focus some much of everything from the neck down. But your life can transform by simply focusing on the opposite, everything from the neck UP!

Everything we succeed with or struggle with all happens in the mind. Our thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions turn into habits. Habits shape your character. And your character leads to your destiny.

The list below is not about physical FITness and all about Mental FITness.

5 Second Rule = HARD COVER / AUDIO
This is my […] 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

Thoughts by Nicole

Thoughts by Nicole

New Chapter

So the time has finally come for me to get in on the mix of sharing my thoughts with the CPM family. Not going to lie, I put up a good fight. Writing is not my strength but I know that stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is one way for us to grow…so here we go!

I started my journey with CPMFitness during the BAFW in Jan 2014. I was mostly curious about what the rave was all about as I had a few friends that were members. I had no intention of joining a gym. I liked to […] 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

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Marin Bortnem (The Mayor of CPM)

Gym Rat Chit Chat – Marin Bortnem (The Mayor of CPM)

Episode 1

Welcome to my first episode of Gym Rat Chit Chat! This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Marin Bortnem. Marin has been at CPM for 4 years… that’s right 4 years! Amazing. She is by far one of the funniest people at the gym and the most fun to workout with.

In this episode, I asked Marin

what keeps her coming to the gym
questions about her super fun home life where she is greatly outnumbered by the male species
what makes her mad at the gym
what gets her excited at CPM
and last but […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Yoga Gear

The Mod Squad – Yoga Gear

How many different types of yoga mats can there be?

Any new sport often involves new gear and yoga isn’t any different.  Most yoga studios will have mats available for you to use, but if you don’t want to be on top of mat that everyone has been sweating on, then purchasing your own yoga mat is a must.  There are a wide variety of yoga mats out there and largely what you get will be based on personal preference.  Do you want a lot of cushion or very little.  Does the mat have enough grip to keep you from sliding off once […] Read more

CPM Lingo; Part 2 (Rosetta Stone)

CPM Lingo; Part 2 (Rosetta Stone)

Building off last week’s post of CPM Lingo (Terms and Phrases) I’d like to introduce Part 2 of our CPM Lingo involving what you will see on the board everyday.

As most of you are now aware, we have changed our introductory process with new clients by starting with Personal Training 1st before graduating them into group classes. While personal training does help improve quality by ensuring people aren’t Cleaning or Snatching for the 2nd time in their lives in their first group class…

Let’s be honest…

We teach our clients a boatload of movements! And even after 20 sessions, many people are still […] Read more

Introducing…..

Introducing…..

Gym Rat Chit Chat!

A few weeks ago I revealed to you that November would be my last month of blogging at CPM for a while. Well, plans have changed and guess what…. I’m still blogging! So I decided to switch things up a bit. Starting next week, my blog will be called Gym Rat Chit Chat. I will be highlighting a current CPM member or coach. The interviews have already begun and I’m super excited. Don’t be surprised if I hit you up to sit down with me. It only takes 10 minutes. OR if you […] 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

The Mod Squad – Good Foundations

The Mod Squad – Good Foundations

Let’s talk feet…

Now I know that sometimes feet can cause a major ewww factor for some people but power through this because the end result will be worth it.  Today we are talking about two of our most important appendages and some ways we can start to treat them right.  We don’t always put as much focus on our feet in yoga as we probably do on our other body parts, but there is definitely more we can do to help these guys out!

I have had a couple of people ask me recently for yoga moves to help sore feet […] Read more

Holiday Cheer? .. On Two Girls and Some Thoughts ..

Holiday Cheer? .. On Two Girls and Some Thoughts ..

Do you feel stressed out,  can you feel your shoulders already rising?

Have no fear Annie and Ebeth are here to share some tips and tricks to keep that holiday stress under control and to ensure your holidays are cheery.

Once you listen to this podcast  

You will have all the resources you need to make this Holiday season the best one yet!

The O-Board Says…

A. EMOTM for 10min
ODD; 5 Snatch
EVEN; 5 Overhead Squat

B. 3 Rounds for Time: (18min cap)
10 Squat Snatch
100 Double Unders//30 Box Jumps

Posted By: Annie

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The Mod Squad…and breathe

The Mod Squad…and breathe

Inhale, Exhale, what was I doing again?

Today we are taking the Mod Squad way back to basics. We are all about breathing. Breathing is something we do all day, everyday without even thinking much about it.  That is until we get to our yoga class.  As a teacher I always try to get my class focused and conscious of their breathing before we even start moving into poses. What does focusing on our breathing even mean?

Often we connect movement to our breath in an attempt to help us be aware of our body and what we are doing and how […] Read more