Your Strength

Your Strength

2018 was a great year but I am ready to tackle some new goals for 2019 and it begins with strength training!

Unfortunately none of us are getting younger. The clock might stop in our minds but our bodies tell a different story. Lean muscle mass diminishes with age. If we don’t do anything to replace this loss, our body fat % will increase.

Despite the many benefits of strength training, it’s not uncommon for people dedicate all of their exercise time to burning calories via cardio in an effort to fend off weight gain. For some, picking up a set of […] Read more

CPM AF (as fit) Manifesto – 2019 Mantra

CPM AF (as fit) Manifesto – 2019 Mantra

“There is NO finish line with your FITness.”

New Years Resolutions are tried and proven to fail (LINK) It’s easy to get motivated. But what happens after…

Take that free class or 30 day trial?
The diets and weight loss challenges
You get that pull-up(s) or run that 10k
You get more flexible and the back pain goes away.

“Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you.”

How do you stay ‘motivated’ for the rest of your life? What the secret sauce?

Sure it takes; courage, potential, motivation. And yes commitment, discipline, character, follow […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Dec 31 – Jan 4

CPM Week of Workouts Dec 31 – Jan 4

365 new days, 365 new chances.

Monday: Run, Squats, Sit-ups, Lunges, Push-ups
Tuesday: New Year’s Day!
Wednesday: Bulgarian Split Squat, Bench Press then Run, Wall Balls, Burpee Pull-ups
Thursday: Strict Press and Farmer Carry, then Run, KB Swings and Russian Twists
Friday: Hang Squat Cleans, Box Jumps, HR Push-ups

The O-Board Says…

For Time:
1 mile Run
100 Air Squats
80 Situps
60 Jumping Lunges
40 Pushups
1 mile Run

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Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Time to say goodbye to 2018. While I don’t particularly enjoy time flying by, I do like the start of a new year. It’s fun to think about what I want to change or improve. I’ve never been one to set resolutions but setting goals is my thing. (I know, goals and resolutions could be considered the same thing but….)

Last year, I spent a lot of time on weightlifting. I PR’d almost every lift and it felt amazing. This year, I’m switching it up. I’m setting 2 goals:

Goal #1: Improve my ladder sprints. I’ve never been a sprinter and am […] Read more

The Holidays are Over, Now what?

The Holidays are Over, Now what?

No matter how simple Christmas has been, most of us experience a little gloomy feeling once it’s over. The fun of listening to Christmas music, the joy you feel when you see all the decorations and lights, the holiday baking with the cousins, trying out one of grandma’s cookies recipes…whatever it is that makes December just a little bit different than then rest of the year.

It’s no surprise that people find themselves feeling blue now that the holidays are over. We tend to over schedule ourselves this time of the year with many more pleasurable activities. So when things stop, […] Read more

Finish Strong

Finish Strong

The holiday season is in full swing, which means your calendars are probably jam-packed with Christmas parties 🎊, last minute gift 🎁shopping, and kids concerts 🎷. It also means during the next 2-weeks we will begin to check-out. Our energy will start to fade…if it hasn’t already, and we will begin to lack focus and motivation.

So what does this mean? Are we doomed to end 2018 on a bust instead of a bang? Or is there a chance we can still turn things around and finish the year strong? 💪🏽

I listened to a great podcast the other day that gave me […] Read more

Why Are You Here Today?

Why Are You Here Today?

I came across an article the other day that stuck with me. It asked… Why Are You Here Today? Don’t worry, I’m not getting all sappy on you. The question was in relation to the gym. Why are you working out today? Everyone has different “whys” that get them to the gym and I think it’s good for all of us to remember that everyone’s reason is different. Check out this list:

To Train: Lift heavy. Push the cardio. Challenge yourself. Forget the clock. Get better.
To Practice: Focus on form and technique. No compromises. No clock, no PR’s. Move well. Repeat.
To […] Read more

Christmas Treats?

Christmas Treats?

I have a confession. I love Christmas treats!🙋🏽🍪😬 I am not talking about the low fat, Paleo or Keto kind. I am talking about the real deal. The ones filled with real sugar and butter; the ones that most nutrition experts would tell you to avoid.

Life is not always about eating good foods and avoiding the bad ones. There is no special trophy🏆for being 100% compliant. Food can mean a lot of different things to people. It can be used for fuel, as a reward/punishment or a way to connect with people i.e. Food can also tell a story 📖. […] Read more

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 2)

How We are Different from Other Gyms (part 2)

In last week’s post (LINK) I discussed the options available for someone looking for FITness. Listing out the pro’s and con’s of each the Globo Gym, Personal Training Studio and Group Exercise.

Personal Training is great and personalized but can be too expensive for a long term solution.
Group Exercise can be awesome with the intensity and community of friends it provides. But it can only really serve your general needs. As I mentioned earlier, every physical body is unique and for a lot of folks have personal needs they miss out.
At CPMFITness we are bring together the best of both worlds. […] Read more

Spot Training

Spot Training

The most common question I have been asked lately goes something like this….

How do I get rid of my love handles?
How do I work my outer thighs?
How do I get a 6 pack?

While these questions are different, they are actually the same. People want to lose weight in a specific area. I remember the days of wishing my thighs were smaller or that I had the tiny little butt that some of my friends had. The truth is everyone is built different and while you can work to improve the appearance of your body, it’s very difficult to “spot train.”

My […] Read more

Look Backwards to Move Forward

Look Backwards to Move Forward

Your past choices have created your waistline, bank 💰balance, relationship status, the success or failure of your business/career/job, etc. If you want to change the direction of your life, it starts by making different choices and then acting on those choices.

Every December Millions of Americans are waiting and thinking 🤔 about what they are going to do for the upcoming year. We tend to always look forward and want a different result but continue to act the same way we always have.

What if this December (now) you decided to solve it backwards?!?

Look back at this past year. Knowing what you […] Read more

How We’re Different than the other Gyms in 2019…

How We’re Different than the other Gyms in 2019…

Welcome to the “Super Bowl” Time of the year for FITness. As we close out 2018 the ole’ New Resolutions will start to become the Top topic of conversation. And with more and more gyms/group exercise facilities opening up its time for me to describe to you why CPMFITness is different.

Generally, a gym experience comes in one of 3 forms:

1. Globo gym: This is the big box, community center style of gym. Generally, you pay between $20 & $100 a month for the use of the equipment and you can workout on your own time and at your own leisure.
2. […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Dec 3 – Dec 7

CPM Week of Workouts Dec 3 – Dec 7

Make it a December to remember….

Monday: Plank, Double Unders, Rowing
Tuesday: Thrusters, Running, HR Push-Ups, KB SDLHP, Wall Balls, Russian Twists
Wednesday: Plank, Ring Dips, Bar Hang and Wtd Step-Ups, Burpees, DB? and Row for Cals
Thursday: Snatch, Box Jump, Run/Row
Friday: Row, RC, Push-ups, KB swings, air squats

The O-Board Says…

Part A. EMOTM 8min
Odd: 45 sec Plank Hold
Even: 25 Double Unders

Part B. 23.5min for Meters (partners use 1 rower)
P1 row 500m
P2 rest

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Holiday Motivation

Holiday Motivation

One down, a few more to go! I really do love the holiday season🎄 – from the goodies to family time, jamming out to Christmas music 🎶and keeping up with old traditions, there seems to be something for everyone to enjoy. But it’s also a time where we start to slack off from our typical routines leading to muscle loss👎🏽, weight gain and poor decision-making.

So how does one stay on track throughout the holiday season?
#1 Schedule Your Workouts

Each Sunday I sit down and plan out my week. I make my workouts a priority. Whether it’s a class, a solo […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 26 – Nov 30

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 26 – Nov 30

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do…

Monday: Deadlifts, Toes2Bar, Rowing

Tuesday: Running, KB Swings, Wallballs, Box Jumps, Sit-ups, Push-ups.

Wednesday: KB Suitcase carry, KB Thruster, KB Snatch

Thursday: Knee2Elbow, Plate Ground2OH, Lateral Hop, Farmer Carry, Doubles.

Friday: Clean & Jerks, Cindy, Running.

 

The O-Board Says…

Part A. 2RM deadlift

B. Every 90 seconds for 15 minutes:
odd rounds – 2 deadlifts + 10 Toe to bar
even rounds – 200m Row

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I Am Thankful

I Am Thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for. Even when we are sick, stressed, poor or lonely, we can still find things for which we are thankful. I was training a group of girls the other day and they were complaining about me “making” them run. I asked them if they knew kids that were unable to walk. Of course they did. I told them to be thankful for their ability to run and even to be thankful for coaches who want them to be healthy. It’s all about perspective.

Here is my list of things for which I am thankful…

My […] Read more

Enjoy Thanksgiving without Guilt

Enjoy Thanksgiving without Guilt

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Actually I love any excuse for family time. It fills my cup!! But for many people, the holiday comes with food-related anxiety, guilt and that uncomfortable, tryptophan coma that can last for hours, sometimes days.

Here are some tips to enjoy the holiday this year instead of wasting your time with feelings that won’t fill your cup.

1. Start out your day with a simple breakfast (Protein, fiber, healthy fats). Starving yourself for that big meal only gives you low blood sugar and you will end up binging.

2. Relax. Breathe. And get your mindset ready […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 19 – Nov 23

CPM Week of Workouts Nov 19 – Nov 23

We are thankful & grateful today and everyday for our
CPM community!

 

Monday: Partner Day! Rowing and Active Recovery

Tuesday: Pull-Ups, Back Squats, and Lateral Hops

Wednesday: Get ready for some KB Swings, OH Walking Lunges and Box Jumps

Thursday: Turkey Day!🦃 Start your holiday with some Clean and Jerks

Friday: Black Friday tradition of Row’d Kill

The O-Board Says…

10 rounds for Time:
P1 = Row 750 meters
P2 = Rest/*Active Recovery*

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Exercise for the Kids

Exercise for the Kids

I spend a lot of time with teenagers in the weight room and gym. Along with school, band, choir, drama, work and homework (to name a few), they work hard to fit exercise into their lifestyle. For some, it’s a challenge to exercise twice a week or even once. For others, 2 hours of lifting and conditioning every day after school doesn’t seem to be a problem. So what is the problem?

Our kids sit all day long in school. If they are lucky, they have a PE teacher who realizes the importance of movement and uses that time wisely to […] Read more

Thanksgiving Favorites from the CPMFitness Staff

Thanksgiving Favorites from the CPMFitness Staff

Thanksgiving Day is filled with feasting, family and football. Year after year the same staples – turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberries and pumpkin pie make it to the table as we gather around with family and friends and get “stuffed.”

It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving meal without these dishes but that is what makes traditions such a fun part of the holiday season. The coaches at CPMFitness would like to share some of our Thanksgiving memories and recipes that have shaped our holiday experiences.

Barbara Micek

Watching the Huskers game the day after Thanksgiving 🙂 Most memorable meal was a […] Read more