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

Coaches Spotlight – Brooke Laycock aka #BFF

Coaches Spotlight – Brooke Laycock aka #BFF

BFF stands for Blonde, Fit and Fun. Brooke has been a standout member for a few years and over the last year taken her talents to coaching at CPM. She has got to be one of my most favorite people to be around.

If I had a nickel for when someone has stand, “I wish I did CPM when I was younger….” Brooke is fortunate to be on that younger side and she excels at sharing her knowledge and passion for making Health and FITness apart of anyones lifestyle (no matter the age).

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

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 28 – Feb 1

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 28 – Feb 1

New week and another chance to get FIT!

Monday: Wall balls, Med ball cleans, doubles
Tuesday: Deadlift, KB Swings, Pull-ups, HSPU, Deadlifts
Wednesday: Bench Press, Farmer Carry, Clusters
Thursday: Singles, Squat Jumps, Goblet Squat, Rowing
Friday: Strict Press, Deadlift, Hang Clean, Push Press, Burpees, Thrusters, Box Jumps

The O-Board Says…

5 Rounds (each 4-minutes) :

15 Wall Balls
30 Medicine Ball Cleans
Max Doubles

Rest 2-minutes between rounds

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New Year, New Focus – Mr. CPM is on Track!

New Year, New Focus – Mr. CPM is on Track!

This week, I’m sharing thoughts from Mr. CPM himself, Chris Mello. Back in the day, Chris and I would meet weekly to discuss work, gym life and everything in between. I always left the meeting feeling good. He has a way of lifting people up and he’s even better at whipping them into shape. Here’s what Chris has planned for 2019.

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I’ve always been the guy with 20 things (training, relationships, business) I want to improve on. Last year 2018, was a good year for me in a since that I narrowed down my goals and it really helped my progress. […] Read more

Barbell vs. Dumbbell

Barbell vs. Dumbbell

Someone who obviously loves the barbell asked me the other day what’s the point of working with dumbbells? I gave them a quick answer but it got me thinking what are the benefits of each. So I did a little research and here is what I found.

Dumbbells can allow for more natural movement. With dumbbells you are able to move each side individually which means your body is not forced in a fixed position. This allows for a deeper stretch, think full range of motion, and allows your body to make the adjustments it needs to keep the movement injury […] Read more

The CPMFITness Story…

The CPMFITness Story…

I heard a phrase recently that has really struck a cord with me.

“In Sales, Business, and Leadership a lot of people try to tell new things to the same old people. When you need to say the same old things to more new people.”

One of the BIGGEST questions I seem to get continually is…

“What does CPM stand for?”

Yeah, yeah… Christopher Paul Mello… Well technically no.

Technically… Courage Potential Motivation

But really its much more. CPM embodies everything that Annie and I have learned, given and our evolution over the last (almost) 17 years! It’s been a wild ride and I wouldn’t […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 21 – Jan 25

CPM Week of Workouts Jan 21 – Jan 25

Do something today that your future self will thank you for…

Monday: Run, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, doubles
Tuesday: Sumo Dead lift, jump squats, kb swings, box jumps, wall balls, mb sit-ups
Wednesday: Deck of Cards…don’t miss this one!
Thursday: Power Snatch, burpees, G2OH, lunges
Friday: Wall balls, SDLHP, box jumps, push press, cal row

The O-Board Says…

For Time:
400m Run
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10-Rounds
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-up
15 Air Squats
30 Doubles
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400m Run

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New Year, New Focus – Brooke Laycock

New Year, New Focus – Brooke Laycock

As you may have noticed, I’m sharing a lot from the female coaches at CPM. Coincidence? Probably not. I think women in general tend to set more goals at the start of a New Year. Although Chris Mello may single-handedly alter the male to female ratio on goal setting cause we all know he’s got tons of goals! 🤣

When asked what her focus would be this year, Brooke said…

My goal this year is to lift up others. So many negative things happen in our world and in our day, so I want to say one positive thing or uplifting thing […] Read more

I Got 99 Problems and a “Clean” Ain’t One

I Got 99 Problems and a “Clean” Ain’t One

I hope that your New Year is off to a good start! If getting to the gym is part of your grand plan, there are usually 3 things we are working towards. We want to feel better, we want to perform better and we want to look 👀 better naked.

This week I am going to talk to you about an exercise that can check all the boxes ✅ and that is the Power Clean.

The Clean is one of the most complex movements we do at CPM. It can take months of practice to do them efficiently. Most often, people get frustrated […] Read more