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!
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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 been living in Sioux Falls for 6 years. I’m a nurse at Sanford Children’s Hospital. I’ve been working out at CPM since October of 2014 and I’ve been coaching for almost 2 years (?). I love the barbell and learning about nutrition.
What is your favorite part about coaching with us?
My favorite thing about coaching is helping other achieve things they never thought possible. Whether that’s hitting a new PR or finishing a workout that looked impossible to them, I love to see others succeed.
What is the biggest benefit you get from CPM outside of the gym?
The biggest benefit I get from CPM outside the gym is at work. I work LONG days. Tuesdays and Wednesdays start at 5am. I coach a couple of classes and then work a 12 hours shift. I don’t get home until 8pm. I’m exhausted those days, but I know that working out and developing strong muscles help me have stamina throughout my day. Knowing how to use good body mechanics is also huge when having to transfer heavy patients.
What is one unexpected thing about the gym that you really enjoy?
One of the most unexpected things about CPM is the friendships I’ve made. When I started, I thought I’d show up, workout and leave. That lasted only a few classes. Now I want to come early and stay late. I’m constantly amazed by this community. Some of the members here are some of my closest friends who know the most about me, who encourage me and support me no matter what.
How would you describe your coaching style? What is your superpower as a Coach?
My coaching style is the challenger. If I see that the class isn’t challenged by the workout, I’ll put my own spin on it. Increasing weights, adding runs/more reps or adding more rounds. If I don’t see you sweating and looking like the workout is kicking your butt, I’ll change it up to make it look that way 🙂
What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting up?
No one is looking at you or judging you for what you can or can’t do. Everyone is focused on themselves and probably thinking about how hard the workout is and if they can finish. We all start from ground zero. I didn’t know how to do a pull up or push up when I started. Don’t let the fact that you can’t do certain lifts or movements deter you from starting. This place will change your life for the better.
What advice would you give to a new member (maybe something you wish you were told when you were starting out)?
I would say take the nutrition aspect of it more serious that the workouts. Really focus on eating well and figure out what works best for you. After a while, you should know what works best for you. Do you perform better with higher carbs? Maybe it’s higher fat. Do you need to eat more? For many of us ladies, you probably do. Don’t be afraid to ask other’s for help. I love talking nutrition.
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