Coaches Spotlight – Missy Bass #bassUp
Missy is known around the gym as, BassUp. It is a nickname that really embodies the kind of person she is from the inside-out. She is just as strong mentally as she is physcially. As you will read she has gone through some life altering events over the last couple years but is back and determined to help and serve others for the good.
3 things I know about Missy Bass…
Enjoy our conversation!
Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?
FAITH, PRAYER. FAMILY. FRIENDS. COMMUNITY. Those 5 words sum up what’s most important to me. Without them my family would not have made it through the past 18 month since our son, Trenton’s, tragic football injury on September 7, 2017, that paralyzed him. My CPM gym community are friends and they are family and they have supported us in so many ways during the hardest times in our lives. I am blessed to be married to a husband of almost 28 years, we have 3 sons (27, 24 & 18) and one daughter-in-law. I am (and always have been) an exercise enthusiast and a group fitness junkie…I am so much more motivated to workout with people than alone. I love the challenge of pushing myself in class to keep up with someone else (chasing a rabbit like one of the BABS) even though I’m a lot older than they are. I’ve always taught some sort of fitness class over my noon hour so when I was invited to CPM in February of 2016, I knew after the first class that I wanted to coach here some day. I started the CDA training program before the end of 2016 and started coaching by January of 2017. I absolutely love every aspect of coaching and mostly I love MY PEOPLE here!
What is your favorite part about coaching with us?
I love that CPM is a gym that is truly more than that…it is family. I look forward to coaching and seeing all the members who are excited to be there, not only for the workout, but to see people they enjoy being around and who bring the best out in them. It makes coaching so much more meaningful in that type of environment. I like how members push and challenge each other in a fun way…I also love this about the other coaches. Each coach has a special talent that makes CPM such a great place to be a part of.
What is the biggest benefit you get from CPM outside of the gym?
I really like being fit and living a healthy life…not being tired all the time. I’ll be 48 this year but I don’t feel 48. The functional movements that we do in our workouts prepare our bodies to do things in our daily living without getting hurt. I’ve learned so much about importance of mobility (especially as we get older), the importance of building muscle and strength as we age, and how important good nutrition is. Before CPM I really never paid attention to how food made me feel…the biggest thing I realize now is how eating bad is one reason we lack energy or feel lazy. I used to workout so I could eat anything I wanted, but now because of the nutrition knowledge I received from CPM, I think way differently about food.
What is one unexpected thing about the gym that you really enjoy?
How they are there to support staff and members when they need help. They’ve done fund-raiser workouts for members who have adopted kids, as an example. My family was also on the receiving end of this type of support. As I mentioned, CPM staff and members were there for my family after Trenton’s injury. Not only did they do a fund-raiser in the form of a fitness challenge, but staff and members also came up to the hospital to visit us, brought care packages for me specifically with healthy snacks, bought a membership at a gym for me in Denver while he was in therapy, etc. Those are just a few things. Very unexpected from a gym….like I said, it’s not just a gym…it’s family…and I enjoy being a part of it.
How would you describe your coaching style? What is your superpower as a Coach?
What is your superpower as a Coach? I have a passion for helping people, so assisting members attain any goals they have is very rewarding to me. I’m an encourager during class and a good listener after class time for anyone who’d like to talk. I like to watch member’s form during the workout and help tweak things that may help them feel more confident in the movement.
What is your favorite thing you do with your fitness outside of the gym?
I love doing things like Spartan races and mini-triathlons even though it’s been awhile since I’ve done one, I really like to train for things like that and doing it with friends.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting up?
Don’t be intimidated or worried about being in good enough shape to start at CPM or any other gym for that matter. Sometimes people get anxious about how good of shape some members are in when they see a class going on. I’d tell them that we have all varieties of fitness levels and age groups with our members.
What advice would you give to a new member (maybe something you wish you were told when you were starting out)?
You are never “too old” to workout…everyone at the gym modifies something on any given day. Plus, I’d tell them that they will not find a gym anywhere else that will make you feel like family.
Today’s Workout is…
A. EMOTM 14 minutes:
Min 1: Curtsy lunges
Min 2: Leg levers
Min 3: KB swing
Min 4: Burpees
Min 5: Glute bridges
Min 6: Plank hold with shoulder taps
Min 7: Air squats
B. AMRAP 20 minutes:
*Every 5 minutes 60 DUs/200m Run
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