Let’s Welcome Amanda To the CPM Team …

Not only has this amazing woman been a big CPM supporter from the first days back in 2009, she has been like family. So I was not only flattered I was honored to have her interested in being a part of CPM as a Yoga Instructor. She demonstrates such enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion.

If you have been fortunate to take Amanda’s class you know how talented she is.She takes a very professional approach to her yoga and practices what she preaches and we are honored that she is part of this CPM team!

My Fitness journey….until about 2006, I was a VERY sporadic walker, and it was only with a girlfriend or my now ex-husband and my kids. In 2006, I began to take fitness seriously. I was 29 years old, unhappy with my body, and struggling with the affects that emotional eating was having on my body. One day, I had enough and I began my journey of walking 4 miles per day either with a friend or on my own. I lost 30 pounds on this journey over about 18 months. I also learned portion control, self-control and self-worth. In 2008, my journey took a little turn and I went down the path of divorce. Through that first year, I truly believe that walking is what maintained my sanity.

In February 2009, my friend Chrissy called me and told me that I had to try this gym that an acquaintance had opened called Crossfit. I went with her and did my baseline. I was NOT hooked. I was more sore than I had ever been and I wanted to throw up! However, there was something about the community that I loved, so I went back. At some point, I ended up talking with Chris and Annie about what I did for a living and shortly thereafter, I was there every day working on the gym’s financials, covering daycare, AND working out. I worked out 5 days a week and grew to love the Crossfit community. I also built some amazing, lifelong friendships.

My path later moved back to my first love, walking. I continued to do kettlebell and body weight workouts because I had learned the value during my time at Crossfit Sioux Falls. I did these on my own until I had a major surgery in December 2012. From that date until the date that Annie emailed me and said they were coming “home”, I did nothing. I was on a path of self-destruction and depression. I was not sold on doing Crossfit-type exercises, but I was very excited to hear that they would be bringing their yoga practice with them to CPMFitness as well. For me, yoga was love at first sweat. Seriously, I love yoga, especially Annie’s yoga. My sister is an instructor and had introduced me to a little. I had also done P90x yoga and CrossFlex with Chris at the first Crossfit, but Annie taught exactly what I wanted and needed. I am still not sure how I ended up in Annie’s first instructor training, but I am so glad that I did.

I sincerely enjoy watching my classes work through the poses, learn new poses, smile, groan and sweat. I practice daily myself and truly feel amazing because of it. I am not where I want to be yet, but thank God and yoga that I am not where I was! I hope to see you in my class in the very near future. I love teaching as much as I love my own practice. Also, I have never been a very good teacher when it came to anything else in my life, but I think that I am pretty good at this gig. Namaste! 

The O-Board Says…

5 rds
800 run or row
1 body blaster =
20 squats
20 lunges
10 Jump Squat
10 Jumping Lunges
200 Reg Jump Ropes

Posted by: Annie