New Addition to the CPMFITness Coaching Crew…

We are very excited to introduce to you our 1st coach, Stetson Ramey, aka ‘Stets’.

Stets and I met just about 2 years ago in Glendale, CA at CrossFit 818. I noticed two things right away after I met him. One, he was a very friendly approachable guy. You could talk with him about anything. And two, he has a beast-like work ethic and is willing and able to give his all with anything you throw his way.

Over the last year in particular we developed a genuine friendship. About 6 months ago, still living in Cali (and not knowing we were moving to South Dakota) we started talking about how great of a coach he would be. Then about 3 months ago when we told him we were moving to South Dakota we again threw it out there (half joking + half serious) that he should think about moving to SD with us and coach. I think it really caught him that day, because he decided to come for a visit and check it out. And the rest is history.

I think life presents you with the right people at the right time to do something BIG! I believe Stets is here to take CPMFITness to a higher level of excellence. Stets brings a level of intelligence, authenticity, ambition and drive you don’t normally come across everyday. Annie and I are really excited he decided to plant his flag with us.

Introducing Stets…

Tell us about your sports and FITness background? 

I played basketball, baseball, football, and soccer growing up.  Soccer was the only sport I was passionate about however, so I played it the most.

I went to school at the University of Wyoming and considered myself a “mental athlete” focusing primarily on my education and electing not to play any sports.  I did get into lifting weights at the school gym.  I didn’t have much of a strategy, I just liked being strong.  I hated legs though, so my philosophy was that if I focused solely on building my upper body, my legs would have to get stronger naturally just to carry all the extra muscle 🙂  Typical meathead reasoning.

By complete accident one day I caught the Crossfit Games on ESPN and couldn’t believe how stacked the athletes competing were!  And what they were doing!!!  I thought to myself, “I must try this Crossfit.”  I went in for an intro baseline at the local California Crossfit.  Now, I considered myself to be in pretty good shape, so despite the trainer telling me to just go nice and easy and not to try and blow the doors off the baseline I went all out!  About half way though the pushups I started to feel dizzy and nauseous.  I had to throw in the towel and promptly threw up in the alley behind the gym.  I got home and slept for probably 3 hours………a little 4 minute workout had just completely wasted me.

I struggle with anything that I feel like I failed at.  I hold myself to a high standard and when I fail, I try again and again until I succeed.  Therefore, not being able to let this Crossfit beat me, I signed up for a 3 month / 3x per week membership.  I was hooked after week 1.

How do you come to CPMFITness?

Chris and Annie both trained at the Crossfit I joined in SoCal.  Chris’s 6am class was my favorite cause he’d YELL at me.  Nothing like some insults to really motivate one to get a few extra reps, or pick up a few seconds on the rower.  I’d been a believer and fan of yoga for a few years, so when Annie added her yoga class to the mix, I signed up and tried to make as many of those as I could.  We got to know each other at the gym, and then started to hang out outside of the gym.  I’m a firm believer that we as people are an average of the 5-10 people we spend the most time with, and because of that I surround myself with people who raise my average.  The Mello’s are great people, and I put forth a little effort because I wanted to make them my friends.

When they stopped training at the gym to open one of their own, we kept in touch and would meet up and catch up regularly.  I was stoked for them when I learned they were moving to Sioux Falls to open their own spot.  Chris and I kept in touch and every now and then he’d suggest I come out to work for them.  I thought he was joking, but he kept after me and one day I was like, “dude, are you serious?”  He told me he wasn’t joking and that my girlfriend and I should make a trip and check out the city and their new business venture.  We made the trip, witnessed the awesomeness, thought it over, and here we are!

You really moved from California? Why?

I believe in what the Mello’s are doing and I wanted to be a part of it.  That little negative voice I know we all have was telling me I was crazy, but I hate listening to him.  I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and build a new part of my life.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CPMFITness?

I enjoy constantly trying new things.  For the last 6 or so months, my obsession has been to learn to code for mobile platforms.  I’ve been working with an amazing team from San Diego and have a big iOS app dropping in February (its a financial incentive based goal setting app and I’ll keep everyone posted on the release date!).  I also want to start playing tennis.  Rafa Nadal is THE MAN!

Things I’ve always enjoyed:
– Cooking
– Eating
– Meeting new people
– Being outside

Something no one knows about me…

I dig chic jams.  Love em’, would rather listen to them over anything else.  I’m also obsessed with the Suits character Harvey Specter’s hair.

My key to success…

Planning is essential.  I do my very best to create a plan built around the 20% of work that will get me 80% of the results I desire (if any of you are familiar with Pareto’s principles).  A well designed plan is useless without execution however, so I push myself to follow through.  I’ve found that if I spend time up front creating a plan, and I execute, usually only minor tweaks are required to attain what I want to accomplish.

In summary, Plan ——>  Execute ——->  Track (what gets measured gets managed) ——–> Tweak like a freak and don’t give up at the first failure.

Favorite Quote you live by…

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein

The O-Board Says…

12-10-8: Squat Cleans
24-20-16: Burpees
48-40-32: Thai Plank
*400m Plank carry after each set of the 3 movements.

Post by Chris.