CrossFit Chippewa Falls to be Under New Ownership!

February was a month full of love. I was reminded how much I love my job, of how much I love being of service to my clients, how I love reinventing myself and most importantly how I love my family. That’s why when the opportunity to become a business owner came my way, I fell in love with the idea.

Out of the many challenging conversations with myself, my family and my brother-in-law Seth Short, came a development so exciting I can’t wait another day to divulge the secret! As of March 1, 2015 I will be the proud new owner of CrossFit Chippewa Falls! I want to thank everyone who supported the development of my career, my dedicated clients that have stuck with me and most importantly, Seth for creating a CrossFit community for Chippewa Falls. He got the ball rolling and I’m grateful for the opportunity he’s giving me to take the business to new heights!

Mayhem in Mankato

Last weekend I travel to Mankato with seven members of CrossFit Chippwa Falls so that we could test our skills. A total of 74 individuals pushed themselves to the limits to be named the best in his/her division during this one-day competition. Here’s how we faired:

Seth Short, owner of CrossFit Chippewa Falls, placed 9th in the Men’s Rx Division. My husband Luke Short, placed 2nd overall in the Scaled Division, Bryar Beaudette placed 9th. Finally for the men, Cory Hutson who is coached by me, placed 1st in Men’s Scaled Division.

I placed 3rd in the Women’s Rx Division and Katie Hutson finished 3rd in Women’s Scaled Division. Katie Phillips, who is a Chippewa Falls police officer, finished 9th in Women’s Scaled Division.

To put in all in perspective, the competition included the likes of professional athletes, including one professional female hockey player from Sweden. We are excited with our results and feel they are a direct result of exercise and healthy eating. We invite you to join us for a class; in fact, your first one is on the house.

Can’t CrossFit? Rumors and Myths Debunked

CrossFit is relatively new, and with that comes speculation and an obvious learning curve of just how much we can push the human body towards improvement. As with any exercise it has its risks and its rewards. The goal, similar to other types of training, is that you learn to listen to your body, take it to its edge, but no farther. This blog will demystify some of the rumors you may have heard about CrossFit and hopefully encourage you to see what it’s all about for yourself.

#1 – I’m going to pass out, or worse – die. True, CrossFit is known for its intensity. However, before we add intensity a trainer will teach you proper technique and form. Without form, there’s no point in adding speed or volume, that’s how injuries occur. As a beginner, we’ll focus on building a foundation. You’ll learn proper techniques and you’ll learn about consistency. You won’t pass out. You won’t die.

#2 – CrossFit causes injury. Did you know that as we get older, it can be common to become injured doing every day things? For example, torn cartilage in the knee is often a result of someone kneeling down to play with children/grand children! CrossFit exercises resemble every day movements; they strengthen the vulnerable spots of your body that receive the most wear and tear, and help to prevent injury. When people are injured during exercise it’s often a result of ignoring signals from their body. My motto is, if it’s too heavy, don’t lift it.

#3 – CrossFit causes Rhabdo. Rhabdomyolysis is a rare and serious health condition where muscles are so overworked that fibers break down and enter the bloodstream, which can lead to kidney damage or, worse, failure. Can it happen? Yes. Is it likely to happen to you? No and here’s why. We set realistic expectations. So, if you come in thinking you’re going to go really hard and flip tires during your first week, I have bad news for you. Your body needs to first adjust to the volume and intensity of CrossFit so that you can safely progress. In addition, we can recommend dietary solutions such as shakes to help with post workout recovery and omega 3’s to help with inflammation.

#4 – Speaking of nutrition, I heard all CrossFitters go Paleo. Nope. Not true. There’s no “have tos” in CrossFit, or in life. Everything you do is a choice.

#5 – CrossFit is too expensive. How much is your health worth to you? Can you really put a price tag on your health? It might be more expensive than a gym membership (depending on where you are located) but what good is a gym membership if you are not seeing results? Investing in preventative health care is the single most effective way to save money on expensive doctor visits and prescriptions.

We welcome any age, and any level at CrossFit Chippewa. We keep a non- competitive environment and focus on giving you a personalized exercise plan that produces results. Let’s start with a simple conversation and go from there. Contact me with your questions:


By: Jill Plourde




Working Out Your Worth

Sometimes I think people assume I became a personal trainer because I think “everyone” should look a certain way, or diet and exercise a certain way. Or maybe, people think I enjoy watching them sweat. The truth of the matter is I became a personal trainer for reasons much deeper.

Backing up, I was always involved in sports. As a home schooled child, my parents made many sacrifices both from a time and financial point of view which allowed me to participate on “club” and YMCA teams, as opposed to free high school teams. I suppose the exposure to their initial dedication taught me, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” As busy parents trying to raise three daughters and run a business, they always carved out time to drive me to practice, and saved money to buy me new soccer cleats because my feet grew longer, faster than my body grew taller. Therefore, during college I managed to find the time to raise my son, as well as carve out the time, energy and dollars to dedicate myself to playing soccer, extra workouts and working at Planet Soccer in Eau Claire.

My point here is I’ve been able to become and stay disciplined enough to make my health, and my family’s health a priority. This is something I strongly believe that anyone can do, once they’ve put their mind to it. The sad truth of it is though, not everyone is concerned with health. In fact, it seems most people are “givers.” Givers spend their days giving their time and energy to their loved ones, so much so, that they have little left to give themselves.

I think it’s sad to see people giving away their power to be a healthy and equally important part of their own lives. Ultimately, when people come to me they’ve given so much time and energy to other things that it’s had a strong impact on their overall level of confidence, and level of self worth. This brings me to why I became a personal trainer in the first place. I didn’t become a trainer so I could carve a six pack into the abs of everyone I meet. I became a personal trainer as a way to help people work out and regain their sense of self worth and confidence.

Here’s how it works. We take the undeniable, physical part of ourselves, our bodies. Then, we transform them from the years of neglect into healthier versions. We set small goals and over time we begin to believe more is possible. From this belief, action to achieve more is born. This in turn creates a sense of empowerment, and slowly we start making all sorts of life altering changes. I’ve seen people lose weight and gain the confidence to start dating. I’ve even seen people shed a few pounds and it’s given them the confidence to pursue a new career. I’ve seen people leave unhealthy and unhappy relationships because they finally start to honor, value and respect themselves.

So for me, being a personal trainer is about more than weight loss. It’s a way for me to help others become active participants in the game of life. If you’re ready to start making your health a priority, contact me.

One Action that Will Enable 10 New Year’s Resolutions

If you have made a New Year’s resolution then you are among the 45% of Americans to do so. If you achieve your New Year’s resolution then a congratulations is in order because only 8% of Americans report such success, in fact 24% of people have never once been successful at achieving a resolution. According to here are the top 10 resolutions being made for 2014, did yours make the list?

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others Achieve their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

What makes this list interesting is that I can help you all ten resolutions. I can help you lose weight, and stay fit by utilizing the Isagenix weight loss system. During your weight loss journey you will learn exciting new things about health, fitness and nutrition. You’ll likely even discover something new and exciting about yourself as you set and reach goals of great heights. Finally, we all know when you look good, you feel good, and others are instantly attracted to your positive vibe which could help spark a something new in your love life.

By enrolling to become an Isagenix Consultant you will be able to get your products paid for, hence spend less and save more, the extra income may allow you to get out and live life to the fullest. (Bring on that dream vacation or city you always wanted to explore.) As you begin to change your lifestyle I guarantee others will take notice. They will ask you what you are doing differently and your story could inspire them to achieve their dreams too. So ring in the New Year with health and wealth, having both will give you the energy and resources you need for what I feel is the more important New Year’s resolution of all, spending more time with family.

Contact me today to see how I can help you become one of the eight percent of American’s who achieve their New Year’s resolutions. E-mail: and visit my website at

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

By now, we hope you have heard about the Isabody 120 Day Challenge. It’s a join-any-time weight loss, energy, performance and healthy aging program that people just like you, have committed to. This results oriented challenge is changing people’s lives in ways you might not think.

So far all challenge members are down pounds and inches. For example, Cindy lost 19 pounds and her husband Jeff lost 22 pounds in their first three weeks of the challenge. However, some people are experiencing more than just weight loss. They are also able to kick habits, change thought patterns, and even rid themselves of medications needed for conditions such as anxiety and depression. Challenge members attend our meetings held at Cross Fit Chippewa every other Sunday to share their experiences, transformations, to seek support, motivation and advice, and we also share recipes and gain further nutritional knowledge.

If you think you don’t have what it takes to change your life we ask you think again. Look back in your life at your achievements or accomplishments both big and small. Consider the dedication and patience it takes to be in a relationship or raise a family. Both take time, support from others and in the end the benefits far outweigh the cost. Losing weight is no different. It’s a lifestyle change that will challenge you. However, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

To learn more about the Isabody 120 Day Challenge e-mail: You are also invited to attend the next meeting Sunday November 3, at 5PM. Good luck to our newest challenge members and congratulations on the transformations our current members are experiencing! We are proud of you!

Seasonal Eating

The healthiest foods are seasonal. Imagine a vegetable garden in winter. Now imagine this same garden on a sunny, July day.They’d look completely different during these two seasons of the year! Changes in conditions from spring to summer or fall to winter are considered essential for balancing your resources and  your health. Your shelves and refrigerator should not look the same in December as they do in July, much like the garden.
Fall Foods:
Carrot, Sweet Potato, Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Peppercorns, Mustard Seed, Apples, Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, Pears, Rutabaga, Cauliflower, Squash, Pumpkin, Turnips, Pomegranates, Dates, Kiwi, Grapefruit, and Tangerines

Eating for Energy

The tragic truth is that most people treat their automobiles better than their own bodies. … No automobile owner would pour Coke into the gas tank or stuff a fatty steak into the carburetor, or dump a banana split into their radiator…They will put only the highest-quality fuel in their card, routinely change the oil, and take their car in for tune-ups, like clockwork. Yet these same owners drive …up to the drive-in windows of fast-food restaurants and wreak havoc on their physical machine!” – Baron Baptiste

We often forget that food is the fuel for our bodies. We go unconscious to the powerful effect that food has on our bodies. Here are quick tips on how to fuel your body for maximum performance and energy.

Go complex, not simple:
Carbs are your best source for quick energy, but go with complex carbs like fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Add protein:
For a steadier burn throughout the day, toss in a little lean protein

Vitamins & Iron:
Iron, vitamin C and B complex vitamins are hugely helpful for energy levels.

Eat more often:
Grazers, those who eat small meals every few hours – have more energy and lose and maintain weight more easily.