About mrcpm

I am dedicated to the constant improvement of my life and serving in the the lives of others with their Health, Fitness and Wellness. My journey began way back as a dedicated high school athlete in the sport of basketball excelling into the collegiate level. After college I began my career as a personal trainer in 2001 not really knowing where it would take me. Having the ability to dramatically improve someones health and fitness is fascinating to me. I became a personal trainer in 2001 to empower myself with the knowledge and the skills to enhance my physical body and mental capacity. Over the years the pursuit and study of fitness developed into a passion for me. I became a student of fitness and healthy living. Once I began to see the positive impact in my clients the passion they grew to helping others achieve their personal goals. I am continually searching for new ways to improve myself and the ways in which I can affect people in a positive and supportive way. I understand that everyone comes from different backgrounds and different ways of living. I believe I can connect with each person and inspire them to live healthier by first, helping them to be aware of their present state and the choices that they have made. Then, to educate them to make healthier and more positive choices. Lastly, to integrate and take action toward creating permanent habits that are a better personal “FIT”. When I am not coaching I look forward to spending time with my family and friends. I also take part in various sports and outdoor activities, searching for the next best coffee house to read or write.

Entries by mrcpm

Shoulder Injuries: You could be next!

Shoulder Injuries: You could be next!

Barring an acute event (like falling on an outstretched arm), most shoulder injuries come from repeated, cumulative damage.

Hard Truth: Almost everyone is at risk for Shoulder Injuries.

The Subscapularis (LINK) tends to get plenty of stimulation in our “front-of-the-body-internal-rotation” happy gyms. This means it’s usually pretty tight and strong.

Combine this with things like:

desk work
driving
using a mouse/keyboard
stress (which often makes people tighten up their traps and hunch their shoulders)
sitting/standing in “hunchback” posture
lack of attention to the muscles you can’t see in the mirror

…and you have the perfect storm for shoulder pain.

Many people ignore the warning signs of shoulder trauma (such as pain […] Read more

Gym-Phobia: Overcoming Fear of Getting to the Gym…

Gym-Phobia: Overcoming Fear of Getting to the Gym…

The Struggle of ‘Gymtimidation’ is REAL…

To think you’re the only one who has a fear of starting at the gym would be a lie. They say the two most dreaded things are

Public Speaking
Taxes.

I say there is a 3rd… Getting to the Gym!

It’s OK if you feel that way. Most people too felt that way at one time.

You’re probably thinking, “How can anyone enjoy working out?” But I say it is possible to enjoy it. Whoa, did I use the words “enjoy” and “working out” in the same sentence? Yes, I did!

Before we get to being able to enjoy exercising, we first […] Read more

Success or Failure?? Which Do You Learn More From?

Success or Failure?? Which Do You Learn More From?

This question came up (again) in a conversation I had recently with a client..

Success or failure??

Which do you learn the most from? Most people will tell you that mistakes are what you learn from, but I learn more from my successes than I do my mistakes. If there’s a consistent mistake I make, it’s that I don’t learn from what just worked for me.

“If it ain’t broke….”

If I do something successfully, then I try something new… That sounds dumb. Stay focused on your successes and repeat them. Focus on where you’ve won, the meal prep for the week, making it […] Read more

The KING of All Core Exercises!

The KING of All Core Exercises!

The  overhead squat is the ultimate core exercise, and unrivaled in developing an effective athletic body. This functional gem trains for efficient transfer of energy from large to small body parts – from your fingers all the way down to your toes! For this reason it is an indispensable tool for developing speed, strength, power and a robust body. The overhead squat also demands and develops functional flexibility, and similarly develops the squat by amplifying and exploiting faults in squat posture, movement, and stability.

The overhead squat is all about TOTAL

Midline control… (i.e. CORE)
Stability
Balance

Believe it or not, the overhead squat is exceedingly simple! […] Read more

How Well Are You Aging???

How Well Are You Aging???

Just how well are you aging??

Continuing on with my topic (Last Week) of “There is more to just being FIT” there has been a test/challenge floating around the past few years called the “Sitting-Rising Test”.

It seems a simple enough challenge: Sit down on the floor and get back up without the help of your hands or knees. Try it, though, and you might discover it’s not as easy as it sounds.

This “sitting-rising” exercise was designed to predict mortality in middle-aged and older people. The test was devised by a team led by Claudio Gil Araújo, a Brazilian physician and researcher in exercise […] Read more

Are you FIT Enough to Save Your Own Life?

Are you FIT Enough to Save Your Own Life?

In today’s FITness world we typically deal with health and aesthetic goals.

I need to get off my blood pressure medication.
I have a family history of heart disease.
I want to lose 60lbs.
I’ll do ANYTHING for six pack abs!

All very good goals. All worthy accomplishments to drive towards. But what if there is more to being FIT?!?

Are you even FIT to save your own life??

In 1926, strong man and physical culture enthusiast Earle Liederman wrote a book called Endurance (LINK) In it, Liederman makes the case that everyone should be physically fit enough to save his own life in an […] Read more

The Doer’s and The Don’ters…

The Doer’s and The Don’ters…

There are 2 things that we have total control over to achieve anything and everything we want to reap out of life….

Our Attitude and Our Activity. 

They compliment each other. One feeds the other and take us to a level of excellence and world class living. They can also take from each other and deflate us down into a dark state of depression and inaction. Bottom line you need to feed and focus on both to determine where you life will go. You are where you are at today due to the history of every thought and every action you have […] Read more

What if Your Routine is the Enemy?

What if Your Routine is the Enemy?

Routine is only the enemy when you continue to NOT evolve. Your routines will lead you to your future (as the quote mentions above). The problem with routines is that everything works but only for so long. Life is continuing to move forward if you aren’t willing to change with the times you could end up being frustrated with your lack of results.

Sioux Falls had a great opportunity a few weeks ago to listen to a very unconventional yet very successful entrepreneur, Jesse Itzler, at a YPN event. Even though he has a different ways of achieving in […] Read more

“I Eat Pretty Well” … DO YOU???

“I Eat Pretty Well” … DO YOU???

“How is your nutrition?” – Me
“I eat pretty well” – Said by a lot of people

Your nutrition can be treated in 1 of 3 ways…

a. Objectively + Factually
b. Subjectively + Emotionally
c. And sometimes both at the same time

The more we deal with numbers and facts the more we can shift to the objective and realistic side. When we are vague and rely on how we are feeling, that can potentially lead us down a slippery emotional roller coaster state of mind.

Nutrition is a crazy thing. On the factual side we need to eat to live. We expend energy everyday. We must consume calories for that […] Read more

Summer Season Strategies… the Cravings Struggle Can Be Real!…

Summer Season Strategies… the Cravings Struggle Can Be Real!…

Is Summer really almost over?!?! This week’s SSS is something that was a lightbulb moment for in my nutrition journey personally and maybe even more so professionally…

I used to believe a few things about people that could not stick with the Paleo (Keto/Mediterrean/Macro’s, etc…) diet when they began training with us. I believed they lacked the discipline, willpower, commitment to be successful. I came from the mindset that if others can do it why can’t you?!

Since I’ve became more knowledgeable about nutrition, about willpower, habits and cravings I have started to uncover more of the truth as to why we crave […] Read more

Summer Season Strategies: Restaurant Rules…

Summer Season Strategies: Restaurant Rules…

This week’s SSS topic is all about dining out! As the summer of 2019 winds down to a close some may feel the need to really want to take advantage of the last moments of great weather (here in Sioux Falls at least:-) by dining out, hitting the patio or finding a great place to meet up with friends outside the safe and healthy place of your kitchen.

Again, my goal with the Summer Season Strategies is all about working with Summer NOT against it. So when you are dining out incorporate as many of these rules as possible…

1- Control your […] Read more

Summer Season Strategies… Ch-Eat-ing

Summer Season Strategies… Ch-Eat-ing

Summer in Sioux Falls is a challenging time for FITness and Healthy Eating. With the great weather posing more outdoor activities, social outings and travel. The healthy routines most have built take a back seat for fun in the sun, leaving town for the lake and long vacations with family & friends. As a coach it is challenging to keep folks engaged but as a red blooded American I also love to go out to eat, socialize with friends and travel just as much as anyone.

The challenge for engagement escalates when we try to fight against our summer season. […] Read more

CPM Lingo; M-C-I

CPM Lingo; M-C-I

At CPMFITness we believe true Functional FITness needs to be broad, inclusive with a mix of weight lifting, bodyweight calisthenics and high/medium/low intensity conditioning. The skill levels in each area range from basic human movements (squats, pushups, pullup’s, lunges and sit-ups) to more High Skill movements (handstand pushups, snatch, clean and jerks, muscle ups).

No matter anyone’s FITness level or ability we feel everyone has the opportunity to get as FIT as they want to get it.

We’ve learned a lot over the years since being in this Functional FITness / CF business for the last 10 years. Our primarily goal with […] Read more

Why is it that people do NOT become FIT?

Why is it that people do NOT become FIT?

In a country like ours, with the opportunities that we have…
Why is it that so few people reach their health and fitness goals?
Why is America getting fatter every year?
Why are more and more people signing up at gyms but ending up quitting after a month or two?

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I’m still meditating on this quote (LINK) Annie posted about last week. With that, check this 5 Top Ways that you may be sabotaging yourself and your habits. And for you FIT people think about those you care about you want to help and use this to help or guide […] Read more

Confronting the Comfortable…

Confronting the Comfortable…

Success is a comfort awarded to those only willing to do the uncomfortable. Comfort is a stagnation. Growth requires a constant state of discomfort.

Well that sucks!… Well… Actually when you really understand this it can be empowering.

How can you want to be uncomfortable? How can you consistently put up with the ‘HARD’?

Here are 5 great tips from a (virtual) mentor of mine, Darren Hardy.

1. Do what you resist!
When giving a choice between (2) options pick the one with most resistance.
Related Post = POMR

2. Push past HARD!
When your brain says back off, it is a REAL clue that growth is on […] Read more

What if You Treated Your Body Like Your Car?

What if You Treated Your Body Like Your Car?

A couple weeks ago I wrote about “What if we treated our bodies like Bank Accounts?” Now lets flip it and re-introduce you back (this is a repost for a couple years ago) about this analogy…

Most of us drive cars that run on “regular” octane fuel. We keep our eyes out for a deal on gas to save a few bucks, but at the end of the day, when you need it … you need it…. And you fuel up the tank so that you can get to work, the store, or the lake this weekend. If you drive a […] Read more

Wenis Test… (the What Test)??

Wenis Test… (the What Test)??

The #1 rule for a Coaching a client at CPMFITness is DGH…

Don’t Get Hurt!

We’ve talked about Fixing (LINK) and improving (LINK) your Front Rack Position in a previous post(s)

Creating and Keeping the correct positions in a Front Rack position is vital for a clients safety and pursuit of improving their FITness. Shoulder/Upper Body mobility can be the worst for most adults who work the desk life. To know if this is an issue for you let’s test it…

INTRODUCING the WENIS TEST

You got it?? That is great!

No go? No sweat. Mobility is trainable. Just like strength, cardio, weight loss, etc…

The Wenis […] Read more

Do we Treat our Bodies like Bank Accounts???

Do we Treat our Bodies like Bank Accounts???

I have this concept that I am very passionate about, “True Wealth is Your Health”. But it’s more than a cliche to me.

What if you looked at FITness the same way you looked at your finances? 

Conceptually, any money metric you can think of (income, debt, interest, investments, deposit, credits, Profit and Loss statement, etc…) can be translated to a Health Metric (muscle mass, body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone destiny, etc…).

My first example (of many more to come :-)…

Interest = Metabolism

Interest on your money from an investment standpoint is great! Money earning money and the power of compounding interest wins […] Read more

Stay Humble…

Stay Humble…

“Nothing worth it is easy. Nothing easy is worth it.”

This phase I have talked about often. It humbles me when things get challenging or I start something new that I suck at.

Please stop seeing being a beginner (or lack of results) as something negative. It’s actually quite an amazing thing, going through the effort to learn something new.

Honestly, I love being a beginner (constant student) and working with beginners. As a coach I embrace the challenge, and as a practitioner it helps me stay close to the learning process and connect with my clients.

So when I get comments like “maybe I […] Read more

Lets Pull a PLANE!… #literally

Lets Pull a PLANE!… #literally

Are you up for a Challenge?

Lets PULL a Plane together for a good cause!

Join a group of the CPM Coaches as we use our FITness in the 2nd annual “Ultimate Man vs. Machine Challenge”. This extreme and unique fundraising event pits teams of 10 against a 70,000 lb. aircraft; all the while helping raise funding and awareness for Special Olympics South Dakota.

If you have an adventurous spirit, a generous heart and the desire to make a difference then join us on our team. Sign up link –> (HERE)

Our Goal is to get a Coaches Team and a CPM Members Team.

A […] Read more