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.

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Don’t Be Wack… Fix your Front Rack

Don’t Be Wack… Fix your Front Rack

FIX YOUR FRONT RACK GAME PLAN

Now that you’ve figured out your exact limitations to the front rack let’s discuss programming this mobility work. There are a ba-zillion different mobility moves for each of the above areas and I’m not going to cover them. Instead I’ll give you an outline of what to do.

Part 1; You’ve got to Stretch 

Spend 1-2 minutes on each of the specific above areas that you need to address.
After addressing the individual components, use one of the below global mobilizations for ~2 minutes.

Here is a Cheat Sheet:
a. Wrist Work = LINK
b. Elbow Work = (pic above) 
c. Shoulder […] Read more

Going into the Weekend Thought(s)… A Different Perspective on Time.

Going into the Weekend Thought(s)… A Different Perspective on Time.

Going into the Weekend Thought(s)…

 

We ALL have 168 hours in a week, 24 hours in a day, 1440 minutes in a day. 

 

Think of your time as a jar, which you can fill with a finite number of rocks, pebbles, and sand.⁣⠀⁣

Your big ROCKS represent the stuff that’s most necessary to feel fulfilled in life, such as time with friends and family, and earning a living.⁣⠀⁣

Your PEBBLES add extra fun and satisfaction to life, but aren’t totally necessary. These may include hobbies or being a competitive athlete.⁣⠀⁣

And your SAND is purely “bonus” activity. It can be enjoyable, but it’s not crucial […] Read more

Fix Your Front Rack… “Can You Even?”

Fix Your Front Rack… “Can You Even?”

The Front Rack Position = With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

The Front Rack can be a very difficult position for many fitness enthusiasts to get into, and without a solid front rack, Weightlifting and your potential results will be significantly limited. Often, the wrist also ends up being painful for many. While sometimes wrist mobility can be the limiting factor that leads to a poor front rack and pain, sometimes it is just the joint that takes the stress of another area not moving enough. Identifying your exact limitation(s) will then allow you to better game plan what you need […] Read more

Going into the Weekend Thought… “Praise Behaviors, Not Results.”

Going into the Weekend Thought… “Praise Behaviors, Not Results.”

Going into the Weekend Thought….

 

Praise Behaviors, NOT Results.⠀⁣

 

Whenever people lose weight, lower body fat, or experience positive health changes, it’s very tempting to high-five them and lavish praise.⠀⁣

But But there are risks of doing this.⠀⁣

“Results are somewhat unpredictable. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to praise metrics. Because they’re fickle. And clients have limited control over them.⠀⁣

On the other hand, behaviors are controllable, and consistent behaviors often lead to long-term, sustainable outcomes.⠀⁣

So, when you praise behaviors (instead of outcomes), people will associate taking action and showing up — not dropping numbers on the scale — with smiles and high-fives.”⠀⁣

The next time […] Read more

Weak in the Wrists….

Weak in the Wrists….

The workout of the day will involve all of your body from head to toe. When I look at this workout with my coaches hat on, What do you think I think will be the most limiting factor?

Technique is the Snatch = No
Mobility with the Overhead Squat = Closer.
Speed and Conditioning on the Burpees = Nope

Your Wrists! 

If you have to tape your wrists for a workout. Or if you have to stop and shake your wrists out whenever you do push-ups. Or maybe your wrists are screaming or stiff from hours you spend on your computer (or smartphone). Then we […] Read more

Rally for Robb!… April 27th (save the date)

Rally for Robb!… April 27th (save the date)

As some of you may have noticed, over at the Western Mall location, Robbie Kool, our morning maintenance guy has been out the past couple weeks. He helps Randy out tremendously and is a valuable asset to our mall.  On March 16th he collapsed after the St Patrick’s Day one mile race downtown.  Since then he has successfully had a heart valve replacement surgery.

This is quite a temporary set back for the mall (and for CPM) as Rob is such an extraordinary person and keeps the Western Mall in such great shape! Not only that he is always such a […] Read more

Choose to Think Different…

Choose to Think Different…

I heard this term awhile ago that has stuck with me,

“Where the mind goes, the energy follows.”

In other words, positive thoughts are precursors to a positive life. On the other hand, anxious thoughts and negative expectations set us up for miserable lives.

Many people think they cannot control their thoughts, but they can. Like anything else, it takes practice. What you think is up to you. You can choose your own thoughts and should do so carefully, since thoughts have a lot of creative power in your life. If you don’t reject bad thoughts (or learn how to acknowledge them to […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Lisa Zahn

Coaches Spotlight – Lisa Zahn

All the simplest ways to excel with your FITness and Health and help others around you…

Practice what you Preach
Get Family and Friends around you to buy in to “the Lifestyle”
Have a thirst for knowledge and passion for more

All of these things Lisa Zahn has incorporated into her life.

Now I never said it was easy… But I will say it is worth it.

Enjoy our conversation and get to know Coach Lisa a little more.

Introduce yourself (who is Lisa Zahn in a nutshell) and how long you have been with us.

39 years old, married, mother of 2. Working full time in […] Read more

CPM Lingo; Part 3 (Nicknames and Alter Ego’s)

CPM Lingo; Part 3 (Nicknames and Alter Ego’s)

If you’ve been a member for a while now you may have noticed some unusual names on the white (orange/blue) board at the gym. Well just in case you don’t know why.. I’d like to answer your questions or concerns that you may have about it… In short, I’m BIG on giving Nicknames and having Alter Ego’s at the gym….

Why?

Alter Ego according to Wikipedia:

An alter-ego (Latin, “the other I”) is a second self, a second personality or persona within a person, who is often oblivious to the persona’s actions. It was coined in the early nineteenth century when dissociative identity […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Missy Bass #bassUp

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…

Strong
Determined
Passionate

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 […] Read more

Gym-Phobia Part Deux…

Gym-Phobia Part Deux…

Building off of last week’s post…. I had a few more points to cover. Enjoy!!

6. Celebrate success each day.

Winning isn’t everything. You hear me?!?! Winning isn’t everything. A good day only needs 1 of 3 things to happen (Success, Setback, Lesson Learned). Regardless of how great or poor you might feel the day went, there is always something that was awesome. Always end the day reflecting on those 3 outcomes. You can take some awesome away from any of them.

7. Block your time in your calendar for your FITness.

I written about this before (Confidence is KING)… Fearful people don’t trust themselves. Confident […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – BABS

Coaches Spotlight – BABS

When I think of Babs I think of the word, “Powerhouse!”. She packs a strong body, BIG voice, lots of fun to be around and is as sweet as they come. When you find a coach that practices what they preach and have a passion for helping others, you have found a winner!

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

I enjoy challenging myself with heavy weight (hitting PR’s) but then also with workouts that are mentally challenging to me (ie cardio heavy workouts). I joined in 2014 and have been coaching since 2016????

What is your favorite part about […] 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 and taxes. I say there’s a third — 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 […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Lisa Thruston

Coaches Spotlight – Lisa Thruston

Lisa has a long fruitful history with CPM…

Helping Herself = Physical Transformation
Helping Others = Yoga and FITness Coach
Following Her Passion = Giving up her day job to follow her passion in building a career in the Health and FITness Industry

You are growing or you are dying and Lisa is constantly challenging and push herself to success in all areas of her life.

Enjoy our conversation!

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

I am a former runner and exercise avoider, who has learned to love exercise and weights and challenge my ideas of not being athletic. I have found my […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Shelly Lane aka Red

Shelly is the queen of no excuses and constant consistency. With a full time career, being wife, mother of 3, Godmother of 4;-) She has battled through injuries and no matter what is committed to her health eating and FIT lifestyle.

Not only that she has a passion for helping others and finding out where each individual is at to get the most out of them. I personally couldn’t be happier that Shelly is apart of our team. Enjoy our conversation.

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

I am married to my husband Scott, together we have 3 beautiful […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Jordan Goeman aka J$$

Coaches Spotlight – Jordan Goeman aka J$$

Introducing Jordan Goeman to the next coaches spotlight segment. Jordan is the man I appreciate his willingness to help and serve others and his zest to learn and grow as a human being!

Jordan is all about balance and consistency in everything he does. From his workouts, nutrition, activities, etc… Jordan is know as Mr. Backup he is a great teammate and coach because he is always available to help you when you are in need. A great characteristic for a coach to have!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel (LINK) and like this video!

Introduce yourself and how long you have […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Blake Lynch #baLocka

Coaches Spotlight – Blake Lynch #baLocka

Blake, aka “Ba-Locka”, aka “the Beard”, aka “Jorts” is our lead off man in the mornings 3x/wk over at the Western Mall. Blake is been a standout member for the first couple of years at CPM and even an even better Coach for the 3/5 years.

His classes and personality are upbeat, great variety of music and moods. He wants you to wake up BRIGHT and early with him Monday, Thursday and Fridays.

He’s got a full time day job, a beautiful bride (that teaches yoga at CPM) with their first baby on the way!!

Learn a little more about […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Courtney Hughes

Coaches Spotlight – Courtney Hughes

It took me a long time to arm wrestle Court into coaching… As you and I will both find out for the first time during this interview 😂. But she was definitely worth the wait.

Court has so many natural skills and talents to help anyone improve their level of FITness. She is passionate about many things in life and CPM being a big one!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to like and subscribe to the youtube channel.

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with us?

My name is Courtney Hughes. I’m 29 years old. I’m originally from Orange City, IA. I’ve […] Read more

Coaches Spotlight – Brooke Laycock aka #BFF

Coaches Spotlight – Brooke Laycock aka #BFF

BFF stands for Blonde, Fit and Fun. Brooke has been a standout member for a few years and over the last year taken her talents to coaching at CPM. She has got to be one of my most favorite people to be around.

If I had a nickel for when someone has stand, “I wish I did CPM when I was younger….” Brooke is fortunate to be on that younger side and she excels at sharing her knowledge and passion for making Health and FITness apart of anyones lifestyle (no matter the age).

Introduce yourself and how long you have been with […] Read more

The CPMFITness Story…

The CPMFITness Story…

I heard a phrase recently that has really struck a cord with me.

“In Sales, Business, and Leadership a lot of people try to tell new things to the same old people. When you need to say the same old things to more new people.”

One of the BIGGEST questions I seem to get continually is…

“What does CPM stand for?”

Yeah, yeah… Christopher Paul Mello… Well technically no.

Technically… Courage Potential Motivation

But really its much more. CPM embodies everything that Annie and I have learned, given and our evolution over the last (almost) 17 years! It’s been a wild ride and I wouldn’t […] Read more