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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Change Your Words (2/5) = Cheat Meals

Change Your Words (2/5) = Cheat Meals

Last Week was Strict… Today’s post of “Change YOUR Words” is ‘Cheat Meals’.

To reiterate from last week, the way we think and speak are vital to how we feel and behave. Words are very very powerful. They can be used to your advantage or they can hold you back and stress you out!

We all have emotional attachments to words. Some people view a certain word different than others. Sometimes when I am in a conversion with someone and I hear them say a certain word, I ask them to define what they mean by it. Not because I don’t […] Read more

Change Your Words (1/5) = “Strict”

Change Your Words (1/5) = “Strict”

Change YOUR Words is blog series I am happy to re-introduce to all of you.

The way we think and speak are vital to how we feel and perform. Words are very very powerful. They can be used to your advantage or they can hold you back and stress you out!

We all have emotional attachments to words. Some people view a certain word different than others. Sometimes when I am in a conversion with someone and I hear them say a certain word, I ask them to define what they mean by it. Not because I don’t know what it means, […] Read more

Transformation Principles…

Transformation Principles…

Transformation is a HOT word in the FITness world. Of course it takes work physcially, but everything you need to win with your Health and FITness is about everything from the neck up. Read through these 28 principles and share with us the one (or two) points that really speak to you!

1. All we get is one body and one life.

2. Following orders doesn’t work; taking ownership does.

3. Perfection isn’t required to get started

4. Motivation and confidence are fickle; keep going anyway. = LINK

5. Feeling anxious is normal; slowing down is what’s required.

6. […] Read more

Is There a Best Time of the Day to Workout?

Is There a Best Time of the Day to Workout?

While some people are up at the crack of dawn to lace up their running shoes, others can’t fathom a workout before noon. Finding the perfect time to exercise is as much about personal preference as it is physiology. Exercise is supposed to feel good—but if muscles are tight in the morning or working out too late disrupts sleep, it can feel counterproductive.

With the season shifting from Winter to Spring and the cold becoming warm…The kids getting out of school… And the sun rising a lot earlier in the morning… We always see a shift in the attendance of classes. […] Read more

How to Pick the Best Gym in Your City…

How to Pick the Best Gym in Your City…

Gyms aren’t like McDonald’s, where a Big Mac tastes almost the same in Seattle and New York as it does in London or Beijing.

Gyms aren’t created equal, meaning the products, services and coaching they offer vary from state to state, city to city, and box to box.

So how do you know how to find a good gym?

Here are 7 things to look for when selecting the right gym:


One of the biggest differences between gyms is how they bring new members into their community.

Some throw you right into group classes on Day 1, others put you through […] Read more

Getting to the CORE (values) of CPMFITness….

Getting to the CORE (values) of CPMFITness….

With Sunshine and Spring finally arriving in Sioux Falls they are lots of talk around town about exercising and finding the right gym for it.

I’ve heard there are 74 gyms in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. So with Health and FITness is on the mind of most everyone this time of the year… Why would someone choose CPMFITness over another gym?

What makes us so different vs. the 73 other gyms around town? Check out our 10 Core Values we have for our coaches…

1️⃣Attitude isn’t everything but it definitely is the 1st thing.

2️⃣Listen more than we talk.

3️⃣Room for improvement, […] Read more

Carbs Can Work For You…

Carbs Can Work For You…

Overconsume carbohydrates, and you could incur unwanted weight gain, blood sugar issues, and a long list of chronic diseases.

Eat too little, and you could experience hormonal imbalance, weight loss resistance, and major drops in athletic performance.

To add to this conundrum, what is one person’s high carb can be another’s too low carb – making mainstream “general” intake recommendations entirely inadequate.

While both sides of the coin project carbohydrates in an unpleasant light, rest assured – your right carb does exist, and eating the appropriate amount of this macronutrient can help you achieve health, longevity, and natural leanness.

The big (and quite controversial) question now becomes… What is your right […] Read more

Going Deeper with your Body… #joints

Going Deeper with your Body… #joints

We all know you can only be as strong as your weakest link. And we all want to work out hard to feel accomplished, challenge ourselves and get awesome results. It’s fun, exciting and motivating to train with INTENSITY! However as we age we must think and act responsibly with our bodies so we can train hard and effective for the long haul. One of the most under-trained parts of our body is our joints!

Why should we focus and train our joints?


Joints are the foundation of our bodies infrastructure.

Good News: When healthy and adequately prepared we can train harder, longer, […] Read more

The Swiss Army Knife of Exercises… the Sots Press

The Swiss Army Knife of Exercises… the Sots Press

Why? What’s in it for you?

Isn’t the goal?… Creating an anti-fragile, strong, robust and mobile body so we fight father time and look as good as we can the longer we can:-)… Oh good I thought so;-)

One of the big attractions to “Functional FITness” is how you can get the most amount out of not only your workouts but out of each exercise. Sots press could be one that can give you the most bang for your buck. Think about the “Useable Mobility”–> (LINK) we discussed previously.

The Sots press is a viable training exercise for most athletes looking too…

Promote sound […] Read more

Weightlifting Belt; Too Wear or Not to Wear…

Weightlifting Belt; Too Wear or Not to Wear…

Monday we had Deadlifts. You may have noticed that day (or even on other days) that some gym buddies were wearing a weightlifting belt.

If you’ve ever wondered if a weightlifting belt is for you I like to give you my take on it, some benefits and how to use it.

Personally, I’m a BIG fan of using weightlifting belts. Even though I’ve used a belt just a handful of times in my ‘extensive’ lifting career;-) My objective for using them would be for powerlifts and if I going for a HEAVY lift or PR! You really won’t see me using them in a conditioning […] Read more

But Is Your Mobility Even Useable?

But Is Your Mobility Even Useable?

So now that we have the rules of Flexibility I beg the question… But, why should I stretch?
We want something USEABLE. Something(s) that will transfer over in Real Life that we can use everyday.
What is “Useable Mobility”?
?️One, injury prevention. We want the stretching we perform to improve our strength in a range of motion. This stretch helps prevent injury. For example, what if you slip on some ice and needed to catch yourself or even drop a bit into a split:-O. Life (and our workouts) is unpredictable so we want to be strong everywhere. If we train and strength end ranges we […] Read more

Do You Even Stretch?

Do You Even Stretch?

Do you stretch with a purpose?

Or do you just stretch for the sake of stretching?

Sure, you have mobilized some. Pulling your leg behind you until you feel a strain on your quads, or kicking your leg up on a bench and leaning into it before a run. Real stretching is not part of a warm-up or cool-down though, real stretching is work. Sweaty, dizzying, (occasionally) nauseating work.

Let’s clarify one point before we get too far. When I talk about stretching (with a purpose), I am talking about actively working to increase your range of motion and your flexibility, with the intention of achieving […] Read more

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

This coming Friday is the beginning of our 2nd Annual Friday Night Lights (#FNL).

Friday Night Lights is a Weekly 5 Week Workout Community Event. My goal is to create an environment that supports you challenging yourself to raise your mental, emotional and physical levels to a great level.  This is a POWERFUL opportunity to put yourself “out there” in an uncomfortable atmosphere to foster change and growth (in a friendly, supportive, motivating environment of course;-)

Now with great power comes great responsibility. With that lets dive into….

Good Competition vs. Bad Competition

Something very good or something very bad can happen to you…

You […] Read more

the Power List

the Power List

If you’re like me you wake up everyday with 1000s of thoughts, ideas and things on your mind. Or if you not, you wake up bored, lethargic and not so pumped up.

Either way we as human beings crave direction and structure to our day.

Last week I touched on a few things on why people end up un-successful with their New Year’s goals. In particular, #1) No routine, #3 Poorly Defined, #4) Too Many Goals. If that is the case with you allow me to introduce to you, The POWER List.

The Power List was introduced to me in a podcast by […] Read more

The Resolution(s) Aftermath…

The Resolution(s) Aftermath…

I used to be a quitter. Every day would be filled with false starts and high ambitions, and I might even make a lot of progress towards whatever goal I had in mind at the time, but ultimately I would always give up before reaching said goals.

The New Year Resolution season is just about done, and many of us that were hoping that this year will be the year where everything turns around.

You’re going to exercise every day.
You’re going to lose 50 pounds.
You’re going to launch that new business idea.

So where are you at? I hope not like […] Read more

Waiting Can Be Evil…

Waiting Can Be Evil…

This happened to me last week… (true story; pic below)

“I’m going to wait for now. It all makes sense but want to make sure I’m fully committed before I get started.”

My response…

“I hear ya buddy. Allow me to pass on a quote and thought about waiting….

Famed philosopher and orator Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It’s true. Doing nothing is easy, but it’s also dangerous. Where there is no opposition to evil, evil will multiply.

Evil could be injury, lack of progress, de-motivation, etc…

What is it going […] Read more

Am I Crazy?? #dailyColdShowers

Am I Crazy?? #dailyColdShowers

I love to be challenged. I love to be pushed. My big take-a-way for 2017 was behind discomfort is a place of fulfillment, success and joy!

We should (truly) embark on challenges not merely for the results but for the person it makes us become to complete the challenge. And all the learning lessons about ourselves throughout a challenge is the true message of value.

I always have goals for myself. And I view Resolutions differently than goals. I view it as a time to start a new habit or ritual into my life that will help support my goals.

What is my […] Read more

Resolutions are Easy… Why is Goal Setting so Tough??

Resolutions are Easy… Why is Goal Setting so Tough??

As Peter Drucker said,

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

People will spend more time planning their vacations then they will planning their 2018 goals and dreams.

If we could achieve want we wanted in our lives by literally writing it down and reminding ourselves daily, why wouldn’t we?!?

I’ve heard some push back about the goal board at the gym(s).

Why can’t we just write a simple goal down?
Why do we need to add all the other stuff on the list?

I personally struggle setting goals for myself too. Even though I’m really good at being disciplined and raising expectations for […] Read more

New Year… New CPM Goal Board…

New Year… New CPM Goal Board…

78% of all New Year’s resolutions (i.e. wannabe goals) fail and most people quit their goals after the 3rd week in January.

Why is this?

I feel most people think that if they simply write something down for some reason it will ‘magically’ happen. And if you don’t think it will ‘magically’ happen they sure act like it will because they simply do not do what it takes to achieve the goals they wrote down.

Perspective on Goal Setting/Goal Achieving

Disciplines are greater than resolutions, and by a wide margin. Goals are wonderful. You cannot hit a target that you cannot see. But most […] Read more

2018 Groundhog Year? Or? Pull the Damn Trigger?

2018 Groundhog Year? Or? Pull the Damn Trigger?

Every New Year you can have the same year over and over again. Based on the stats… 78% of people quit their New Year’s Resolutions by the 3rd week of January.

You can find yourself in a routine where things get really comfortable, where things are certain and predictable, where there is very little stress—and where you are not challenged to grow.

This is to accept comfort and mediocrity over growth and reaching your potential.

Life can feel really slow in the moment but will move really fast when you look back. And the older we get the faster it moves.

To this I’d […] Read more