Man Of The Week – Mike Rosenfeld

Our newest Man Of The Week is a man that wears many hats. From a life and peak performance coach, to motivational speaker, mentor, strategist and founder of TRUE Performance, Mike Rosenfeld works with high-performance athletes, artists and corporations to provide them with effective tools and essential strategies to achieve success. Mike, often referred to as ‘Coach Mike’, regularly facilitates workshops and seminars for professional teams, collegiate sports program and youth organizations where he leverages his unique ability to connect with audiences of cultures and backgrounds to motivate people.

As a troubled youth, Coach Mike engaged in self-defeating behaviors before making some tough, life-changing choices and decisions that resulted in an incredible personal transformation. As a result of these early experiences, in December 1999, Mike founded Youth Expressions (YE), a not-for-profit charitable organization with a mission to inspire at-risk youth through hip-hop, spoken word, dance, and sports to develop into self-assured, self-disciplined, focused, productive, and skilled adults. Currently, Coach Mike dedicates his pro bono time to mentoring graduates of the Youth Expression Program as well as students of the Cliff and Eda Viner Community and Scholars Foundation.

On Monday, August 29 at 7pm, ManTalks Miami will host their first event where Mike, and two other powerful speakers, will share their journey  on ‘Overcoming Adversity’. Click here for more information and to buy tickets to attend the very first ManTalks Miami!!

Age: 41

What do you do? (Work)
I am a speaker, coach, consultant and strategist to high-performance professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes, artists and corporations. I provide my clients with tools and strategies to achieve the results that matter most to them.
I use a 360/whole person approach that is backed by best practices in neuroscience, Co-Active Coaching, NAAM Yoga Therapy, Breath-Work Therapy, Applied Positive Psychology, The Science of Flow States, and Theories of Adult and Organizational Development.

Why do you do it?
It’s all about impact– the impact my work has on me (passion, purpose, constant growth) and the impact I get to have on others: radical shifts, breakthroughs and achievements.

How do you make a difference in the world? (Work, business, life, family, self)
I strive to help people step out of the world of limitations and into the world of possibilities–possibilities they getto authentically create for themselves, family, team and community!

What are 3 defining moments in your life?
– Overcoming disease, unhealthy associations, addiction, and self destruction.
– Getting Married
– Becoming a Daddy

What is your life purpose?
To learn and grow into being the healthiest, happiest and most powerful person I can be…. and sharing THAT with the world.

How did you tap into it?
We don’t tell ourselves what our truth is, our truth tells us–we either get brave and ask the questions and listen or we don’t.

Who is your Role-Model or Mentor?
My wife Chana, My parents, Stephen Herbits, YE members (young adults who I have worked with for over 15 years through my charity).

Do you have any daily habits? If so, what are they?
Morning prayer/meditation/intention, breath-work, curiosity: scanning myself with my F.O.S.D (full of shit detector) to see where I am holding myself back, playing small or lying to myself,  and evening reflection/prayer.

When do you know your work/life balance is off?
When I feel discomfort, resentment, blame, shame, or judgement.

Vulnerability is a challenge for most men – share a vulnerable moment from your life with us.
When I admitted to the kids in my charity that I was struggling with addiction.

What did you learn from it?
I realized that we are not here to pretend to be masters. We are here to learn and grow and that is mastery. My kids helped me learn that lesson. This lesson was huge for me, I needed to go through it. “There was something that I needed to see in order for me to be who I need to be”.

If you are or were going to be a mentor for another man, what is one piece of advice you would give him?
Self-Mastery starts with letting go of who you think you are so you can discover your T.R.U.E Power (The Real U Expressed).

How do you be the best partner (Boyfriend/Husband- past or present)
The best way to connect is by expressing my needs and honoring my wife’s. Can’t do that without asking what they are, and listening.

Do you support any Charities or Not-for-profits? (Which one(s) and why?)
1.The Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation, Inc. I believe in their mission: Educating and inspiring compassionate young leaders to develop strong character with a vision for success.
2.Youth Expressions: I founded the charity in 2000 and believe it offers the most comprehensive, powerful curriculum and programming for helping at-risk youth overcome their challenges and develop the tools needed for success.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Maaaan, that’s so hard to say. I have so many that I either danced to or help me through….
Bill Conti – Going The Distance (Rocky)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy
DMX- The Conversation

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
I have many goals for 3 years from today. What’s consistent about all of them is I am happy, healthy, strong and thriving in whatever I am choosing at the time.

What legacy do you want to leave for future generations?
I want everyone to know that happiness, confidence, clarity, community and success are every person’s birthright; and I want to leave behind the tools of how to make it happen.
My message is “Love the challenge, its happening for you, not to you”.

What One book would you recommend for any Man?
Bruce Lee, The Warrior Within

If you know a Man that is making a positive impact on the world, we would love to hear from you! Contact us at [email protected]

Cause and Effect – Understanding The Cost of What You Do and Don't Do

First we all need to understand that we are human beings in a physical body. This is not a choice, but a fact. Therefore, movement is part of our everyday life.
Unfortunately, it seems that for the average person nowadays a lack of movement is more common place.
I often start off talks I do for organizations by breaking down the amount of time we spend sitting in a day and not moving. It’s staggering!
Recent research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle is the worst thing in regards to your health. In other words, someone who is smoking cigarettes but staying active is considered to have better health and more likely to fight off disease than someone who has a sedentary lifestyle.
If you think about that for a second, it makes a lot of sense. Take, for example, your lymphatic system that relies heavily on the cardiovascular system for its circulation. A lack of movement could potentially slow and stagnate this circulation causing toxins to accumulate, and immune cells are not being delivered to the parts of the body where they are needed. Stagnation will occur to any part of the body when that particular part is not being used.
The body is a very efficient machine, but it’s adaptations are dictated by us. Just like the thoughts we choose to entertain in our minds will have a great impact on how we conduct ourselves in our lives, the quality and quantity of movement will have a direct impact on our physical bodies.
Our body will turn over its trillions of cells within a year. How it does this, is in great part dictated by us.
If you decide you are going to be one of those people that sits in a chair for 8 or more hours a day and do not address the cost that has on your body, your body will adapt to that dominant position. This, of course, causes a host of problems, and they get worse before they get better. However they can also be reversed if you pay attention and put in not only the right kind of work, but also the right amount. This is going to look different for everyone and reveals the importance of taking an individual approach.
Some of the best athletes in world may be producing the same kind of world class results but have significantly different training approaches. These highly-tuned individuals have attained the body awareness that enables them to train specifically in line with their individual adaptation capabilities to maximize gains and performance.
So now that we have a better understanding of the cost of what you do and don’t do, let’s talk a little bit about how you can start to approach your training or movement practice with this new perspective.
I feel that taking a look at what you don’t do and addressing it, will usually help the things you do. The things you do all the time you can probably handle doing less of, but the things you don’t do are usually the things you need the most.
These will usually be your weak links. Addressing these is very important if you want to sustain a healthy physical body that’s built for longevity and resilience.
Ask yourself what’s the biggest cost of what you do a lot of, in terms of physical movement, and or lack thereof. If you are sitting all day, chances are you need to work on your mobility and flexibility.
You also need to understand that whether it’s sitting all day or doing cross-fit or even yoga, all of these types of movement/non-movement have a cost on the body. Some are obviously more damaging than others, but we should ultimately all be aiming to achieve some balance in the various types of movement that dominate our day to day lives, if we want to keep enjoying movement into our later years.
It’s also important to take a closer look at the things you are doing. I’ll use the gym as it is a great example and easy to relate to.
While there are many great things you can do in a traditional gym setting, from the broader view of how our bodies move in everyday life, it can quickly become quite limited.
Not only that, but many gym goers are so caught up in only training to achieve a certain look that they won’t even perform many of what I consider to be some of the best exercises. The exercises they do choose they often tend to perform incorrectly and over-train them, leading to a body that is more out of balance and prone to injury.
It comes down to creating and growing your sense of body awareness and different movement you expose yourself to. Start learning about how every individual part of your body is supposed to be able to move, how they move together, and where you are restricted.
I would recommend getting some help along the way. I do this professionally, and I am still constantly discovering new ways to do things and I hire coaches to help me along the way. Keep exploring new ways to move your body and keep asking yourself what the cost is of what you are doing and not doing. Be well!
PhilWittmer5APhil Wittmer is a Holistic Life Coach who helps his clients improve their strength, movement quality, and every day well being. He takes several different factors into consideration to create programs and coaching strategies that will help his clients achieve their desired results. He has worked with a diverse clientele from professional athletes in the NHL, CFL, NLL and collegiate athletes, to business executives and life coaching clients from all over the country. Phil travels extensively to receive advanced continuing education all around the globe to deliver the best and most up to date information to his clients. He currently works out of a private studio in downtown Vancouver and offers on-line coaching and consulting.
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