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Meet C.J. Murphy of Total Performance Sports in Malden

Today we’d like to introduce you to C.J. Murphy.

C.J, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
TPS was started in 1999 in a small, 900 square foot space in Everett with one thing in mind: to give our clients the best coaching and training environment possible for them to get the best results. Over the years we’ve moved a few times as we grew, and we are now settled in 10,000 square feet in Malden.

WE have the area’s best full-time team of professional strength coaches and we offer semi private personal training, small group training and we also have an open gym membership. Our premiere program is the TPS Method. It is a small group format that focuses on getting you stronger with basic exercises taught correctly, accessory exercises to build strength and lean mass, metabolic conditioning to get you in “shape” and more. We also offer nutritional guidance supervised by an in-house nutritionist.

Our members vary from World class athletes to those who just want to be more fit. The difference at TPS is the environment and skill and dedication of the coaches. We foster an environment where good enough is not good enough. We teach you to give your best effort, no matter what your current level of fitness is.

Has it been a smooth road?
Wow, it has not been smooth, but whose business is? We’ve had a few major hurdles with our facilities. TPS has had to move involuntarily twice. Once our lease expired and the landlord had other plans for our building, so we had to go. The second time our lease was broken by the landlord for him to sell the building to a real estate developer that wanted to build a hotel in our spot.

Fortunately for us, our members loved us and stayed with us. In fact, they even helped us move. To me, that says everything. In business, you are nothing without your clientele, and ours are so awesome, they pitched in and helped us move, twice. That means a lot to me, and it tells me that TPS means a lot to them. Without my team, and my clients, we would not be here,

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Total Performance Sports story. Tell us more about the business.
TPS is known as being the place for strength. Strength of body and strength of mind. We are home to Boston’s Strongest. TPS has more competitive lifters training here in the sports of powerlifting, strongman and Olympic Weightlifting than any place in the area, and maybe New England.

However, we are also known as the place to go for the best coaching and exercise instruction in the Boston area. You do not have to be a competitive lifter to train here, you just must want to be your best.

My team of coaches will do their best to bring out your best in our personal training and small group programs. If you want results, we are your home. If you want to watch TV on the treadmill, then we are to for you. We want you to make progress and realize your goals and we do our best to make that happen for you.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The industry has already shifted from one on one personal training to small group and we have adapted by creating, in our opinion, the best group training program, the TPS Method. I also see a huge shift coming on the internet. Virtual coaching is growing and has been, and we have waited to join in. TPS is launching an all new program that will be the most complete online training recourse and community available. will go live soon and will include online programming (downloadable workouts), virtual coaching (your coach will watch and critique your training videos), a massive video exercise library, interactive forums, online seminar and much more for a very modest fee.

We feel that this site will change the industry because there are similar, but less complete services available for those who compete, but little for those who just want to be healthier and more fit. Creating an online community for those serious about their fitness but lacking in the knowledge on how to get it done is a game changer.


  • TPS Method $229-$250 per month Small Group Training-three times per week with coaches
  • Basic Gym Membership $49 per month-includes free classes
  • Nutrition Consults-customized meal planning-$150
  • Advanced Membership $99 per month-includes your program, a gym membership, access to private Facebook group, in person coaching and more

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