Ain’t no rest for the weary…..if you just finished competing in All Out in Berks this past weekend, shave down your callouses, break open your package of Rock Tape, and get ready. The Open starts this week!
Many of you participated last year, so why not do it again! If you want to officially see where your scores stand amongst others, you must register (choose CrossFit Berks as your affiliate). Workouts get released on Thursday’s, and workouts and scores must be submitted by the following Monday by 5PM. Also, if you would like to help by being a judge, you need to take the judges course….
There are many Open Gym times that you are able to utilize to get a group and judges to come in to do the workout. However, Owen Philips has taken the Judges course and will be available EVERY SUNDAY at 9:30AM for anybody who would like to use that time to come in to do the workout.
Please respond in the comments below if you too have taken the Judges course so others know who they can reach out to, and please indicate days/timeframes you would be available to come and judge.
Good luck to all who participate!




We couldn’t do it without you. Really? Really!
Corps Fitness. Some people fear it, but most, when they try us, love it. Our trainers and staff work hard to put together taxing, creative and motivating workouts day in, day out. And at the root of it, we are a fitness facility, so it’s what we should be doing.
And then there’s the OTHER things that Corps Fitness does. The Marine Poolee trainings, the Intro classes for interested new folks, the kids summer time classes and the special events. All extensions of our regularly scheduled classes, and equally as important.
That is where we thank YOU. You are always there to lend a hand, to stay after a class to demonstrate and help out with new folks at the Intro classes. You come in to help manage the chaos that is the Marine Poolee trainings. And you graciously lend your time to help events like All Out In Berks run smoothly. We thank you. Thanks for stepping up, thanks for giving your time, thanks for being an example…In some ways, it’s like the traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”. Hopefully in your Corps Fitness volunteer efforts , you are reaping a reward too, by knowing that you are doing a part to help keep the integrity of our community alive and well and ready to be carried on, because….We Are Corps Fitness.

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Please, please, please, do NOT leave valuables in your car while you are in taking class….even if your car is locked!  Please consider leaving them at home, or bring them in and lock them in a locker.  Thank you!


Have you navigated through the new website since it has been launched? More tweaks coming along the way as needed, but hopefully you are finding it easy to see what you need.
One of the features on the new website is the testimonials….shout-outs to Corps Fitness, if you will. We are a humble bunch, those of us who come to CF; we come in, we take what is doled out in the form of the exercise, and we take what “punishments” may come our way by our own doings whether it be lacking urgency, not helping out a teammate, or not following directions. And we don’t do it for praise, or to say “hey, look how awesome we are…”. We just do it.
But, shout outs are cool too. We don’t look for it. We don’t do things for the praise or accolades we think it might bring us. But it’s good affirmation to know we are doing things right.
And speaking of shout-outs….Bob Stichter gave this shout to CF on our Facebook page a few weeks ago:
“(CF) Saved my life more than once. As a fire fighter I need to be in top physical and mental shape to save you and to do my job, but what ended up was, it saved my life, by me being in the top physical condition due to the great staff and great workouts at CF. I was able to save myself when stairs burned through and when a truck rolled over me. My physical condition prevented way more serious injuries beyond the broken ribs, and separated shoulder. The support from the staff and the members before, during and after the workouts are truly inspiring and makes you want to do more and to keep coming back. The staff helps you work to YOUR ability not to the whole. Form and proper ways of doing the exercise is more important and beneficial then how many BAD reps you do. And if you get called out because you are doing something improper, it isn’t to embarrass you but to help you get the most out of the exercise and the work out as a whole. Corps Fitness is the toughest, hardest, most self challenging and most motivated place I have ever gone to work out. Walk in strong, crawl out stronger. It’s not a GYM its CORPS FITNESS.”
And Corps Fitness is throwing the kudos right back at Bob as he was promoted to Lieutenant Fire Prevention for the Reading Fire Department. Job well deserved Bob!
Do you have a testimonial about your experiences at Corps Fitness? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us your short-but-sweet write-up to melissa@corpsfitness.net.

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In the fitness world, if you were a Zumba-ist, you could relate well to the words “Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, and cucaracha”.  It’s your lingo, and it’s easily connected to the Zumba dance workout and the millions of folks who love this form of fitness.


Indoor cyclists….they know “flat, hill climb, in the saddle, out of the saddle, tap back and clip-in”.  Those terms, and probably many more, identify an indoor cycling class to the huge throng of folks who participate around the country.


CrossFitters have their share of lingo as well….We are proudly a CrossFit affiliate, so many of us already know the words Box, WOD, AMRAP, MetCon.  We use them not only to identify things related to CrossFit, but because it’s the lingo; it’s part of what makes Crossfit, CrossFit.  You can even find guides to CrossFit lingo on the Internet so you can be “in the know”.


Well, what about Corps Fitness?  Think CF has it’s own share of phrases, terms, lingo that is specific and unique just to Corps Fitness?  If you weren’t sure, you could easily check out the “word wall” behind the front desk.  Can’t miss it, really.  But do you need to consult it?


If you are a CFer, a true CFer (right there, that term all by itself is a form of lingo), you know at least some of the Corps Fitness language; language that is just unique to Corps Fitness.  Maybe your CF vocabulary is small right now because you are relatively new….but it will grow.  And the meaning, and the relationship, and the understanding will grow right along with it.


Take Wednesday’s workout.  All about Urgency.  All about Purpose.  And all about Jack Webbs.  Urgency and purpose are words maybe you’ll hear at another fitness class at another gym (doubtful though).  But if you do, it’s not with the same connotation and meaning that Corps Fitness gives to those words.  And what about Jack Webbs?  Bets are that you won’t hear that bit of lingo anywhere else (except maybe Parris Island!).  And then there’s “30 seconds starts now”, “Dying Turtles”, “Van Phams”, “Hill Run”, or “Respect your ability and respect the ability of your teammates”.  Phrases, words, exercises names with a lot of meaning behind them.  Words that identify Corps Fitness.  Our lingo.  Our speak.  Our uniqueness.  There’s only one gym like ours…..and We Are Corps Fitness.


And, one last side note….for those of you cursing Jack Webb’s yesterday, a little history on it’s meaning:


Jack Webb is an actor who starred in and produced a moved called “The D.I.” about a Marine Corps Drill Instructor.  The format of the Jack Webb exercise, being 1 push-up/1 overhead press, and subsequently building up the rep ladder, has Marine Corps Drill Instructor roots, which should not surprise you!  The Jack Webb exercise was brought to the attention of Chris Kaag by Drill Instructor Joe Martin when Martin was stationed at the Kenhorst reserve unit in 2005.  Aren’t we lucky???  Oh, and to get an idea of more “urgency” and “purpose”, check out this clip from “The D.I.”.





AOIB Challenge is less than one month away!!  Get registered today if you haven’t already!

Are you LOVING the new website??  We’re working through a few kinks, but soon items will be even easier to find, and everything will be linked together.  So if there’s a blog post about the AOIB challenge or Hero Week, you’ll be able to click right there and be taken to the specific event page.  How cool is that?!?

Speaking of challenges, we LOVE IT when CFers participate in all challenges, no matter where or what they are!  Marathons, CrossFit competitions, lifting, endurance.  It’s all GREAT.  We’re working on a way to recognize CFers who place in competitions while representing CF.  Wear your CF gear, place in an event, get some membership credit for being so awesome.  Details are in the works, but be sure to wear your Corps Fitness gear and get photos if you’re participating in an event in 2016!!

Weekend instructors:
Friday 5:30 PM – Gretchen
Sunday 8:30 AM – Gretchen

Reminder that there IS a FREE Intro class tomorrow at 9:45AM due to the cancelled intro class from last weekend.  Tell your friends, neighbors, family….

AND 9:30AM spin/krank on Saturday too!!!  Roads aren’t safe for riding anyways…..ride indoors and be safe!
Remember Owen’s CrossFit / Form session every Sunday at 9:30 AM!  Stay after class, or it’s fine to just come in for 9:30!