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When you walk into Building 7, your goals might be different each day.  Just like practicing gratitude in every day life, you have to make sure to pay attention to the subtle improvement you may not notice… they just kinda creep up on you!  Think about where you were when you started coming to Corps Fitness, and where you are now.  Your form is better, you’re stronger, your diet may have changed.  Don’t be discouraged or turned away by your or anyone else’s setbacks.  Don’t compare yourself to others… Everyone has a personal journey, and there is no right way.

Set goals and achieve them, one small step at a time!

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Do you see the rainbow?

g July 25, 2017

Call to Action 2017
It’s BACK!!  Save the date of October 28th for the second annual Badge 27 Call to Action challenge!  MORE challenges, SHORTER course.  Get your team of 4 together NOW.  Registration officially opens in early September.  Want to participate but your friends are chickening out?  Email Melissa and she’ll do her best to get you on a team!

Summer Schedule
Has your schedule changed for the summer, but you’re still thinking CF times don’t work for you (looking at you, teachers!).  Remember: we have a huge variety of options every day of the week.  CFers are raving about the hybrid and spin classes, and 45-minute non-stop low impact full body workout aspects of our various (“non-traditional”) offerings.  Come on back and check it out!!

Hero Week Shirts
Get your shirts at the front desk.  Don’t make us track you down!!

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Extra Fun
Thursday mountain bike ride is postponed!!

Free Intro
The next free intro class will be Saturday August 5th, 2017 at 9:30 AM.

g July 20, 2017

“One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.”…Batavi
– A quote from CF’s eternal philosopher Johnnie (from the old Corps Fitness blog…)

But anyway, heat can be dangerous and can kill.  Please heed the posted warnings in the gym, and listen to your body.  We’d rather have you step out for a workout than suffer worse consequences.  Don’t wait for someone else to give you the OK to step out.  Educate yourself, use your brain, and be smart!

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Love how Jeanne is 100% NOT concerned with Will passed out on the floor here!  LOL  Like, “Shake it off, ya wimp!”

g July 18, 2017

Hero Week Shirts
Shirts are in!!  …worth the wait, because they are AWESOME!  Pick yours up at the front desk!

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IM ABLE At Corps Fitness
What happens at Bldg 7 during Corps Fitness down-time?  Well, IM ABLE uses the space and provides some incredible fitness opportunities to some who may not have the chance otherwise.  Check out Dorian and his friends with Abilities in Motion, and others from the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick exploring possible collaborations!
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Moon Hero Workout
Last week, CFers gathered together to honor Army Specialist Christopher Moon.  Thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, or just starting out their journey of service to our country.  Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.
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Extra Fun
Are you interested in mountain biking but not sure where to start?  Have an old bike sitting around that you want to get back out on?  Come out with Chris next Thursday (7/27) for a beginner ride through the Highlands in Wyomissing.  Meet at CF at 6 PM.

Free Intro
The next free intro class will be Saturday 7/22 at 9:30 AM.

g July 17, 2017

…is never trying in the first place.  At least, that’s what Spanx founder Sara Blakely figured out when, as an adult, she analyzed her father’s encouragement of failure during her childhood.  During a recent interview, she discussed her father asking her and her siblings how they had failed each week during family dinner.  If they didn’t have an answer, he “almost seemed disappointed.”  She recalled one time mentioning how she had tried out for a play, failing horribly, much to the approval of her father.  In teaching and encouraging his children to embrace failure, he was delivering a powerful message: the only true failure is never even trying.

Embrace failure.  Whether it’s failing to meet your nutritional goals, failure to get that PR you’ve been working towards… Whatever it may be.  Keep trying, keep pushing your limits, and you will accomplish great things!

g July 5, 2017

Free Intro
Our next free intro will be this Saturday, 7/8 at 9:30 AM.  Spread the word!

Hero Week
Hero Week 2017 is a wrap!  Thank you so, so much to Melissa and Emily for planning this brutally awesome week honoring the founding principles of the US Marine Corps and Corps Fitness.  Thank you to all the CFers who “get it” and give your all because you know the true meaning behind Hero Week.  There was a large number who went for all 7 days…. CONGRATS!
Big props to Ryan McLin who was awarded the inaugural Kyle Pagerly CF Spirit Award for giving well beyond 100%, doing it with integrity, and motivating those around him by work ethic and by words.
Here’s the link for the youtube video recapping the week.

CF Kids
Parents, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas, need a way to get the young ones in your life motivated and moving?  Check out our CF Kids Classes running this summer!  July 17th – 21st or July 24-28.  Choose one or both sessions to have your kids learn about respect, accountability, and teamwork with CF’s very own Mary Cochran!

Open Gym Times
Monday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-7:30PM
Tuesday 9:30-1:00PM
Wednesday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-7:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM-1:00PM and 6:30-7:30PM
Friday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-730PM
Saturday 10:30-11:30AM
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM

College Student Membership Rate
Holy smokes, we’re half way through summer already!!!  Welcome back to any college students who are home for the season!  Be sure to take advantage of our student rate of $70 / month (unlimited membership).  Must present a valid school ID when purchasing.  Full time students only: 12+ credits / semester.

July 1, 2017

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Angel Rosa, 21, of South Portland, Maine; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, died March 13, 2007 from wound received while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.

 

Angel is remembered as an outstanding athlete as well as a dedicated leader and dear friend. He was never afraid to challenge himself, to push himself beyond his limits, at whatever he chose to do.

 

His Aunt recalls that “a lot of things came easy to him. But he was never a braggart. He was as humble a young man as you will ever meet.” She further says, “Angel will be remembered as a man who touched everyone’s lives, a man who inspired us to be better all around…”

 

 

US Marine Corps Sergeant Mark T. Smykowski, 23, of Mentor, OH was killed on June 6, 2006 while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.

 

He was part of a group from his high school, all of whom enlisted in the Marine Corps together, known as the Mentor Seven. Their relationship was much deeper than simple friendship….it was BROTHERHOOD.

 

Smykowski chose to become a reconnaissance man, one of the most difficult jobs in the military service. Among other things, recon involves scout swimming; small-boat operations; close combat skills; helicopter and submarine insertion and extraction techniques; and assault climbing.

 

“His heart was huge” says one of his fellow Mentor Seven. “He was an example of what a young person should be as far as appreciation of freedom and all that it stands for.”

 

After his funeral, young men approached Smykowski’s mother and asked if they could do anything for her. “Yes”, she said. “Live like there’s no tomorrow. Make your mother proud. So if something happened tomorrow, you’ll have no regrets.” That’s how her son lived.

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Lance Cpl. Bishop of Dickson, Tenn., was a 2002 graduate of Dickson County High School and joined the Marine Corps through the delayed entry program in September 2002. He went on active duty in 2003 and went to Afghanistan right out of boot camp. He was trained as a machine gunner and was promoted to lance corporal in July 2006. He always felt protective of his family and even told them he would protect them. He was the kind that would always come to your rescue.

 

 

Bishop went through some difficult times personally, but was able to pull through, and afterward “he always found a way to make a bad situation better,” said Sgt. Walter Rattray.

 

“Adam was one of the best guys I knew. Always caring, always loving, he would give you the shirt off your back if you needed it,” Rattray said. “I loved Adam like a brother. He will never be forgotten.”

 

 

 

 

On April 29, 2007 during his final patrol mission, Manion made the ultimate sacrifice.

His patrol was concluding a search of a suspected insurgent house when it came under precision small arms fire attack.  With the corpsman seriously wounded by enemy fire and the attack developing in to a full-scale ambush, Manion and a fellow Marine exposed themselves to increasing fire to pull the corpsman out of the kill zone.

After recovering the corpsman and administering first aid, Manion led his patrol in a counter attack personally eliminating an enemy position.  As he continued to direct the patrol, another Marine was wounded.  He again moved across the kill zone, under fire by five insurgents, to recover the wounded Marine.  Iraqi Army reinforcements were halted by an IED and were unable to advance on the flank of the insurgents, leaving Manion and his patrol to take fire from three sides.

While fearlessly exposing himself to gain a more advantageous firing position and drawing enemy fire away from the wounded Marines, Manion was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper.

His courageous and deliberate actions inspired the eventual counter attack and ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol, according to his medal citation.

 

“In January 2007, during one of our final phone conversations, Travis said to me, ‘Mom, America does not know how good they have it and all the good the young men and women over here are doing for them. They need to know.’

 

During his first stay at home, Travis and his brother-in-law attended an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field. As they were leaving the stadium, Travis’ brother-in-law joked with Travis that if he tripped him and broke his leg, Travis would not have to return to Iraq and could stay home in Doylestown. Travis turned to him and said, “Hey Dave, if not me, then who?”

Thanks to ALL who took part in Summer 2017 Hero Week honoring fallen Marines and our Corps Fitness foundations.

 

Many went for all 7 days….congrats to all of YOU!

 

Big props to Ryan McLin who was our inaugural recipient of the Kyle Pagerly CF Spirit award.  Not only did he do all 7 days, but he did them with integrity, all while motivating others around him with his 110% work ethic and motivating words!

 

And as a wrap, below is the link to the recap video posted on youtube!  Thanks all!