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New exciting options at CF!
6:30 PM Functional Fitness for Runners – starts TONIGHT!
Are you a runner, or do you want to become a runner!  Check out our great new partnership with A Running Start!  Don’t be scared by the “run-centric” aspect of this class.  Come on out and give it a try, learn what it’s all about, and see how it may benefit you.  This 6:30 PM time slot is something that has been requested by CFers, so we’re hoping it’s well utilized!
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CrossFit
The CrossFit Open will take place from Feb 23 – Mar 27.  If you want to register (gives you access to website to see how you’re ranked among others nationally), visit https://games.crossfit.com/
It’s not required to register online – you can still do the workouts at Corps Fitness during the times we’ll set up.  Corps Fitness does not get anything for you registering; it’s a personal thing if you want to.
We WILL need judges for the workouts – the judges course is available online.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it appears to be open and ready at any point (and a good way for XF to make $10 a pop…).  No doubt it’s a good way to learn the movements and what IS vs ISN’T a rep in CrossFit.  We’ll gather a list of all who take the judges course and can then score workouts when they come up.

Throwdown with XF Ephrata!  Friday, February 10th, any interested CFers wishing to participate in a CrossFit style throw down, we will be heading to CrossFit Ephrata to join their gang at 7:00PM. This is just a friendly CrossFit style workout done with CrossFitters from nearby. So that we can get a decent head count, please give melissa@corpsfitness.net a shout to let her know if you’ll be able to attend.

Also, the All Out In Berks is changing over to a PURELY CrossFit competition this year.  CFers have visited other CrossFit “Boxes” in the past for similar events.  Spread the word to the CrossFit community and bring others in!

Other ongoing special events – reference last week’s updates!
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I’m so proud of our IM ABLE Foundation team and honored they took on the challenge of the NYC Marathon to support IM ABLE’s mission of getting as many people MOVING as possible! Despite some challenges, everyone maintained the Can-Do attitude and completed the goal they set out to accomplish. So great to be in the middle of the energy of the day while tracking and supporting all of our athletes! Congratulations Zach, Brett, Devann, Karen, Sam and Cathy (not pictured)!!!
-Chris

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Saturday’s event was so much more than who came in first, second and third place. It was an event to showcase our local first responders and to give a shout out to them for all they do as a part of their jobs. For all you do, we thank you!

4 person teams starting off at Corps Fitness with a cumulative 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups & 300 squats there out the door to cover 5 1/2 miles ending at the Law Enforcement Memorial at Grings Mill with mental, physical & tactical challenges of a total of 13!

Emergency personnel deal with unanticipated challenges daily so these challenges were meant to task competitors to feel the pressure along with the physical to accomplish the tasks at hand.

So many thank you’s are due to so many. To our business sponsors (see facebook links below): you ROCK, and we are so very grateful! To our many volunteers: you are some FANTASTIC people who know how to get the job done! And to our competitors: what would we do without YOU???? You were motivating, inspiring, hard-working and gracious.  And another HUGE thank you goes out to Melissa, Sandy, Aimee, Chris, and everyone who organized this outstanding event!!

Finishing times are posted at the bottom of this post, for those who are curious.

If any one has pictures, feel free to share. Many are available on the event facebook page, and we’ll be posting the link to view pictures taken by our photographer, Jason Hugg, of Hugg Media Group, soon!

At the afterparty we had numerous emergency vehicles on hand for kids to explore as well as great food from our sponsor Mission BBQ Wyomissing!! Thank you to all those in uniform who joined us and provided equipment and all of our sponsors who made this 1st year event a success to benefit the Deputy Kyle Pagerly Memorial, Kyle Pagerly MemorialEsterbrook PharmacyAll About Women, Wyomissing Borough Police Department, PAPA Dutch Farmers Market of WyomissingWest Reading Fire Department, Wyomissing Fire Department, Life Lion Critical Care TransportA Running Start – West Reading, inov-8 All Terrain Running

Team Nawata: 1:58:30
Organized Chaos: 1:37:00
Rock Solid X 2: 1:39:53
We Aren’t That Creative: 1:48:55
Algeos/Stichter/Gonzalez: 2:07:32
Slow & Steady: 1:41:18
Fitness Pizza In My Mouth: 1:52:17
Vision 911: 2:11:55
Vicious and Delicious 4.0: 1:38:46
Jacked Unicorns: 1:57:53
Hit Squad: 1:34:00
Queen Bee +3: 1:46:27

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A HUGE thank you to All About Women and Dr. Chris DeAngelis for their sponsorship of our event! They are an official Challenge Sponsor, and you will see their challenge along the course! We greatly appreciate their support of our First Responders and for their tax-deductible donation that allows us to give back as much as possible to the Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial Fund 501c3!

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1st Annual Call To Action – Badge 27 Edition Challenge

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SCHEDULE CHANGES
– Corps Fitness will be CLOSED on Sunday September 18th for the IM ABLE Duathlon & 5k!  If you’re interested in participating or volunteering, learn more and register on site at the Wyomissing HS Saturday 2-4 PM or Sunday 6-7:30 AM!  Volunteers should also register using these links; registration will be open online through the 14th and available on race day.  T-shirts are not guaranteed at this point, but limited extras may be available.
– There will be NO INTRO class on September 24th.  The next free intro will be Saturday, October 1 at 9:45 AM.

NEW UPCOMING OFFERINGS
– Introductory self defense class begins October 2nd at 3 PM!  Check out the previous blog post for more information!
– Take a minute to fill out the 8-question survey that just hit your mail box this week – this will help us adjust our schedule and offerings to best suit our CFers.  Your responses are important to us!

NOON CLASS
This week has seen the largest noon crowds yet in our Monday / Wednesday / Friday “Executive Express” NOON class!  Enjoy some Vitamin D with your workout as the window of daylight narrows this fall.  If you have to leave after 45 minutes, we’re good with that!  If you have an hour, we can do that, too!

CHALLENGES / SPECIAL EVENTS
– Check out the earlier post on the March for the Fallen, mark your calendars, and register online if you’re interested!  We’re looking to have a solid turnout of CFers for this challenging event.  September 28th, 0600 start or check out the other offerings during the day.
– Registration is OPEN for the Badge 27 Call to Action Challenge October 22nd!  Get your team together and register today!!  Not participating but want to see the action?  Volunteers are needed!
Additionally, if you know a fallen first responder that you would like honored during the Challenge, please send to melissa@corpsfitness.net, that person’s name, end of watch, and department for which they served.
Special dedication signs for these men and women will be placed along the challenge trail for us all to remember them and their ultimate sacrifice.
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– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!
– The 2016 Kyle Pagerly 5k is slated for October 9th in Shillington.  Check out the registration page and get on board today!

SHOUT OUT
Bldg 7 Yoga is celebrating their first birthday on October 1st!  Stop by any time between 8-3 to say Happy Birthday and celebrate!
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REMINDER – SPECIAL RATES
– Know any teachers or nurses who want to join the CF family?  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!  Special rates expire November 5th!
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.

FREE INTRO CLASSES
The next Free Intro class will be Saturday, October 1st at 9:45 AM

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday PM – John
Sunday – CLOSED

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SCHEDULE CHANGES
– NO free intro on Saturday 9/10 due to the Reading 120 bike race.  Good luck to all the riders and volunteers!!
– Corps Fitness will be CLOSED on Sunday September 18th for the IM ABLE Duathlon & 5k!  If you’re interested in participating or volunteering, learn more and register today!  Volunteers should also register using these links; registration will be open online through the 14th and available on race day.  T-shirts are not guaranteed at this point, but limited extras may be available.

NEW UPCOMING OFFERINGS
Based on the enthusiasm we saw during our 1-off self defense class in August, we’re adding an introductory self defense class to the schedule!  Check out last week’s blog post for more information!  If you already attended the first intro course, a refresher is not a bad idea.  Practice of what you learned the first time will help make the defensive responses more instinctual and innate.  Additionally, we are about to announce a more detailed defensive strategies 6 week course with a heavy focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu starting in October.  Stay tuned!

NOON CLASS
This week has seen the largest noon crowds yet in our Monday / Wednesday / Friday “Executive Express” NOON class!  Enjoy some Vitamin D with your workout as the window of daylight narrows this fall.  If you have to leave after 45 minutes, we’re good with that!  If you have an hour, we can do that, too!

CHALLENGES / SPECIAL EVENTS
– Check out the earlier post on the March for the Fallen, mark your calendars, and register online if you’re interested!  We’re looking to have a solid turnout of CFers for this challenging event.  September 28th, 0600 start or check out the other offerings during the day.
– Badge 27 Call to Action Challenge October 22nd!  Get your team together and register today!!
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– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!

REMINDER – SPECIAL RATES
– Know any teachers or nurses who want to join the CF family?  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!  Special rates expire November 5th!
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Free Intro will be next WEDNESDAY 9/15 at 6:45PM.  

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday PM – Brian
Sunday – Gretchen

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CALLING ALL RUNNERS!
We are putting together teams of runners for the Ragnar Relay event on June 2-3, 2017.  Registration is open NOW, and prices increase in the beginning of October.
Details: Starts in Stauffer Park, Lititz on June 2, 2017.  Ends in Mt Pocono on June 3.  Teams of 12 (can be less, but then more running per person) are created with each team member running 3 legs over a 200-ish mile course. Each leg varies slightly in mileage (1.9 to 8 miles per leg).  More details and race registration at www.runragnar.com (check out the race bible).
If you would like to be a part of a Corps Fitness / IM ABLE Ragnar Running Team, please email Melissa@corpsfitness.net by September 17th with your name and email address.  **Please be sure your are 100% COMMITTED to the dates.  Fees are charged for additional relay changes.**
Cost: $1380 per team (split across all members)
This will be a ton of fun, so the more the merrier!  A challenge has been issued for CF to provide 2 teams – we can do that, no sweat!!  Let’s get some vans and runners rolling with CFers up to Mt Pocono!!

 

REMINDER – NEW CLASS TIME
Monday / Wednesday / Friday “Executive Express” NOON class: Take a break from work and jump in!  Towels and showers are available, in case you’re on the fence!

CHALLENGES / SPECIAL EVENTS
– Check out the earlier post on the March for the Fallen, mark your calendars, and register online if you’re interested!  We’re looking to have a solid turnout of CFers for this challenging event.  September 28th, 0600 start or check out the other offerings during the day.
– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!

REMINDER – SPECIAL RATES
– Know any teachers or nurses who want to join the CF family?  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!  The availability of these offers is limited, so get in today; they won’t last forever.
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.
– We’re in the process of rolling out a new way of introducing newbies to CF!  Stay tuned for details!!

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Free Intro will be Saturday, August 27th.

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday PM – John
Sunday – Emily

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Did you know?  Several CFers are planning to participate in the 28-mile “Path to Honor” during the 2016 March for the Fallen this September 24th.  We’ve registered as team Corps Fitness, stepping off at 0600.  This is a local event (Fort Indiantown Gap) honoring all that have fallen in defense of our nation.  There are several other events that day, including a 5k race.  Check out more and learn about the event at the following link:  http://www.gapmwr.com/marchforthefallen.

We are looking forward to a great CF / IM ABLE day!

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SPECIAL EVENTS AND NEW CHALLENGES HEADING YOUR WAY!

REMINDER – NEW CLASS TIME
Starting this week we’re offering a Monday / Wednesday / Friday NOON class slot.  Take a break from work and jump in!

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SUMMER KIDS CLASSES
Second Session of our Kids camp is next week!  10:45 to Noon each day for one week.  There’s still time to sign your child up for this motivating week, but please do so as soon as possible so we may get a head count and order t-shirts.  First child $50, additional kids from same family are $45.  The first session was a huge success and we thank all who participated!!  A very motivating bunch of young CFers!

CHALLENGES / SPECIAL EVENTS
July’s Challenge is DOUBLE UNDERS!  7/25 – 7/30: Grab a jump rope and a timer, do as many as you can in 2 minutes.  Record your results on the chart on the white board.  Even if you’re not great at DUs (read: need to practice more), give it a try and you can have a baseline to improve on!
– Mark your calendars and reserve your spot!  We are excited to host an Introductory Self Defense class on Friday, August 5th from 6:45 – 8:45PM open to ALL, ages 12 and up.  Check out the flyer is posted on website and at gym for details.  This intro class is led by Keith Neff and an RSVP to Melissa is required to reserve your spot.  Non Corps Fitness members are welcome, so spread the word.
– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!

SPECIAL WORKOUTS:
– Long time CFer, turned Soul-Cycle Instructor Sam Scaffidi will be offering a class at SoulCycle in Ardmore, PA as a fundraiser for her IM ABLE participation in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in November.  Sam was a die hard CFer when she was in the area, and speaking from personal experience, she will kick your butt in her Soul Cycle class too!  So get your sweat on for a good cause and to support a great CFer!  Details and registration for Sam’s SoulCycle event can be found at this link

REMINDER – SPECIAL RATES
– Know any teachers or nurses who want to join the CF family?  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!  The availability of these offers is limited, so get in today; they won’t last forever.
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.
– We’re in the process of rolling out a new way of introducing newbies to CF!  Stay tuned for details!!

SPIN / KRANK
– Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday SPIN classes are all on hiatus for summer.

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Free Intro will be Saturday, July 23rd.

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday PM – John
Sunday – Ed

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NEW CLASS TIME
Starting this week we’re offering a Monday / Wednesday / Friday NOON class slot.  Take a break from work and jump in!

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SUMMER KIDS CLASSES
Second Session of our Kids camp begins soon!  10:45 to Noon each day for one week.  There’s still time to sign your child up for this motivating week, but please do so as soon as possible so we may get a head count and order t-shirts.  The first session was a huge success and we thank all who participated!!  A very motivating bunch of young CFers!

SPECIAL RATES
– Know any teachers or nurses who want to join the CF family?  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!  The availability of these offers is limited, so get in today; they won’t last forever.
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.
– We’re in the process of rolling out a new way of introducing newbies to CF!  Stay tuned for details!!

CHALLENGES
– July’s Challenge is DOUBLE UNDERS!  Grab a jump rope and a timer, do as many as you can in 2 minutes.  Record your results on the chart on the white board.
– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!

SPECIAL WORKOUTS:
– Chris Moon Hero workout 7/13 – see previous posts for his story and photos.

SPIN / KRANK
– Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday SPIN classes are all on hiatus for summer.

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Free Intro will be Saturday, July 23rd.