You got a taste of it by “Carrying the Load” and now we’re on to a Corps Fitness October Challenge! This is a personal challenge concentrating on 2 exercises:
1) Weightlifting: SNATCH
2) Gymnastics: TOES 2 BAR
Find out more and watch videos at this link to the challenge. Pay close attention to the points of performance and movement standard (form above intensity!!). Visualize YOUR body moving that way. Practice it.
Test in will occur on October 4 and 5 (at the end of a CF class). You may try your hand at one or both.
SNATCH TEST: Isabel (30 reps for time, M #95/#115/#135 – F #45, #55, #65)
***Your Test-in Weight will be your Test-out Weight. So you might take a very long time, or be totally unable to complete the task. Then by the end of October you should see improvement. Be serious about selecting load.***
TOES 2 BAR TEST: 2 minutes max reps
**KTEs are acceptable in the Test-in, noting how many reps are KTE. Then by the end of October you should perform more T2B in the 2 minutes.**
Corps Fitness has always had the philosophy that whatever your issue you can look within to Improvise, Adapt and Overcome. Find a way to do things differently and move on with no excuses. We have had many people within our ranks that have demonstrated just that and they have inspired those around them to do even more. Wednesday 9:30am class had the pleasure of working out with a man who visited us from West Chester and participated in the workout and demonstrated that philosophy loud and clear!! Marine Corps Captain John O’Brien showed us how a CF class can be completed with only 1 arm and 1 leg! Thank you sir for joining us and for reaffirming and demonstrating what the Marine Corps instilled in you and Corps Fitness founder Chris Kaag, that there are NO EXCUSES for what you CAN achieve! Ooh Rah!!!!!
Excerpt from John’s Bio
A person’s character traits are the foundation for survival in today’s fast changing world. Not only does your character help you succeed in the business world, but also it carries you through the tragedies and suffering we encounter personally. John O’Brien is a retired Captain from the USMC, and he knows how a strong character helped him to survive a horrific plane crash in 1993. These same character traits help John to embrace life and live it to the fullest.
While piloting the AV-8B Harrier jump-jet during a routine training mission landing on a road near Cherry Point, NC, John’s airplane veered off the road and exploded upon impact. He was severely burned over 36% of his body, which ultimately led to the amputation of his left arm and left leg. John teaches how key character traits aided in his survival and recovery.
Personal integrity, trust, loyalty, honesty and self-confidence are just a few of the key character traits that sustained a positive mindset to enable John to recover from the devastating effects of losing two limbs and suffering through skin grafting surgeries. These same character traits are what drive John O’Brien
Reminder! Thank you CF’ers! CF Appreciation Week 9/23-9/27. 10-15% off all memberships 9/23-9/27 ONLY. Inquire at the front desk.
We’re into the final week of the Carry the Load challenge: keep up the good work! Test out days will be 9/29-9/30 (non-weighted).
Remember to maintain good form at all times, from the warm-up runs to the cool-down stretches. Maintaining proper form will strengthen your muscles and help prevent injury!