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Free Intros
Stay tuned to the Corps Fitness Facebook page and blog for a special Free Intro announcement later in February!

 CrossFit Open
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.

Have ??, Will Travel
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.

Functional Training for Runners
Are you a runner, or do you want to become a runner!  Check out our great new partnership with A Running Start!
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Personal Training
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Our very own Jay V is now a certified personal trainer!  Check out the info above for a great opportunity for someone looking to get started on a fitness journey….or for someone looking to achieve specific fitness goals!

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You like kimchi? What is it? Never had it?
Kimchi is a Korean fermented vegetable dish (mainly cabbage) that has oh-so-many benefits.
First, it is super tasty.
Second, it is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2 and C. It’s also full of essential amino acids and minerals such as iron, calcium and selenium.
Third, it is brimming with beneficial gut-boosting lactobacilli bacteria, and a happy gut, is a happy YOU.
And fourth, it assists in digestion, it’s low calorie, and has healthy functionality (as reported by Journal of Medicinal Food) such as anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-aging, and beneficial effects on cholesterol among many other things.
CFers, you are in luck! CFer Michelle Gauby is a terrific kimchi-maker, and she will be providing samples to taste available this Wednesday (after 9:30AM class) thru Saturday. Please take a moment to try some (it will be staying cool in the fridge….ask front desk for help). After anyone interested has had a taste, Michelle will be taking orders for purchase (details on sizes and cost will be coming soon!). In the meantime, be sure to give it a taste-test. Many CFers can already attest to its deliciousness!

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AND…we have Raw Honey!!!
Fellow CFer Emily Bundy brings to us raw honey from her family business, The Honey Bee Tree. There are delicious and beautifully packaged jars of honey for sale in the cafe (and information as well).
Why honey, and why RAW honey? Raw honey is unprocessed, pure, unpasteurized which helps to retain all its natural vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients. Additionally, honey is a good source of anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties!
Check out the display in the Cafe. Purchases can be made at the front desk. Thanks Emily Bundy for bringing this to CF!!

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Free Intros
Two more free intros this month: 1/21 and 1/28 at 9:30 AM!  Two more incredible opportunities to give Corps Fitness a try for up to 6 weeks for just $70!

Remember that your attendance at a free intro class will then qualify you for a free 2-week Corps Fitness unlimited trial membership. And wait, there’s more!  After your 2 week free trial is complete, you can take advantage of a one-time introductory rate of $70 for your first one-month unlimited membership! Great deal, great start to the new year!

Spread the word, and show your friends why Corps Fitness is Best in Berks!

CrossFit Open
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.

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Equipment
If you see something that doesn’t appear to be working correctly, please make a note with the front desk staff.  We do our best to keep everything up and running, but it takes all of us working together.  Also, please be kind to the equipment! (i.e. don’t jump on stacked boxes.  Not only is this bad for the boxes, it could result in you getting hurt.  And nobody wants that.)
Fun fact: you can increase the height of boxes by stacking plates on top.  Add a few inches at a time to get you to that next level!
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Corps Fitness is excited to offer an inaugural 5k race and One Mile Fun Run in conjunction with the Reading Downtown Improvement District’s Fire + Ice Fest to be held January 13th and 14th in Downtown Reading.

Date and Time of Race: Saturday January 14th, 2017

Race day is Saturday January 14th, 2017:

  • 8:30AM Registration is Open
  • 9:45AM Corps Fitness style warm-up led by Former Marine Sgt and Corp Fitness owner, Chris Kaag and the JROTC of Reading.
  • 10:00AM 5k Race Start
  • 10:45AM One Mile Fun Run start
  • NOON Awards Ceremony at the 6th and Penn Street Bandstand Area

Location:

The race start and finish lines are at the Reading Area Community College (Front Street area). The course is a flat, easy out and back route along Riverfront Drive and Canal Street. After the awards ceremony on 6th and Penn, enjoy the start of the Chili Cook Off and great music as a part of the Fire + Ice Fest. For all the Fire + Ice Fest activities and events, visit their website at www.readingfireandicefest.com

Additional Information:

All 5K runners with registration in by January 6th, will receive a t-shirt with logo designed by CF’s Matt Jackson. Additionally, all 5K runners will receive one complimentary ticket to the Fire + Ice Fest’s Snowfall Ball to be held Saturday evening at the Doubletree Hotel.

Proceeds of this race will benefit the Reading Downtown Improvement District.

Race Application:

Race application can be found here: Race Application

Questions?

Inquiries about the race can be sent to melissa@corpsfitness.net.

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Hero Week *Winter 2016* is coming!

When: Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
Where: Corps Fitness
Why: To honor heroes of September 11th, 2001

This post provides a few pointers for Hero Week, to protect the integrity of the week and protect you and those around you from injury.  These pointers aren’t intended to scare anyone away from doing HW, just items that we all should be aware of.  The pace is fast and the WODs are tough:

  1. First and foremost, DON’T GET RHABDO.  Stay hydrated, scale accordingly, recover as needed.  Yes, for many the goal is to do every day, but if your body is telling you differently it’s best to listen.
  2. HW is not the best time to start CF or to come in after a long absence – for the same reasons as above.  Scale and take time off as needed.  Don’t feel pressured to do every WOD because Susie is doing them all… maybe she’s been in more regularly and conditioned her body for the rigors of this week.  If your body says No, listen!  It’s also not a great week to try ‘active recovery’ at CF (not that that’s ever an option).  If you need some less-intense movement to work some soreness out, take a walk, go for a swim, take a day off from CF.
  3. Before each WOD, the bio of the honoree will be read aloud. That’s the most important 5 minutes of each class. You can also visit the blog each morning to read about the Hero. The workout is for him / her.  Please respect that.
  4. In large classes, you will share equipment or make modifications.  You might take turns, start at different times, or use DBs instead of a bar for push press for example, improvise – adapt – overcome.
  5. Respect the fact that you are part of something bigger than yourself.  Be part of the group energy.
  6. HW means something different to everyone. Whether this is your first HW or you’re one of the CFers who have participated in every HW past, please recognize and honor the Integrity and Intensity this week deserves. Follow the example of those who have come before you, and thank them for making HW what it is. Then, make your own meaning and carry on the tradition!
  7. If you are attending only 1 or 2 just to “get your workout” please be considerate and mindful of the dedicated folks who are suffering through all 7 workouts for the Heroes.  It’s not a competition, it’s about working together to honor the heroes.  Respect that.
  8. Get motivated!  Bring the intensity to every workout!

Do something special.  Because you’re here.  These heroes sacrificed committing to something bigger. We honor them by doing the same.

“Check your ego at the door, drink water, rest, SCALE to your own ability.

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Thanks to you, Corps Fitness won Best Fitness Center in Berks, 2016!!

To our trainers: THANK YOU for being the most motivating crew out there!  Classes are building, and CFers know they’re getting consistent quality regardless of the time they attend!

To our members: THANK YOU for being the most motivating crew out there!  Your passion for Bldg 7 is what makes us who we are.  Thank you for being awesome!  We are so proud of everything the CF family represents and does, regardless of any contest.  Keep up the good work!

Also, a huge congratulations to Bldg 7 Yoga for their Best in Berks win – Best Yoga Studio!  Second year in a row!

Another big congratulations to CFer Ben Franco, whose winedown cafe was selected as Best place for wine lovers!

For the full list of winners, check out this link.

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From Wyomissing to Mifflin to Wilson to Daniel Boone students and more, Corps Fitness has hosted teens looking to improve speed, strength and mental fortitude.
**We are excited to announce a NEW class just for teens, ages 13 through 17 beginning this Tuesday, 12/6 and Wednesday, 12/7 from 4:15 to 5:15PM.**
Cost is $10 per class. Pay when you arrive. Parents must sign a liability form available at the front desk (or you can download and print from our website). We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

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