• Hoov!

    Special shout-out to our boy Hoov for his fitness profile in the Reading Eagle this Thursday.  Mark (did you know that’s his actual name?) is not only an outstanding guy, but he also motivates everyone around him during the workouts and is always there to lend a helping hand if needed.  A lifelong love of fitness has kept him going through tough times, and we are all better people for knowing him!

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    Photo credit: Reading Eagle

    Photo credit: J. Drey, Reading Eagle

  • Comfort Zone, Shmumfort Zone

    Comfort Zone, Shmumfort Zone

    We all know it’s true, but a recent NYTimes article explains why…  Intense exercise like what we do at CF, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone during a workout, prompts the body to release catecholamines and CRTC2 proteins.  This combination helps improve strength and endurance, with a certain caveat:

    “The study also underscores the importance of periodically reassessing the intensity of your workouts“…”if you wish to continually improve your fitness. Once a routine is familiar, your sympathetic nervous system grows blasé, he said, holds back adrenaline and doesn’t alert the CRTC2 proteins, and few additional adaptations occur.”

    Even more evidence that doing something special, like what we do at CF, will only help you get stronger and improve your endurance!

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  • *Corps Fitness Kids* Camp Returning This Summer

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  • Foodie Brain Dump

    Foodie Brain Dump

    If we’ve said it one, we’ve said it a thousand times… Fat DOESN’T make you fat!!!  There have been several contradictory health / nutrition studies in the past few decades, serving to do nothing more than confuse the $@&% out of everybody…  Leading to people just throwing in the towel and doing whatever they want to because “blah, blah, blah.  Nobody knows anything anyway…”

    Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve learned through our CF food challenges of the past:

    It’s hard.  Yep, it can be.  Let’s move on.

    Insulin spikes = bad.  Keep that blood sugar steady and avoid the constant highs and lows associated with quick sugar rushes (and subsequent crashes, leaving you craving more).

    Watch for the hidden sugar.  It’s everywhere!  Vitamin water?  Not so much…  Low fat?  High sugar…  New and improved?  Doubtful…

    Go clean and natural.  It’s hard to hide additives in a head of lettuce or a carrot (though not impossible, and surely food companies are working on it at this very moment).  Go natural / locally grown / non-processed / clean food!  Know where your food comes from.

    Or go organic.  If you want to, it’s probably a great idea.  But still know where it comes from!  Did that organic, grass fed steak travel from Australia or Uruguay?  …and how does it only cost $7.00?  …and where do I get that plane ticket?

    Or grow your own!  What better way to reconnect with the earth and feel that much more self-sufficient than by digging in the dirt and watching food grow straight out of the ground?!?

    Start small.  Substitute fruit for candy, replace a soda with water, sub salad for fries at the restaurant.  Sure, it’ll seem different at first, but is different inherently bad?  I think not.

    Don’t do it because everyone else is.  Educate yourself about the hows and whys of dietary changes.  You’ll understand what’s going on with your body and be more motivated to step away from the bad stuff…

    It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle.  “Diet” has become a dirty little word with temporary connotations.  Avoid the hype and make the change.

    Figure out what works for you.  What works for someone else may not be your cup of tea, and that’s ok.  Figure out what works for you (it may take weeks / months to figure out) and tweak it until it’s just right.  Don’t make excuses and don’t give up.  Just figure it out!

    But if this is all a little overwhelming, just consider: everything in moderation!  There’s nothing wrong with an occasional meal out or sweet treat from the store.  Just don’t do it all the time.  And chances are, if you’re eating clean, you’ll really notice the negative effects of putting junk into your body and be that much more likely avoid it the next time.

    Ok, that’s enough of a brain dump for a Friday… Carry on!

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  • A Fond Farwell

    A Fond Farwell

    On Saturday morning, CFers were treated to a special finale class by Matt D.  As anticipated, it was excellent from the first minute to the last.  Thank you, MD, for all you have done for CF over the past 10 years!  You’ll be missed, and we’ll see ya later!!

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  • This is your brain on…

    This is your brain on…

    And another for your reading pleasure: a recent NY Times article about health myths.

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    The backwards bandit strikes again!

  • It’s Contagious!

    Our teacher CFers have been using their recess time to catch up on their numbers, and in doing so they have inspired their students to try some pull-ups as well!  Check out these awesome shots:

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  • Why is the ‘Corps’ in Corps Fitness pronounced ‘Core’?

    Why is the ‘Corps’ in Corps Fitness pronounced ‘Core’?

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    corps: 
    [kawr, kohr] 

    noun, plural corps [kawrz, kohrz]

    1.Military.
    a. a military organization consisting of officers and enlistedpersonnel or of officers alone: the U.S. Marine Corps; corps ofcadets.
    b. a military unit of ground combat forces consisting of two ormore divisions and other troops.

    2. a group of persons associated or acting together: the diplomaticcorps; the press corps.
    3. Printing. a Continental designation that, preceded by a number,indicates size of type in Didot points of 0.0148 inches (3.8 mm):14 corps.
    4. Obsolete, corpse.
    Origin: 
    1225–75; Middle English corps, cors  < Middle French  < Latin corpus body; see corpse
    Can be confused: corecorp, corps, corpsecorpus.
    Synonyms
    2. team, force, crew, band.
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  • Brainstorming

    Brainstorming

    Some of the CF and FitU trainers in action outside the workout space: planning brainstorming future challenges!

    Some of the CF and FitU trainers in action outside the workout space: planning brainstorming future challenges!

    The littlest Kaag brainstorming ways to escape...
    The littlest Kaag “training” while brainstorming ways to escape…

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  • Marine Corps Values

    Marine Corps Values

    A few reminders of Corps Fitness’ roots on this Monday morning: The Marine Corps Values (source: Marine Corps HQ)
    • Honor This is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other. It represents the maturity, dedication, trust, and dependability that commit Marines to act responsibly, be accountable for their actions, fulfill their obligations, and hold others accountable for their actions.
    • Courage The heart of our Core Values, courage is the mental, moral, and physical strength ingrained in Marines that sees them through the challenges of combat and the mastery of fear, and to do what is right, to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct, to lead by example, and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to take that extra step.
    • Commitment This is the spirit of determination and dedication within members of a force of arms that leads to professionalism and mastery of the art of war. It promotes the highest order of discipline for unit and self and is the ingredient that instills dedication to Corps and country 24 hours a day, pride, concern for others, and an unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Commitment is the value that establishes the Marine as the warrior and citizen others strive to emulate.

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