Honoring those who sacrificed their lives 73 years ago today.

Above: American cemetery at Utah Beach, Normandy, France.  Below: Mulberries Remaining on the beaches of Normandy (G. Kaag, Jan 2004)




This week, we’re ramping up for Got the Nerve, which will take place on Saturday 5/20.  This is our 14th year at GTN, a fund-raising triathlon Chris started immediately after graduating from college.   Funds raised go towards awarding grants and sponsoring adaptive programming throughout the year!  Please excuse any mess or crowding of the gym space during the week, as there is a lot of prep work that goes into this awesome event!  Thank you to all who have volunteered your time, and good luck to all CFers who plan to participate!!




Did you know that May 11th is National Corps Fitness Trainer Appreciation Day?  Well, it’s new… but since everything apparently needs to have a ‘day’ nowadays, it was really only a matter of time…

But, seriously, let’s hear it for our Corps Fitness Trainers!!  They don’t just show up for an hour of class a few times a week.  They spend countless hours outside of CF planning, re-thinking, second-guessing, and educating themselves to try to come up with the best programming, most challenging and creative classes, and motivating all of you awesome CFers!!  Oh, and did I mention they also workout / train in several classes a week as well?

So let’s give a big THANK YOU to our trainers!  We appreciate everything you do!!  Even if sometimes it leaves us delirious in a puddle of sweat and we want to get you back (but we don’t have the energy)…

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You probably know how well-rounded your exercise regimen is at Corps Fitness, but sometimes fitness articles just point it out for you!  Case in point: this article from Spartan Racing, on the 8 Best Core Moves You’re Not Doing.  Oh really?  Let’s take a look:

Supermans – Check!  Which one?  Alternating, straight-up, double pulse?
Hollow body hold – Check.  We’ve been Hollow Rockin’ it for years
Hanging knee raise – Yuppers
Reverse crunch – Yep, several variations
Hollow body roll – They’re not called Sugar Cookies if you’re not in a sand pit? Note taken!
The Ape – AKA Monkey jumps; tom-A-to / to-mah-to…
Dead bug – Check!
One arm chest press – Admittedly the least creative movement name on the list, but at least we agree.  And… Check!

So keep rockin’ those cores, CFers, like you already do!  And, side note: Don’t complain we never do “abs!”.  Everything is abs: if it engages your core, it’s ABS!

Supermans: The first core exercise you’re “not doing”


Well, this is terrifying: A tick-borne disease that is not treatable, and is worse than lyme

“A rare disease called Powassan is spread by the same tick that carries Lyme disease.
Powassan attacks the nervous system, affecting memory, thinking, and balance – and it can be deadly.
The virus is spread through deer ticks and there is no treatment for it.”
-6abc news

An indication that we should all be living indoors?  No, but definitely educate yourselves, use repellent, and check yo’self regularly after being outdoors!

It’s hard to even post this picture… Looking at it gives me a major case of the heebie-jeebies!

Melissa recently posted more info about preventing tick bites.  Read more about prevention here, and stay healthy, CFers!



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April Attendance Challenge…
Congratulations to our winner of the, Christine Getrost!!  Rena H and Jeanne D also won 20 loyalty points for their participation in the April attendance challenge!  Our goal was to expand the horizons of many CFers during this challenge, encouraging attendance at classes you maybe hadn’t tried.  And from what I saw, it worked!  I saw a bunch of “new” faces at many different workouts, and guess what?  You all ROCKED it.  Don’t be scared – you are a CFer, and you can do anything!

Save the Date
May 27th… Murph.  We are so thankful to Rob and Kim Rauenzahn for sponsoring the Murph Challenge at Corps Fitness again this year!!

Free Intro
The next FREE INTRO will be Saturday 5/13 at 9:30 AM with Chris

Open Gym Times
Thank you again to our PSU student trainers who made Open Gym times available over the past several months, and learned a lot in the process of observing, assisting, and teaching Corps Fitness classes.  And thank you to our CFers who made their transitions seamless!  Open gym times will remain as follows until our next crop of capable interns (fingers crossed) arrives.

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

Got the Nerve Triathlon
Only a couple more weeks until race day!! Stay tuned for possible gym closing on the 20th due to Got the Nerve.  If you’re interested, consider volunteering your time – locally in Wyomissing May 17th / 18th, or at the race site May 19th / 20th.  This is also a great event for HS students to gain some community service hours, as well!  More info and links are available at gotthenerve.org

College Student Membership Rate
Welcome back to any college students who are home for the summer!  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.

Fight Gone Bad
All those who Tested IN for our Fight Gone Bad Benchmark testing back in January: Now’s the time to re-test!  Please email Melissa with a time that you would like to re-test either immediately BEFORE or AFTER a regularly scheduled class during the weeks of 5/7 or 5/13.  AND…..if you didn’t test in back in January, and would like to test IN next week (and the remainder of testing dates throughout 2017), you still CAN!  Please email Melissa (same as above) and she will schedule with you a date and time!  We’ll perform this workout regularly throughout the year so you can track how much you’re improving over time!

Hero Week
Save the date!  Hero Week Summer 2017 will be held June 25 – July 1!  More details to come!

Mike Kuhn getting in the legless rope climbs!



^^ Dundore and Heister, on Penn Ave in Wyomissing, has some great treats for your gut bacteria!

Click image to link to Human Microbiome Project

More and more research is shining light on how important our microbiome is to our overall health.  Here’s another, investigating how gut bacteria may affect the ageing process. (link to full article)

“As part of their study, scientists working with Dario Riccardo Valenzano at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne treated a number of 9.5-week-old killifish with antibiotics to clear out their intestinal flora. They then exposed these middle-aged animals to the intestinal contents of younger, 6-week-old killifish in an aquarium. When the animals ‘taste’ the particles swimming around them, they also inevitably absorb the in the faecal remains swimming in the water. In this way, the from the young fish are successfully ‘transplanted’ into the older organism and colonize its gut. The older fish that receive the young intestinal microbiota not only live considerably longer than fish that were exposed only to their own gut or to those of animals of the same age, these ‘geriatric’ killifish, aged 16 weeks, are also as agile as young .”

Now, I’m not saying to go eating anything unsavory, but this is some interesting research!  What will the future bring?