Wanting people to understand most of the soldiers don’t want to be there either. They want peace like all of us do. Wondering why almost every house you see doesn’t have an American flag on it like after 9/11. Understanding the true meaning of honor, pride, dedication and hero. Knowing our loved ones are soldiers; driving in a convoy, infantry, mechanics, medics, doctors, nurses and chaplains. But most of all they are our husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. They have a job to do and a family to take care of. That family not only consists of a spouse and kids, but your family as well.**(Excerpt from a letter by Jennifer Chaloux to her husband, Spc. Matthew Chaloux, a Georgia National Guardsman, who was deployed to Afghanistan for a year.) We honor all military families of deployed soldiers for being the ones left to handle everyday struggles alone while at the same time dealing with the stress and heartache of worry every minute for their love ones.

They truly are Heroes among us!

  • 1 mile run
  • 50 pull ups
  • 1 mile run
  • 50 pushups
  • 1 mile run
  • 50 front squats (95 lb male/ 65 lb female)
  • 1 mile run


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Cpl Kyle Carpenter – On Nov. 21, 2010, Carpenter covered a grenade with his own body to save a fellow Marine. At the time, the two with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, were manning a rooftop post at the newly established Patrol Base Dakota in the Marjah district of Helmand province. He covered the grenade to save Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. Eufrazio did not die, but sustained grave brain injuries from shrapnel, despite Carpenter’s sacrifice. When Marines turned Carpenter over, they saw that he had lost most of his jaw, fractured his right arm in more than 30 places, lost an eye and sustained a host of other grave injuries. They also found the grenade’s spoon squarely under his torso.Since Carpenter’s heroism in Afghanistan, followed by a remarkable recovery that included more than 30 surgeries, he has emerged as an inspirational figure who loves snow boarding, sky diving and endurance sports. He has appeared on several national TV shows, eventually completed a Marine Corps Marathon and begin an undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina this year.On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Workout: “Adam Brown”

  • 2 rounds
  • 21 deadlifts (245 lbs)
  • 42 double unders
  • 21 box jumps (24 inch box)
  • 21 wall ball  (20 pound ball)
  • 21 HSPU
  • 21 sit-ups
  • 21 SDHP

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Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day this year.  Thank you to all who have served.



The Soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

‘Step forward now, Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?’

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

‘no, Lord, I guess I ain’t.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I’ve been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn’t mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,

It needn’t be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

 ‘Step forward now, you Soldier,

You’ve borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,

You’ve done your time in Hell.’

 ~Author Unknown~



**8 AM cadence run, meeting at the Wyomissing pool parking lot (ready to STEP OFF at 8 AM).  If you’ve never participated in a cadence run, it’s a fun time and highly recommended.  We run through the highlands, approximately 3 miles at a 9-10 minute / mile pace.
**9 AM class at CF.



From Chris:

Tom Kaag was born 1/2/54 and went to parade rest 3/4/12. Tom became a US Marine, following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps. He inspired my brother Eric & me to achieve the same and the Kaags each became Sergeants of Marines. Tom “Pop” was an air traffic controller in the Marine Corps as well as a licensed private pilot, which embodied his passion for aviation. He was a foundryman after his stint in the Marine Corps and worked hard to provide for his 6 kids. It was evident that his true passion in life was his family and while he lived a pretty simple life, seeing the joy in his face at family functions at the head of the table with all his kids, significant others and grandkids made this his true legacy. He raised all his kids to be independent, respectful and confident individuals and work hard at whatever you do. Being a father now makes it even clearer how much he cared about and how much he would do for all of us. He volunteered and helped with anything his kids were involved with and no matter what he was doing if you needed him he was there.

Today I want to honor Pop through the legacy of his family. He was the creator of the name Corps Fitness back in 2004 so today’s workout reflects the way we started and embodies all the different personalities of his sons Eric and Patrick and daughters Kelly, Emily and Katie, each unique in their own right but all are a reflection of being raised by a great father. The workout begins with Diane his wife of 20 years. Corps Fitness would not be here if my pop didn’t have faith in me and my abilities.  His support made me see the potential to make this happen.


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