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Free Intro
NO FREE INTRO THIS WEEK.  Next Free Intro will be September 23rd!

Reminder: New Classes Days / Times
– Wednesday 6:45 PM CrossFit
– Thursday 9:45 AM CrossFit Hybrid
– Sunday 9:45 AM CrossFit: With a focus on ROMWOD and then conditioning

IM ABLE Duathlon
Come out to support our non-profit arm, the IM ABLE Foundation, during their duathlon and 5k next month!  All abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate and support IM ABLE’s mission of getting everyone Up and Moving!  Register to participate or volunteer here: http://imablefoundation.org/

Kyle Pagerly 5k
The 6th Annual Kyle Pagerly 5k is coming up on October 8th in Shillington, PA.  If you don’t know the history if this event, Kyle was organizing this run in 2011 as a dedication to fallen officers; the same year his life was tragically taken in the line of duty.  If you’re a runner, or generally interested in helping support the Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund, please sign up!

Badge 27 Team Challenge
October 28th we’ll hold the second annual Badge 27 Call to Action challenge!  MORE challenges, SHORTER course.  Get your team of 4 together NOW.  Registration officially opens in early September.  Want to participate but your friends are chickening out?  Email Melissa and she’ll do her best to get you on a team!

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Posting updates a day late this week so ya’ll have a chance to read our newsletter before we post here!  Hopefully you found it in your mailbox this morning, but here you go!  LOTS of good stuff coming up!

Early Morning Class Time Moving to 5:15 AM
Beginning Tuesday September 5th, ALL early morning classes will start at 5:15 AM (rather than 5:30 AM).  Why the change?  It’s based on results from our survey earlier this year.  A number of folks have been needing to step out early for work and family obligations, so we’re adjusting to help make it work for everyone!  Also, we’d like to open the possibility for additional early AM classes, and by adjusting the early class by 15 minutes, we can hopefully accommodate the additions!

New Classes Days / Times
More bang for your buck!  More class times are coming!  Also beginning the week of September 5th, we’re adding the following classes / times.  We’re looking at adding Corps Fitness classes every day of the week as well, so stay tuned.
– Wednesday 6:45 PM CrossFit
– Thursday 9:45 AM CrossFit Hybrid
– Sunday 9:45 AM CrossFit
As with all new classes, we will closely monitor the attendance, and keep the classes as long as warranted by participation.  So if you like it, be there!

We are continually looking to offer more, so stay tuned, and THANK YOU for your suggestions!!

And of course, the basic updates as well:

Free Intro
August 12th at 9:30 AM with Chris

Badge 27 Reunion
August 12th at 11 AM, Chris is hosting a Badge 27 reunion / indoctrination for all current, former, and new Operation Badge 27 participants at NO COST.  ALL Berks County first responders are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.  Along with a workout that is scalable to all fitness levels and abilities, we will be recognizing and honoring Alecia Pagerly Eberly, Kyle’s widow, who generously supports these programs at Corps Fitness in honor of Kyle, helping us keep his spirit and legacy alive.

Badge 27 Team Challenge!
October 28th we’ll hold the second annual Badge 27 Call to Action challenge!  MORE challenges, SHORTER course.  Get your team of 4 together NOW.  Registration officially opens in early September.  Want to participate but your friends are chickening out?  Email Melissa and she’ll do her best to get you on a team!

Best In Berks
Time to vote again! We were so very honored to be chosen Best of Berks for fitness facilities in 2016 because of YOU!!! Voting is open again for 2017. Please consider choosing Corps Fitness once again as Best of Berks 2017! THANK YOU!! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BestofBerks17

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Hero Week Shirts
Shirts are in!!  …worth the wait, because they are AWESOME!  Pick yours up at the front desk!

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IM ABLE At Corps Fitness
What happens at Bldg 7 during Corps Fitness down-time?  Well, IM ABLE uses the space and provides some incredible fitness opportunities to some who may not have the chance otherwise.  Check out Dorian and his friends with Abilities in Motion, and others from the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick exploring possible collaborations!
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Moon Hero Workout
Last week, CFers gathered together to honor Army Specialist Christopher Moon.  Thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, or just starting out their journey of service to our country.  Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.
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Extra Fun
Are you interested in mountain biking but not sure where to start?  Have an old bike sitting around that you want to get back out on?  Come out with Chris next Thursday (7/27) for a beginner ride through the Highlands in Wyomissing.  Meet at CF at 6 PM.

Free Intro
The next free intro class will be Saturday 7/22 at 9:30 AM.

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Free Intro
Our next free intro will be this Saturday, 7/8 at 9:30 AM.  Spread the word!

Hero Week
Hero Week 2017 is a wrap!  Thank you so, so much to Melissa and Emily for planning this brutally awesome week honoring the founding principles of the US Marine Corps and Corps Fitness.  Thank you to all the CFers who “get it” and give your all because you know the true meaning behind Hero Week.  There was a large number who went for all 7 days…. CONGRATS!
Big props to Ryan McLin who was awarded the inaugural Kyle Pagerly CF Spirit Award for giving well beyond 100%, doing it with integrity, and motivating those around him by work ethic and by words.
Here’s the link for the youtube video recapping the week.

CF Kids
Parents, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas, need a way to get the young ones in your life motivated and moving?  Check out our CF Kids Classes running this summer!  July 17th – 21st or July 24-28.  Choose one or both sessions to have your kids learn about respect, accountability, and teamwork with CF’s very own Mary Cochran!

Open Gym Times
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

College Student Membership Rate
Holy smokes, we’re half way through summer already!!!  Welcome back to any college students who are home for the season!  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.

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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!

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Mike Kuhn getting in the legless rope climbs!

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Our 2017 event went incredibly well!  Photos are posted on social media and a few will be featured on the blog later this week.  A huge shout out and THANK YOU to our event leaders, volunteers, and participants for making it a great day!!

Free Intro and Ongoing Open Gym Times
The next FREE INTRO will be Saturday 4/8 at 9:15 AM with Chris
Open gym times are continuing thanks to our PSU student trainers!
Mon-Fri 6:30am – 1pm and 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sat 10:30 – 11:30am
Sunday 9:30 – 10:30am

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Nutrition Seminar – CANCELLED
The seminar originally scheduled for April 5th is CANCELLED!

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In-game run with the Fightins – NEXT SATURDAY!
Assemble your teams and get registered for the April 15th event!  More details in previous post

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Got the Nerve Triathlon
A great race for beginners and seasoned athletes, Got the Nerve takes place May 20th this year in beautiful Mt Gretna, PA.  Not interested in racing?  Consider volunteering your time – locally in Wyomissing May 17th / 18th, or at the race site May 19th / 20th.  This is 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
We understand full time college students are strapped for cash, so we’re introducing a student rate for full time students (12+ credits per semester) to attend Corps Fitness for $70 / month (unlimited membership).  Must present a valid school ID when purchasing.

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Bar pass, step-ups, and team bar carry make a comeback!
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Lots of core work and ground stability on the docket Monday!

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New exciting options at CF!
6:30 PM Functional Fitness for Runners – starts TONIGHT!
Are you a runner, or do you want to become a runner!  Check out our great new partnership with A Running Start!  Don’t be scared by the “run-centric” aspect of this class.  Come on out and give it a try, learn what it’s all about, and see how it may benefit you.  This 6:30 PM time slot is something that has been requested by CFers, so we’re hoping it’s well utilized!
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CrossFit
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.

Throwdown with XF Ephrata!  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.

Also, the All Out In Berks is changing over to a PURELY CrossFit competition this year.  CFers have visited other CrossFit “Boxes” in the past for similar events.  Spread the word to the CrossFit community and bring others in!

Other ongoing special events – reference last week’s updates!
Jay’s personal training
Kimchi and honey at CF

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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!!