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What a day!!

Another fun filled weekend with festive Easter classes and the inaugural In Game Marathon/10k at the Reading Fightin Phils! 4 person teams completed 58 1/2 mile laps for the marathon and 13 laps for the 10k. Different kind of running race with traversing around the stadium with spectators cheering once the game was underway. Festive atmosphere we plan to replicate again!

Thank you to Kelly Haldeman A Running Start – West Reading Isaiah Danner and all of our volunteers for making the day run ever so smoothly! Penn State Health St. Joseph – Reading, PA

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…In like a lion!

New Classes
Tuesday 6:30 PM Functional Fitness for Runners
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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Tuesday Corps Fitness / CrossFit Hybrid
New Class Tuesdays at 8:30AM.  Hybrid class….a blend of either all or parts of the CrossFit workout programmed for that Tuesday fused with our Corps Fitness style high intensity circuit.  Omitted will be the strength/skills portion of the CrossFit programming.  Class will stay on the schedule as long as attendance warrants it.
CrossFit OPEN
We’re one week in to the CrossFit open!  A few reminders for this 5-week event:
Judges – NEW this year.  You only need to be an “official” judge (i.e. passed the CrossFit judges course) if
– you are the affiliate manager
– the athlete is likely going to regionals
–  you want to judge at regionals
– you are judging videos
This opens the opportunities for everyone to step up and help out in the next few weeks.  We’ll be holding group sessions for athletes to come in and complete the WODs on Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 AM and Sundays around 9:45.  Please help out and help everything run smoothly!

AOIB
The All Out In Berks is changing over to a PURELY CrossFit competition this year.  Workouts have been announced – check the link for more info, and recruit some friends to partake!

Ongoing Open Gym Times
Open gym times are continuing thanks to our PSU student trainers!
We have added Mon-Fri 6:30am – 1pm and 6:30pm – 7:30pm,
Sat 10:30 – 11:30am
Sunday 9:30 – 10:30am

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!

CF Market
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Michelle’s kimchi is in the house!!  Sign up and purchase a quart today!

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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).

Even MORE Talented CFers
Also, did you know CFer Nancy is newly into the knitting business?  Knits by Nance is open to orders for her awesome beanies and scarves!
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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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Motivate a friend!
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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!
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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
ONE more free intro this month after a BIG one last week.  1/28 at 9:30 AM is your last opportunity in January 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.

Fight Gone Bad Benchmarking
What were you doing this time last year?  Were you all set to start the New Year off with a bang, only to get 3 weeks into it and feel a little off course?  How about some CF-style accountability?  …as in Fight Gone Bad benchmark testing!  Beginning 1/25 and running through 1/29, we’re holding testing.  2 CFers per time slot, 2 rounds of FGB.  We’ll repeat at regular intervals so you can see your progress!  SIgn up at the desk and be ready to go at your allocated time!
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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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Additional Open Gym Times
Some more new faces creating more opportunities at CF!  Thanks to PSU Berks Kinesiology students Isaiah, Melissa, and Justin we’re able to offer more open gym times starting this week with the following schedule (subject to change week to week, we’ll try to post Saturdays for the following week):
Sunday 9:30-10:30 AM
M / W / F: 6:30 – 9 AM, 10:30 – 11:45 AM, 6:30 – 7: 30 PM
T / Thurs: 9 AM – 1 PM, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 AM

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Thank you to all who volunteered and participated in the Fire and Ice 5k on Saturday!!  You made this a special, fun, and successful inaugural event!!

A few photos are below, and more are posted on Facebook, if you’re interested 🙂

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Looking for a great run to round out your October calendar?  We encourage all CFers to check out Fitzy’s run and learn more about Lauren’s Foundation!  This is an outstanding event right here in Wyomissing, taking place October 30th.  There will be a costume contest, local music, and even a supervised kids area from 9-11:30 AM!  Also, you’re supporting an incredible local foundation in memory of CFer Mike Fitzgerald’s daughter Lauren, who lost her life at age 20 as the result of a brain tumor.

“Throughout her 14 month ordeal, Lauren maintained her dignity, her love of life, and her high spirits. She refused to let her diagnosis interfere with her life, choosing instead to live by a favorite quote from American poet Maya Angelou: “I may not be able to change what happens to me. I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Even death could not diminish her love of life. Five people received organs that Lauren chose to donate – her heart, lungs, liver and kidneys were used to serve those in need. Her legacy, love and generosity will live forever.”
-Lauren’s Foundation

Registration will be available on race day at the Stone House in Wyomissing.  Paper registration forms are available at the links above and need to be turned in by October 22nd.  Online registration is open through October 26th.

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CALLING ALL RUNNERS!
We are putting together teams of runners for the Ragnar Relay event on June 2-3, 2017.  Registration is open NOW, and prices increase in the beginning of October.
Details: Starts in Stauffer Park, Lititz on June 2, 2017.  Ends in Mt Pocono on June 3.  Teams of 12 (can be less, but then more running per person) are created with each team member running 3 legs over a 200-ish mile course. Each leg varies slightly in mileage (1.9 to 8 miles per leg).  More details and race registration at www.runragnar.com (check out the race bible).
If you would like to be a part of a Corps Fitness / IM ABLE Ragnar Running Team, please email Melissa@corpsfitness.net by September 17th with your name and email address.  **Please be sure your are 100% COMMITTED to the dates.  Fees are charged for additional relay changes.**
Cost: $1380 per team (split across all members)
This will be a ton of fun, so the more the merrier!  A challenge has been issued for CF to provide 2 teams – we can do that, no sweat!!  Let’s get some vans and runners rolling with CFers up to Mt Pocono!!

 

REMINDER – NEW CLASS TIME
Monday / Wednesday / Friday “Executive Express” NOON class: Take a break from work and jump in!  Towels and showers are available, in case you’re on the fence!

CHALLENGES / SPECIAL EVENTS
– Check out the earlier post on the March for the Fallen, mark your calendars, and register online if you’re interested!  We’re looking to have a solid turnout of CFers for this challenging event.  September 28th, 0600 start or check out the other offerings during the day.
– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!

REMINDER – SPECIAL RATES
– Know any teachers or nurses who want to join the CF family?  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!  The availability of these offers is limited, so get in today; they won’t last forever.
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.
– We’re in the process of rolling out a new way of introducing newbies to CF!  Stay tuned for details!!

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Free Intro will be Saturday, August 27th.

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday PM – John
Sunday – Emily

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**REMINDER!!  Saturday 5/28: ONE CLASS ONLY – MURPH!**

This is a MEGA workout.  Don’t get rhabdo!  Please read up on rhabdo, the causes and symptoms, hydration, and know where that tipping point is for you!  The most important part of Saturday is making sure everyone pushes hard for Murph without any injuries!!  Scale as needed, listen to your body, do what you can, push your limits.


Memorial Day 5/30: Cadence Run at 8 AM, meeting at Wyomissing Pool.  Followed by ONE class at 9 AM at Corps Fitness.

TEACHER + NURSE APPRECIATION
We’re rolling out a new pricing schedule for our teacher and nurses!  Check out the top of CF’s fees page for more information!

SUMMER KIDS CLASSES
See previous post for summer kids class information!

HERO WEEK
Submit your honorees TODAY!  Summer 2016 HW will be June 19 – 25th.

GENERAL UPDATES
– The Kaag Challenge is extended indefinitely, so be sure to get in touch with Chris or Melissa for a time slot!  CFers have been gettin’ it done week after week – congrats!!
– A reminder to check out the CF Loyalty Program and Incentives we announced April 1st. You can also earn points via membership and merchandise purchases!  Check out the link for full details, and start earning today!  For newbies looking to take advantage of the incentives, remember you must attend an intro class first.  After that, you’re be eligible for 2 weeks of free membership and then an additional month at $70.

SCHEDULE UPDATES:
Memorial Day 5/30: Cadence Run at 8 AM, meeting at Wyomissing Pool.  Followed by ONE class at 9 AM at Corps Fitness.
– REMINDER: Typical Saturday class times are now 8 AM (Corps Fitness) and 9:15 AM (CrossFit).  Two different class types on a Saturday!

SPIN / KRANK
– Tuesdays 10:30 AM with Aimee
Thursdays 6:30 PM with Mike – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday SPIN classes are on hiatus for summer.

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Intro to Corps Fitness class will be Saturday 5/28 at 9:30 AM with Chris.  Come on by and then enroll in our incentive program!

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday 5:30 PM – John
Sunday 8:30 AM – Gretchen