Summer 2015 Hero Week will be June 21-27, ending with Kyle Pagerly’s workout on 6/27. Our heart go out to Alecia, Savannah, Jynx, and all of Kyle’s family and friends as this June 29th marks the 4th anniversary of his death.
Are you or do you know a college student home for the summer, or one starting this fall? Keep more $$ in your piggy bank by taking advantage of the special Corps Fitness student rate: $210.00 for a 3-month unlimited membership this summer! *College ID or acceptance letter required to get discounted rate.
Operation “Badge 27” / Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund for Berks First Responders:
The Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund and Corps Fitness are proud to announce Operation Badge 27 to begin June 1, 2015! This exciting program is available to ALL first responders who serve in departments within the Berks County area. For a very low flat rate of $25.00 a month, all first responders will receive an Unlimited Corps Fitness gym membership; a gym membership that will give you the best opportunity to realize your physical and mental fitness potential.
For those of you who were fortunate to know Kyle, you were aware of the high value Kyle placed on physical and mental strength, especially when serving as a first responder. This collaboration between the Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund and Corps Fitness will continue Kyle’s legacy and uphold that which was so important to him. Details about this unlimited fitness program can be obtained by calling Corps Fitness, or by checking out www.corpsfitness.net. Many thanks to Alecia for partnering with Corps Fitness to continue Kyle’s (Pags) legacy!!
Friday 5:30 PM - John
Sunday 8 and 9:30 AM - John
Corps Fitness’ very own and Wyomissing’s finest Kevin Q is representing Corps Fitness and Kyle Pagerly at the 2015 World Police & Fire Games in Fairfax, VA this July! Good luck, Kevin! Here are a few words from Kevin:
I’m extremely humbled and excited to represent Kyle Pagerly and Corps Fitness at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games this summer in Fairfax, VA. The Games take place every 2 years and I will be participating in the Olympic distance triathlon on July 3rd.
As many of you know Corps Fitness is a special place in many ways. One special item that many outside of law enforcement would not realize is the ability to be pushed to your breaking point and sometimes beyond by a supportive group of fellow sufferers who don’t judge you because of your profession. As a whole Corps is made up of people from all walks of life whom have careers in many different fields. The amazing thing is everyone is treated equal regardless of your fitness level, chosen path in life, or job title. As a law enforcement officer I can tell you first hand we are judged and many times condemned by a few bad apples or one sided media stories that portray us as villains instead of public servants. There are not many places outside of our homes that we can let our guard down and feel safe to do so. Corps Fitness is not only one of those places it has picked up the torch to help promote fitness and wellness in the 1st Responder community. The Kyle Pagerly Call to Action Challenge was the first of anything in Berks county to bring Police, Fire and EMS personal together to workout side by side to get fitter and stronger and allow us to better serve the public.
While Kyle might not have been the first 1st Responder to work out at Corps Fitness, he was one of the most outspoken advocates for the benefit of of doing so. He believed that representing his department and wearing his uniform demanded that he be in superior shape. Kyle originally came up with the call to action idea in 2011 just before he was killed in the line of duty, and Corps Fitness founder Chris Kaag made sure that Kyle’s idea was realized with multiple call to action classes. Kyle served as an example through his dedication and commitment to strive for the best and be the fittest he could be without excuses. It is an honor to represent all that Kyle and Corps Fitness stand for at the Games this summer.
Looking for a seriously cool way to start your Memorial Day? 8:00AM Cadence run starting at parking lot of Wyo Pool. Approx. 3 mile run at 9:30ish minute mile pace….everybody can do it….and did we mention that it is seriously cool? Seriously. Here’s last year’s Labor Day cadence gang….
THEN, 9AM class at Corps….both are great ways to start your Memorial Day festivities! Hope to see you there!
THANK YOU to Rob and Kim Rauenzahn for sponsoring Corps Fitness as an official host site of the Murph Challenge 2015!! Remembering what it’s truly about by paying tribute to those no longer with us.
On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.
A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.
Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.
As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.
On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight. By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead. The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.
By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.
Noon class today will be open gym format with a workout posted.
There WILL be ONE class Saturday 5/23 at 8 AM. The class will be the Murph challenge. Murph is an awesome Hero Workout that we have done many times at CF. Any CFer may participate! It is not required to donate extra money on the Murph challenge website; you may use a normal punch card or unlimited membership to attend just like any other class! Any donations on the Murph website support the scholarships provided by the Murph Foundation (but again, are NOT required!).
Normal schedule Sunday 5/24 (8 and 9:30 AM classes)
Memorial day schedule:
- Cadence run at 8 AM starting at the Wyomissing pool parking lot at the corner of Evans Ave / Old Mill. The run is about 3 miles out-and-back on a paved surface, approximately 9-10 min / mile pace, no one left behind! Cadence runs are a fun, interactive way to get your running in without thinking about how much running sucks the whole time (if you’re like me, anyhow…). Come out and learn some cadence!
- 9 AM class (following cadence run). This is the ONLY class on Monday 5/25.
- Friday 5:30 PM - Gretchen
- Sunday 8 and 9:30 AM - Van
CFers are anxiously awaiting Murph this Saturday, and it is a truly awesome workout for an amazing hero gone too soon. The workout consists of running, pull ups, push ups, squats, and more running. This mega workout has induced rhabdo-like symptoms before, and all CFers should be aware of the risks associated, how to listen to your body, and when to know that enough is enough. 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!!