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.



Nothing is as refreshing as a post-Murph frosty beverage!

Thursday’s whiskey night at Winedown has been updated to allow CFers to take class before heading over to “re-hydrate”
Date: Thursday March 26th
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm



Welcome December - hard to believe it’s the final month of 2014.  We have a lot going on this month, so get ready!


December 13th - Corps Fitness 10th Anniversary (wow!) celebration and potluck.  Your chance to hang out and chat with your CF family without gasping for air during a workout.  Sign up at the front desk if you’d like to bring something!


Hero Week will be between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Get ready for another special week dedicated to the sacrifices of others.


Garage Strength will be altering weekday hours this month as follows and will be closed on December 11, 12, 24, 25, 31, and January 1, 2015:

Monday 3-8 / Tuesday 3-7 / Wednesday 3-8 / Thursday 3-7 / Friday 3-7


Corps Fitness Baseball Academy will follow the normal schedule but will be closed December 18, 25, 30 and Jan 1, 2015.


December Stay and Play schedule:

  • Thursday Dec. 11th 9:30 AM
  • Thursday Dec. 18th 9:30 AM
  • Saturday Dec. 20th 9:45 AM - ALL AGES (structured class for older kids, structured play for younger kids, based on attendance)
  • Tuesday Dec. 23rd 9:30 AM

Be sure to check the Corps Fitness Schedule page regularly for updates to class times / days.


my Marine Corps came alive.

Happy 239th birthday, Marines!

Chris with his former Drill Instructor, now Lt. Col. Dave Hart. The two reunited a few years ago in Quantico, VA, and Chris was able to thank Lt Col Hart for molding him into the mentally and physically touch Marine he is today.

Remember to wear your costumes today for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Chris dressed as a PSU referee (the sunglasses are a clue).

Dawn of the dead, 5:30 AM

Getting ghoulish at 9:30 AM



Volunteering and participating in the Kyle Pagerly 5k on Sunday morning.  This is always an outstanding race honoring a true hero, and this year was no exception.  Thank you all for coming out and sharing the (chilly)  morning with us, and for Matt D for organizing the race!



Kids’ Class Today: 4:15-5 PM with Ms. Maddie!.  All ages welcome, parents are requested to work out with young kids (5 and under).  Cost is $10 per child, $5 per additional child from the same family.  Classes will run twice a month (2nd and 4th Thursday), and could become weekly if we have strong enough interest.

Another big weekend coming up!!

  • 3/15: 7 AM demo class continues through the end of March.
  • 3/15: An Inov8 representative and A Running Start are visiting CF.  CFers may try out shoes during 8:30 AM class.  Be there by 8 AM to get fitted if you’re interested.  Get sized, try the shoes, and get a discount if you make a purchase.  CFers save 15% that day and 10% on future  purchases at ARS.
  • 3/15: Marine Corps poolees testing at 9AM and working out with Chris at 10:30AM
  • 3/15: After the 8:30 workout, stick around and try out some Benchwarmers coffee.  Benchwarmers is a local coffee vendor who sets up a stand every Sunday during the West Reading farmers’ market.
  • 3/16 8 AM and 1 PM Pot ‘O Gold workouts with G.  If you’d like, bring a dish to share after the workouts!

Later this month:

  • 3/23: 8 AM class moved to 9:15AM, will be held on the FitU side

Unlimited member open gym times: Take advantage!

  • M-F 630am-9am
  • 630pm-730pm
  • T, Th, Fri 11am – 1pm
  • Sat 930am-11am


Weekend instructors:

  • Friday 5:30PM: Brian F
  • *Saturday 7AM: Matt
  • Sunday 8AM: Gretchen
  • Sunday 1PM: Gretchen

Shout out to the 5:30 PMers last night!  An awesome crowd celebrating Mike N’s 50th birthday and finishing a tough Filthy 50 Style workout with 50 - count ’em, 50 - birthday B&Ts!!  Excellent work, everyone!

Family photo for the shared birthday: yesterday was also Felicia’s birthday!

Form work tonight from 6:15 - 6:40 will be: Kettlebells.  Please review some form basics using the following link before coming to the form session.
KBs Link 1
KBs Link 2

Finally, a few reminders about this weekend:
1. The intermediate / advanced 7AM class will continue through 3/29 and longer if attendance is strong.
2. A Running Start will be visiting CF on Saturday 3/15 before and after class to demo Inov8 shoes: Get sized, try out some shoes, and save if you make a purchase.  More info to come!
3. 3/16 8 AM and 1 PM Pot ‘O Gold workouts with G.  If you’d like, bring a dish to share after the workouts!


**930am & 530pm classes are now cancelled. Friday as of now will run as scheduled and keep checking our posts for any new updates**

Bring your partner to the “From Corps Fitness, With Love” workout tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM!  This event is open to veterans and to newbies.  It’s an opportunity to bring your significant other to experience the fun of CF!  Don’t worry, singles are always welcome as well!  The Corps Fitness Valentine Celebration is expanded to an entire Weekend, with 2 Hero WODs (both with a kettlebell focus). And our theme to honor their sacrifice: From Corps Fitness, With Love.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday February 14, 530pm:
Couples/Partners Workout. Enjoy a class of physical and mental challenges with your partner, and of course, stay for the usual FNL Valentine’s drinks and snacks afterward. If you attend as a single, no worries, we’ll accommodate!

Saturday February 15, 7am/830am:
HERO WOD (added 7am time slot accommodate folks who want to honor the Hero)

Sunday February 16, 8am/1pm:

1-leg wall squats, anyone??