I feel really really sorry for this generation of kids.
I also envy them.
I envy them because they can carry their music with them all the time. MP3 players rock! Back in the day … well … there weren’t any MP3 players and our music was imprisoned and bolted inside our cars; stuck on our bedroom stereos.
Maybe we valued our music more because we could only listen to it on a limited basis. Music today is easily acquired, transported, replaced, and disposed of. I wonder if kids today value their music the same as we did when we only had our Victrola?
But how cool is it to have your music with you everywhere!? It’s waaay cool, isn’t it?!
On the other hand, I feel sorry for the kids today who don’t have much music to listen to that makes a difference. It must be terrible to live in a generation that lacks music that matters. I mean, “My Humps,” “Candy Shop,” and “Act a Fool” hardly seem like classics that’ll still be playing 30 years from now. And it certainly doesn’t take a degree in poetry, linguistics, or literary analysis to figure out what “My Humps” is all about. It ain’t no “American Pie.” By the way, if you haven’t seen Alanis Morissette’s parody of “My Humps” on U-Tube you’ve missed some fine comedy! But watch the Black Eyed Peas ridiculous original first. “Check it out!”
But I digress.
Here’s what’s on my mind. It’s hard for me to explain to my youngest son, Nathan, what growing up was like before MP3 players and laptops. He just can’t know what he doesn’t know. Ya know?
When I talk to people who have never been active, never been athletic, never been involved in sports, about the way you feel when you’re in good health and in good shape, they look at me like Nathan does when I tell him about life before the Internet. I seldom get people who’ve never been active to join USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP. They don’t know what they’re missing.
BUT, when I talk to people who used to be athletic, who used to be active, who used to play sports, the connection is easy. They KNOW what they’re missing. They KNOW what they don’t have anymore. And here’s the beauty of it, in the majority of cases, they can have it back!!
Are you one of those? Are you a “they?” Are you a “back in the day” fitness person? Have you neglected the very thing that will add quality and years to your life?
For the small price of self discipline and effort, you can reclaim those things that made life “back in the day” so much fun, so enjoyable, so full of hope! When people are deprived of their health and fitness, hope is usually one of the casualties.
Would you like to know what it’s like to be healthy and fit? Would you like to rediscover the joys of a fit and healthy lifestyle?
Forward this newsletter to someone who needs to get out of Turdeville!
Wanna do a tri??
There are at least two short distance triathlons near by that would be a great first race for newbie triathletes. One is the Mighty Mite Triathlon (1/3 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3 mile run) on July 14 at Forrest City, Arkansas. And the other is the CATS Triathlon (500 yard swim, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run) on September 16. I’ll put together a training team for one or both events.
Cost for the training is $180 for the summer training, or $75 per event.
If you’d like to become a triathlete, email me! We’ll begin training on Saturday morning, June 2.
Good luck to those BOOT CAMPERS doing the Memphis in May Triathlon this weekend! I want a full and detailed debrief! If you’re running it, email me and let me know!
TO BE, OR NOT TO BE?
The 0830 class will NOT disappear for the summer!! You have spoken, and I have listened! The class will continue … at least for JUNE!!
THE 0645 CLASS HAS RETURNED!!!
The 0645, 0830, and 5:45 PM classes follow a Monday/Wednesday/Friday “WEIGHT DAY,” and Tu/Thu “CARDIO DAY” workout schedule.
BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE
You can bring a friend (or enemy) to BOOT CAMP for a free “try it out and see if it kills me” class. Bring ‘em on a weight day and let them experience the fun of shared misery! One day for free!
Add your 10 favorite running tunes to the ongoing list on the website blog by clicking on the comments and adding your own list! You can also check to see what other Boot Campers are jamming out to when they run! http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/
GOIN’ TO DISNEY WORLD!
I’ll be in Orlando this weekend to run in the Ford Half Ironman Triathlon. But you will hardly know that I’m gone. I’ve got awesome assistants, Richard Bourland, Anne Emmerth, Kevin Jenks, Teri Trotter, and Jenny Morris (Thanks guys!), to cover the classes that I’ll miss on Friday afternoon and on Monday, so don’t slack! Get your booties to BOOT CAMP!
“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own, sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.”
~ William James
To your continued good health and fitness!!
Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding