What I’m about to tell you happens more than I wish that it did.
People join USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, people work hard, people get great results, people improve their health and fitness … people feel better than they’ve felt in years … (so far, so good) … and then … sometimes … people quit coming.
The VERY same people who were losing weight, getting fit, feeling great, and achieving their goals … quit coming.
INCONCEIVABLE!! (Think “Princess Bride” here!)
Some of those people are reading this right now.
Is it you?
I know how it happened. I hear it all the time.
It begins with a single missed workout here … and then another missed workout there …
and before you know it, you’ve missed a week.
Then a month missed.
Then monthS missed..
You NEVER intended to miss at all, right?
You never INTENDED to lose your way … to fall off the wagon …
to allow yourself to regain the weight you’d lost
or to lose the fitness that you’d worked so hard to achieve.
Former BOOT CAMPERS come back to the fold all the time, usually two or three a month. And they all say the same thing. “Tony, can I come back? The best I ever felt was when I was doing boot camp with you … ”
“Then, why did you fall away … why’d you quit?” I want to ask.
The answers, varied and slightly different, all contain the above explanation. Quitting was unintended.
Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, “The Power of Intention” speaks to the necessity of living intentionally. You control events, instead of events controlling you.
Of course, few ever say, “Well, I didn’t go to work on Monday … and then Tuesday I didn’t get up in time … and by Friday, I hadn’t gone to work all week!”
The differences in the things that we quit doing unintentionally and the things that we perform consistently are obligation and option.
I hope that you will see your duty to maintain, enhance, and increase your health and fitness as an important privilege. As much as your requirement to go to work or perform your daily obligations.
If you’ve been out there in Turdeville … slacking … losing it … let me remind you that you can always come back to the fold. If I like you, I won’t make you repay the $180 joining fee! You can just pick right up with $75 a month. If you come back this week, you can have the rest of August and ALL of September for that fee!
Lastly, for those who’ve been getting this newsletter for literally YEARS but have never joined … don’t be skeert! Just do it! I won’t bite. I haven’t bitten anyone in over 3 years!!!
The 4 Aspects of Fitness are:
1. Muscular strength
2. Aerobic stamina and capacity
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is my fitness foundation. It gives me those 4. It gives me the foundation for my other physical activities. If you play tennis, softball, basketball, golf or swim, cycle, hike, ski, … whatever your activities are, you’ll be better at it by having a BOOT CAMP foundation! If it’s good enough for Marines in combat, it’ll be good enough for any of us!
It is my intention to give you those 4 Aspects of Fitness! It is the expressed intention of the Marine Corps to train with those four in mind, the core of our program.
Will it be your intention to come and “get some!”?
No classes. All workouts will stand down. Enjoy your day of relaxation!
Next Tuesday, September 2, there will be a speed work cardio option for the 0530 class. (There will also be a weight workout option on Tuesday at Christ Methodist.)
The evening class will meet at St. Mary’s track on Tuesday, September 2 at 5:45.
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While you’re on Facebook, you might see an ad for USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP pop up. Do NOT click on it! Facebook charges me for every time someone clicks on it. The ad is NOT for you knuckleheads! So don’t click me into the po’ house!
There’s still time to register for the Chick-fil-A 5K 2008, scheduled for September 1, 2008.
Online registration will close August 31, 2008 for this event. So move fast and register today at:
ST. JUDE HALF MARATHON TRAINING TO BEGIN!
1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the December 6, 2008 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon will begin on Saturday, September 6 at 0800 at Shelby Farms, in front of the Visitor’s Center!
This is a 3 month program designed to ensure a finish time of less than 2 hours 30 minutes. (Although most who’ve completed the training finish much faster, some in under 2 hours!)
As a prerequisite, participants should be able to run/jog 3 miles in less than 36 minutes in order to begin the program. The training routine will be a modification of the Jeff Galloway program of running for 5 minutes at a 11’30″ pace and walking for 1 minute. Over half of the participants each year are first time half marathoners!! So YOU can do this!!!
Sergeant Tony’s Half Marathon Training is open to ALL, Boot Campers and “friends” of Boot Camp, alike. The fee for the 3 month program is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers, and $100 for friends of Boot Camp.
ANNIVERSARY MONTH DISCOUNT
ALL new recruits joining USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP in these last days of August can join for the Buddy Program rate of only $90 per person. This is in celebration of our Ninth Anniversary! Tell your friends and family! This is the BEST time to join USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP! Regular rates will return in September.
Those who join NOW will get the rest of August and ALL of September for that discount!
0645 CLASS! … 0830 Class!
You have said “YES TO 0645!” And so do I! We will carry on! 0645 remains on the schedule so long as attendance warrants!
The 0830 class will return to active duty on September 1.
“When you stop moving, it’s over.”
~ Don Wildman, 75 year old athlete and adventurer
To your continued good health and fitness!
Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Memphis, TN 38120