“Tony, you know how it feels when you’ve had the flu and you start to feel better?”
“Yes, I do.”
“And you know how it feels when you’re able to get out of bed and move around and eat something solid for the first time in days? … and you have that happy feeling in your heart that believes you’re getting well? … and you gradually see your strength and abilities return? ….”
“Yes, I do.”
“And you know how it feels to regain your strength again and be healthy enough to go back to work and resume your life?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Well … that’s what coming to Boot Camp has been like for me!”
“It’s like having the flu???”
“NO! It’s like getting your life back!”
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP began 12 years ago this month And one of the BEST things about my job, and the benefits of the program, is the kind of conversation like the one above.
“Tony, you helped me get my life back!”
Does it get any better than that?
Gary Gardia was the first “success story” of the program. Gary joined in September of 99. In 6 months Gary lost 65 pounds and his doctor took him off his high blood pressure medication!
I could never have anticipated those kinds of results and the benefits that would come from it when I founded this program 12 years ago.
Gary’s success opened my eyes to the health and medical benefits of the program. Happy consequences that I hadn’t considered when I designed it. They aren’t glamorous results or sexy benefits, necessarily.
They’re actually much deeper.
I’m not too concerned with trying to get people into bikini’s or attempting to further facilitate the fit to new kinesis. I do acknowledge that a certain degree of vanity fuels our efforts to “get in shape.” And I admit to being glad when people tell me that I don’t look, or act, my age. And I would personally like to get faster and fitter. But what better endorsement for my work than what happened first to Gary?
In the past 12 years, USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP has helped countless others “get their lives back.”
Let me humbly (if that’s possible!), and with all seriousness (equally difficult to muster), offer you my heartfelt thanks for your support and friendship. Some of you have been with me for years and others but for a few weeks. To all I say thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To those who have been with me for some time, I can’t thank you enough for your friendship, for giving me the best job in town and for ensuring — by your constant and regular support — that I have a career that I love and your camaraderie to enjoy! Thank you, dear friends!
And let me congratulate each of you for your own hard fought results and successes. I celebrate your victories, large and small!
As we begin our 13th year of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP together, I wish you all continued health, hope, happiness, fitness, faith, well being, and life! May your cup always be full!
(If you’ve been in Turdeville, if you’ve been out of the program for a while, or if you’ve never joined at all, let me personally invite you to “get your life back!” Come back! Join us!)
I’ll see you on the Quarterdeck!
ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF GETTING OFF YOUR ASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING BEGINS ON SATURDAY!
I’m really excited about this year’s training!!!
The St. Jude Half Marathon training starts at 7am this Saturday, September 3. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms.
This is perfect for the first time half marathoner and the veteran half marathon runner.
Can YOU do this? YOU BET YOU CAN!!
Saturday’s run will be for one hour and ten minutes. We’ll run for 5 minutes “on” and then walk for 1 minute. That means 5 min running at an 11min 30 sec pace and then walk for 1 minute and then run again, walk again, and so on!
The first training run is FREE if you’re not sure if you can do it. Just come and try it out with no obligation!
Training is open to all. Cost for the three month training is $75 for members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp and $120 for non-boot campers.
Not training for a half marathon but want to get your one hour of continuous cardio with a group, then join us! No charge.
LABOR DAY SCHEDULE
We’ll have ONE WORKOUT on Monday, September 5 at 7am.
THE MWF 0830 CLASS!
AKA “The Desperate Housewives Class” is BAAAAACK!!! (Yes, there are dudes in this class too!) (“The Real Housewives of East Memphis” is a possible name too!)
The 0830 class is back on ACTIVE DUTY on MWF!
Bring a friend! See you then!!
I GOTTA GUY!!! (And a GAL)
I like to share the names of people I do business with and trust so that if you need services that they offer you’ll know someone trustworthy to contact.
1. Margaret Caffey.
Thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal to see Harry Potter, or maybe a Disney Cruise – Margaret Caffey has turned her passion for all things Disney into a career and is now a travel agent with MEI & Mouse Fan Travel. For all your Disney travel planning or just to ask a question call Margaret at 901-828-6354. Also please take a second to ‘like’ her Facebook page at Mouse Fan Margaret. (https://www.facebook.com/login/setashome.php?ref=login#!/pages/Mouse-Fan-Margaret/130316623686981).
PS – I hear she knows a lot about all the cruise lines too! Margret is MY personal Disney trip planner! No one, and I mean NO ONE, knows more about Disney than Mags!
2. Calvit Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe Insurance Agency. 901-761-6083. Calvit claims to be better than any gecko out there!
3. Richard Bourland – “Your Boot Camp Handyman” – Home Improvement, Carpentry, Custom Bunk Beds and other Woodworking Services, email@example.com, 901.826-6695. www.midsouthbunkbeds.com
You can see a much longer and detailed list of people I refer on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page. Once on the blog page use the search window, keyword “Buddy,” and it’ll take you to that page.
If you drop my name, you might get a discount. But for sure you’ll get their sympathy and prayers!
If you’d like to be listed here in “I GOTTA GUY” just let me know!
PAYING THE PIED PIPER … a message from the Accounting Dept.
Just a reminder that payment is generally expected on the first of each month, but always appreciated whenever it shows up! Check your records and see if you’re due. Don’t make me send Vinnie, Bobby, and Lazy Eyed Lenny to collect! Thanks everyone!
Cash is fine, or course. And checks are easiest for me. And you can also pay online on the website (www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com)
Additionally, if you would be so kind as to write in the “memo” section of your check, or the memo section of the online pay section, what month(s) the check is for, I’d really appreciate it. “Services rendered,” “Torture,” “Abuse,” “Pool cleaning,” and “For marijuana” are all very funny … but a month stated would be helpful too!
If you prefer to pay in cash, let me ask you to put the money in an envelope with your name and month(s) you’re paying for on the outside of the envelope? This will hopefully ensure that my bookkeeping is accurate. Thank you very much!
BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS!
The monthly fee of $75 can be discounted to $55!
DID YOU HEAR THAT?
THE MONTHLY FEE OF $75 CAN BE DISCOUNTED TO $55!
Here’s how …
Make a Facebook status update and get a discount!
For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
“Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, you can take $2.50 off your reenlistment fee for each update, up to $20 off for any given month! You can go from $75 to $55 a month!!
Your status update has to be a SPECIFIC reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name. (There are fake boot camps out there!!)
You can also use “Places” on Facebook or Foursquare linked to your Facebook account to “check in” and you’ll get the same discount!
Use your own wording and personality, just include the specifics.
So log on and get started today!
MOVIE NIGHT — Saturday, September 3
Some of you will remember that we’ve done “MOVIE NIGHT” in the past. We’re doing it again!
We’ll meet for an early evening (7-7:30 show time) movie and then get a bite to eat and a beverage after. Happy drunks and funny party girls welcome!
UNEMPLOYED PERSON’S DISCOUNT
If you’ve been a Boot Camper in the past and you are currently unemployed, you can get a special discount. Email me for the details. Seriously! Email me! NOW! And don’t be embarrassed. I will make you an offer that you can’t refuse. Seriously.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT DISCOUNTS
Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Memphis Firefighters qualify for a special discount! It’s the least I can do to ensure that our law enforcement officers and firefighters are fit for their job!! Pass the word!
BOGA tomorrow morning at 0530.
NEXT TUESDAY, September 6, M-16 Workout at CUMC at 0530!
Anytime the heat index is 100 or above we’ll go inside.
If the conditions warrant it, the evening class may also be found on the courtyard inside the day school area.
NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES
If you’re part of a family (usually husband and wife) that does USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP together, a new pricing plan goes into effect in August! Ask me about it! You’ll like it!
WANT TO LOSE 10 to 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER?
Take Shape For Life is the BEST weight loss program I know of. If you’d like to lose weight talk to me. This is the program I used to lose the almost 30 pounds I gained after knee surgery. Let me help you!
You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/
TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS
The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes meet at St. Mary’s track. These are cardio (walking/jogging/running) workouts and they begin at 5:45 PM.
St. Mary’s is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Perkins.
A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.
For you visual learners, you’ll find this an easy way to glance at the week or month and see where the workouts will be, if there’s a venue change.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF GETTING OFF YOUR ASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
To your optimum health and fitness!
SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!
Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145