“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
- Zig Ziglar: American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker
This is a good thing to think about this time of year.
But it’s an even better thing to put into action.
The three keys to success are simple: Character, Commitment, and Discipline.
Of course Zig isn’t the first to put these attributes together. The core values of the Marine Corps (you KNEW this was coming) are Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
All of these things are similar in nature.
But they’re just words.
Honor, Courage, Commitment …
Character, Discipline, Loyalty …
Heroism, Valor, Determination.
Those words were painted on the walls, the stanchions, and the common areas of the barracks I was assigned to as a Marine recruit. I had hardly even known such words before that. They became the catechism of my conversion.
The point at which you put words into action is the point at which your life changes. It’s the point where you take control of your life. It’s the point where you take your life to a new dimension, paint with a new palette, journey in a new direction. Make changes that set the tone for the rest of the year, maybe even the rest of your life.
2012 can be a year of greatness and accomplishment. Greatness and accomplishment defined by you. Your definition of what it means to be successful. Your definition of what it means to be you. Success on your terms. You on your terms.
Have you written — or are you writing — goals and resolutions for this new year? Have you at least thought about it?
Include the key areas of life in your goals and resolutions: health, fitness, career, family, finances, service.
1. Put it in writing.
2. Make it specific and measurable.
3. Give yourself deadlines.
4. Set intermediary goals.
5. Make it realistic.
You can use the acronym SMART to help you formulate your goals:
Some of you may prefer to have a “bucket list” approach to setting you plans for the new year. That’s a good approach too. My son, Matthew, recently asked me what my fitness plans were for the next year, that is besides the more than 630 workouts I lead every year, and besides the two half marathon training groups I lead every year, and besides the 3 to 5 triathlons I do a year.
I am determined not to settle in the major areas of my life. Ever. I’m always willing to be agreeable and compromise. Compromise in which everyone wins is a good thing. Compromise in which I lose isn’t. And settling is something all together different. All together bad different.
If settling has a sound (my apologies to Death Cab for Cutie *) it’s the sound of a resigned sigh. The sigh of resignation. It’s the sound of missed opportunities. It’s the sound of absent courage. It’s the sound of mediocrity. It’s the sound of a lifeless rut, a loveless relationship, a lonesome heart. One of the things my 81 year old mother told me recently was, “Life is both too short and too long to settle.”
Don’t sell your soul for comfort and ease. The road less traveled isn’t a well worn trail. Passion will have a different feel and a different path.
I hope you’ll take off the bridle and the bit and let 2012 run free!
MANY MANY THANKS!
I want to thank you for being a part of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP! Your membership, your participation in the program, and your successes are what motivates me and gives me joy and purpose! Thank you very much!
Trust me when I say, 2012 will be an awesome year for you and me!
Let’s get some!!
HOLIDAY WEIGHT CHALLENGE WEIGH IN ON MONDAY!
TWO THOUSAND TWELVE!
Our first workout for the new year is Monday, January 2!!
The 0530, 0645, 0830, and 5:45 PM classes will ALL resume on the 2nd!
M-16 on Tuesday at Christ Methodist at 5:30am!
BOOT CAMP HOODIES …
ARE ON ORDER AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SOON! STAY TUNED!
BOOT CAMP GIFT CERTIFICATES
I’ve still got them! They make a GREAT NEW YEARS present for that friend or family member!
As you know, the first month of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is $90. Then it’s $75 per month after that. BUT a Boot Camp gift certificate that YOU purchase costs YOU only $75 to give to your friends or family members! The certificate you buy takes care of their first month’s fee.
Only members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp can purchase these gift certificates at this savings.
WHY ARE OUTDOOR WORKOUTS GOOD FOR YOU IN THE WINTER?
A: Here are five benefits of cold weather workouts!
1. Strengthens the immune system!
2. Naturally increases the body’s production of saratonin, a natural calming chemical in your body.
3. Increased calorie burn!
4. Runny noses keep the cooties from taking up residence inside your schnozz and making you sick.
5. Bragging rights! You get to tell your sissy “indoor” friends how tough you are!
What should you wear? Layers. Layer your clothes so that you can adjust your body temperature as you get warmed up.
One more thing to remember about our outdoor winter workouts: hydrate! Because we’re not hot and sweaty, like in the summer, we often don’t drink enough water in the winter time. So hydrate y’all!
SPRING HALF MARATHON!
Did you miss out on the St. Jude Half? Did it sell out too quickly for you? Were you envious of those who got to run it?
There are at least five half marathons in April! There is one in Nashville, Louisville, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, and a new one here in Memphis – Dash for Dads Half Marathon! (The Germantown Half Marathon is in March.)
This will be my 17th half marathon training session! I’ve trained hundreds to run their first and their 10th half marathon, newbies and veterans alike! I can train you too!
Thinking about it?
The prerequisites are simple: if you can cover 3 miles in 36 minutes or less by Jan. 28th, you’re good to go! The cost is cheap and the rewards are HUGE!
Training begins on January 28 for the spring half marathon season! More details to follow!
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. Dr John Whittemore was voted Best Family Dentist in Memphis Parent Magazine’s most recent survey.
Also voted Hot List Cosmetic Dentist in the Memphis Flyer and listed among Top Dentists in Memphis Magazine every year. If you want personalized, caring general or cosmetic dentistry on a whole other level than you’ve experienced before, call John’s office to make an appointment. (901)-754-0540.
John is also selling his 4BR/3BA house on Audubon Drive.
3. Richard Bourland – “Your Boot Camp Handyman” – Home Improvement, Carpentry, Custom Bunk Beds and other Woodworking Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
WIND CHILL AND INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Anytime the wind-chill drops below 30 – in the 38117 zip code! — we’ll go inside. Get the Weather.com app for your phone and check to see what the temperature “feels like.” That’s the number we’ll use. What it FEELS LIKE!
The 0645 class is inside from now until March.
Check with weather.com or The Weather Channel. I’ll post it on my Facebook page and the Boot Camp website Blog page (http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/) if there’s a question. And if you’re not sure, you can text me at 901-644-0145.
What about inclement weather days?
We’ll follow the Memphis City Schools decision. If they close, we’ll stand-down. If they close in the morning but the streets are clear and good to go by the afternoon, the evening class will meet. I’ll post that status on Facebook and the Boot Camp Blog page.
I’ve got a few prime hours open during the week if you know someone looking for a trainer. I use the facilities at Christ Methodist and the hourly rates are standard for Memphis. Over-all fitness training, boot camp style workouts, strength training, sports specific conditioning and agility (tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.)
TonyLudlow@aol.com or 901-644-0145
THE 0645 CLASS
The 0645 Class is inside for their winter hibernation until March 2012 We’ll use the “blue gym” aka “the pizza gym!”
NEW BOOT CAMP DISCOUNT
If you set up an automatic payment at your bank (Boot Camp mailing address is 4888 Southern, Memphis 38117) you can subtract $10 off your fee! That’s right, instead of $75, you can pay $65!
Do you know of someone who could be another Sergeant Tony?
I’m looking to expand the empire BEYOND Memphis.
I’d especially like to move into north Mississippi or northern Shelby County. Like Hernando or Millington! But someone in another major city would be great too.
Here’s a little of what I’m looking for in a prospective “Sergeant Tony.”
* Former military, preferably a Marine.
* College degree, or working toward it.
* Exercise certification, military or civilian, or working toward it.
* Personally interested and involved in a lifestyle of fitness and athletics.
* Good communication skills, written and oral. (I answer about 40 emails a day, write a newsletter, and answer more than a half dozen or so daily Boot Camp related phone calls)
* Outgoing personality with a GREAT sense of humor!
* Genuinely likes people, hiding behind a sadistic facade.
* Humble, modest, caring, and sensitive (ok, ok, whatever) You get the idea.
If you know of someone who would be a good fit, please forward this on to them and direct them to the website:
USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES
0530 Monday through Friday
5:45 PM: Monday and Wednesday, and 5:30 PM on Friday.
THE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING CLASSES ARE ON HIATUS UNTIL FEB 2012
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 n
ame. (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!
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!
WANT TO LOSE 10 to 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF JANUARY?
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 are standing down until March. So no Tues/Thurs evening classes until then.
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.
“The only thing that scares me is a succession of ordinary days.”
Make your days extraordinary!
To your good health and fitness for 2012!
Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Cove
Memphis, TN 38117