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Confucius said … — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 1/25/2012

Jan. 25th 2012

When my kids were little, like 10 years old or so, they would put dirty dishes in the sink and scamper off to play or terrorize their father.

Leaving the dishes in the sink was unsatisfactory.

I tried several different ways to get them to take responsibility for their messes. I yelled. I threatened. I cajoled. Finally I stumbled on a method that actually worked. Well, after a couple of times.

One Saturday afternoon I went into the kitchen and found the sink full of dirty dishes: cereal bowls, glasses, saucers, forks and spoons. The usual stuff kids mess up.

I called the three of them into the kitchen and gathered them around the sink. Then I asked this question:

“You put those dishes in the sink without rinsing them off and putting them in the dishwasher, right? Exactly who did you think was going to do that?”

No answer.

“OK, let me make it easier for you. Tell me the name of the person you thought was going to clean your mess.”

Guilty silence.

“OK, here’s the deal. The next time you make a mess and start to walk away, STOP! Then ask yourself this one simple question: ‘What is the name of the person responsible for cleaning my mess?’ The answer is always YOUR NAME! YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE!”

Teaching personal responsibility to a child is a challenging thing for a parent. Teaching personal responsibility to an adult is even harder.

So who is ultimately responsible for:
your happiness,
your success,
your weight,
your prosperity,
your self esteem,
your career,
your peace of mind,
your education,
your future?

Who is responsible?

You are.

You are 100% responsible.

But I hear people whine and complain about their lives, their loves, their lack of this or that, how life continues to screw them daily, how they’d be more than they are if only X, Y, and Z had happened. Excuses and blame.

I know people who moan about being fat, but do nothing to lose weight. I know a woman who’s been complaining about not finishing her degree for the past 20 years, but has never registered for a class leading toward a degree. I know people who bounce from one relationship to another looking for “happiness,” expecting the next guy or the next woman to make THEM happy, but never look inward, never work on themselves, and never wonder how much fun they are to be with. I know people who explain the nearly constant chaos and drama in their lives as someone else’s fault. I know people who don’t know why they’re stuck in one dead-end job after another, but never think about developing themselves as a resource for advancement. Ad infinitum. Ad nauseum.

I don’t know which is least understood by those knuckleheads, personal responsibility or cause and effect.

The universe rewards action! Not excuses!

Get a dry erase marker and write in big letters on your bathroom mirror:

“I AM 100% RESPONSIBLE FOR MY LIFE!”

Several years ago I was on Match.com. (You heard me. Deal with it.) It was a fairly underwhelming experience. I read profiles of ladies that were such miserable marketing tools for their hopes for romance. The profiles were full of negativity, cynicism, and bitterness. “I’m looking for a man who won’t lie to me and be such a jerk, like my ex was.” Stuff like that.

Well, after a while I thought I’d try to help these ladies out. So I took it upon myself to contact these negative Nellies and gently suggest that they might want to rewrite their profiles from a more positive and upbeat perspective. And I PROMISE I was nice and kind and warm and sympathetically persuasive. I promise!

But you would NOT believe the response I got! These women were NOT interested in ANY advice I had to give. They got angry by the mere suggestion that there was anything wrong with their profiles and there was NOTHING wrong with the way they presented themselves, thank you very much. “What makes YOU such an authority anyway?” they said.

“Oh, I don’t know. I’m a guy, maybe? And you wrote the profile for guys like me to read,” I said to myself, but never said to them.

My guess is that those women aren’t in successful relationships today. When you don’t change yourself, or your behavior, or the way you process the world, or the way you engage the world, or the way that you present yourself to the world, nothing changes. You’ll just keep getting the same results.

Same cause, same effect.

Confucius said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”

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WEIGHT LOSS!!

MyFitnessPal app for the iPhone!

If keeping track of your calories is boring (it is) and time consuming (it is) and a pain (it is), then you can follow a prescribed plan like Take Shape for Life, Jenny Craig, or any of the other meal replacement programs that do the thinking and calorie counting for you. I used Take Shape for Life two years ago and it works!

Let me recommend an app for your smart phone that’s awesome. “MyFitnessPal” will take the dull and tediousness out of tracking your calories. It’s EASY, uses a bar code scanner that will automatically calculate and add your calories, has an extensive database of food options to choose from, and gives you other kinds of ways to help you achieve your goals.

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SPRING HALF MARATHON TRAINING BEGINS SATURDAY!

Are you thinking about it, but not sure that you can do it?

Read on!

This will be my 17th half marathon training session to lead! I’ve trained hundreds of people to run their first half marathon! So newbies and veterans alike are welcome!

The prerequisites to start the training 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! Boot Campers only pay $75 for the 12 Week Course. (Non-Boot Campers: $125)

If you’re not sure, show up on Saturday and give it a shot. No charge for the first training run!

YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Come on out and give it a try!

Training begins at 7am this Saturday, January 28. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms.

Join the Buffalo Runners of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP!

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 and 5K are on April 28th – www.s2fevents.com!

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HELP ME, HELP YOU!!

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Facebook Page Needs You!

If you’ve not “liked” the page, do so at once!! I’ve been challenged by a business buddy to get 1000 “likes” by the end of the month! Like it! Do it now!!

AND …

… would you be so kind as to click on the right side of the page and click on the “Recommendations from friends” and write a recommendation?

You can take $5 off your next enlistment if you write a recommendation of 3 sentences or more! But ONLY if you really mean it. No phony testimonials! 😉

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST: Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30am. It’ll consist of max push ups in two minutes, max sit ups in two minutes, and a timed 1.5 mile run/jog/walk. This will be fun! I promise!!

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JOB OPENING!

Start2Finish Event Management is currently seeking part time employees to work race day events. Job duties could include but not limited to; working registration, race timing, course coning, setting up/manning water stops, loading and unloading trucks, parking vehicles and much more. Interested candidates please contact Daniel Shaffer at daniel@s2fevents.com

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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, rebourland@yahoo.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!

————————————–

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.

————————————-

PERSONAL TRAINING!

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!

———————————————

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

0530 Monday through Friday

0645 M-W-F

0830 M-W-F

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 FEBRUARY?

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.

—————————-

CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.

http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

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.

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“The only thing that scares me is a succession of ordinary days.”

Make your days extraordinary!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding

4888 Southern Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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BEAUTIFUL HAPPY PEOPLE EXERCISING AND SWEATING! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 1/18/2012

Jan. 18th 2012

Paula Deen has diabetes.

Shocker.

But I AM sorry for her. I don’t wish any ill will on anyone. Well, hardly anyone.

No, her affected and fake southern accent that she plays up for the camera and her Yankee friends in New York are still like fingernails across a chalkboard. But I am sorry whenever anyone suffers, even if it’s suffering that’s self-inflicted. Her food swims in butter, grease, and salt so …

And she’s a smoker, so don’t be surprised if you hear about other health complications from that as well.

I’m not taking pot shots at Ms. Deen, the “Queen of Southern Cuisine.” I wish her well even though she makes millions with her “southern” recipes and fat friendly foods. AND on top of that, she’s a paid spokesperson for a diabetes drug called Victoza made by Novo Nordis.

Awesome, Paula! That’s … uh … um …

Well, it’d be like me, the “King of Boot Camp Fitness,” endorsing – or better yet, OWNING – a Dunkin Donut franchise or cigarette factory. Hmmmmmm … ? That gives me an idea.

Anyway, back to the point. Ms. Deen has encouraged consumption beyond anything that comes close to moderation. But I heard her on the Today Show the other day say that she’s always advocated “moderation.” Hahahahahaha I wondered if ALL of America collectively laughed and yelled “Bullsh*t!” at the tv, at the same time!

It’s not only Paula Deen that tries to do the slight of hand on tv, it’s also the fitness industry.

Over the weekend I caught some parts of a few fitness program infomercials. Some of those programs and equipment were obviously smoke and mirrors and magician’s misdirection. Shake Weights? Really? And anything that slides under your bed will ALWAYS stay under your bed. And those Hip-Hop-Abs DVDs will gather dust in the little case they came in.

Some were commercials for legitimately good programs. But even THOSE dealt with misdirection.

What the advertisers of even the legitimate programs did was to play with the 10/90 Rule a little. They put 90% of the spotlight on something that plays a minor role in weight loss.

All of the programs told you that you’d lose weight and get in shape. They gave you testimonials and some sad looking “before pictures” – sad faces, pale skin, plain — and some really awesome “after pictures” – happy faces, tan skin, air brushed — to substantiate their claims. They gave you quick slick clips of people doing the exercises and routines in their programs. And for 90 to 95% of the commercial you heard about all the “shiny stuff,” the sexy stuff, the cool stuff. You saw smiling energetic people working out and doing some really great exercises (just like ones we do at USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP) and you saw their results when they showed off their “after” body.

The small and seemingly insignificant 10% of the program that they mentioned in passing, and without much fanfare or enthusiasm, was the very component that plays the major role in a person’s weight loss success!

The reason they didn’t spend much time talking about that component in the commercials is because that component isn’t sexy or glamorous or fun or exciting. Program sales would plummet if they were completely honest. So they misdirect you.

Can a person get in shape doing those legitimate programs? Absolutely! Can a person get in shape doing USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP? Absolutely!!

But the fitness industry’s dirty little secret is that those shiny machines, those slick DVD programs, the routines that the sweaty models and enthusiastic “regular” people did, all play a supporting role, maybe up to a 20% role, in a person’s weight loss success.

The real star of the show, the real headliner, is the one none of these commercials said very much about. And if they did mention it, they didn’t give it the credit it deserved.

If you want to lose weight you have to adjust your calorie intake. You have to change your eating habits. You have to change your diet. You have to say “no” to the tasty, yummy, delicious stuff that got you fat. You have to give Paula Deen’s cuisine the old heave ho! Those things have to become something you might have once or twice a week in moderation. I’m not really a fan of making any food into a “forbidden fruit.” You see how well that worked out for Adam and Eve, right? Drove ‘em crazy and out of The Garden!

Self-denial isn’t popular, or sexy, or glamorous, or an exciting component for an infomercial. No one at 2am is gonna pick up their cell phone and their credit card and order a program that makes a big deal out of self-denial.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a person running for an hour at a pace of 7 min. 30 sec per mile (that’s a 23 min 5K … a 1hr 38 min half marathon) could burn between 1000 to 1500 calories per hour. That’s higher than any of those advertised programs (including mine) can get 90% of those doing the program to achieve. In other words, average people, working as hard as they can for an hour are not going to burn 1000 to 1500 calories per hour. It’s probably going to be closer to 500 (+/- 200) calories per hour.

So, for example, let’s say that after your USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP workout, you drop by Panera for one of their “healthy” Power Sandwiches — my personal favorite — (330 calories) and a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. You’ll leave Panera at about the same caloric state as you did when you woke up. The trip to Panera “canceled out” the workout, calorically speaking. So you get home at zero.

Granted, you’re stronger and healthier and mentally sharper and in a better mood, but calorically speaking you’re at zero.

The infomercials sell you a program that, in the case of the legitimate programs, is good. It’s shiny! It’s hip! It’s cool! It’s exciting! Hot sexy people are doing it! Woohooo! But then they say, in a sort of quiet voice – the verbal equivalent of fine print, “Oh, by the way, an eating guide comes along with the DVD program. NOW LET’S GET BACK TO THE COOL HIP VIDEOS OF BEAUTIFUL HAPPY PEOPLE EXERCISING AND SWEATING!”

Fitness Truth No One Wants to Acknowledge: Fit, but fat, is real. There are chunky people who’ll line up next to you in a 5K or a half marathon and will smoke you! You’ll chase them in vain for the whole race! It is possible to achieve a level of physical fitness but be overweight.

Many of you reading this have goals of weight loss. Some of you have a deadline in mind. You’ve got an event coming up and you want to look your best. And that’s great. Maintaining a healthy and appropriate weight is part of an effective overall health and fitness program. So here’s the secret: eat less, move more … eat less, move more.

If you’re looking for a specific meal program, read on further in this newsletter. Otherwise, keep a food diary and start weighing regularly. If you want some extra consultation, let me know! I’m here for you! And if you’d like to talk to a dietitian and nutritionist, I can put you in touch with a good one who’s a Boot Camper!

And if keeping track of your calories is boring (it is) and time consuming (it is) and a pain (it is), then you can follow a prescribed plan like Take Shape for Life, Jenny Craig, or any of the other meal replacement programs that do the thinking and calorie counting for you. I used Take Shape for Life two years ago and it works!

Let me recommend an app for your smart phone that’s awesome. “MyFitnessPal” will take the dull and tediousness out of tracking your calories. It’s EASY, uses a bar code scanner that will automatically calculate and add your calories, has an extensive database of food options to choose from, and gives you other kinds of ways to help you achieve your goals.

Slick, sexy, hipster exercise videos may or may not be effective from an exercise standpoint. Most of the popular ones are pretty good, but suffer from the same pitfalls that all DVD programs suffer from. But the fitness industry’s whispered little secret is that you have to consume fewer calories than you use. Period. Bottom-line.

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am

Mt. Fuji workout in the U of M next Tuesday at 5:30am.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST: Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30am. It’ll consist of max push ups in two minutes, max sit ups in two minutes, and a timed 1.5 mile run/jog/walk. This will be fun! I promise!!

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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 to lead! Over the years I’ve trained hundreds of people to run their first or their 10th half marathon! So newbies and veterans alike are welcome!
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! Boot Campers only pay $75 for the 12 Week Course. (Non-Boot Campers: $125)

Training begins at 7am on Saturday, January 28. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms.

Join the Buffalo Runners of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP!

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USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Facebook Page

If you’ve not “liked” the page, do so at once!! I’ve been challenged to get 1000 likes by the end of the month!

AND, would you be so kind as to click on the right side of the page and click on the “Recommendations from friends” and write a recommendation? But ONLY if you really mean it. No phony testimonials! 😉

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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, rebourland@yahoo.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!

————————————–

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.

————————————-

PERSONAL TRAINING!

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!

———————————————

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

0530 Monday through Friday

0645 M-W-F

0830 M-W-F

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 FEBRUARY?

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.

—————————-

CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.

http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

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!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding

4888 Southern Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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Bowling Shoes — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 1/11/2012

Jan. 11th 2012

I’ve been married a couple of times. Twice, to be exact.

That’s probably news to some of you. Rumor has it that I’ve been married, like, four times. Apparently I’m the Leroy Jethro Gibbs of east Memphis. And just like Gibbs, friendly with some exes, not friendly with others. But I digress.

The first time I got married I wore my uniform: Marine Corps Dress Blues (just like Gibbs). The second time I got married I wore a navy blue Brooks Brother’s suit. I owned both. Neither was a rental.

The wedding industry is krazy crazy!! I’ve watched it with great curiosity and amusement and participated in it to varying degrees of poverty and bewilderment. The movie, “Bridesmaids,” was one of the funniest movies of 2011 and highlighted some of those things pretty accurately. The scene at the wedding dress/bridesmaid’s dress store made my stomach hurt from laughing.

Mostly, the whole wedding industry is pretty insane. Little girls who watched the royal wedding last year with great excitement will be happy to bankrupt their parents in a few years to get their own version of “the perfect storybook wedding.” Brides will workout and starve themselves prior to the wedding so that they look great on their big day and the in pictures. Sadly, the vast majority will never look like that again. I know some brides who’ve hidden those far away — 20 or 30 pounds ago — pictures in some secret hiding place. Crazy, I tell ya!

The whole wedding industry thing is a girl problem though. The ridiculous cost of the wedding is one thing. The outrageous cost of the wedding dress and the silly cost and undeniable hideousness of the bridesmaid’s dresses are shameful. Shameful, I say! And why is it shameful? Well, if you have to ask, my answer will never make any sense to you. But one reason that it’s ridiculous is one that you may not have thought about. I’m talking about how the groomsmen and even the groom, are lost in the whole mess.

The guys, groom included, at the wedding stand around and do their jobs in rented clothes. Why the very idea! Rented clothes? It’s just one step up from rented bowling shoes or a hotel doorman’s uniform and just about as classy. Some other guys at some other goofy wedding stood around sweating in those SAME clothes the week before. Nasty.

The bride and her mother are the real villains. Those two Kardashian wannabes conspire to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the bride’s wedding dress. The unfortunate guys will be forced to wear some rented thing that doesn’t fit properly and usually comes with shoes that squeak. And if the tux is any other color than black, the guys – groom included — will be nothing more than color coordinated bit players in a 30 minute celebration to misappropriation of funds and misplaced priorities. I was at a wedding recently where the guys wore awful chocolate brown tuxedos with yellow trim that made them look like cast members from “Willy Wonka.”

It’s not a celebration of love or the magic of matrimony. It’s a fashion show with one winner. The bride.

It’s the one day to praise the bride, and often, and sadly, the bride’s mother, who will preen around and strut as if it were her wedding day all over again, at an average cost of $26,542. If the father of the bride is lucky, he’ll be given the privilege of walking his daughter down the aisle — with empty pockets in a rented tuxedo — and give her away to some love starved knucklehead … also in rented clothes.

The time it took to plan – usually 6 months to 1 year – and the cost it took to fund, are probably the goofiest wastes of time and money I can think of.

So let me give better advice for the soon to be engaged: elope.

Take the money you would blow on the wedding and invest it in premarital counseling and a down payment on a house.

Now, before I get a bunch of hate mail from wedding planners, brides and future brides, florists, and tuxedo rental folks, let me tell you that I’m not out to rain on your parade. Not totally, anyway. Well, maybe a little.

Beyond the misappropriation of funds part, the thing that I want to extract and lay on you is the usual lack of preparation for a legal contractual partnership that will be vowed to last forever, but fails more than half the time.

People so often get excited about things and then make no preparation for that thing’s success. Three, four months later, the flakey folks will abandon ship and shift their attention to some other fad, trend, or passing fancy.

People want to live healthy and happy lives and then do little to ensure that those things have a chance of happening.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him the most about humanity, said:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Are you expecting to be healthy and fit? Made any plans for it? Planning to make any plans? Gonna just use The Force?

People who spend thousands of dollars and months of planning on a wedding, but who spend little to no time in preparation for the marriage that follows are as ridiculous as my buddy Steve.

Steve spent over two thousand dollars on a new bicycle and several hundred dollars on clothes and triathlon gear. He was going to do his first triathlon. Problem was, Steve didn’t spend very much time in training. He thought desire and equipment would be enough. So it came as no shock to anyone when, on race day, Steve got half way through the swim, stopped, waved his arm to race officials in rescue boats and gave up. They brought the boat over to him and hauled him out of the water. He flopped into the boat with a thud and a look on his face that could only be described as “surprised.” And that new bike? Never ridden in a race.

No one gets married with the intent of getting divorced. I didn’t. Everyone wants to live happily ever after. No one wants to fail at one of the most important relationships in their lives. But how many actually rely on something more than emotions and feelings — both fickle and fleeting – to nurture and cultivate the relationship after the “new” has worn off?

Statistically, the “new” will wear off on most people’s New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by mid February in the best cases. Some have already run into the ditch. What will you do to prevent that from happening to you?

I’ve got my calendar spread out on my living room floor with post it notes, markers, and my computer near-by to plan for this year, both professionally and personally. It’s my effort to check things off my list of goals and objectives that I’d like to accomplish this year, or at least attempt or begin.

I’m a fitness instructor so I know that I’m going to exercise and that I’m going to lead a healthy life. But there are other things I need to do to take care of myself and there are things I want to do too. I probably won’t do more than half of those things if I don’t make them a priority and if I don’t make planning for them a priority too.

Won’t you join me? Don’t leave it to chance. Make a commitment to yourself to do the things you know that will lead to a better, happier, fitter you! Failure to plan, is planning to fail.

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am

Mt. Fuji workout in the U of M next Tuesday at 5:30am.

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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, rebourland@yahoo.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!

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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.

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PERSONAL TRAINING!

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

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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!

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HELP WANTED

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:

www .usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

——————————————–

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

0530 Monday through Friday

0645 M-W-F

0830 M-W-F

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!

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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 FEBRUARY?

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.

—————————-

CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.

http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

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!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding

4888 Southern Cove

Memphis, TN 38117

901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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MAD About You! — Newsletter of Sgt. Tony Ludlow for 1/4/2012

Jan. 4th 2012

I’d like to officially blame MAD magazine for how I’ve turned out.

I think blaming a humor magazine is as good a defense as any. Alfred E. Newman and the gang taught me about sarcasm, parody, snappy answers to stupid questions, farce, irony, satire and the whole arsenal of humor’s weapons of mass dysfunction. This wasn’t always a good thing to download into my eager prepubescent brain, especially when one of my relatives declared, in a twang that could only be heard in some podunk Arkansas hick town and would make Reba McEntire sound like a Harvard professor, that I was “nuthin but a smart-ace.”

When you’re a slightly bright kid and you question the religion, superstition, politics, and general ignorance of adults, they’ll ground you for life and call you names for it. They won’t have a rebuttal, mind you, but they’ll cuss you out just the same. And reading MAD magazine, for me, was like putting out a fire with gasoline.

Back in the day, the magazine was a smart-ace’s monthly manual of foolishness and fun. But it also taught humor’s literary structure like incongruity, context, and recognition. MAD magazine also taught me interpersonal relationship skills. Which probably explains a lot about my interpersonal relationships.

Anyway, I actually learned more about what NOT to say and do in certain situations from the boys at MAD magazine.

For example, if a woman asks me “do these jeans make my butt look fat?” I learned that it “might” be funny to say, “no, your butt makes those jeans look fat.” But the wise thing is to say, “no, honey, of course not.”

MAD magazine also taught me that confrontation just for the sake of confrontation is a pretty stupid thing to do. In “Spy vs. Spy,” neither of them ever won. Theirs was a constant lesson in the stupidity of picking a fight or confronting someone just for the “sport” of confrontation.

For example, if a woman says to me, “I like your jacket,” I probably shouldn’t say, in a slightly annoyed sarcastic tone, “you’re just NOW noticing my jacket? Geez.”

There was a cartoon in one issue that had no words. It was a cartoon with several panels showing two guys walking together, one nicely dressed and clean cut, the other guy shabbily dressed and dirty looking. They were walking together and talking, but with no word bubbles above their heads. By the end of the cartoon, the clean well-dressed guy had morphed into a dirty bum.

That one cartoon explained more to me about what happens when you hang out with the wrong people than any lecture my parents gave me.

The back inside cover of MAD magazine is famous for having an additional image and message after you folded the cover and aligned the secret marks. Not everything is as it seems. Not everything is as it seems. And sometimes, if you look at something in another way, you’ll discover something extra.

For the new year, in addition to my resolution to be more awesome — as if THAT were possible – I’ve resolved to spend less time with people who aren’t good for me, people who don’t encourage me to be a better person, people who don’t know how to laugh … or think, and people who engage the world around them in varying degrees of confrontation.

Here’s to a new year of good things, good people, MAD magazine, and less running with the devil! But more running!

Oh yes, and more consistent exercise for YOU – we’re 9 workouts into 2012! GET SOME!

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HOLIDAY WEIGHT CHALLENGE SUCCESS!

So far, I’ll be giving away over $2,000 in FREE BOOT CAMP to winners of the Holiday Challenge! Way to go everyone!!

Anyone have any coupons for ramen noodles? 😉

————————————

BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am

M-16 workout in the “big gym” next Tuesday at 5:30am.

————————————

BOOT CAMP HOODIES …

ARE ON ORDER AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SOON! STAY TUNED!

—————————————————————–

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, rebourland@yahoo.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!

————————————–

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.

————————————-

PERSONAL TRAINING!

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!

———————————————

HELP WANTED

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:

www .usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

——————————————–

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

0530 Monday through Friday

0645 M-W-F

0830 M-W-F

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.

—————————-

CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.

http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

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!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding

4888 Southern Cove

Memphis, TN 38117

901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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The Quarterdeck is inside for the 5:45pm class, 2 Jan 2012!

Jan. 2nd 2012

See you there!

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0830 Class is inside today, 2 Jan 2012

Jan. 2nd 2012
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ATTENTION ON DECK — 2 JAN 2012 0530 AND 6:45 CLASS

Jan. 2nd 2012

ATTENTION ON DECK!
The Quarterdeck is inside for the 5:30am and 6:45am classes.
GET SOME!!

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BRING IT, 2012!!!

Jan. 1st 2012

NOW HEAR THIS! NOW HEAR THIS!

Your 2012 appointment with awesomeness begins tomorrow at 5:30am, 6:45am, 8:30am, and 5:45pm!

Set your alarms, get out gear, gird up your loins, put on your big girl panties! Your assault on the new you commences tomorrow!

GET SOME!!!

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