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Future Perfect Passive — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 11/28/2012

Nov. 28th 2012

I loved school.

I wasn’t one of those kids who looked for excuses not to go to school. I never faked being sick. I thought school was fun! And that’s coming from someone who got sent to the Principal’s Office on my very first day of first grade.

True story. I got into a fight on the first day of first grade. Over a girl. And my mother, bless her heart, had just gotten home from taking me to school when the big black rotary-dial phone rang.

“Mrs. Ludlow? said the school secretary.

“Yes,” said my mother.

“This is Sutton Elementary School,” said the secretary.

“Oh?? Is everything OK? Is my Tony all right? asked my mom with alarm.

“Well, he’s fine. But he’s been in a fight and you’ll need to come back up to the school to talk to the Principal,” informed the secretary.

“Oh, I see,” said my mom, with less alarm.

By the time she heard the whole story, her alarm was gone and Tony was in deep trouble. As I sat in the outer office I could hear my mom in the Principal’s office apologizing and promising him that “Tony will be a perfect student from now on.”

Well, despite the shaky start, I loved school. But in the 8th grade I ran into a bit of an academic snag. Algebra and English were conspiring against me. They were evil twins dishing out misery and torture of the worst kind and I hated them. I was awful at Algebra and even mo’ having been awfuller to the grammaring.

Mrs. Holman was my 8th grade English teacher. And she was the first adult black woman I ever had a conversation with. Or rather, “the first adult black woman with whom I ever had a conversation.”

She was a middle-aged woman who wore big jewelry, very distinctive perfume with a powdery smell, and she spoke with an adorable Southern accent, right out of some fancy finishing school. If she said, “Young sir, you need to go to the barber shop.” It would sound like, “Yunng suuh, you need to go to the baahba shop.” Think refined Southern like Scarlett, not trailer park Southern like Reba.

Of the six or seven 8th grade English teachers on faculty, Mrs. Holman had the reputation for being one of the toughest.

Perfect, just perfect. More like present imperfect.

Our first one on one conversation occurred because I had to see her after school early in the first semester. I was tanking her class in a HUGE and grotesque manner. The first semester was all grammar and the second was all literature and writing.

My apparent goal during that first semester was to establish a new level of failure in her grammar class. As it turns out, I was doing a particularly splendid job of it. Transitive verbs, indirect objects, subjects of prepositions, past pluperfect verbs, subordinate clauses, diagramming sentences … none of it was sticking.

So a couple of days a week, instead of going to football practice after school, I had to go to Mrs. Holman’s classroom for remedial grammar. I was not happy about this and I had a fairly good sized chip on my shoulder. Of course I blamed Mrs. Holman. And as you would expect, my coaches were furious. I was afraid of losing my position on the team. (Which I lost.)

By the end of the first semester I had raised my F- to a solid C. And my bitterness towards my teacher had actually turned into something of a crush on Mrs. Holman. She was so charming and she took such an interest in all of her students. She was irresistible. I started working hard to impress her, and to get back to after school sports.

By the end of the first semester I was no longer having to get extra help after school and the literature and writing of the second semester were way more fun.

Everything was going just fine, that is until Mrs. Holman did something terrible. She slipped some poetry into the mix and I took an immediate dislike to it.

Poetry? Are you kidding me??

My grades started to tumble again. It seemed like poetry wasn’t very manly or compelling for a young lad hoping to be a real man one day. I had to start going back to her classroom after school for more help. I complained to her that poetry seemed so feminine and sissified. I just couldn’t relate to it. I was sure, I told her, that none of the male members of my family read such stuff. She just shook her head and smiled.

One afternoon as I was struggling to figure out what some stupid poem about daffodils or kittens meant, she handed me a small book.

“Tony Ludlow, you will delight yourself in this book immeasurably, or I am no judge of such matters,” she declared in that wonderful accent.

The book she gave me was a short collection of poems written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. She had put a bookmark inside and told me to open to that passage.

“I want you to read that poem and a week from now you will give me a report. I want you to tell me what it means.”

I would have been more excited about a root canal.

The poem she assigned to me was “Ulysses,” and it changed my life. And it changed my views on poetry forever.

Mrs. Holman started giving me other poems to read that weren’t assigned to the rest of the class. They were poems about life from a man’s perspective. One of those was “Dulce et Decorum Est,” the most famous poem of World War I, written by a soldier named Wilfred Owen. It was the last poem she ever assigned to me. And it was the last poem Owen ever wrote. And it brought me to tears.

On the last day of 8th grade, Mrs. Holman went around the room saying good-bye and good luck to each of us. When she got to me, she shook my hand and smiled. I said, “Thank you for everything, Mrs. Holman!” And she looked straight at me, paused, leaned in closer, and then said in a low voice that was almost a whisper, words I’ve never forgotten … “Tony Ludlow, I expect greatness from you.”

You expect WHAT?? Are you serious??

What was I supposed to say to that? What was anyone supposed to say to that?

“Yes, ma’am,” I said, as if I could run right out that afternoon and perform “greatness.”

I was an average student, a completely ordinary, skinny, knucklehead kid with a smart mouth and tons of goofiness, but no visible means of greatness. I was a very average boy, from a completely average family, living in a typically average town. Why did she say that to me? I didn’t hear her say that to anyone else! Why did she burden me with such an assignment? Greatness?! Greatness??? Good lord …

Over the years I’ve never believed, despite all of my feigned cockiness and false bravado, that I’ve ever achieved greatness. The “burden” that Mrs. Holman gave me that day was intended to serve as a compass marker, a way to orient the map, a process by which to plot a course, a direction in life. I don’t think she intended it to be an anchor, a hardship, or even a destination.

Greatness travels with passion and has nothing to do with your zip code or bank balance. I find that passion may be the single most attractive thing in a person. An average looking woman with a passion for something (anything!) is infinitely more attractive than a beautiful woman with nothing that energizes her life.

A passion for things, a lust for life, and a positive attitude are magnetic and winsome in any person! Be those things and the world will find you! Be the opposite, and the world will avoid you.

You can be awesome … and extraordinary … and incredible! You can!

I don’t think I’ve ever achieved greatness, despite my boasting, but I know that Mrs. Holman did. She was greatness.

“…To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

— 30 —

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES SUNDAY MORNING AT 6:30 AM!

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ST. JUDE HALF AND FULL MARATHON WEEKEND!

This Saturday many of your fellow boot campers will be running the St. Jude half and full marathons. If you’re not running or volunteering, join me at the intersection of North Parkway and Avalon to cheer! If you arrive by 9am, you should be on time!

Wear your boot camp t-shirts and/or hoodies, etc.

And feel free to BYOBeverage and/or snacks!!

Runners: The intersection of North Parkway and Avalon is at about the 6.9 mile mark, if you’d like to have some sort of drink, snack, energy bar, Gu, or the like and you don’t want to carry them with you, put them in a bag with your name on it and give it to me by Friday and I’ll have it for you at my “Official Headquarters” at N. Parkway and Avalon.

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THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes and beginning at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

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COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on The Weather Channel – I’ll be using the TWC app for iPhone — drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am and 6:45, inside – No chanting. No patchouli.

M-16 Workout next Tuesday, 4 November at 5:30am!

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YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

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FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

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SUB SEVEN CLUB!

Members of the Sub-7 Club are Boot Campers who’ve run the mile in under 7 minutes under my observation and timing.

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase,
Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore,
Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston,
Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki,
Lance Corporal Chris McLelland,
Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas,
First Sergeant Matt Green,
Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers,
Master Sergeant John Winford,
Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick
and Gunnery Sergeant Henry Kenworthy.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515 at the U of M track next to the Field House.

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Falana Scott 7/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

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ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

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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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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 PM on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

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WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

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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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Q. How can I get up in the morning on a consistent basis?
A. Contrary to what many think, I am NOT a morning person. I have to be “dynamited” out of the bed! Here are some tips to help you get going in the morning:
1. Use two alarm clocks. I have a snooze alarm that starts going off several minutes before I intend to get up. Then I have a “Last Call” alarm clock that is located across the room. This alarm clock is set to go off when I MUST get up.
2. Once the last call alarm goes off, the bed become OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn on the TV.
4. Lay out your clothes the night before. Don’t go wandering around the house in the morning trying to find your left shoe and your favorite shorts. So, have things ready the night before.
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What would you do if money was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was not an option?

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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ThanksLiving 2012 — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s for 11/21/2012

Nov. 21st 2012

Did the Pilgrims have a Thanksgiving Day feast in 1621 like the one’s portrayed in those Norman Rockwell paintings?

I like to imagine so.

But I’m pretty sure it didn’t happen like that at all.

The day wasn’t always about feasting, floats, and football.

Though our country had loosely celebrated a day of thanksgiving since the Revolutionary War and George Washington’s victory at Saratoga. We can actually thank Sarah Hale, the author of the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” for our national holiday. It’s true! She wrote President Abraham Lincoln a letter and prevailed upon him to establish a day of national thanksgiving. Lincoln, seeing the misery and despair brought upon the country by a bloody and divisive civil war, established our national day of Thanksgiving beginning in November 1863. I think Lincoln hoped that a day of national remembrance of all that we shared collectively as a nation, both North and South, would touch the hearts of Southerners who still embraced a sense of American identity and that it would help to ameliorate the strife and bring a quicker end to the war.

I was asked recently why the Detroit Lions, currently one of the worst teams in the NFL, gets to have a national audience on Thanksgiving Day? The answer is, it was the Lions who came up with the idea of playing on Thanksgiving Day in the first place! In 1934 the Chicago Bears, at the invitation of the Detroit Lions, traveled to Detroit and played the first Thanksgiving Day professional football game. It was the first time that a professional football game was broadcast with a national radio audience. And thus began the tradition of listening to, and then watching, the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving Day. I would really like for them to win on Thursday, cuz they seldom do! Go Detroit!

However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving I hope that you’ll be filled with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for what you have and what this year has brought you. Is there anything so winsome as heartfelt gratitude and humility? Good parents always insist that their children say “please” and “thank you.”

Each of us owes our station in life to the help and assistance of others. It’s the turtle sitting on the fencepost. The turtle didn’t get there by itself. Today I want to express my own gratitude to you who do more than just read these emails. To you who show up on the Quarterdeck, and particularly for you who have been showing up for years, you enrich my life with your friendship and continued participation in the program and I am so very grateful! Please allow me to say thank you for that. And equally important, I am thankful that the regular payment of your fees keeps me from living under a bridge.

Today, and everyday, thank you very much for being a part of my life and a part of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP. As I told the 0530 class this morning, you guys are like family to me. In fact, I see most of you way more than I see my own blood relatives. And that is a source of great thanksgiving for my blood relatives!

Happy ThanksLiving, Everyone!

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YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID

I had a conversation or twelve with friends about “toxic people,” spurred by a recent article I wrote where I gave the following advice: “As soon as you start backtracking and allowing toxic people back into your life, you’ve chosen the wrong response.” And after consulting Ron White’s stand up routine where he asserts that you “can’t fix stupid,” I give you, as a PSA, the following other things you can’t fix:

You can’t fix psycho.
You can’t fix inconsiderate.
You can’t fix unkind.
You can’t fix angry.
You can’t fix insecure.
You can’t fix crazy.
You can’t fix over-reactionary.
You can’t fix emotionally stunted.
You can’t fix sleazy.
You can’t fix dishonest.
You can’t fix narcissistic.
You can’t fix clueless.
Since you can’t fix those things, it’s foolhardy to stay coupled with something – someone — you can’t fix.

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How to Avoid Gaining Weight on Thursday

1. Eat slowly. The slower you eat, the less you will eat.
2. Use the smallest plate available.
3. Do not go back for seconds.
4. Drink a lot of water 20 to 30 minutes BEFORE you sit down to eat your Thanksgiving meal.
5. Think small portions, especially small portions of dessert. Most of the time you only want the “taste” of something, so eat only 1/3 of what is generally thought to be a regular piece of pie, for example. It’ll be plenty.

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BUFFALO RUNNERS — SUNDAY!!!

FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES SUNDAY MORNING — NOT SATURDAY — AT 6:30 AM!

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FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY

Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp!

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THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes and beginning at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

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COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on Weather.com drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

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Mt. Fuji Workout next Tuesday, 27 November at 5:30am!

The next Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515!

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YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

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FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

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SUB SEVEN CLUB!

Members of the Sub-7 Club are Boot Campers who’ve run the mile in under 7 minutes under my observation and timing.

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase,
Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore,
Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston,
Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki,
Lance Corporal Chris McLelland,
Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas,
First Sergeant Matt Green,
Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers,
Master Sergeant John Winford,
Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick
and Gunnery Sergeant Henry Kenworthy.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515 at the U of M track next to the Field House.

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Falana Scott 7/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

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ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

———————————–

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 – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 PM on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

———————————-

WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

——————————————-

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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Q. How can I get up in the morning on a consistent basis?
A. Contrary to what many think, I am NOT a morning person. I have to be “dynamited” out of the bed! Here are some tips to help you get going in the morning:
1. Use two alarm clocks. I have a snooze alarm that starts going off several minutes before I intend to get up. Then I have a “Last Call” alarm clock that is located across the room. This alarm clock is set to go off when I MUST get up.
2. Once the last call alarm goes off, the bed become OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn on the TV.
4. Lay out your clothes the night before. Don’t go wandering around the house in the morning trying to find your left shoe and your favorite shorts. So, have things ready the night before.
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What would you do if money was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was not an option?

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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~ THANKSGIVING WEEK NEWS – 2012 ~

Nov. 18th 2012

~ THANKSGIVING WEEK NEWS ~
– No classes on Thanksgiving Day. (Run the Turkey Trot!)
– All Friday classes meet as scheduled.
– The 0645 class moves inside this week for the winter.
– All morning classes, with the exception of Tuesday morning’s 0530 class, will be INSIDE this week.
– Tuesday 0530 is Mt. Fuji.
– Holiday Challenge weigh-in this week! Weigh in after all Monday classes, no weigh-in after the Tuesday 0530 Mt. Fuji workout. Weigh in at the end of Wednesday morning classes. No Wednesday evening weigh in.
– Saturday morning training run moves to SUNDAY MORNING, the 25th this week at 0630.

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It’s not me, it’s you … — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 11/14/2012

Nov. 14th 2012

The following are a few popular platitudes that I don’t subscribe to.

“Whatever doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.”

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“The good lord won’t give me more than I can handle.”

“Good things happen to those who wait.”

“Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”

“It’s not you, it’s me.”

I could go on. Pop theology and pop culture are full of these kinds of things. Just take a look at social media. One of these days I’m going to write a book called “Systematic Theology According to Facebook.” I’m not sure if it would be comedy, tragedy, or mystery.

We can debate such sayings. We can disagree on what they mean and on whether or not they’re true. And that’s okay. We can agree to disagree and hopefully we can do so agreeably.

But then there are some things that are undeniable and not debatable points because they are true scientifically and practically.

* If you’re not happy, if you’re over weight, if your life isn’t working out like you wanted … you have to DO something. You have to change something. Doing nothing will NOT alter your situation. The universe rewards action.

* If you don’t eat right, you’re going to gain weight.

* If you smoke, you’re stupid.

* If you don’t exercise, you’re going to continue to get weak and your health will continue to deteriorate.

My mom once introduced me to one of her elderly friends as her son the “health nut.” As if to call people who get their teeth cleaned and examined regularly “dental nuts.” (You certainly don’t call them “British!”) Or calling people who get the oil and tires changed in their car on a regular basis, “car nuts.”

Taking care of our bodies shouldn’t be thought of as a hobby, as if it were woodworking or golf or Words with Friends.

Taking charge of our lives shouldn’t be thought of as something that only certain people can do and others are simply victims of bad luck or born under an unlucky star, left to bounce from one dysfunctional drama to another, dependent on medication to get through the day with no future and no plans.

Taking charge and making a course change requires action and a plan. No ship can change course unless it’s moving.

None of this should come as news to anyone.

But we aren’t obese and unhealthy in this country for lack of knowledge. We’re obese and unhealthy for lack of self-discipline.

Smokers aren’t reading this – admonitions to quit smoking because it’s unhealthy – for the first time. Smokers have known since before they started smoking that it was bad for them. But looking “cool” in the moment was more preferable than the long-term health damage that smoking would cause over time.

People who are fat aren’t reading about the limitations and health risks of obesity for the first time here. They’ve known all along. As soon as you elect to buy bigger clothes instead of losing weight, you’ve chosen the wrong response to your situation.

As soon as you turn off the alarm and go back to sleep instead of getting up to exercise, you’ve chosen the wrong response to your situation.

As soon as you start backtracking and allowing toxic people back into your life, you’ve chosen the wrong response.

As soon as you start talking yourself out of your workouts, you’ve chosen the wrong response.

One missed workout isn’t the end of the world. A week’s worth of missed workouts isn’t reason to sound the alarm. But turn that into weeks of missed workouts, and that’s major red flags. You’re only as good as your last workout … and if your last workout was more than two weeks ago … run up the red flag! You’re in trouble!

I get asked all the time how I’ve been able to get up early every morning for the past 13 years to exercise. It’s pretty simple: I don’t give myself an option. I thoroughly and completely believe that physical exercise is absolutely essential for my physical and mental health, and that the camaraderie of those friends I have at boot camp is necessary for my wellbeing. I urge new boot campers to consider their workouts to be the most important appointments they have in their day.

As soon as you fabricate an excuse, you’ve made the wrong life management decision.

“You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.” – Irene C. Kassorla

My mom introduced me as a “health nut,” as if it were the same thing as being good at math or being tall. ANYONE can get control of their physical health and mental well-being. It all starts with a decision to move forward … and to keep moving forward.

“…To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

— 30 —

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES SATURDAY MORNING AT 6:30 AM!

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!

It’s almost time for Holiday Challenge 2012. What is this Holiday Challenge, you ask?

First, the reason for the challenge. The average American gains 8 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.

What the challenge is. If you choose to participate, I will weigh you during the week of Thanksgiving. You give me $50. On the day that we come back to the Quarterdeck after the Christmas/New Year’s Eve Stand-down, I weigh you again. If you’ve maintained your weight, you get a FREE MONTH. If you’ve lost weight (more than 5 pounds) you get an additional FREE MONTH. If you’re the “biggest loser,” you get an additional FREE MONTH, making for a total of 3 FREE MONTHS!

More about the challenge later on the Quarterdeck!

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FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY

Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp!

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THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes and beginning at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

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COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on Weather.com drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am and 6:45, inside – No chanting. No patchouli.

Mt. Fuji Workout next Tuesday, 20 November at 5:30am!

The next Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515!

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YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

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FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

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SUB SEVEN CLUB!

Members of the Sub-7 Club are Boot Campers who’ve run the mile in under 7 minutes under my observation and timing.

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase,
Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore,
Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston,
Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki,
Lance Corporal Chris McLelland,
Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas,
First Sergeant Matt Green,
Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers,
Master Sergeant John Winford,
Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick
and Gunnery Sergeant Henry Kenworthy.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515 at the U of M track next to the Field House.

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Falana Scott 7/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

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ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

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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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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 PM on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

———————————-

WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

——————————————-

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.

—————————————————

Q. How can I get up in the morning on a consistent basis?
A. Contrary to what many think, I am NOT a morning person. I have to be “dynamited” out of the bed! Here are some tips to help you get going in the morning:
1. Use two alarm clocks. I have a snooze alarm that starts going off several minutes before I intend to get up. Then I have a “Last Call” alarm clock that is located across the room. This alarm clock is set to go off when I MUST get up.
2. Once the last call alarm goes off, the bed become OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn on the TV.
4. Lay out your clothes the night before. Don’t go wandering around the house in the morning trying to find your left shoe and your favorite shorts. So, have things ready the night before.
—————————————–

What would you do if money was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was not an option?

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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A VETERAN’S VETERAN’S DAY THOUGHTS

Nov. 12th 2012

I can’t speak for all veterans.

I can speak only for myself and the men with whom I served. I can tell you why we joined the Marine Corps. We joined with intention, on purpose.

Some, I know, enlisted because they were bored, or because they didn’t have money for college, or they didn’t have other options, or because they’d outgrown their hometowns.

I didn’t know many “trust fund babies” in the Corps. Not too many boys from the country club join the Marines, or any other branch of the military for that matter. My well-heeled friends from school tended to look down on us poor boys who didn’t have an ample safety net to cushion our fall or pay our bills. They were happy to drive their new Corvettes to the university and pledge some idiotic fraternity, spending daddy’s money as if that were their duty.

I didn’t join the service to impress a girl, or anyone else. In fact, the girl I was dating thought it was stupid that I was joining the Marines, even though I’d been talking about joining since I was in junior high school. That was after I had to accept the fact that I wasn’t going to be playing in the NFL.

At the time I joined it wasn’t fashionable to be in the military. Vietnam had damaged the national psyche and no one wanted to be associated with anything resembling the military.

But most of the men I grew up admiring had served. It seemed a rite of passage to serve. I thought it my duty to serve. I didn’t care what others said or what others thought. I had a sense of calling and a need to fulfill the obligation I felt to my country.

It’s only been in the past few years that “thank you for your service” has been part of the national vocabulary. No one thanked me for my service until after we invaded Iraq in 2003. And quite honestly, I had no idea what to say in response. I still don’t. It’s a little embarrassing, to tell you the truth. I didn’t become a Marine for that reason. Since I had little support for my decision to join, I found it remarkable that I was, all of a sudden, being thanked for it. I like it, even if it makes me blush and leaves me a little tongue-tied.

I think supporting organizations like “The Wounded Warrior Project” and the “Semper Fi Fund,” would be excellent ways to express our thanks.

I don’t ever take advantage of “veterans eat free” or other such deals on Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day. I’d be embarrassed to get a free meal, or 15% off at the furniture store, because I’m a Marine.

A lot of the guys who looked down their noses at us underprivileged boys for enlisting, are now saying things like “I wish I had served,” or “I’d have served if there had been a war going on,” or “I wanted to serve, but I had flat-feet,” or some other such thing. (For the record, my feet are as flat as duck feet.) “I’d have served, but I was destined for management,” said one idiot with an over impressed view of himself.

Today is the last day of the Veteran’s Day observance. As a nation, we are indebted to the military service of others, going all the way back to the Revolution. We have, and need, a strong military today because ours is a dangerous world. The nature of man has changed little in human history. (A cursory reading of Facebook posts would tend to support the assertion that superstition and ignorance are on the rise.) Powerful despots and lunatic religious extremists are no different today than they were thousands of years ago. Our enemies aren’t laying down their arms or pounding their swords into plowshares. And until the world is enlightened and ruled by reason, “living as one,” we must retain a strong peace through a strong defense. We will always have a need for those willing to stand up to tyranny and terrorism. As Winston Churchill said, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

Strength and honor.

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12 NOV. 2012 Schedule Update Reminder

Nov. 11th 2012

Just a reminder for Veteran’s Day observance tomorrow: one workout tomorrow at 6:30am. All other classes will stand down. All classes meet on regular schedule on Tuesday. M-16 on Tues at 5:30am!

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Marine Corps Birthday – 2012

Nov. 10th 2012

His statement hung in the air for what seemed like a very very long time.

It was the most profound challenge I’d been given and my response to it changed the course of my life.

“Your country has provided you with 18 years of freedom, opportunity, security, and happiness … now it’s time to give something back. Join the Marine Corps or the Peace Corps, but find a way to serve your country and your fellow man.”

I joined the Marine Corps, since the Peace Corps didn’t have any cool uniforms.

Of course, the decision was a little more complicated and involved. But if you know me at all, you already know that.

Today is the 237th birthday of my beloved Corps. And like all good birthday celebrations, cake is involved.

Every Marine Corps unit across the globe will celebrate the birth of Our Corps in very similar ways. There’ll be the parties and the revelry. There’ll be the formal Marine Corps Balls with everyone wearing their dress uniforms. It’s a fun mix of activities meant to pay honor to the birth of the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, and to give special remembrance to the exploits of Marines throughout our 237 year history.

There’s a special ceremony connected to the cutting and eating of the birthday cake at the Ball. The first two pieces of the cake, cut with a Marine Corps sword, go to the youngest and the oldest Marine present in that unit. After that, everyone gets some.

My first Marine Corps birthday occurred while I was a Marine recruit in boot camp at Parris Island, SC. There was no Ball for us, far from it. But with the evening meal that day, each of us received a piece of Marine Corps birthday cake on our trays.

We filed through the chow line and quickly took our places at our long table, where the entire platoon waited for our Drill Instructor to give the command “trays … DOWN!” (All trays would come down at the exact same moment on the table so that there would only be the sound of ONE tray being placed on the table.) Then the Drill Instructor would give the command “SEATS!” (There would be the sound of only ONE butt hitting the bench as everyone sat down at exactly the same instant and froze in position.) And then the command, “ATTACK!” – meaning “EAT!”

As I stood there at attention, waiting for the command to sit, I stole a glance at my piece of Marine Corps birthday cake as it sat on my tray looking up at me. It looked delicious. And since we hadn’t had any sweets in a very long time, that piece of cake looked especially yummy!

But instead of the command “SEATS!” … the Drill Instructor yelled, “PICK UP THE BIRTHDAY CAKE! (What did he say?) PICK IT UP NOW!!! AND GO THROW IT AWAY!!! … NOW!!!!”(NOOOO!!!!)

What?? You’ve GOT to be joking!

By this time, Platoon 398 was a well oiled machine, instantly and willingly giving obedience to all orders.

Without hesitation, each of us picked up our piece of cake and went directly to the big garbage cans in the mess hall and threw our cake away.

So sad. Such a waste. I hated Senior Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Warren, one of our four DI’s. He was the one who ordered us to throw our cake away.

We quickly returned to our tables and stood in front of our trays, the empty spot on the tray where our cake had been, reminding us of our loss. We waited for the command to sit. But instead, the Senior Drill Instructor began to lecture us.

“Yew filthy pukes think you deserve a piece of cake honoring the birthday of MY BELOVED CORPS?? DO YOU??? (It was rhetorical, we didn’t say a word.) You worthless excuses for humanity aren’t MARINES! You’re not even worthy to say the name of MY BELOVED CORPS! You don’t rate anything honoring MY BELOVED CORPS! Many of you will NEVER become Marines in MY BELOVED CORPS! I promise you this … I promise you that I will continue to weed out you pathetic little parasites and send as many of you back to your mommas as I can! You little spoiled, over indulged, self esteem seeking pieces of shit! But you’ll NEVER BE A MARINE! DO YOU HEAR ME?? And know this … KNOW THIS … I will make it my solemn duty to make every single second that you’re on my BELOVED ISLAND the most horrifying, god-forsaking, painful experiences of your worthless existence! Not ONE of you pukes, NOT ONE … will ever earn the title of Marine until I’m satisfied that you’re worthy! Until I’m satisfied that you deserve to go into combat as a Marine. I’ll not give even ONE of you worthless losers an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor unless I’m satisfied that I can trust you assholes with my life in combat. And until then, UNTIL THEN … me and my fellow Drill Instructors will treat you like the dishonorable slimy civilian refuse that you are! If there are only two of you miserable pieces of human waste left when we’re done, that’ll suit me just fine!”

I sat down, but didn’t eat. I’d lost my appetite.

Platoon 398 began with 80 recruits. Three months later, only 32 of us earned the title “Marine.”

When I die, my headstone will not have my academic vitae listed — nor any mention of my bank account — but it will say “United States MARINE.”

The Marine Corps makes no apologies for being the hardest of all of the branches of the service. Marine Corps boot camp is legendary. It’s the longest and the most difficult of the four branches of the military. That’s not just me bragging, that’s simply the fact of the matter. As the army, navy, and air force continue to shorten the length of their boot camps and make them less strenuous, less stressful, and more “civilian friendly,” the Marine Corps does just the opposite. “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat,” is the Marine Corps way.

Rest easy, America, your Marine Corps is on duty!

Happy 237th birthday to MY BELOVED CORPS and to my fellow Marines!

“If the Army and the Navy

ever look on Heaven’s scenes;

They will find the streets are guarded,

by United States Marines.”

Semper Fidelis, Marines!

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NEWS UPDATE — 11/9/2012

Nov. 9th 2012

NEWS FLASH:
–> Tomorrow’s Buffalo Runner’s training run will begin at 6:30am instead of 7!
–> Monday, Veteran’s Day recognition day we’ll have ONE workout at 6:30am. All other classes will stand-down on Monday.
–> Tuesday the evening crew will begin meeting at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

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RICH MAN’S WAR, POOR MAN’S FIGHT — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 11/8/2012

Nov. 7th 2012

Despite the fact that we’ve been at war since March of 2003, a lot of people don’t know anyone in the military.

Despite the fact that we’ve been at war since March of 2003, only about 1% of the population has served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

Only about 1% of American families have someone in their immediate family serving.

Over the years I’ve discovered that the average civilian doesn’t know much about the military, what distinguishes one branch from the other, or what military people do all day. The non-military public tends to think we’re all the same, just different uniforms, and such. We’re not. Just ask guys who chose NOT to join the Marine Corps!

Most know that the Navy is the one that has the boats. The Air Force has the planes. And the Army and the Marine Corps have something to do with shooting and blowin’ up stuff on the ground. And since the Presidential debates, many have learned that the Marine Corps has over 200,000 bayonets and is the only branch of the service that requires bayonet training of its recruits.

A couple of important dates are coming up this weekend.

Saturday is the Marine Corps Birthday – 237 years!

And Sunday is Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day is said to be a day of appreciation for those men and women who have served, and are serving, in one of the branches of our Armed Forces. It’s a simple day for a simple “thank you.” (I personally prefer cash, gifts, and/or Fireball!)

The veterans of Vietnam didn’t start getting any thanks until years after their war was over. That’s a hard fact to report. But most Vietnam vets have yet to be thanked.

It was a different time and a different culture when they returned from their war. The anti-war sentiments in this country had spread from marches on Washington and peaceful demonstrations on Main Street America, to violent and belligerent assaults on returning veterans themselves.

There were no happy celebrations greeting our brave men when they returned from the horrors of that war. There were no parades. There were no cheers of excitement and admiration. There were no public expressions of gratitude. No words of thanks. No high fives. No fist bumps. No pats on the back.

Returning Vietnam vets returned to jeers and hate, their service ridiculed and maligned. They were made to feel shame and guilt for answering their country’s call to serve.

In 1970, my 21 year old brother, a decorated Marine, returned from honorable and heroic service in Vietnam. He was met at the San Francisco airport by a huge crowd of loud and angry protesters. This mob included a young mother, a little older than my brother, who stepped in front of him blocking his way. She thrust her young child into my brother’s face, and screamed at him: “YOU FILTHY BABY KILLER!! THIS IS WHAT YOU KILLED IN VIETNAM! BASTARD!!” And she yelled profanities at him, things too horrible to mention here.

She then spat in his face and on his dress uniform, as he tried to quickly get past her.

Almost 20 years later, my brother confessed to me that the pain and rejection that he felt at that very moment, the moment that woman screamed at him and accused him of unthinkable acts, had never left him. He felt that shame over 20 years later.

My brother had not killed any children in Vietnam. In fact, he and another Marine had been decorated with medals for saving a Vietnamese family, a mother and her three little children, from the oncoming attacks of the enemy at the other end of their village.

My brother spoke very little about his experiences in Vietnam immediately after he returned. Unwise and insensitive people would ignorantly ask him, “did you kill anybody?” I heard him lie several times and tell people that he was just a cook and never saw any combat. I never understood that. I wanted him to tell those people that he was a hero and that he’d received medals for his valor. But he never ever said that. I didn’t understand until years later when he and I were both on active duty together and eating in a diner when a truck driver in the booth next to us asked that same question. We winked at one another and told the man that we were cooks.

When the first Gulf War ended, our country turned out in masses and welcomed our heroes home. We had committed a horrible sin against those who served in Vietnam and we were determined not to have another generation of honorable veterans made to feel like war criminals. So as a nation, we threw a big party! In fact, we probably went a little overboard, as if to make up for our tragic mistake with the Vietnam era vets.

Unfortunately, we were making up to the wrong generation.

Hundreds of Vietnam vets watched those celebrations and parades … heard the speeches … and felt even more marginalized and rejected. Their sacrifices going unaccounted for. Their service unsung.

The first Gulf War was measured in days and had less than 200 casualties. Vietnam was measured in multiplied years and claimed almost 70,000 American lives. It was like honoring someone for jogging around the block, while ignoring someone who’d survived a death march of a thousand miles.

Vietnam vets felt shoved into a corner of American history, reserved for our mistakes, along with our treatment of Native Americans, slavery, and segregation. America ignored the brave men from an unpopular war, again.

In the weeks following the end of the first Gulf War many Vietnam vets became increasingly depressed and tortured. My own brother took his life within a few weeks of the end of the first Gulf War. A couple of weeks before he killed himself he told me on the phone that he was happy for the guys returning from the Gulf … but what about us? What did we do so horrible that we should be ignored by our country … our country who sent us to Vietnam?

He is buried in the National Cemetery in my hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

It was only in death that his country, our country, reserved for him a place of honor.

On this Veteran’s Day, and any day you have the opportunity, be sure and single out the Vietnam Veteran. They don’t look like the young men they were when our country sent them to a foreign land to serve … and to do unthinkable things, things that most would like to forget.

But inside that 60-something year old veteran is a young man longing to be told, “thank you for your service.”

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If you’re interested in a couple of movies that would give you some perspective on Vietnam veterans, I’d recommend “The Deer Hunter,” and a little known Bruce Willis movie called “In Country.” Honorable mention to “Platoon.”

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES SATURDAY MORNING AT 7 AM!

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!

It’s almost time for Holiday Challenge 2012. What is this Holiday Challenge, you ask?

First, the reason for the challenge. The average American gains 8 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.

What the challenge is. If you choose to participate, I will weigh you during the week of Thanksgiving. You give me $50. On the day that we come back to the Quarterdeck after the Christmas/New Year’s Eve Stand-down, I weigh you again. If you’ve maintained your weight, you get a FREE MONTH. If you’ve lost weight (more than 5 pounds) you get an additional FREE MONTH. If you’re the “biggest loser,” you get an additional FREE MONTH, making for a total of 3 FREE MONTHS!

More about the challenge later on the Quarterdeck!

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FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY

Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp!

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THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes.

Beginning next week, the evening classes will begin at 5:30pm for all classes, Monday – Friday.

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COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on Weather.com drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am and 6:45, inside – No chanting. No patchouli.

The next Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515!

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YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

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FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

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SUB SEVEN CLUB!

Members of the Sub-7 Club are Boot Campers who’ve run the mile in under 7 minutes under my observation and timing.

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase,
Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore,
Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston,
Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki,
Lance Corporal Chris McLelland,
Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas,
First Sergeant Matt Green,
Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers,
Master Sergeant John Winford,
Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick
and Gunnery Sergeant Henry Kenworthy.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515 at the U of M track next to the Field House.

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2012

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Falana Scott 7/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

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ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

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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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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 PM on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

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WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

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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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Q. How can I get up in the morning on a consistent basis?
A. Contrary to what many think, I am NOT a morning person. I have to be “dynamited” out of the bed! Here are some tips to help you get going in the morning:
1. Use two alarm clocks. I have a snooze alarm that starts going off several minutes before I intend to get up. Then I have a “Last Call” alarm clock that is located across the room. This alarm clock is set to go off when I MUST get up.
2. Once the last call alarm goes off, the bed become OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn on the TV.
4. Lay out your clothes the night before. Don’t go wandering around the house in the morning trying to find your left shoe and your favorite shorts. So, have things ready the night before.
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What would you do if money was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was not an option?

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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