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Weekend Run Schedule

Mar. 29th 2013

Buffalo Runners!

The weather is effy for the whole weekend, so we’re gonna shoot for Saturday morning at 7. In the event that it’s raining cats and dogs, we’ll postpone for Sunday morning at 7.

See you in the morning!

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Things fall apart, the center cannot hold …

Mar. 27th 2013

I was in Tuscan for a friend’s wedding in early April 2007 when I got some bad news.

A couple of days before I left Memphis, I called my CPA, Tom Farrar, to set up a meeting to do my taxes. I hate doing my taxes. Being self-employed means that I’m taxed at a rate of about 36%. (I should get Mitt Romney’s money guy. Mitt pays half of what I pay! Those millionaires sure are smart.) But being stupid, I get to pay more than 1/3 of what I make to Uncle Sam. Since I don’t get a refund, but instead get to pay, I usually wait until the last minute to get with my CPA. It’s drudgery. It’s tedious. It’s terribly boring. And I hate writing those checks. But I rationalize it by imagining that I’m paying the salaries of Marines in harm’s way.

And to those of you who do taxes for a living, God bless you.

Anyway, I got Tom’s voice mail and left a message, asking him to call me so that we could set up an appointment. By the next day, I still hadn’t heard from Tom, so I called him again. And again, I got his voice mail. I called three or four more times and never heard anything.

When I was at the airport in Phoenix, I called Tom again and again got no answer. This was not like him at all.

Tom was a former Air Force guy and a numbers genius. But he was also an overweight, hyper-type-A personality that concerned me from the time day I met him. He was conscientious, a stickler for details, and usually returned his calls within an hour.

“Tom, you need to come to Boot Camp … I promise you’ll like it and it’ll make you feel better,” I used to tell him. But he would always laugh it off and promise me that he’d come “one of these days.” He’d usually remind me that HE had joined the Air Force on purpose and NOT the Marine Corps. He wasn’t interested in exercise and such.

I had worried that Tom was a walking time bomb … a heart attack just waiting to happen. I badgered him, sweetly invited him, tried to shame him, and attempted to humiliate him over the years in an effort to get him to take care of himself and get in shape. I tried everything.

“All of that gung-ho exercise and running around getting shot at is for you Jarheads,” Tom had joked.

While waiting for my return flight home, I called one of our mutual friends to check on Tom.

“Cathy, I’ve called Tom several times and left him a voicemail every time, but I’ve not head back from him. Do you have any idea what’s up?” I asked.

“Oh, Tony you’ve not heard?”

“Heard what, Cathy? What’s up?”

“Tony, Tom is dead.”

“WHAT?? What do you mean he’s dead??” I said.

She explained that Tom had walked outside to get his newspaper, bent over to pick it up, and dropped dead in his front yard of a massive heart attack.

Tom had run out of days.
Unnecessarily.
Completely preventable.

Tom never came to Boot Camp. He never let me help him.

In honor of my friend Tom, the month of April became our “Bring a Friend to Boot Camp Month!”

You can bring a friend to Boot Camp during April for a FREE DAY or two! No strings attached.

What’s in it for you?

The Boot Camper who brings the most friends and has the most points — beginning tomorrow — will get $100!! US Legal Tender. Not 100 Dollars in Boot Camp Bucks! The campaign ends on Friday, April 19th.

Here are the rules:

1. Your visiting friends need to be prospects for membership, so no out of town visitors will count toward your total number of friends for the contest. You’ll get 1 point for each new visitor.

2. Repeat visitors don’t count beyond their first visit – so you can’t bring your friend Bob 15 times during April and count it as 15 friends!

3. If your visitor joins the program, you get an additional 3 points, for a grand total of 4 points.

Whoever has the most points by the end of business on Friday, 19 April, wins $100.00!

We live in the fattest, most unhealthy, city in the country. That practically makes us the fattest city in the world. NOT the kind of statistic that we can be proud of. When our community is at risk, when it’s unhealthy and unfit, we all pay the price in higher health insurance and higher health care costs. We pay more for medical care and medication. We say goodbye to our loved ones too soon.

We all have family and friends who are at risk, who need to lose weight, who need to start exercising. Our friends and family aren’t getting better with age, overeating, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. They’re falling apart. Things get ugly. People get weak. Our loved ones get frail. Quality of life suffers and degenerates to nothing interesting or exciting. Sickness prevails.

Ask them to come with you to Boot Camp. It may be the greatest act of love that you can show them. And if they won’t come with you, encourage them to start doing something.

I wish I’d been more persistent in inviting Tom.

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“A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors, will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools.” ~ Thucydides

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK

Corporal Ashley Hofeditz, RD LDN, has been talking about the ten common food and nutrition mistakes and myths. Today we cover numbers 7 & 8.

“#7: Thinking that lean ground meat means low fat. According to the USDA, lean ground meat is defined as containing no more than 10% fat, which means that it is 90% lean, right? Yes, but there is a catch: the percentage refers to product WEIGHT, not the percentage of calories from fat. Four ounces of lean ground beef contains 199 calories and 11 grams of fat. But since each fat gram is 9 calories, this means that 99 of the 199 calories are from fat, or in other words, this ground beef is 50% fat! So if you are looking to reduce your fat intake, think even leaner, go for extra lean ground beef which is only about 33% fat.

#8 Thinking that all organic foods are healthy. Organic cookies and ice cream are still cookies and ice cream. An organic food (or its ingredients) is grown without pesticides, antibiotics, or growth hormones. That may be admirable, but it doesn’t automatically make it a health food or lower in calories or higher in nutrients. Read your labels!”

Thank you, Ashley!

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Today’s new friend is tomorrow’s family.

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ATTENTION EVENING CREW MEMBERS

The evening class has returned to the 5:45pm start time for Monday – Thursday, and 5:30pm on Friday.

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FACEBOOK RESULTS!!!!!!!

Currently we have over 2400 “Likes” on Facebook and over 6,000 check ins!!!!! That’s amazing! Encourage your friends and family to “Like” the page! It would be awesome to have 2500 likes by the end of April!

Keep on checking in! Keep on tagging your friends!
Thanks, everyone!

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BUFFALO RUNNERS WE’RE PROBABLY RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY AT 7AM!

The weather forecast for the weekend is a little iffy. But as of now, we’ll be running on Sunday.

We’ll meet at 7:00am on Sunday, March 31, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. We’ll be going 2hrs 20min.

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M-16 WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 2 AT 0530 AT CUMC!

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY, MARCH, OR APRIL 2012? Let me know, ASAP!! I want to get your rank t-shirt made ASAP!

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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. The 0530 and 0645 classes use the “blue gym” on those days. During basketball season, the evening class will use the exercise room off the main gym.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY, 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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– 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
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Tait Keller 12/2012
– Kitty Keller 12/2012

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Paul Bauer 11/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

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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, 5:30 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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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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INSIDE THIS MORNING

Mar. 27th 2013

The Quarterdeck is INSIDE this morning, Wed. 27 March!

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We’ve got rain in East Memphis. 3/22/2013

Mar. 22nd 2013

We’ve got rain in East Memphis. The Quarterdeck is inside this morning!

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Girls Be Crazy! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 3/20/2013

Mar. 20th 2013

She was pretty.

Prettier than the girls she was with, and didn’t act nearly as self-important as the others.

But I knew that she was trouble from the instant I laid eyes on her.

Still though, I wanted to meet her. But there were obstacles to that meeting, both real and social.

In order to meet her, I went through a middle-man. He arranged the meeting. Plus, I was too chicken to approach her without someone to make the introductions.

I didn’t know anything about her dreams or her aspirations. I didn’t know anything about her background. All I knew was that she was pretty. I know this is all so superficial. But I’m a man. Sometimes we can be shallow.

Maybe you can forgive my lack of depth, I was going through a tough time and I needed a distraction. Maybe even a companion. And I thought she might be the distraction I needed.

She was going through a tough time as well. (Our “matchmaker” said as much.) So maybe she needed a distraction too.

She looked at me in a way that kind of melted my heart. She was friendly, but just a little reserved. Cautious, I thought. Maybe she’d been hurt. Maybe she’d had some complicated relationships in the past and I guess she was just feeling me out before she could decide what she thought about me.

Our relationship was difficult from the beginning. She was, I’m afraid to say, not very smart. I don’t mean to be cruel. But it’s true. You don’t always know these things right away. But it didn’t take long to discover that she wasn’t that clever. It was frustrating. I tried to deny it to myself for a long time. But she was just stupid at times. She was irrational. And sometimes she’d be inattentive. She apparently didn’t have much interest in the things I wanted to do. I would suggest something to do and she would just look at me as if “I” was the one who had said something stupid.

She would get quiet, or scared, or something, and just disappear … for days. Sometimes we’d be in the middle of something and she’d just walk off. And then later she’d act like nothing was wrong. As if she hadn’t done anything strange or irrational. So confusing. So frustrating.

It still is.

I’m looking at her right now. She’s in my backyard, chewing on lord knows what.

When I rescued her from the animal shelter, she was on death row. The next day she was to be “put down” as they say. I’d gone there looking for a companion because I was terribly lonely … and a little fragile. It was 2003 and the United States had just invaded Iraq. My son, Matthew, a Corporal in the Marine Corps, was at the “tip of the spear.” Marines were making a lightening dash invasion of Iraq, racing from Kuwait to Baghdad to remove Saddam Hussein from power. They were moving quickly. High speed, low drag. High risk and extremely dangerous.

You may recall those days when the war was on television all day and all night. Embedded reporters were giving us an almost real time reporting of the war. So I had gone to the pawnshop and bought extra TVs for every room of my house. Every single room. I was looking at the flickering images into the wee hours of the night, hoping for even the briefest glimpse of my son. Every waking hour that I wasn’t teaching a boot camp class, I was in front of a television. I was getting about 3 hours of sleep a night. I ate all of my meals at home in front of the TV. I had no social life.

Just 2 months earlier I’d taken Matthew to the airport. I stood in the security line with him and tried to distill all of the advice I could think of into that brief space of time as we waited in line. I spoke as one Marine to another; a father to a son. I was deeply and acutely aware of the fact that this might be the last conversation I would ever have with him; the last moments of his life that we would spend together.

What do you say at a time like that?

Matthew was a Marine Non-Commissioned Officer, well trained and experienced, with excellent commanders. I’d met his Commanding Officer during a visit to his base a year earlier and was impressed with him. He and I hit it off from the start. I liked him a lot. He was a cross between Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx, intense but quick witted and funny. I had complete confidence in him.

Even still, as Matthew and I stood in line at the airport, I felt like I needed to tell him things that he’d been taught since he’d joined the Corps. Things that I knew that he knew, but the father in me said that I needed to tell him too. I wouldn’t be comfortable unless Matthew heard those same things coming from me. He was patient and let me talk, assuring me that he’d do exactly what I said.

But nothing had prepared me for that talk with my son. He wasn’t going off to college. He wasn’t going off to summer camp. He wasn’t taking a trip with friends to Florida for spring break. My boy was going off to war. Hard men, ruthless, barbaric men with weapons were waiting to kill him on the other side of the world. What do you say?

And then our time was up.

Matthew cleared airport security and I stood there behind the velvet rope watching. I was trying to be strong and stoic. He reached down and picked up his gear, threw one bag over his shoulder and picked up the other one. He steadied himself under the weight of his gear … took a few steps toward the direction of his gate and then turned back as he walked away, looked at me … smiled and gave me a nod. I smiled, and waved, and nodded back.

I stood there and watched him until he disappeared, lost in the crowd of people.

And then he was gone.

My boy was gone from my sight and from my ability to protect him. I had raised him. I’d protected him and consoled him his whole life. And now he was gone and that might be the last time I would ever see him alive. And that realization was absolutely overwhelming. It made me weak in my knees.

I had to sit down on one of those plastic chairs in the airport. And then I lost it. He was only 22 years old.

Today, former Staff Sergeant, now Captain select, Matthew Ludlow, is back home in North Carolina, alive and well after many deployments – the most recent one ending just this past December.

And in my backyard is that stupid dog I rescued from the pound in March 2003. Her name is Aki (ahh-key), it’s Japanese for autumn. She doesn’t fetch. She doesn’t care if you throw the Frisbee across the yard. She’s not interested in learning anything either. And she’s a terrible watchdog.

And no matter how many times Aki makes me crazy, no matter how many times she runs off because she’s heard it thunder, I will always love her. She sat next to me in the middle of the night while I looked for signs on television that my boy was okay, that he was alive. I watched the war late into the night and Aki sat right next to me. She never left my side. As if she knew that my life depended on what I saw on those TVs.

I always said that I rescued her … but really, she rescued me. Happy 10 year anniversary, Aki! Thank you for being my dog!

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“A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors, will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools.” ~ Thucydides

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NCAA BASKETBALL BRACKET

For you NCAA Bracket keepers, let me invite you to join our group “Tony Ludlow’s Group” on ESPN.com. (http://espn.go.com/)

Fill out your bracket and join the group!

If you’d like to take part in the pool (not necessary to participate in the group), it’s $10 per person. Pool entry fee is due to me prior to tip off of the first game on Thursday! Winner of the pool is the person with the most points in our group who joined the pool! Good luck everyone!

GO TIGERS!

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK

Corporal Ashley Hofeditz, RD LDN, talked about the ten common food and nutrition mistakes. Today we cover number 6.

#6. Avoiding all foods made with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Foods made with HFCS get a really bad rap. But HFCS along with all other added sugars, including “natural” sugars such as honey, agave syrup, and the like, all should have a very small part in our daily diet.

So the focus should be on reducing the total amount of added sugars in our diet that are found in many processed foods and beverages.

Consuming too much sugar contributes to obesity which leads to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Aim to eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and low fat dairy.

Thank you, Ashley!

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Today’s new friend is tomorrow’s family.

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ATTENTION EVENING CREW MEMBERS

The evening class has returned to the 5:45pm start time for Monday – Thursday, and 5:30pm on Friday.

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FACEBOOK RESULTS!!!!!!!

Currently we have over 2400 “Likes” on Facebook and over 6,000 check ins!!!!! That’s amazing! Encourage your friends and family to “Like” the page! It would be awesome to have 2500 likes by the end of next month!

Keep on checking in! Keep on tagging your friends!
Thanks, everyone!

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BUFFALO RUNNERS WE’RE RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY AT 7AM!

We’ll meet at 7:00am on Sunday, March 24, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. We’ll be going 1hr 30min.

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MT. FUJI WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 26 AT 0530 AT THE U OF M!

SUB-7 CLUB REUNION AND CHALLENGE
If you’d like to challenge the 7-minute mile, we’ll do that next Tuesday, 26 March at 5:15am at the U of M, weather permitting. Let me know if you’d like to challenge the mile. We’ll only meet IF there is a new challenger.

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY OR MARCH 2012? Let me know, ASAP!! I want to get your rank t-shirt made ASAP!

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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. The 0530 and 0645 classes use the “blue gym” on those days. During basketball season, the evening class will use the exercise room off the main gym.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY, 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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– 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
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Tait Keller 12/2012
– Kitty Keller 12/2012

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Paul Bauer 11/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

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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

5:30 PM: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 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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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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Mt. Fuji Workout on Tuesday, 19 March at 5:30am

Mar. 18th 2013
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William & Mary Won’t Do — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 3/13/2013

Mar. 13th 2013

The other day a new friend asked me what I was reading. I don’t often hear that question. But I didn’t mind answering it.

I’d just finished “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and had started “Into the Fire,” a memoir by Dakota Meyer, the Marine who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in Afghanistan. And I’d started rereading Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice.” (That’s right, Jane Austen! Get over it!)

“Really? That’s quite a range,” my new friend said, with some measure of surprise, and maybe a hint of disbelief. I think he was being a little sarcastic when he asked that question, expecting, perhaps, that I didn’t read. I think he merely imagined that I was just a former active-duty-Marine-jock-turned-local fitness megalomaniac. (And I’m being terribly modest about that!)

For some reason, it made me think about education, particularly college education.

These days, there’s a lot of discussion, debate, and disagreement about going to college.

Who really needs a college degree these days?

There was a recent piece on the Today Show about the need for, and alleged value of, a college education. The person taking the “college not needed” stance pointed out successful non-college graduates, like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, and Bill Gates. All three, college drop-outs.

Part of the criticism of going to college today is that a university education is not necessary in order to get a good paying job or career. And that’s true.

Another criticism is that the odds of getting a job in the area of major study are unlikely after graduation for many. A lot of liberal arts majors, humanities majors, and the like, work at jobs after graduating from college that don’t require a college degree at all. And this is also true.

Added to that, recent college grads with “worthless” degrees are saddled with debt incurred from going to college. They have student loans to pay off, loans that on average take 10 years to reconcile.

So why go to college?

For me, joining the Marine Corps, getting a college degree, and becoming a runner are the three most personally rewarding things I did for myself before the age of 25. And all of these years later, those three things are still 1, 2, and 3. If I had it to do over again, I’d do it exactly the same way.

These days, college is often seen as a form of vocational training for white-collar jobs. Graduates who major in finance, accounting, business, pre-law, and other similar fields of study often graduate and get jobs in those fields or go on to graduate school to pursue terminal degrees in those fields of study. Pre-med, nursing, pre-dental, and other similar science graduates matriculate to medical/nursing/dental schools beyond their undergraduate study.

Obviously, people who pursue those degrees have clear-cut and particular career paths, and that’s fantastic! It makes sense. But it’s not the real reason to go to college at all.

Vocational training, and education at the college level that is designed to prepare someone for a specific career path, is similar to technical schools that train students in things like computer repair, nurse assistants, medical records specialists, auto mechanics, air conditioning and heating careers, plumbing, electrical and similar traditional trades.

These are all legitimate, practical, and cost effective post high school graduation education plans. But that’s not the reason to acquire a university degree.

I think the value of a liberal arts education, particularly those in the humanities, isn’t about money. Anyone getting a humanities degree probably shouldn’t be thinking about making money like a Wall Street banker.

The acquisition of knowledge beyond the superficial in critical thinking, literature, analytical reading, scholarly composition (research papers with footnotes and bibliographies), independent thinking, rhetoric, logic, philosophy, art, foreign language, music, and mathematics was the primary focus of university study for hundreds of years.

But over time, the number of credit hours required from the humanities was reduced for students majoring in non-humanities disciplines. For example, at the U of M, accounting majors are only required to take 9 hours of English, 9 hours from the humanities, 6 hours of history, and 6 hours from the social/behavioral sciences. That’s it. Everything else is accounting related. This shift in emphasis was seen as a good thing, allowing students to take more hours in their major course of study, making them more qualified for those careers.

It’s not a good thing from the perspective of education. But it makes perfect sense from the perspective of career preparation.

The unfortunate result is that today the number of college graduates who haven’t been exposed to the classics, and who can barely do basic research and writing, continues to increase at an alarming rate. More and more college graduates can’t write scholarly papers, can’t interact with opposing points of view, and have little, if any, analytical/philosophical thinking and presentation experience in their education.

But the real world requires mortgages to be paid and stuff to be bought. And those things will hardly be accomplished with a humanities degree.

Fair enough.

But what does that do to our citizenry, to our culture, to our country? We become a nation of money takers and deal makers. But we also become a nation that looks to others to do our critical and analytical thinking.

This isn’t a new problem. Even in the days of Greek’s Golden Age, the ancient historian, Thucydides, said: “Most people, in fact, will not take the trouble in finding out the truth, but are much more inclined to accept the first story they hear.”

This debate isn’t going to be settled in this little essay. It’s been a debate for centuries.

But here’s the thing, never in the history of the world have our current set of circumstances existed. Today, in the information age, the internet, social media, and 24 hour talk television and radio, everyone has a voice. Everyone with a computer, or smart phone, and an internet connection can broadcast to the world. Qualified and unqualified voices fill the blogosphere, internet websites, talk television programs, and talk radio programs. And mostly those voices are unqualified. Dangerously unqualified.

For example, what qualifies people like Rachel Maddow, Sarah Palin, Bill Maher, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, or Jon Stewart to inform our minds about politics? What is their education? What did they study? What are their personal prejudices, biases, and agendas? What’s in it for them? These questions are rhetorical for the sake of this essay, so you need not write me with your support and enthusiasm for any of the above, please! This requirement and these questions apply to everyone who informs you.

Today is National Registered Dietitian Day – March is National Nutrition Month. Outside of politics and religion, nutrition is possibly the subject attacked most by unqualified hucksters, shysters, charlatans, and frauds. There’s no end to the amount of bad information, pseudo-science, and misdirection found in the discussion about food and nutrition in this country. Attractive young skinny chicks, blessed with great genetics (and maybe a little – or a lot – of cosmetic surgical enhancements) — but no formal education in the subject — lecture, publish, blog, and become spokespeople for exercise, diet, and nutrition. Portrayed as experts with advanced degrees.

Multilevel marketing companies sell over-priced nutritionals that have more marketing than science behind their products. Diet and nutrition is a multi-billion dollar a year business with new companies popping up every day. And with no FDA oversight, the number of new products will only grow exponentially.

Here’s my point: we must qualify those who lead us, who inform us, who seek to form our opinions and give us guidance on the most pressing issues of our time: what effects our minds, our souls, and our bodies; our finances, our families, and the future of our country hang in the balance.

We must ask ourselves what gives the talking head on television and the person standing in the pulpit, the right to be there, the right to speak to my mind. Are they simply attractive people with nice sounding voices, or just loud bullies, making up for what they lack in education with volume and aggression? Our political leaders must be held to the same kind of high standard. Where did they go to college? What did they study? What is their experience? Why is their opinion sound? What is their agenda?

We often put forth more effort, and go to greater lengths, to qualify the person who cuts our hair than we do the people who speak to our belief systems. And that’s just crazy.

Be a life long learner. Require the people who inform you, who guide you, who teach you, who preach to you, who require something from you, who ask for your time, money, and energy to be qualified. Don’t let others do your thinking for you. Become qualified yourself. And if your studies in school didn’t include much in the way of critical thinking and analysis, you can get a good education for “a dollar fifty in late charges from the Public Library.”

— 30 —

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“A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors, will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools.” ~ Thucydides

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK

Corporal Ashley Hofeditz, RD LDN, talked about the ten common food and nutrition mistakes. Today we cover the next two, numbers 4 and 5.

Continuing the theme of 10 common food mistakes:

4. Assuming that a fat free food is really fat free. Actually, if a food has less than a half a gram of fat per serving the Food and Drug Administration says that the food manufacturer can round down the amount on the label to zero. But if you eat four servings, you are actually getting 2 grams of fat NOT zero. If the ingredient label lists words like oil, then it does contain some fat!

5. Eating more calories than you realize. If you think that the bowl of ice cream has only 150 calories and that bowl of cereal is only 120 calories, you may be sorely mistaken. The calories listed on the Nutrition Facts panel are for one serving. But are you only eating one serving, or are you eating two, or maybe even three? If you didn’t measure how much you put in your bowl or on your plate, you could be consuming a lot more calories than you think.

Thank you, Ashley! It was very informative, as always.

And Happy National Registered Dietitian Day!

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Today’s new friend is tomorrow’s family.

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ATTENTION EVENING CREW MEMBERS

The evening class has returned to the 5:45pm start time for Monday – Thursday, and 5:30pm on Friday.

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BUFFALO RUNNERS WE’RE RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY AT 7AM!

We’ll meet at 7:00am on Sunday, March 17, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. We’ll be going 2hr 10min.

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MT. FUJI WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 19 AT 0530 AT THE U OF M!

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY OR MARCH 2012? Let me know, ASAP!! I want to get your rank t-shirt made ASAP!

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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. The 0530 and 0645 classes use the “blue gym” on those days. During basketball season, the evening class will use the exercise room off the main gym.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY, 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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– 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
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Tait Keller 12/2012
– Kitty Keller 12/2012

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Paul Bauer 11/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

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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

5:30 PM: Monday through 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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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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Spring Break? — Monday 11 March 2013

Mar. 11th 2013

WHAT Spring Break?? The week is off and running! Bring your A game, maggots!

A reminder to all: with the time change, the evening class now begins at 5:45 (M-Thu), 5:30 on Fridays.

Have a great day, everyone! Stay out of Turdville, USA!

GET SOME!!!

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FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2013

Mar. 8th 2013

The Quarterdeck is OUTSIDE this morning, 0530 Crew! SEE YOU SOON!

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TOKYO DRIFT — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 3/6/2013

Mar. 6th 2013

“I’d like some pepper for my baked potato, please,” I said to the waitress in perfect Japanese, sitting in a restaurant in Tokyo.

Japanese is a hard language to learn. I mean, REAL hard!

REAL HARD!

In fact, linguists say that it’s the most difficult language for a native English speaker to learn. And I believe them. But I learned to speak Japanese anyway … because I’m an idiot.

OK, maybe “idiot” is a little too strong.

What’s a single word description for someone who isn’t afraid to look stupid in an effort to learn something?

Whatever that word is, that’s me.

I don’t really have a great gift for language. I know plenty of people who seem to be naturals at picking up languages. But my mediocre, but passing, grades from two years of college Latin, two years of graduate school Greek, one year of French, and one year of Hebrew will attest to my less than stellar linguistic skills. But what I lack in natural ability – which is considerable — I try to make up for by being stubborn and tenacious. Plus I hate, Hate, HATE BEING stupid or looking stupid.

I was highly motivated to learn Japanese because I was weary of looking AND “being” stupid. If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country and been dependent on a translator then you know what I’m talking about.

Thing is, if you’re just a tourist for a short time, it really doesn’t matter. So what, you can’t read? No big deal. So what, you can’t speak and you have no idea what anyone is saying to you? No worries. You’re a tourist. It’s all good. You’ll be gone soon. Whatever. Just smile and nod.

But when you’re NOT a tourist, it IS a problem.

The stuff that appeared in my mailbox in Tokyo was a complete mystery to me. I couldn’t distinguish the junk mail from the important stuff. And not being able to express myself, or understand what was being said to me, became a huge source of discouragement and frustration.

The ringing of my home phone made me break out into a cold sweat. As any second language learner will tell you, talking on the phone is the hardest. (My first language teacher used to call me on the phone just to mess with me.)

Getting lost was a daily occurrence. I couldn’t read the street signs. And with no GPS, I had to use The Force to navigate around Tokyo.

All of this frustration fueled my determination to learn the language.

But if you aren’t willing to look a fool, you’ll never learn a foreign language.

One of my American friends in Japan was probably much smarter than me. He had, after all, a master’s degree from Harvard. But even though he’d lived in Japan longer than me, my Japanese was way better than his. He just couldn’t stomach the idea of looking foolish. I guess that’s one of the heavy burdens of being a Harvard grad. (You have to be the smartest guy in the room.) But when you’re just a boy from Arkansas, well, let’s just say that the intellectual expectations were fairly low.

So there I was in the restaurant. I’d lived in Japan for about four months at this point and was making my first solo trip to a restaurant without a bi-lingual Japanese friend to help. And even though I was pretty nervous, I’d successfully ordered my food and the exact thing I’d ordered had actually arrived at my table. Sweet!

And now I wanted some pepper for my baked potato.

Typically Japanese restaurants don’t have pepper on the table. You have to ask. So … I asked.

The waitress looked at me like I had just said the most bizarre thing. “hmmm?” I thought. “I guess the Japanese don’t eat much pepper and they don’t use any on baked potatoes,” I reasoned.

She stood there with a confused look on her face, so I thought I should launch into a full-blown explanation about how Americans love pepper and how all the restaurants in America have pepper on the tables. I was quite proud of my ability to explain all of this in my brilliant kindergarten/caveman level Japanese. Despite the look of bewilderment on my waitress’s face, I was pretty happy with myself.

She disappeared into the kitchen behind the swinging kitchen door to get my pepper. I waited patiently and proudly. But within a couple of minutes I heard uproarious laughter come from the kitchen.

Oops.

That can’t be good.

The kitchen door then slowly swung open just enough to reveal the waitress and the five or so Japanese kitchen staff clustered around the small door opening … just wide enough for them to get a good look at me. The waitress pointed at me … as if that was necessary, since I was the only foreigner in the place. The door slowly closed and another round of laughter erupted from the kitchen.

Great.

My waitress, fully composed and looking very professional, returned from the kitchen with the pepper. She set it down on my table, smiled, and repeated the word I’d used for “pepper” with only a slight variation. As if to say, “Here’s your PEPPER.”

I said “thank you” and then … as soon as she was out of range, I snuck my Japanese/English dictionary from my briefcase.

It was there that I discovered the problem. The word that I’d used was NOT the word for pepper. It was something else. And the pronunciation between the word that I’d used and the word that she’d used was only slight. I mean, sliiiiiiight. If I said the two words to you, I don’t think you’d hear the difference.

What was the meaning of the word that I had used?

Well, see … the Japanese have a word that is used for basically anything that comes OUT of the body.

Yep. That’s right.

Think the worst and you’d be right. I’d just asked for something really really wrong. (It kinda rhymes with “shift.” It’s what one might say if they missed the nail and hit their thumb with a hammer!)

I had taken great pains to tell the waitress that we Americans love “shift” on our baked potatoes. Why, we love “shift” so much that we have “shift” on the tables of our restaurants. We’re just crazy goofy for “shift!” We put “shift” on our eggs, and in our soups, and …

Oh shift.

Well, shift happens. And it usually happens when we get out of our comfort zones.

My Harvard buddy was only willing to get out of his comfort zone just so much. He wasn’t willing to be foolish enough to order shift for his baked potato. And consequently his Japanese was severely limited. He couldn’t speak Japanese for shift.

Out of the comfort zone and into the spotlight where you’ll more than likely look stupid is where you’ll also probably learn something as well.

I mean, I could have just as easily stayed here in America and bypassed all of that embarrassment. But there are experiences to be had and a world out there to explore that will require you to step out of that comfort zone. No one has actually died of embarrassment, so why not go for it?

And so long as you know who you are and are comfortable in your own skin, you can plunge headlong into the river of fun and new things! Who cares if you look silly or sound ridiculous? You’re still you!

And on the subject of comfort zones, you should invite your friends to join you at USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP. Some of them are just scared and nervous. You’ll have to help them get over their fears and get ‘em out of their comfort zones. And you can do it. Because you care about them. You give a shift!

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK

Corporal Ashley Hofeditz, RD LDN, talked about the ten common food and nutrition mistakes. Today we covered three.

1. Forgetting to count all of the calories we eat. Every bite counts!
2. Thinking that if a food contains vitamins it must be good for you. A vitamin fortified candy bar is still a candy bar.
3. Judging a food by its reputation. Most “healthy” muffins have more calories than 2 doughnuts!

Thank you, Ashley! It was very informative, as always.

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ATTENTION EVENING CREW MEMBERS

The time change is upon us on Sunday, March 10. The evening class will return to the 5:45pm start time following the time change on Monday, March 11.

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BUFFALO RUNNERS WE’RE RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY AT 7AM!

We’ll meet at 7:00am on Sunday, March 10, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. We’ll be going 1hr 40min.

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M-16 WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 12 AT 0530 AT CUMC!

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY OR MARCH 2012? Let me know, ASAP!! I want to get your rank t-shirt made ASAP!

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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. The 0530 and 0645 classes use the “blue gym” on those days. During basketball season, the evening class will use the exercise room off the main gym.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY, 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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– 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
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Tait Keller 12/2012
– Kitty Keller 12/2012

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Paul Bauer 11/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

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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

5:30 PM: Monday through 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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