Greetings Rebels! As most of you know myself and Justin Zuiderweg are headed out to Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 World’s Toughest Mudder! Along with Rebel Paul Trujillo and Jacqualyn Evans we will have our professional Rebel entourage of Cara “Unicorn” Jones (I love you babe!), Maggie “Too Tough” Schuck, Tami “2 Guns” Tuminello, and Sean “Big Boss” Barnett.
While I’m gone Rebel leaders Lori DeMarco and Megan Gill will be peer leading the total body mud circuit workout you see below. Y’all know the drill by now there ain’t nothing to it but to do it!
Michelle “Hulk” Huntley
Victoria “T-Bones” Nicolas
Megan “Ming” Gill
Alyx J. Livingston
Looking for a fun way to stay fit and active this winter? Need some help fighting the “holi-daze” and all the frumpy weather, sluggish food, and cozy sweaters just begging you to hibernate until the 1st of the year? Hoping for some accountability so you’re not just left to your own devices while having every nutritional, stretching, exercise, and meditative tool at your disposal?
BAM! HERE IT IS!!
For 9 weeks we will rock this winter in true Rebel fashion; lots of hard work, lots of fun, and an endless supply of encouragement along the way. No measurements… No weekly weigh-ins… Simply a fit test at the beginning and end with a bunch of people just like you sticking together and diggin’ deep! All abilities, age ranges, experiences, and every other diverse situation you can possibly think of are welcome! NO REBEL LEFT BEHIND! Interested? Check out this video created during the 1st “Rebel Winter Rescue!”
The cost is $200 for Anytime Fitness Members, $275 for 1st time Rebel challenge participants who do NOT have a membership, and $375 for non-Anytime Fitness members who have done a rebel challenge before but choose to forgo getting a membership. A down payment of $100 is required by the start date but payment plans are available upon request!
Welcome back to the Rebellion! With the start of this new Rebel Winter Rescue challenge comes the start of new energy, new goals, new hopes, new experiences, new friends, and new achievements. There will also be new struggles, new downfalls, new obstacles, and new problems that I ASSURE YOU will find their way to you in some way, shape, or form.
It’s all going to be ok 🙂
Symbolized simplest by a yin-yang the art of this struggle is a consistency you can always count on in life… To know light you must also know darkness, and vice versa. In order to fully appreciate the splendor life has to offer strife must be weathered and survived with one thing in mind; “things,” no matter what it is you’re fighting for, will always get better as long as you NEVER give up on belief in yourself and the magnificent things you are capable of. Yes, there will be trials, tribulations, and pitfalls seemingly every step of the way but all those tough experiences are doing are splashing diamonds and platinum all over those golden moments. Think about it… you don’t do a Rebel workout because you love the torture of doing push-ups for a whole godforsaken song or 4 horsemen until you can’t stand because you loving feeling like a newborn baby giraffe… You do it because you love the elation AFTERWARD. You do it because conquering something deemed unconquerable by most and then doing it with a group of people who lead with love and battle with you side by side in the trenches is euphoric! BECAUSE of the difficulty! You are creating your own tornado of a yin-yang right there in that aerobic room without even thinking about it! After all…
If it were easy then it wouldn’t be special.
The same light above is evident in any healthy relationship, and that’s what the Rebellion is. You are a participant in a thriving tribe of personalities and heartbeats. You are equal parts observer and contributor. Whether the loudest in the room or as timid as a mouse judging a cat fashion show your ripple effect sails far beyond your fathomable imagination. I know because I’ve spent the last 5 years witnessing it day in and day out culminating in what WE do being a nationwide spectacle. Remember, you get in what you put in. If you expect the Rebellion to do the work for you, it won’t. If you expect the Rebellion to make you happy, fix all your worries, and provide PERFECT people… it won’t. We are human. We will do things wrong, we will hurt feelings, and we will learn from our mistakes. So will you. That’s what the Rebel codes are for… a moral compass when a reminder is needed of your ever important role in the Rebellion and what it is you represent to the fitness family all around you. To help, let these words call to attention like a raised flag whenever you feel yourself sliding;
Remember that you will NEVER get rid of your demons, you merely tame them. You are the circus conductor sticking your head in the lion’s mouth. It’s up to you whether the lion bites down or not. When life is spiraling out of control, you ALWAYS have a tight grip on one thing… The decisions you make and the perspective you take.
This winter us Rebels are going to better a lot of lives, and it all starts with putting yours right up there with them. Let’s make these next 2 months unforgettable… AhhhOOOO!!!
If you are a participant in the 14th Rebel Challenge “Rebel Winter Rescue” then bookmark this page! This is where you can find exactly what we’re doing every time we meet so that you can be the best prepared! Referring to this will tell you what muscle groups we are working on what dates so you can plan your workouts outside of Rebel boot camps accordingly! It will also detail which benefit drive is which as well as what weeks they fall on so in case you miss a workout or want to prepare ahead of time you have your head in the game at all times. Even cooler, it will break down which nights are themed nights (beginning after week 3) so you can come dressed to impress! There will be prizes for best dressed this holiday season because why not? Either way, this is your schedule to making it through the holiday season in true Rebellion fashion; with a ruckus and together. AhhhOOOO!!!
November 16th (Saturday) @ 10am – Fit Test! You will get your folder, mark your name, and take it in to the Rebel room with an all new and completely revamped fit test consisting of 8 exercises (7 in the “how many can you do in 60 seconds” format and 1 for time duration) incorporating your body, TRX, BOSU, and partner work. This fit test will be a workout all its own… This will also be the only Saturday we meet aside from the last day (January 11th) where we will complete the ending fit test and see how far you’ve come in a matter of a couple months! Be ready to utilize outside of the Rebel room as well since it is going to be a packed house of Rebel family!
November 18th & 19th (Monday/Tuesday) – Core! We also kick off the first Rebel Winter Rescue mission; a FOOD DRIVE to be concluded the following Monday. All food collected to be donated to the local Redwood Empire Food Bank. To cap off this first boot camp, you will be receiving your official “Rebel Winter Rescue Soundtrack!” to make sure you’ve got the proper tunes to navigate this holiday storm…
November 20th & 21st (Wednesday/Thursday) – Upper body! Get ready to become familiar with the undulating ropes immediately! Also, the 2nd installment of Write-A-Rebel to be explained! Letters will be due by December 2nd/3rd
November 23rd (Saturday) – Turkey Drive Bootcamp @ 12pm! Not on the regular schedule, this 1 hour boot camp is a bonus that even those who can’t workout can still participate in! What’s happening is an ass-kicking total body blast of a workout… The cost? A turkey (as many as you’d like…)! Even if only 10 Rebels show up to boot camp and another 5 Rebels donate but don’t do the workout, that’s still 15 turkeys for 15 families who otherwise couldn’t afford it! Not bad for a few people on the more fortunate side of life giving what they can give and working up a sweat in the process! Let’s make some family’s holiday season just a tad bit better this year Rebels!
November 25th & 26th (Monday/Tuesday) – Lower body! Today also marks the end of the 1st of 4 Rebel benefit drives. To celebrate I figure this is a good day to hand out everyone’s custom Rebel Winter Rescue superhero uniform (aka spray painted T-shirt)!
November 27th & 28th (Wednesday/Thursday) – Due to these days being Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving, official Rebel boot camps will not commence on these days. Fear not, there are a TON of options in the following days. They are as follows:
December 2nd & 3rd (Monday/Tuesday) – Core! We also kick off our next Rebel Winter Rescue mission: a TOY DRIVE to be concluded the following Monday. All toys to be collected will be donated locally to Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation!
Also, but sure to bring in your “Write-a-Rebel” letter today to be sent out asap!
December 4th & 5th (Wednesday/Thursday) – BOSU class! Never been to BOSU class before? Well, you won’t be able to say that after this balance oriented boot camp!
December 8th (Sunday) – Rebel veterans Cara “Unicorn” Jones, Jamie Bywater, and Rick Dawson will be running the CIM Marathon in Sacramento, CA. Putting word on the schedule so you can all cheer them on in their training and keep them motivated to conquer that 26.2 miles! Spread that Rebel love, y’all!
December 9th & 10th (Monday/Tuesday) – Upper body! Today also marks the end of the 2nd of 4 Rebel benefit drives. To celebrate, this night is our first theme night! Blacklight 10.0! The whole room will be decked out with blacklights as fluorescent streamers and signs light up the walls all around you. There’s something awfully awesome about working out in the dark…
December 11th & 12th (Wednesday/Thursday) – Lower body! No frills, just legs…
December 16th & 17th (Monday/Tuesday) – Core! We also kick off our next Rebel Winter Rescue mission: a CLOTHES DRIVE to be concluded the following Monday. All clothing items collected will be picked up locally by Clothingdonations.org benefiting families all over Sonoma County. To celebrate this will be our 2nd theme night of the challenge! For the first ever “Notice my clothes!” theme the object is pretty simple… wear the most noticeable/flamboyant/flashy/eye-catching gear you’ve got in the name of the next-to-last benefit drive we are kicking off for the winter!
December 18th & 19th (Wednesday/Thursday) – Upper body! No frills, just noodle arms…
December 23rd-26th (Monday-Thursday) – Balance training for this Monday/Thursday! Today also marks the end of the 3rd of 4 Rebel benefit drives. The theme for both days will be Holiday Cheer! Red and green, ugly sweaters, and whatever holiday propaganda you can get your hands on as the Rebel room will be decked out in lights in true holiday hulk fashion! Team Thunder will be the only team to meet during this “Monday/Tuesday” week so Team Lightning can have Christmas Eve off. Subsequently Team Thunder will have Christmas day off and Team Lightning will be the only team meeting on Thursday the 26th. I understand this is a touchy week for a lot of people with family and travel so I also understand turnout may be a little lower this week :).
December 28th (Saturday) – Rebel total body bonanza boot camp @ 12pm! In order to make up for a little lost holiday time, any Rebel free to make this boot camp is welcome! BOSU class is also @ 10am like always, just sayin’…
December 30th & 31st (Monday/Tuesday) – Lower body! We also kick off our next Rebel Winter Rescue mission: a LIVING ESSENTIALS DRIVE to be concluded the following Monday. Diapers, deodorant, peanut butter, toothbrushes and more are the goal with specifics of what to bring to be detailed on timetorebel.com the closer we get. All living essentials will be donated locally to The Living Room, a shelter for homeless and near homeless women and children.
Bring in the new year in wobbly fashion as you end 2013 the same way you’re going to bring in 2014… as a Rebel badass! In honor of heading into the future we’re going to travel a quarter century back… the theme this week is 80’s! Prep the side ponytails and pop your collars as we most definitely will be getting physical!
January 1st & 2nd (Wednesday/Thursday) – Upper body! Time to work off some of those hangovers… First Rebel boot camps of 2014!
January 6th & 7th (Monday/Tuesday) – Core! Today also marks the end of the 4th of 4 Rebel benefit drives. To celebrate, the final theme is NINJA! With the success of the Ninja theme last challenge it was only natural to carry it over!
January 8th & 9th (Wednesday/Thursday) – Total Body Blast! We’re going to end this challenge with an all over beat down so that you are left best prepared to rock the hell out of the final fit test the upcoming Saturday!
January 11th (Saturday) @ 10am – End this Rebel Winter Rescue challenge the way you brought it in… with a fit test! You will mark your folders accordingly and be given a certificate of your winter time accomplishment when most are trying to get geared up to START. AhhhOOOO!!!!
If you’re searching for the details on the 14th Rebel challenge starting in mid-November then you can close your Google maps app because you have arrived at your destination. I’m going to give some hard facts below, but first I want to address the focus of this challenge and what differentiates it from a “traditional” Rebel challenge.
The holiday season can be a hectic, stressful, wallet-depleting segment of our lives that can feel like being swept up in a tornado with no sign of stopping until after the 1st of the year. Thus it makes it easy to put yourself on the back burner and give in to the holiday anxiety by doing what we have all done at some points (or are currently doing now) in our lives; we succumb to laziness, throw good eating choices out the window in anticipation of “I’ll start making better decisions when all this craziness dies down,” and use the weather as an excuse to skip everything but holiday parties and marathon shopping. Trust me, I’ve been there. With Rebel Winter Rescue, the mission is to not get caught in that landslide. Subsequently, there will be no weekly weigh-ins or before/after photos and measurements. There WILL be a fit test however so we can have a measure of success for the 2 months we’re going to survive together, only it will be a little bit different than done in the past.
The goal will be to kick some major ass in the health and happiness department Rebel style… That means chants before boot camp, sound offs, spray painted shirts, themed workouts, and some extras that are yet to be announced (like the incorporation of Anytime Health that will work highly in your benefit). Since weekends tend to be spoken for starting on Friday for most people during the holidays, there will be no weekend boot camps for this challenge. All boot camps will be held during the middle of the week in the evening (6pm/7pm) with BOSU getting moved to Saturday morning (so you’ll still have a weekend option along with the work-it circuit class that morning as well). We’re going to make it past Thanksgiving, Christmas time, and the new year together as… wait for it… one team! Because, you know, one dream and all :).
One final twist… Since we’re Rebels and we help others do amazing things while WE do amazing things we’re going to make the holiday season a tad bit brighter for many people the only way we know how; by bonding together. Every other week, we will be doing a different benefit drive starting with food, then toys, followed by clothes, and concluding with living essential items for The Living Room. More details will be given as we go, but for now know that everything raised and donated will be going towards locally organizations/families in need. It will all be raised by the community for the community.
Start date: November 16th. Fit Tests! This will be the only Saturday other than the end where we will meet. End date: January 11th. Fit Tests! Days and Times meeting: This one depends on whether there is more than one team or not. If more than 30 people want to sign up, there will be 2 teams. If less than 30 people want to sign up, there will be one team. If the only way you can sign up is if the 2nd team day options are available, then still fill out the sign-up below and note that in the comments section so I can keep you in the loop :). To make all of this work, I need to stick strictly to the timetable below. If you’re looking to get on the 2nd team, that means recruit, recruit, recruit! CUTOFF IS NOVEMBER 2ND! NO MORE SIGN-UPS PAST THAT DATE!
If 1 team: Every Tuesday at 7pm and every Thursday at 6pm.
If 2 teams: 2nd team will meet every Monday’s at 7pm and every Wednesday at 6pm.
Cost: There are 3 different costs here. One for Anytime Fitness members, one for 1st time Rebel challengers who are NOT currently Anytime Fitness members, and one for returning Rebels who want to do the Rebel challenge but don’t want to sign up for Anytime Fitness. Please understand that the cost difference is to make it equal to those who are Anytime Fitness members and pay monthly dues. It wouldn’t be fair for a club member to pay for gym dues and do the challenge while you pay the same amount they do to do the challenge while paying another gyms dues or simply not paying anything at all. If you are not a member but sign up before or during this challenge, then you will pay the lowest cost.
Anytime Fitness Members: $200
1st time Rebel challenge participant: $275
Returning Rebel challenger but not getting membership: $400
Cost due date: At least half your payment down BY NOVEMBER 16TH and the rest paid BY JANUARY 11TH.I will be strictly enforcing this unless we have a conversation prior with any circumstances that I promise I will be understanding of. I find myself often times getting burned on payments, thus the emphasis this time around. I thank you for your understanding. Like I said though, if circumstances need to be a bit different for you, I’m all ears and would love to work with you!
Colors: Purple and Orange
Schedule: To be released before the start of the challenge
Tuesday: Meets at 6:30pm
Wednesday: Meets at 6:30pm
Saturday: Heather runs the 9am Boot camp and Josh runs the 10am boot camp