Beep, Beep, Beep… 3:53 a.m., and my first alarm is alerting my senses. A few minutes later the back-up alarm goes off 15 steps away in my bathroom, forcing my feet to the ground. Yes, I get up early; much like my father and grandfather. They woke before the sun to milk the cows. I wake “to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.”

The first time I heard the Camp Gladiator mission statement, it hung with me the rest of the day. Can people’s lives truly be positively impacted by an outdoor group fitness program? I mean, it’s just high knees and burpees, right? It stuck with me enough to go back again and again. It settled in my heart so much that I knew I wanted to be aligned with this company. Not just for my own personal physical fitness as a camper, but also with my own personal training career.

What would happen in the world if we simply tried to positively impact other’s lives each and every day? No matter what we do in life, as a used car salesman, CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or even a pizza maker at the local Italian restaurant… What would happen if we looked into people’s eyes and truly got to know them, understood what their story has been like up until now, identified what makes them tick, and listened to what their goals are for the future? What if we cared about each and every person we met as individuals?

My mother has stage four breast cancer. A dear friend is finishing up a second round of chemotherapy and has endured numerous surgeries battling colon cancer. I have a camper whose husband has lost his job; a camper going through a divorce; a camper who lost his dad this summer. Horrible, depressing, awful things happen each and every day all around us. There is a saying that says, “Treat others as if they are going through the most difficult battle of their life. 70% of the time you will be right.”

So, yes, you can find me in the local park running laps, watching my timer, correcting squat form, counting knee drives and back flies for the amazing men and women I train. Personal training for me is most certainly helping people reach their individual physical fitness goals. However there is so much more that comes with it. I am also in the business of self-esteem building, confidence growing, doubt abolishing and overall positively impacting people’s lives. Our currency at camp is high fives and smiles. The rewards are not limited to a rocking body but that certainly is a plus!

Smile at someone today in the elevator, pass out compliments; they truly are free. Listen when someone tells you exactly what is on their hearts. You may be the only bright spot in their very difficult day. Take advantage of it. We all can be in the business of positively impacting people’s lives.

“If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently , with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.” -Marvin J. Ashton

Tana Cordy

Camp Gladiator

#1 Boot Camp in Dallas Area

“Our mission is to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible…”