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Skedge 5/28/18 (Who Would You Kill?…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on May 28, 2018

The heat is on!


Will there be a Memorial Day Bootcamp on Monday (5/28)??

Yes!  We will have ONE class on Monday at 7am.  🙂


Battlegrounds Victors!!…

The Bootcamp squad took on the Battlegrounds… and we dominated it!

This was such a fun event with such amazing people.  Our crew finished the course just before the rain blew in.  

We came… we battled… we conqured!

It was such a fun day.  If you still haven’t done one of these, you gotta put it on your list.  Everybody who went had an absolute blast!  

Trying to decide on the next excursion…

Tough Mudder is taking over the Battlegrounds and they have another event coming up…

Saturday, August 11, 2018 (5k Mud Run)

Let me know if you’d be interested.  If I get enough responses, I can start putting together a team.  

Congrats to everybody who conquered this one!  Thanks for representing Bootcamp like the champs you are!  🙂


Who would you kill?


Pretty ominous title for an inspirational blog post, right!

But it’s a question I was pondering this week.

(Please don’t call the Feds yet… allow me to provide some context.)

I was watching a Hulu original the other day, “11/22/63”.  (Yes, that’s a date AND the title of the show.)

Many of you may recognize that date as the date when JFK was assassinated.

The show’s lead character, James Franco, travels back in time on a mission to save JFK.  (I know, pretty gripping premise, right?)

In the midst of his trials, Franco flashes back to the modern day where he teaches English classes.  He asks his students to imagine they can go back in time and change anything in the past.

“What would you do?”

And so the students answer…

“Kill Hitler…”

“Kill Mao…”

“Kill Stalin…”

Then, getting more creative, one answers, “Go back to when Hitler and Stalin were in the same place and kill them both.”  Two birds with one stone so to speak.

Pretty dark, right?

You can see why students might conclude these actions to be the highest and best use of their imagined power. 

But nobody considers just going back to high five Einstein or to have an ale with Ben Franklin??

Benjamin Franklin Drinking Quotes. QuotesGram

Ironically, although Franco finds himself on a mission to save JFK… to do so, the success of his operation hinges upon his ability to kill Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK’s alleged assassin.)

So I’ll put it to you…

Who would you kill?

Would you take out Saddam Hussein?

Osama bin Laden?

Kim Jong-un?  (No time machine necessary…)

The inventor of the fidget spinner?

OG FIDGET SPINNER | Funny Meme on me.me

Maybe all this ‘killing talk’ isn’t your bag.

I’m with you.  It’s a bit unsettling.

But I couldn’t help but wonder…

Is it immoral not to kill someone if you know it will save millions?

Case and point… If you could go back and take out Hitler, would you?  Could you?  Should you??…  Knowing what will happen if you don’t?

Many an ethics class are built around such topics.

But if we’ve learned anything from time travel cinema (like Back to the Future, Terminator, and The Butterfly Effect)… we know that you can’t muck with the past without seriously altering the future in unforeseeable ways.

The Most Powerful Quotes from Terminator Films - MagicalQuote

A lesson Franco’s character becomes all too familiar with.

Now… Ponder this for a moment…

Does killing Hitler guarantee a better future?  OR… is it conceivable that somebody even worse would take up his mantle and lead the Axis powers to victory over the Allies?  What a different world we might live in now!

Every decision… every action… has with it a ripple effect of consequences we can’t foresee. 

There are no guarantees.

Which is good news because maybe you don’t have to kill anybody in the past when Rufus comes from the future to give you a telephone booth time machine.

(Bear in mind… Bill & Ted merely used this power to pass their high school history exam… great movie… but perhaps they could have aimed a little higher.  They also became buddies with Napoleon and Genghis Khan which is also a bit shady, now that I’m thinking about it… but I digress.)

A Most Excellent Movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure ...

Maybe you just want to go back to watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence… visit the 1904 World’s Fair…  Or tell Steve Jobs he needs to invent the iPhone sooner… (so many pointless years spent without emojis…)

Maybe you’d go back to rectify some wrongs in your own personal past.

The possibilities are endless.  And it’s fun to debate and contemplate what we would do with the awesome power of time travel.

But in a sense we ARE all time travelers. 

Each of hurtling through time towards an infinite expanse of potential futures. Futures that will largely be influenced by the decisions and actions we’re making today.

If we were to stand back and recognize that awesome power, we might just wow ourselves with the massive impacts we can have on ourselves and others (sans-Delorian and sans-sniper rifle).

You can hope for a better future… which is what most people do.

Or you can embrace your inner Marty McFly… and take massive action to make that better future a reality, by taking action today.  (Just watch out for Biff’s lineage in every conceiveable era.)


Don’t get stuck in the past mindset.  Leave that to the movies.

What’s done is done… and even if you think you could do it better… one misstep could mean a missed connection… a chain reaction that leads to the Planet of the Apes… Bootcamp never being created… or Taylor Swift not being born.  #tragic

So make peace with your past. 

It’s merely the prologue to your future.

It’s merely the plot-building chapters that have led to this moment…This present.

A better future awaits… IF you will embrace a better present.




CJ’s Book of the Week: 

“12 Rules For Life– An Antidote for Chaos” by Jordan Peterson


“Skedge” for 5/28/18-6/2/18

Manchester (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30/7:00/8:30am & Satuday @ 7am)

Monday:  MEMORIAL DAY (1 CLASS @ 7AM) (CJ)

Tuesday:  Lower (CJ)
Wednesday:  Upper  (CJ)

Thursday:   Core (CJ)

Friday:   Lower (CJ)  

Saturday: Upper (CJ)


CJ Thomas

Owner, Operator, & “CeejEO”

St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp

ph:  314-266-9729

email:  CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com


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