Mission Muscle | No Go: When Exercise Doesn’t Work


In this month’s edition of Mission Muscle, veteran and guest fitness blogger Linton McClain talks about what to do when your workouts aren’t working.

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No Go: When Exercise Doesn’t Work

By Linton McClain
Personal Trainer, Superior Body Sculpting

You are waking up earlier. You are following a consistent exercise plan. You have asked for help and advice. You are trying to eat better. It’s just not working for you and you are not sure what to do. What should you do when exercise doesn’t work for you?

Believe it or not, it’s common for you to struggle with your fitness routine as a military member. It’s only a matter of “if” and “when” it happens. As a military member you are accustomed to structure and discipline. Time and time again, our ability to function as a unit has set us apart from every military force around the world. With that said, your struggle with fitness begins when you lack the structure and discipline to maintain high standards of fitness.


Fitness was, and still is, a very high priority during your weeks at bootcamp. Rigorous exercise was a part of daily living. Additionally, exercise was mandated and often enforced as disciplinary action. We struggle with exercise in the military when the daily fitness standards are not enforced. Any person would find less production when transitioning from a stage of extreme accountability to a lesser degree of accountability. Some people thrive when they are being held accountable. Others may thrive from motivation and inspiration. For you it may take a combination of accountability and motivation.

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From experience, we all know that exercise is not strictly enforced on the same level after bootcamp. You have a job and new assignments to complete. Unfortunately, a lowered standard of fitness has significant impact on your ability to maintain a high level of fitness. It’s important to know your limitations, strengths, and abilities. It would be in your best interest to work on your fitness goals with the right type of accountability and motivation. Are you self-­motivated? Do you need a person or group to help you focus and stay in shape? Find what works best for you in order to keep yourself on track with your accountability methods. Will your exercise program work with more accountability?

Education and Training 

Where did you learn how to exercise? Like most things in life, you probably used “mimicking.” We have come a long way in our lives using this technique. In most situations there simply isn’t enough time to get formal education on every single thing you need to know. Mimicking is necessary in the way we learn, but can be problematic when learning to exercise. Mimicking can be a real problem as damage caused from exercising incorrectly can be irreversible. Permanent damage to the body is highly probable without proper education and training. Proper form and technique also help you to make every repetition and every second count. Your form and technique could be terrible while you may feel you are giving your all and doing your best. This is obviously not a good situation to be in.

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You will be surprised at how small tweaks in form and technique can change the experience and effectiveness of the exercise completely. We get education and training to operate dangerous weapons and machinery. Why don’t we do the same when operating our body at dangerous levels? Without training and education there’s no way to set realistic fitness goals and avoid injury. This is why health professionals such as personal trainers, fitness instructors, and nutritionists are important. Make the investment and gain the proper knowledge to build your body effectively. Will the proper education and training help your fitness progress?

Realistic Goals 

You will be in a great position to set realistic goals with accountability and the proper training. We see it in our leadership on a daily basis. How many times have you watched your supervisor set realistic goals and make calculated decisions under pressure? Their training and experience are the difference between theory and reality. You set realistic fitness goals in the same manner. You need proper training to know your body. You need experience and accountability to know how your body reacts under pressure. The only goals you should make are goals in which you have experience. You will find that goals quickly become unrealistic when they originate purely from emotion. There is a simple method to setting realistic goals. Take something you have already tried and do it better. Do you know enough about your body to set realistic goals in fitness?

Maybe your exercise program is not working but it’s important to understand why. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to maintain a proper intensity and focus without accountability, education, and goals. It’s always important to be able to properly assess your situation. A proper assessment will make for a more realistic approach to any situation. Most exercise programs work “if” they are the right program for your goals and your lifestyle. With an accountability partner you can stay on track. You can properly measure your progress with fitness education. You can increase your chances of success with realistic goals while avoiding disappointments.

Let’s make goals for your lifestyle and the life you want to live. If you have any questions regarding health and wellness please email me at sbsculptme@gmail.com or visit our website at sbsculptme.com

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Consumer Reports tested new models to select the best cars of 2016


Consumer Reports tested more than 70 new car models and found the Audi Q7, Lincoln MKX, and Honda Civic to be among the best.

Every year, dozens of new and completely redesigned vehicles are introduced to the automotive marketplace in the United States. Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that provides unbiased product testing and ratings, takes these new models and puts them to the test. Every new car is rigorously tested and only the best-of-the-best receive a Consumer Reports top rating.

In 2016, Consumer Reports chose six new models as the best cars of the year. On the list were the Audi Q7, BMW 7 Series, Honda Civic, Kia Optima, Lincoln MKX, and Toyota Prius. Each of these models showed fresh style, excellent functionality, and creative touches.

Audi Q7


The three-row Audi SUV made the list, having proven to Consumer Reports that you really can have it all. They praised the SUV for its athletic handling, powerful engine, and commendable 20 mpg. With an inviting interior, “cushy ride”, and standard safety features, the Audi Q7 is great choice for drivers in the luxury SUV market.

Lincoln MKX


The Lincoln MKX is a midsized SUV based off of the non-luxury Ford Edge. Consumer Reports commends the American car company for creating an SUV that “instills confidence and puts a smile on your face”. In the Lincoln MKX, you can expect a quiet, tranquil ride surrounded by a luxury interior and “supremely” comfortable seats.

Honda Civic


The Honda compact sedan made its way back to the top of the list, overcoming shortcomings from the previous Civic generations. The sedan offers drivers a refined ride and excellent handling. The interior offers passengers a roomy ride and high-quality materials, which Consumer Reports called a “huge improvement” for the model. With a “sufficiently powerful” engine, the Civic gives you 32 mpg and the option for a stronger turbo.

While Consumer Reports sang praise for these six models, not everyone was feeling the love. Among the vehicles named the worst of 2016 were the Smart ForTwo pint-sized city car, and the similarly fuel-efficient Chevrolet Spark designed for city driving.

Shopping for your next vehicle? Speak to a Sales Representative today to learn more about your military pricing and benefits on Audi, Lincoln, Honda, and more!  


Source: www.consumerreports.org 

The Great Escape Sweepstakes Final Event

Great Escape Winner

Congratulations to Airman First Class Andrew Young, winner of the Great Escape Giveaway!

The final event for the Great Escape Giveaway was held on October 1st at Ramstein KMCC. A crowd gathered to see who would win the grand prize: $25,000 towards a Ford vehicle and 5-day vacation for two at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.

Five finalists, including one chosen from the crowd that day, popped a balloon to be assigned a numbered bag. The finalists stood by their bag and each had a turn on the Spin the Wheel to get the opportunity to switch positions with another finalist.

Great Escape Finalists

When the finalists opened their bag, it was AFC Andrew Young who had the winning bag! In addition to the grand prize, all five finalists received prize packs and the four runner-ups were given a $1,000 discount off their Military AutoSource vehicle purchase.

Congratulations to all of our finalists and our winner, and thank you to all of the participants who entered the Great Escape Giveaway. Keep an eye out, you could be the next winner of our next Ford sweepstakes!

Great Escape Final Event

DOWNLOAD: Your Guide to 2017 Harley-Davidson Bikes


Learn more about the Military AutoSource program and the bikes offered at privileged military pricing.

Military AutoSource is the number one dealer of Harley-Davidson in the world. U.S. service members stationed or deployed overseas can choose from a huge selection of bikes in stock, or custom order a bike to their exact specifications – all at privileged military pricing with exclusive benefits included.

Download the free 2017 Harley-Davidson Military Review Guide to check out the bikes offered at Military AutoSource, including the Touring Family with the new Milwaukee-Eight engine. The Review Guide gives information on models, equipment, specs, and color options. It is designed to help you find the perfect ride.

The Review Guide provides more information about the Military AutoSource program, including the exclusive Harley-Davidson benefits. These benefits include a 100% Price Protection, guaranteed delivery date, and an automatic membership in the Harley Owners Group®.

Harley-Davidson Review Guide
Interested in learning more about buying your Harley-Davidson overseas? Contact a MAS Sales Representative today for your privileged military price quote.

Enter for the chance to purchase the 2017 Shelby GT350! | Europe Exclusive

2017 Shelby GT 350

Military AutoSource has two 2017 Shelby GT350s reserved exclusively for U.S. Military stationed in Europe.

Interested in owning this specialty vehicle? MAS is holding a purchase drawing from to choose the lucky 2 service members who will win the chance to purchase a 2017 Shelby GT350.

The purchase drawing is open to enter now through January 15, 2017. The winners of the purchase drawing must take local delivery of the vehicle in Europe by February 28, 2017.


Mustang Shelby GT350

The 2017 Shelby GT350

Designed to be balanced, nimble and exhilarating, Shelby GT350 becomes even more exciting for 2017 with an impressive list of changes and enhancements.

What truly sets this Beast apart is: the Shelby GT350® isn’t just a combination of “go fast” parts – any tuner can build one of those. The GT350® is a specifically engineered machine, where the components work dynamically together as one and perform to a world-class level on all fronts, as well as meeting Ford durability standards. The focus on Ford Performance makes this car deliver thrills, yet still possess everyday driveability…and now it can be yours.

See the impressive list of changes and enhancements on the Shelby GT350®!

A closer look: The 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883


The first Sportster hit the streets in 1957, and today, almost 60 years later, the Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 is more agile than ever.


The classic peanut fuel tank has been a defining feature of the Sportster models for decades, and that’s still the case today for the Iron 883. The tank follows the line of the bike from front to back, and angles down perfectly into the seat.

The low-rise, drag-style handlebar is an old-school feature born at the drag strip. It puts 17-hd-iron-883-5-largeyou into a forward, aggressive riding position, ready to take control. The license plate is side-mounted, staying true to the clean, fast lines of the Iron 883, and the bullet hole design details on the belt guard, exhaust header shield and front fender come straight out of this bike’s hard-riding past.


Born from the Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution engine has been powering the Sportster motorcycle since 1984. Through years of constant refinements, Harley-Davidson made the engine the powerplant of today.

Blacked-out styling and a throwback round air cleaner cover, stamped out of steel and covered in gloss black show the attention to detail you only find on a Harley-Davidson.


Throughout the years of the Sportster motorcycle, there have been constant innovations and refinements. The latest innovation includes suspension on every model, with cartridge emulsion rear shocks and a screw adjuster to further dial in the handling. The Iron 883 brings confidence to your ride, no matter where you journey.


The engine of the Iron 883 is rubber-mounted to the frame, giving you all the power of the 17-hd-iron-883-7-largeEvolution V-Twin engine, but none of the vibrations. The handlebar and pegs were designed to hit just right, and a wrench comes tucked inside the seat to adjust the rear suspension exactly the way you like it. The tuck and roll seat is inspired by the early days of the bobber, but gives you the modern comfort expected from a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Enter for your chance to win the 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

From now until November 20, 2016, U.S. military members stationed or deployed in the Middle East region can enter the Military AutoSource Thanksgiving Day Bike Giveaway. The winner of the giveaway will receive a brand-new 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883. Eligible military members can enter for their chance to win by visiting www.militaryautosource.com/Iron883.

The winner of the Thanksgiving Day Bike Giveaway will be announced at the final event held on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Event attendees will enjoy a day of activities hosted by Military AutoSource, Base Command, AAFES, and the USO. The final drawing will take place that evening at 1900 hours outside of the PX.


‘Wards 10 Best UX’ includes Audi, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz

Source: WardsAuto.com

Wards 10 Best User Experiences evaluates the user-friendliness of a vehicle’s tech and safety systems.

WardsAuto recently announced the winners of their 2016 Wards 10 Best UX competition, and six Military AutoSource manufacturers made the list: Audi, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz.

The User Experience competition is a spin-off of Wards 10 Best Interiors, which judges a vehicle’s interior on a more broad spectrum, looking at aesthetic, ergonomic and design aspects. The 10 Best UX list looks at a vehicle’s touchscreens, navigation systems, infotainment, voice controls and  smartphone connection efficiency.

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Drew Winter, WardsAuto Senior Content Director, said that judges are “trying to quantify how easy it is overall to interact with a vehicle.” They are checking to see if the controls are easy to understand and work as they are designed to. They also check that driver-assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control and lane warnings, are reliable.

After two months of evaluating 29 all-new or redesigned light vehicles available in the United States, the WardsAuto editors selected their top 10 choices. Among that list are the Audi Q7, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Escape, Honda Ridgeline, Infiniti Q50, and Mercedes E-Class.

Visit WardsAuto.com to read what made these six vehicles stand out, earning them a spot on the list. To learn about your privileged military pricing on Audi, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz, visit www.militaryautosource.com

Image Source: WardsAuto.com

Use your Mercedes-Benz COMAND navigation in Europe and the U.S.


Mercedes-Benz COMAND® offers a fully functional navigation system in Europe, plus a free U.S. map conversion when you return home.

Military AutoSource customers in Europe who order their Mercedes-Benz with COMAND® can enjoy the perks of navigation both overseas and stateside. When the Mercedes-Benz is delivered locally in Europe it will be programmed with a fully functional European navigation system. When the customer later returns home to the United States with their vehicle, Military AutoSource will provide a complimentary U.S. map conversion.

A navigation system is a valuable commodity for service members stationed overseas in unfamiliar countries. The ability to later switch to a U.S. navigation at no cost adds even more value. The COMAND® offers a variety of useful display features for its maps and guidance. These features include route guidance, full screen viewing, voice control, and points of interest.

Watch and see what features come with the COMAND® navigation system.

To learn more about ordering your Mercedes-Benz with COMAND® navigation, contact your local Military AutoSource Mercedes-Benz location.

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Military AutoSource will multiply your deposit on top of existing discounts and rebates

Green Tag Sale

Military AutoSource is multiplying your deposit on top selling models* in addition to our already great military discounts!

During the Green Tag Sale, going on now at all on-base locations, Military AutoSource will multiply your deposit three times on new orders of Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. These savings are in addition to current offers and everyday military discounts and rebates.

Maximum match rates do apply and vary by model. For a military price quote, customers can visit a Military AutoSource location on their nearest base, or request a quote online at www.militaryautosource.com. Immediate delivery is available in Europe, Korea, and Guam. Customers can also choose to take delivery in the United States after they return from their assignment.

Buying a car through the Military AutoSource program gives military members added protections and benefits. Exclusive benefits include worldwide warranty coverage, a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and a Lowest Price Guarantee when taking delivery in the United States.

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*New orders only. Available on select models. Amount varies by model with a maximum match of $1,200 in addition to our current offers. Minimum deposit requirements still apply. Speak to your Sales Representative to calculate your match amount. All programs and guarantees are subject to terms and conditions. Visit www.militaryautosource.com or see your Sales Representative for complete details. Overseas Military Sales Corporation is an authorized contractor of the Exchange and NEXCOM. Military AutoSource is an authorized distributor to sell and distribute Ford and Chrysler vehicles. This advertisement does not express or imply endorsement by the Exchange, NEXCOM, DOD components, or the Federal Government and is not sponsored by them.

Military AutoSource launches annual Harley-Davidson giveaway for service members in the Middle East.

harley-davidson giveaway

Military members stationed in the Middle East can enter the Thanksgiving Day Bike Giveaway running now through November 20, 2016 for their chance to win a 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883.

From now until November 20, 2016, U.S. military members stationed or deployed in the Middle East region can enter the Military AutoSource Thanksgiving Day Bike Giveaway. The winner of the giveaway will receive a brand-new 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883. Eligible military members can enter for their chance to win by visiting www.militaryautosource.com/Iron883.

The winner of the Thanksgiving Day Bike Giveaway will be announced at the final event held on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Event attendees will enjoy a day of activities hosted by Military AutoSource, Base Command, AAFES, and the USO. The final drawing will take place that evening at 1900 hours outside of the PX.

Military AutoSource (MAS) is the overseas on-base distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Founded by veterans, the company believes it is their responsibility to always give back to the community. One way Military AutoSource fulfills this responsibility is by hosting several bike and vehicle giveaways throughout the year. Recently MAS held the St. Patrick’s Day Harley-Davidson Giveaway which ended in March, giving away a 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750.

To qualify for a chance to win, you must be a member of the U.S. Military or civilian component (DOD or government contractor) on active duty, or member of the diplomatic community. For full details about the Thanksgiving Day Bike Giveaway and official giveaway rules, visit www.militaryautosource.com/Iron883

About Military AutoSource

Military AutoSource (MAS) is a subsidiary of the Overseas Military Sales Corporation (OMSC). For over 50 years, Military AutoSource has been serving the military community by providing U.S. specification automobiles to active duty military, civilian, DOD employees and the diplomatic community stationed outside the United States. The on-base division of Military AutoSource, formerly known as Exchange New Car Sales, is authorized by the AAFES/NEXCOM program. You can learn more about Military AutoSource at http://www.militaryautosource.com.