Celia Romero Lost 50 Pounds And Got Her Military Body Back!

Celia had fallen behind on the standards for military fitness and gave herself an ultimatum. Within two months she was back in military shape. See how she did it!

Vital Stats

Celia Romero

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Celia Romero
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 150 Lbs
  • BodySpace: celiaromero
  • Years Bodybuilding: 1 yr, 2 Months

Military Background:

  • Branch Of Service: USN
  • Years Of Service: 3 yrs, 4 months
  • Rank: E-4
  • MOS: HM

Celia Romero was also featured as the Female Transformation of the Week. Check out her profile here.

[ Q ] How Did You Get Started?

I was about 200 pounds the beginning of 2008. Of course I was way out of standards for the military. A couple of weeks before my chain of command came to me about it I had already decided to make a change. But they still pulled me to the side and told me they noticed how I have gained weight since I had checked in a year and a half before and something had to be done. They wanted to put me on mandatory pt but I told them just to trust me, that I was going to do it on my own. I had already started a couple of weeks prior and I wasn't going to disappoint them. They trusted me and 2 months later I had lost 30+ lbs and was within weight and body fat standards for the military again. They were very proud of me and glad they trusted me. Around this time I started lifting weights and fell in love with it. A year and some change later I'm still going at it!

[ Q ] What Is The Hardest Part Of Making The Transition From Civilian Life To Military Life?

The hardest part was the structure. Having to wake up at certain time, your day is planned out for you, constantly having someone telling you what to do.

I Started Lifting Weights And Fell In Love With It
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I Started Lifting Weights And Fell In Love With It.

[ Q ] What Is The Biggest Obstacle In Leading A Military Lifestyle?

Never knowing what's next. Even when you have a "set" Monday-Friday schedule, things come up all the time. Extra military activities, duty, volunteer work, etc.

[ Q ] What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I focus on one body part a day, and I will do about 5 to 6 exercises per body part of 4 sets each. 1 warm up set and 3 working sets. So my sets look like this 15/12/10/8. I usually split my days up like this.

Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

  • Workout Day 1: Chest/Abdominals
  • Workout Day 2: Back/Calves
  • Workout Day 3: Shoulders/Abdominals
  • Workout Day 4: Biceps/Triceps
  • Workout Day 5: Thighs/Hamstrings/Calves
  • Workout Day 6: Rest
  • Workout Day 7: Repeat Day 1 - 6

Day 1: Chest/Abs




Day 2: Back/Calves



Day 3: Shoulders/Abs

Day 4: Arms



Day 5: Legs

  • Leg Extentions: 12/12's - 5 sets (12 reps, 12 count in bottom position, repeat for 5 sets)
  • Squats: 4 sets of 20, 15, 12, 10 reps (increase weight every set)
  • Leg Press: 4 sets of 12-15 reps


People swear I do endless abs everyday. I do 2 sets of abs everyday to failure and 2 sets of obliques of 15-20 reps on each side. It's all about diet, diet, diet!

It's All About Diet, Diet, Diet
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It's All About Diet, Diet, Diet

[ Q ] What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I have changed up my diet quite a bit, but it would be safe to say this is a diet plan I followed. Of course as I got closer to competition I had to follow a pre-contest diet.

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5: Pre Workout

Meal 6:

[ Q ] What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I always make sure I take:

Those are essential for me.

[ Q ] What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

For now I'm focusing on the "All Forces Nationals Military Bodybuilding Championships". It's in Tampa, FL. October 24th.

[ Q ] Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold was a big inspiration when I started lifting weights. I love the bodybuilders from his era. Watching Pumping Iron is so inspirational.

Watching Pumping Iron Is So Inspirational
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Watching Pumping Iron Is So Inspirational.

[ Q ] What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders In The Military?

Stay focused and push through the tough times. You will be busy at times and you will have to miss a workout or a meal but if you are prepared ahead of time it will be that much easier

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