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Fitness 360: When he joined the Marines, Carl was asked to bootstrap his fitness. He responded in the affirmative.

Fitness 360: Carl Roberts, Hard Corps Muscle

Carl Roberts won our 2012 Military Transformation Challenge, and now he is a personal trainer, helping to propel his clients forward with their fitness.

Carl Roberts, a United States Marine, isn't the biggest guy. Never was. But this Afghanistan veteran found a way to gain 50 pounds of lean mass while defending our nation with honor and valor. In our judgment, that makes Roberts one certified badass.

On the heels of those efforts, Roberts won the 2012 Military Transformation Challenge at Bodybuilding.com.

Now that he is back stateside, he's a personal trainer, using his diminutive past to propel his clients into a massive future.

Read his story, sign up for the 2013 contest, and you too can share your story of success!

Military Career

  • Branch: Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • MOS: 4421 Legal Service Specialist / 9954 - Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW)
  • Rank: E-5 Sergeant
  • Tours of Duty: Okinawa, Japan (March 2006-March 2008); Australia (June 2007-August 2007); Afghanistan (June 2011-June 2012)
  • Years of service: 8

Hard Corps Muscle

In high school, Carl Roberts weighed 98 pounds. Yet he still tried out for the football team as a freshman. He washed out in a month, too small to make much of an impact.

Like many high school graduates in search of a direction, Roberts enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. Suddenly, he was among some of the baddest men on the planet. Being small is OK; being weak is not. His brothers in arms dragged him to the gym, put iron in his fists and set him to work. Carl responded well to the positive reinforcement.


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"In the Marine Corps, it's a big thing to stay active and stay in shape," Roberts says. "It became a big part of my life to be more active, to put on more mass."

His first tour began in Okinawa, Japan. He tried boxing and worked with a coach that first year. Toward the end of his second year in Okinawa he started transitioning from daily boxing to weight training, hitting the iron hard.

"I had a roommate and a couple of guys who I stayed with who were big gym rats," Roberts says. "At first when I would go with them I basically had no knowledge of what to do lifting weights. I'd go in and take the heaviest weight I could lift, do it four times, then move on to another machine. They gave me the basics and the guidelines, showed me the compound movements and the right things to do."

In time, Carl made fitness a habit: work, chow, gym, and repeat.


Carl Roberts' Training Program

Carl Roberts' Training Program

To win the military transformation challenge, Carl Roberts rededicated his civilian life to match the effort he gave in the Marines.

Carl Roberts' Nutrition Program

Carl Roberts' Nutrition Program

Carl Roberts made his huge physical change while stationed with the U.S. Marines. But his greatest transformation came when he dialed in his nutrition.

Carl Roberts' Supplement Program

Carl Roberts' Supplement Program

To pack on 50 pounds of muscle you can't just gobble junk, you must eat right, exercise, and balance it all with proper supplementation. Witness Carl Roberts.


Carl's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Deebo" by Lil Boosie ft. Hurricane Chris
  2. "Midwest Chopper" by Tech N9ne
  3. "Do it" by Ace Hood
  4. "Both Sides" by Yo Gotti ft Zed Zilla
  5. "Saddam" by Pastor Troy

Boots on the Ground

Carl built physical strength to match the mental integrity he always had inside him. He transferred from active duty to the U.S. Marines Reserves. Soon after he was activated and deployed to Afghanistan for a 12-month tour of duty.

Marines are powerful men and women. They take on incredible responsibilities in uncommon terrain with combatants potentially around every corner. The muscle Carl gained helped him get through his deployment, and again he was sent home, away from the brotherhood that helped him build his new body, away from rigid structure.

Carl was promoted to Sergeant in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.

"Once I came back from that deployment, I transferred out of the Marine Corps, and I got … depressed," Roberts says. "It was a hard time for me once I got out of the military. It was a big part of my life and it's all I had known. I stopped working out. I was just sitting at home, hanging out, and I just basically got into real bad shape."

He had to take a long, hard look at himself. It didn't take him long to see what he needed: "I just kicked myself in the butt and got right back into the gym."

Soon after his return to the weight room, Carl was Googling his way through the Internet and stumbled upon the Military Transformation Challenge on Bodybuilding.com. "I figured why not choose this as a beginning to get myself back into shape?" Roberts says. "It gave me a goal to reach for, something to motivate me."

The motivation paid off big for Carl. He went on to win the challenge and took home the prize money. Now he is set up as a personal trainer and wants to share his story and his newly gained expertise to help others.

Barrage of Questions!

Q

Are Marines as tough as they say they are?

Yes the Marines are, and they're not ashamed to prove it. It's a brotherhood that you can depend on and trust they'll be on your side. You can count on a Marine to get the job done by any means necessary. The Marines are the only organization that acts as a family even outside of combat. A Marine will go out of their way to help another Marine, new or retired. We live by the motto, "Once a Marine, always a Marine."

"If someone tells me I'm not going to be able to do something, that motivates me even more to try to do it anyway. Once I have a goal to reach for, I am going to do whatever I can to reach that goal."

You were a small guy when you enlisted. Did the other Marines mess with you for it?

Not really. I joined at 109 pounds. I remember when I checked into my first unit in the fleet, I was the new "boot" and it comes with a little extra attention, if you know what I mean. My roommates actually gave me the first kick in the rear end and got me in the gym. It's been a part of my life ever since.

You struggled with your return to civilian life. Why was it so hard? Do you still miss the Corps?

My biggest struggle was the transition and people not really understanding how difficult it was to transition to civilian life. A lot of my fellow Marines vets had succumbed to alcohol abuse, relationship problems, and depression. The gym kept me focused. I do miss the Corps a whole lot.




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As a former Marine always great to see a brother in arms doing great things! Semper Fi brother!

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Great job Carl and thank you.

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Congratulations,Great Job Carl..

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Love the fact that tech n9ne is in his top tracks!!! I'm a KC girl!

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HELL YA MIDWEST CHOOPERS IS A GREAT SONG TO LIFT TO, OR STRESS RELIEF IS ANOTHER GOOD ONE #STRANGE

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Marines always had the fame, so Carl tell us so!
Congrats man!

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This guy makes me want to join the US marines, and I'm not even a US residence! Great work! Always believed in the moto: "Be the best you can be", this guy is truly the result of that. Keep the good fight and thanks for protecting earth!

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Congrats on the well deserved recognition. You are an inspiration. Best to you.

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great job!! truly inspirational!! BOOM

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Keep protein in your room to attract gym rats, its awesome they showed you the tools to building your body.

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Semper Fi, brother. Great job!

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Thank you for all you've done

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this is a great article

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Dem beats.

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Keep up the excellent work and congratulations!! Nothing is just given but earned. Your hard work, dedication, discipline and commitment to bodybuilding and fitness are paying off.. HOUSE

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Congrats. I wish you luck in your future endeavors. You give me motivation to keep pushing. Even when I might not feel up to it.

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Good stuff bro, from a fellow devil dog, Semper Fidelis, thats our motto it will always be 8 more years and I retire! Way to represent!

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good story bro, stay motivated

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I'm from Kansas city, and Tech N9ne fan. I know a guy who is on that midwest choppers song. Great transformation I'm trying to do something like that.

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Nice! Keep inspiring. Keep growing!

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Nice work we literally have the same workout tracks. Saddam and Midwest choppers get me going every session for sure.

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Keep putting in the work!

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I live a pretty healthy life; eat well, take good supplements and work out 3-4 days a week. One thing I have not done is take creatine, and I was just wondering if creatine is recommended for women also? If so, how much would you recommend taking?

Thanks!

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multiply your body weight by .03 and you should get about how much you should take on a daily basis. take 1/4 about 45 minutes before your workout and the other 3/4 post workout (within 10 minutes). there are several ways to take it, but i find that this meathod works well.

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its amazing what he could accomplish while he was deployed, I hope I can just compare once I get in this man is a true inspiration to any service or future servicemember

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