The Marine Corps Gave Robert Hoffman The Discipline He Needed!

Robert started bodybuilding while he was in high school and loved it. When he joined the Marine Corps he found the discipline he really needed. Find out how he does it.

Robert Hoffman.

Vital Stats:

Military Background:

  • Branch Of Service: USMC
  • Years Of Service: 2
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • MOS: 7599 (Flight Student)


How Did You Get Started?

I got started with bodybuilding when I started high school and began to play football. I knew I had to get stronger, so I signed up for the beginner's weight training class. I loved how I could make myself stronger simply by lifting progressively heavier weights. I progressed throughout high school and my bench went from 135lbs to 210lbs by graduation. In college I began to get serious with my lifting and discovered supplements like whey proteins, creatine, and Animal Pak multivitamin, and this is where I began to develop into the person I am today.


Civilian Life To Military Life
What Is The Hardest Part?

My transition from civilian to military life was an abrupt change of pace for me. For one thing, my schedule was set, and I couldn't just choose to not show up to work or class. I knew I needed the discipline in my life and the Marine Corps was able to give that to me.

I Knew I Needed The Discipline In My Life And The Marine Corps Was Able To Give That To Me.
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I Knew I Needed The Discipline In My Life And
The Marine Corps Was Able To Give That To Me.


What Is The Biggest Obstacle In Leading A Military Lifestyle?

The biggest obstacle to leading a military lifestyle would be the constraints on time. This is not to say that there is no free time, but there is very little free time to do things as we please. Finding time to work out and finding ways to get proper nutrition is very difficult especially in a training environment where maximal effort is expected everyday, which makes having a sustained anabolic environment near impossible to achieve.


What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

This is the workout plan that worked best for me. I usually tend to work with lower reps and a medium range of sets so I can move a good volume of weight while focusing on lifting heavy.

TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
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.

Day 1: Chest/Triceps

Day 2: Legs

Day 3: Off

Day 4: Shoulders/Traps

Day 5: Arms/Back

Day 6 And 7: Rest

I Can Move A Good Volume Of Weight While Focusing On Lifting Heavy.
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I Can Move A Good Volume Of Weight
While Focusing On Lifting Heavy.


What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My nutrition plan during bulking is very sporadic, and I only focus on getting my optimal levels of protein in and avoid excess of foods that would make me gain adipose tissue weight rather than lean muscle. My cutting diet I used was the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet or (CKD) for short. I experienced amazing leaning out during this diet which limits carbs on weekdays with clean carb-up days on my weekends.

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

I Experienced Amazing Leaning Out During This Diet Which Limits Carbs On Weekdays With Clean Carb-Up Days On My Weekends.
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I Experienced Amazing Leaning Out During This Diet Which
Limits Carbs On Weekdays With Clean Carb-Up Days On My Weekends.


What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Supplements that I've used in the past are:


What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future plans for bodybuilding include gaining about 10lbs of lean mass with a body fat <10%. Once I get done with training and can focus more on my diet and training I would like to begin competing in some competitions, but I know I have a lot to learn still about lifting, nutrition and how my body reacts to them.


Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are Dexter Jackson, and Jay Cutler.


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

A tip for other bodybuilders in the military is for them to stay dedicated and get lifts in even when the days are long and to try and focus on your nutrition as much as possible because it will show in your physique and performance. In the military you need to be able to perform at your best effort at any given time and training smart and eating smart will play a huge role in that.

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