The Navy Gave Gerald Thomas The Fit Body He Always Wanted!

Gerald always wanted to be fit, but never had the resources to do so. The Navy changed that. Not only did he get the equipment he needed, he also got the motivation to push himself.

Gerald Thomas.

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Gerald J. Thomas
  • Email:
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 5'7.5"
  • Weight: Off season 180-185, Contest 168-172
  • Years Bodybuilding: 8 Years
  • BodySpace: geetee

Military Background:

  • Branch Of Service: Navy
  • Years Of Service: 18
  • Rank: E-6
  • MOS: Hospital Corpsman (Respiratory Therapist)

How Did You Get Started?

I've always had an interest in being fit, but didn't have all of the necessary resources available to me until I joined the Navy. The Navy introduced me to working out and staying fit. As staying fit is one of our job requirements and the military has many resources available to ensure that you're fitness goals are attainable.

As I began to work out and became more conscious of my own fitness goals, a friend invited me to watch him compete in a bodybuilding show back in 1993 while we were stationed in Guam.

It was at this point I realized that I could also be on stage and compete if I committed myself to it. Although it took me several years and many training partners along the way, I entered my first competition in 2002. I placed second at this show but 2 months later, I went on to win the novice, open, and overall divisions at my next show.

I took some time off over the next few years so I could push my physique to the next level. I have started back competing and I have been very fortunate to cross paths with some excellent trainers this past year and a half. Don McKeen and HMCM Ira Wenze have pushed me beyond my potential and I owe them the world. I feel like I'm at my best right now and I couldn't have done it without them.

The Navy Introduced Me To Working Out And Staying Fit. The Navy Introduced Me To Working Out And Staying Fit.
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The Navy Introduced Me To
Working Out And Staying Fit.

Civilian Life To Military Life
What Is The Hardest Part?

The hardest part about making the transition was conforming to what was expected of me. I joined immediately after graduating high school and I was completely lost in my initial phase of boot camp. After several weeks of the Company Commanders screaming and yelling, it didn't take long for me to get in gear and conform to the Navy way.

Now, looking back I was so young and immature back then and I was forced to become an adult really quickly. I wouldn't trade my military experience for anything in the world especially experiencing the different cultures and values of people from all over the globe. There's nothing like it.

What Is The Biggest Obstacle In Leading A Military Lifestyle?

The biggest obstacle is being away from family and friends while trying to focus on your military duties. It's quickly established that your first priority is the military but you can never forget about your family and friends. It's a balancing act that takes a lot of practice and most of us become very good at it.

My wife, Melissa, has been my biggest supporter along the way and she has been just as committed as I am with all my endeavors. There's no way I could work, train, and prepare all of my meals by myself. She has really been a trooper, to say the least, along the way and I thank her at every opportunity I get.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Plyometrics - Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal.

Day 1: Chest/Triceps

Day 2: Back/Biceps

Day 3: Legs

Day 4: Shoulders

Day 5, 6, And 7: Rest

When you're doing cardio to burn fat, you want to stay in the range of 65%-70% of your maximum heart rate. If the goal is to increase stamina and aerobic capacity, you aim for 85%. A normal Resting HR can vary as low as 40 BPM to as high as 100 BPM.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Meal 1:

Meal 2: Post-Workout Meal

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Gerald Thomas. Gerald Thomas.
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Gerald Thomas.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Beverly International Supplements:

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I competed on April 4th, 2009 at Pensacola's Panhandle Showdown and then I deployed on April 5th for 7 months. Will focus training on gaining more lean muscle while deployed and will compete at some natural regional or national level shows in 2010.

I'm Focusing Training On Gaining More Muscle So I Can Compete At Some Regional Or Nation Level Shows.
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I'm Focusing Training On Gaining More Muscle So I
Can Compete At Some Regional Or Nation Level Shows.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Flex Wheeler and Shawn Ray.

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

Surround yourself with positive influences that understand the bodybuilding lifestyle and culture. Always be committed to your goals and always be consistent with your training and nutrition.

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