Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Josaline Brittingham

It wasn't easy for this decorated, long-serving Marine to find the time to keep working out. But if there's one thing the Corps teaches, it's discipline.

Josaline used her tours of duty with the Marine Corps to expand her knowledge of global affairs. Along the way, she discovered the power of physical fitness.

The intense dedication demanded by the Marines can make it hard to find the time to achieve individual goals, but Josaline found resourceful ways to eat right and stay on track. Now she wants to take her place on the pro stage.

If she stays committed to her bodybuilding career like she has to the Marine Corps, we'll see her name again in no time.

Name: Josaline Brittingham
Age: 27  Height: 5'6"  Weight: 140 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 3
Branch of Service: United States
  Marine Corps
Years of Service: 6 1/2 years
Tours of Duty: 2
Rank: Captain
MOS: Supply Officer
Awards, Medals, Decorations:
  Navy Achievement Medal,
  Iraqi Campaign Medal,
  National Defense Service Medal,
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
  Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon,
  Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon,
  Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

How did you get started?

I became interested in fitness and figure competitions while on tour at my first duty station. A fellow lieutenant shared her love of Oxygen magazine with me, and I soon found myself eating clean and lifting weights. At first I was simply interested in the health benefits and a better result on my physical fitness test, but when I started seeing results, I knew I wanted to be on stage.

What is the hardest part of making the transition from civilian life to military life?

Not being able to put yourself first. In the military, your personal needs come second to those of the people you lead. There are a lot of sacrifices that come with leading and accomplishing a goal within a military organization.

How did your tours of duty change the way you look at fitness?

Changing duty stations, moving from Virginia, to North Carolina, to Iraq, to Japan, taught me that it is always possible to eat healthy and exercise. The trick is to stay determined and be creative. You may not be able to eat eggs and chicken breast, but you can always make the best choice out of what is offered. You may not be able to hit the gym every day, but I have yet to find a place you can't do a push-up or a sit-up!

What is the biggest obstacle in leading a military lifestyle?

I think the biggest obstacle is that your focus cannot be completely on yourself or your family. Instead, your number one focus always has to be the mission at hand. Failing to keep the mission your first priority could have a negative impact on others. When leading a military life, finding a balance between your personal life and the mission is a necessity.

Personal sacrifice is an accepted part of the military. Does that translate to fitness?

I believe it does. In military training you are often pushed to your limits. Some training requires you go without much sleep or food. Once you realize that you can survive without as much food and sleep as the "normal person" gets, you feel empowered. This translates into fitness because I knew I could live without chocolate cake and could trade 20 extra minutes of sleep with 20 minutes on the treadmill and still survive.

Do you think it's more difficult for military women to stay in shape, as opposed to civilian women?

I think staying in shape is challenging in either scenario. In both, staying in shape requires a goal, the will to sacrifice to reach your goal, and preparation. These principles seem to be challenging to people in general, regardless of their chosen profession.

What workout plan worked best for you?
Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Chest

Day 3: Back

Day 4: Shoulders

Day 5: Triceps/Biceps

Day 6: Back

Day 7: Active Rest

(Walking on beach with my husband)

Which nutrition plan works best for you?
Meal 1: 0430
Meal 2: 0730
Meal 3: 1030
Meal 4: 1430
Meal 5: 1730
Meal 6: 2030
Meal 7: Right Before Bed
Which supplements give you the greatest gains?

The only supplements I use during training are Gold Standard 100% Whey, fish oil, and an over-the-counter prenatal vitamin. Prenatal vitamins are awesome for women! No need to be pregnant to take them. They provide exactly what a woman needs, are inexpensive, and easier to take than multiple vitamins per day. I would use the protein to supplement on any day I wasn't hitting my macronutrients, and I would take the prenatal vitamin and the fish oil with breakfast.

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

I hope to earn my IFBB pro-card!

Who are your favorite bodybuilders?

Erin Stern, who I think is an incredible all-around athlete! I also admire Heather Mae French, Ava Cowan, and Courtney West.

What one tip would you give other bodybuilders in the military?

Keep a good balance in life, no matter what goals you are trying to reach. Have a clear understanding of what your goals are and have a plan on how to achieve them. Once established, do not give up and do not look back.

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