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Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Latresia Pugh

When she first started lifting, it was about quality time with her husband. But once Latresia discovered competition, she found a reason to make bodybuilding her passion.

Latresia Pugh knows what pressure looks like. She has seen the effects of war first-hand in the military transport services, carrying injured servicemembers back stateside to receive medical care. They can rest easy knowing that strong allies like Latresia are there to protect them when they are at their most vulnerable.

Besides her sworn duties, Latresia has also competed and won in figure competitions overseas. When she returns from her latest deployment, she will have a tough choice to make between competing federations. In the meantime, we honor her as this month's Military Bodybuilder of the Month!

Name: Latresia Pugh
E-Mail: latresiatranell@yahoo.com
Age: 29  Height: 5'6"  Weight: 129 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 5
Branch of Service: USAF
Years of Service: 10
Tours of Duty: Spangdahlem AB Germany, Nellis AFB NV, Ramstein AB Germany.
Deployment: Ali Al Salem Kuwait 2006, Bagram AF Afghanistan 2008, Camp Bastion Afghanistan 2011 and 2013
Rank: TSgt/ E-6
MOS: Aeromedical Evacuation Technician
Awards, Medals, Decorations: Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, AF Longevity Service, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, AF Training Ribbon, NATO Medal

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Please Describe Your Duties in the Military.

I am an aeromedical evacuation technician. I can convert selected aircraft into a flying hospital and provide medical care in the air. I transport sick and wounded warriors, coalition forces and civilians from one location to a higher level of care.

How Did You Get Started in Bodybuilding?

When my husband separated from the Army in 2007 I was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. I was working the night shift in the emergency department, and I would sleep all day because of the hours. I wanted to spend more time with him, so I would tag along to the gym every day before work. I fell in love with weight training and was amazed by the changes to my body. I wanted to see more results!

A year in a half later I deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where I had enough time to focus on my training and nutrition. The rest is history. When I came back from my tour of duty everyone always asked me, "Do you compete?" I had never thought about competing. Shortly after that, I decided to do some research, and I saw it was something I would like to try. But then military life struck: I had to go to flight school, followed by a permit change of station to Germany.

A few months after I arrived in Germany I saw a flier for a local military figure and bodybuilding competition. My husband and I went to watch the show. I decided then, that I would be competing in that competition that following year—or so I thought. I later found out that I would miss that competition due to deployment.

After returning from deployment, I needed to find someone to help me with my posing and competition diet. I found my awesome coach, Sandi Griffin, who helped me with every aspect of competing. After three years of waiting patiently I finally entered my first figure competition in May 2012, the US Army Garrison (USAG) Kaiserslautern Figure and Bodybuilding Championship. I won first place in figure tall!

I entered another competition three months later, the USAG Stuggart Championship, and won first place figure tall and women's overall! I am graduating from the military shows this year to pursue my dreams further. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and am training hard to be ready to compete in Germany and internationally this fall.

What Is the Hardest Part of Making the Transition From Civilian Life to Military Life?

I joined the Air Force two months after my high school graduation. The hardest part was living away from home in Germany at 18 years old. But with the camaraderie of my unit and great friends, I adjusted quickly.

How Did Your Tours of Duty Change the Way You Look at Fitness?

In the military we have to stay fit to fight. We have to be prepared at a moment's notice to take on any challenges we are faced with, whether it is physical, mental, or emotional. Being involved in some sort of physical fitness helps us excel in any situation.

If You Hadn't Gone Into the Military, What Occupation Would You Have Pursued?

I always wanted to be a physical therapist.

Has Your M.O.S. Positioned You for a Career After the Military?

Aeromedical technician is a special duty. My regular job is as a medical technician, and I am also an EMT. I could find a job outside the military doing something similar to either one.

How Does Fitness Differ in the Different Military Branches?

Each service as their own PT standards, and some branches have different components like pull-ups and shuttle runs. In the Air Force, we measure muscular strength by 1-minute push-up and sit-up assessments, aerobic fitness by performing a 1.5-mile run, and body composition assessment from abdominal circumference.

What is the Biggest Obstacle in Leading a Military Lifestyle?

It took me a while to find out how I could balance both personal and professional goals. I learned a lot last year. I have trained, competed, and won two figure competitions while studying for E-6 promotion. I have accomplished several achievements at work, received many awards and stay active in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

How Important Is it to You to Perform Well on a PT Test?

In the Air Force if we meet or do not meet our physical fitness standards, it is recorded on our evaluation performance reports. If you fail your PT test, it could ultimately affect your career or future promotions.

Personal Sacrifice Is an Accepted Part of the Military. How Does That Translate to Fitness?

Sometimes due to my flying schedule I may not be able to get two hours of working out in the morning. I could get called in the middle of the day to fly to another country to transport a patient. I may have to work late at times to get something time-sensitive accomplished, pushing my cardio session back. I try to avoid these scenarios as much as possible, but I have to sacrifice sometimes.

Do you think it's more or less difficult for military women to stay in shape, as opposed to civilian women? It is probably easier for military women only because we get selected time throughout the duty day for fitness, but even if we didn't, everyone should make time for some level of physical activity. It should be a part of your everyday routine like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.

How Does Fitness Affect Your Role in the Armed Services?

My job requires a higher level of strength due to having to safely lift heavy patients with potential extra equipment attached to them on a litter.

What Workout Plan Worked Best for You?
Day 1: Back/Biceps/Abs


Day 2: Chest/Triceps/Abs

Superset



Day 3: Legs/Shoulders/Abs

Superset



Day 4: Back/Biceps/Abs


Day 5: Chest/Triceps/Abs

Superset



Day 6: Legs/Shoulders/Abs

Superset



Day 7: Rest

Which Nutrition Plan Works Best for You?
Meal 1: 0400 (Pre-Workout)
Meal 2: 0700 (Post-Workout)
Meal 3: 0900
Meal 4: 1200
Meal 5: 1500
Meal 6: 1800
Meal 7: 2030

Which Supplements Give You the Greatest Gains?
Morning
With 0900 Meal
Pre-Workout
Pre/Intra-Workout
Post-Workout
Evening

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am going to take this as far as I can. I plan to compete in Germany and try my hand in a couple of federations before I leave. Depending on how well I do overseas, I will decide what competition or federation I will compete in when I move back to the states.

How Do You Think Bodybuilding Helps You as a Service Member?

It helps me stay healthy and conditioned. I think I also inspire people who work close with me to watch what they eat. They see what I do when dieting for competition and try to help me by eating healthy and not having snacks in the office.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Erin Stern and Ava Cowan.

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

Be careful and know what you are putting in your body. Do your research and get the help of someone who has done what you are trying to accomplish. Have a great support system around you.


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You look AMAZING lady. Great job. You're an inspiration :)

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Thank you for your service!! O and great results BTW ;)

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You look amazing, job well done! Thank you so much for your service and support! :)

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Wow, those are great arms!! respect

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Thank you for you and your husbands service! Great job!

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You are so dedicated and patient ! Waiting three years to compete and then coming out on top! Great work and thanks for the motivation!

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there ya go ma'am, representing us 4N's!

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Good job. Nice to see more military women, in particular AF women, becoming more fit. Its a joy to see. Bring that enthusiasm down to Florida!

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Definitely a motivating story...continue the work you and keep setting higher goals. God bless

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Thank you for your service! Just looking at your supersets, made my whole body twitch. I will definitely try these! Great job!

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Awesome inspiration and motivation, as I have been doing the same workout plan as hers since I've started. Good job and best of luck!

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..too cut for a female

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STRONG WOMAN

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Great work!!!

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Latresia is a goddess! Love this write up!

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Your are awesome Latresia! Can't wait to see what this year next year holds in store for you!

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You look great, congrats and good job! U inspire me

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You look incredible!! Keep it up!

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what a great military bodybuilder :)
she have a lot of experience :)

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From one 4N to another you inspire me!

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Now, that's a bodybuilder.

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Such a beast! Great to see such motivating women in the medical field! <3

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I've been training for the past 5 months to compete for a show this month, but duty calls and my plans will have to be put on hold for the next few months.
I will continue to train and hope to enter a show as soon as I get back.
It's nice to see that completing and serving is possible.
Thanks for the motivation!

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I work with her!!!!!! Awesome job TSgt Pugh!!!!

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Love that hair girl! These female Soldiers who are afraid to mess up their hair by working out are just afraid of the commitment :-)

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