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Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Sgt. Dayton Lewis

Dayton Lewis is in Afghanistan, serving in the United States Army, but he also earned a personal training certificate overseas.

We throw the term "heroes" around pretty easy from our cubicles and couches. But soldiers on the front line know a meaning for the word most civilians cannot fathom.

The armed services are filled with strong, confident, and courageous men and women. Dayton Lewis is a former powerlifter, now a personal trainer with two tours of duty on his lapel. Check out his dedicated workout regimen and see why he is this month's military bodybuilder of the month!

Name: Dayton Dequay Lewis
E-Mail: Daytonl.2009@yahoo.com
Age: 21  Height: 5'11"  Weight: 222 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 6
Additional Info: 8th Army Powerlifting champion in Korea. 1000 lbs. Challenge winner, Afghanistan 2012 ... total 1500
Branch of Service: Active Army
Years of Service: 3
Tours of Duty: Korea, Currently Afghanistan
Rank: E-5/Sergeant
MOS: 25L
Awards, Medals, Decorations:
  COA, 2 AAM's, Korean service medal,
  Overseas Medal

Q
How did you get started?

In 2006, I was a sophomore in high school, I got a new coach, who at the time wanted to help me out by losing weight, so he got me into powerlifting. After seeing results, I fell in love with working out and haven't slowed down since then. He had changed my life. Growing up the fat nerd is not what I had in mind.

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

The hardest part is adjusting to a brand new lifestyle, away from family and friends. You have to make an ultimate sacrifice, becoming friends and family with your new peers. But knowing that you have the honor to protect your loved ones makes it all worthwhile.

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

My tours help me look at fitness in a way more positive and serious way. You see all the time, people would rather still sit and play games than go out and run or take an hour to work out at the gym. The tours help because you're in a different environment. The military provides you with a nice gym and great healthy food that is even dummy-proofed for you. And Bodybuilding.com provides us with all the supplement help we need, with quick shipping and great quality items. I wouldn't want to be the soldier to come home unhealthy to my wife. I'd rather be the soldier to come home and show my wife that I made a positive change for my health and my life.

If you hadn't gone into the military, what occupation would you have pursued?

I believe I'd still do my best to train and become a personal trainer, but I believe the road to success would have been longer and harder. The military has opened up plenty of great opportunities for me. Being in Afghanistan has given me the time I needed to accomplish my personal training certificate.

What is the biggest obstacle in leading a military lifestyle?

The biggest obstacle I believe is being away from your loved ones for a period of time. People say they can do it, but it takes a lot of heart and belief. Distance can make a relationship stronger, or it can make everything horrible. It's all on the soldier and the loved ones to make the best of what they have and pray for a safe return home.

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

It translates in a major way. A lot of soldiers think they just can eat a salad, go to the gym for a bit, then a week later, be this huge macho man. It takes a lot of time, heart, and dedication to get to that point you want to get to. I know myself, and many great fitness personnel, have sacrificed time, favorite foods, and changed their whole way of living just so that they can get to where they need to be. It is a struggle, but not impossible, because it's defeated every day. It all on that individual to accept the challenge, find motivation, and do their best to accomplish their goals.

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

I believe it can be equal. As military, we have PT almost every morning, waking up to a great fitness program. Civilians have to have that self-discipline to wake up and go out and get in a workout. Even civilians have access to a gym, or an open road or track to go run. I believe there are zero excuses why someone can't get fit, or at least healthy. It's all on that individual. If you really want it, you'll go out and get it.

Dayton's Workout Regimen
Day 1: Chest/Triceps


Day 2: Legs/Abs


Day 3: Biceps/Shoulders


Day 4: Rest Day

Day 5: Legs/Abs


Day 6: Upper Body Strengthening Day


Day 7: Rest Day

Dayton's Nutritional Regimen
Meal 1: 0730
Meal 2: 1000
  • Fruits

    Fruits

  • Nuts

    Nuts

Meal 3: 1200
Meal 4: 1500
Meal 5: 1700
  • Protein

    Protein

    1 scoop with pure almond milk

Meal 6: 1930

Dayton's Supplement Regimen
Mid Afternoon For Meal Replacement
Before And After Workouts

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

I plan to get out of the army, become a personal trainer, hopefully one day own my own gym. I plan on starting fitness modeling soon, along with competing.

Who are your favorite bodybuilders?

Jay Cutler, Jeff Seid, and Phil Health.

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

A tip I would give to all military personnel is that we all learned what hard work is when we went through basic training. Having heart is half the battle, and we prove we have that every day. Being away from your loved ones is never easy. I was always taught that if you want it, you go get it. You can't sit around and wait for success to find you. You have to get up and go find success.


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zane11

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Dayton, keep up the great work and thank you for your service!

Dec 12, 2012 9:34pm | report
nick0322

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nick0322

Man i would love to know what your MOS is.. Im pulling 14-16 hr guard shifts in the freezing *** cold at our ECP.. We only get to eat what our to go plates are. I'd understand if i had some desk job over here.. but **** man would love to be able to go to the defaq everyday, some of us actually work over here

Dec 13, 2012 3:01am | report
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darinhanson

I hear ya. I work 12 hours in our operations center every day on a remote outpost. Lunches are fried whatever they can find........ I'm going to do it though. My goal is to lose weight, so it is interesting trying to fuel my body with whatever we can find over here. Good luck Nick.

Dec 13, 2012 3:32am | report
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jparente51

Read his stats... Hes a 25L... AKA A cable systems installer.

Dec 13, 2012 5:55am | report
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NopantZdance

LOL!! It does suck for the gate guards, but I think maybe you guys get paid more than us anyway!

Dec 13, 2012 11:10am | report
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RokknesMonsta

in all fairness though you choose your MOS just like he did, and he was putting in work before he ever got to a real deployment so give credit where it's due. To dayton keep up the hard work you make us as service members proud to do what we do. THANKS!!

Dec 13, 2012 11:25am | report
VERSE13

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VERSE13

Nothing worst then hating on your brother.

Dec 15, 2012 12:31am | report
I_dare_U

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I_dare_U

Nick how adout you just congradulate a fellow Army member. Remeber YOU are the captian of your OWN fate and the master of YOUR own futer! Go ahead DLewis man do the dam thing! GO HARD!!!!

Dec 16, 2012 8:56pm | report
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shoretel

I'm with ya Nick.... Thanks for your grunt work brother... former 88m here...

Dec 17, 2012 1:03pm | report
dj1375

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dj1375

wow Nick you ever thought maybe you have that job is because you can't even spell something that you see everyday, its DFAC aka dining facility not defaq, bet that GT score is mighty low

Dec 20, 2012 2:55am | report
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Aquamanx241

Yea.. I'm 11B an I went to the gym everytime it was possible during deployment. Dont hate since he has a different MOS an isnt outside the wire.. Just means he was smarter to choose a different job. Hate guys that complain and get mad because they do more work in deployment.. CHANGE YOUR MOS. DONT BIT** because he's not at the gate guarding it or kicking doors down Everyone has a job. Hands down awesome work SGT Dayton. From a grunt to a POG nice to see you not just stuff your face an play XBOX!

Dec 25, 2012 8:21am | report
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DotheWeigleYeah

@Nick- Before you start hating on other people, how about you police yourself up first. For starters, if you are gonna post an all hooah pic of you in your full battle rattle, lets make sure its one without a BFA on your weapon...

Dec 29, 2012 9:53am | report
djroblove

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djroblove

I usually dont post or reply to stuff but come on, why are you hating on a brother for doing his thing? you had the same opportunity as the rest of us when we signed up to serve. some are smarter than others. those with low GT scores perhaps should go to the ED ctr and sign up for classes to bring up your score and move into another MOS on your re-up day. hell dont hate, regulate. D, you do your thing and let the haters motivate you. thank you for your service and do for you and your fam. a brother in arms, SSG (P) oh crap i put in my papers..lewis..lol

Dec 29, 2012 4:20pm | report
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If you're doing that many hours at the ECP...perhaps changing your MOS to something worth your effort to complain about it. I suggest going through a selection process of some sort and getting out of your unit/job. "War is about 30 days of boredom with a few hours of excitement."
Actual work...inside the wire...guarding a gate...nice way to complain and put down another of your kind. And...its Defac if anything...which still isn't right...there's no q...ever...

Mar 12, 2013 3:04pm | report
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kiestonreece

Way to do HIIT sprints on legs day!! Hard work pays off! Congrats

Dec 13, 2012 6:26am | report
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rcjames

Way to go man good to see a fellow military guy owning it in the gym! Where did you get your personal training certificate through?

Dec 13, 2012 6:42am | report
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awesome dedication!!!! thanks for your service and sacrifices!!

Dec 13, 2012 10:16am | report
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Get some homie!! I'm on Camp Moreell if you ever pass through Kuwait, I hit up the LSA gym also though, we are limited on our weights over here, but keep up the hard work man, if definitely pays off!! I hope you have a safe trip and return home!!

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Dlewis90

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Loving the hating and excuses Nick...gets you no were, but thanks everyone.

Dec 13, 2012 12:14pm | report
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whats the calorie intake on your daily nutrition? I ask because it looks low and i thought heavy lifters need a high calorie intake.

Dec 15, 2012 2:36am | report
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Great work brother Lew, stupid haters, man i dont get them. shoot we may be related down the lewis clan..lol be safe out there. one love

Dec 29, 2012 4:21pm | report
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Be safe Cable Dawg. Keep up the good work.

May 4, 2013 9:27am | report
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looking awesome.. keep up the fire.

Dec 15, 2012 11:50am | report
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mrc19888

inspirational! you look great. and thank you for serving our country.

Dec 16, 2012 7:53am | report
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Hey man just wanted to say congrads on a job well done. Keep up the great work and keep going after it. From a fellow SM in the Stan :-) GO HARD!!!!

Dec 16, 2012 8:51pm | report
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