Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Douglas Stapleton!

Douglas started training in high school but did not get serious until after. He went to college and competed in the Mr. Illinois at the age of 19 and then joined the Marines. He just kept trying to get bigger & stronger. Learn more!

Douglas Stapleton

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Douglas Stapleton
  • Email: vjajock0886@aol.com
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 168
  • Years Bodybuilding: 4

Military Background:

  • Branch Of Service: USMC
  • Years Of Service: 2
  • Rank: Lcpl
  • MOS: 0311

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How I Got Started
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I started by working out in high school. Each year I got stronger and bigger. After high school ended is when I got serious about bodybuilding.

I went to college for just a year and that's the year I competed in the Mr. Illinois at the age of 19. Ever since I joined the Marines I have just kept trying to get bigger, stronger, and symmetrical.

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Civilian Life To Military Life
What Is The Hardest Part?
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The hardest transition for me was moving from Illinois to California. I had to leave all my friends and family behind to go live 2,000 miles away. This was the first time being this far for so long.

I Had To Leave All My Friends And Family Behind To Go Live 2,000 Miles Away.
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I Had To Leave All My Friends And Family
Behind To Go Live 2,000 Miles Away.

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The Biggest Obstacle Of A Military Lifestyle
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The biggest obstacle I have to overcome is trying to keep up with working out and keeping my size.

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Workout Plan
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READING THIS WORKOUT LOG
Perform the number of reps that corresponds with the current set you're on. For example, Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 8, 6, 4 reps. Your first set will be 8 reps, the second set will be 6 reps, and the third will be 4 reps.

Douglas Stapleton
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Douglas Stapleton.

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Nutrition Plan
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I don't really have a meal plan that I am able to stick to. We train all year round and I cannot keep a strict diet.

However, what I try to do is keep my protein intake as high as possible along with my calories while keeping my intake of fatty foods low.

I Don't Really Have A Meal Plan That I Am Able To Stick To.
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I Don't Really Have A Meal Plan
That I Am Able To Stick To.

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Supplements
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My all time favorite supplement, which I have been using since I started, has been BSN NO-Xplode along with CellMass and True-Mass. I just recently tried Nitrix as well.

I have really only ever seen results using these supplements. Me and my friends call NO-Xplode a God send because of the great pumps you get and how well you maintain the pump using it.

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Future Bodybuilding Plans
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I hope that I am able to compete again, whether it is in the Marine Corps or any civilian competition. I also hope to gain about 15 pounds over the next two years.

However, I'm not to sure how well that will go considering I have only gained about 10 pounds since high school.

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Favorite Bodybuilders
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Lee Priest, David Henry, and Ronnie Coleman.

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One Tip For Other Bodybuilders In The Military
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Stay motivated. I know I lost a lot of weight during boot camp and training. You just have to keep eating as much as possible while still eating clean. Push through being tired and get into the gym.

Once you get back into the swing of things it all comes back quickly. You might not be there mentally but your body doesn't forget and this is when muscle memory comes into play.

Once You Get Back Into The Swing Of Things It All Comes Back Quickly.
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Once You Get Back Into The Swing
Of Things It All Comes Back Quickly.

And once you start gaining again, it will feel like when you first started out and you feel like nothing can stop you. Good luck!

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