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These great profiles show everything the amateurs have accomplished: how they got started, what life is/was like in the armed forces, their workouts, nutrition plans, supplements they take, and much more.

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Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Riley Is On A Roll!
Physique competitors who work in the military can't think in terms of ''show'' or ''go.'' They need both. Luckily, the Air Force's Riley Marx has them in spades!
Section: Training :: Sep 25, 2014

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Back In The Running!
When depression tamped down on Brittany's spirits after a fateful battalion run, she used fitness to organize her emotions. She's come back better than ever and is now eyeing a pro card!
Section: Training :: Jun 11, 2014

Skyrocket Your Fitness Gains
The Air Force dominates the skies, and airmen like Jason Axe dominate the gym. Meet our military bodybuilder of the month!
Section: Training :: Apr 10, 2014

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Jane Grieme
Jane is a standout member of the Air National Guard. Her dedication to fitness helps her aim higher toward a career after the service.
Section: Training :: Mar 13, 2014

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Louis Greek
The army is comprised of millions of moving parts, made of both man and machine. But without leaders like Louis, it wouldn't be the greatest on earth.
Section: Training :: Feb 26, 2014

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Celena Carter
Nothing is easy in fitness. The effort required to stand on elite stages is all-encompassing. Everything is coming together for Celena!
Section: Training :: Jan 17, 2014

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Russell Garcia
Structure has a different meaning in the Marine Corps. The rigid rules are in place to save lives, but they also helped Russell keep his physique in competition-grade shape.
Section: Training :: Dec 17, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Arvin Combs
Arvin did tours in the Navy and the Army, so he know the U.S. military like few men can. This career service member is a natural pro!
Section: Training :: Oct 11, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: John Martin
John Martin's powerlifting father had him in the gym before he had a chance to be misled by anti-fitness. Now that his father has passed, John lives the fit life to honor his first mentor.
Section: Training :: Sep 25, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Master Sergeant Mia
If you want to be great, look great and feel great, do have to work your body to greater extremes. You lift, run, sweat, and shower clean. You become the things in your dreams.
Section: Training :: Aug 20, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Isaac Engle
Before service members head to the war fields of Afghanistan and Iraq, they focus on battle prep. The precision it takes to ready forces helped teach Isaac what it takes to prepare.
Section: Training :: Jul 11, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Bruce Coleman
Some people join the military and get out as soon as they are allowed. Other, more dedicated sorts spend their lives in accordance to its core principles.
Section: Training :: Jun 12, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Sgt. Corwyn Collier
Service members give their time, their bodies and lives to service. Some leave fingers on foreign soil. None are left behind. None are forgotten.
Section: Training :: May 16, 2013

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.
Section: Training :: Apr 11, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Dakota Lindboe
Fire teams mean as much to the war effort as any counterterrorism outfit. Armed with new muscle and a military mindset, Dakota is ready to compete.
Section: Training :: Mar 13, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Enmeri Batista
By military standards she was too skinny for her height, now she has the muscle to take her body to the pro stage.
Section: Training :: Feb 13, 2013

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Jaglette
She's been in the military since she left high school. Now she trains modern soldiers about the law in a lawless land.
Section: Training :: Jan 16, 2013

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.
Section: Training :: Dec 12, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Corrie E. Perdue
Modern military has more to do with computers than tanks. We'd like to tell you everything about Corrie, but it is classified.
Section: Training :: Nov 15, 2012

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.
Section: Training :: Nov 05, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Marcel Thom
The Air Force is well-represented at national bodybuilding competitions by Marcel Thom!
Section: Training :: Oct 18, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Tactical Flight
War zones are no place for weakness. Strength is a bodybuilding trait, but in the Army it is the difference between victory and defeat.
Section: Training :: Aug 15, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Keith Vanderhoeven
Military life imposes restrictions on its service members, but it also provides men like Keith with the tools they need to succeed on the bodybuilding stage!
Section: Training :: Jul 12, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Anthony Waite
Military members transfer easily from battle to bodybuilding, because both require pure adherence to the goal at hand. See how Anthony balances both!
Section: Contests :: May 10, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Rodney Webb
The military life let Rodney see the world and allowed him to lift weights, but the job took its toll on his private life. See how he took control, got ripped and honored his commitment.
Section: Training :: Apr 11, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Michael T. Ray
Michael started lifting early and learned that he could accomplish anything he put his mind to. Later, in life he put his mind to competing and hasn't looked back!
Section: Training :: Mar 15, 2012

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Sansarae Pickett
Inspired by the incredible physiques in Oxygen magazine, Sansarae decided to sculpt her own. Learn how this Naval officer built a stage-ready figure!
Section: Training :: Dec 21, 2011

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Nahum Vizakis
When Nahum Vizakis isn't disposing of explosives he's blowing up the stage with his chiseled physique.
Section: Training :: Nov 23, 2011

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Andrew Smith
Andrew started lifting to be on par with the rest of his unit, but he fell in love when he earned his Physical Fitness Excellence Badge. From then on it was for him.
Section: Training :: Oct 19, 2011

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Robert D. Shields
With a grandfather, father and two brothers in the Army, military service is in Robert's blood. Being surrounded by such discipline all the time has made him an excellent bodybuilder.
Section: Training :: Oct 04, 2011

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Llewyn McFarlane
From athlete to soldier to bodybuilder, Llewyn has taken the USAF motto to heart. Now he's aiming high and he'll fly fight and win!
Section: Training :: Aug 02, 2011

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Hector Mendoza
A military life is demanding, but despite the long hours and limited equipment Hector is still getting the physique he wants. He's army strong, are you?
Section: Training :: Jun 22, 2011

How One Military Member Packed On Some Serious Body Armor—Muscle!
Ismael began lifting in high school for sports, but it wasn't until he joined the Navy that he began taking his training seriously. It wasn't long before he decided to compete.
Section: Contests :: May 24, 2011

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Christopher Wescott
Christopher Wescott picked up weights to build strength, but then bodybuilding captured his imagination. Joining the Air Force made him set his physique sights even higher. Learn where he’s been, and where he’s headed!
Section: Contests :: Apr 20, 2011

Maria Got The Competition Bug From Her Fiance!
Maria always tried to stay in shape, and had wanted to compete for a long time. When she met her fiancé, Phil Cooper, she found the motivation to compete. Now she has the bug and has competed nine times.
Section: Training :: Feb 16, 2011

Jason Barnshaw Made A Change So He Could Keep Up With His Kids!
Jason, like many others, had tried to change his habits, but couldn't make it stick. One day he looked in the mirror and decided enough was enough. Now he is staying in shape for his kids and himself.
Section: Contests :: Jan 11, 2011

Michael Federis Was Hooked After Seeing His First Competition In Japan!
Michael Federis didn't really know what bodybuilding was until he was stationed in Japan. After seeing his first competition there he was hooked on the sport. Check out his nutrition and workout program!
Section: Contests :: Nov 11, 2010

Celia Romero Lost 50 Pounds And Got Her Military Body Back!
Celia had fallen behind on the standards for military fitness and gave herself an ultimatum. Within two months she was back in military shape. See how she did it!
Section: Contests :: Oct 14, 2010

The Marine Corps Gave Robert Hoffman The Discipline He Needed!
Robert started bodybuilding while he was in high school and loved it. When he joined the Marine Corps he found the discipline he really needed. Find out how he does it.
Section: Contests :: Jul 20, 2010

Larry Criswell Trained To Pass His PRT Test And Found A Passion For Bodybuilding!
Larry Criswell wanted to re-enlist but needed to train to pass his physical readiness test. After joining a great gym in Virginia, he stuck with a muscle building and fat burning routine. 8 months later he competed in his first show, and now he's hooked!
Section: Contests :: Jun 10, 2010

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.
Section: Contests :: Jun 03, 2010

Akaiya Miller Found Discipline In The Military And Picked Up Bodybuilding On The Way!
Akaiya Miller has been lifting since he was twelve years old. It wasn't until three years ago that he decided to compete in bodybuilding. Like many before he discovered he love it and is now hooked. Learn how he does it.
Section: Contests :: Mar 22, 2010

Becoming An Officer May Just Turn You Into A Bodybuilder: It Worked For Roberta Hatch!
Roberta joined the U.S. Air Force at 17. When she decided she wanted to be an officer, the physical test in order to qualify allowed her to develop a love for the gym. Now she is competitive bodybuilder. Learn how she does it.
Section: Contests :: Feb 18, 2010

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Patrick Hines!
Patrick Hines got into weight lifting while on deployment in Iraq. He started hitting the gym 6 times a week. When the compliments on his gains in size began rolling in, he decided to just keep going.
Section: Contests :: Jan 22, 2010

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Luis Santa!
Luis had been into sports his whole life, karate, distance running, gymnastics, baseball, you name it, he played it. He's been around sports his whole life; so when he gave bodybuilding a shot he was hooked.
Section: Contests :: Dec 23, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - David Sewell!
David was always that chubby kid in the background and he got tired of it. He started bodybuilding, and when he joined the military after high school he kept at it. See how he does it.
Section: Contests :: Nov 18, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - David Holt!
David Holt had a start and stop beginning with training. When he was deployed he decided to give it another go, and now he's in his best shape ever! See how he does it.
Section: Contests :: Oct 21, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Ryan Tennant!
Ryan Tennant started lifting to prepare for the military and to live a healthier lifestyle. Here's a look at his training and diet. See how he does it.
Section: Contests :: Oct 01, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Jason Williams!
Jason has loved lifting weights since he was about 8 years old but didn't get serious until about 2004. He met up with a couple of buddies and decided they would try to compete together... Here's how he does it. Learn more.
Section: Contests :: Aug 28, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Joseph F. Yezzi!
Joseph started entering military shows in Hawaii and because local bases were very supportive of military bodybuilders. His dedication to the military has also played a role in his success as a bodybuilder. Learn more!
Section: Contests :: Aug 05, 2009

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!
Section: Contests :: Jun 17, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Jason Stevenson!
Jason started training in high school but did not get serious until 1989 while he was a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He put on 20 lbs that year and decided to continue his pursuit. He won his first competition. Learn how he did it!
Section: Contests :: May 19, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Brian Linderson!
Brian got started after watching a Bill Phillip's video that inspired him enough to get started. Here's what he did to build mass and stay fit while in the military. Check it out!
Section: Contests :: Apr 28, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Andy Spruill.
Andy got started lifting weights in college because he was on the men's basketball team his freshman year. He didn't start competing until this past summer... See how he is training and what life is like in the military.
Section: Contests :: Mar 30, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Jose Belteton!
Jose was 16 years old and his father had an old dirty weight set in the garage that wasn't being used, so he cleaned it up and went to work. He started putting on mass and became hooked. See how he is training and what life is like in the military.
Section: Contests :: Feb 23, 2009

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Shawn Wolfe!
Shawn was into sports mainly to stay in shape for the military but when he was assigned to Japan he started focusing more on strength training. With his hard work he entered into competition and never looked back. See how he did it!
Section: Contests :: Jan 30, 2009

Military Bodybuilder Of The Month - Christopher Dunbar!
Christopher first began training to help cope with the stresses of Military life. Outlined is the diet, training, and supplement plan he used to get in his top physical condition!
Section: Contests :: Dec 09, 2008

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Ian McHugh!
Ian got turned on to weight training while in high school in order to prepare for Marine Corps boot camp. Here are sample training, nutrition, and supplement plans he uses to build mass and stay in great shape!
Section: Contests :: Oct 24, 2008

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Julius Lendof!
Julius was always an athlete throughout life, but it wasn't until he joined the military that he realized what weightlifting and good nutrition can do... Here's what he did to make such amazing improvements!
Section: Contests :: Oct 03, 2008

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Scott Spaulding!
I left the Navy in 1994 and tried out for a Semi-pro football team and made it. After many years I made some big changes and now work as a trainer in addition to chasing my a pro card. Here's a look at what I do! Check it out.
Section: Contests :: Sep 02, 2008

Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Jason Foster!
I got started bodybuilding about 1 1/2 years ago. I wanted to switch my job in the Air Force so I could be a firefighter. I knew I had to be in awesome shape, so I decided to dedicate myself to being in the best shape possible.
Section: Contests :: Aug 07, 2008


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