The arrival of spring signifies a midpoint for many in summer preparation. For New Year Resolutioners, the desire to be in the best shape of their life fades by Valentine’s Day. There are others, however, who have or are near to achieving the body they dreamed of when they set foot in the gym on January 1. The beginning of spring tells them that it’s almost time to break the glass on their new digs.
To those who have fallen off, no worries. There’s still time to make serious strides toward achieving that summer body if you take action sooner rather than later. The following veterans have made it their business to offer information and help the masses as best they can — and the fitness community has responded! These veterans are the top of the top and any of them can get you speeding down the road toward your fitness goals.
1. Greg Plitt
Greg Plitt was one of the first fitness personalities to break through and cross over into mainstream acceptance. Plitt was one of the most booked and photographed fitness models of his day, even landing a role — well his body did, anyway — in Zack Synder’s graphic novel adaptation of Watchmen.
He was a U.S. Army Ranger prior to his career in fitness and his videos still inspire. He passed, tragically, at the age of 37.
Gone too soon. (Muscle and Fitness)
2. CT Fletcher
CT Fletcher is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is considered by some as the godfather of the YouTube fitness community. He ushered in a new, brash, high-tempo style of content in the early 2010’s and has gathered a legion of loyal fans since.
Before social media fame and after serving, he was a multi-year champion powerlifter. He holds the strict curl record to this day.
The Superman from Compton. (Generation Iron)
3. Dave Castro
Castro is a former Navy SEAL who has been instrumental to the widespread popularity of CrossFit. He conjured up and hosted the initial CrossFit games at his family’s ranch and hasn’t let up since, spearheading the growth and marketing that we see everywhere today.
The man, the myth, the legend… Dave Castro (CrossFit.com)
4. Josh Bridges
A few things about Josh Bridges: He is a former Navy SEAL. Prior to that, he was a collegiate wrestler. Somewhere along the way, he became a CrossFit legend and one of the top-ranked competitors despite being just 5’5″.
From college wrestler to Navy SEAL to CrossFit legend, Josh Bridges has lived the life. (PowerDot YouTube)
5. Rudy Reyes
A former Force Recon Marine, Reyes has found success as a Kung Fu instructor and actor, portraying himself in the HBO series Generation Kill.
A personal friend of We Are The Mighty, we look forward to seeing him demolish the pull-up bar again.
Rudy Reyes thinking of ways to make himself — and you — more badass. (Budomate)
6. Michael Eckert
Michael Eckert was a U.S. Marine up until 2017 when he separated to pursue his fitness-related dreams. He is the world record holder for most strict-form pull-ups completed in one minute.
Pictured: The world record holder… a U.S. Marine (Stars and Stripes)
7. Diamond Ott
An active duty U.S. Army 1st Sgt., Diamond Ott is one the world’s strongest and fittest men. He first garnered attention after some videos of his gym feats made their way to the internet. Ott has since been on multiple magazine covers and his audience and influence continue to grow.
1st Sgt. Ott can do things that look straight out of a comic book (Black Wolf En V YouTube)
8. Charissa Littlejohn
Charissa is an Air Force veteran who separated from service a few years back and has had been on a meteoric rise ever since. Outside of fitness, she is also a business owner and a model.
Former airman Charissa Littlejohn is making waves (Pagal Parrot)
9. Colin Wayne
U.S. Army veteran and self-made millionaire Colin Wayne has been on multiple international magazine covers, amassed a few million followers and fans across various social media outlets, and built a steel upstart into a multi-million dollar company.
He’ll be just 29 this year.
Colin at Gold’s Gym on leg day. (Colin Wayne YouTube)
*Bonus* One to watch: Jaron Mosley
Jaron Mosley is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having spent an enlistment as a Security Force member. His videos offer insight and “game,” as he calls it, to get you all the way right in time for summer.
SecFo, HUA! (JaronFit YouTube)
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