Five Inspirational Military Athletes to Follow in 2017

We honor our military men and women. These brave individuals are willing to pay the ultimate price for our pursuit of happiness and the American dream. They continue to lead in and out of their uniforms. “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work.”

-Robin S. Sharma

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Captain (CPT) Lindon Bond is a United States Army Officer and a sponsored two-time nationally qualified National Physique Committee (NPC) competitor. He has earned awards for his time in combat and as a competitive bodybuilder. Over the years, he has competed in the mens physique category. In this category, the judges are looking for contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and good overall condition which is what Captain bond has done time and time again. His stage presence and personality is highly visible once he steps on stage. His bravery and confidence has inspired many and will continue to do so for years to come.

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@lindoq_physique

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IFBB bikini pro and former Army Sergeant (SGT) Ashley Kiyonaga served her country for 5 years and has rightfully earned her spot in professional bodybuilding. In the bikini division, judges look for sculpted shoulders, small toned waists, high muscular glutes, and strong legs. Her first show took place in November 2014 and less than a year later in July 2015, she earn her crown on the professional stage. Ashley is a sponsored athlete that exudes confidence and class as she steps on stage. Even with the bikini division being the most saturated in the industry, her determination and beauty set her apart from the rest. Her hard work, persistence, and dedication is motivating to young women and aspiring athletes all across the globe.

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@ashleykiyo

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Sponsored NPC athlete and former Staff Sergeant (SSG) Vincent Krause served his country for nine years before leaving the United States Army. He has been prepping his flawless frame since the age of 14. He became inspired after seeing a bodybuilding magazine while deployed to Iraq as an infantryman. After his return he ran into a friend who introduced him to a bodybuilding coach. Not long afterward, he entered into the mens physique category, but later transitioned to the classic physique division in order display the definition in his legs. He possesses great symmetry,  nice muscular size, and balance with great definition and conditioning. Vincent has spent time as an airborne infantry soldier guiding and motivating others and continues to do so in the fitness world.

@vince_krause

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First sergeant (1SG) Diamond Ott has been known for his explosive exercises and insane endurance. His 16 years in the United States Army has been spent leading, training, and motivating troops and civilians all over the world. 1SG Ott utilizes the G.R.O.W philosophy—Gain the knowledge, Retain the knowledge, Overcome any shortfall, then Walk the talk. He understands that ritual, practice, and habit are essential for an athlete in order to succeed in sports and fitness. He has acquired his physique through countless hours of training and immense dedication to his mental and physical wellbeing. He is balanced, graceful, and seemingly inexhaustible while performing his workouts. It is no wonder why he inspires so many.

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@diamondcut_fitness

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Sergeant (SGT) Jamia Robinson has been active duty for four years and is currently a cadet and will soon become a commissioned officer in the United States Army. As a former dancer/choreographer, she is no stranger to hard work and repetition. However, it is still a huge decision to step into the spotlight as an individual competitor to be judged solely on your physical appearance. Yet, her confidence is unwavering. Bodybuilding is both a competitive sport as well as a recreational means to train for strength, power, and general athleticism. She knows that there is no secret formula for greatness. It takes hard work and persistence. With only three months remaining until her first figure competition, she remains focused.  She has built up a set of habits over the years that allow her to stay in shape almost effortlessly. While some let work, family, social engagements and other things get in the way, Jamia makes health and fitness a priority.

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@shefittho

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“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

-Mario Andretti

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazing, and I thought I looked fit. LOL. Not complaining though, at 69.

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    1. Sheree Y. says:

      You look amazing!!

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