When you’re in the military, being fit is in your job description.
So we put together a panel of experts who work out like it’s their job — and for some of them, it is.
We chose our experts because of their strong military ties and wide base of fitness knowledge. They each specialize in different areas of health and fitness, from endurance running to CrossFit, with a little nutrition thrown in.
They’ll be guest blogging for us from time to time and are available to answer your best fitness questions. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send your question to the right expert. Your questions could be used on the blog.
A brief look at our fit friends (clockwise from top left):
* Retired Navy Cmdr. Bob Thomas has been our Military Muscle columnist since 2007. He entered the military through Navy ROTC at Iowa State University, where he played defensive back on the football team. He retired as a commander and worked for a couple of civilian companies in the Washington, D.C., area before moving to Pensacola, Fla., with his wife, Gail.
He’s the director of the Navy Wellness Center there and the base’s lead trainer, a wounded warrior program facilitator and the Navy nutrition counselor in Pensacola. His special emphasis is on fitness for the military retired population. Find his Military Muscle columns here.
* Former Marine Capt. Mosi Smith, 31, was a logistics officer in the Marine Corps and most recently a company officer and instructor at the Naval Academy.
We first introduced you to Mosi in 2012 as he prepared for, and later finished, the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, Calif. In addition to that year’s Badwater, he finished the Western States 100-miler and set the course record for the Cajun Coyote 100-miler. He estimates that he’s run 28 ultras, 35 marathons and 11 100-milers. He’s also the race director of the Endless Summer 6-Hour Run in Annapolis, Md., which benefits the Semper Fi Fund. So far, he and Marine Capt. Robert Hillery have raised more than $20,000 for the organization. Find out more about their fundraising goals here.
Mosi is a certified coach through USA Track & Field and Road Runners Club of America and was the assistant coach of the Naval Academy marathon team.
* Faye Krause, a longtime Army wife, is an ultrarunner, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. She holds a Master of Science in exercise, fitness and health promotion from George Mason University and is the owner of Energized Intentions LLC, providing in-home nutrition consultation and specializing in sports nutrition and weight management. She lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with her husband, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Roger Krause.
* Army Maj. Charles Blake is a physical therapist in the Army, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. His most notable assignments were serving as the brigade surgeon at Training and Doctrine Command and with 3rd Special Forces Group as part of a multidisciplinary team of strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists and sports psychologists. As a physical therapist, he has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a Pose Method master coach and is co-writing Army doctrine on running for physical training and injury prevention. Charles is active in the Military Running community. Read more on their Facebook page or at www.militaryrunning.com. Join Charles’ runners Facebook group here.
* Army Lt. Derek Wales is serving as an executive officer in Dog Troop, 1-16 Cavalry at Fort Benning, Ga. He is a former Division 1 decathlete, Modern Army Combatives competitor, and is a CrossFit competitive athlete and rugby player. He is a CrossFit Olympic Lifting and Level 1 Trainer, and former lead trainer at CrossFit Spartan Shield (Operation Enduring Freedom, Kuwait). He’s also the designer of the WOD Programmer app and runs www.wodprogrammer.com.
* Pauline Nordin, a native of Sweden who lives in Los Angeles, is the founder of the Butt Bible workout system and creator of Fighter Diet, a website focused on fitness and nutrition — and through which she sells e-books and supplements. She’s a fitness competitor and once trained the winner of a Scandinavian version of “The Biggest Loser.” When it comes to nutrition, she’s BIG into veggies. In fact, Pauline eats 7 pounds every day between lunch and dinner. It’s the easiest way to stay full on relatively few calories, she says.
* Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella is a professor of family medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also designing programs to promote healthier and better running in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. You can view modules on www.efficientrunning.net.
He’s been a competitive runner for more than 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. His marathon best is 2:24 and he has won the Air Force Marathon twice. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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