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Retired 1st sgt.: Don’t let yourself go after the military

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Retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Tyrone Filer recently beat out a team of men in their 20s to place first in the physique portion of a Florida bodybuilding competition. (Courtesy of Tyrone Filer)

Retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Tyrone Filer recently beat out a team of men in their 20s to place first in the physique portion of a Florida bodybuilding competition. (Courtesy of Tyrone Filer)

From Marine Corps Times staff writer Gina Harkins:

When 1st Sgt. Tyrone Filer retired from the Marine Corps five years ago, he didn’t let it lower his fitness standards — and he wishes other retirees wouldn’t either.

Filer, 46, served as company first sergeant with 6th Motor Transport Battalion in Orlando, Fla. He recently beat out a team of men in their 20s to place first in the physique portion of a Florida bodybuilding competition. He credits the Corps for giving him a base in good fitness but has ramped up his efforts to improve his physique during his retirement.

Now an administrative officer at the Marine Corps’ Blount Island Command in Jacksonville, Fla., Filer said he is motivating others aboard his base. But he wants to inspire Marines beyond just Jacksonville — especially those who are headed to retirement and thinking of slowing down.

“Why wouldn’t you want to maintain that state of excellence, that exception that we strive for in the Marine Corps. That’s what makes us the few and the proud,” Filer said.

Read the rest of Gina’s story over on OFFduty.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .