Meet our PT365 fitness experts.
We choose our experts because of their strong connection to the military and a 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 also available to answer your fitness questions. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send your question to the right expert.
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 on a Scandinavian version of “The Biggest Loser.”
Pauline is 30 years old and stands 5 feet 2 inches tall. She weighs 121 pounds — those biceps measure “12 and a half inches cold,” she told Marine Corps Times last year — and her top dead-lift weight is 265.
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.
Former Marine Capt. Mosi Smith, 31, was a logistics officer in the Marine Corps and most recently a company officer and instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. He’s also deployed to Iraq.
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 also 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 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 over $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 U.S. Naval Academy marathon team.
His fitness style is one of variable activity mixed with adequate rest. Mosi currently logs anywhere from 40-80 miles per running and commutes mostly via cycling. A couple of swim sessions per week, with a day of hill or speed work per week, is a regular staple; however, outside of bodyweight calisthenics, he does very little lifting in the gym.
Life after the Marine Corps will include working in/around the outdoor retail/event management industry, traveling to facilitate friends in accomplishing their athletic endeavors, and becoming a stronger ultrarunner.
Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella
Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Mark Cucuzzella is a professor of family medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also designing programs to reduce running injuries in military personnel.
He’s been a competitive runner for 30 years — with more than 80 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. His marathon best is 2:24 and he won the 2011 Air Force Marathon (2:38) a week shy of his 45th birthday. He attributes much of this longevity to good running form and minimalist principles.
He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series. The event fulfills Mark’s vision of integrating natural and community assets to promote health and preserve the land for future generations. Freedom’s Run is helping build fitness trails and gardens at elementary schools in Jefferson Country, W.Va.
He is executive director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal and network of stores designed to teach healthier running and to promote more natural footwear. He hosts educational conferences and speaks nationally on topics related to running, health and injury prevention
Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
He’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA and other medical and media outlets.
Army Lt. Derek Wales
Lt. Derek Wales is serving as an executive officer in Dog Troop, 1-16 Cavalry at Fort Benning, Ga.
He was 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 is a graduate of Armor Officer BOLC, the Army Reconnaissance Course, Squad Designated Marksman Course and Air Assault School. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy.
Army Maj. Charles Blake
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, nutritionist and sports psychologist.
As a PT, he has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been published in the PT Journal of Physical Therapy and the Journal of Sports and Physical Therapy; he has spoken about “Injury Prevention in Running” as a keynote speaker for the Force Health Protection Conference, Multinational Deployed Physical Therapist Conference and the Special Operations Medical Association.
He is a Pose Method Master Coach and is co-writing Army doctrine on running for physical training and injury prevention.
Longtime Army wife Faye Krause 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 consultations and specializing in sports nutrition and weight management.
She’s been running ultras for 13 years and estimates she has 45 finishes at marathon and ultramarathon distances.
She lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with her husband, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Roger Krause.
Retired Navy Cmdr. Bob Thomas
Our Military Muscle columnist for more than four years, Bob entered the military through Navy ROTC at Iowa State University, where he played defensive back on the football team.
He did two combat tours in Vietnam as an A-5 Vigilante naval flight officer and later made the transition to F-14 Tomcats.
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 as well as a tour guide at the National Naval Aviation Museum.