Posted on May 8, 2019
SPC Kole Cordier
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I am 5'10" and about 150 lbs. I am pretty skinny but in decent athletic shape. I have been power-lifting the last 2 years and I started at only 130. I am worried I will lose everything I have worked for and some people say you lose weight no matter how skinny you are at basic and others say I will gain weight because of the increased physical demands. Maybe drill sergeants will let me eat twice? lol I don't know but I digress. What do you guys think?
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SGM Bill Frazer
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Damn which is more important to you getting thru OSUT or looking buff?
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SPC Kole Cordier
SPC Kole Cordier
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Getting through OSUT for sure Sergeant Major! Though looking buff would be a great bonus.
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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SGM Bill Frazer A young man I know of is extremely dedicated to his workouts at whatever gym is available. Study time for a professional licensing test is not viewed as important. Having failed two portions of a requirement already, “we” are surprised he does not start to study and forego the buffness for a while!
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MSG Chief Executive Officer (Ceo)
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Focus on your fitness and do not focus on gaining weight. In the Army, you can put yourself in hot water if you get too heavy (flagged for failing body composition standards, etc.) despite being "fit" and able to pass the APFT. I've seen friends go through hell because they were too heavy and I do not wish that stress on anybody.
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SPC Kole Cordier
SPC Kole Cordier
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Thanks, Sergeant. Appreciate the input.
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MSG Mark Rudolph
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My opinion, as both a personal trainer and a career Soldier, is don’t worry about it. You’ve already done the right thing by preparing yourself physically. As an 11B you will see and feel changes in your body as a result from that type training regimen. Men always want to lift weights as a means of getting “big”, because they see that as a sign of manliness and strength. I’ve met several Soldiers that did nothing but body weight training and were in amazing shape and looked “jacked”. One of them was a former SFOD-D officer. They also benefited from being more injury free and, most importantly, able to do their Army job more effectively. Hell, if worrying about your appearance was so important, no one would attend Ranger School, SERE School, BUD/S, etc.

If size means that much to you, once you’re done with OSUT, you can go back to the weight room and put it back on in no time.
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SPC Kole Cordier
SPC Kole Cordier
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Thanks, First Sergeant. If given the opportunity later I might try out for one of those schools and accept the fact that I will lose the weight.
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