Candidate Q: “Bodybuilder” at OCS

Candidate Question:

I am 6 feet tall and 200lbs at approximately 15% body fat. I’d like to maintain the definition in my arms and shoulders (chest shouldn’t be a problem considering the amount of pushups done during OCS). Is there any place I can train with weights during Liberty?


Imagine if you weren’t so obsessed with your own appearance and were instead focused on learning and living “combat fitness” instead of what is known in the Marine Corps as “vanity lifting.” I recommend looking into bodybuilding or another career like that.

3 thoughts on “Candidate Q: “Bodybuilder” at OCS

  1. I’m a powerlifter, and it took me a while to come to grips with the fact that my fitness goals need to be rearranged (at least temporarily). I’ve lost a little weight, my strength isn’t really going up, but my PFT score skyrocketed and I consequently got selected. It’s 10 short weeks of your life (or 6 and 6), you can go back to bodybuilding right after you graduate OCS and you’ll have more freedom to lift at TBS and in the fleet. Suck it up, realize it’s only temporary, and focus on becoming an officer.

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