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A motivated fitness program for veterans

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Posted at 5:02 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 06:39:02-05

ABERDEEN, Md. — Their formation is familiar, but they'd be the first to tell you their moves aren't quite what they used to be.

"When you're in the military you have somebody telling you non-stop this is what you're gonna do and when you're gonna do it."

"They instill that in you the physical fitness portion of how it helps your life and helps you make decisions the military instills that in you."

But when you get out, these veterans say, that responsibility falls on you.

Stephanie Wardrope retired from the Marines as a corporal in 2005.

"Once you get out life happens. I had two kids. As a woman with children you always tend to put yourself last, everybody else comes before you."

Lisa Hill retired from the Army after more than 21 years. She ended her career as a chief warrant officer in 2018 at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

"I fell off a little I wasn't as active and so being the type of physical fitness that I had, I was no longer."

Now they're back in the gym with Marcus Anderson of Motivated Fitness doing just that.

"It's really intense workouts, I do a lot of strength training with them, cardio based stuff with them to try to keep their heart rate up."

Running around is nothing new for Wardrope. By night she's a nurse at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and by day she's at the Forze training gym in White Marsh getting pumped up for a Veteran’s Strong Man competition in August.

"I'm very competitive person so I'm not going in there just do. I want to go in there and actually perform and make the Marine Corps proud. You know because that’s what we do as Marines. We're out there to try to be the best."

Hill is just months away from finishing up her MBA.

She's run an Army 10 miler because she was a big runner when she was in the military.

Now her mission is to get her body back in motion.

"My goal is to do a 5K every three months to get myself back going and then I'm going to look to do the Savage race coming up because I'm getting a little more physical fit. I'm feeling strong, so that I should be able to compete and do something like that."

Anderson says they have the motivation.

"It's very important because if you don't have good fitness you're setting yourself back, ending your life earlier.

We like to lead by example and I think those two right there are strong independent women and I think they're leading by example."