In Killeen, It doesn’t take a long time in the grocery store before you bump into a Fort Hood soldier in uniform. Now, you can see one in the newsstands in grocery store checkout lines.
Men’s Health magazine chose a picture of 1st Sgt. Diamond Ott in his fatigues as the cover art for the March edition of the magazine. It’s the publications first ever tactical issue, and Ott was gave fitness tips, and provided workouts he gives to his soldiers for physical training
Ott will be on the cover of Men’s Health when it hits stands Feb. 6. It will be the magazine’s first-ever tactical issue, in which top military men share fitness tips, product picks and hard-won life lessons that readers can use outside the field, according to a press release form Jourdann Lubliner, a spokeswoman for the magazine.
Within the magazine, Ott talks about how to get soldiers in shape by sharing the workouts he’s created, the fitness competitions he’s organized and his own personal fitness journey.
Ott is a logistics advisor and master trainer with the 1st Cavalry Division.
It was the first time he had ever been interviewed for a story. At the time, he didn’t know he was going to be featured on the cover of the magazine. He found out along with the rest of the world, when Men’s Health published an animation of the cover on its Instagram page.
“Mike, the creative director for Men’s Health sent me a message on instagram, said it was published and sent a photo. I thought he was messing around with me,” Ott said. “It was exciting, a blessing, I’m very grateful for the exposure.”
Ott’s Instagram page titled DiamondCut Fitness has 294,000 followers. Videos feature him doing a medly of workouts, many of which are different than the conventional benchpress or dumbbell rows. In one clip, he has a dumbbell in each hand and is doing a set of flies while laying on the ground and engaging his core with scissor kicks. In another, he dangles from a harness, alternating leg raises with dumbell flies. Needless to say, these workouts aren’t what the average gym-goer is doing.
Ott’s fitness journey first began while he was deployed in Afghanistan in 2012. The only things he could do in his downtime were workout or Skype with his family. He started making small goals, and trying to achieve them every day. Throughout his deployment, he’d push his limits. The next thing he knew, people were looking to him for advice.
Many of his workouts are based around using one’s own body weight. That is, in part, inspired by U.S. Army styled workouts, which revolve around push ups and sit ups. But it’s also because he had access to limited equipment in Afghanistan, and wanted to work on adding strength and muscle mass.
The 37-year old has been a soldier in the Army for 17 years. He became involved in his high school’s ROTC program in American Samoa, and had “very good mentors” who shifted his attention to turning the military into a career.
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