By Nick Janeway
6th Recruiting Brigade Public Affairs
March 08, 2017
Las Vegas, Nv. - Physical fitness is routine for every Soldier.
For Master Sgt. Cesar Romero, intense physical fitness is a big part of his life.
Romero, a master trainer with 6th Recruiting Brigade, Las Vegas, Nevada, spent the last 10 months training to become a bodybuilder.
That training paid off Feb. 11, when he competed in the 2017 National Physique Committee Legends Classic in Las Vegas. He placed second in the over-40 division and third in the novice division.
While his success seems rather sudden, Romero admits it took him awhile to get going.
"I had back surgery and couldn't work out," he said. "I got out of shape and people really started to notice. It was actually my wife noticing that motivated me."
Due to his surgery, Romero has a medical profile that prohibits him from running, but he is determined not to let that hold him back.
"Just because I have a profile doesn't mean I can't be healthy," he said.
Though Romero works out every day, he said his diet is more important that his exercise routine.
"Eighty percent is diet and twenty percent is working out," he said. "But really it's not a diet. It's just healthy eating."
Even though Romero said balancing his job, family, and fitness schedule is difficult, he plans to compete in his second competition in April in hopes of qualifying for nationals.
He also wants to earn his pro card so he can help others with physical fitness and said he is already trying to motivate others to become involved in bodybuilding.