Soldier channels inner strength to match outer strength

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CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Bits of chalk-dust fill the air after U.S. Army Master Sgt. Chastity King claps her hands together. She sets herself in place underneath the 135-pound weight bar. The numbers “three, two, one” echo through the gym, signifying the first wave of the cross-fit weight lifting competition at Camp Buehring on Dec. 31.

“I’m shocked and very humbled that I won,” said King, the non-tactical vehicle fleet manager assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade. “It’s surprising to see how strong I have gotten through working very hard and doing my best to stay focused.”

Winning this competition is especially rewarding to the 26-year veteran from Morganton, North Carolina, because of her tough journey battling weight loss in the past.

“I was a stay-at-home mom after having my last child,” said King. “I found comfort in food and also had low self-esteem and wasn’t very confident in myself. I saw a picture of myself at Thanksgiving and was shocked that I let myself go like that.”

King explained that she weighed 280 pounds. The very next day she decided to change the way she ate and started working out more.


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U.S. Army Master Sgt. Chastity King won the cross-fit lifting contest in her weight class at Camp Buehring on Dec 31.

“I wanted to be healthy for my kids,” said King. “I didn’t want to be that parent that couldn’t get outside to play with their kids and be out of breath.”

King starts her morning off early to incorporate her rigorous physical training regiment into her day.

“I hit the gym at 4 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. seven days a week,” said King. “I work a different muscle group a day. I hit legs twice a week, and I do 30 minutes of cardio , too. I also go back at lunch time and hit more on that muscle group I worked. But remember, it’s 80 percent diet and 20 percent gym.”

King’s determination and hard work had her weighing-in at 133 pounds for the cross-fit competition….

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