Are you looking for inspiration to kickstart back your fitness journey? Check out these six of the best fitness YouTubers who are veterans and their workout routines and health tips to get yourself to stay in shape.
Darryl Williams Jr.
Also known as BullyJuice, the US Air Force veteran started his channel when he enlisted in 2015. With the encouragement of his wife, a known YouTuber, Williams began vlogging his experience during his deployment in the United Arab Emirates. He continued his service as a staff sergeant with the 94 Logistics Readiness Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, back in the country as a vehicle operator and dispatcher. In his interview, Williams said that he’d continue doing his channel even after leaving the Air Force, which was slated in 2021.
Since his interview, BullyJuice’s channel grew from less than 200K to 1.72M subscribers. His main content includes motivational muscle-building workout routines that can be done at home, as well as vlogging, weight loss and gaining diets, and other healthy lifestyle topics. He also creates challenges for his subscribers to try, including Plank Challenge, 6 Pack Workout Challenge, and Squat Challenge, to name a few.
C.T. Ali Fletcher
A former US Army, CT Fletcher is a well-respected bodybuilder and trainer in the YouTube Fitness Community—some referring to him as the “godfather.” He joined the Army when he turned 18 in 1977 and was stationed in Germany, where he’d discovered his love for martial arts. After his service, he returned home and found his greatest passion: weightlifting and bodybuilding. In the early 2010s, he launched his YouTube channel, where he’d share brash yet highly motivational workout content. He rose to prominence as a multi-year champion powerlifter and titleholder of 3-time World Bench Press Champion and 3-time World Strict Curl Champion. He founded the Iron Addicts Gym, with his first branch in Signal Hill, California.
US Navy veteran Austen Alexander rose to prominence on the YouTube platform when he and his girlfriend provided home workouts during quarantine. He launched his channel in 2016 and grew from more than 80,000 to a million subscribers. Aside from his fitness advice, Alexander is also known for challenging YouTube celebrities and other social media influencers on obstacle courses inspired by military boot camps. He’d also challenge himself by trying out the new Army Combat Fitness, going against fellow active-duty servicemen members for an obstacle course challenge, conquering the Navy SEAL Screening Test, and more. His content is not only limited to workouts and fitness, as Alexander also shares his perspective during his active-duty service, a sneak-peek vlogging into his personal life, and health tips on proper diet and nutrition. Before leaving the service in 2021, he reported to the Harbor Patrol Unit at Seal Beach, California, since enlistment in 2013. For seven years, he served in Bahrain in the Naval Security Forces.
Shortly after founding his company Bare Performance Nutrition in 2012, alongside the launching of his YouTube channel, Nick Bare joined the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He was deployed overseas, in Japan for a year, and briefly in South Korea, where he simultaneously worked on “creating high-quality, great-tasting, and effective performance supplements” for his business. He began posting videos in 2014, sharing his eating habits, how to stay in shape, his military life, and some health and workout tips. Bare left the Army in 2017 and, since then, continued growing his channel and fitness journey.
Another inspiring Army veteran on the list, Max Philisaire, a.k.a. Max “The Body” Philisaire, has been sharing his passion for fitness since 2006. In an article, Philisaire said he suffered from being underweight in high school, only stuffing himself with junk foods such as pizzas, burgers, and chocolate. Having enough teasing, Philisaire began hitting the gym and eventually joined the Army as a combat war Soldier. After serving overseas, he returned home and started building his career in the fitness industry. He was soon recognized as a fitness model, celebrity coach, and businessman, alongside his YouTube career with more than 400K subscribers. He has been in the industry for nearly two decades.
With over 170,000 subscribers, US Army Ranger veteran Greg Plitt is among the first fitness personalities to cross over from YouTube into the mainstream media. After serving in the Army, Plitt worked on becoming a certified personal trainer and was an official member of MET-Rx athlete. His channel uploads workout routines, heavily focused on muscle-building and motivational vlogs, on his channel. Unfortunately, Plitt’s uprising career ended after a tragic accident in 2015. Nevertheless, you can still check out his previous content on his channel, as it remains active up until this date.