ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Staff Sgt. Diamond R. Taylor, observer coach/trainer and behavioral health specialist assigned to Task Force Outlaw, 2nd Battalion, 346th Training Support Regiment, 5th Army Brigade, 1st Army Division West, competed and won in both the Battle Royale and Armed Forces National Championships here Oct. 1.

Taylor, a Keansburg, New Jersey native, won five awards: Battle Royale Overall for Figure; Armed Forces National Championship Overall for Figure; Armed Forced National Championship Open Class D First Place; Battle Royale Open Class C First Place; and Battle Royale First Responder First Place.

“I started my competition preparation July 13, which was a weekly adjustment to my diet and exercise based on my body composition,” said Taylor. “The end goal was to work on my conditioning to improve my overall body composition from my previous show in April. Training included six days a week of weightlifting and says days of cardio which varied from 60 to 120 minutes.”

The National Physique Committee, a worldwide physique organization since 1982, hosts annual competitions that require contestants to meet high standards and regulations.