For all the respect and nobility people who serve in the military get, it is not a profession known for making people famous, except for extraordinary circumstances. However, for the army, impossibility is not acceptable and one man who has defied expectations is Diamond Ott, an American-Samoan, famous on social media for body fitness.
On social media, particularly Instagram where he operates the account, @diamondcut_fitness, Diamond Ott has attracted a lot of fans, as well as questions, with many people lining up to learn more about the man often referred to as the strongest soldier in the world. We answer those questions below, scroll below to check them out.
Untold Truths About Diamond Ott’s Military Involvement
One of the leading questions about Diamond Ott is whether he truly is a soldier, after all, soldiers are not known for mainstream popularity and his military identity might be as valid as Dr. Dre is a real doctor. But, the truth is, Diamond Ott is truly in the army.
Diamond Ott, who was born on the 27th of June 1981 in American Samoa, joined the Army after leaving high school. His relationship with the Army is about as long as his journey as a fitness expert. He joined the Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program in high school and after graduation, he joined the Army, getting deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Diamond Ott remains a member of the United States Army and he is now a First Sergeant.
He has been in the Army for more than 17 years, starting as an Airborne ranger to Green Beret and then a member of the Delta Force. He has also worked as a logistics advisor and chief mentor with the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood. As E4 specialist, Diamond Ott doesn’t wear a Combat Infantry Badge, instead, he wears a Combat Action Badge.
More recently, he is the deputy commandant for the Fort Hood Resiliency Campus. Asides being deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, 1st Sgt Ott has also been deployed to Kuwait with his unit at that time – the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. In the army, he has been awarded a few medal ribbons through impressive years of diligence and hard work.
How His Fitness Career Came To be
Outside of the army, he is a certified extreme fitness trainer and it is a journey that began when he was deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan. He had made a culture of spending a lot of time in the gym back in high school and after getting deployed, he began spending his downtime working out. He began to set goals for himself, and as he accomplished each goal, he went deeper into the world of fitness.
In October 2015, he began to document his workout routine and fitness life on Instagram, via the handle, @diamondcut_fitness, and not long after, he became a social media sensation, with more than 660,000 followers on his account. Diamond Ott, who has become a trainer for more than 130 soldiers in his company has been featured by various men fitness magazines, including Men’s Health, and earned the tag of the strongest soldier in the world.
As a fitness trainer in the army, Diamond Ott organizes fitness competitions and has spent a lot of time training, leading and motivating various troops across the world as well as civilians.
Interesting Facts About His Body Statistics
Diamond Ott’s body stats have been quite an interesting topic. His weight has rapidly been on the increase since 2012 when he began his journey to a massive weight gain in Afghanistan. During that time, he set a goal of reaching 180 pounds from 150 pounds. Interestingly, at the end of his tour in 2012, he weighed 155 lbs. Then two years later, he added 10 pounds of solid muscle and in 2015, he added another 10 pounds, thereby making it a total of 175 lbs.
However, in 2016, he achieved his set goal of 180 lbs and has since increased his body weight by 18 pounds, as he currently weighs 198 pounds. Additionally, the popular fitness trainer is also endowed with a magnificent height of 6 feet 1 inch.
Revealing Details of Diamond Ott’s Workout Routine
It’s apparent that Diamond Ott is widely regarded as the fittest soldier in the world. Well, he didn’t attain this status through an average cross-fit or bodybuilding workout regimen. His type of fitness training which aim at building up stamina, speed, power and agility, has been described by many as being extreme and unconventional for a layman.
Using a combination of various workout routines, such as bench pressing 315 pounds, deadlifting 520 pounds and a 2-mile run under 15 minutes, Diamond Ott has greatly increased his body size. His other workout program includes bench pushups to clap, full ab rolls with resistance, heavy dumbbell flyes, ab scorpions, tire strikes with mace, bar muscle-ups, among others.
Additionally, Ott’s workout principles, which have defined his career both as a soldier in the army and as a fitness trainer, include full-body movements, combination movements with short breaks between workouts. Although he focuses on muscle building, he also advocates for the maintenance of a healthy diet by advising people to cut out processed carbs, soda and fried stuff from their diets.
For a great core move, Diamond Ott defers to the dragon flag routine, which was popularized by martial arts icon, Bruce Lee and movie star, Sylvester Stallone. The routine involves lying on your back while your arms hold something strong with your knees raised to your chest, your lower back up and your bent legs raised to the ceiling.
For 15-minute workout routines, Diamond Ott recommends doing two pushups, while shuffling to the right on your feet and hands, then doing two more while doing the same to the left. Then jump up and do 2 tuck jumps with raised knees and a 10 feet bear-crawl. He recommends doing the routine repeatedly within the 15 minute period.
Having gained international recognition for his incredible fitness achievements, the renowned fitness guru has inspired numerous men and women across the globe into becoming fitness enthusiasts, including his fellow soldiers, firefighters and policemen. He also has in his company, more than 130 soldiers who he trains and workout with, in order to help them maintain their fitness, as well as keeping up with Army standards.
During his interview with Men’s Health magazine, the well-built social media star revealed that he and his team of soldiers engage in cardio three times a week, which seems to vary every week. Sometimes, they go for a 3.5-mile tempo, sprinting drills or a cohesion run. They also engage in the upper-body workout which includes overhead lifts with med balls and sandbags, pull-ups and every kind of pushup drills.
These rigorous exercises which are 10 in number normally last for 40 seconds, after which they go on a 20s break and then carry out the exercises for four rounds. In addition to that, Diamond Ott and his team also conduct grass drills and guerrilla drills, as well as hitting the obstacle course for high-intensity training. As a certified fitness trainer who has devoted his time to helping others to keep fit, 1st Sgt Ott has helped build stronger, more durable men and women globally since he took to fitness training.