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Lee Carter pushed the sled across the gym.

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Training to serve

Local gym helps Marine transform body, purpose

Lee Carter recalls first arriving at the gym to train with Jeff Dewberry 10 years ago at The Workout Pro.

Hoping to enlist in the Marines, Carter could barely muster three pullups. Thirty-five pounds heavier, Carter now hammers out several pull-ups from the rings in the gym before leaping onto the plyometrics stack, displaying his athleticism.

“I initially trained with Jeff to get in the Marines. I got hooked doing it Jeff’s way,” Carter said. “I feel way better now at 35 than I did then. You can roll back the clock.”

Carter, who is also a certified peace officer, has reenlisted in the Marines.

And six days a week he’s in the gym working out, with the results evident. His one off day is Sunday.

“If you make it part of your daily life, it becomes a routine,” Carter explains. “You can’t buy muscle, mental clarity and health.”

Spotting Carter during the workout on a Saturday morning, Dewberry praises Carter’s commitment.

“He’s definitely the most consistent person I’ve trained,” Dewberry said. “It’s been amazing to see where he’s come from to where he is now.”

Under Dewberry’s guidance, Carter mixes up the workout routine. Early in the week he lifts heavy on his push, pull and legs days.

The push exercises in bench press, incline and decline bench, triceps and shoulder workouts. 

The pull days feature lots of pull-ups, the rowing machine, upright rowing and what Carter calls the rewarding finish of biceps work. 

The leg day includes squats, leg presses and a couple of variations of calf raises.

Thursday through Saturday feature the same workouts at lighter weights, concentrating on functional fitness with 15 reps. 

“You stick with it and stay dedicated, you’ll see results,” Carter said. 

“I initially trained with Jeff to get in the Marines. I got hooked doing it Jeff’s way. I feel way better now at 35 than I did then. You can roll back the clock.” — Lee Carter

  • Lee Carter does pullups in the gym.
  • Jeff Dewberry spots Lee Carter.
  • Lee Carter pushed the sled across the gym.