'Resolute' couple gets insane about fitness
Staff Sgt. Justen Branham, left, and wife Staff Sgt. Zettion Branham, right, NCOs assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, push it to the limit during a rigorous workout session at Fort Hood, Texas Aug. 20. Elements of HHC, STB deployed to Texas Aug. 8 as part of a three-week training exercise. (Photo Illustration by Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett)

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Aug. 27, 2010) - Physical training is an integral part of military life. Soldiers focus on maintaining and improving their physical ability by way of rigorous training in spite of a demanding work schedule. For Staff Sergeants Justen and Zettion Branham the quest for improved physical fitness has reached a new level.

The Branhams, both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, are using a popular DVD workout program that could very well challenge the most physically fit Soldier. Adding to that challenge is their current workout environment that of extreme heat and rugged living conditions by way of the 'field'. The couple is deployed to Fort Hood for a three-week training exercise but that hasn't stopped their quest for
a higher level of physical fitness.

Justen has been using the program for several weeks. Zettion, hesitant at first, decided to join her husband during his workout sessions while at Fort Hood.

"When I saw Justen doing it, it seemed very difficult," said Zettion. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to try it."

The benefit of the program is that it uses the participants own body weight to perform the exercises, so it can be done anywhere. The two have been using the routine for two weeks and are seeing fast results. Zettion has lost eight pounds and Justen is seeing increased abdominal definition.

"What we really love is how it pushes you to the max without using any weight resistance or equipment," said Justen.

The couple will continue to use the program upon returning home to Joint Base Langley-Eustis. They agree it is a wonderful way to spend time together and get in shape.
"I love this program because it is helping me get ready for the Advanced Leadership Course," said Zettion. "It's also a wonderful way for me to spend time with my husband. I love him so much for helping me get in shape."

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Photos and story by Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett, 7th Sustainment Brigade public affairs.
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