Sgt. Yuri Astorga is not your typical Miami girl. She may be from there,
but mini-skirts, high heels and sunglasses that cover half of her face
were never really her style.
Since ninth grade, she has spent most of her life at the gym, training to have a fit body and compete as a female body builder.
“My best friend’s sister did competitions and I used to hang out at her
house and I was always amazed by her muscles,” said Astorga. “So we
started working out together and I did my first competition when I was
in 10th grade. I placed third.”
Throughout high school, Astorga competed in several fitness and figure
competitions, maintaining a strict diet and rigorous workout schedule.
Upon completion of high school, she was given the opportunity to take
advantage of a soccer scholarship to Florida State University, but
instead decided that she would make the Marine Corps her career path.
“(My father) was a retired (chief warrant officer),” said Astorga. “I just wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Now, as a corporal’s course instructor aboard Camp Johnson, she juggles
her Marine Corps career along with preparing for her first bodybuilding
competition, Aug. 20, since joining the Marine Corps six years ago.
“I’ve always trained but I’ve never thought about competing because of
the Marine Corps and my job,” said Astorga. “The Marine Corps comes
first, but if I can do both then I’ll do it.”
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Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, shoot down range during the live fire company attacks during the 2015 integrated training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, June 13, 2015.