Fitness Model and Bravo Star Greg Plitt Killed by Train at 37
Body builder and reality TV star Greg Plitt, known for the Bravo series WORK OUT, was struck by a train and killed yesterday, Jan. 17.
The incident occurred at about 4:10 PM, according to Lt. Leo Bauer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Transit Services Bureau. Plitt was walking on the tracks in an area where pedestrians are not allowed to cross, near Front Street in downtown Burbank, when he was struck by Metrolink Train 268 heading south from Lancaster on the Antelope Valley Line. Officials said Plitt was with friends, videotaping and taking photos of passing trains. No foul play is suspected.
Plitt modeled for Under Armour, Old Navy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Modell's and Skimpies, among others, and appeared on covers and/or in editorials for Maxim, AXL, American Health & Fitness, Flaunt, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Men's Health, FitnessRx for Men, Instinct Magazine, and Men's Exercise, among others.
He was a certified personal trainer and trains clients out of Los Angeles where he lived. He was a member of the official MET-Rx athlete and was awarded the MET-Rx athlete of the year award for 2012. He was the author of the workout program MFT28 as featured by Bodybuilding.com.
Plitt was a global spokesperson/model for Thierry Mugler's Angel Men and ICE*Men men's fragrances. He had done TV commercials for Old Spice Body Wash, ESPN's Great Outdoor Games, Under Armour, MTV, Zoli Sinks, Gold's Gym Power Flex, Bowflex and has lately taken acting roles. Images of his body were used to create Dr. Manhattan's muscular physique in the 2009 film Watchmen.
He also appeared in several movies and television shows.
Originally from Lutherville, Maryland, Plitt's mother was an interior designer and his father was a real estate agent. Plitt was from a family of four, and has an older sister who attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Plitt was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, Class of 2000, and was both Airborne and Ranger qualified. He served as a Ranger for five years.
Plitt said that he had been a fitness buff since his dad bought a home gym when Plitt was in sixth grade; he was further inspired after seeing how his older sister changed after her first year in the United States Naval Academy. Plitt has described his work as a certified physical trainer to his work training military recruits:
"That transformation that you see when someone becomes a soldier," he says, "many of them come in with real bad attitudes. They're tough guys on the street and nobody's going to tell them what to do. Then one day, they'll come to you crying, saying, 'I need someone to talk to.' All of sudden they start changing their ways and they become the men they always wanted to be. Then other soldiers start looking up to them as role models. Then they're proud and they hold their heads high. That's more gratifying than anything I've done. That's what's so cool about it - to be able to train somebody and transform them and bring out all of the great qualities that everyone possesses."
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