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Meet the Exchange’s New BE FIT Influencer

“Fitness has become the forefront of my life,” says Sgt. 1st Class Sherille Butler, the Exchange's new BE FIT influencer.

“Fitness has become the forefront of my life,” says Sgt. 1st Class Sherille Butler, the Exchange’s new BE FIT influencer.

The Exchange’s BE FIT program has a new influencer: Sgt. 1st Class Sherille Butler, a 12-year Army logistics specialist, certified Army Combat Fitness Test administrator and bodybuilder.

The BE FIT program empowers military customers, their families and the broader military community to make healthy lifestyle choices. Butler will showcase her expertise in videos on the Exchange’s online community Hub, including tips and tricks for the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) as well as advice for wellness.

“Sherille has a unique viewpoint, particularly when it comes to the ACFT, that is a real added benefit for the Exchange,” said Roy Montez, strategic marketing manager and BE FIT Ambassador. “Because of the mindset required to balance readiness for the Army and personal fitness goals, Sherille is an exciting addition to BE FIT line-up.”

Butler, the non-commissioned officer in charge for the supply directorate at the Army’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., turned to fitness after deploying to Afghanistan in 2017.

“Fitness has become the forefront of my life,” Butler said. “I realized, especially through multiple deployments, that fitness equates to combat readiness.”

“Sherille is an exciting addition to BE FIT line-up,” said BE Fit Ambassador Roy Montez.

Butler is certified to administer the new ACFT, a gender- and age-neutral test comprising six events—three repetition maximum deadlift, standing power throw, hand-release push-up, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck and 2-mile run—with a 600-point maximum score. The ACFT is expected to become the Army physical test of record by October 2020.

“The new ACFT will challenge and force Soldiers to be more well-rounded, physically fit individuals,” Butler said. “It will absolutely build elite Soldiers and make a stronger Army.”

Success with the ACFT does not rely solely on conditioning, Butler said. Soldiers need to eat well too. She turns to the Exchange for healthy snacks and meals.

“The Exchange restaurants have better food options,” Butler said. “Usually when I go [to the Exchange], I look for the ‘healthier options’ tags and those will point me in the right direction.”

The Exchange also supports Butler’s bodybuilding goals. In June 2018, Butler competed in her first competition, placing second in the natural physique class. She is currently training with a competition coach.

Butler joins her mentor, Sgt. Maj. Edward Bell and his wife, Lisa as a BE FIT influencer. Exchange associates can find videos and more content from influencers at the Exchange’s online community Hub.

Watch Sgt. 1st Class Sherille Butler’s video debut on the Exchange’s Facebook page. Associates can also learn more about the ACFT from Sgt. 1st Class Butler in this video.

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2 Comments

  1. James Martin on July 19, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Greetings,Sgt.1st Class Sherille Butler, I agree with you about fitness, I first deployed 2003 for AAFES in IRAQ,I was out of shape, lugging 4 duffle bags, started going to the gym, riding a bike now, retired from AAFES after 27 years,I came back as direct hire, decided to deploy again, here in Kuwait , lugging duffle bags a lot easier, to me the key to life is #1 God #2 health and fitness just had to share this with you.

    • Steve Smith on July 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Mr. Martin:

      Thank you for writing to your Exchange Post.

      Let’s keep the conversation going. Does anybody else out there want to share their thoughts about this article? If so, type your thoughts in the Comment box and hit enter.

      C’mon . . . We want to hear them.

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Post

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