American fitness model and actor Greg Plitt was hit and killed by a train in Burbank, California on January 17, 2015. Officials say he was walking on tracks, in an area where pedestrians are prohibited, taking pictures of passing trains. He was 37 years old.
Plitt is one of four children. He said he was inspired by his older sister after her first year at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. After that, he wanted to become a physical trainer to work with military recruits. He told Muscle & Body: “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.”