Birth Date: August 27th, 1991
Contest Weight: 165lbs
Off-Season Weight: 178lbs
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year Started Training: 2016
Favorite Exercise: Lat Pulldown
Favorite Body-Part to Train: Back
What happened? Why are you in a wheelchair?
On March 30th, 2009 I was in my shed putting away patio furniture in my shed as a storm was coming. Before I knew it a tree (12 feet round) uprooted and smashed through my shed, striking me in the back, severing my spinal cord. Keeping me from being completely crushed was a red craftsman tool box that the tree landed on.
Why did you get started?
It took a year, but a bodybuilding coach at lifetime fitness persuaded me to enter nationals in West Palm Beach. Within 3 weeks of training and dieting I noticed big changes in my body and fell in love with the sport of bodybuilding.
What made you want to compete?
Being an athlete before my accident, I have always been competitive and wheelchair bodybuilding was the only sport I knew of that you could become a professional in.
How did you go about doing it?
After dieting for 8 weeks I found out about nationals in West Palm Beach Florida and I immediately signed up for the contest.
What motivates you?
My biggest motivation is past pictures. I love to see how far I e come and how much m body has transformed over a short and long period of time.
What suggestions or tips do you have for others?
Don’t rely on your wheelchair especially when working out. By transferring in and out of your chair onto different machines will allow you to become more mobile in and out of a wheelchair.
Contest Name: CJ Classic Wheelchair Nationals Contest Date: March 18th, 2016Contest Location: West Palm Beach, Florida Division Competed in: Light heavy weight; Open physique Contest Placement: 1st place novice bodybuilding, 1st place open physique, 2nd place light heavyweight Promoter: Frank Dalto
Contest Name: CJ classic Wheelchair Nationals Contest Date: March 11th, 2017 Contest Location: West Palm Beach, Florida Division Competed in: Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding; Open Physique Contest Placement: 2nd place light heavyweight Bodybuilding, 6th place Open Physique Promoter: Frank Dalto
Contest Name: CJ Classic Wheelchair Nationals Contest Date: March 9th, 2019 Contest Location: West Palm Beach, Florida Division Competed in: Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding; Open Physique Contest Placement: 1st Place Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding, 1st Place Incomplete Bodybuilding, 1st Place Open Bodybuilding, 1st Place Open Physique Promoter: Frank Dalto
Contest Name: Europa Games, Dallas Contest Date: June 9th, 2019 Contest Location: Dallas, Texas Division Competed: Open Bodybuilding Contest Placement: 3rd Place Open Bodybuilding Promoter: Ed & Betty Pariso / Scott Templeton