The Worlds Strongest Man
26, August 2014
Hi there, my name is Brent and I am 25 years old.
I have mild Cerebral Palsy, however through weightlifting I have a vastly improved quality of life.
It took me a long time to learn how to walk and then how to run; also going up and down flights of stairs was a real challenge (can still be some days).
I never did that well at school sports although I never stopped trying!
My greatest inspiration has always been the Worlds Strongest Man series. From an early age I wanted to be like them, often hoping mum would go to her friend’s house who had a home gym so I could do some exercises.
After years of endless physio (which would sometimes feel like torture) I was asked what I would like to do for physio. Without hesitation I said gym. From the age of 15 I began training pretty much on my own for the most part!
Due to a weak neck my head would lean to one side and the left side of my body and legs were the most affected.
I would read through training magazines making my own programs. As I got older I learned more and a true passion took hold. I finished school, took a year off, and did some courses trying to figure out what to do with my life.
I realised I love training so why not do something with that? I enrolled to be a PT and probably encountered some of the worst stereo typing any individual could ever encounter. Thanks to some great friends I made it through.
Every now and again I would find a kid with a similar condition to me and have a blast taking them to the gym. Now that I'm getting known in my gym I really want to use what I have been through to help others.
I have recently started a video series about weight training with cerebral palsy. Although the videos are a little rough, they have been greatly received by the fitness community. In particular two companies, East Coast Supplements and Viking Protein both have shown amazing support and are right behind me in getting out there with my story.
I have set up a YouTube channel and dedicated e mail for questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to help in any way I can so please feel free to shoot me a message anytime.