Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Club

     The number of followers is growing, how exciting! I digress, today's ramble is going to be a book review. Don't expect some "Oprah's Book Club" starting here. I read this book "No Excuses" by Kyle Maynard. It is the true story of a congenital amputee who became a champion in wrestling and in life.

     Kyle Maynard was born in 1986 (same birth year as myself) with both arms ending before what would have been his elbow, and both feet ending before what would have been his knees. Since he was young, Kyle had a love of life. He had never used his disability to stop him from trying anything. When he was in middle school he was a successful football player. As the years went, and kids grew, he had to find a sport that he could continue to participate in... Wrestling was that calling. Kyle never stopped working, even though he lost 35 matches in a row (which was for the first year and a half of his wrestling career). His hard work and even larger heart kept him going.

Sorry for the flattering picture

     Dedicating himself to modified weight training, and an unmatched intensity on the mat, Kyle won his first match... then another... then another. By the time he was wrestling his senior year in high school, Kyle wrestled in the state championship in Georgia. His show of strength is something to behold as well. In 2005, Kyle set the world modified bench press (Butterfly) record at 360 lbs (and has an all-time record of 410 lbs). To another note, in 2009, Kyle became the first ever quad amputee to step into the ring and battle in an MMA fight!

     I would definitely suggest this inspirational and touching book. Kyle's message is clear, don't let anyone stop you no matter what anyone says. So take this into your next WOD. When that little voice kicks in and starts to beat you down just think... "I can do this".

     Kyle is currently the owner/operator of CrossFit No Excuses in Georgia ( and gives motivation speeches around the country. So enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone, don't let anything stop you!

Kyle Maynard's Introduction Video from NoExcusesMotivation on Vimeo.

3,2,1 GO!

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