Have you ever found yourself skipping out on the gym because you’re tired, too sore, or embarrassed about your physical appearance? Or how about not joining the basketball team because of your height?
Well allow us to introduce you to an extraordinary human being who has continued to defy all odds despite his physical disabilities. Meet Kyle Maynard. Kyle was born with a condition known as congenital amputation which has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. His story begins as a young boy who dreamed of competing as a wrestler and a coach who provided him with the opportunity to try. His first two seasons were filled with defeat. In fact, he lost every single one of his matches his first year and most during his second. However, Kyle Maynard refused to quit and let his disabilities get the best of him. With his coaches help and Maynard’s unfaltering dedication, Maynard went on to win 36 Varsity wrestling matches his senior year defeating several state qualifiers his final season.
However, Kyle’s achievements extend way beyond the mat. With two elbows, Maynard can type up to fifty words per minute. In addition, Maynard can eat and write without any assistance, and drive a vehicle! Maynard began weight training at an early age by attaching leather straps and chains to his arms. In 2004, Maynard was awarded with an ESPY for Best Athlete with a Disability and was covered in ESPN Magazine. That same year he won the Presidents Award for the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. In 2005, Maynard was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Medal of Courage. That same year he also set the World Record in the modified bench press at the Arnold Fitness Classic with the bench of 360 lbs!
Maynard has always harnessed a passion for helping others achieve their goals. In 2008, Maynard built his first Cross Fit fitness center in Suwanee, GA thus fulfilling a long-term dream of his. That same year he also received the Highest Recognition Award of the Secretary of Health and Human Services because of his efforts as a life role model, motivational speaker and humanitarian.
Today, Kyle is training, motivating, and inspiring people around the world. So the next time you feel as if you can’t go any further, make it into the gym, or flat out need some inspiration; Think of Kyle Maynard.
Other notable Achievements:
- First Quadruple Amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
- First Quadruple Amputee fighter to step into a cage
- Documentary, A Fighting Chance released in 2010
- CrossFit Level 1 Certified Instructor
- Featured on Larry King, Oprah Winfrey shows
- ESPN 100
- ‘Blue Belt’ in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Author of the memoir, No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life