I Am A Limbless Weightlifter | Living Differently

I Am A Limbless Weightlifter | Living Differently

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I can’t wallow in the fact that
I don’t have arms and legs, because
there’s nothing that I could ever do
to change the outcome.
I like to have a challengeand be able to kind of
overcome that challenge.
It’s not weird that I go to the gym.Anybody can work out
if they want to.
If you just try something new,
you never know what could happen.
My parents found out that I was
going to be missing all of my limbs
once I was born.I can remember being a young kidand, you know, you get, like, staresor a lot of questionsor that sort of thing.I’m sure it maybe looked unique to
people, but for me it was normal
and it was the way
I always did things.
I have two older siblings,and I can remember playing outside
in the back yard, or…
We have a cottage in Chester
and we swam there and we boated,
we did all sorts of stuff.When I was really young, I wore
prosthetic arms and prosthetic legs.
I no longer wear prosthetic arms
for everyday use,
because I had a pair once
that just kept, like, breaking.
I started doing stuff without them
and realised that I could do
a lot of things faster or easier,
so I just kind of got used to it.
From a very young age,
I was swimming and learned to ski,
and I also started playing rugby
in high school.
That was the only one
that I continued on with
and I still play today.So we’re going to do some cleans,
some squats.
‘Lindsay was really great
and really easy to work with
‘because she’d just show up’with some chains or some hooksor some straps and say,
like, “Let’s try this.”
I’ve taken just regular equipment
and adapted it for myself.
So they make lifting hooks that just
help out with your grip strength.
I have, like, a whole bunch of
things that have to take place
in order for me to do cleans,but I like doing cleans
so it doesn’t seem like a chore.
My deadlift, one rep max, is 170.My squat is about 155.And my clean is 100lbs,
which is almost my body weight.
I’m definitely a competitive personand that’s why CrossFit appeals
to me more than, you know,
maybe some traditional gyms, is
because there’s local competitions
and there’s competitions all over
the world and all over the state,
so you can always be
kind of competing.
Even if you’re just competing
with yourself, there’s, like,
a clock on it, you’re trying to do
something as fast as possible.
I did a competition not too long ago
and it was great.
I contacted the gym ahead of time
to say, “Listen,
“I’m going to need a few
adaptations.
“Like, I won’t be able to do
all of the workouts
“exactly as they’re laid out.”And they also talked to the coaches
at my gym to say, “Is it fair?”
You know, you don’t want to have
an advantage over somebody else
because I’m scaling
the workouts down too much.
But that was very well received.I didn’t come first.
Maybe if I had come first,
maybe they’d have more things
to say!
But it was my first
formal competition,
so to come not last was great.It’s a very encouraging atmosphere.Even though
it’s a very competitive atmosphere,
there’s always people cheering
for each other.
Lindsay’s achievements have been
really, really great so far.
Over the last year,
she’s gone from not even having
a way to do pull-ups to now busting
out pull-ups one after the other.
Handstands, cleans,
Olympic weightlifting.
In terms of her attitude,
same as any other athlete –
she comes in and whines
and complains about
whatever the workout is
up on the board,
mopes around a little bit, doesn’t
want to get into the warm-up.
Right now, I’m really trying to
get to the gym
at least five times a week
and really focus on my nutrition.
So, I am trying to step up my game.A video of me doing a workout
kind of went viral, I’ll say.
It’s got, like, 7 million views
or something like that,
which was crazy. I did get a lot of
positive responses from that.
I do post videos of me doing things,
because it’s, like,
“I’m going to try this,“and maybe
that will motivate somebody
“in a similar situation
to try something.”
It seems like now I know
not to think that
she’s not going to be able to
do something.
She always sort of thought skipping
was something she would never do,
so she’d be disappointed,
and then she learned how to skip.
So she’s going to find a way to do
whatever she wants to do.
If I had been scared or thought,“Oh, it’s not for me,
there’s no way I can do this,”
honestly,
my life would be so different.
I think it’s just kind of taking it
one day at a time,
trying to be proficient in as many
movements as I can and then
just kind of do competitions
as I want to.
As long as I’m still having fun
competing,
then I’m going to continue
to compete.
I think it’s really easy
once you get to know Lindsay
to completely forget
there’s any adaptations at all,
because she just goes after it
like anyone else.
She is an athlete and she pushes it
and she works hard every time,
and we’re all
super proud of her here.
I guess my main message
that I’m trying to kind of share
with people is to just try.You shouldn’t let the fear of
the unknown hold you back.
I always say, “Just try, just try.”Good job.

100 thoughts on “I Am A Limbless Weightlifter | Living Differently”

  1. I get how amazing this is, wow inspirational, yep… but im worried shell break her bones with the weight falling on them.

  2. Omg I complain about ONE push up and she's already Doing 150 Weights with no limbs Gosh i got to examine my life My lord #Respect.

  3. this makes me feel so lazy I can't even get out of bed but this girl can go to the gym 5 times a week with no limbs!

  4. More power to you gurl !!! I think she's an incredible human being and I love the message "just try it out", I an remember that and thank you for that ! You are literal proof that the only things that truly matter are our own limitations and with it our creativity to get past them. I think we keep forgetting this basic truth, whereas you're sadly not priviledged in this way to forget your physical limitations and so you seem to have accepted them much more than most of us mortals here would ever imagine to! Our issues are more of the realm of always trying to fix other people's problems than out owns, or imagining limitations we don't really have. So again thank you! The "inspiration" isn't : if I can do you definitely have to be able to do it too, but more in the lines of "if I can accept my limitations and find ways around them, maybe you should try to identify your limitations and then just try to mess up with them a little bit and see what happens! " . Which is such a loving and wonderful message to share to world. Have a most blessed and loved life !

  5. More power to you gurl !!! I think she's an incredible human being and I love the message "just try it out", I an remember that and thank you for that ! You are literal proof that the only things that truly matter are our own limitations and with it our creativity to get past them. I think we keep forgetting this basic truth, whereas you're sadly not priviledged in this way to forget your physical limitations and so you seem to have accepted them much more than most of us mortals here would ever imagine to! Our issues are more of the realm of always trying to fix other people's problems than out owns, or imagining limitations we don't really have. So again thank you! The "inspiration" isn't : if I can do you definitely have to be able to do it too, but more in the lines of "if I can accept my limitations and find ways around them, maybe you should try to identify your limitations and then just try to mess up with them a little bit and see what happens! " . Which is such a loving and wonderful message to share to world. Have a most blessed and loved life !

  6. Me: I think I pulled a tendon in my left wrist so I'm going to take a week off from the gym to recover
    Her: 200% badass.

  7. Very inspiring, definitely shows don't let anything get in your way of the things you want to accomplish!
    Also may be a dumb and it's definitely a irrelevant question, but logistically how do they use the restroom, is there a device to help them wipe, or is it a technique, or do they get help from another person? Honestly don't know and i am curious.

  8. This woman is stronger than me! I can’t even use those heavy hydro lift machine weights! I wonder how she feels when walking or doing working outs! Does it hurt? Is it the same feeling as walking on your knees or having your elbows on the table?

  9. Not to be rude or anything, but what is that actual point in weight lifting and what not if you have no arms and legs

  10. Can this bird read this. ..u have a banging booty hehe ans ur so sound …not even thinking about the rest just smiling aka hit me up love to hang out or chat u seem well funny n I gwt bored with UK ppl would love To have a mate in another place 🙂

  11. I have had chronic migraine since I was a kid. I just don’t want to complain after seeing this amazing story. Such an inspiration! ❤️

  12. Girl!! You just the best if in if you don't have legs are ams I can just say you the best I love you women you are just the best in the world wish you luck lol hugs love to you #love you girl.

  13. She is the definition of strength and beauty and resilience. What a pussy I am for coming up with dumb excuses for why I can’t do something and this incredibly amazing female warrior is calling bullshit on any and all excuses.

  14. Some people are more than their body and the proof is right here
    I guess I need to change my way of thinking about life

  15. being completely honest here and let me 1st say that woman is fucking gangster but as someone that does crossfit, when ur getting after it and tired and sweaty I've done dead lifts or chin ups where I literally just couldn't hold or grip the bar. if someone wrapped straps around my wrists and attached me to whatever my exercise is requiring gripping something wouldn't i have a bit of an advantage?

  16. theres this boy in my class that has the same "disease" as her. He can do somersaults ontrampolines, do flick-flacks and all kind of things. he also does digital art and has the most beautiful handwriting

  17. She is strong & amazing ATF! I can't pick none of those things up with my hands. I even get tired with the kettlebells after awhile. She's going to motivate me to try Crossfit😊

  18. 0:23 OMG 😲 how does she do it. She literally is sitting and stands up while holding a dumbbell! Even I can’t do that with all my limbs. YOUR AMAZING!

  19. What a wonderful person doing so many things that you think be impossible but isn’t, anything is possible if you put your mind to it

  20. Hello, I have a similar disability as well and I was wondering where I can find something identical to those straps and hooks that were used in the video.

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