Man With Cerebral Palsy Sets National Record With 156 Lb Deadlift at Strength Competition

April 26, 2019 Updated: May 1, 2019

You won’t find a more dedicated person in a gym anywhere, even though others might  be more able-bodied.

This young man from Finksburg, Maryland, is an inspiration to all those who feel life has dealt them a few hard blows. He could have given up and just sat around, perhaps be wheelchair-bound—but his fighting spirit and determination was awesome to behold.

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Miles Taylor, 24, suffers from cerebral palsy (CP), resulting in a lack of muscle control, affecting his ability to move about, his speech, and other senses.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop him from working out at NEVERsate Gym in Westminster, where he focuses on strength training.

“It’s something I have to live with,” says Taylor, reported WMAR on Nov. 19, 2018. “There’s nothing I can do about it. Just got to make the most of what you got.”

Not only does he count the blessings he’s got, he’s got a great can-do attitude despite the difficulties.

“It takes me maybe twice or three times as long to get something done,” he said. “But, I’m determined, very determined to get it done.”

When he entered his first weightlifting competition, the many friends he had made at the gym were there to encourage and cheer him on.

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His coach, Nicolai Myers, an American Strongman National Champion, was with him every step of the way.

Taylor trained hard for months of preparation, and although it was hard, he persevered through, telling his coach not to give him any special treatment.

“He’s got every reason to be mad at the world. He’s always in a good mood when he’s here. He’s always supportive. He’s always walking in with a smile on his face,” said Myers.

Taylor walked to the weights for the deadlift, grasped it with both hands, and lifted his personal best—he pulled it off to perfection. The 156-pound (approx. 71-kilogram) deadlift was a national record for his weight class.

Coach Myers was so excited he carried him around the gym in a victory lap. When everyone was cheering, Coach Myers told him to “go ring the bell!” which signals a personal best achievement.

Taylor rang that bell loud and clear. The impressive feat has inspired a countless many people around the globe.

“To know that somebody just like me is inspired by me, that’s just great,” said Taylor.

Taylor earned a medal at the end of the competition, which is no easy task for even the able-bodied.

The will and determination this powerhouse possesses demonstrates the mind can do anything.

“I just want to prove to myself, and everyone else, that I can do it,” Taylor stated.

Speaking of Taylor’s approach to his training, Brian Alsruhe said, “Miles will fail 2,000 times, continually get up until he gets it.” He adds, “And when he gets it the world changes.”

His mom, who adopted him from an orphanage in Vietnam, died in 2009.

“I think she’d be so proud of me. She always said that I would be a special person.”

His mom was right about that.