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Time profiles wheelchair bodybuilding

Time profiles wheelchair bodybuilding

Maybe you heard about wheelchair bodybuilding after becoming disabled, and meh… never thought about it again. Or maybe you’ve never heard about it and could care less, because hey…wheelchair bodybuilding isn’t your thing. But when Time magazine does a photo essay on it, you know you’re gonna like it. In this photo essay by Lauren […]

Matthew Sanford

Taking My Arms High

You know the story — or maybe you don’t. As a 13-year-old kid, Matthew Sanford was in a car accident that killed his mother and sister and injured him at T4. Later in life, a yoga instructor taught him to “take his legs wide” and he realized it had been 12 years since he’d done […]

Staring Down Homer

Staring Down Homer

At 154 pounds, my torso looks frighteningly like Homer Simpson’s face. Add to that the health risks of being overweight, and joining the quest to lose pounds and get fit wasn’t an option for me, it was a necessity.

On Track & On a Mission

On Track & On a Mission

Ever since she was a child, Tatyana McFadden had excelled at every sport she ever tried: swimming, gymnastics, wheelchair basketball and track. Elite coaches at every level had fought over her from day one. But getting her involved in sports at a young age …

Touring by Handcycle: Oregon, Ireland and Life on the Road

Touring by Handcycle: Oregon, Ireland and Life on the Road

Two years after a skiing accident left me with C7 quadriplegia, during summer break after my freshman year at the University of Oregon, I bought a used Top End XLT Pro handcycle and had it shipped to my family home in Juneau, Alaska. It was my first foray back into the world of outdoor adventure …

Awakening Your Whole Self

Awakening Your Whole Self

Can you feel that sensation in your spine?” asks Matthew Sanford, after pressing on my sternum while I lean forward from my wheelchair, my hands pressed on a chair in front of me, breathing from the back of my rib cage. “Everybody has the ability to feel this sensation.” …

Ray Leight and Melinda Kremer wrote the first wheelchair ballroom curriculum for instructors.

Move Yourself

No matter what your ability, you can take dance from spectator sport to emotional release and freedom of expression. Just as your wheelchair becomes an extension of your body, dance becomes an extension of your mind. As Martha Graham said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Dancing on air For Ray Leight, prior […]

Dave Kiley: Moving On, Giving Back

Dave Kiley: Moving On, Giving Back

Several years ago, I interviewed a young man named Sean Burns. Then 9 years old, Sean was a whirling dervish of wheeling energy, avid about a half-dozen sports. He also loved to watch sports, rooting for every team in his Carolina region. When I asked Sean to name his favorite athlete, knowing his favorite spectator […]

The Skinny on Dieting

The good news is you can lose weight in a wheelchair–even a quad in a power wheelchair. The bad news is you have to eat fewer calories than ABs. I put on over 20 pounds when I went through chemotherapy almost five years ago and had the daunting task of losing weight as a power […]