Life is harsh, but we must not let it get the best of us. Even if we were born with complications or handicaps, we must never give up.
That’s exactly what this teenager did, and it made him a champion unlike any other.
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Joshua Whipday has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects motors skills, muscle tone, and movement. Due to his condition, he was informed by doctors that he would spend the remainder of his life bound to a wheelchair and that he would never be able to talk or walk.
But Joshua didn’t let the doctors’ words get to him, and in a span of 18 months, he gained 42 lbs; and at the young age of 18, became a bodybuilding champion.
Joshua’s tenacity made him break the barriers of his condition, ultimately achieving what was thought to be impossible for someone like him.
The teenager from Langworthy, Greater Manchester, follows a high-protein diet and trains five times a week so he could build up muscle and prepare for competitions. Thanks to his efforts, he got the number one spot and won the disability category of the Hercules Olympia in Colchester.
According to the champ, he began to have exercise to help his disability. He gained confidence while training, saying that “going to the gym and training has made me strong.”
He further explained that he also got into exercise and joining competitions because he wanted to prove people wrong. Now Joshua has been called an inspiration by everyone, and he says he is proud of what he has achieved.
Joshua’s story is a testament that anything is possible, if we put our mind, heart, and soul into it.