24-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy Knocks out New National Weightlifting Record

Miles Taylor has changed the definition of strongman. This 24-year-old with cerebral palsy deadlifted 200 pounds, which is a national record for his weight class.

24-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy Knocks out New National Weightlifting Record

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Miles Taylor has changed the definition of strongman. This 24-year-old with cerebral palsy deadlifted 200 pounds, which is a national record for his weight class.

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When Miles Taylor broke a national weightlifting record, he changed the definition of strongman. The 98 pound 24-year-old deadlifted 200 pounds. That’s a national record for his weight class. “I never thought I would lift 200 pounds,” declared Taylor. “That’s more than double my body weight.”

Becoming a competitive weightlifter takes extreme control of your body, something Taylor has never had. Miles has cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects movement and muscle tone. Taylor shares, “It’s a brain injury from birth. There’s no cure for it now. It’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life.”

The 24-year-old has been lifting less than a year with Taylor himself commenting, “The first thing I like is the competitiveness. I like to be competitive with myself and with other people.” Taylors coach adds, “Because of that natural form of competitiveness that he has and not letting the cerebral palsy stop him.”

Miles says he gets his inspiration from his mother, Laurel, who passed away in 2008. She adopted Miles from a Vietnamese orphanage when he was 1-year-old. Taylor speaks on losing his mother, “When I turned 15 she passed away. It was the hardest moment of my life. When you lose somebody who’s such a big part of your life, you don’t know what’s going to happen next.”

What happened next? He became a young man determined to excel in everything he tries. For the past five years, Miles has been a professional photographer stating, “My passion is sports photography. I just love it.” He also plays the piano.

So, it was no surprise to the people who know miles when he lifted that 200 pounds. His Instagram video of the feat has gone viral with over 15,000 likes and Miles has received messages of encouragement from around the world. Something, Miles says, would have made his mom proud. “My mom was a huge part of my life. I miss her every day. I wish she could be here just to see everything that’s going on,” Taylor concludes.


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