April 6, 2012

No Excuses - Kyle Maynard

View the video below to meet Kyle Maynard, who is featured in this month's Friendly Wheels e-newsletter. Born with a condition called congenital amputation, Kyle was born with arms that end at the elbows and legs ending near his knees. Kyle has never used his disability as an excuse and has become a successful motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete.

Below is an excerpt from a short interview we had with Kyle, and you can read our full Friendly Wheels article at www.myamigo.com!

What is the most rewarding part of working at the No Excuses CrossFit Gym?

The most rewarding thing to me is seeing people continually do things they never thought they could before -- whether it's a pull-up or a new personal record, sometimes their faces give away their astonishment.

What was going through your head your first year of wrestling when you lost every match? Were you mainly feeling defeated or were you focused on doing better?

The only thing going through my head was how horrible I was doing! I didn't take time to think about what I was learning or how I was growing. It was just tough. We all have those moments, but sometimes we lose sight on how going through tough times can make us better.

What did your parents do or tell you to instill such a strong work ethic and drive to succeed at such a young age?

I think a big part of what they did was let me work through things on my own. Instead of helping me with everything (even though they did help with a lot), they still let me struggle and eventually figure it out for myself.

Many of our Amigo are elderly or have nerve disorders that may prevent them from being as active as they'd like. Do you have any recommendations or inspiration to help them stay as active and involved as possible? 

Be ok with starting small and don't think twice about what other people are thinking. Two big mistakes I see people make in my gym all the time are: 1) expecting too much too soon, which leads to frustration when they aren't there as quick as they expected. 2) Thinking too much about other people judging them for not knowing what to do. It's ok if you don't know what to do -- that's why we have lawyers, accountants, fire fighters, and computer techs! -- it's no different in the gym. Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them.
Thanks for talking with us Kyle! 

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