I am a 23-year-old athlete from New York. I started my lifting career shortly after injuries ended my college football-playing career.
During high school, I had numerous knee injuries including torn right
meniscus as a junior and ACL, PCL, MCL and meniscus injuries in my left knee during my senior year, but still continued to play for the love of the game. I decided against the surgery because the recovery and rehabilitation would take over a year. Several doctors told me that I would never play any type of sport again because of my injuries. After my senior year, I trained hard and rehabbed my knees thru weight training. Not only did my body respond well to the training, but also my strength levels increase greatly. The payoff was well worth it, as I was named starting Defensive Tackle as a college freshman.
Unfortunately, a late hit early in my freshman season injured my left knee again and ultimately ended my football career. However, I did not let that stop me. After the season, I again began the long process of rehabbing and regaining my strength & mobility. It was during this second stint of rehabbing, that I discovered my love for lifting.
After fully recovering for a second time, I was invited to participate in a local New York powerlifting meet in December of 2011. To the amazement of the meet organizers, a lifted over 600 pounds breaking all of the local records. The rest, they say, is history.
Since then, I have compiled over 50 United States & World Records, won 21 gold medals and won multiple championships in 8 different powerlifting federations. At 19 years old, I became the youngest person and first teenager to ever-squat 800+ pounds (raw without wraps) not only once but 3 times during 2013.
My short-term goal is to break the all-time Raw (without wraps) Drug-Free and Open Squat Records, which stand at 865
I am also a part of Team USA (IPF/NAPF)