Part of the purpose of this blog, in addition to encouraging older people to participate in some sort of physical exercise, is to dispel myths about who can and can’t lift weights and become strong. It’s should come as no surprise then that I also try to dispel myths about who can compete in bodybuilding and weightlifting.
That said, I was a tad surprised myself when my aunt posted a photo of a gym on Facebook this morning, and said that my cousin Angela, who has down’s syndrome, would be competing in a weightlifting event. Angela’s about 30 years old and looks like you’d expect, including being kind of overweight. I knew she competed in horse riding events and she’s done so for many years, but this was new to me.
I googled “down’s syndrome weightlifting competition,” and among other results, I found a short YouTube video I’m posting at the bottom of this brief missive.
I’m writing this as just one more piece of evidence that there are no limits for people to achieve greater physical health, regardless of barriers, and even to compete with their peers as weightlifters and bodybuilders.
What are you waiting for? Get to it.
The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
– Arthur C. Clarke