Nick Scott- From Losing his Legs to Becoming a Bodybuilding Champion

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, Kai Greene, Jeremy Buendia -They all great athletes. But have you ever wondered about “Nick Scott” a person who lost his both legs in a tragedy and still became one of the greatest bodybuilders? Yes, we’re talking about none other than Nick Scott, the Wheelchair Bodybuilder.

So you think your life is tough, or maybe you don’t have enough time to workout because you’re just too busy, right? Well, here’s the  “Nick Scott” dose of motivation you’ve been seeking.

Some bodybuilders, like Nick Scott, transform in order to save their own lives. Some start lean and then build slabs of muscle. Others begin as behemoths and carve that fat to reveal muscular underbellies.

Nick didn’t have any bad habits. He wasn’t obese or unhealthy. His life changed instantly when his car blew a tire and rolled, damaging his spine.


Back in August of 1998, I was 16 years old. I was going to football practice and my left front tire blew out. It rolled my vehicle five-and-a-half times.

“Every night on the damn pillow I thought that maybe suicide was the answer.”

It broke my back and damaged the spine. The doctors then diagnosed me as paraplegic. They told me I would never walk again. My football days were now over.

I was devastated. I got severely depressed. My weight suddenly went up to 300 pounds and I basically wished the accident would have taken my life.

Nick Scott

After my accident I got devastated & extremely depressed. At times, I wished the accident would have taken my life. Even going back to high school was torture. I was a junior in high school, and seeing everybody do what I couldn’t do anymore killed me inside. In school, i would eat alone because i didn’t want any sympathy.
I thought that the weight room would be my savior because it is what I love, but I was indeed wrong. Going back to the gym discouraged me that much more. To see everybody do what I couldn’t made me feel absolutely worthless. But I then realized I could still bench press. I told myself if I couldn’t do anything, the one thing I could be was stronger than everybody, and that’s what I did.

Bench pressing then gave me bascially something to focus on; it was the only thing I felt I had left. It was very precious to me, close to my heart and then i became obsessed with the bench press more than anybody else. Bench pressing boosted my confidence.

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Weightlifting gave me something to strive for, to succeed in, and in doing so benefited me much more then I could have ever imagined.

Over the course of a year, my warm-ups much more closely resembled the one-rep max of others my age.

Scott then started Wheelchair Bodybuilding and then eventually rose to his current position as a athlete, visiting expos the world over, including LA Fitness Expo, FIBO Germany,  Arnold Sports Festival, also as well as Las Vegas for the Mr. Olympia.

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I wanted to lead by example so I kept guest posing, competing and doing interviews in hope of bringing more awareness to the sport. Over time I always wondered “why me?” but later on i realized that the day I almost died I was given a gift, a second chance.  Instead of wishing things could be different, I am very grateful to be given another chance and I will live my life. After going through everything I have gone through, I know firsthand how precious life is and how quickly your life can change. It doesn’t matter if my glass is half-empty or half-full; I am just grateful I have a glass.

Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality, because if you start living your life to please others, you become a slave to your own life trying to please other people.

No matter what someone tells you, you will resist and that is just normal. Take it from someone who has been in the wheelchair for more than 14 years. No matter how depressed you become or how much you cry, the situation will not likely to get better unless you take action to make it better. It is a choice, choose wisely.

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