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Sunday, June 16 2013

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I have been to many gyms and workout facilities all over the world, but I have never seen a gym like this. The Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit) is by far the most amazing gym that caters to people with disabilities. Everything is beyond handicap accessible - there are wide open spaces, huge bathrooms, and ample privacy in changing areas.

SpoFit is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix, AZ. It offers a wide variety of amenities to help disabled athletes achieve their health and fitness goals. There is a fitness center with wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, and accessible locker rooms.

As we went on a tour, I took many pictures while still trying to focus on listening to the history of this facility and learning about what it took to build this mega gym. It is truly remarkable. They have many inspirational pictures of people with disabilities all over, along with special display cases that highlight superior disabled athletes in all sports.

I was there for Morph Wheels by Maddak, to give a demo, lead fitness seminars, talk, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. The people were so nice and caring. When they saw how the Morph Wheels work they were very impressed with their flexibility and convenience. Maddak had actually been to SpoFit as one of the locations they visited during the development process for the Morph Wheel. They held focus groups and really listened to the community and their needs. This was a special moment for me to be able to come into this facility to see a different perspective of how others see the disabled community, especially in a mega gym like this - truly an eye opener.

Website: www.MorphWheels.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MorphWheels
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MorphWheels

Posted by: Nick Scott AT 05:01 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, June 16 2013

I flew straight from Toronto to Boise, Idaho on Monday, June 3 for the 2013 Bodybuilding.com Fit Expo (BFE), presented by Optimum Nutrition. I arrived at 11:15pm, after having left the hotel at 6:30 a.m. that morning. It was a long day of traveling, but I am so grateful for everything Bodybuilding.com has done for me that I didn't care how long it took. Flying in early gave me a chance to visit the Boise headquarters of Bodybuilding.com for a meet and greet.

I was also able to take part in some other amazing events, like the Grand Opening of the first Bodybuilding.com Park Gym, which is 100% Free to the public. This is just one of the many ways Bodybuilding.com gives back. I am pleased to be associated with such a great company and was honored to be part of the event!

Thursday night we had a Team Dinner and it was great seeing everybody again. In the fitness world it is like you live two different lives, because many of us do not stay in touch with each other after we leave shows and expos. As soon as we are back at another expo or event, however, it is like we just pick up where we left off. It is the weirdest, most amazing thing and so hard to explain, but those of us that live this life all understand it and don't even have to say a word to each other. It is like a fitness family and it is one of the most amazing feelings ever.

On Friday night Bodybuilding.com brought in the legendary band "LOVERBOY" for the BFE weekend! This was so awesome! Loverboy played a number of songs and everybody had an amazing time. If it wasn't for Mick Skinner and his friendship with the band for over 30 years, this would never have happened.

Saturday was the BFE itself, a free event put on by Bodybuilding.com and Optimum Nutrition. This was my 5th year at the Bodybuilding.com Fit Expo - five years! The 2013 Bodybuilding.com Boise Fitness Expo was the most action-packed Expo yet. This celebration of bodybuilding and fitness is the biggest and most unique fitness-related EXPO in Idaho. There were supplement samples, a long list of exciting events, and a variety of special guests, including David Otunga and Ashley Conrad. Vendors came from all over the United States to set up booths and take part in the event, as well as fitness icons and athletes from all over the world.

Bodybuilding.com had me on stage from 11:05-11:25am for my intro video, guest posing and a short speech. The intro video played on the mega screens at the venue and my voice was heard throughout the expo. People actually stopped in their place to watch! After my performance I gave a short powerful speech to give back and share my story, as well tell people how Bodybuilding.com has changed my life for the better. Without their help I would not be where I am today and neither would the sport of Wheelchair Bodybuilding. I also gave Muscle Pharm credit because they have played a critical role in making all of this happen. Once again, though, it always goes back to Mick Skinner. I am so grateful that he was the one who gave me a chance when so many other companies closed the door and wouldn’t even give me the time of the day.

After the BFE I was happy to go out to dinner with Mick, Jo, Dean and other close friends before we headed to the After Party. Before we headed there I stopped back at the hotel as the gang had gathered there and got my buddy, Dana Linn Bailey, to join our group. Then we rolled our way over to the after party, which is always a blast! We all had so much fun and loved it all! It is such an honor to be Part of Team Bodybuilding.com and I feel so blessed and thankful.

I finally made it back to my room at 3:45am with just enough time to pack and head to the airport and fly out to Phoenix, Arizona for my next event.

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Sunday, June 16 2013

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Seeing My Dreams Come True and Helping Others Reach Their Dreams, Too


Many people are surprised when they hear me say that I feel like I am the luckiest man alive. They take one look at my wheelchair and think it must be impossible for me to realize my dreams. But I have been able to accomplish more in my wheelchair in the last ten years than most people do in an entire lifetime. It has taken a lot of work and perseverance, a positive mindset, and the help of some very special people, but I have been truly awed by what I have been able to accomplish. That is why I am so excited about the work I am doing to help other people who are dealing with some type of disability realize that they, too, can achieve their dreams.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for me, but I feel like I have accomplished so much. It all started at the end of May and beginning of June with an amazing experience at the 2013 GNC Toronto Pro SuperShow, which was held at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. The SuperShow, Canada’s largest fitness expo, had over 1,000 competitors from Canada and 16 other countries as well as approximately 10,000 spectators attend last year. The event is comprised of two main parts - sanctioned competitions from youth groups to provincial and international competitors and a Fitness Expo. The Expo is a show floor with approximately 75 to 100 exhibitors featuring everything related to health and fitness, from vendors and demonstrations to seminars.

It has been over a year since I have been in Canada and this event in Toronto was one of a kind. I have attended many events over the years but this one was by far the most convenient. The hotel was attached to the Expo and venue - just a two minute walk (or ride) got me to the expo and another two minutes got me to the show venue. On top of that, there was a huge gym facility just one block away from the hotel.
In all of the years I have been doing this, I have never had an experience this amazing! I LOVED the Toronto Pro SuperShow!

When you are getting ready for a show or expo the main thoughts on your mind are food, refrigerator, gym, and transportation to and from the gym/hotel, hotel/expo and hotel/venue. What most people don't realize is that rentals or taxi rides all cost you money and the time you lose while waiting. And that’s just the convenience part, without even talking about the event itself!

During the weekend, thousands of people went through the Expo and venue. There were a variety of sports and events including boxing, kickboxing and weightlifting. The Expo was filled with many different vendors. This was the first year that Bodybuilding.com took part in the expo and the fans in Canada were amazing. I was happy to meet everyone who stopped by the Bodybuilding.com booth.

I was also there to Guest Pose. I was their Featured Guest Poser Friday and Saturday nights at the Men’s IFBB Finals, and received standing ovations both nights. I take pride in my posing routines and always do my best, whether competing or guest posing. With my performances I focus more on the fans and want to be remembered for an amazing style. My competition routines are in a bodybuilding style, but I also try to add in a powerful entertainment aspect because I feel that the fans are there about bodybuilding but they also want to see an amazing show at the same time. So that is exactly what I want to give them.

The Ultimate Goal for why I attended the SuperShow was because of a coming merger in 2014. At the 2014 Toronto Pro SuperShow an IFBB Pro Wheelchair Division will be added! There will then be two IFBB Pro Wheelchair Shows. From that, more Divisions will eventually be added in specific shows around the world. In order for the IFBB Pro Wheelchair Division to be added to the Olympia stage, there needs to be 4-5 IFBB Pro Wheelchair Shows per year, more IFBB Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilders, and a visible demonstration that our sport can hold its own.

Without the support of Bodybuilding.com, Muscle Pharm and Mick Skinner for signing me back in 2008, none of this would have ever happened. It has taken a team effort over the seven and a half years I have been at this. Without the other wheelchair bodybuilders and IFBB Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilders, there would be no Wheelchair Bodybuilding. So Thank You to everyone who helps me to keep pushing forward! Strength is in numbers and we must all work as a Team, as One, to achieve our goal of being on the Olympia Stage!

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