SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Adaptive Athlete "RuckDog"

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Joshua Rucker

Its your LIFE, Make the most of IT!

My name is Joshua Rucker. I was born and raised in Warren, Michigan. Growing up, I always had an athlete's mentality. I loved to lift weights, work on my fitness and look good. When I was 18, my world changed in ways I could never have imagined. On September 17, 2002, I headed to work and began my normal routine as a technician for a heating and cooling company. I had a job out in Lansing, Michigan, that day. On the way to the job site, the rear axle in the commercial vehicle that I was driving snapped causing the vehicle to flip 14 times. Needless to say, I never made it to Lansing. Technically, I was pronounced dead on the scene, but by the grace of God I was alive. I was in a coma for a month. I had no idea what was going on, where I was and what had happened to me. At 18 years old, I was told I'd never walk again. I don't need to describe how that made me feel ... I'm sure you can imagine. But here I am, living and breathing and making the most of life! After I accepted and embraced this change in my life, I decided it was time to move forward. I started playing wheelchair basketball and loved it. I always want more so I went to college so I could play at a higher level. I played for OSU (Oklahoma State University) then UTA (The University of Texas at Arlington). Last year, I ran across a man named “Hannibal For King” and a group called "Barstarzz," a calisthenic workout group. Instantly, I was a fan. I tried out for the workout team and, thankfully, was accepted as a member. I loved how calisthenics challenged me and conquered everything I set out to do! Then I saw wheelchair bodybuilding on YouTube! I was pumped! I have followed bodybuilding my whole life, and I knew I could actually do this … in a wheelchair! So I started training that day to become a wheelchair bodybuilder. I ended up earning my IFBB Pro Wheelchair body building pro card and wow what an achievement! I am Number 17 ranked in the world to become an IFBB Pro Wheelchair bodybuilder! Now I work for a company called IAmAdaptive.com and we work with the best Adaptive athletes around the world! I myself right now are on a journey to break, state, national and world records in the bench press powerlifting!! Check out IAmAdaptive.com I am one of the IAACTAthletes

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