If ever there were a time to use the hashtag #noexcuses, this is it.
Carson Tueller is an instagram inspiration. Not because he’s a gay guy with great hair, or because this boy’s biceps bulge right out of the frame. I mean, all of that helps, but it’s not the reason. Carson is inspirational because roughly 4 years ago, this aspiring musician broke his neck and has been living with partial paralysis in all four limbs ever since.
“Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms.
I destroyed C6 and C7 when I broke my neck, but I was very fortunate to injure my spinal cord a level lower at C8, which is the nerve between the neck and back, and is a very rare level to be injured at.”
His injury has left Carson with a lot of physical limitations, losing strength and sensation in all four of his limbs and making life a struggle and exercise and training very different. Having said that, Carson still manages to look like this!
Carson regularly posts on his blog and on Instagram about his fitness and training goals, much of which involves re-learning what he knew before, and working his ass off to stay as strong as possible.
Carson is the perfect example of how you don’t have to just accept the situation as it is. Though his life was changed forever by his accident, he works hard everyday and shows that it didn’t end on that day.
“My life would never be the same. It’s been an arduous battle for the last four years, and I have been determined to recreate a life that I love for myself. I have, through tears and grimaces, refused to give up, not because it’s the brave thing to do, but because I just can’t let what happened that day win.”
If anyone out there comments on this post with statements like “it’s all about good genetics” or #absprivilege I am going to go nuts.
Complete injury and recovery training
When he broke his neck, Carson destroyed his C6 and C7, but fortunately the injury to his spinal cord occurred a level lower, at C8, the nerve between his neck and back. This means that his spinal cord injury is close to being considered “complete”, in which there is no motor or sensory function below the level of injury.
In Carson’s case, he still has limited sensation in a few areas below the injury, but no motor function.
“Because of this, recovery for me has been limited. I can strengthen and improve what already works (arms, chest, lats, traps, etc.), but have not regained function where I’m paralyzed, expect for in my hands. It’s typical to have improvement right at the level of injury, which in my case, is my hand function.
Even though I’m not regaining function, keeping my upper body strong has opened up a whole new quality of life for me. Having a more massive upper body means I have less musculoskeletal pain, and have far longer endurance throughout the day. You can definitely expect an ever-mass-gaining Carson.”
I will wholeheartedly admit that I began following Carson on Instagram because he’s hot and frequently topless, but his posts are so positive and life-affirming that it’s hard not to feel amazed and inspired.
Candidly talking about how tough life can be, you’ll only see him with a smile on his face (apart from when he’s at the gym with his game-face on).
Follow the guy on Instagram and tell him how awesome he is!