This Oklahoma State Frat Bro Is A Bodybuilder With One Leg And An Inspiration To Us All
Bros, meet your new Bro spirit animal. His name is Tyler Zander. He’s a senior at Oklahoma State University. He’s a brother in Farmhouse fraternity. He’s pre-med, and dreams of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. He’s absolutely shredded.
He also only has one leg following a workplace accident in a grain elevator the summer before his freshman year of college. In his own words, via Men’s Health:
Three years ago while working at a grain elevator, one of my coworker’s legs fell into a grain auger, and in my rescue attempt my leg was caught as well. After escaping almost certain death, 72 days in the hospital, and 30 surgeries, I arrived home as a 92 lb high school senior. Following physical therapy I started training again like I had prior to my accident, and today I weigh 160 lbs without a leg. This lifestyle has helped me run with a prosthetic whenever I was told by prosthetists and doctors that I would never walk without crutches.
According to TSM, which put Tyler’s story on our radar, he came home from surgery weighing only 92 pounds.
But losing his leg didn’t stop Tyler from being a BEAST in the gym. He put in incredible work, becoming an absolute stud with his gains. It’s an inspiration to Bros everywhere. Now he’s competing in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy Search, where he explains his routine:
I stay fit and healthy by lifting and circuit training at least five days a week. As a hip-disarticulation amputee being physically at my best is necessary for me to pursue all of the goals in my life from mission trips abroad to just being a normal college student. Most importantly, I know it is crucial for my pursuit of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. Being a surgeon is difficult as is, but becoming a one-legged surgeon will require me to always be in the best physical condition.
Check out what he can do via his Instagram:
Hit 3x8 with 45 lbs right before this and was fixing to leave IW but thought what the heck lets throw some more on there! When I left I weighed 136 lbs, the lightest I've weighed in two and a half year. And for the most part have the strength I had at 164 lbs. Thanks to @trentdupy I'm down 16 lbs in 7 weeks and excited to see where I'm at in 5 more. #mhguycontest #mankindultimate #isopure
Since I decided to give this #mhguycontest a shot I've cut 22 lbs, 10 of which in the last two and a half weeks thanks to @trentdupy and his custom meal plan for me. I've been able to sustain nearly all of my strength, so today after hitting shoulders and abs I decided to give the parallettes a shot! If I would be fortunate enough to make the top 3 and do the @menshealthmag photo shoot I have nine weeks left to cut, and I'm confident I'll be ready if I get the opportunity. You can keep voting everyday at http://ultimateguy.menshealth.com/entry/223/ until June 21st and I'll keep training! Thanks for the support! #mhguycontest #mankindultimate #isopure