Reclaiming Fitspo: Jonathan Stoklosa
Jonathan Stoklosa is a 31-year-old power lifter who also has Down Syndrome.
Jonathan Stoklosa lives in Newark, Delaware and works as a bagger at a local grocery store. Despite his gentle demeanor and smile, he spends his spare time training as an elite power lifter.
This elite athlete can bench-press more than 400 pounds He can also squat and dead lift 440 pounds. He has also branched out beyond the Special Olympics and now competes in competitions that are open to all, against athletes who aren’t disabled.
Stoklosa took third in his age division after bench-pressing 402.5 pounds in a New York competition. At this same competition, he was awarded the “Most Inspirational” title, a unanimous choice by his competitors. He began lifting at 12-years-old and could bench-press 185 pounds by the time he was 13, and moved up to 225 by his 16th birthday. In 1999, he won gold in the Special Olympics World Games.
“You can’t help but love him. When he competed last year, everybody showed up to watch him. They’re in awe of his gifts,” said Brochey, who organized the recent power lifting event Jon competed in, held at Mickey Rats in Angola, N.Y. “Once he gets up there, nobody notices any handicap he has. He’s a competitor. He’s just like everybody out there.”
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I love the way this starts.
“Jonathan Stoklosa is a 31-year-old power lifter who also has Down Syndrome.”
He isn’t suffering from down syndrome, living through it, or any other of those painful/disease sounding things. It’s just a part of him, he’s a person just like the rest of us.
Crowley is that annoying kid who sat in the back of the class in school
that gif I can’t anymore someone help me please god
Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert has created this photo series, entitled Bodybuilder’s World, in which he digitally altered people’s bodies to explore what it would be like if everyone was serious about working out, including children.
Hahahaha this is great. The last one is the best.
I had a dream last night that I found a wild horse and it was afraid of me at first but then it started to trust me so I hopped on its back and just let it run where ever it wanted.
It was kind of amazing.
I love everything about this
This is how we learned bones, muscles, and tendons in Equine Anatomy. We physically painted them onto the horses, greatest study tool EVER.
aw Cliff! RIP <’3