On Wednesday evening, as his training session came to a close, Miles Taylor went for just one more rep. The 24-year-old from Maryland wanted to try one more deadlift alongside his trainer, Nicolai Myers. This time though, he’d stack on a few extra pounds and attempt to hit a new personal record: A 200-pound deadlift.
For a lot of powerlifters, that may not seem like much, but for Taylor, it marked a monumental win. That’s because Taylor, who is relatively new to the competitive lifting scene, also lives with cerebral palsy. But that didn’t stop him from trying for—and obliterating—that 200-pound mark.
“200lb deadlift at 99lb!! More than double my bodyweight!!! HECK YEAH!,” Taylor shared on Instagram from the pair’s gym, Neversate.
“I was so excited to finally hit 200 pounds because it’s been a goal of mine since I started training,” Taylor says.
The video of Taylor’s deadlift is compelling on its own, however, the story behind it is even better. “We’ve been friends since middle school,” Myers, a Strongman competitor and Army veteran, told Men’s Health. “He’s not just a client. He’s been a friend of mine for quite some time.”