Athlete born with one leg shares his crazy pull-up prowess 1 year ago

Athlete born with one leg shares his crazy pull-up prowess

If you're on the look-out for some fitness motivation, former Team GB athlete Tyler Saunders has it in abundance

Saunders was born with one leg, so faced mobility difficulties from day one. After competing in wheelchair basketball for Team GB, Saunders is now a personal trainer, helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.

He spoke to JOE and told us about his training and motivation tips.

"At school, I wore a prosthetic leg to look ‘normal’ and fit in with other kids", Saunders said.

"I enjoyed P.E. and playing football, but due to mobility wasn't able to keep up with pace so changed to basketball (due to less reliance on footwork!) I fell in love with it, and that was the first step on my route to fitness."

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The good ol’ Bicep Curl. A staple exercise in any bro’s program if trying to build some serious cannons 💪🏾⠀ ⠀ But if you look like matey on the left, hip swinging the weights up and letting them drop back by your sides, you’re missing out on some serious bicep-building gains!⠀ ⠀ Instead, keep the elbows pinned by your sides and adopt a slight forward lean in the torso (to eliminate any hip swinging). Curl the dumbbell up in a slow, controlled manner and lower back down in the same fashion. You can twist the forearm during the motion to target different heads of the Bicep and other muscles in the arm. ⠀ ⠀ What’s your favourite Bicep exercise? Let me know in comments 👇🏾👇🏾⠀ ⠀ #biceps #bodybuilding #muscle #physique #armsday #sunsoutgunsout

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It was the sporting world which first opened his eyes to the fitness industry.

"I started playing wheelchair basketball in 2007, and got brought into the GB men’s program in 2008. I spent three years in Germany playing semi-pro between 2012-15, and this is where my fitness path really took off.

"After leaving Germany and the GB setup, I enrolled in a PT course, with the aim of working with disabled & non-disabled people to help them achieve healthier and more active lives."

Saunders trains his clients out of PureGym Borehamwood, and has some unique advice for staying motivated.

"Motivation comes in waves to be honest! One minute you’re fully on it and then after a while it wavers. When it does, you have to think about your WHY. Why you started, what your original intent was.

"Some days I’m bursting with energy, others not (depending on sleep due to having two daughters under two and half years old) but on the days I’m flagging I just think of my WHY.

"Why I entered the industry, and it is to help, motivate and inspire as many people as I can."

Saunders also shared his top three favourite exercises and what they provide for your body.


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SAVE this post and READ ON so you can master your CORE ENGAGEMENT during push-ups 💪🏾💪🏾⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The lack of engagement in the upper Back, midsection, Hip Flexors and Glutes results in this sinking/sagging action - I tend to see this happen a lot during Push Ups. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also the excessive lowering of the head and neck fools people into thinking they're getting sufficient depth but aren't! ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To fix these issues, start at the top of the PU position (whether on knees or strict form) and SQUEEZE the Glutes, Thighs and Abs. This will help you keep rigidity and stability in the lower body. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Make sure your hands are DIRECTLY under your Shoulders and Elbows, and push into the floor some more so your Shoulder blades separate. This gives you added stability in the upper body, giving better pushing strength. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lower yourself down as far as you can, keeping Elbows close to the body. If you've been doing them wrong in the past, these will feel HELLISH - Congratulations! You're now doing push-ups the correct way!⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did this tip help? Let me know in the comments 👇🏾👇🏾

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A safe, low-risk way of strengthening the push muscles (chest, shoulders, triceps) as well as activating pretty much every muscle in the body if done correctly.

Single Arm Dumbbell Row

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⚠️SINGLE-ARM DUMBBELL ROW⚠️⠀ ⠀ One of the best exercises to develop strength and definition in the upper/mid Back and also works your core stabilisers very well. ⠀ ⠀ ❌ DONT’S⠀ ▪️Round your back⠀ ▪️Allow your torso to rotate⠀ ▪️Pull the DB to your Chest/Shoulder⠀ ▪️Yank the DB up and down uncontrollably⠀ ⠀ ✅ DO’S⠀ ▪️Keep back straight⠀ ▪️Keep upper back rigid, keeping shoulder blades in place⠀ ▪️Pull DB back and up, towards the hip⠀ ▪️Pause at the top, lower back down slowly (3 secs), and repeat for reps⠀ ⠀ Definitely an exercise you should include in your routine. Also promotes good posture and shoulder health. ⠀ ⠀ #gym #bodybuilding #weighttraining #backday #fitfam #fitspo #fitspiration #muscle

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Great exercise for strengthening the pull muscles (back, biceps, forearms) as well as core stabilisers and promoting a healthy shoulder joint

Dumbbell/Kettlebell Goblet Squat

A great lower body exercise that works the legs, glutes and core. It's a good squat variation for beginners as it enforces sound technique.