Paralyzed Winston-Salem bodybuilder inspires many to get healthy

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Tim Caldwell is an accomplished athlete despite being paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident just over 10 years ago.

"I woke up in an ambulance, and they told me I've been in an accident and I've damaged my spinal cord--they told me I had fainted and drove off an overpass and landed on the highway below" he explained.

Caldwell says he's just lucky to be alive and lucky to have friends that got him involved in several different wheelchair sports like basketball.

His bodybuilding passion came along later, but he only did one show in the wheelchair category.

"It's been about two years [since the last show]. I was pretty pleased with how I did, but felt like I still could have done more," he said.

That one little thought in the back of his mind has him back in the gym getting ready for another bodybuilding competition with the help of trainer Michael Broadway.

"He's ready. He's ready to go. He's ready to go everyday. Whatever it takes for him to do that--even if I have to hang him from a bar or something," Broadway said.

It takes a strict diet, weightlifting, plenty of cardio and sleep to get ready for a body building competition

"It's a challenge. It's a definite challenge, but obviously I've dealt with them pretty good," he explained.

Getting on stage and putting his body on display to be judged, that's a little nerve-racking.

"For me being in an accident, being in a near death experience, it takes [away] that fear. Life is short, I don't care if I get up there and look terrible, at least I can say I've done it," Caldwell said.

He works out at Top Performance Health and Fitness where everyone knows him.

"He's motivated other people to train hard when they come in here. No excuses," his trainer explained.

"I usually get one of two reactions," Caldwell explained. "People are either very inspired, or people are very bothered by it, cause they see things in themselves like, 'man I'm lazy.'"

There are more positive reactions than negative, and while Tim doesn't workout for anyone else, he's happy if his story can provide that motivation spark to get active and get healthy!