Nick Scott practices his poses backstage at the first ever Wheelchair Pro Show in Houston. When he was 16, Scott was in a near-fatal car accident. He was left paralyzed from the waist down. Nonetheless, now 30, Scott is also known in certain circles—namely, the wheelchair bodybuilding world, a universe in which his is perhaps the most recognizable face—as “The Beast.” The Beast isn’t sure of his bench press limit, only because he hasn’t yet ...

Nick Scott practices his poses backstage at the first ever Wheelchair Pro Show in Houston. When he was 16, Scott was in a near-fatal car accident. He was left paralyzed from the waist down. Nonetheless, now 30, Scott is also known in certain circles—namely, the wheelchair bodybuilding world, a universe in which his is perhaps the most recognizable face—as “The Beast.” The Beast isn’t sure of his bench press limit, only because he hasn’t yet …


Nick Scott was in a horrific accident at age 16. Scott was lucky to survive, but was left paralyzed from the waist down. At age 30 Scott hasn’t given up.

He is part of a very special group of athletes known as wheelchair bodybuilders. Those who are in any way affiliated with the group know Scott as “The Beast.”

Scott played an intricate part at organizing the very first of many wheelchair bodybuilding competitions.

These competitions are organized for only the elite wheelchair bodybuilders who have earned the title of “professional.” The last competition was comprised of only about a dozen professionals.

All other wheelchair bodybuilders would be eligible to compete in amateur competitions only.

The winner of both the 2011 and 2012 professional championship title was won by Mr. Harold Kelley.

As for the atmosphere of the sport, it is no different than any other. The preparation, anticipation, and competitiveness are all present.

“It needs to get bigger — the reason it only has a cult-like following is because people either don’t know about it, or don’t think they can do it,” explained said James McGarry, a Davison resident who was also competing on Saturday. The former gymnast, soccer and basketball player has been wheelchair bodybuilding since 2007. “Something like (Saturday’s competition) is great, because guys are out there seeing it.”

The main event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at University of Michigan-Flint Theatre, 303 Kearsley, Flint.

Nick Scott preps his skin before The Texas Shredder. Most bodybuilding competitions do not have a wheelchair division, including this one, but Scott was invited to guest pose. (Photo by Lauren Fleishman for TIME)

Nick Scott preps his skin before The Texas Shredder. Most bodybuilding competitions do not have a wheelchair division, including this one, but Scott was invited to guest pose. (Photo by Lauren Fleishman for TIME)

Wheelchair athletes wait their turn to take the stage at the wheelchair bodybuilding pro show in Houston. (Photo by Lauren Fleishman for TIME)

Wheelchair athletes wait their turn to take the stage at the wheelchair bodybuilding pro show in Houston. (Photo by Lauren Fleishman for TIME)