The last month has been one of inspiration. First, a first-grader without hands wins a penmanship contest, next a paralyzed woman pulls off a marathon with the help of a bionic suit, now a U.S. military veteran does the impossible. Told he would never walk again, disabled Gulf War veteran Arthur Boorman, doesn’t just walk — he sprints.
A former paratrooper, Boorman damaged his knees during service. When he came back to the U.S., he put on a significant amount of weight and could no longer support himself. At one point, medics told him he would never be able to walk without a cane, and his weight could cause an early death. “Five, six years ago, I accepted I would be dead by now,” Boorman says in his ridiculously inspirational video. “I let somebody else tell me what I couldn’t do.”
But after discovering three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page’s DDP Yoga regimen, things began to turn around. Five years ago, the 5-ft.-8, 47-year-old weighed 297 lbs. After 10 months of intense workouts, he’s lost 150 pounds. Today, he’s doing handstands. Literally.