Corey Shelton is obsessed with weightlifting.
An unofficial world record for Disabled Men 2, in the 220-pound weight class, the World Bank and Association of the Dead (WABDL), Shelton has spent his entire life lifting heavy things.
In 2016, he hit 337 pounds in a Jonesboro competition. A whole pound on the world record.
Despite capturing the film’s prowess, the weightlifting organization, which was not prepared for world record attempts, was unable to officially credit Shelton with the record.
He currently weighs 385 pounds with 5 ’8” weightlifting. He plans to put on 400 pounds before the end of the year.
“The world record for the Olympics is, in my opinion, 390 or 395,” Shelton said. “My goal is to get 400 next month. I lost 385 pounds last week. “
The 26-year-old is at Anytime Fitness, Mountain Home, in his new gym, after he suffered a thyroid problem and injuries sustained in a 2017 truck accident that broke his bike and cracked his ribs.
In 2018 he tore a chest muscle while he was lifting.
Shelton has worked out in the gym twice a week with the help of club manager Bryan Shriver Anytime Fitness and experienced gym member Malina Calloway. Ricky Rodeo, a professional wrestler from Tennessee, helps Shelton maintain his diet.
“I love to eat. Of course, as you can tell, ”Shelton said. “I wouldn’t weigh in if it weren’t for him. I literally lost 10 pounds in less than 24 hours. “
A native of Cherokee Village, Shelton was diagnosed with autism as a child.
Growing up on a farm as a young man, Shelton began to grow up when he was nine years old. At age 14, Shelton said he started taking weightlifting seriously.
“It’s a kind of addiction. It’s hard to explain, ”Shelton said.
Shelton and his wife, Jamie Woods, now live at home with their family. The couple is trying to save money to get their place.
Shelton works at Truckees Canoe and Cabin Rental with his wife, who works part-time on his YouTube channel, and edits his videos.
Shelton says life at home has been difficult for him – his family is pushing him to quit weightlifting, saying it’s a “waste of time”.
“We were told to leave immediately,” Shelton said. “It was a waste of time. I have not missed an event. I broke several state records. I mean, damn, I also qualified for the world championships several times. “
In addition to having problems at home, Shelton was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2016.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid does not produce enough thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid. The condition can lead to joint pain, muscle weakness and difficulty thinking, making weightlifting difficult for Shelton.
Even worse, the drug Shelton uses to treat his symptoms, Synthroid, is banned by the WABDL, forcing Shelton to join the U.S. Powerlifting Association (USPA) to pursue a career in weightlifting.
“Once you take the medication, you can’t get down from there,” Shelton said. “If a person comes out, he can get quite wrong.”
Luckily, Shriver, a former chef hired by Calloway to work out at the gym, is there to help with the problems his situation could cause Shelton.
Shriver, like Shelton, is a powerlifter who also has hypothyroidism.
“I was pretty immersed because I had a lot of relationships with Corey,” Shriver said.
Calloway and Shriver are raising money for the USPA World Championship in Russia at the end of next year.
Shelton organizes a gym at any time that helps her manage her diet at the Fitness Autism Awareness Color Run Summer Bash at Mountain Home High School’s Bomber this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“5k have been executed, and then it’s going to be just a community event,” Calloway said. “We will have free food for everyone. Advice is appreciated, of course. We will advise Corey on anyone who wants to do this. “
The gym will distribute T-shirts and hold a silent auction to raise money for Shelton.
Calloway said Bomb Nutrition will sell frozen tea in the 5km race. Game Portal and Nature’s Way would also attend the event as sponsors.
“We’re shooting for baseball like $ 3,500,” Calloway said. “So far, we’re probably around, excluding all costs and everything, about $ 1,000.”
While the money was originally covered by another event organized by the World Bank and the Association of the Dead, the money will now be donated to the entrance fee, plane ticket and hotel room at the Russian Powerlifting Association tournament in Russia.
All that is left of the money will go to Shelton and his bride to find a new place to sleep and the food they need to maintain their diet.
“Working is only 20% of the job,” Shelton said. “Yes, 80% is your diet. The corpse is like a car. If you put in bad fuel or not enough, you will get poor performance. “