Local crossfitter preparing for Wheel Wod Championships


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Thunder Valley Crossfit athlete Bryan Pearson lives by a simple motto.

“It could always be worse,” said Pearson.

It’s that ‘no excuses’ type of attitude the Daniel Boone grad has needed for crossfit.

“He’s always here, 5:20 every morning putting in the work,” said Thunder Valley Crossfit owner Brad Weems.

“Whenever he gets into something like this, he goes all in,” said Bryan’s wife Brittney.

Bryan was in a car accident when he was just 5 years old. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. The accident, however, hasn’t kept Bryan from living life to the fullest inside and outside of the gym.

“We have twins that are four years old that keep us really busy,” said Brittney. “I think the crossfit helps relieve some of that stress of being a dad and a full time working husband.”

“I’ve been in the chair since I was five,” said Bryan. “So I’ve always done different activities but if it wasn’t for my friends, I probably wouldn’t be here.”

Those friends helped introduce Bryan to Thunder Valley Crossfit in October of 2015. Just seven months after signing up, Bryan will be representing the gym in the largest wheelchair adaptive competition in the world, the Wheel Wod Championships at Wasaga Beach in Ontario, Canada.

“I’m so nervous, I can’t hardly stand it,” said Pearson. “But it’s been fun. We’ve trained everyday, six days a week.”

“Bryan came in with a history of doing marathons in his chair,” Weems said. “Even though we’ve taught him crossfit and the movements that we do, he came in with a great physical background.”

The gym held a benefit for Pearson this past weekend, raising over $3,000 for Bryan’s expenses to the Wheel Wod Championships.

Bryan has not only served as inspiration to those at his gym, but to the youngest members of his family

“Our kids are so proud of him,” said Brittney. “They love to see daddy work out and even our little girl, she’s doing these crossfit moves and it’s good for them to see the exercise that he’s getting.”

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