A warning about this video: it’s hard to be in a bad mood after watching it. So if you happen to find yourself sulking today and relishing in it a little bit, you may want to watch this video later. Jonathan Stoklosa really loves lifting weights. He is a thirty-one year old man who can bench press over 400 pounds. What’s unusual about Stoklosa is that he also happens to be a Special Olympics athlete who has down syndrome. Stoklosa began lifting weights at the age of twelve, and he could bench press 225 pounds by the age of 16. He won a gold medal in weightlifting at the 1999 Special Olympics World Games. His personal best bench press is 402.5 pounds, and he can squat 440 pounds. He now competes in open weightlifting tournaments, often placing above those not considered disabled. He works as a bagger at a local grocery store and trains with weights during his free time.
This is a person I really have a lot of respect for. Sure, his achievements as an athlete are impressive, but it’s his attitude that stands out the most to me. His confidence in his abilities as a weight lifter shine through even in video, and by his reaction after completing this lift, it’s clear that this is an activity in which he finds a great amount of excitement and joy. He seems like an all around positive person, and cliches about overcoming adversity aside, he is a great example of a person who has found something he loves to do and has stayed motivated to excel at it. See Jonathan easily bench press 390 pounds below. If you like the video, ‘share’ it.