Adelfo Cerame Jr

Adelfo Cerame Jr - IFBB Pro Wheelchair

  • Name : Adelfo Cerame Jr.
  • Current Residence : Long Beach, California - USA
  • Birthday : January 14, 1983
  • Birthplace : Belleville, New Jersey - USA
  • Disability : Paraplegic
  • Injury Date : November 10, 2005
  • Type of Injury : Spinal Cord Injury
  • Injury Level : T12 – Complete
  • Contest Weight : 135-140 lbs | 61.3-63.3 kg
  • Off-Season Weight : 150-155 lbs | 68.1-70.4 kg
  • Year Started Training : 2008
  • Favorite Exercise : Weighted Chins
  • Favorite Bodypart to Train : Back
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My name is Adelfo Cerame Jr. In November 10, 2005, I was involved in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down. I was diagnosed as a T-12 paraplegic by doctors, and my chances of walking again were slim to none. That day I made a choice to either give up and let myself go and dig myself a deeper hole or be a man and face the situation and do something about it. I accept the fact that it happen but I don’t accept the fact that it’s permanent. All I can do is give 110 % and try my best in making my situation better whether I walk again or not at least I can look back and say I tried till the very end…


How I got into bodybuilding…

After my injury, I wanted to find a competitive outlet for people in wheelchairs. I have always been athletic and competitive. I wanted to find a sport that could feed my competitive hunger. I was itching to feel that competitive edge again and i found it in bodybuilding. At first I started to eat healthy again and going to the gym every other day. I had some what Knowledge of the whole eating every 2-3 hours and how it makes your metabolism faster and that’s about it. I think I knew more about lifting weights and running than I did the nutrition aspect. I always wondered ever since I was in high school, how come I was so strong, I can bench press and squat so much, but yet it didn’t show in my physique. All I had to show for was 205 lbs of bulk and fat. Now I realize I’ve been missing the key ingredient to transforming my body which was good nutrition and dieting. So I basically took it slow, read and did a lot of research on dieting and nutrition and eventually I started to understand the concept of being able to manipulate your body. It was like a math formula that i finally figured out after many frustrating months of trying to understand it. I also had plenty of help from people I networked with at the gym and also a couple good friends


  • What happened? Why are you in the Wheelchair?

    I was involved in a car accident. My vehicle went off a cliff and I was ejected 25 ft. thrown into a tree.

  • Why did you get started?

    I got into weight training very young. It started once I began playing football at the age of 12. I always wanted to be stronger and bigger than everyone else, so I could have the physical advantage on the field. I never really got into bodybuilding until after my spinal cord injury. In 2005 I was involved in a car accident that left me a t-12 paraplegic. After about a year post-injury, I wanted to find an outlet where I could feed my hunger for competition, and showcase my athleticism, and I found exactly what I was looking for in wheelchair bodybuilding.

  • What made you want to become a Wheelchair Bodybuilder?

    After my accident I wanted to find an outlet to feed my competitive urges and at the same time find a new purpose, and I found it in wheelchair bodybuilding

  • How did you go about doing it?

    I just did a lot of reading, and research and sort of taught myself about nutrition and how to diet for competition.

  • What motivates you?

    Knowing that the Lord only gives a man what he can handle, and obviously he must've thought highly of me to put me in my situation knowing that I'm strong enough to handle it, so that is what motivates me.

  • Do you have any suggestions or tips for others?

    Be like a sponge and try to soak up as much knowledge as you can. Never stop learning, and always do what is best for you.

Contest history

• IFBB PRO Contest History

2020 Wheelchair Olympia : 3rd Place

2019 Toronto Pro SuperShow : 3rd Place

2017 Arnold Classic : 1st Place

• Amateur Contest History

2013 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 1st Place

2012 NPC USA Wheelchair Championship : 1st Place

2012 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 2nd Place

2009 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 3rd Place

2008 ABA United States Natural : 1st Place