Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons

  • Name : Brian Simmons
  • Nickname : B
  • Current Residence : Marrero, Louisiana - USA
  • Birthday : January 29, 1984
  • Birthplace : Marrero, Louisiana - USA
  • Disability : Spina Bifida
  • Injury Date : Birth
  • Type of Injury : Spina Bifida
  • Injury Level : L5 | S1
  • Height : 5'8" | 173.7 cm
  • Contest Weight : 180 lbs | 81.8 kg
  • Off-Season Weight : 200 lbs | 90.9 kg
  • Year Started Training : 2008
  • Favorite Exercise : Weighted Pullups
  • Favorite Bodypart to Train : Back
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My name is Brian Simmons. I live in Marrero, Louisiana, about 15 minutes from New Orleans. I was born in 1984 and I was born with Spina Bifida. My defect is at L5 S1 on the spine, which is right at the base of the spine. It has affected my lower body to where eventually I had to start using a wheelchair. I work for the Gretna Police Department in the Courthouse Security Division as a Civilian Security Officer. I first got interested in Wheelchair Bodybuilding when a friend who worked at the gym I joined, Dalton Hunter, invited me to attend the 2007 NPC USA Wheelchair Bodybuilding Championship/Greater Gulf States Bodybuilding Show.

After seeing the guys up on stage and how awesome they looked I decided that is what I wanted to do. So I started training for bodybuilding with my good friend Dalton. He is one of the biggest reasons I can train the way I do. He has come up with some great unconventional exercises for me to do, especially when it comes to cardio. Thank you Dalton!!! You are like a brother to me. After a few setbacks I eventually rolled on stage at the 2010 Greater Gulf States/USA Wheelchair Bodybuilding Championship where I took 3rd in the Novice Division and 2nd in the Heavyweight Open Division. I am looking forward to competing in many, many more competitions.

I would like to thank my parents, Jerry and Peggy Simmons for putting up with me while dieting and believing in me. I want to thank Dalton for seeing the potential in me and sticking with me through thick and thin. I would like to thank my brother David, his wife Jennifer and my nephew David Jr., for all of their support. I want to thank Scot and Wes Cannon for helping me in the gym and for giving me encouragement. I want to thank all of my supporters in and out of gym, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have pushed as hard as I did.


  • What happened? Why are you in the Wheelchair?

    I was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida. I have limited movement in my lower body.

  • Why did you get started?

    I wanted to get healthy. I was tired of being out of shape.

  • What made you want to become a Wheelchair Bodybuilder?

    I wanted to become a Wheelchair Bodybuilder after attending my first Bodybuilding show and witnessing the Wheelchair Competitors up on stage.

  • How did you go about doing it?

    I joined a gym, hooked up with my friend and trainer Dalton Hunter, and went from there. lots of trial and error but we have found what works for me.

  • What is your Training?

    My training is Power Bodybuilding.
    I perform one power movement consisting of 3 sets ranging from 8 to 2 reps building up to a max weight.

    then I do 3 sets of 10 reps of the opposite muscle group in the same movement plane, and then I perform 7 sets of an isolation movement with 45 seconds of rest between each set.
    This is for the larger muscles of Chest and Back.

    Shoulders I perform a power movement then a tri-set hitting each muscle of the shoulders. Biceps, Triceps and Traps gets 3 to 4 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

  • What motivates you?

    Proving the Impossible. Doing what others think I can't do. Striving to be the best.

  • Do you have any suggestions or tips for others?

    Push as hard as you can and don't give up!