Ludovic Marchand

Ludovic Marchand - IFBB Pro Wheelchair

  • Name : Ludovic Marchand
  • Nickname : The Wall
  • Current Residence : Los Angeles, California - USA and Thailand
  • Birthday : March 18, 1964
  • Birthplace : Nimes, France
  • Disability : Paraplegic
  • Injury Date : April 1, 1983
  • Type of Injury : Spinal Cord Injury
  • Injury Level : T12 Complete
  • Height : 6' 2" | 187.96 cm
  • Contest Weight : 155-165 lbs | 70.45-75 kg
  • Off-Season Weight : 183 lbs | 83.2 kg
  • Year Started Training : 1985
  • Favorite Exercise : Bench Press, Triceps Cable
  • Favorite Bodypart to Train : Chest & Triceps
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    • From Visalia, California – USA
    • Car Accident in 1983
    • Broke his Humerus, Radius, 10 Ribs and had Internal Bleeding
    • Bone graft on the left side to consolidate injury at spine level
    • 2 years after his accident, he tried to commit suicide and shot himself, which left him in the hospital for 8 months.
    • Spinal Cord Injury – T12-L1 Complete Paraplegic
    • Bodybuilding was what helped him to find himself and get better
    • Runner-up at the 2018 Arnold Classic
    • First Ever NPC Wheelchair Nationals Overall Champion in 1994 when Wheelchair Bodybuilding began in the NPC

    Nongprue Banglamung, Chonburi


    Most famous Gold’s Gym Venice, Personal Trainer, 1993-1996

    Gold’s Gym Visalia, CA, Trainer Supervisor, 1996, 1997

    Gold’s Gym Venice and Gold’s Gym North Hollywood, 1998, 2000

    24 Hours Fitness, Santa Monica, Supervisor, 2000, 2004



    Tronc Commun, BEES, Bachelor Degree, France

    ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

    Los Angeles Marathon, 1997

    AA Degree in Fashion Design and Fashion Illustration

    French and English Speaking

    Motivational Speaker for Schools, Hospitals, Private Companies…


    Motivational speaking with Jenifer Goodwin( fitness model) at Venice High School and at a Fresno youth camp.

    Worked as a personal trainer at hours fitness and Spectrum club in California as well as Gold’s gym Visalia and Q the Sport club in Las Vegas.


  • What happened? Why are you in the Wheelchair?

    I was in a car accident April 1st, 1983. I broke my left arm (humerus, radius) 10 ribs broken and spinal cord injury.

  • Why did you get started?

    Because I had lost 45 pounds staying 1 year in the hospital. I wanted to get some weight back and some strength to be able to use the wheelchair

  • What made you want to become a Wheelchair Bodybuilder?

    I love weight training, bodybuilding always fascinated me.

  • How did you go about doing it?

    Just went to a gym and start training with friends.

  • What motivates you?

    Myself, my mom and family and souvenir of my grandfather who was a strong man. The possibility to change to look of people when they see me and forget the disability.

  • Do you have any suggestions or tips for others?

    If you choose this sport then just do it, go to the gym but leave your apprehension, fears at home. Don't be shy, just do it for yourself and you will meet some great people. Read books about nutrition and exercises always stay at the top of the information

Contest history

• Amateur Contest History

2007 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 2nd Place

2000 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 1st Place

1996 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 1st Place

1994 NPC Wheelchair Nationals : 1st Place

• IFBB PRO Contest History

2018 Wheelchair Olympia : 3rd Place

2016 Arnold Classic : 2nd Place