My name is Tyler Brey. I was born in 1989 with spina bifida and went through many different surgeries on my back and legs up until I was about 2 years old. When I was 12 I joined the middle school wrestling team and continued to wrestle all the way until my first year of college. I fought my opponents from my knees and always competed against able bodied athletes. I was named a team captain during my senior year because of my ability to lead by example, work ethic, and winning record at the varsity level. Then I went on to compete in Paralympic powerlifting and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where I also always competed against able bodied athletes. I am currently a purple belt in jiu jitsu (the 3rd of 5 belts) and have placed somewhere between 1st and 3rd at almost every jiu jitsu tournament I have entered over the past 8 years. During my 5 year powerlifting career I represented the US team at the 2010 world championships in Malaysia and the 2011 Para-Pan American Games in Mexico. My all time best lift was bench pressing 370lbs at a body weight of 135lbs. Today I am focused on helping as many people as possible through my personal training business, earning my black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and enjoying my passion for bodybuilding. I believe if you are not striving to be 1% better everyday then you are not truly living. People go there whole lives assuming they know their limits without ever testing them. People live in fear of failure. Fear of disappointment. But why would I live in fear of disappointment? Emotions can hurt but they can’t kill me! I refuse to live a life like that! I don’t know what my full potential is, but I will spend the rest of my life finding out! I will not become a self-fulfilling prophecy by assuming I know my limits. Playing the odds is the quickest way to mediocrity. I would rather look back at a lifetime of failure than a lifetime of fear and regret. Now I hope to inspire those around me to live their lives in the same way.
2010 Paralympic Powerlifting World Team Member
2011 Paralympic Powerlifting Pan American Team Member
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Cassio Werneck
2015 NPC Wheelchair Nationals: 1st Place – Lightweight
2015 NPC Wheelchair Nationals: 1st Place – Novice