EP 80 - The MS Fitness Challenge with Founder David Lyons, National Fitness Hall of Famer

Summary: While some view MS as a "disability," David Lyons knows a diagnosis is not a sentence to be bound to a wheelchair.
Air Date: 3/6/19
Duration: 28:16
Host: Dr. Ward Bond
Guest Bio: David Lyons
David Lyons, founder of the MS Bodybuilding Challenge and co-founder of the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) with wife Kendra, has dedicated his life to helping people with MS understand and be educated on the importance of fitness in their lives. He is the recipient of the National MS Society Milestone Award and faith based author of David’s Goliath, a book on his journey to a bodybuilding stage with MS; a speaker/writer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; writer for Everyday Health, reaching 50 million visitors monthly; owner of the OPTIMALBODY fitness brand; and president/executive producer at Bishop-Lyons Entertainment, one of Hollywood’s top production companies; among other endeavors.

In 2013 David received the Health Advocate of the Year Award with Lou Ferrigno. And in 2015, at almost 57 years old, he was the only person with MS to receive the Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award from Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as the Lifetime Fitness Inspiration Award in Feb 2016, next to bodybuilding legend Mike Quinn at the Global Bodybuilding Organization’s International Fitness Expo. In January, 2017 David received the Special Recognition Award from the National Fitness Hall of Fame and later in the year he was honored as a Founding Partner of the organization’s Institute for learning. David is considered the face of MS and fitness worldwide and his fitness book, Everyday Health & Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis was a #1 New Release on Amazon while his MS Fitness Training Specialist certification partnered with the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) educates trainers internationally on how to work with MS clients. David is the Senior Fitness Director of MS Workouts and is the Vice President of Adaptive Sports for the United Intercontinental Bodybuilding Fitness Federation (UIBFF). Lyons is a 2019 inductee in the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his work as a fitness educator.

Lyons has appeared on Good Morning LA, FOX News Orlando and other TV and radio shows nationwide as well as in print media, and has released a feature on him and the MSFC. It is obvious that David does not let MS define him or hinder him on his road to success and living a full life.

David is a sought after motivational speaker dedicated to helping others by sharing the lessons gained from his life experience. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about booking David Lyons for your organization. Speaking Topics: Motivation, Inspiration, Overcoming Adversity, Physical Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Faith, Success, Peak Performance, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Military & Veteran Advocate, Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Book Title: Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis
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EP 80 - The MS Fitness Challenge with Founder David Lyons, National Fitness Hall of Famer
Multiple sclerosis (MS) takes different forms and is categorized into four different types. 

While some view this condition as a "disability," but David Lyons knows an MS diagnosis is not a sentence to be bound to a wheelchair. 

Diagnosed at age 47, David went through a period of darkness and doubt about his future. He lost the muscle mass he'd worked so hard to build in his many years in the gym. Ultimately, he decided that was not the future he wanted to live.

Now, he's helping others with MS and other conditions to meet their fitness and lifestyle goals. In his book, Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis: Achieve Your Peak Physical Wellness While Working with Limited Mobility, David provides solutions for overcoming mental hurdles, nutrition fundamentals to properly fuel workouts, easily adaptable exercises, and motivation. As Amazon describes it, the book is a "road map for every person who wants to conquer a disease or disability, and just get moving."

David also co-founded the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) with his wife Kendra in order to help others with MS.

Listen as David joins Dr. Bond to share his own journey through MS and the great work the MSFC is doing.

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