STRONGER: David Warry lost 40kg to fit into his new wheelchair. INSET: David, pictured before he lost the weight, uses his special exercise bike.
STRONGER: David Warry lost 40kg to fit into his new wheelchair. INSET: David, pictured before he lost the weight, uses his special exercise bike. Eliza Wheeler

Wheelchair-bound David drops 40kg

FOR David Warry, being told he was too heavy to fit in a wheelchair was the unpleasant news he needed to lose 40kg of fat.

Living with cerebral palsy did not stop Maryborough man David from losing almost a third of his heaviest body weight of 130kg when, in 2013, he was told by his occupational therapist he was too heavy to use the titanium wheelchair he had been eyeing off.

"The wheelchair had a weight restriction of 115kg," David said.

"No doctor told me to do it, I just did it."

When David started trying to lose weight, he struggled to lift a 1kg dumbbell, but three years later, can easily bench-press more than 60kg.

Because David is bound to a wheelchair, he found alternative ways to exercise.

"I can't run around the block of course," he said.

"It's all upper-body work."

David lifts weights, swims and uses a special type of bike.

"Because I have no hamstring muscles, I can only move my legs up and down," he said.

"I can't actually pull or push pedals when I'm sitting upright, but can move them more when I'm sitting."

In just over a year, David lost more than enough weight to fit into the chair, which he said was more durable and lighter than his old one.

Since losing the weight and gaining more upper-body strength, it has become easier for David to move, keep his energy up and even breathe.

He said being healthier had also improved his mental health.

"I haven't felt depressed for three years, he said.

"Staying fit has kept the depression away."


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