Disabled veteran becomes national body building champion - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Disabled veteran becomes national body building champion

Matt Driza (Source: James Allen) Matt Driza (Source: James Allen)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

He's a national body building champion and a veteran marine who is now pursuing a new dream.

There's one thing in particular that makes his accomplishment that much sweeter; he's doing it all with one leg.

Matt Driza would be the typical guy you see at World Gym in Montgomery, but he's a disabled Marine Corp veteran who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2010 and medically retired after nine years of service.

After 13 surgeries and a prosthetic leg, He's a champion body builder.

"I decided to get back in the gym and I wanted to do competition after that," Driza said. "I don't know how it started. The seed kind of set itself and went from there."

Last week at the NPC Texas Independence Day Classic, he was named the first men's bodybuilding adaptive division champ.

Matt has a rigorous daily routine that includes dragging a 50 pound chain for resistance.

"Three weeks of just having the leg, I was squatting again," Driza said. "I've had no problem so far, and I can still do the same weight I did with two legs. I rep 405 pounds every week."

So what's your excuse? Driza says he hopes to inspire and be a reminder that nothing is impossible.

"Yeah, I could have been super handicapped and lazy about it," Driza said. "I could have withered away and not stayed in shape but what motivates me and keeps me going is just one foot in front of the other, you know, everyday just be better than the day before."

You can follow Matt with his journey on his Facebook

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Saturday, March 25 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-03-25 22:31:56 GMT

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>
  • David: Showers and storms ongoing across the Valley

    David: Showers and storms ongoing across the Valley

    Saturday, March 25 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-03-25 21:50:37 GMT

    Showers and storms will be ongoing across the Valley this evening. The most widespread rain will be over northeastern AL, but additional scattered storms will track into the Shoals from the west. That round of stormy weather will head east with time and should be out of the Valley after midnight. The threat for severe storms is low, but a few strong storms are possible. 

    More >>

    Showers and storms will be ongoing across the Valley this evening. The most widespread rain will be over northeastern AL, but additional scattered storms will track into the Shoals from the west. That round of stormy weather will head east with time and should be out of the Valley after midnight. The threat for severe storms is low, but a few strong storms are possible. 

    More >>
  • New details released in Guntersville double shooting

    New details released in Guntersville double shooting

    Saturday, March 25 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-03-25 18:07:30 GMT
    Guntersville police say two people were shot at this mobile home area on Edmonds Road. (Source: WAFF)Guntersville police say two people were shot at this mobile home area on Edmonds Road. (Source: WAFF)

    The Guntersville Police Department have released news details on a double shooting late Friday afternoon that left one man dead.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when police from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call reporting two people had been shot on Edmonds Road.

    More >>

    The Guntersville Police Department have released news details on a double shooting late Friday afternoon that left one man dead.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when police from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call reporting two people had been shot on Edmonds Road.

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Driver sought in crash that killed three children

    Driver sought in crash that killed three children

    Sunday, March 26 2017 2:11 AM EDT2017-03-26 06:11:41 GMT
    File photoFile photo

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash in George County. Three children were killed in the crash. Troopers said a green 2003 Kia Optima was heading east on Highway 198, east of Depot Road, shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    More >>

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash in George County. Three children were killed in the crash. Troopers said a green 2003 Kia Optima was heading east on Highway 198, east of Depot Road, shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly