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Xavier Sanchez was born on June 24, 1999 with a rare congenital anomaly that affected the growth of both arms and legs. Doctors discovered his condition during a routine sonogram at his mothers 5 month check-up. Because Xavier’s parents were made aware of his condition early they had a few months to prepare for his arrival, they decided to never let his disability hold him back from doing what everyone else could do. Xavier was raised to be strong, confident and to do whatever he put his mind to. He is a vegan bodybuilder and public speaker who aims to inspire others to take control of their lives through healthy living, perseverance and positive thinking.
What are your stats?
I am currently 74 pounds and am about 3’8″.
How did you get started with bodybuilding?
Around the age of three I started suffering with severe acid reflux, everything I ate made me sick! The specialists that we saw always prescribed me pills and suggested I cut out spicy and acidic foods but the relief was minimal. After 12 years of living with the pain, at 15 years old I decided that I should stop wishing I felt better and do something about it. I made a complete lifestyle change as a final effort to feel relief. I started a strict vegan diet and felt better within a week. Feeling this way motivated me to find other ways to improve my health. My interest in bodybuilding came after watching YouTube tutorials of other bodybuilders and seeing the transformations that were possible. I did some research and created a workout routine that I could do at home using household items such as chairs, stepping stools and work out mat. I felt so empowered to take control of my health that I never looked back. I have been on this journey of self improvement since then and I have no plans of stopping!
Is there a particular bodybuilder who inspires or motivates you?
Steve Cook. He is very positive and seems to have a humble attitude similar to what I aspire to. I hope that one day I can meet him in person so that I can tell him how he has inspired me.
How long have you been working out for?
I started working out in June of 2015 with a very basic routine of 50 sit-ups every day. I did this for about a month before I added any other exercises. At this point it has been 15 months since I began working out. I am constantly learning and trying to improve my routine and I like advice from others with more experience on what I can improve.
Example of Xavier’s bone structure
What motivates you?
I am motivated by how great I feel physically and mentally, by people who tell me that I encourage them to live a healthier lifestyle, by my mother because she always supports my decisions and myself because I have come too far to turn back.
What advice would you give to somebody who has just started to work out?
A tip that I always give is to be consistent. Once exercise becomes part of your everyday life it stops being a chore and becomes a necessity!
How are you able to type and use a computer?
It’s like typing with one finger on each arm.
What does your routine look like?
I work out for 45 minutes 6 days a week with a variety of modified exercises that focus on my core arms and back muscles.
|2:00 x 2||Russian Twists|
|2:00 x 2||Sit-ups|
|2:00 x 2||Weighted Russian Spins|
|2:00 x 2||Leg Raises|
|2:00 x 2||Side Crunches|
|40||Leg-ups (Touch Toes)|
|1:30 x 4||Pull-ups (Modified)|
|1:30 x 4||Row Machine|
|1:30 x 4||Chest Fly|
|1:30 x 4||Push-ups|
|1:30 x 4||Handstand Push-ups|
Do you use supplements?
I feel that my diet gives me all the nutrients that my body needs but after doing some research I decided to try adding an organic plant-based protein shake twice a day. Taking supplements is new to me so I am still unsure if I will continue to do so.
What is your long term goal in bodybuilding?
My long term goals in bodybuilding are to keep improving my health and physique and eventually compete in bodybuilding competitions.