Founder MSFC - Senior Fitness Director at MS Workouts
Author of "Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis"
DAVID LYONS was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2006 at the age of 47. A bodybuilder and former owner of fitness centers, Lyons made the choice to fight MS head-on through bodybuilding. He founded the MS Bodybuilding Challenge in 2008, and in 2009, at age 50, competed in his first bodybuilding contest with MS, winning a Most Inspirational trophy. That year David was presented with the Milestone Award by the National MS Society. In 2012, Lyons and his wife, Kendra, a registered nurse, created the MS Fitness Challenge to support people with MS in their efforts to stay as fit as possible, overcome limitations, and keep their bodies moving.
David attributes his strength and determination to the power of God in his life. He is a contributor to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a writer and speaker. In 2015, Lyons was honored by bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2016 he received the Lifetime Fitness Inspiration Award from the Global Bodybuilding Organization, an international fitness federation, and in 2017 David was honored by the National Fitness Hall of Fame with a Special Recognition Award.
Lyons is the author of David's Goliath, an autobiographical story of his journey with MS, and his new book, Everyday Health and Fitness With Multiple Sclerosis, is for anyone who wants to get in top shape while battling physical or emotional obstacles to getting started. He is also a columnist for Everyday Health writing about fitness for MS and other extraordinary people conquering MS in a unique way through exercise.
Along with Practical Fitness Online MS, David works with organizations such as Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Medical Fitness Network and MS Views & News to help educate and train both fitness professionals and MSers on the importance of fitness, nutrition and mindset in battling this disease. He is also a Founding Partner of the National Fitness Hall of Fame Institute for educating fitness specialists and enthusiasts.
David has been brought on as a personal trainer educator with the National Federation of Fitness Professionals (NFPT) and has launched the MS Fitness Essentials course, which he developed to help trainers become educated on how to work with people battling MS through fitness.