Demi Bagby

Demi Bagby is an American CrossFit athlete and bodybuilder from San Diego, USA. However, a freak accident left her facing the prospect of spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair, but her huge strength of character meant that this wasn’t the case.

As a result, she soared to fame across social media – inspiring many people across the world with her transformation into a formidable CrossFit athlete.

Now, she aims to have a positive influence in other people’s lives. While at the same time, spreading her message:

“There are so many ways that it can go wrong, but in your head there can only be one way, and it’s all the way! You have to give it 110% and know that you’re going to do it….You have to know that you will succeed, and once you have that, you’ll be unstoppable”.

This is her story:


 

Demi Bagby performing exercises in the gym.

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Demi Bagby
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
Under 115lbs (52.2kg)4'11" (150cm)19January 10, 1998
NationalityProfessionEra
AmericanCrossFit Athlete, Bodybuilder, Social Media Celebrity2010
WeightUnder 115lbs (52.2kg)
Height4'11" (150cm)
Age19
Date of BirthJanuary 10, 1998
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionCrossFit Athlete, Bodybuilder, Social Media Celebrity
Era2010

 

Demi Bagby holding onto a kettlebell while upside down.

Accomplishments

Career Achievements

  • CrossFit Athlete
  • Bodybuilder
  • Social Media Celebrity

 

Demi Bagby performing a handstand by a swimming pool.

Biography

Life Changing Accident

Demi Bagby was born in San Diego in 1998, where she has spent her life ever since. She grew up with a love of sports, taking part in soccer and cheer-leading on a regular basis.

However, in 2014, Demi suffered a freak cheer-leading accident in which she broke her back. She was left paralyzed for three months as a result – faced with the prospect of never being able to walk again.

Demi was left devastated, knocking back her confidence. Consequently, her days as a cheerleader came to a grinding halt.

During her period of recovery, Demi became fascinated with CrossFit and calisthenic athletes. It was at this point, Demi vowed to herself that if she was ever able to walk again, these were exactly the sports that she wanted to become involved in. Recalling this moment, Demi stated:

“I saw videos of people online doing CrossFit, and calisthenics, and all these fun kind of workouts, and I told myself if I was ever able to walk again that I’d be determined to live it everyday, and just learn new things everyday”.


 

Demi Bagby just after her injury compared to how she looks now.

Bouncing Back

Demi fought a hard battle to recover from her back injury. But one day, she won. As a result, she was able to prove the doctors wrong who said that she would never walk again. After a miraculous turnaround, she was eventually able to start pursuing her CrossFit dreams just a year after her injury.

It was at this point, Demi began body weight training in order to build her dream physique. To achieve this, she began performing strength movements such as pull ups.

However, she hit roadblocks in the process. Things weren’t quite going her way, as initially, she wasn’t able to perform certain exercises. But thanks to her determination, it was eventually possible for her to start performing more advanced movements, such as muscle ups.

From then on, her motivation for fitness was at an all time high – offering her the perfect opportunity to keep pushing forward.

Present Day

Demi overcame a potentially life-changing event to become an inspiration to many people across the world. In the process, she became a social media celebrity and established CrossFit athlete.

After working hard to make a name for herself in CrossFit, Demi was able to rank 23rd worldwide in her age category in 2016 – giving her the platform to excel in her CrossFit career.

When she reached her fitness goals, it became Demi’s aim to positively influence other people to achieve their own. While at the same time, overcoming any obstacles on their path – just like her.

Demi states the following in regard to this:

“Strive to be the best version of you. You are limitless. You are truly capable of anything your mind can conceive. Don’t be afraid to push the loose boundaries known as the impossible”.

“I’ve always wanted to spread a positive impact on the world of what being active and healthy can really do. It may be simple, but that does not mean that it’s easy. Allow your passion to become your purpose and truly love and be grateful for the life you live”. 


 

Demi Bagby holding onto a pullup bar.

Training

Demi performs a wide range of sports in order to maintain her lean physique. This includes the likes of CrossFit, calisthenics, acrobatics, yoga, parkour, lifting and surfing. Being able to perform these after breaking her back proved she is a determined, passionate, and dedicated individual.

To obtain maximum benefit from her training in the gym, Demi performs workouts which comprise of exercises such as those listed below:

Demi Bagby Workout

  • Clapping Ring Pushups
  • Muscle Ups
  • Backflip Wall Balls
  • Flag Raises
  • One Arm Toes to Bar
  • Rope Climb

 

Demi Bagby performing flag raises.

Nutrition

Demi’s aim is to stay as lean as possible so that she can perform well during her CrossFit and calisthenics workouts. To achieve this, she follows a diet that revolves around the following types of foods:

Demi Bagby’s Nutrition Plan

  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Lean Protein
  • Healthy Fats
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

 

Demi Bagby in a photo shoot on the beach.

Idols and Influences

Throughout her recovery period, Demi took inspiration from many CrossFit and calisthenics athletes including Kristi Eramo and Frank Medrano. She was inspired by the exercises they were able to perform – making Demi want to follow in their footsteps.

But, it was Demi’s positive mental attitude that allowed her to keep pushing forward – continually reaching new heights in her fitness career.

From then on, Demi began inspiring her followers online, while accomplishing all of her own goals along the way. Here’s Demi talking about inspiring others with her achievements in fitness:

“Inspiring others to be strong and healthy is all I could ever ask for. I know what being injured feels like, and it’s a struggle. But breaking my back and doing what I do now is one of the biggest blessings and struggles I’ve ever experienced”.


 

Demi Bagby in a photo shoot.

What we can learn from Demi Bagby

Demi Bagby has become an inspiration to so many people since she fully kicked her fitness journey into gear. She suffered a horrific injury that left her paralyzed for three months, but she didn’t let that stop her from following her dreams.

What we can learn from Demi Bagby is; you may be a long way off from reaching your goals. But, so long as you give it your best shot, you can go far in your fitness journey – just like Demi.

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